Here are some hot new electric news highlights for your Monday reading pleasure:
One wouldn’t necessarily expect a car as expensive as the Cadillac ELR to sell used for just $39,000 (with only 2,800 miles on the odometer), would they?
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on September 11 that the city will lease 160 electric cars for use by the city’s police, fire, and general services departments and the Department of Water and Power. Garcetti said the move will give LA the largest pure EV fleet in the nation, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A startup in the Western US has popped up to bring the Tesla experience to more people. The name, as you’ve seen, is Tesloop. At the moment, it is only offering rides between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but I assume the plan is to roll out more routes as business comes in.
Department Of Energy Offering Up To $11 Million In Funding To Med + Heavy-Duty Power Train & Dual Fuel Fleet Demonstration Projects
Up to $11 million in new funding will be available to projects demonstrating medium + heavy-duty power train electrification or dual fuel fleets, via a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) from the US Department of Energy.
Despite comments from company representatives that battery technology is still too immature to allow for the company to release electric vehicles, Jaguar Land Rover recently showcased 3 new electric vehicle (EV) platforms for Concept_e research via the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event in the UK. The platforms are relevant both to plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and to pure EVs.
Bosch will be unveiling a new heat-pump-based thermal management system designed specifically for electric vehicles (EVs) that the company claims can boost effective range by up to 25% (without any changes to the battery) at IAA in a few days.
Rumors are strange things. Some are just silly, like the rumor that Michael and Janet Jackson were the same person. Others are more substantive. The key to whether you should believe one or not is the source. When that source is BMWBlog, the likelihood that the rumor is true goes up. Way up.
Is everybody with a socket set and a torque wrench building an electric car to take on Tesla these days? It certainly seems so. Here comes another company no one has ever heard of who says it is doing precisely that.
Mirai is Japanese for “the future.” This is Toyota’s way of saying that its sedan most resembling SpongeBob SquarePants on a skateboard runs on hydrogen and produces no emissions. The Mirai is the first fuel-cell car offered for sale, not just lease. (The conceptually similar Honda FCX Clarity and Hyundai Tucson FCEV remain corporate property through and after the duration of their leases.) The standard rap on fuel-cell vehicles—that the technology is always five years away—expires when eight California dealers deliver 200 Mirais before the end of the year, followed by another 2800 cars over the next two years. The $58,325 base price isn’t much of a return on the 23 years of development and 5680 patents that Toyota invested in this future, but milestones never come cheap….
Versus the 10,000 or so gasoline stations in California, early adopters will have no more than 20 locations throughout the state to refuel their Mirais….