E-tron testing, another Aussie EV; Monday newsbriefs

October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

A fleet of 20 Audi A1 e-tron prototypes has gone into action in Munich; the trial, a partnership between Audi, energy supplier E.ON, public utility Stadtwerke München and the Technical University of Munich, will look at expanding the EV recharging infrastructure in the city, the power grid, usage patterns, communication of data between drivers, cars and recharging stations, and the use of smartphones as a control interface. This Modellregion Elektromobilität München project is part-funded to the tune of ten million euros by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. The A1 e-tron itself is a 102hp EV with a small range-extender engine; it’s capable of 81mph and a range of 155 miles, having an all-electric range of 31 miles/50km, and an overall fuel consumption of 147mpg; carbon dioxide output is 45g/km.
  • Another day, another Aussie EV: the Varley evR450 was unveiled at an electric vehicles conference in Brisbane last week. The Varley Group  makes everything from battery-powered utility vehicles for airports and harbours to military equipment; the evR450 prototype is a bright yellow, scissor-doored super-coupe said to be good for 200kmph (124mph), 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and a 93-mile rangel. Could hit the roads of Queensland by January 2012, apparently. Pictures and press release at Autoblog Green.
  • BYD has started selling the e6, a five-seater EV with a 190-mile range, in China. Quite an attractive-looking car, but expensive; more at AutoObserver.
  • Nissan is to unveil some electric trucks – with scaled-up versions of the powertrain – at the Tokyo Truck Show this week. More at Autoblog Green. Nissan is also inviting New York cabbies to sign up and trial the Leaf.
  • SEAT has signed a deal with Sanyo and EV components/systems-maker Ficosa to build batteries for SEAT and VW Group vehicles in Spain and Portugal (Green Car Congress).
  • The Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC, is running a special exhibition on the history of the electric car. The display includes a battery-powered 1904 Columbia, and explores how and why petrol power proved prevalent. (Thanks to @charging_point).
  • Elektromotive is to supply 200 ‘twin head’ EV chargers to the Republic of Ireland. These will be installed nationwide by Carra Ireland for the Electricity Supply Board, which aims to have 1500 public charging points in operation.
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