Mid-week bulletin

August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Japanese postal service has said that it plans to run an all-electric fleet by 2016. As its 22,000 vehicles come up for replacement, they will be superceded by EVs. The service has placed an order for 1000 Subaru-derived electric vans (pictured) with Zero Sports, an aftermarket converter.

  • Toyota is to add a noise-generator to the Prius in Japan. The synthesised motor sound, which will rise in pitch as speed rises, will be broadcast when the Prius is in its all-electric mode. This move has been made in response to feedback on pedestrian safety, especially for the blind and partially-sighted. Similar devices are under development for cars including the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt; the noise-generator may be offered in the Prius in North America and Europe at a later date.
  • REV (Rapid Electric Vehicles) of Canada is to build four prototypes for the US Army’s TARDEC research programme in Hawaii. Three will be based on the Ford Escape and one on the F-150 truck; these APVs (Ancilliary Power Vehicles) will trial a micro-grid charging system.
  • How to reach out to mainstream America: electric vehicles are ‘patriotic’, says David Sandalow of the Department of Energy. He drives a plug-in Prius, and admirably for a politician, appears to have put his money where his mouth is. Interview at the Huffington Post.
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