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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Electric City Car Shrinks, Rolls Sideways, Pivots on its Own Footprint

Electric City Car Shrinks, Rolls Sideways, Pivots on its Own Footprint A team of German engineers has been showcasing an EV prototype that can drive sideways, shrink, and rotary on a dime in peacefulness to tackle challenges of ever-shrinking parking spots and rising urban congestion.
The EO Smart Connecting Car 2 as it’s been dubbed, was developed in Bremen by DFKI Robotics Innovation Center. The creation team consists of electronics and construction engineers, software developers and designers, who worked for the last three years refining this micro EV.
The vehicle was first announced in 2012, and is now on its second iteration, thus the name.
It drives just like a normal car most of the time, but each individually steerable wheel is powered by its own motor, importance that when the time comes to fit into a small parking spot you have the capability of rotary the wheels 90 degrees and pouring sideways aptly into it clarified project manager Timo Birnschein to CNN. Read more

Los Angeles Mayor Announces Plan For A Greener City

Los Angeles Mayor Announces Plan For A Greener City This past Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an extensive plot casing both environmental goals promoting various programs for the city over the next few decades.
The “pLAn” as it’s titled, is 105-page booklet that incorporates both new, and previously declared environmental initiatives by the mayor to help start what he dubs “a more sustainable city.”
This initiative was formulated under the guidance of Garcetti’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Matt Petersen, finished in roughly a years time.
Some of the objectives include a 25 percent reduction of greenhouse gases emitted by the transportation of goods within the port of L.A. by 2035.
In addition, the installment of 1000 EV charging stations throughout the next two years, which will be handled by the 22 sustainability officers Garcetti plans to appoint in the very near future.
A few of these goals have already been set in motion, for instance, reducing per-capita water usage by 22.5 percent by 2025, and halving the city’s water importation from outside sources which were issued in an executive directive last year by the mayor.
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When questioned what the most vital of these future accomplishments were, Garcetti responded with the curbing of greenhouse gases, water imports, as well as reducing poverty through raising minimum wage.
The mayor also stated that it’s not so much the importance of one release goal, but how they collectively work as one.
There’s no doubt that drought and our relationship with water is probably the most urgent of the needs, but can I really say that’s more urgent than global warming? One is related to the other,” said the mayor.
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Nissan Leaf is December’s Second-Best-Selling Green Car

Nissan Leaf is December’s Second-Best-Selling Green Car Although Toyota has essentially said the time of the electric car is not yet, Nissan’s all-electric Leaf’s 3,102 sales last month handily topped those of each alternative-energy cars save one, the Toyota Prius Liftback.
The Prius is a long-established car since 2000 in the ‘States, but placing behind the EV from competitor Nissan were each other Toyota and Lexus product as well as all makes and models of hybrid, diesel, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicle.
Nearest hybrid runners up were the Prius c with 2,839 sales, the Camry Hybrid with 2,448 sales, Fusion Hybrid with 2,372, and Prius v with 2,284. The nearest diesel car, the Jetta TDI, sold 2,247.
SEE ALSO: 2014 Nissan Leaf Overview
As has been well documented, cheap fuel prices in the U.S. have place a dent in hybrid sales, but powered by an even cheaper fuel and subsidized by various incentives, the electric Leaf has accelerated against the trend.
Leaf sales have also been driven by cheap leases, effective-enough marketing, a “no charge to charge” ad in select markets, and word of mouth.
The car was launched December 2010 and while an unofficial sales “race” between it and the extended-range electric Chevy Volt which was launched the same month has ensued the past few years, that competition is being politely overlooked in some quarters.
The Volt sold 1,490 last month. It’s not being nationally advertised and some buyers are awaiting the 2016 model which will be revealed next week in advance of its going on sale next summer.
One inquiry mark does exist though: The Tesla Model S. As its maker does not report monthly sales, analysts do their best to estimate these and one publication – not us – and known to be usually pretty accurate estimates Model S sales at 3,500 last month.
SEE ALSO: Nissan Sells 150,000th Leaf In Time for Its Fourth Birthday
The P85D was launched last month and Tesla may have curtailed European exports for a period of time, so it may well have exceeded our estimate of 1,900 this time but this has not been confirmed by Tesla.
If so, it will also have been the release best month for the Model S ever, as it usually does below 2,000 monthly. If this is the case but, the Model S may have really topped the Leaf’s December sales, and we may or may not find out later.
In any event, with what we know among verified sales by automakers that play by the traditional rules of full disclosure, the Leaf is doing well and accelerating as it enters its fifth production year.
For a quicker look at all the numbers, please consult our December Instrument panel.

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Leaf Owners Log Over One Billion Kilometers In CarWings

Leaf Owners Log Over One Billion Kilometers In CarWings Nissan Leaf owners worldwide have, according to Nissan, logged-in over one billion kilometers on the company’s CarWings telematics system.
This one billion kilometers is the equivalent of 621,371,192 miles.
Nissan has also revealed this is the equivalent of saving over 180 million kilograms (397 million pounds) of CO2 emissions.
The proportion of Nissan Leaf vehicles registered with CarWings stands at approximately 54 percent of total sales globally, according to Nissan.
SEE ALSO: 2014 Nissan Leaf Overview
This achievement comes nearly four years since the Leaf was launched in 2010 and the EV is now the best-selling electric vehicle in history, with over 147,000 Leaf vehicles sold globally to date.
Through the CarWings telemetry used in the Leaf, Nissan said it has been able to keep an accurate log of the total distance covered by each Leaf registered with CarWings since the car’s launch. Nissan has been recording the distance on an online counter and involving owners in the count with a series of celebratory videos.
“Our aim was to see Nissan Leaf owners registered with our innovative CarWings system amass one billion kilometres by January 2015, and we are absolutely delighted to announce that we have achieved this landmark milestone earlier than anticipated,” said Paul Willcox, Chairman for Nissan in Europe. “We want to thank each release Nissan LEAF owner for helping us in reaching this world-first. The Nissan LeafF was the first mass-market family electric vehicle ever built and the owner satisfaction scores are the best in the Nissan range. This huge distance landmark shows that many of our customers are rapidly clocking up kilometres as they delight in the benefits of silent, emission free pouring.”

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Hyundai Settles 2012 MPG Issue With EPA, CARB

Hyundai Settles 2012 MPG Issue With EPA, CARB Hyundai is doing as much as it can to turn the page on its 2012 fuel rating issue.
The Korean company announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) to resolve the government’s investigation of its 2012 restatement of fuel economy ratings.
The adjustment affected approximately one-quarter of Hyundai 2011-13 model year vehicles, reducing their combined city/highway fuel economy by 1 or 2 mpg, depending on the model. According to what Hyundai has revealed of the agreement, the company will pay a $56.8 million civil penalty, forgo the use of approximately 2.7 million greenhouse gas (GHG) emission credits – the credits in place of the variation between original and restated emission data – and continue to implement a series of measures including the formation of an independent certification test assemble to oversee the automaker’s fuel economy testing, training, data management and reporting.
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Additionally, Hyundai stated it will continue to audit model year 2015-16 vehicles to confirm the accuracy of their fuel economy ratings.
“Hyundai has acted transparently, reimbursed affected customers and fully cooperated with the EPA throughout the course of its investigation,” said David Zuchowski, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “We are pleased to place this behind us, and gratified that even with our adjusted fuel economy ratings, Hyundai continues to lead the automotive diligence in fuel efficiency and environmental performance.”
According to the EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report, Hyundai’s adjusted fuel economy ratings are 27.2 mpg for 2011, 28.3 mpg for 2012 and 29.0 mpg for 2013 model year vehicles.
Hyundai added it believes its process for testing the fuel economy of its vehicles is consistent with government regulations and guidance, which afford broad latitude to vehicle manufacturers in determining test conditions. Outside of a data processing error related to the coastdown testing method by which Hyundai calculated resistance or “road load,” it was Hyundai’s regulatory interpretation within this broad latitude that was reliable for the ratings restatement.
Hyundai clarified it has corrected the error, and the EPA in October 2012 approved the automaker’s new fuel economy testing program.
Over the past 30 years, the EPA has acknowledged the variability of its coastdown testing, and now is working to develop new guidance for the diligence in peacefulness to improve its precision, repeatability and accuracy.
“Hyundai is committed to partnering with the government to innovate fuel economy testing procedures in peacefulness to achieve more accurate and reliable ‘real-world’ results for patrons,” said Zuchowski.
Two years ago, on November 2, 2012, Hyundai announced the voluntary adjustment of fuel economy ratings for approximately one-quarter of its 2011-13 model year vehicles. In peacefulness to compensate affected customers, Hyundai provided a lifetime reimbursement program to cover the additional fuel costs associated with the rating change plus a 15 percent premium in acknowledgement of the inconvenience. Hyundai said the majority of customers affected by the ratings restatement enrolled in the automaker’s reimbursement program and are being compensated based on their actual mileage and the fuel costs for the region in which they live.
Hyundai through a recent class action settlement, existing the option of a release lump sum cash payment for those customers who would rather not return to a dealership to have their mileage verified.

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48-Volt Cars Available By 2016

48-Volt Cars Available By 2016 More 48 volt news comes from the UK as we learn Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) will exhibit its 48-volt hybrid vehicle technology at the annual Low Carbon Vehicle conference and exhibition at Millbrook Proving Ground this week.
CPT said its unique proposition for a new class of affordable low voltage electric hybrid vehicles is its highly controllable switched reluctance (SR) motor-generators.
“SR machines avoid the use of expensive permanent magnets, so they give you an immediate cost as well as environmental benefit by avoiding pricey rare earth metals,” says CPT’s chief executive Nick Pascoe. “Effectively, it’s a simple stepper motor, in which you induce a non-permanent magnetic field. And since there’s no permanent magnetism, you can switch the electromagnetic coils very rapidly using electronic switching to rotate the stator field. This means that SR machines are very controllable. They do exactly what you program them to do. They’re also efficient crosswise a wide speed range.”
The company clarified in do, this “simplicity” has taken more than a decade to turn into an electrical machine, able to control a hybrid vehicle in such a manner that it enables the design, development and test engineers to squeeze as much performance, drivability and fuel efficiency out of the powertrain as possible.
Just like a Formula 1 car, it means that within thousandths of a second the vehicle can be either recuperating kinetic energy under braking or harvesting thermal energy from energetic exhaust gases; or providing power and torque help indirectly through electric supercharging or directly to the crankshaft by replacing a square alternator with a powerful switched reluctance machine, added CPT.
CPT will showcase its 48-volt technology with the newest iteration of its LC Super Hybrid program, being developed in partnership with the European Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (EALABC), which is supplying the lead-carbon batteries able to meet the supplies for high rate partial state-of-charge cycling of thousands of joules of energy constantly flowing in and out of the battery.
On top of its involvement in the ADEPT program, CPT said it has been focused on an vital aspect of 48V hybridization in the third year of its LC Super Hybrid program by fine tuning its activation strategy for advanced implementation of regenerative braking and motoring help; in layman’s stipulations, determining whether the SR motor-generator is going to help the engine with more torque, or whether it’s going to choose to recuperate energy, and the optimum conditions for doing so.
“Analysis of our data so far suggests a promising 17 percent fuel economy improvement compared with 7 percent for the otherwise identical 12 volts LC Super Hybrid demonstrator, both compared with the 1.4 liter VW Passat baseline,” said Pascoe. “This means we’ll have broken through the 5 liter/100 kilometers barrier and getting close to our target CO2 emissions of 115g/km – and importantly we’ve achieved this in a generous family sedan with a small gasoline engine. It’s a real triumph, particularly as we have at the same time achieved the driveability and performance of a 2-liter class car. Yet the cost is only one-tenth the premium for high voltage plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles.”
The fuel economy now being measured by CPT over the New European Drive Cycle is 4.9 liter per 100 kilometers (57mpg imperial and 47mpg US), said the company. EU legislators meanwhile are seeking to double the fuel-efficiency of new cars and halve their CO2 emissions by 2025. This means humanizing the automotive sector’s fuel economy, averaged over all vehicles in the fleet from the smallest to the leading, to 3 liters per 100kilometers (94mpg imperial and 78mpg US), up from the current standard of 6 liters per 100 kilometers (47mpg imperial and 39mpg US).
In the ADEPT program, CPT said 48V “intelligent electrification” is being applied to a diesel powertrain in a less vital car based on a Ford Focus.
“We’re middle through the ADEPT project announced at the LCV event last year,” says Pascoe. “The consortium was keen to show the progress we’re making, so it agreed at this year’s event to showcase a ‘pull ahead’ demonstrator with as much 48V functionality as possible applied to the 1.5-liter diesel engine. With more than half of new cars being registered in Europe with diesel engines, and given their inherent fuel economy advantage, and hence global predominance and the powertrain of choice in trucks and buses, it’s an vital research and development program supported by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board.”
CPT clarified its 10-kilowatt SpeedStart belt-integrated motor-generator incorporated into the ADEPT demonstrator to grant motoring help and regenerative braking kinetic energy recovery will soon be uprated to 12.5 kilowatt. CPT added its Tigers turbine integrated generator has been similarly integrated into the exhaust system to harvest thermal energy from quick flowing exhaust gases. Both machines are water cooled with the power and control electronic systems fully integrated, and hence fully temperature controlled for robustness and durability. Both applications of CPT’s switched reluctance machines, developed over the past decade, are at a high level of production readiness, with the SpeedStart system having been validated for 2.5 million stop-starts as well as the additional functionality available at 48 volts.
“An vital objective for the ADEPT program is using 48V hybridization to reduce the load on the exhaust after treatment, which is increasingly a major additional cost on a diesel engine; when you can pay £2,000 or more than in a car fuelled by gasoline,” says Pascoe.   “This is because you need additional particulate filters and catalysts. Hybridization can be used to reduce the base emissions, and hence lowers the cost of expensive after treatment.”
The third application of CPT’s advanced switched-reluctance machines is electric supercharging, stated the company. Already commercialized for car applications through the sale of its VTES business to Valeo in December 2011, CPT is now focused on applying its COBRA (COntrolled Boosting for Rapid response Applications) heavy duty switched reluctance electric supercharger to buses and commercial vehicles – again with the focus on reducing the cost of expensive after treatment now required for diesel engines and as an enabler of engine downsizing and higher gear ratios without loss of performance and drivability.
“One of the problems with generous diesel engines is transient response and their turbochargers being unable keep up with the fuel injection system,” says Pascoe. “If you’ve got an engine that is working hard, the black smoke you sometimes see is because of incomplete combustion. If you add an electric supercharger – and we’re in the process of retrofitting a number of transport fleets – you can grant air much earlier in the combustion process. It’s much more open than turbocharging alone. And as the automotive supply chain starts to fill up the parts bin with 48V components and achieves significant economies of scale, particularly for the electronic components, so it becomes increasingly attractive for truck and bus manufacturers to embrace switched reluctance motor-generator technology and apply the same principle of ‘intelligent electrification’ to their larger powertrains.”
CPT added they see and believe a 48 volt electrical architecture is now the most cost-effective technology for achieving a significant reduction of all tailpipe emissions, as well as for humanizing fuel economy in the automotive and transportation sector, hence meeting future global legislation, while maintaining the drivability and performance of all manner of vehicles.
“In effect, we’re hybridizing a square powertrain with less vital low voltage electrical machines, rather than applying the power and torque from a release and much larger high voltage traction motor directly to the wheels,” added Pascoe.
CPT finalized its statement by stating it anticipates that the first vehicles to feature this smart hybridization of the powertrain, which transforms a downsized internal combustion engine into a highly efficient high performance power unit, will make their outlet debut from 2016 model year onwards.

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Volkswagen To Launch 10-Speed Transmission; Powerful Diesels

Volkswagen To Launch 10-Speed Transmission; Powerful Diesels Recently Volkswagen revealed it will have a 10-speed transmission available for multiple models, and its next-gen Euro diesels will get more potent as well.
The 10-speed dual clasp automatic is to go with the highly modula MQB platform. This will be the basis for the new Golf, next-generation Passatt, a seven-seater SUV and Audi’s A3.
The DCT will workd with adjoin or all wheel drive systems, and can be mated to four-, five, and six-cylinder engines. Max torque room is 370 pounds-feet or more.
As for the diesels, the EA288 2.0-liter in the Euro Passat will get a twin-turbo version pushing 240 horsepower and possibly 400 or more pounds-feet of torque.
The most powerful 2.0-liter TDI with a release turbo will at this pint peak at 204 horsepower, and 280 pounds-feet of twist.

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