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  1. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com EV Trucks, What are your options? Last week, Ellen Musk, CEO of Tesla start his normal dog n pony show about his company and the future and touched on Semi Trucks and an electric pickup. While there has been plenty of photo shopped images of a tesla pickup, this made me think about what are the current EV options for pickup trucks today on American roads? We will start with one of many startups that is now in production. EV Fleet has started production of their 100 mile range pickup. Considered to be one of the best in slipping through the air. EV Fleet has a multitude of options from a basic cab only truck for full customization to normal pickups and box'd versions and even a Solar option that during the day can add up to 40 miles to the range of the truck. The companies focus is on inner city use by companies and city government. The EV Fleet Pickup has a 1000lb capacity payload if you go with the normal bed. 100 mile range on their current battery pack with a .026 coefficient of drag. EV Fleet web site Bremach Motors USA takes a totally off road MOG inspired approach to the EV Truck and has one of the most usable battery packs. The T-Rex as they call it is a serious EV Pickup Truck. 6000lb carrying capacity in a 4x4 platform with a 100kWh battery pack that gives a solid 200 mile range while offering 10-30 amp outlets for powering your tools too. 200hp / 400 lbs of torque Bremach Motors USA web site Smith Electric has taken an interesting approach on focusing on the delivery business in cities and has customers like Coke, Frito Lays, Staples, as well as building pure EV transportation for companies that have their own private fleet of people haulers. Smith electric which is more known internationally than in the US just signed an agreement with FDG Electric Vehicles out of China to design and build for the US market light and medium duty trucks for the US market. Smith Electric web site Another company that has taken on a niche market is OrangeEV, a company focused on pure electric EV Terminal trucks. These are trucks that move containers around the yard. OrangeEV web site The final company is not a pure EV truck, but a Hybrid that has been around for a long time. Giving you 40 miles of pure electric and a total of 400 plus miles with the VIA motors has been making hybrid trucks and SUVs for years, but their current push is to move cities into buying their conversion trucks to go greener and still maintain distance. VIA Motors web site No matter if you like, love or hate electrification, I suspect that EVs are here to stay. Having both plug-in hybrids like what is offered by VIA or pure electric like what is offered by EV Fleet or Bremach Motors. There is something for everyone. What do you think of these early options for electrification of trucks?
  2. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Tesla first to 100kWh Battery According Tesla today, they are now building the fastest 0-60 sedan in the world, beating out Porsche and Ferrari. Today people can now order the P100D with Ludicrous mode! This allows this 7 passenger sedan 5 adults / 2 kids to hit 60 in 2.5 seconds according to Tesla's own Blog. The Tesla X P100D can hit 60 in 2.9 seconds. The battery is 300 miles in Ludicrous mode and 315 miles in normal mode. Click Here Tesla says all S and X orders not delivered can upgrade to the 100 battery pack for $10,000 and existing S and X can upgrade for $20,000 to the 100 battery pack. The higher upgrade fee on existing owners is due to disposal of the 90 battery pack. Tesla goes on to also say that this helps fund development of the Tesla 3.
  3. G. David FeltAlternative Fuels & Propulsion writerwww.CheersandGears.com 2017 Chevy BOLT Update Car & Driver did a ride along on a near production BOLT with Bolt’s chief engineer, Josh Tavel . It was interesting to read that while Tavel stated the BOLT does zero to 60 in 7 seconds, that that drove it said the feel in the butt is that it is faster than that. They also stated that hit feels even faster the the BMW i3. Picture are here of a early run on the assembly line of a Chevy BOLT. These car pictures are our best view of what the production run BOLT will look like and it is looking very nice indeed. Some of the other interesting notes is that Josh is an SCCA Spec Racer. As such he had been very focused on making sure the BOLT is dialed in for the best of both worlds, daily driver and performance junkie. The story had the following to say as they got to take the BOLT out and about in the Detroit area. At 3600lbs, this compact CUV is what the public wanted when GM did their research, not some slick slice through the air Jelly bean car like Tesla, but a CUV. So this pretty much puts to rest the whole airflow thing, as they did their best while giving the public what it has asked for, a roomy, high seat position CUV. Also with 200HP and 266lbs of Torque, the story states that you have a clear choice, put the transmission in D and drive it like any other auto or slip it into L and Drive it normal but enjoy just like the Tesla S a return on regenerative power. What this means is you can get some of the battery recharged driving in the regen mode. Interesting is that Josh says if you drive the full 200+ miles you can get about 40 miles added back into the battery, so then you have a 200+ range plus 40 miles more when driving in L mode using regenerative mode. To quote the Story in regards to steering as many here have always talked about the numb feel in various auto's; " The electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering is slack-free on-center, quick to respond, and nicely weighted. Walking that fine line between comfort for civilian drivers and engaging dynamics for enthusiasts is no easy feat, but Tavel deserves credit for balancing the two conflicting mentalities." There is plenty more to be said about the auto, an example is that using a DC quick charge, gives you 90 miles of range in 30 min. It is worth clicking the link above to read the story. Over all this has made me even more excited about the BOLT and what it can do for the public. Especially that after a 50+ mile drive in the BOLT, they say that having plenty of space for passengers, personal stuff and a highly congenial attitude makes the BOLT a Joy. I do like the BOLT in White as the 19 Pictures show with a decent interior. If you want to read just how much the BOLT beats the BMW i3, then read this story. Chevy BOLT stacks against the BMW i3 Considering this is written by the folks at BMWBlog, they feel the BOLT was designed to give customers the range of a Tesla but focused on the i3 as it's clear CUV competitor. They also feel that the BOLT is faster than the stated 7 seconds for 0 to 60. They make some other statements and still claim that the i3 is an excellent package for the money. Not sure how they see that as the i3 is 80 miles range compared to the 200+ of the BOLT. Plus looking at the pictures, the BOLT is a superior interior I believe, but then this was written by a BMW fan.
  4. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Q4 Shipments of Chevy Bolt to begin According to the Detroit News, North America President Alan Batey production is moving forward and shipments are being setup for deliveries to dealers nationwide beginning Q4 2016. Well ahead of when Tesla will have out their Tesla 3 sedan supposedly. Produced at the company’s Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township GM is very positive on the Bolt selling well even at a time of low fuel prices and an appetite for EVs being considered lukewarm by the press. GM states that Volt sales are up 74.5% for the First half of the year with 9,800 models sold to date. The average selling price is up $1,700 over the same period a year ago and the cars are turning over on the lots much faster than before. Research is expecting a 60% growth to 200,000 EV's sold this year in 2016. GM is very positive on the Bolt as no other auto maker has created and sold this kind of CUV before. Full Story
  5. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Karma - Boldly Imperfect Email Karma Marketing machine has started, When Fisker was sold, it was not long before the new Karma web site was setup and was very basic. Yet it did have a sign up for email information field. I did this and Karma has finally started sending out information on their upcoming new EV auto. Karma has decided to take the marketing approach of "Boldly Imperfect" and also sent out this video link. Boldly Imperfect Video New Interior Karma Automotive
  6. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Self Driving Machines is a battle for your soul and that of Detroit! Wall Street Journal had the following story, Detroit Battles for the Soul of Self-Driving Machines. In reading this I felt it was more about Self Driving Machines and the battle for Detroit and your soul as a driver. The story goes on to follow an engineer who left Caterpillar and went to Ford only to end up at a startup that is doing far more inline with High Tech software companies than auto companies. It made me wonder if the new Detroit is not the west coast now. The amount of technology that is being aimed at the auto industry, self driving cars, internet access, updates on the fly, etc. makes it seem like the future auto's will be more of an electric device you update to get the latest and greatest and for those that want performance with customization, you pay an extra fee and get it. It is amazing to see where employment is at in this industry and how software engineers are driving the creation of new jobs and growth. The story covers how GM just bought Cruise Automation for $1 Billion dollars. Toyota just also bought a competitor company for $1 Billion dollars and the engineers are extremely wealthy now as GM's company was a 20 person startup, Toyota's company was a 16 person startup. Ford just bought a software cloud computing company for $182 million to expand their software expertise without adding layers of employees at corp. Even Tesla is not immune to the brain drain that is pulling talented people away from building advanced tech autos at established companies and going to startups. The story goes on about the signing bonuses at more than $25,000 a year and how Google and Apple is just consuming them with traditional high paying software development paying jobs that the auto industry is not used to paying. The interesting ending comment is from GM, Quote: “The notion that we’re hiring someone at GM, cradle to grave, a lifer, that’s dead,” Mr. Huffaker said. The goal instead is to get them to stay longer, he said. This was a great story that talks to me and shows just how technology is radically changing the auto industry at a pace they have never dealt with before and could make evolutionary changes in just a few years compared to the 20-30 years it used to take to cause profound change in a product line. Check it out and sound off on what your thoughts are on this!
  7. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Electric Axles and the 4WD Ford F150 EV! Researching for conversion of my 1994 GMC SLE Suburban to electric made me think about 4WD as it is currently just a 2WD rig. As I started to search I found many options for taking certain electric motors and connecting them to the transmission and using what is there already on AWD/4WD auto's for moving the vehicle. I got to thinking much like Tesla, what about an Axle Electric motor solution and started to search to see what was out there and was very surprised to find many interesting home grown and some commercial options. EV Axel BING Search This led me to find a company in China called YIWO who does car to HD Truck electric axles for OEMs to custom conversions. YIWO Alibaba web page This search then led me to the YIWO company home page also hosted by Alibaba where one can find an amazing variety of axles for use in traditional petro auto's to plug-in hybrids to pure EVs. YIWO Home Page While doing this search I found that Alibaba has an amazing amount of EV parts on their Amazon like web site. Alibaba With this search I then came across an interesting write up from 2011 about in wheel motors allowing for a simple 4WD approach to auto's while not affecting the driving characteristics. This brought me to Protean Electric which was founded in 2009 in Troy Michigan. They now have an office in UK and an office with production in China. Protean Electric Protean Electric took a totally different approach to EV auto's They started with adding the motors with regenerative braking at the wheel. This allowed them to then make 8 powerful mini motors working together to improve HP and Torque along with braking to have a far more efficient package. This design allowed them to take a 2009 Ford F150 Pickup and dump the existing powertrain, including driveline, heavy axle and create an 4WD Pickup without having to touch the existing handling characteristics by putting the battery pack in the exact center of the auto to keep the truck hauling and handling just like Ford Engineered it to be. As you can see the battery pack from the rear axle picture, the last picture posted above. What about the interior you ask? Easy, Protean Electric changed out the dash for a digital display that they also make and added to the center console a 3 button shifter that covers Drive, Neutral and Reverse plus as you can see in the picture below, a big red kill switch button that probably could be incorporated better into the dash. So what about Horsepower and Torque? This is where is gets really exciting as this Ford F150 with the 4WD in Wheel motors produces the following: 2,300 lbs feet of combined torque from a dead stop 448 HP from the combined 4 motors Now the great part is you can dial down the torque and HP so you can lengthen the life of the battery pack. According to P.E. they have stated that most implementations of this solution done at 578 pound feet of Peak torque, 355 pound feet of continuous torque and horsepower of 320 for the 4 motors combined which equals out to 80 HP per motor, 88.75 pound feet of continuous torque per motor with a peak torque of 144.5 per motor per the companies interview with pickuptrucks.com. Protean Electric has recently done for Mercedes-Benz a Brabus 4WD EV station wagon. Brabus 4WD powertrain. What this tends to impress on me is that the future for electric auto's is bright and as battery technology gets better and better, we are moving to a silent world of autos that will push you back into your seat and have you hanging on to an amazing gut thrilling ride.
  8. Came across this write up about if and when the end of petro auto's will take place. SuperCharged EVs. Overall advanced in fuel cells and advanced battery technology is not enough to offset the growth in auto sales in emerging markets powered by Petro. Yet it does clearly state that one cannot ignore this market niche. The estimate is that 800 million auto's will be added to the world wide fleet over the next 20 years. The additional charts and info is very informative on how EVs, PHEVs, etc. can affect the overall marketplace. Interesting is the charts that also show US oil productions, rigs and exploration. Some very interesting info. While I agree that for some they will not see the change over to a pure EV, PHEV or Hybrid driven auto market, I think many of us will see it still over the next 50 years along with self driving auto's.
  9. Late this year will see the launch of two new EVs, the Chevrolet Bolt and Hyundai Ioniq EV. The Bolt is the big story as it will offer a 200 mile range. The Ioniq EV will only have an 110 mile range. But that doesn't mean Hyundai isn't thinking about doing an electric vehicle with more range. Byung K. Ahn, director of Hyundai’s Eco-Vehicle Performance Development group says the Korean automaker is planning to launch a 200 mile EV in 2018, and then a 250 mile EV two years later. It would be easy to think that Hyundai will just improve the Ioniq EV to reach these ranges, but Ahn said it wouldn't the Ioniq. For a vehicle to have a range of 200 miles or more, it requires a vehicle with a larger footprint. Despite the improvements in improvements in overall energy density and software mapping, sometimes the best solution is to throw more batteries at it. Keep this in mind, the Chevrolet Bolt's wheelbase 3.9 inches shorter than the Ioniq (102.4 vs. 106.3 inches), while being able to provide a range of 200 miles. We're wondering if the design of the Ioniq's platform to allow three different powertrains - hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric - effects the overall packaging to fit more batteries. Ahn said Hyundai is “looking at different possibilities” for their long-range EVs. This means it could be based on a current or new model. Source: Car and Driver Pic Credit: Newspress USA View full article
  10. Late this year will see the launch of two new EVs, the Chevrolet Bolt and Hyundai Ioniq EV. The Bolt is the big story as it will offer a 200 mile range. The Ioniq EV will only have an 110 mile range. But that doesn't mean Hyundai isn't thinking about doing an electric vehicle with more range. Byung K. Ahn, director of Hyundai’s Eco-Vehicle Performance Development group says the Korean automaker is planning to launch a 200 mile EV in 2018, and then a 250 mile EV two years later. It would be easy to think that Hyundai will just improve the Ioniq EV to reach these ranges, but Ahn said it wouldn't the Ioniq. For a vehicle to have a range of 200 miles or more, it requires a vehicle with a larger footprint. Despite the improvements in improvements in overall energy density and software mapping, sometimes the best solution is to throw more batteries at it. Keep this in mind, the Chevrolet Bolt's wheelbase 3.9 inches shorter than the Ioniq (102.4 vs. 106.3 inches), while being able to provide a range of 200 miles. We're wondering if the design of the Ioniq's platform to allow three different powertrains - hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric - effects the overall packaging to fit more batteries. Ahn said Hyundai is “looking at different possibilities” for their long-range EVs. This means it could be based on a current or new model. Source: Car and Driver Pic Credit: Newspress USA
  11. We were perplexed a few weeks ago when we reported that Ford increased the range of the Focus EV to 100 miles and not to something like 200. At the time, Ford's director of electrification said the range would cover the average commute for the driver. But Automotive News reports that Ford is working on something to directly compete with the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3. During Ford's first-quarter earnings conference call, CEO Mark Fields said the company wants to be “among the leaders or in a leadership position” when it comes EVs. This was in response to someone asking if Ford was planning to offer a 200 mile electric vehicle. “Clearly that’s something we’re developing for,” Fields said. This is the first time that a Ford executive has directly acknowledge plans to take on the likes of Tesla and GM. Automotive News says Ford is working on a vehicle possibly named Model E. It would likely come in the form of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric - much like Hyundai's upcoming Ioniq. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  12. We were perplexed a few weeks ago when we reported that Ford increased the range of the Focus EV to 100 miles and not to something like 200. At the time, Ford's director of electrification said the range would cover the average commute for the driver. But Automotive News reports that Ford is working on something to directly compete with the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3. During Ford's first-quarter earnings conference call, CEO Mark Fields said the company wants to be “among the leaders or in a leadership position” when it comes EVs. This was in response to someone asking if Ford was planning to offer a 200 mile electric vehicle. “Clearly that’s something we’re developing for,” Fields said. This is the first time that a Ford executive has directly acknowledge plans to take on the likes of Tesla and GM. Automotive News says Ford is working on a vehicle possibly named Model E. It would likely come in the form of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric - much like Hyundai's upcoming Ioniq. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  13. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Should Apple buy Tesla? I came across this story posted in LinkedIn "What if Elon Musk ran Apple?" and this got me to thinking about the pros and cons of if this happened what would Apple become and what would Tesla become? The story states Apple has $200 Billion in cash on hand and could easily pay the current $33 billion market price for Tesla. Story has a mistake as they talk about Tesla $20 billion on the books for the 400,000 Tesla 3 on pre order. This is actually only $13 Billion worth at the $35,000 stated price. Yet they do point out that Elon has built a couple electric auto's, new battery storage for the home, flew a space ship to the international space station and back and now can land it upright on a floating platform and he is now working on a hyperloop mass transit system for california. The story does state that Apple seems to have lost it's mojo for innovation and even with the current competent Business focused CEO, Apple is slipping off their peak of success. So SHOULD APPLE BUY TESLA? Would this be a better way for Apple to go with their own electric self driving auto than building from scratch? List out your Pro's and Con's for what you think?
  14. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com $1.4 Billion incentive to go Electric Auto in Germany According to CNN Money, Germany's government has joined forces with Daimler, Volkswagen and BMW to offer up to $1.2 Billion Euros ($1.4 Billion US) as rebates to purchase electric auto's. $4,000 euros ($4,500 US) for pure EVs and $3,000 euros ($3,400 US) for Plug-in Hybrids in today's conversion of currency. Germany has announced that they are also inviting all US and Asian auto companies to take part in this rebate program to sell electric based auto's. Germany lags behind the U.K, France, Italy and Spain in electric auto sales. Currently around 50,000 EVs are on the roads in germany. This program is designed to get 400,000 electric auto sales in the near future with the goal of 1 million on the roads by 2020 and 5 million by 2030 in Germany. Experts have warned that these targets are not reachable. Yet Germany has pointed to GM and Tesla with the BOLT/VOLT and Tesla 3 as examples. This program is only available on autos costing $60,000 euros or less. This is where the German auto companies have to drive efficiency to get their basic EV below this price point. Currently German Auto companies are struggling to compete with foreign rivals in the electic car market and the German government has committed an additional $300 million euros to electrify the country's highway system for charging saying they will have 15,000 charging stations installed for quick charging in the next 36 months. Germany has also committed $100 million to ensure 20% of all government auto's are electric.
  15. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com EV Group Buying, Is it the Right Thing to do from a State / Federal Level? Washington, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee all have instituted Group buying programs of EVs to push the cost of the EV auto down significantly. Per an editorial on Green Car Reports about this very same thing the quote the following: "The Colorado counties of Boulder, Adams, and Denver cut the price of a 2015 Nissan Leaf S for residents by $8,349. Combined with Federal and state incentives, that effectively reduced the price of this model from $29,860 (including destination) to less than $13,000." Dealerships saw sales jump 10 fold in response to the heavy discounts. FCA took a different approach with leasing in Bulk in the state of california the Fiat 500e according to another story. With state and federal discounts, this reduced the monthly lease payment to $82.75 a month for 10,000 miles and only $1000 down. If you own a non FCA auto you get a $1000 credit so ZERO cost to get into a leased 500e compliance auto according to FCA for the state of California. The 500e per FCA is a true compliance auto allowing them to continue to sell in the state till newer auto's with better MPG and no emissions are available. So with these amazing deals, thousands are jumping on the EV bandwagon. The Question that started this off is, should the states and Feds drive incentives to push this change over to EV's? Should group buying become the norm so as to drive the selling of EVs? The west coast is already more electrified than any other place in the nation. Should the taxpayers fund this conversion to EV auto's or should market forces be allowed to drive what people drive? Sounds Off.
  16. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Apple Car Boom or Bust? So the question has to be asked of forum members, is this iCar a boom or bust for Apple and is this what the millennial crowd wants? Being that Apples biggest market is the millennial crowd I am wondering if this brick of a self driving electric auto is what they really want. Steve Jobs originally stated that Apple would work on an iCar and we ended up with this released drawing: Motor Trend had an exclusive first look at the iCar and this is what they ended up building: MT 13 Cool Features Story MT Industry Insiders Opine on Apple Car MT Apple Car Lie Down Till it Passes - Why they should NOT enter the auto industry. MT Apple Car Exclusive - Game Changer? MT Apple Car - But will you Love it? MT Tech Design experts Talk Apple What are your thoughts? Boom or Bust?
  17. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com EV Auto's in B.C. Canada more Like California Laugh if you will but could it be that British Columbia of Canada is more like California than the rest of Canada? B.C. has recently not only endorsed the CARB of California much like the west coast but now they are allowing special passes to EV owners to drive in all HOV lanes. According to CBC News of Canada, EV auto owners are now allowed to travel all of B.C. Provinces HOV lanes passenger free. Premier Christy Clark announced a series of initiatives to get the population to go green. The following is being done starting now to get B.C. ahead of the world and reduce the effects of global warming on B.C. 6.8 million has been directed towards some of these initiatives: 1) 6 million to be spent on incentives to EV buyers 2) 890,000 to be spent to expand the recharging infrastructure. To make sure these incentives help the larger population, they have limited the price to no more than $77,000 dollars pretty much excluding Tesla and keeping the incentives focused on the Pure EV's or PHEV's such as the Volt. The goal is to be 100% EV and or PHEV auto's in B.C. within 35 years. The Premier arrived to make this announcement in her brand new Generation 2 Blue Chevy Volt according to CBC News. FULL Story This makes one wonder, could the US and Canada one day merge? Could we see a start of a huge infrastructure rebuild in a much shorter time frame as countries push to reduce the greenhouse gas? Could the next 15 years see the auto industry make a revolutionary change from petrol to EV auto's with advances in battery cells, range and the lower cost of electricity to run ones car? How will this affect states / provinces department of transportation when the fuel tax is gone. Will they change it over to an Electrical tax or will a mileage tax finally be the way to go for all auto's? What are your thoughts on this change by B.C. and the questions it brings up?
  18. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Seattle's Aggressive EV Plan by 2017 / 2025 Living in Washington state where the state has chosen or forced based on your take of the political people in Olympia, the state's capital to move the population from petrol to EV auto's and drop all support for alternative fuels this comes as no surprise to me. Seattle mayor announced yesterday a huge push to triple the number of fast fill charging spots by 2017, only 1 year away as well as cut in half the amount of green house gas produced in Seattle by 2025. How you might ask is he doing this? The city starts with the private residence where they will offer loans / payment plans to encourage people to install their own charger of choice into their garage. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is offering $500 towards this install, the state is offering up to half the cost and Seattle now will finance the rest. All new private construction must now have included an EV charging station. All new commercial residential buildings (Apartments/Condo's) must have X amount of spots for charging based on the size of the building. All new commercial building period will now be required to reduce transit emissions through building tune-ups every 5 years and other operational improvements this includes having so many charging stations available for use by the work force in the parking garages. Seattle is going to triple by this time next year in 2017 street access charging stations. The city is putting in place plans to support workers living in the city with affordable green housing. Seattle has also committed to an an VOLT fleet of city auto's replacing all gas powered cars. They are also looking to find alternative auto's for their trucks and pushing forward with a complete electric city bus fleet. Video and news coverage is found here: KING5
  19. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne isn't a fan of electric vehicles, especially the idea of a Ferrari EV. "With Ferrari, it's almost an obscene concept," said Marchionne. A key part of the Ferrari driving experience explained Marchionne was the noise of the V8 or V12 engines. Going with a fully electric powertrain removes something important in the experience. "You'll have to shoot me first," said Marchionne. It is rumored that Ferrari will do more with hybrid technology in their future vehicles as a way of improving fuel economy while retaining the performance the brand is known for. Source: Motor Authority View full article
  20. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne isn't a fan of electric vehicles, especially the idea of a Ferrari EV. "With Ferrari, it's almost an obscene concept," said Marchionne. A key part of the Ferrari driving experience explained Marchionne was the noise of the V8 or V12 engines. Going with a fully electric powertrain removes something important in the experience. "You'll have to shoot me first," said Marchionne. It is rumored that Ferrari will do more with hybrid technology in their future vehicles as a way of improving fuel economy while retaining the performance the brand is known for. Source: Motor Authority
  21. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Bloomberg Predicts another OIL Crash with NO Recovery, Maybe Many of us are excited with the big drop in oil prices and finally gas prices retreating to below $2 a gallon in many places around the US. Some here on Cheers and Gears even feel that alternative energy auto's are a waste of time or should not even be bothered with. So it was with interest when I saw this story on Bloombergs web site. Another Oil Crash Is Coming, and There May Be No RecoveryThe focus on this is that with Tesla in 2017 and Chevy later this year, 2016 beginning to sell 200 Mile, $30,000 auto's, other Auto OEMs spending Billions to also field electric auto's with long battery pack range that the days of Dino powered auto's are limited. Bloomberg clearly states that OPEC and even ExxonMobil have reported that they only see EV auto's making up 1% at most by 2040 on the planet. What no one saw was the Huge growth in US oil fields in 2014 and a global glut of 2 million barrels of oil a day sitting on the market. Bloomberg reviewed world wide data to see that EV Auto's grew by 60% in 2015, show no signs of slowing down among governments push to reduce smog in cities around the world. Based on buying trends and who fast things can change, Bloomberg is predicting that by 2023 we will see another 2 million barrels of Oil being unused on the market leading to this prediction of another crash and the power of the Oil Companies being reduced. The video they have on their story is also very interesting to watch and listen too. Review the original story, watch the video and sound off on what you think of the OIL Industry and where we are headed with auto's! Bloomberg Oil Crash Story
  22. Bentley will be introducing their first hybrid next year with the new Bentayga SUV. But that's not the only alternative powertrain the luxury automaker is looking into. Speaking with Australian outlet Drive, Bentley's board member in charge of engineering, Rolf Frech said they are investigating whether or not to do an electric vehicle. "We are currently in the stage where we are evaluating all the possibilities, but there are so many question marks behind this. I think there will be an answer within the next six months to a year to decide which direction we will go, but of course electric will be a future strategy direction for Bentley," said Frech. One vehicle that could go full electric is the upcoming EXP 10 Speed 6. Frech said the model had a low center of gravity and going with an electric powertrain would offer the instantaneous punch that Bentley wants in a sports car. Frech went on to say the Bentley would have access to Porsche's Mission E platform. "We not only have the ability to use the (Mission E) platform but we can also use a lot of these modules to bring into our car. I think there are big steps coming and what we are doing now is preparing ourselves if these steps make sense then we will go for it," said Frech. In the meantime, Bentley is planning to offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain for all of their models in the near future. Source: Drive View full article
  23. Bentley will be introducing their first hybrid next year with the new Bentayga SUV. But that's not the only alternative powertrain the luxury automaker is looking into. Speaking with Australian outlet Drive, Bentley's board member in charge of engineering, Rolf Frech said they are investigating whether or not to do an electric vehicle. "We are currently in the stage where we are evaluating all the possibilities, but there are so many question marks behind this. I think there will be an answer within the next six months to a year to decide which direction we will go, but of course electric will be a future strategy direction for Bentley," said Frech. One vehicle that could go full electric is the upcoming EXP 10 Speed 6. Frech said the model had a low center of gravity and going with an electric powertrain would offer the instantaneous punch that Bentley wants in a sports car. Frech went on to say the Bentley would have access to Porsche's Mission E platform. "We not only have the ability to use the (Mission E) platform but we can also use a lot of these modules to bring into our car. I think there are big steps coming and what we are doing now is preparing ourselves if these steps make sense then we will go for it," said Frech. In the meantime, Bentley is planning to offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain for all of their models in the near future. Source: Drive
  24. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Electric NASCAR Dreams by Bill Nye The Science Guy Over at the INQUISITR web site, they posted their story about Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill says that NASCAR is holding back the auto industry by relying on old technology. The races run engines using carburetors, getting about 2-3 MPG and sending a ton of Green House gas into the atmosphere. Bill is quoted as follows: “We could convert all of our race cars to electricity – right now – and show the public exactly what electrons can do. And most significant from my point of view, everyone in the crowd, every race fan, would want an electric car! The market for electric cars would go crazy.” They also quote Fox Sports response to Bill: Fox Sports, a critic of Bill’s plans has already rejected it as impossible; Fans won’t like the quieter cars or the lack of exhaust fumes in the air, and nobody will want to pay to convert all of their cars to electric. Bill counters this with pointing to the F1 Electric racing that has taken off and is growing in popularity. People can talk in normal tones about the race without having to shout and loose hearing as they do at NASCAR. You can read Bill Nye the Science Guy original BLOG post here! Bill looks back on his roots of growing up in Durham North Carolina and how he loved NASCAR. Sadly NASCAR has not grown up with technology and the 21st Century according to BILL. So what are your thoughts on this, Should NASCAR change over to Electric and have quick change battery packs to run their races? Will the Fans hate it or embrace it the way F1 fans have? What are your thoughts?
  25. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com EV Car Owners Allowed To Use Bus Lanes in UK Cities UK DOT has given the top 8 cities funds to install electric chargers, preferred parking spots and advertise in a bid to encourage citizens to turn in their petrol auto and move to EVs. The biggest benefit is EVs are now allowed to use the dedicated Bus Lanes all over even if they are a single driver. According to "the guardian" the UK sees this as their solution to meeting the carbon budget and cut the illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution that chokes British cities. England's government give £5,000 to buyers of Electric autos. To quote the guardian, "Milton Keynes and Derby will copy similar measures in Norway and allow the cars to drive in miles of bus lanes, while owners in Hackney will be able to plug in at street lights. York drivers will be able to recharge their batteries at a solar-powered park-and-ride and electric car owners in Bristol and Milton Keynes will be allowed to park for free." The full Story is found here. So what do you think, is allowing EVs to use dedicated Bus lanes a smart move? what about some of the other perks various cities mentioned above have done to encourage EV purchases and use? Could this be the start of a push to rid Diesels from the streets and get auto's to alternative fuels? Sound off on what you think about this!

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