Author Archives: Kyle Field

VW Announces Return Of The Minibus … As An Electric Vehicle … In 2022

September 12th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

The VW Minibus is an iconic vehicle that just oozes beach vibes. Here in California, it is synonymous with surfing and the '60s and has a cult following even to this day. For that reason, it was impactful that VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess chose California as the place to announce the return of the VW Minibus. He related as much to the crowd in Pebble Beach, California: "The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we're bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle."

Drive Electric Week Kicks Off With Events Across The USA

September 11th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

This weekend kicked off the 7th annual National Drive Electric Week, which sees electric vehicle advocates taking to the streets en masse with creative new ways to spread the word about electric vehicles. The week runs September 9–17 this year, which means two fun-filled weekends packed with events

China Plans To Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles

September 10th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

China's vice minister of industry and information technology, Xin Guobin, has announced that the Chinese government is currently working on a timeline to end both the production and sales of fossil fuel vehicles. The bold move comes as the government struggles to respond to public outcry in major Chinese cities struggling with crippling air pollution

Electric Cars Up 137% In Germany, Approaching 2% Market Share

September 10th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

All signs point to a changing of the winds in Germany with regards to plug-in vehicles. Emissions scandal after emissions scandal have raked the confidence of the public in the German auto industry and many have started to take action. Sales number from August show that nearly 2% (1.88% to be exact) of new vehicle sales in Germany were plug-in vehicles, with fully electric vehicles up +137%. That's a higher percentage share of new vehicle sales than in the United States

Tesla Unlocks Extra Battery Capacity For Owners Fleeing Hurricanes

September 9th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Tesla owners on the Tesla Motors Club forums recently shared that Tesla has issued an emergency firmware update for owners in the path of Hurricane Irma. The update unlocks the additional battery capacity for owners of vehicles with software-limited battery capacity — like Model S and X vehicles with "60 kWh" of capacity that actually have 75 kWh batteries installed

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Review (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

September 9th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

At first glance, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is an unassuming 5 door Hyundai that blends in with the rest of the fleet. A closer look reveals a streamlined grille that has been smoothed over with a sleek cover to improve aerodynamics. It guides air it no longer needs for cooling around the vehicle as efficiently as possible. The grill and subtle electric model badging are the only aesthetic touches on the outside that hint at the completely different beast that lies within

Nissan Unveils Redesigned 2018 Nissan LEAF With 240–400 km Range & ProPilot Autonomous Driving Features

September 5th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Nissan just unveiled its new 2018 Nissan LEAF, which features a completely new exterior design that is sure to be less polarizing and more in line with the look and feel of the rest of the Nissan fleet. Following the event, Nissan launched the official 2018 Nissan LEAF website to lure the thousands viewing the livestream in with all the juicy details

The Navdy Intelligent Heads-Up Display Makes In-Car Productivity Safe, For The First Time (CleanTechnica Review)

September 1st, 2017 | by Kyle Field

We all know texting while driving is terrible and unsafe, and yet we all continue to do it. Reading email, changing the internet radio station, and blurting out the most exciting 140 characters from our day aren't texting, so "they must be safe" — and so we continue. But yeah, it's bad and we have a problem. This could be an intervention of sorts (do you need one?) because what all of these activities boil down to are small, terribly trivial activities that have the potential to be life threatening for us and those around us

Double Tesla Powerwall Installation — Lessons Learned (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

August 30th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

The Tesla Powerwall is an intelligent 14kWh (13.5kWh usable) residential energy storage appliance that offers homeowners the ability to store power generated by an onsite solar system or from the grid for use as an emergency home battery backup. Despite its attraction as an emergency power device, Powerwall was designed from the ground up as a way for homeowners with onsite solar systems to extend the power they generate during daylight hours into the night

Plug-In Hybrids vs Fully Electric Vehicles At Public Charging Stations

August 29th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Our brains work in strange ways. We know consciously that climate change is real, yet so many humans continue to go about life as if it is happening somewhere else, like our actions are somehow disconnected from the massive impact humanity is having on the planet. Whether is it recycling, using reusable shopping bags, or biking to work, creating change in our lives for the greater good is difficult

Germany’s Angela Merkel Looks To Electrification As Future Of German Auto Industry

August 15th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is cranking up the pressure on the German auto industry as it seeks to reorganize coming out of the diesel emissions scandals that shook its foundations. The strong push comes as Merkel seeks re-election and has recognized the mounting global market pressures that are coming to bear on the largely internal combustion–based German auto industry

Greenlots Grows Into Thailand & Beyond With New BMW ChargeNow Deal

August 4th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

GreenLots, an open standard charging network operator, has big plans to bring together public EV charging stations and battery storage with the power of its network and cloud technologies in order to level up EV charging infrastructure in Southeast Asia and North America. Greenlots was originally founded in Singapore in 2008 and has since scaled up into a global EV charging network operator, with operations in 13 countries and offices in North America

Tesla Confirms Model 3 Will Be First Mass Market Electric Vehicle

August 3rd, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Many milestones have been laid out for electric vehicles and we have celebrated them all. Let's hit 100,000 electric vehicles sold, 500k, 1 million electric vehicles. Market share is another favorite, as well as breakouts by manufacturer. Who has sold the most EVs? Who sold the most last year? Who will sell the most this year or next year?

Tesla Fast Tracks Model Y To Push Into Lucrative CUV Market

August 3rd, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Elon Musk announced in the Tesla Q2 2017 earnings call that he was walked back from the edge of the cliff on Model Y by his executive team. That team convinced him that building Tesla's next-generation CUV (Compact Utility Vehicle) on the Model 3 platform was the best decision. This maximizes reuse of design work, investments in R&D, supply chain partnerships and flexibility, and potentially more. "The Model Y will, in fact, be using substantial carryover from Model 3 in order to bring it to market faster,” Elon said

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