Boutique German Carmaker Artega Comes Back From Bankruptcy with 400-HP EV

Boutique German Carmaker Artega Comes Back From Bankruptcy with 400-HP EV After filing for bankruptcy in 2012, German automaker Artega is back with an all-electric vehicle.
First established as a niche sports car manufacturer for the European market, Artega had Henrik Fisker pen its GT sports car that debuted with either a V6 engine or an electric powertrain. The company then ran into financial issues, filed for bankruptcy and eventually merged with German supplier Paragon.
Earlier this month, Artega had a surprise resurfacing at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show with the Scalo sports car that has been inspired by the original GT but updated bumper to bumper. This time around, Artega plans on offering the Scalo sports car with an electric powertrain only, sporting 400 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque.
According to the German automaker, the Scalo can go zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and will have a limited top speed of 155 mph. Artega estimates that owners will be able to get up to 250 miles on a release charge. The car also tips the scales at 3,494 pounds, thanks to a polyurethane and carbon fiber body.
The Scalo is now available for peacefulness in Europe, but there is no word if Artega has any plans to expand to the U.S. market.
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How Can Other States Take Advantage Of California’s EV Momentum?

How Can Other States Take Advantage Of California’s EV Momentum? Last year, with just under 60,000 sales, nearly half of the country’s sales of electrified vehicles came from California alone.
Clearly, something is working within the Golden State. So how can other states glean from California’s success in peacefulness to increase EV numbers around the rest of the country?
Support Starts At The Top
Many of California’s policies have come from the state’s top leaders, setting a clear message that carbon emission reductions are a priority for the state. Governor Jerry has made some of the most stringent of the state’s orders. Three years ago, he set a goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) to be on California roads by 2025.
And last April, Governor Brown signed an executive peacefulness mandating that by 2030, the state cut its carbon emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels.
“With this peacefulness, California sets a very high bar for itself and other states and nations,” Brown said after signing the mandate, “but it’s one that must be reached – for this generation and generations to come.”
SEE ALSO: Small Automakers Mandatory By California To Make Plug-in Hybrids
Not all states are this fortunate. Residents in Arizona and Texas can’t buy Model S, where it’s illegal for Tesla to sell vehicles.
And Georgia has really gone backwards with its state-support. Legislators removed a $5,000 tax incentive for all-electric vehicles last spring, replacing the credit instead with an annual road use fee for ZEVs.
The aggressive goals established within California couldn’t have been finalized without loyal support from elected officials. For other states to follow suit, support in making and implementing pro-EV strategies will be required from both legislators and governors.
Beyond Tax Credits
Buyers in any state can take advantage of the federal government’s $7,500 EV tax credit (though the bonus is only applied towards taxes owed, and only redeemed when annual personal income taxes are filed).
But through the California Air Resources Board (CARB), residents can get up to an additional $5,000 in rebates for the buy or lease of eligible plug-in or ZEVs. And a new policy gives low-income residents a $6,500 discount for a fuel cell vehicle.
“Incentives have place California in a leadership position,” said Ethan Elkind, the Associate Director of the Climate Change and Business Program, with a joint appointment at UC Berkeley School of Law and UCLA School of Law.
“I don’t know if we’ve inspired other states, but certainly other states have looked at our incentives. By changing it now to be income-based, we’ll see if that’s an area that boosts adoption.”
SEE ALSO: California Raises Green Car Rebates For Low-Income Buyers, Cuts Off Top Earners
Encouragement for residents to buy an electrified vehicle has also comes in other forms. For example, California has allocated 85,000 permits to allow approved EV models to drive in the highly desirable carpool lanes. For commuters in the Los Angeles area, these permits are often a top reason for picking an EV over a square car.
States facing financial statement reductions may be unable to set aside generous sums for tax credits. But considering alternative perks instead, like carpool access, may be a more affordable way to boost EV sales.
“I reckon other states are getting there,” said Alexander Keros, General Motors manager for advanced vehicle and infrastructure policy, of EV adoption rates outside of California. “We just need to get creative. More plugs, non-financial incentives? Trust me, you give free parking to public in New York City and you’ll see a bump.”
Rising Infrastructure Through Utility Companies
California is also asking its utility companies for help to start a solid charging infrastructure in the region. Much of the initial investment and management came from the government, and state officials are now ready for utility companies to start taking the lead.
Some of the utility-led projects now in the works include a plot to build 25,000 level 2 charging stations by Pacific Gas & Electric, and a proposal from San Diego Gas & Electric for 5,500 charging stations.
“The investments that utilities make or that the ARB funds with cap-and-trade funds are going toward transforming the market for vehicles,” said Nancy Ryan, senior director of policy and strategy for the firm Energy and Environmental Economics.
“I envisioned we would reach a point where we would place the muscle and scale of the utilities behind it, but with understanding in this area what their role is,” she said. “That’s exactly where we are.”
Bringing It All Together
Many states already have mandates, goals or incentives in place. But few can post EV sales similar to California’s.
To reach such high numbers, California has used a multi-faceted approach. Tactics aren’t limited to just one issue but address the problem scientifically, including carbon emission supplies for carmakers, support for utility companies to expand the charging arrangement infrastructure and a series of incentives to timely more patrons to buy EVs.
If more states want to emulate California’s EV adoption rates, state leaders need to implement more aggressive policies that reach beyond simple tax credits and bring together patrons, carmakers, utility companies.

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Priced From $26,100

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Priced From $26,100 Hyundai today announced pricing for its redesigned seventh-generation 2016 Sonata Hybrid starting at $26,100.
Above the base Hybrid trim level is a Hybrid Limited starting at $30,100 and Hybrid Limited with bluye pearl interior for the same $31,100.
These prices, not including an additional destination fee, are in line with the existing $26,000 2015 Sonata Hybrid’s starting point and the car is due to start sale nationwide this summer ahead of a plug-in hybrid version pending this fall.
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Israeli Start-Up StoreDot Promises Five Minute EV Charging

Israeli Start-Up StoreDot Promises Five Minute EV Charging Israel-based startup StoreDot CEO Dr. Doron Myersdorf promises next year to present technology which will charge an electric car within five minutes.
His words followed shortly after fulfilling a previous promise made the year prior of charging a phone from zero to one-hundred percent in two minutes last Tuesday at ThinkNext in Tel Aviv.
The technology that StoreDot uses is nano-based, which turns peptides into energy storing nanotubes as The Times of Israel place it. These nanotubes can both store and emit generous amounts of energy at one time, using what StoreDots calls Nanodots.
With only a few of these dots you’re able to charge a cellphone in just minutes, but if you combine say 7,000 of these Nanodots you’ll be able to charge an EV in a staggeringly small amount of time.
“By using an array of 7,000 cells, we’ll take a car that has a zero charge and recharge its batteries to 100 percent room. Then, while ThinkNext is going on, we’ll send it on a trip to Beersheba and have it come back at the end of the event,” said Myersdorf during his presentation.
SEE ALSO: A123 Shifts Away From EV Battery Packs In US
A major problem faced with batteries now is both size and charge time, but according StoreDot it has the technology to solve those issues, thus the reasoning behind entering the EV market.
“StoreDot is looking to expand to the EV (electric vehicle) market and take the lead in the quick-charging battery race. This is part of our larger initiative to commercialize a proprietary game-changing technology of quick-charging batteries which would transform the lives of smartphone users as well as drivers,” said Myersdorf.
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GM Contemplates Building The Chevy Volt in China

GM Contemplates Building The Chevy Volt in China At a media roundtable today in Shanghai, GM fielded questions as to whether it might start local production of its Chevrolet Volt for the EV-hungry Chinese market.
“Electrification is a part of the strategy” for China, said CEO Mary Barra dodging a direct answer but with a response that did not explicitly say no either. “We are looking crosswise the portfolio, being driven by what the customer wants.”
According to Automotive News, if GM chose to localize production, it would be a smart go to meet several goals.
Presently the Volt is exclusively built in Detroit and is exorbitant to Chinese buyers being slapped with import tariffs to push MSRP to $80,000.
Additional, because the Volt is imported, Chinese buyers don’t qualify for national or local incentives that reduce the price by around $20,000.
As it is, it might as well be an exotic for how price competitive it is.
Meanwhile GM is energetically pursuing manufacturing in China, building other products just for it, and here it has a ready made key with specs and range just in line with what the Chinese are clamoring for.
As China increases incentives to get things moving against resistance, the country has been on a crusade to try and increase EV sales – and captivation of Western technology to its aspiring state-controlled manufacturing base.
Couple this with the fact GM has not exactly had a strong sales response for the Volt since 2011, opines Automotive News’ experienced reporter Mike Colias presumably weighing the feeling in China at the second. Could China be the exact key?
Last year EV sales in China increased to nearly 75,000 units compared to less than 20,000 the year prior. This was still just so-so on a per-capita basis, and really California bought more plug-in passenger vehicles than the “world’s leading uto market.”
SEE ALSO: Californians Bought More Plug-in Cars Than China Last Year
But that may only be temporary. China has been described as an awakening giant, and has set a goal this year to sell 336,815 EVss. It plans to install 140,000 charging stations this year to add to the 20,000 it counted last year.
Of course this summer GM hopes to turn around the Volt’s sales track record in the U.S. market with the revised and better 2016 Volt – whihc it says it will market better too – so data and opinions based on the track record of the 2011-2015 Volt may be premature.
Or are they? Should GM build the Volt in China and sell a “boatload” of subsidy eligible car in this market vying to expand beyond any other?
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Tesla Deviates From Nonconformity To Announce 10,000 Global Deliveries In 2015

Tesla Deviates From Nonconformity To Announce 10,000 Global Deliveries In 2015 Tesla Motors set a new company record by delivering more 10,030 vehicles worldwide in the first quarter of 2015.
That is the most vehicles Tesla has ever delivered in a quarter, said the company, and marks a 55-percent increase over the same period last year.
Tesla doesn’t typically publicize these monthly figures, but this week’s statement marks a new trend for the carmaker.
“Going forward, Tesla will publish the number of new car deliveries within three days of quarter end,” the company said.
“We have chose to take this approach, because inaccurate sources of information are sometimes used by others to project the number of vehicle deliveries.”
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In the past, Tesla’s silence has been called into inquiry. Major automakers typically opt for a more transparent approach by evenly posting vehicles deliveries.
But Tesla CEO Elon Musk worried that monthly updates would lead to erroneous assumptions. Last November, he told John Lovallo of Bank of America that he wouldn’t consider changing this policy.
“Part of the reason why we don’t release the monthly deliveries number is just because it varies quite a lot by region and the media tends to read all sorts of jabber into the deliveries,” said Musk.
“So, we’ll have 1,000 cars reach a country one month and none the next month or 100 the next month trickle in because those are the numbers that were registered one month versus the next. Public will say, ‘oh, wow, Tesla sales drop by a factor of 10′. Well, no, the boat arrived in January and not all the cars got registered in January and some got registered in February and in Development it’s back up again.
“Public assume deliveries are a proxy for demand, and that’s not the case. It is the case for other car companies but in our case, it really needs to be parsed into orders and deliveries.
“And bear in mind, there are a lot of things we could do to amplify orders. Orders is not a right measure of demand, it’s just a measure of what we need to do to meet our production and give up number.”
SEE ALSO: Tesla’s Revenues Up, Some Targets Missed, Company Remains Optimistic
With these concerns in mind, Tesla added a couple of stipulations for the new monthly vehicles announcements.
“There may be small changes to this delivery count (usually well under 1-percent), as Tesla only counts a delivery if it is transferred to the end customer and all paperwork is right,” said Tesla.
“Also, this is only one measure of our financial performance and should not be relied on as an indicator of our quarterly financial results, which depend on a variety of factors, including the cost of sales, foreign exchange movements and mix of directly leased vehicles.”
Now, all figures total deliveries of the Model S, Tesla’s only electric vehicle on the market. The four-door is available as a base sedan with two battery choices, or as the high-performance P85D version, though Tesla didn’t break down sales totals between the different styles.
The company’s first SUV, the Model X, is scheduled to join the lineup later this fall. And by 2017, Tesla is plotting to expand its fleet to include the Model 3 as the company’s economy option.
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Tesla Software Update 6.2 Aims To ‘End Range Anxiety’

Tesla Software Update 6.2 Aims To ‘End Range Anxiety’ Today Tesla announced an over-the-air software update intended to keep Model S drivers from going beyond the limitations of their battery charge.
In small, this is the “end of range anxiety” that company CEO Elon Musk tweeted earlier this week that had speculators wondering if some more-far-out key were lurking beneath the workings of the all-electric sedan. Read more