European Alliance for the electrification of surface transport

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Launch of the Platform for the Electrification of Surface Transport

Carlo Iacovini‘s insight:

On 19 March 2013, Alstom, AVERE, CER, ETRA, EURELECTRIC, EUROBAT, Going-Electric, Nissan, Polis, UITP, and UNIFE join forces by creating a Platform for the Electrification of Surface Transport in Europe. The Platform is holding its maiden event at the Hotel Renaissance in Brussels.

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Prototipi in strada: tra quanto una Mercedes-Tesla?

Mentre tutti gli occhi degli appassionati sono concentrati sulla Tesla Model S, che raggiunge il mercato già con il successo di vendite e di produzione, ai reparti ricerca e sviluppo dell’azienda Californiana lavorano a nuovi progetti, autonomi e in collaborazione con le case automobilistiche. Già Toyota aveva utilizzato tecnologie Tesla

source: gigaom
source: gigaom

per la versione elettrica della RAV4 così come Mercedes sta seguendo da vicino le evoluzioni e le piattaforme industriali. Proprio da queste componenti potrà nascere una Mercedes completamente elettrica, commercializzata con il brand della stella a tre punte. Per gli scettici qui una prima immagine della vettura, prototipo per nulla camuffato (fotografato dal giornalista Anton Wahlman ) e noto al pubblico europeo perché somigliante alla Classe B. Come al solito ci saranno le ormai quotidiane considerazioni sull’autonomia, peso, prestazioni e soprattutto sul prezzo della vettura, che per poter essere competitivo dovrà basarsi su volumi di vendita di gran lunga superiori alle poche migliaia di Model S che ricchi ambientalisti guideranno in giro per i mondo. La diffusione delle vetture elettriche cresce costantemente e le aziende pioniere come Tesla che riusciranno a superare lo start up avranno un roseo futuro.

more details at “the street” – tech 

Why Italy is the right country for car sharing

sharing economy ecosystem by David Wesson
sharing economy ecosystem by David Wesson

There is a common sense that “sharing economy” will be a growing living model adopted in many sectors, but only few countries will concretely introduce new lifestyles in some sectors of daily living.

“In 2000, worldwide private consumption expenditures (the amount spent on goods and services at a household level) topped $20trn, a four-fold increase over 1960. Short-term thinking argues that consumption is good for the global economy. Continue reading “Why Italy is the right country for car sharing”

ENEL-ENI Italian energy and petrol companies together to push EV market

Source:greenstart.it
Source:greenstart.it

Good news for Italian Electric Vehicle market. ENEL (national energy utility) and ENI (national petrol company) signed a cooperation agreement to install fast charging points in the petrol station network.  Eni can count up to 4.700 stations around the country whose 127 are located alongside most important highways. The creation of this network is a great push to the deployment of electric vehicles allowed to use public charging points. Continue reading “ENEL-ENI Italian energy and petrol companies together to push EV market”

Camminare per le città e riscoprire una nuova socialità

Riscoprire le città e favorire una nuova socialità. Camminare per le strade, confrontarsi e dialogare, sono tutti elementi rari in molte metropoli moderne ma desiderabili. Lo sviluppo urbano passa attraverso il confronto, l’apertura e la condivisione delle walkonomicslogoesperienze di residenti, “city users” e lavoratori. La forma di socialità più rilevante è riconosciuta nelle “manifestazioni” pubbliche, da sempre forme espressive di confronto e/o adesione a certi valori da parte dei cittadini. In realtà la libertà di muoversi a piedi e l’esperienza personale che ne deriva, viene analizzata e raccontata in un articolo del blog “thinking city”. Mentre un sito dedicato di esperti analizza le principali strade e quartieri di alcune grandi metropoli mappandoli secondo parametri tecnici e di sostenibilità.

FIAT 500E: il video della conferenza stampa ufficiale a Los Angeles

C’era molta, moltissima attesa attorno alla nuova FIAT 500 elettrica. la presentazione 500Eufficiale è avvenuta due giorni fa al salone internazionale dell’Auto di Los Angeles. Pubblichiamo il video ufficiale della conferenza stampa appena tenuta. In 24 minuti Olivier Francois racconta i contenuti più interessanti oltre alle peculiarità del progetto e illustra le altre novità del prossimo anno, come la 500Abarth cabriolet e la 500L

In anteprima anche le campagne pubblicitarie di forte impatto emotivo. Orgoglio italiano di una multinazionale che va verso il successo.

Credit: Stefano Paris

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There was much interest on new Fiat 500E launch in US at the Los Angeles Auto Show. We are pleased to publish the link to official Press Conference Video just released on the presentation of future Fiat products. 500 EV but also new topless Abarth and 500Large.

thanks to Paul Stith

Zipcar. Interview with European President Frerk-Malte Feller

If in US car sharing equals to “Zipcar“, Europe needs long time to create a common brand. Countries have different business model and brands grow rapidly depending of public funding. With a global strategy the US brand came to Europe since early this year and acquired the Uk car club first, followed by Spain company and Austrian car sharing. European headquarter established in London where the company has just launched the Zipcar for business offer. The company publishes a research into the true cost of transportation to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), with top findings revealing that company owned vehicles sit idle for a staggering two thirds (63%)1 of business hours per week. The research has been the chance to an interview with Frerk-Malte Feller, President Zipcar Europe. Continue reading “Zipcar. Interview with European President Frerk-Malte Feller”

Better Place facing new problems: losses and board member leaving

Italian version of this article published on International Business Times 

Better Place is a vision of future, the electric vehicle’s dream. To drive

Source: BetterPlace

with no anxiety about battery’s range because thousands of switching stations give you more power to keep your journey. The company was born 5 years ago under the green US new deal and has strong Israel origins and management. Its vision aimed to create new technological standards in the automotive sector, and gained millions of dollars to invest in an overall new distribution Continue reading “Better Place facing new problems: losses and board member leaving”

BYD launches electric fleet, zero emission and zero costs

Italian version of this news available at International Business Times Magazine.

Electric cars struggle against economic and infrastructures problems. Recent US Pike research research estimated in 23.000 $ the acceptable costs for users, too far away from real pricing of new vehicles. A provocative proposals comes from BYD chinese company, as it launched an city electric public transport solution: the ‘Zero vehicle purchase price, Zero costs, Zero emissions’ solution for the taxi and bus market. China Development Bank will provide financial support for the scheme. The scheme aims to ease the financial pressure on taxi and pay the full amount upfront for the purchase of electric vehicles. Continue reading “BYD launches electric fleet, zero emission and zero costs”