Monday newsbriefs

October 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

  • Delphi has signed an agreement with WiTricity Corp to develop a wireless charging system for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The magnetic resonant coupling system, patented by WiTricity, involves charging from an energy source embedded in the ground of a parking place or garage floor. It needs no plugs or charging cords, and can transfer over 3,000 watts.
  • The world’s first dedicated electric vehicle store is to open in Zurich. The Electric Mobility Concept Store will have trained staff on hand to discuss electric vehicles, and will sell, rent and lease a range of scooters, motorbikes and city cars. It is the shopfront for retailer Migros, Swiss importer of vehicles including the Think City.
  • BMW’s upcoming plug-in hybrids could have intelligent sat nav to direct drivers along a charging-optimised route, reports Autocar. Other new tech on the way from BMW includes a fuel-saving ‘sail’ mode for its eight-speed auto gearbox and a sat nav system which advises when it’s best to take public transport instead.
  • Audi has released a detailed story on the creation of the e-tron Spyder concept car; it’s posted in full at Autoblog Green.
  • Florida’s Avera Motors is about to reveal a ground-breaking, super-efficient $25,000 lightweight, said to rival hybrids in its fuel economy. More on the tease at Autoblog Green.
  • Chinese car-maker Chery is working on an 800cc rotary (Wankel) engine to use in range-extended EV powertrains (China Car Times). Audi used a rotary in its original e-tron concept, as did AVL for its Mini RE-EV prototype.
  • Nissan is to show a plug-in hybrid concept called Ellure at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
  • Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is investing E150million to build the world’s cheapest hybrid car, reports Autoblog Green. A factory’s under construction in Togliatti, and two prototypes are said to be under development, a hatchback and a coupe-crossover, for launch in 2012. Mass production is planned, with price tags as low as $7000 once the factory’s making 100,000 a year. Ambitious. *PS: More details at Wired Autopia; the cars will be built in partnership with truck-maker Yarovit, be natural gas-electric hybrids – and have a rather natty two-tone paint job.
  • Volvo’s V60 sports wagon will form the basis of the company’s first plug-in hybrid. 49g/km of CO2 and a 31-mile all-electric mode, apparently.
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