Ignoring the common view that ‘Chinese innovation’ is a bit of an oxymoron, here’s a really innovative idea from China that could turn the auto industry on its head.
Evatran has just launched its plugless wireless EV charger at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Offering a princely 30% reduction off its $3,000 price tag to the first 250 customers. The 240V station will be installed by Bosch and needs a specific adapter to be used with the Volt or the Leaf - and it only works with older Leaf models. Too bad for late adopters of EV who fancy ditching the plug, though Evatran says it will announce wireless chargers for additional EVs and model years later this year.
Am I being too much of a killjoy here or is this really just gratuitous use of wireless technology?
You'd think that a starting price of 69,440 euros would hamper sales of the Tesla Model S in Europe when the same model only costs 47,000 euros in the US, but it's selling like hot cakes in Norway. 1433 have been sold there since August this year and 527 of them in November alone, so what's the secret to their success?
According to this article on Autobloggreen the "BMW i3 EV will have lower insurance, repair costs thanks to carbon fiber". BMW normally knows what it's talking about when it comes to cars, so why have so many of Autobloggreen's readers thrown their toys out of the pram in the 70+ comments? Maybe the 'vested interest' gang is at work here to cast doubts on the choice of materials technology.
Road & Track mag voted the FIAT 500e the 'Best electric car of 2013' and made this baffling comment:"Chrysler Group must like having big fun on the clock, because this thing will chirp its tires and lay elevens all day.". I haven't a scooby what that means, but I'd certainly agree with the FIAT website's choice of words ... 'environmentally sexy'. Does that make it the Gwyneth Paltrow of EVs?