Published on February 26th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan0
10 Top EV Stories
February 26th, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
I gave a long introduction of my 3-tier system for sharing top cleantech stories in my previous post, so I won’t repeat that here. I’ll just dive right into 10 EV stories that almost got covered on CleanTechnica, but barely missed the cut:
A completely wireless power transmission technology capable of powering high-capacity transport (such as high-speed rail, harbor freight, and airport transportation) has been developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI). It is able to supply a steady and constant 60 kHz and 180 kW of power remotely.
A recent survey of 1,419 of these plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners shows that 39% of owners currently have solar, and another 17% are considering going solar within the coming year. There are many additional interesting stats from the survey.
A follow-up on my recent post about why plug-in electric vehicle sales are actually doing quite well.
Giulio Barbieri S.p.A. has announced that it is about to release what it claims is the first electric vehicle charging station that isn’t anchored to the ground but is resistant to theft and vandalism, the Volt Point.
The Honda Fit EV, the most efficient car on the market, was released on the West Coast last year (in particular, in California and Oregon). Now, it is also coming to the East Coast this month.
Mitsubishi is going to unveil a couple of concept hybrid vehicles at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show. The “Gran Runner” hybrid electric vehicle (or GR-HEV) and the “Compact and Advanced Technology” plug-in electric vehicle (or CA-MiEV) would follow the early lead of Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, which was the world’s first mass-produced plug-in electric vehicle when it was launched in 2009 (and is now selling for $29,125 MSRP, before the federal tax credit of $7,500 and any other tax credits your state or city might offer).
The Honda EVster concept sports car looks pretty. More pics at the link above. And some musings on how this could be the next Honda Beat by Jo Borras here.
Reportedly, China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is the likely to buy a majority stake of EV pioneer Fisker Automotive.
Scientific American takes a close look at where electric vehicle sales “should be” at this point in their development, and how they compare to early hybrid sales.
“Called the P1 (‘P’ is for prototype) the Amarok is featured in its makers’ film, below, with co-founders Michael Uhlarik and Kevin O’Neil explaining the philosophy behind the P1′s innovative design.”
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