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Published on June 24th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Audi R8 e-tron, Crazy Gigafactory Proposal… (Electrified Vehicle News)

June 24th, 2014 by  

Here’s some more electric vehicle news that CleanTechnica skipped but still thought was worth sharing:


Audi R8 e-tron Coming, + More: The highly anticipated Audi R8 e-tron is supposedly on schedule for 2015, and will reportedly have 280 miles of range. (We’ll see about that.)

Audi Q7 To Get Electric Supercharger: The Audi Q7, which is apparently a warehouse of high-tech gadgets, will reportedly now include an electric supercharger.

Gigafactory Land Proposal: A man in New Mexico has reportedly offered up 400 acres of land to Tesla for building its battery gigafactory.

What Chevy Volt Owners Want: If you hang around Chevy Volt forums (likeI do), I think you can guess the things that Volt owners really want in the next Volt. The good news is that they’re clear about wanting another seat and more electric-only range. The bad news is that goes against their desire for a lower price.

Tesla Patent Wall Transformation: Since Tesla released its patents to the world, we’ve already seen a number of companies move forward on it. The announcement from Tesla was a bit cheeky, posted on the Tesla blog with the title “All Our Patent Are Belong To You.” Now, Tesla has turned its wall full of patents into a wall with that line slightly change and accompanied by a graphic. Before and after pics are over on Gas2.

Clearing The Way For The Gigafactory: Or so some California lawmakers hope. They have introduced a bill that aims to clear the way for a Tesla Gigafactory in California.

3rd Row Of Model X Seating Or Falcon-Wing Doors: A Tesla letter to Model X reservation-holders indicates troubles the company has been striving to overcome concerning the electric crossover’s third row of seating and falcon-wing doors. Third-row seating is now optional, not included by default.

Need An EV Transmission? Oerlikon Graziano is apparently bringing some new “EV and hybrid transmissions” to market. A bit too “under the hood” for me, but might interest some of you.

This Electric Minibus Is Super Cool: To be more accurate, it’s an electric bus concept from a Brazilian artist and designer. But I still think it’s super cool.

LAPD Gets Electric Motorcycle: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD, as we all know it from movies and TV show) has taken a step into the electric vehicle future. It has procured Zero MMX electric motorcycle for its crime-fighting duties.

What It’s Like Trying To Buy An Electric Car In Portugal: A Portuguese EV fan decides to go mystery shopping for an electric car from BMW, Nissan, Opel, Smart, and Renault. I think you can imagine…

Laguna Seca Raceway EV Event: Refuel and Tesla Motors Club Connect have come together to host an EV-only event at Laguna Seca Raceway on July 20.

Chevy Spark EV Headed To… Puerto Rico: It certainly isn’t official yet, but an electric vehicle fan in Puerto Rico has spotted signs that the Chevy Spark EV is on its way to Puerto Rico.

Prius May Get Le Mans Supercapacitor Tech: Who said racing tech doesn’t actually trickle down into consumer vehicles?

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Racing: The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in isn’t coming to the US yet, but it is apparently going to be driven 1,300+ miles across harsh mountain and jungle terrain for the Asia Cross Country Rally.

May Electrified Car Report Update: The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in somehow rose to the top of plug-in car registrations in Germany in May.

Electric Mustang, Of Course: The “Black Zombie” is a 1968 Ford Mustang with an electric motor. Price? $200,000+.

ChargePoint A Top Disruptor: According the CNBC, ChargePoint is the #12 disruptor in the US. ChargePoint is also the largest charging station network in the US.

$30 Million More For Proterra: US electric bus manufacturer Proterra has had a hard time beating out BYD for electric bus bids, but it has just raised another $30 million to move things along.

Traveling Mexico’s Abandoned Railways… In A Hybrid: This one just has to be seen. Pics & video.

Most Expensive Ferrari Ever… Is A Hybrid: I bet you didn’t see that coming. A hybrid Ferrari, expected to be called the Ferrari F12 TRS, will reportedly have a price tag of just $4.2 million.

Volkswagen e-Golf Getting Built: Want to see how the Volkswagen e-Golf is built? Have a watch.

The Wackiest Electric Car Commercial Yet: Maybe even the wackiest car commercial yet, but I assume there are some really weird ones I haven’t seen. Surprisingly, this comes for the not-so-wacky Toyota Prius Plug-in.

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  • Kirill Klip

    Tesla Gigafactory – to make the mass market for electric cars possible:

    International Lithium Corp. A Potential Source For Green Technology Minerals.

    Rare Earth elements or metals (REEs) are essential elements in clean-energy technologies. In recent years REEs have received plenty of coverage concurrent to growing environmental concerns. The rare-earth topic is no longer obscure and discussions regarding future REE shortages are beginning to emerge in mainstream media. Today international governments and organizations are pushing efforts to develop solutions to the rising scarcity threat, one of the biggest being that only 1 percent of critical materials are currently being recycled (they are difficult to recover economically), and so the race to find viable sources for REEs is on.

  • JamesWimberley

    Electric motorbikes for cops have an additional selling point: silence. The bad guys can’t hear the patrolmen coming.

    • Offgridmanpolktn

      That they adopting electric motorcycles is great, that the one they chose to do it with is the military version rather than a street bike, not so much.
      The militarization of police departments in the US is very scary to me.
      The change in my lifetime from being peace officers to now being law enforcement officers is just as much of a contributor to the violence on our streets as the criminals, because all the statistics showed that our crime levels have been dropping since way before this change in law enforcement.
      And while not having the numbers easily accessible it is quite easy to correlate the leveling off or slight rise in crime statistics to that same period 40-50 years ago when funding for social programs and mental health support were cut and all of the patients dumped on the streets.
      Excuse me, will get off my soap box now.

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