Electric Cars


9th survey by AS. EV car registrations are still very low, why?

electric vehicles
  EV car registrations are still very low, why? 91 votes: Is the Automotive Professional tired because of the warm? A topic that has been already dealt with … or is it uninteresting? Who knows! But the fact remains that the votes, deliberately collected among a large set of selections in order to have opinions and ideas from different points of view, finally can be categorized only in 3...

Pure electric vehicles and the heat/electric hybrid ones

BYD e6
  More and more frequently we attend the launch of new pure and hybrid electric cars or heat/electric ones, so it comes naturally to wonder: what is the differences of the product they offer and for what types of use? To better understand the products offered and their characteristics, I asked a friend and true expert on the subject for help, Ing. Roberto Barbiero, a career dedicated to car design...

The China gives up the electrics and the Europe just watches

EVs
  Two months ago I published one post dealing with selling data and the evolution, over the last years, of the electric cars in Europe. To avoid of causing useless wars, I limited to reporting market data (ACEA) and to suggesting how to read them analytically and how to contextualize them. But in private, someone wanted to charge me with provincialism, saying for instance: “…Pietro, but...

China is near. Its not a film: it’s reality!

Cina is near
 Considering that the European car market is restarting, with exciting business opportunities at the horizon. Assuming that some Chinese carmakers “stepped on the gas” in the international arena, and are seeking for western commercial partners. Admitting that in China the development of new automobiles & vans runs at speeds fivefold compared to our. Established that the world leader...

The electric cars in EU in 2014: it was established their failure

Electric Cars
  This “European” post is originated from some considerations after more years of incentives and more millions of euro thrown away because of the electric. Here, for ex., are the italian data (this blog was born in Italy): 1,104 sales of EV cars, in 2014, of which 246 sold to private (UNRAE data). Essentially in Italy the 0,08% of the auto market, in 2014, represents electric cars, while...

Becoming the Jetsons! CES 2015

CES 2015
  The great international car shows, Geneva, Detroit, Beijing, New Delhi are glittering opportunities to present new cars and boost – thanks to media coverage – the most important sector of the world economy. Between dealers, only a few know that in January ALL the carmakers attended in Las Vegas a trade show which represents the future of the technics applied to everyday life: the...

Interview with Prof. Ivan Maio (Politecnico di Torino – Italy)

Ivan A. Maio
  Date of interview: September, 26 2014 Professional profile: Ivan Maio is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the department of Electronics and telecommunications at the Polytechnic of Turin. He conducts research in the areas of circuit theory, signal integrity and electromagnetic compatibility. Always passionate about sports cars. The international scenario about the car fleet foresees an...

Peugeot and Citroen: It’s nice to win easy!

Aulnay
  By at least one semester Peugeot and Citroen started a radical transformation of production, managerial, commercial and communication. Talk about the last aspect: the Communication! Money are invested if there is something to communicate and when there are budgets to bind on. Budgets are allocated if there are invoices. Data about Italy and Europe show that there’s turmoil… to put it mildly. From...

The LPG and CNG help you, such as the electrics

gpl
  The plan, which foresees about 3,000 LPG fuel stations and 1,000 CNG ones to the end of 2012, is proceeding at a steady pace toward the goal. Actually Fiat Professional has already monitored 3065 LPG points (+40 closed) and 908 CNG points (+8 closed) regularly active (data September 7, 2012). In spite of this, a subtle and insightful enemy, the electric Lobby, which includes several devices...

Downsizing inside the automotive: another hoax that vanishes

Downsizing-auto
  More than two years ago I instilled the doubt about the Downsizing “trend”, which was all the rage inside the automotive, and about the Economics of decline. My argument, with all humility towards leaders and excelled speakers’ opinion (who benefit JUST in saying certain declarations and not thanks the truthfulness, NOW ready to change the repertory of their interventions)...

If managers fail the (electric) aims, will they pay?

Renault ZOE
  This is a (general) question that a lot of people asked especially in the last few years. For instance they wonder it about the old managing of Alitalia but also about Italian railways company. But here we’re talking about automotive so I don’’t want to digress on it! We have dwelt upon electric car, and upon tales told, a lot both on this blog and on Linkedin. The funny aspect is that...

Leaf, the electric car that recharges your office and not only

Leaf
  What? Electric cars don’t exclusively use energy? Obviously yes, but they swap energy as well, improving, for instance, office consumptions: that’s the experimentation by Nissan in Atsugi (Japan) based on the well-known reversibility properties about electric “machines”. Electric motors, which work as power unit as well, allow the energy recovery whereby electric cars – as...

Electric Cars, the BMW i3 “case”: when the materials count

Copertina i3
  Will be the definitive turning point for the electric cars? Hard to believe. What the BMW i3 brings with vehemence to the forefront of the market is, however, a concept of frame optimization result of specific needs and constraints that the electrical architecture imposes. Some considerations can not pass in the background, especially when you put on the scales important elements. It is the...

Only one Billion of our Euro for the electric vehicles of Renault

Un miliardo
    After the post regarding the aid to PSA by Hollande, started with fortuitous coincidence the inspection proceeding by the European Community for a possible rules infringement.  As it was predictable politics prevailed and France demonstrated its concept of Europeanism. Do not think, however, that it is an isolated case. Indeed there is, in my view, a real coordination between the individual...

There is newness and newness: but what if we were talking about technology and contents?

tecnica e contenuti
  «That’s nice, a new model of car!» Given that the time is far distant from those in which a new four-wheels product aroused emotions, today one wonders what the industry intends for “new product”. The innovation has evolved over the years through really useful devices, from ABS to the Common-Rail, from ESP to robotized gearboxes. In short, real progress in the field of technology...

Interview with Jacques Bousquet President of Renault Italia – 2^nd part

Bousquet1
  … the first part! Speaking of electric cars, what is your opinion of the EC 2011 White Paper and of the studies conducted in the US, by Exxon and by Toyota itself, according to which a significant market is only possible after 2020? Don’t you think Renault’s anticipating the times is counterproductive? And if you don’t, why not? I don’t think so because a significant market for...

Interview with Jacques Bousquet President of Renault Italia – 1^st part

Bousquet2
    Interview Date: January, 21 2013 Professional Profile: Jacques Bousquet is a graduate of the EDHEC Business School in Lille and majored in Business Management at the University of Michigan of Detroit, the Duke University in North Carolina and the INSEAD in Fontainebleau. From 1982 to 1998 he held positions of increasing responsibility in Ford; from 1999 to 2002 in Fiat Auto, and later...

In the footsteps of Marco Polo by car … driverless!

Marcopolo
  40,000 fatal car accidents occur every year in Europe and 93% of them are due to human errors. This is the evidence that highlights the limits of the “automobile solution” for land transportation. The use of this solution for people transportation implies the death of a percentage of them! It is as if every year a small town would disappear. It is unpleasant to make a so dramatic...

Interview with Mr. Roland Schell, MD Mercedes-Benz Cars Italy

Schell
    Date of interview: April 24, 2012 Professional Profile: Roland Schell Notes: Interview by Pietro Montagna I had the opportunity to interview Roland Schell and I did not let slip the opportunity, trying to bring the discussion on the future of our industry, because speaking about the present would have been disheartening. The Italian market continues to fall, while the world continues...

Household Appliances or… cars?

Household
  Even if we do not know – at home – we ALL have a piece of the vehicle that has won numerous awards during the Rotterdam Shell-Eco Marathon, travelling along 5,000 kilometers with 1kWh of energy (the equivalent of a liter of gasoline). The engine of this 100% Italian vehicle – built by the school “ITIS Rossi” in Vicenza – is the motor of a… washing machine! Manufactured...

The car according to Google

car according
   The driver? … It’s an optional! How do you create something really new in the automotive field? The answer is: think different! It is what ​​the brilliant creators of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, made getting to an original and hardly debatable conclusion: the limit of the car we know is connected to the limits of the driver! The driving experience, the psychophysical...

Interview to Marco Saltalamacchia

Saltalamacchia
   Interview Date: March, 14th 2012. Professional Profile: Marco Saltalamacchia Remarks: Interview carried by  Pietro Montagna   I have asked Mr. Marco SALTALAMACCHIA (former Senior Vice President of BMW Sales & CEO of BMW Italy SpA) some thoughts about the future of our sector. Good Morning Mr. Saltalamacchia, the current crisis of the European Automotive Market triggered a huge brainstorming...

Interview to Daniele Maver, President of Jaguar and Land Rover Italy.

Maver
  Interview Date: 18th February 2012. Professional Profile: Daniele Maver The Italian Market keep falling, while the Worlwide one keep growing. Over 2011, the Italian Light Passengers Market (Cars + Light Commercial Vehicles) scored 2.5% in the world (being 3.7% in 2008). Did any changes occur against our Market while being approached by OEM? Are you aware of any deadline in the Chinese Calendar?...

Are the solutions for creating less pollution really effective?

pollution
  During the approval phase for cars, automobile companies are required to comply with the regulations in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) established by directive EU 91/441/EC. This regulation calls for a series of tests that must be uniform and repeatable. To guarantee that they can be repeated, the tests are performed not on roads or a track but on dynamometric rollers in a laboratory...

Hybrid Ideas …

Hybrid
  Hybrid Ideas … If automotive experts would stop saying stupid things about more or less electric vehicles, the world would be a better place. There is a whole variegated bunch of stupidities out there. Some are functional to elegant and content deprived ads and commercials. Well, to be honest, in this case we are dealing with plain lies. Others are technologically flavoured, sound highly innovative,...

FADA calls NADA for a worldwide car Dealers Association

FADA
    FADA – Federation of Indian Dealers Associations – in concomitance with the New Delhi Auto Expo, organized Auto Summit, the convention dedicated to the Indian dealers of cars, trucks, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, three wheelers, four wheelers, buses and bicycles. Yes, even bicycles. What’s so funny? I met a dealer who sells in Delhi – with great revenues...

XXI Congresso Fenabrave. Fiat: novo Uno or nuova Panda?

Panda BR
  Everything has changed! In 2011, 370,000 Portuguese has ‘landed’ in Brazil and thousands of Spaniards have ‘invaded’ Argentina. With so many hopes and their workforce. The eighteenth century’s scenarios in black and white of Ellis Island and the migration to South America after the IIWW are unexpectedly reproduced. Brazil, land of promise for the automotive (not...

A new European Brand: QOROS.

qoros
    QOROS. Remember this name. This is a new official brand since November the 28th, founded by a joint venture between Chery and Israel Corporation, with active operational participation of Magna (who wanted to buy Opel in 2009). A powerful agreement between the largest Chinese Car provider (for the last 8 years at least) and one of the biggest Israeli Holdings. The news was not emphasized...

Bifuel or not? This is the question…Part 1

Bifuel1
  In this period of expensive fuel, I suggest again the question of convenience or not to switch to gas. Whether it’s natural gas or LPG, the car is registered as an original bi-fuel or it is transformed , the advantages are many: savings on supplies, reduced emissions and always the ability to drive. What I am going to do is a list of the main concerns, of even greater concern, which can...

Green Car Korea Motor Show 2011

Corea
  Between the 28th and the 30th of September 2011 the “GREEN CAR GLOBAL VENTURE FORUM” took place in Kimdaejung Convention Center over Gwangju (the sixth biggest metropolitan city in Korea) placed in South of Korea. Automotive Space was sitting there as spectator too! First staged in 2010, this event is the largest auto show relevant to Green Car in Korea. The intended mission is to gather...
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