April 24, 2019

  • The Longest-Range Electric Vehicle Now Goes Even Farther превод на български
     

    For more than a decade, Tesla engineers have been obsessed with making the world’s most efficient electric vehicles. As a result, Tesla vehicles already travel farther on a single charge than any other production EV on the market. Today, we’re making changes to Model S and Model X that allow them to travel unprecedented distances without needing to recharge, beating our own record for the longest-range production EVs on the road. And we’ve accomplished this without increasing the cars’ battery size, proving that our expertise in system-level design can make our cars dramatically more efficient.

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April 23, 2019

April 22, 2019

  • Electric Truck Charging Adapter превод на български
     

    While it’s pretty cool to have a classic factory built electric truck, one thing I don’t like is it’s NON-standard charge port. So, I set out to build an adapter so that I could charge in public and more conveniently at home. The Ford Ranger EV uses an AVCON “claw” charge connection. When I first […]

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April 21, 2019

  • Shanghai Auto Show: Karma Announces 3 New Vehicles превод на български
     

    Karma Automotive Plans To Ramp Up of Production

    Karma Automotive, the phoenix of the Fisker brand, has spent the past few years revising its business plan, building an all-new factory in Southern California, and this week making the big announcement of what they are calling the “Shanghai Big Three.” It’s a “New Dawn” at Karma.

    The Revero gets a refresh

    Karma has been selling the plug-in hybrid Revero through its dealer network since late 2016. At the Shanghai Auto Show this week Karma set the stage for fast growth with three new luxury electric vehicles.

    First up will be the 2020 Karma Revero GT sedan, with twin electric motors producing 536 horsepower to the rear wheels. Charging the motors is a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine supplied by BMW. Expect to see the Revero GT in dealerships later in 2019.

    Pininfarina did the bodywork for the upcoming coupe
    The Pininfarina retains a distinctive Karma look

    On the near horizon is the Karma Pininfarina GT coupe, coming from the famed design company based in Turin, Italy. Based on the 2020 Revero GT sedan, the Pininfarina GT coupe has a completely new body style and interior. Aligning with Pininfarina is an exciting step for Karma.

    Finally to All-Electric

    Then, in the future, the Karma SC1 Vision Concept will be Karma’s first all-electric car. The full electrification in Karma’s future includes advanced technology such as 5G connectivity. The company is developing a “humanized communication system” of touch, voice, eye and other interfaces that hopes to offer “seamless interaction.”

    A look at Karma’s future

    Karma CEO Dr. Lance Zhou said at the introduction: “Taken together, our Shanghai Big Three shows what Karma is today, what Karma can be tomorrow, and where Karma is heading in the future.”

    Inside the SC1 Vision looks ready to roll

    Clean Fleet Report is intrigued by Karma. Their rebirth has been slow, steady and calculated. They plan on delivering highly customizable, hand-built cars that will offer style, luxury and performance. Clean Fleet Report will have updates on all Karma models, including a road test review of the 2020 Revero GT when it is available later this year.

    Make sure to opt-in to the Clean Fleet Report newsletter (top right of page) to be notified of all new stories and vehicle reviews.

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April 20, 2019

April 19, 2019

  • LEVA-EU welcomes change of Belgium’s Traffic Code for personal light electric vehicles превод на български
     

    April 4th The Belgian Parliament has voted in favour of an amendment relating to an increase of the maximum allowed speed for personal light electric vehicles.
    Formerly the maximum speed in Belgium was 18 km/h but that will now be increased to 25 km/h. Belgium uses the European standard for personal light electric vehicles EN 17128/2017 as a basis for the revision.

    It is important to bear in mind that the texts voted by Belgium Parliament still need to be published in the Official Journal before coming into effect. LEVA-EU will keep you updated on our website as soon as the text is published.

    Manufacturers, importers and distributors on for the Belgium market should take note that this change applies to:
    1) Self-balancing one and two wheeled electric vehicles
    2) Electric scooters without a seating position as well as electric hoverboards

    For further details please contact LEVA-EU Manager, Annick Roetynck, email annick@leva-eu.com, tel. +32 9 233 60 05

    Links
    1) European Standard EN 17128/2017
    2) Amendment 4
    a. In Dutch: ‘’gemotoriseerd voortbewegingstoestel’’
    b. In French: ‘’engin de déplacement motorisé’’

April 18, 2019

April 17, 2019

  • Volkswagen ID. R uses DRS Formula 1 technology for Nürburgring run превод на български
     

    Volkswagen has set itself a new challenge with the ID. R this year – the Nürburgring-Nordschleife instead of Pikes Peak. A race track instead of a hill climb. Full-throttle sections instead of hair-pins. Because of this, the fully electric-powered ID. R has been continuously developed with respect to its aerodynamics.

    “Though almost identical in length at roughly 20 kilometres, the Nordschleife presents a completely different challenge for aerodynamics in comparison to the hill climb at Pikes Peak,” says François-Xavier Demaison, Technical Director of Volkswagen Motorsport. “In the USA it was all about maximum downforce, but because the speeds are a lot higher on the Nordschleife, the most efficient possible battery use is of much greater importance with regard to the aerodynamic configuration.”

    On the Nordschleife, it is not primarily about downforce, but low drag as well. Furthermore, the air in the Eifel, which sits about 600 metres above sea level, is much denser in comparison to Pikes Peak, where the finish line is 4,302 metres high. “This results in completely different basic data for the measurements of the aerodynamic aids,” explains Hervé Dechipre, the engineer responsible for the ID. R’s aerodynamics.

    As well as an adapted floor and a new spoiler at the front of the vehicle, the ID. R will also sport a newly designed rear wing. It will be much lower than the variant used at Pikes Peak, in order to provide less surface resistance to the flow of air. The new multi-wing rear of the ID. R will nevertheless produce high downforce in the medium-fast turns of the 73-corner Nordschleife.

    A difference to Formula 1: saving energy instead of overtaking

    To further reduce the drag in certain sections, the rear wing will deploy technology known from its use in Formula 1 – the so-called Drag Reduction System (DRS). In the pinnacle class of motorsport, DRS is used in order to facilitate overtaking by allowing for higher speeds. During the ID. R’s solo-drive, however, the opening element of the rear wing will be used exclusively to preserve the remaining energy reserves. “Between when the rear wing is fully deployed and when it is flat, the difference in downforce is about 20 per cent,” explains Dechipre.

    DRS will be particularly significant when the ID. R reaches the ‘Döttinger Höhe’, an almost three-kilometre-long straight at the end of the Nordschleife lap. “With an activated DRS, the car requires less energy to maintain its top speed over the entire Döttinger Höhe,” says Dechipre. “The ID. R reaches its top speed quicker and with a lower use of energy.”

    With the ID. R as the racing spearhead of the future fully-electric production vehicles from the ID. family, the high potential of electric drive is combined with the emotion and fascination of motorsport. In this respect, there are not only technical, but aesthetic parallels as well. Similar to the future production vehicles from the ID. family, the ID. R also requires comparatively few openings in the bodywork to allow cooling air to flow. “The electric motors operate with little cooling,” says Dechipre. “The ID. R therefore requires fewer air intakes than conventional race cars, which brings with it a great aerodynamic benefit.”

    Tests in wind tunnel with models and the actual vehicle

    As with the preparations for the record-breaking outing at Pikes Peak last year, Volkswagen has tested the ID. R’s aerodynamics in the wind tunnel – initially with a 1:2 model. The next step was to continue this detailed work with the original sized race car. “By doing this, we could simulate the movements of the ID. R when braking or steering, as well as the resulting changes in aerodynamics,” describes Dechipre.

    In order to be able to test as many variants as possible of the aerodynamic components that were also constructed using computer simulations, Volkswagen Motorsport once again took advantage of 3D printing. As a result, particularly complex designed plastic vehicle parts (that undergo only minimal loads) can be made in a short time and with high cost savings. “A good example of this is the air deflectors in front of the rear wheel arch, which optimise the airflow around the rear wheel,” says Dechipre.

    On the high-speed sections of the 20.832-kilometer Nordschleife, these can make all the difference to the ID. R’s ability to undercut the existing electric lap record of 6:45.90 minutes, and thereby lay down a clear statement as to the performance capabilities of electric drive from Volkswagen.

  • Shanghai Auto Show: Infiniti Qs Inspiration превод на български
     

    Concept Electrified Sports Sedan

    Infiniti, the upmarket division of Nissan, has been woefully under-represented with electrified cars and SUVs. This is particularly notable since the Nissan Leaf is the electric car worldwide sales leader. Infiniti’s non-electric days are about to change.


    The Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept previews a coming EV design

    Infiniti previewed its concept sports sedan this week, the Qs Inspiration, at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. Infiniti says the Qs Inspiration has been “developed for the electrified era,” it previews a forthcoming production model and hints at the company’s electrified future.” Clean Fleet Report couldn’t be happier with this news.

    Through photos provided by Infiniti, the design is elegant, with the tiniest of tiny headlight slits that frame a glowing Infiniti logo. The only interruption on the smooth front end are brake cooling openings, set low on the far outer fascia. From the side view, the Qs Inspiration sits taller than a traditional sedan, paying homage to the massively popular crossover segment. Without door handles, the rear doors could swing out or up. The swoopy roof leads to a large rear window, and following the front design, very small slits for the tail lights. The Qs Inspiration is slick!

    Few Details

    Infiniti did not release power, battery or range information, but did say the all-wheel drive Qs Inspiration “presents us with an opportunity to renew our credentials as an innovative challenger brand in the premium segment, where there is growth potential for electric vehicles globally.”

    Built to look fast.

    Remember, Infiniti is debuting the Qs Inspiration in China, which is where the car will be built. As Infiniti puts it, this “presents an opportunity to reinvent the Infiniti brand globally through high-performance, low-emissions models.” To say the least, Infiniti is placing significant importance on the Qs Inspiration, as it is the first of a new-generation of electrified vehicles.

    Pricing was not announced, but it should fall in-line with the Tesla S, which will be one of its main competitors.

    So how excited should we be about a car that is a concept and will initially be sold in China? Clean Fleet Report says we should be very excited, as Infiniti will not go to these lengths for a beautiful car like the Qs Inspiration and not sell it in the United States and Europe.

    Stay tuned as Clean Fleet Report will have updates on the Qs Inspiration, and all other Infiniti models. To stay current, make sure to opt-in to the Clean Fleet Report newsletter (top right of page) to be notified of all new stories and vehicle reviews.

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April 16, 2019

April 15, 2019

  • Sustainable Products and Manufacturing превод на български
     

    Today, we’re publishing our first ever Impact Report, which measures the impact our products and operations have on the environment and our communities. We believe the faster the world moves towards a zero-emission future, the better, so we’re working hard to minimize our greenhouse gas footprint, while investing in our employees and the communities in which we operate. We look forward to sharing further progress in future reports.

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April 14, 2019

April 13, 2019

  • Electric Truck Road Trip превод на български
     

    The other day, I got a call from my friend, Seth. He said he was considering driving from Wisconsin to North Carolina to buy an electric box truck. I asked when he was thinking of doing it. He replied “Later today….” So, that’s why I’m near Charlotte, North Carolina, RIGHT NOW. The crazy plan was […]

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April 12, 2019

  • An Update to Our Vehicle Lineup превод на български
     

    Model 3 has been the best-selling premium car in the U.S. for the past three quarters, and we’ve heard from Model 3 owners around the world that they love their cars. It has the highest consumer satisfaction rating of any car in the world.

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April 11, 2019

  • LEVA-EU Attends Hunan Culture & Tourism Promotion Conference превод на български
     

    Hunan Conference

    Partnering for green mobility with ‘Splendid Hunan’

    On March 28th, Manager of the European Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA-EU) Annick Roetynck was honoured to attend the conference and meet with the delegation, which included Governor of Hunan Province, Mr Xu Dazhe, and Ms. Chen Wen, Minister and First Staff Member, Embassy of China in the UK.

    LEVA-EU recently attended the Hunan Culture & Tourism Promotion Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany, and there signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Hunan Culture and Tourism Department on the introduction of tourism equipment and the development of tourism products.

    At the London event, Annick Roetynck said,

    “I want to express that we are very proud to have the opportunity to cooperate with Hunan, to introduce the brand of electric bicycle that Hunan wants to develop in the Chinese market, and to introduce the professional information and operational experience of European electric bicycle tourism to Hunan, to help the development of Hunan’s electric bicycle tourism sector. We believe that Hunan’s tourism market has great potential to attract European tourists, using electric bicycles to explore the beautiful scenery of Hunan”

    Hunan, along with many regions in China, is committed to pursuing green technology and progressing green infrastructure. The applications for Light Electric Vehicles in the region, particularly in tourism, are vast. We look forward to the exciting developments to come from this partnership.

April 10, 2019

  • LED Headlight Fail! превод на български
     

    One of the upgrades I made after purchasing my Mitsubishi iMiEV electric car was to install LED headlights. Well, today, the second of the two LED headlamps failed! I had to take a look at my blog to remember when I actually DID install the headlights. Turns out it was just over three years ago. […]

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