China Reveals Its First Home-Grown Electric Supercar

China Reveals Its First Home-Grown Electric Supercar Debuting earlier this week at the Shanghai Auto Show was China’s first internally designed and built electric supercar.
Dubbed the Qiantu K50 Event! – yes, with an exclamation point! – and will be entering the Chinese market in 2016.
The Event! will be priced approximately $113,000 (700,000 yuan), similar to what a Tesla Model S costs in China. Additional, buyers of the K50 will be eligible for EV incentives, exempting them from the 10 percent sales tax.
Qiantu based this K50 on a concept revealed last year at the Beijing Auto Show, at the time it was simply known as the CH Auto Event concept.
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According to CarNewsChina, the Qiantu K50 Event! is said to have an electric motor pushing out 400 horsepower, a 41.1 kwh battery, and a range of 124.2 miles; in comparison the Tesla Model S 85D has a range of up to 270 miles.
Those 400 cattle are stated to help motivate the vehicle to a top speed of 124.2 miles per hour, and lead it to a 0-62 time of five seconds.
With a curb weight of 3,714 pounds, the Event! will weigh less than the lightest Tesla, and is theoretically helped additional being a two seater as opposed to Tesla being a five (or plus-two kid) seat vehicle. Read more

Congress-Commissioned Study Recommends Tax Credit Become Point Of Sale Rebate

Congress-Commissioned Study Recommends Tax Credit Become Point Of Sale Rebate A comprehensive study commissioned by Congress surveying adoption and progression of the plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) market recommends the federal tax credit become a point-of-sale discount.
This recommendation has been politically dead on arrival as endorsed by President Barack Obama for the past four years or more, but the 205-page exhaustive and throughly vetted non-supporter study by the National Research Council adds its voice(s) to the thought.
SEE ALSO: Does The $7,500 Plug-In Car Tax Credit Need Reform?“Given the research on fiscal incentives and HEVs [hybrid electric vehicles], the effectiveness of the federal income tax credit to motivate patrons to buy PEVs would be enhanced by converting it into a discount at the point of sale,” says the first of several findings of the study regarding the tax credit depiction in America.
Precedent was set with lower-dollar-amount incentives for HEVs. Initial costs are higher for PEVs, and incentives are just one recommendation among many to educate patrons, stimulate the market.
The study, titled, “Overcoming Barriers to Deployment of Plug-in Electric Vehicles” additional points out a recent survey found the present state of incentives between federal and state and local level leaves many patrons unaware.
“But, a recent study found that 94.5 percent of survey respondents (adult drivers from the general public in 21 major U.S. cities) were not aware of PEV incentives and suggests that the effectiveness of the PEV credits could be enhanced through superior consumer awareness and education (Krause et al. 2013),” says the study.
This is the case, observes the study despite the fact “overall, that literature suggests that financial incentives do motivate patrons to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles.”
So, incentives work, but they are only working so well in the U.S. says the study commissioned by Congress.
At the same time, it resists deeper level recommendations because “there appears, but, to be a lack of research to indicate which incentives might be the most effective at encouraging PEV deployment.”
Held out as case examples are well-published effective programs stimulating Norway and the Netherlands, as well as an “fascinating” incentive policy in Japan existing by the Clean Energy Vehicle Promotion Program.
It [Japan's program] is notable because it has a clear sunset, the discount level declines each year on the basis of a preset formula, and the discount amount financed by the government depends on whether vehicle manufacturers meet a preset annual price target (see Figure 7-1). The administering agency, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Diligence (METI 2013) calculates an annual price target by assuming a linear decline between a base price in 2012 and a long-term target price in 2016. To encourage vehicle manufacturers to reduce their sales prices each year, the government provides 100 percent of the discount if the manufacturer meets the annual target price but subsidizes only in this area 67 percent of the discount if the manufacturer exceeds the annual price target.
 
The study but says firm conclusions based on other countries with unique culture and politics aren’t easily drawn but clearly incentives work, and it says the U.S. could stand to modify its programs to make it as effective as those in other nations.
Proof of even worse policies are in Germany, it says.
“Those with modest or no financial incentives for PEVs — most notably Germany, which has not
existing consumer incentives and has relied on demonstration programs in four major regions — have experienced minimal sales,” says the study.
And then you have the anomaly China which has been throwing money at the problem for at least six years and yet last year the state of California bought more PEVs.
“Financial incentives, but, are not working everywhere, most notably in China, where there has been tepid consumer uptake despite the substantial financial incentives existing,” says the study. “One ahead of schedule analysis of that puzzling circumstances concludes that Chinese patrons are more concerned in this area vehicle performance than cost at this stage (Zhang et al. 2013).”
Coming back to the U.S. depiction, the present patchwork comforter of state-level incentives ranging from up to $6,000 in Colorado, to nothing in some states is an implicitly inequitable inequitable of these states’ rights to conduct plicy as their respective lawmakers see fit.
The study does not take a stand on that, but does benignly note consumer education is at stake because of the way things are now run.
Concerns beyond the study have been voiced that if incentives re not held up, and manufacturers reach sales caps too soon, progress in the market’s progression could stall.
“The many state incentives that differ in fiscal value, restrictions, and calculation methods make it challenging to educate patrons on the incentives that are available to them and emphasize the need for a clear, up-to-date source of information for patrons,” says the study.
Whether this study full of other recommendations and sad on other aspects of PEV acceptance is heeded is anyone’s guess, but your taxpayer dollars funded it. Pains were taken by its long list of distinguished authors for it to remain unbiased, and it recommends more is needed if the U.S. wants to grow the market like it means it.
“Overall, the encounter worldwide demonstrates that substantial financial incentives are
effective at motivating patrons to adopt PEVs,” says the study.
Overcoming Barriers to Deployment of Plug-in Electric Vehicles

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This Year’s SAE Conference Puts Focus On Self-Driving Cars

This Year’s SAE Conference Puts Focus On Self-Driving Cars Self-pouring cars are at the center of attention at this year’s The upper classes of Automotive Engineers conference in Detroit.
Several SAE panels this year focused on the legal, technical and safety issues surrounding self-pouring cars with Ray Kurzweil, inventor and director of engineering at Google, starting his keynote address by mentioning that vehicle crashes kill 1.2-million public worldwide each year. According to Kurzweil, autonomous vehicles won’t arrive until the technology is “exponentially safer than the alternative, but it’s coming. It’s not far away.” The Google employee also shared that researchers are developing microscopic fuel cells that are so small “you can place millions of them in a very small space and start very low-priced, very powerful energy storage with a very high energy-to-size ratio.”
Vehicle sensors were also a topic of discussion with Pat Bassett, vice president for North American research and engineering at Denso, saying that future vehicles “will need to be able to evaluate driver status, including habits, attention, stress level and mood.” Denso is now working on sensors that can read a driver’s attention level though facial-image processing. Experts at the SAE conference also believe that owners will be able to toggle autonomous pouring on and off, but believe that self-pouring cars will be more well loved in the future.
This article originally appeared at AutoGuide.com

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Mirai To Be Showcased On The Track

Mirai To Be Showcased On The Track In an unexpected go, Toyota’s hydrogen-powered Mirai will pace a NASCAR race.
Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle will pace the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway this coming Saturday night, April 25.
The Mirai four-door, mid-size sedan will lead the Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag.
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“Having a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle pace the Toyota Owners 400 is a historic second for both Toyota and NASCAR and we’re proud it’s the Toyota Mirai,” said Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance and guest encounter, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “Bringing the Mirai to Richmond to pace this vital race is another way for Toyota to showcase our innovation and environmental leadership.”
According to Toyota, the Mirai offers the performance needed to pace the 43-car NASCAR field at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) while using no gasoline and emitting nothing but water vapor. The Mirai was tested and approved by NASCAR to pace the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race after a test session at RIR April 23. Read more

Second-Generation Volt Transmission Operation Explained

Second-Generation Volt Transmission Operation Explained Preface
This article co-written by Jeff Nisewanger, Patrick Groeneveld and George Bower first appeared on GM-Volt.com. It’s more than a modest bit technical, but for those who want more than a cursory explanation, it’s based on GM patent US 8,602,938, issued in December 2013, and presentations by GM at an SAE vehicle electrification conference on February 11, 2015 in Los Angeles. The presentations by GM verify that the patent described here is indeed used as the basis for the next generation “Voltec” transmission. This article describes the design of the new transmission in detail. Read more

More Tech Details Surface On 2016 Acura NSX Hybrid

More Tech Details Surface On 2016 Acura NSX Hybrid More has been revealed on the technology used in the 2016 Acura NSX.
The Japanese brand is touting the car’s lightweight multi-material body and spaceframe as revolutionary and Acura claims that the car is “by far the most rigid in its competitive set.” The space frame is made primarily from aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel which is anchored by a carbon fiber stump.
To achieve the car’s high rigidity, Acura is using the world’s first application of ablation casting, which blends traditional casting methods with a rapid cooling technique that results in flexibility with the design and rigidity of the casting but also the ductility and energy captivation characteristics of extruded material. Read more

Are Hybrid Buyers Shifting Away?

Are Hybrid Buyers Shifting Away? A report says it looks like less than half hybrid car owners are trading-in towards another alternative fuel vehicle these days.
Car buyers are trading in hybrid and electric cars for SUVs at a higher rate than ever before, according to a new analysis from Edmunds.com.
The publication’s analysis offers a look at how today’s gas prices are drawing hybrid and EV owners toward gas-guzzling vehicles at an accelerated pace over recent years.
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According to numbers published by Edmunds.com, in this area 22 percent of public who have traded in their hybrids and EVs in 2015 bought a new SUV. This number represents a astute increase from 18.8 percent last year, and it is nearly double the rate of 11.9 percent three years ago.
Overall, 45 percent of this year’s hybrid and EV trade-ins have gone toward the buy of another alternative fuel vehicle, down from over 60 percent in 2012.
By no means before have loyalty rates for alt-fuel vehicles fallen below 50 percent, stated Edmunds.com.
“For better or worse, it looks like many hybrid and EV owners are driven more by financial motives rather than a responsibility to the environment,” said Edmunds.com Director of Diligence Analysis Jessica Caldwell. “Three years ago, when gas was at near-record highs, it was a lot simpler to rationalize the price premiums on alternative fuel vehicles. But with today’s gas prices as low as they are, the math just doesn’t make a very compelling case.”
To underscore the point, Edmunds calculates that at the peak average national gas price of $4.67/gallon in October 2012, it would take five years to break even on the $3,770 price variation between a Toyota Camry LE Hybrid ($28,230) and a Toyota Camry LE ($24,460). At today’s national average gas price of $2.27/gallon, it would take twice as much time (10.5 years) to close the same gap.
EVs and hybrids accounted for 2.7 percent of all new car sales in the first quarter of 2015, down from 3.3 percent during that same period last year. The share of SUVs, meanwhile, has increased from 31.8 percent in Q1 2014 to 34.2 percent in Q1 2015.

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Audi Makes E-Diesel From CO2 And Water

Audi Makes E-Diesel From CO2 And Water Late last year, Audi announced it was partnering with the Dresden Energy Technology Corporation Sunfire to start synthetic diesel using CO2 and the company has now produced the first batch.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research Professor Dr. Johanna Wanka place the first five liters into her personal Audi A8 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro. Read more