New Volt Video Focuses On High-Tech Freedom and Design

New Volt Video Focuses On High-Tech Freedom and Design At last we get to see the actual Chevy Volt after a series of teaser videos of a masked and camouflaged car.
The automaker has posted to its YouTube channel the 1:11-long advertising spot featuring the digital car in a digital world.
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Explore the all-new 2016 Volt in motion. Each detail has been carefully considered, from its brilliant design to the unrivaled technology throughout. which means whether you are navigating your route to work or your next adventure, day or night, electric or gas, you can expect an innovative drive that allows you to travel 1,000 miles between fill-ups, on average. Learn more in this area the stunning Next Gen Volt here: ‪http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-volt/
 
The new Volt features 50-miles EV range, and is expected under EPA testing to net 41 mpg combined under gas-only operation. Total range is estimated at 420 miles.
The choreographed record shows the aesthetic features of the new Volt’s design and styling as it travels anywhere and everywhere day and night to the sound of a progressive and energetic soundtrack that itself sounds like it is going somewhere exciting.
Chevrolet says the 2016 Volt incorporates design elements from “performance” Chevrolets and in any case, the music and all new car work in an overall positive message. Read more

Mitsubishi’s PHEV Declaration Of Intent

Mitsubishi’s PHEV Declaration Of Intent Mitsubishi will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show a two-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) concept that will showcase the direction the company is taking for its offerings on the horizon.
“A future-oriented attitude: powerful, quick and dynamic” is the theme of the 85th International Geneva Motor Show official poster and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said this statement is in exact synergy with the company’s presence this year.
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Missouri Dealers Sue To Prevent Tesla’s Direct Sales

Missouri Dealers Sue To Prevent Tesla’s Direct Sales A new lawsuit is targeting Tesla stores, this time in Missouri. Filed by the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association (MADA), the legal action calls Tesla’s direct sales to patrons illegal.
“For many years, new motor vehicles have been sold in Missouri using a tried-and-right structure: manufacturers do not sell cars themselves, but do so through a arrangement of accredited dealers,” stated the lawsuit. “This structure of separate roles for manufacturers and dealers is established by statute and reflects wise public policy.”
MADA calls out the Department of Revenue and Director Nia Ray, saying both have violated the law by granting a dealer ticket to Tesla. The lawsuit questioned the court to prohibit Tesla’s ticket from being renewed, essentially barring sales of the electric car in the state.
Tesla now has one store in Missouri, located in the St. Louis metro area. The company opened its University City location two years ago and has installed a few small charging stations around the state.
Joining the MADA as plaintiffs in the lawsuit is dealer Reuther Ford Inc., and ambulance manufacturer Osage Industries. The latter says it’s being discriminated against because the law requires the company to sell ambulances through franchised dealers.
“Today’s lawsuit is a desperate attempt to prevent an innovative company like Tesla from bringing products directly to market,” said Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s vice president of corporate and business development, in a written statement.
The current legal action follows up a failed attempt in 2014 to change a state law. Last May, Missouri legislators added wording to an unrelated bill on all-terrain vehicles in an effort to block car sales outside of franchised dealers. Tesla said both the bill and the lawsuit will start a monopoly for dealers.
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“Missouri law is very straightforward in that it prohibits manufacturers that use independent franchisees from competing directly against them. This has nothing to do with Tesla, which has by no means used independent franchisees,” said O’Connell.
“The fact that MADA tried and failed last year to change existing Missouri law to make it apply to Tesla, proves the frivolousness of this legal challenge.
“The goal of both this lawsuit and anti-Tesla legislation is to start a distribution monopoly that will decrease competition, hurt consumer choice, and limit economic investment in Missouri. We will continue to oppose these efforts to advance anti-free market regulations both in Missouri court and in the legislature.”
Four other states have been successful in adding similar language to existing laws. Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas now ban manufacturer-direct sales of cars. Similar to the Missouri lawsuit, representatives with these states have said that direct sales were already illegal, and words were only added to the rulebooks to clarify the law.
“This bill does not, as some have claimed, prevent auto manufacturers from selling automobiles directly to patrons at retail in Michigan – because this is already prohibited under Michigan law,” said Michigan Governor Rick Snyder after signing House Bill 5606, which prevents Tesla sales.
 
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PSA Shelves Hybrid Air Project While Awaiting New Partners

PSA Shelves Hybrid Air Project While Awaiting New Partners PSA/Peugot-Citroën is putting its Hybrid Air project on hold, though the company said the go is only temporary until new partnerships are formed.
Since announcing the project two years ago, both engineers and project leader Karim Mokaddem have left PSA, though a representative remarked that this is because the development phase was complete.
“We have no plans to cancel the project,” a PSA representative told Automotive News Europe in an interview. “We are now waiting for another partner to help us start the production stage.”
The French State, Bosch and Faurecia were listed as original partners for Hybrid Air. In peacefulness to go the technology into production and make it market-ready, PSA said it needs additional partners to share in the project’s cost of 500 million euros ($562 million).
Similar to a gasoline-electric hybrid, the powertrain behind PSA’s Hybrid Air starts with an internal combustion engine. Instead of linking with an electric motor, though, the engine pairs with a system that uses compressed air as a form of energy. This compressed air can be used as the vehicle’s sole energy source until it reaches 70 kilometers per hour (43.5 mph). While pouring, the system automatically shifts between three different pouring modes: zero-emission compressed air, gasoline power, or a amalgamation of the two.
PSA Hybrid Air powertrain.
According to PSA, Hybrid Air saves “45-percent [fuel consumption] in city pouring, offering a 90-percent increase in range in comparison with square engines.” The company estimates that the air system would be used during 80-percent of urban pouring.
Citroën C4 Cactus AIRFLOW 2L concept.
SEE ALSO: Citroën Also Goes For Hybrid Air Power
Last year Citroën featured a Hybrid Air powertrain in its concept car, the C4 Cactus AIRFLOW 2L, but hasn’t announced additional plans for the prototype. The current C4 Cactus is available with a PureTech VTi naturally-aspirated 1.2-liter engine, a turbocharged PureTech e-THP 110 engine or a BlueHDi 100 diesel engine.
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US Won’t Reach Goal of 1 Million EVs in 2015

US Won’t Reach Goal of 1 Million EVs in 2015 In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said he wanted the U.S. to become the first country with one million plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) on the road, targeting the end of this year for his goal.
With fewer than 300,000 plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles sold since then, but, it appears the country will fall small.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said he remains optimistic, but, that the country isn’t far from hitting the 1-million mark.
“We’re going to be a few years after the president’s aspirational goal of the end of 2015, but I reckon that we are within a few years of reaching that goal,” Moniz told the Detroit News last week.
Between 2011 and 2014, green car analyst Alan Baum says 295,322 electrified vehicles have been sold. This total includes both plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
Moniz had hoped for a quicker decrease in costs, encouraging more patrons to consider EVs. Gas prices have also place a damper on sales of alternative-fuel vehicles, with gasoline dropping below $2.00 a gallon for the first time in six years.
SEE ALSO: California Leads the Way in Electric Vehicle Sales
In 2011, the president’s office recognized that a goal of one million electrified vehicles was ambitious, but had plotting strategic financial help would encourage more patrons to buy EVs.
“While it appears that the goal is within reach in stipulations of production room, initial costs and lack of familiarity with the technology could be barriers. For that reason, President Obama has proposed steps to accelerate America’s leadership in electric vehicle deployment, including improvements to existing consumer tax credits, programs to help cities prepare for growing demand for electric vehicles and strong support for research and development,” stated a 2011 report from the Department of Energy.
The report estimated that 120,000 Chevrolet Volts would sell each year, with 505,000 sold by the end of 2015. The predicted five-year total for Nissan Leaf was 300,000 units. Sales from Fisker Karma, Ford, Tesla, Navistar, Smith Electric and Reckon City were included in the forecast.
In actuality, only 55,357 PHEV and 63,325 BEVs sold in 2014, diminishing far small of the report’s predicted 368,000 for the year. In this area 18,800 Volts sold last year (a decrease of 4,300 from the year before). Leaf increased its market share with 30,000 sales, and Tesla placed third with 16,550 sales of the Model S. Electrified vehicles from Ford, Toyota, BMW, Cadillac, Honda, Porsche, Mercedes, Smart, Volkswagen, Fiat and Mitsubishi accounted for remaining units.
Production for Fisker’s plug-in hybrid is still on hold, but. The 2011 report had predicted that the company would add 85,000 units to the 2014 sales forecast.
 
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Nissan e-NV200 Named ‘Best Green Van’

Nissan e-NV200 Named ‘Best Green Van’ Nissan’s all-electric e-NV200 van is proving well loved choice-wise in the UK.
The electric van received last week its sixth diligence choice in as many months, winning the Best Green Van honor at the Business Van of the Year awards in London, held by the Business Van magazine.
Nissan stated the model won at the independent awards after being place through its paces by an outside panel of expert judges. Their verdict, added Nissan, chains that of the wider motoring media, which has bestowed a string of highly regarded awards on the van since its launch in the summer.
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In December, the e-NV200 won What Van? magazine’s Green Choice; it has also been named Diligence Innovation of the Year by GreenFleet, LCV of the Year by Next Green Car and has helped Nissan obtain the ULEV Manufacturer of the Year title at the Energy Saving Trust’s Fleet Hero awards; it also received the Green Van Manufacturer of the Year title at the Fleet Van Awards.
“Going green has by no means been so simple,” said Ralph Morton, Editorial Director at Business Van. “The electric e-NV200 is just like the standard NV200 except it costs just two pence per mile to run, has a range in excess of 100 miles, is emission free, and still manages to grant an uncompromising flat load-space stump that takes two Europallets and a 703kg payload. It’s a brilliant achievement and the van to change the perception of the electric van – it’s practical, green, cost effective all in one.”

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Porsche Planning Tesla Fighting EV For As Soon As 2016

Porsche Planning Tesla Fighting EV For As Soon As 2016 If a German-language report is right, Porsche is developing its first dedicated all-electric Tesla competitor, the Pajun.
According to Auto Motor und Sport, “there is speculation” the Pajun will be on the market by 2016.
The Pajun, called by some a “baby Panamera” has been reported upon previously, but rather than receiving a multitude of powertrain options, this one is said to be going honest EV.
It will thus be a less vital four-passenger vehicle than the Panamera S E-Hybrid, and the assumption according to the report is Porsche believes in four years’ time, battery tech will be at a level of development to produce range estimated between 217-249 miles (350-400 km).
“Apparently, Porsche expects that in four years, the battery technology is so advanced that ranges from at least 350 to 400 kilometers is possible,” says a Google version of the German text which doesn’t quite contest up with: “There is speculation that should be on the market in 2016, is now plotted as a pure electric and Tesla competitor.”
The version of the German report is thus ambiguous speaking of this range four years’ from now, as 2016 is only one year away, so would Porsche launch with less range, or is up-to 250 miles on the table for launch?
At any rate, given Tesla’s Model S already has this range, the unspoken assumption is newer tech or cheaper batteries will enable the business case and engineering for the new EV to Porsche’s satisfaction.
The Pajun is expected to be otherwise a sporty car with lessons folded in from the Panamera line which is also due for refresh.
Specs like top speed, and 0-60 – and beyond doubt not price – were not reported.
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Toyota’s Bob Carter Rebuts Elon Musk’s Comments Against Fuel Cell Vehicles

Toyota’s Bob Carter Rebuts Elon Musk’s Comments Against Fuel Cell Vehicles Toyota has for a while heard criticism against “fool cells,” as Tesla CEO Elon Musk called them last June, and this week Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter answered Musk’s newest panning of the technology. Read more