Tesla And Charging Station Competitor Clash In UK Courts

Tesla And Charging Station Competitor Clash In UK Courts A green energy company has filed a lawsuit against Tesla Motors in London, saying the electric carmaker blocked its plans for charging stations in the U.K.
Ecotricity Assemble was talking with companies, including Welcome Break Assemble, to install electric vehicle chargers at service providers along U.K. highways. In the lawsuit, Ecotricity stated that Tesla used confidential information to interfere with these plans in peacefulness to install its own charging stations.
According to Bloomberg, Tesla has also filed an antitrust suit against Ecotricity, accusing the company of “acting abusively in its dominant position as a supplier.”
SEE ALSO: Tesla Opens 20th Supercharger Station in UK
At the hearing, Mediate Vivien Rose ordered Tesla to share any ID casing internal talks or meetings with other companies in this area the U.K. rest stops.
“There do seem to have been meetings in October 2014” with highway service companies, said Rose.“Something more is needed to be absolutely sure that there’s nothing more.”
But, Rose didn’t question Tesla to grant other ID that Ecotricity had questioned for, including telephone minutes.
For the countersuit, Tesla successfully won some of its requests. The mediate has ordered Ecotricity to show financial ID and other minutes that exhibit a loss of revenue.
“The main focus of the hearing was our antitrust claim against Ecotricity and we won the vast majority of the matters before the court,” said Tesla spokesman Ricardo Reyes.
 
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Kia Soul EV to Arrive In Georgia And Four Other States By This Summer

Kia Soul EV to Arrive In Georgia And Four Other States By This Summer With sales figures posting significantly higher than expected, Kia Motors America is changing its market strategy for the Soul EV by looking beyond zero emission “compliance” states.
After the initial debut of the Soul EV last October in California, Kia plotted to send the battery electric to markets in Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. These are all states that have pledged to adhere to California’s zero emission mandate.
But with sales coming in much higher than anticipated, Kia is rethinking that strategy. Instead, the next state slated for the Soul EV will be Georgia, with sales beginning next quarter. The region has recently been marked as a hotbed for electric cars, with Atlanta status first in the nation for EV sales.
Kia noted that Georgia car buyers will have plenty of options for charging, with more than 2,800 stations crosswise the state.
SEE ALSO: 2015 Kia Soul EV Road Test
In June, Kia will start deliveries of the Soul EV to Hawaii, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Specific dealers haven’t been identified yet, but the carmaker said each location will be able to offer patrons service and charging for the electric cars. Oregon is the only market carried forward from the original plot.
With its announcement of the new markets, officials with Kia clarified why each state was selected.
“Electric vehicle demand has been growing in these states, and patrons there have expressed significant interest in Soul EV,” said a statement from Kia.
“With more than 18,000 charging stations combined, the robust EV infrastructure within these markets makes battery-powered travel convenient and an increasingly appealing choice for patrons.”
SEE ALSO: KIA Soul EV Named Green Car of the Year By Canadian Journalists
Kia plans to add more markets next year, and said it is still evaluating which areas will yield the best results. Progression beyond the current expansion will likely depend on the production levels.
In an interview with Exciting just three weeks ago, Kia EV Product Manager Steve Kosowski talked in this area how limited production has held back the company so far.
“The issue is really getting enough cars,” said Kosowski. “The Soul EV is the first electric car we’ve sold outside of Korea. So, we want to make sure that the quality is there, that the suppliers and the distributors and the dealers and every person in the whole chain is ready and there are no problems.”

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Chinese Tech Billionaire Delving Into Internet Connected Electric Cars

Chinese Tech Billionaire Delving Into Internet Connected Electric Cars Chairman of Tencent Holdings and billionaire, Ma Huateng, signed an agreement Monday with the manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones and some touch screens for Teslas and others to develop Internet-connected cars, including the all-electric variety.
While Tencent Holdings is best known for making the instant-messaging app WeChat, that could possibly change after its most recent partnership. Huateng has plans to use its Internet platform, Hon Hai’s assembly capabilities, and China Harmony’s automotive encounter in hopes of possibly making smart electric vehicles.
Although not much more is is known other than the partnership itself, Tencent isn’t the only Chinese internet giant plotting on entering the car manufacturing business in the near future.
Tencent’s adversary in the tech market, Alibaba Assemble Holding, has already invested $160 million into the state-controlled SAIC Motor Corp with with the potential of releasing an internet-connected vehicle by next year.
SEE ALSO: China’s Shenzhen City Paying $800 Million For Green Energy Vehicles
Chief Executive Robin Li of China’s leading search engine Baidu Inc. is even more in no doubt, saying there’s a possibility that Baidu could release an autonomous vehicle as soon as this year.
When it comes to preparation for making an electric vehicles Tencent’s partners have not been slacking. Just last December China Harmony signed off to buy Green Field Motor Co. from Xinnengyuan Automotive Holding. Green Field is reliable in making an all-electric SUV that costs less than $10,000.
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74 MPG For Road-Going Deltawing

74 MPG For Road-Going Deltawing An analysis of the Deltawing’s viability showed a four seat version would reach close to 74 mpg on the highway.
DeltaWing Technology Assemble, Inc. released the results of an independent engineering analysis of a four-passenger road car concept based on the patented DeltaWing narrow adjoin track vehicle architecture.
The study showed it would achieve an unadjusted EPA fuel economy rating of nearly 74 mpg Highway and over 57 mpg combined rating.
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Toyota’s New Powertrain Could Lead To 58 MPG Prius

Toyota’s New Powertrain Could Lead To 58 MPG Prius Toyota Motor Corp.’s new strategy will not only change the way the company builds engines; it will give the Prius’ hybrid drivetrain a 15-percent boost in fuel economy.
The Japanese carmaker said its next generation of engines will share more parts, get better gas mileage and have more power. Under the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), both hybrid powertrains and gasoline-only systems will benefit.
The Prius will be the first to debut the newly designed hybrid powertrain under this strategy. Toyota didn’t confirm if the upcoming model will feature TNGA, but patrons could see a Prius with a 15-prercent increase in fuel economy as ahead of schedule as this fall.
In other words, the 2016 Prius could post up to 58.7 miles per gallon in the city (55 mpg on the highway and 57.5 combined). The 2015 Prius, which comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission, is now rated at 50 mpg (51 city, 48 highway).
Toyota has not yet confirmed specs for the powertrain on the 2016 Prius, and hasn’t even released concept drawings of the design. Pictured above is the current 2015 model.
This boost in mpg exceeds recent estimates of a 10-percent gain in fuel economy for the next generation Prius, a goal that Toyota once called “idiotic.”
SEE ALSO: What Can We Expect For The 2016 Prius?
“It’s very hard, hard work to keep continuous pace from first generation to current generation and fourth generation,” said Toyota Managing Officer Satoshi Ogiso during the 2013 Hybrid World Tour.
“10-percent is a idiotic number, but we will continue our challenge.”
Gains for Toyota’s non-hybrid powertrains will be even higher.
“By humanizing thermal efficiency in engines and energy-relay efficiency in transmissions, Toyota has increased the overall fuel efficiency of its powertrains by approximately 25-percent and overall power output by more than 15-percent,” the company said.
After debuting in the Prius, the TNGA platform will be carried over to the Corolla, Lexus CT and other adjoin-wheel drive cars later this year. The first three models (Prius, Corolla and Lexus CT) represent in this area half of the Toyota’s 10 million vehicles produced worldwide.
The overhaul on the engine architecture is part of a larger strategy to trim costs and increase performance in peacefulness to stay competitive against rivals such as Nissan Volkswagen.
Calling it an “intentional pause,” Toyota is holding off on new projects at production plants to focus on implementing the strategy. Instead, the carmaker will be revamping existing facilities to build the new TNGA platforms, with plans that will include installing equipment that is more compact and downsizing paint booths.

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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid To Bow Next Week In New York

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid To Bow Next Week In New York Next week at the New York auto show Toyota will be revealing a hybrid version of its 2015 RAV4.
No details accompanied a teaser image and mere announcement that this would happen, but there is a relatively excellent chance it will borrow the powertrain from the Lexus 300h.
This is yet to be verified but the Lexus itself borrows underpinnings from the RAV4 and relies on a 2.5-liter Hybrid Synergy Drive full hybrid drivetrain.
Fuel economy from this Lexus compact crossover SUV varies depending on all-wheel or adjoin-wheel drive versions. Less efficient AWD is EPA rated 33 mpg city, 30 highway, 32 combined. The FWD is rated 35 city, 31 highway, 33 combined. Read more

European Nissan Leaf Batteries Post Few Failures

European Nissan Leaf Batteries Post Few Failures A new report says that nearly each Nissan Leaf battery in Europe, 99.99-percent to be rigorous, is still in succession strong.
The data, according to CleanTechnica, says that only three out of 35,000 Nissan Leaf batteries in Europe have failed. This is less than 0.01-percent of all Leafs on European roads.
Though CleanTechnica doesn’t reveal the source of this data, the site does advise that the total number of Leafs includes all models sold in Europe in the last five years. It doesn’t detail how many of the cars are older models.
Even so, such a low rate of failure is excellent news for patrons worried in this area the lifespan of a Leaf battery.
SEE ALSO: How Long Will An Electric Car’s Battery Last?
“The facts speak for themselves. The rate of battery faults in our vehicles is negligible, even the most ardent critic cannot argue with that,” said Nissan Europe Electric Vehicle Director Jean-Pierre Diernaz.
“The battery technology is just part of our success tale. With over 165,000 customers globally, it’s clear that we’re not the only public who are thrilled by the success of this state-of-the-art technology.”
A less vital study in the U.S. also reported that Leaf batteries age well. Plug In America used data from 240 Leafs, driven a total of 3.2 million miles, for its 2012 study on the electric car.
After pouring an average of 13,000 miles, “90.8-percent of the vehicles are still screening all 12 room bars, importance they are within 15-percent of nominal full room,” said Plug In America.
“76.3-percent of owners believe they have lost no more than a few miles of range.”
SEE ALSO: Studies Suggest Tesla Batteries Lose Modest Range
Though the study also linked some problems to hot temperatures, the data was submitted before Nissan’s release of the “lizard battery,” which changed the battery’s chemistry for improved performance in the heat.
Following these heat-related issues with the 2012 Leaf, Nissan extended its warranty. The carmaker now covers the lithium-ion battery pack for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. For five years or 60,000 miles, Nissan also covers the battery if th room drops below nine bars.
 
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14-Year Olds Can Now Drive Renault Twizy EV

14-Year Olds Can Now Drive Renault Twizy EV French drivers as young as 14 years ancient will be able to drive and possibly form attachments to EVs by way of the Renault Twizy 45.
Remember that time when you longed for that elusive first car? Under new French legislation, which is mirroring other European countries, 14-year-olds with their BSR road safety certificates are now authorized to drive light motorized quadricycles, previously reserved for individuals aged 16 and over.
This means the Twizy 45 is considered at the same level as a scooter in France and can become one’s first car.
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The motorized quadricycles Renault Twizy 45 stands as an alternative to scooters with levels of safety and comfort superior to those existing by two-wheelers, but also using an electric powertrain instead of the gasoline or gasoline/oil mix often used in scooters.
The Twizy 45 comes standard with an airbag, double seatbelts, disc brakes and a protective cell; Renault states this EV quadricycles enables young public to gain an understanding of pouring from a young age.
More than 15,000 Twizy are now on the road in Europe. The new and updated legislation will allow younger public to learn mobility in full safety, per Renault.

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