Monday: Mindset and more

February 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

An update on the Mindset EV: the Swiss firm has optimised the performance of its lithium-ion batteries, doubling their power density in a “major breakthrough for electric vehicles”. Three models are planned; two are all-electric (and one of these four-wheel-drive), and the third a range-extended EV with a single-cylinder 300cc four-stroke engine acting as a generator. Prices from 76,000 euros, they say. (Thanks to @TechVehicles).

In other news today:
  • Honda is to introduce a new 1.6-litre diesel engine at the Geneva Motor Show; it’s the first of a new series of engines dubbed “Earth Dreams Technology” (hm…) which will “see Honda become number one in fuel economy within three years” (take that, dissatisfied Civic Hybrid owners). Going into the Civic late this year, this 120hp/300Nm diesel will emit less than 100g/km. Honda will also show the NSX Concept (hybrid) and EV-Ster concept, plus a Jazz 1.2 with stop-start (giving a 3g/km reduction), which goes on sale this spring.
  • The EV & Low CO2 Fleet Show will be held at Silverstone on August 18th. Manufacturers including Renault, Nissan, Peugeot and Citroen will have cars at the event for fleet managers to test-drive, and charging point/infrastructure firms will also attend. The show is organised by Fleet World magazine in association with the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association; Fleet World’s managing editor Ross Durkin says: “Fleets’ attitude towards electric vehicles is changing steadily as some of the myths are dispelled, and the recharging infrastructure develops… With oil prices widely expected to rise again, I think EVs will make commercial sense to a growing number of organisations… maybe 10% of new cars into fleet in five years’ time.”
  • Mercedes-Benz will launch its Citan van at the Hannover CV show in September; this small van is developed from the Renault Kangoo, so electric versions are probably on the agenda too.
  • Bluebird Automotive is testing its prototype electric trucks in London this week. Follow @ev_innovations for all the news.

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