This Electric Toyota AE86 Is the Perfect Case Study

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sing a purpose-built DC motor out of an electric dragster and an aviation-spec lithium-ion battery pack, his 1986 AE86 SR5/GTS EV follows the recipe of earlier Pikes Peak race cars, sending roughly 250 horsepower to the rear axle via a standard Toyota gearbox. Weight distribution remains ideal at 47/53 per cent front to rear, and it would be hard to imagine a Hachiroku that can smoke its tires faster than this torque monster.

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The world’s biggest ride company is building an EV charging network to cover China

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Didi Chuxing, which famously defeated Uber in China and conquered its huge domestic market, is planning to build an expansive charging network to support millions of electric cars.The ride-hailing company has 21 million drivers, out of which 260,000 are driving electrics. That’s a mindbending one quarter share of the world’s entire two million EVs (electric vehicles) on the road — and Didi said it expects its EV fleet to hit one million in 2020.

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Charged EVs | New report: EVs promise a more resilient grid and a more democratic energy system

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A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explains that EVs offer a natural use for solar energy and a source of resilient power when the grid goes down. “Ultimately, electric vehicles are another tool to miniaturize the electricity system, providing unprecedented local control.”

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Charged EVs | ODU offers the complete EV connections solutions for OEM and Teir 1 customers

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To address this issue, one customer of ODU has developed an innovative solution. Huber-Suhner’s RADOX ® high power charging port incorporates an integrated liquid cooling system that enables delivery of up to 400 kW, in anticipation of battery technologies currently under development. These super-fast systems will allow charging to 80% of full battery capacity in as little as 15 minutes.  T

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Chinese electric sportbike set for Milan debut

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Evoke has announced that it will unveil a new electric motorcycle at the upcoming EICMA show in Italy. After the naked Urban S, which has been in the market since 2014, the Chinese company’s second model will be called Urban Classic and is expected to share the same tech with a café racer styling.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Based in Beijing, China, Evoke Motorcycles has been around for several years and, apparently, is about to break out to the global markets. Currently it has a naked electric motorcycle on offer called Urban S, with the second model expected to be a café racer variant built around the same base

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Nissan Just Unveiled A Singing Electric Car That Warns Pedestrians

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ow, Nissan wants to make their driverless cars and electric vehicles even safer through a new feature: the singing electric car, a function designed to alert nearby pedestrians.Launched at the Tokyo Motor Show this past week, Nissan calls this new feature “Canto”—which means “I sing” in Italian. It doesn’t literally make EVs sing, of course. Instead, it emits noise that sound “like a demonic string quartet tuning its instruments,” according to WIRED.

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1800 charging ports for electric cars to be built in Beijing | Gadgets Now

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EIJING: About 1,800 charging ports for electric cars would be set up in Chinese capital as part of a study to work out a plan to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles.About 1,615 of these 1,895 charging ports will be installed in the area of administration offices in Beijing city’s Tongzhou District, state-run Xinhua news agency reported

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Experts unsure more electric vehicles will mean less oil demand in 2020s- Nikkei Asian Review

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TOKYO — As the global shift toward electric vehicles gathers momentum, some analysts are forecasting a faster-than-expected drop in demand for oil. Others, however, are not so sure.Related storiesChinese motorists head reluctantly down electric roadFollowing Europe, automakers steer toward all-electric futureToyota fights two-front war for future of carsIndonesia to introduce tax breaks for low-carbon carsInterview: Oil producers to keep pumping up prices: Showa Shell CEOFrance and Britain plan to ban sales of gasoline- and diesel-fueled cars by 2040, while China will require automakers to produce electric vehicles at a set ratio of their output. India has also kicked off its drive to electric, with major automakers starting to boost production of the vehicles.

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Charged EVs | Former Tesla production head offers insourcing insights

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In a recent Wired article, Greg Reichow, who was Tesla’s VP of Production during the historic transition from low-volume Roadster production to the highly automated assembly of Models S and X, describes the company as “more vertically integrated than any car company since the heyday of the Ford Rouge plant in the late 1920s.”

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Charged EVs | Northvolt to build battery gigafactory in Sweden

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Battery manufacturer Northvolt has announced a partnership with the two Swedish towns of Skellefteå and Västerås to establish a battery manufacturing facility.Skellefteå, part of a raw material and mining cluster in the north of Sweden, will be the location of Northvolt’s main production site, which will include material preparation, cell assembly and recycling. The factory will employ 2,000-2,500 people.Construction is scheduled to begin during the second half of 2018. When the first phase is completed in 2020, it will produce 8 GWh of battery capacity per year. The full factory, to be completed in 2023, will produce 32 GWh per year.

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First Look at Sono Motors’ Solar and Battery-Powered Electric Car – Renewable Energy World

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Considering the reputation of crowdfunding and also the state of the EV startup scene, which hasn’t delivered in a while, it’s pleasantly surprising to see some actual progress with a new electric car concept. After a successful crowdfunding effort, German startup Sono Motors has unveiled the Sion, a battery-electric car partly powered by solar power with onboard solar cells, earlier this year.

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Daimler, Parent Company of Mercedes, Unveils an Electric Truck Ahead of Tesla

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The E-FUSO Vision One is a heavy-duty hauler capable of carrying up to 11 tons of cargo, a little lighter than that concept truck they showed back in July 2016, for a maximum range of 350 kilometers (220 miles). Aside from this, not much detail has yet been released about the electric truck.

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Charged EVs | Fastned wins 4-million-euro grant to build 25 fast charging stations

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The German Ministry of Transport has awarded €4.1 million ($4.8 million) to network operator Fastned to support the buildout of 25 fast charging stations across Germany. Each station will include multiple chargers that can add more than 155 miles of range in 20 minutes. Fastned expects to open the first stations early next year.

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Honda unveils a new Sports EV concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show

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Honda’s latest concept car is an all-electric sportster that aims to bring AI-powered cruising to the highway.The automaker showed off the new Sports EV at the Tokyo Motor show after hyping its unveiling in a press release. Honda didn’t share any real specs about the Sports EV, but the automaker said the car shares the same production platform and AI tech as the Urban EV concept unveiled last month at the Frankfurt Auto Show. That model is more than just a forward-looking concept — it’s prepped for a full-scale production run in Europe by 2019.

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