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This is a rather large made in China e-van with restricted, ideal condition, e-range (150 miles) . It will probably to 100 miles in hilly places and/or in cold weather.
Future Corolla (ICEV + HEV +BEV + FCEV) could generate well over 500,000 sales/year with improved looks??
Autobrakes and better equipped driverless vehicles will greatly reduce that type of avoidable accidents?
Wind, Nuclear and Hydro electrolysis are the cleanest methods but are still too costly. Higher efficiency electrolysers with a mix of (1) mass produced smaller lower cost NPPs and/or (2) higher + larger + more efficient wind turbines and/or (3) off peak excess lower cost Hydro are strong possibilities in the not too distant future. The efficiency and cost of solar will have to be improved to compete. It can be done by 2030/2040 if the current tendency is maintained. The recently disasted/burnt large areas of California, with the help of 50,000+ Central America emigrants and appropriate tools/machinery, could be cleaned and rebuilt as a show case of carbon mitigation, adapted agriculture/forest and housing, and the dawn of clean hydrogen technology. A few thousand goats could be used to keep brushes from growing under new trees.
PHEV's price and range could be addressed with the use of modular (plug-in modules). One to six, five (5) kWh modules could match range and price to customers needs.
Toyota is progressively going from high quality ICEVs, HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs and FCEVs with most efficient small and large units. They still have up to five in the best 10 sellers list and is still the world number one. So far, only German, Chinese and Korean producers can match them. Eventually, China with a total production of close to 30 million units/year and a huge local market will lead.
Excellent plan to provide funds to accelerate transition to automated drive extended range e-vehicles. How much efforts and funds will be used for next generation batteries R & D and lower cost mass production? More JVs with Asia producers (and Ford?) may be required.
Good new for New Flyer + clean air in large cities. The articulated 132 passengers e-buses. with a single high cost driver, is a lot less costly to operate than the regular40-45 ft diesel versions.
Will they use recyclable paper bags and/or reusable bags to reduce the use of polluting plastics?
Would this process produce a NET total increase or decrease in pollution and GHGs?
Amazing detection in low and difficult light conditions. How well will it do with heavy snowfall? This seems to be a potential major step towards practical improved driverless vehicles.
The inherent established superior quality and Toyota's experience with HEVs may make the Hybrid Corolla a number one seller? A PHEV version with enough near future superior quick charge batteries, for up to 50+ Km, could also quickly become a best seller.
What happened to the Toshiba ultra quick charge battery pouch claimed as a technical revolution a few years ago?
Modular plug-in batteries (in 5 kWh modules or so?) could give PHEVs more variable all electric range, to satisfy more users.
Increasing battery size/capacity to go from basic HEV to decent PHEV (from 2 kWh to 42+ kWh) can be very costly ($10+K), add 500 lbs to 800 lbs to the vehicle and add new related manufacturing cost. A PHEV with smaller batteries and limited all electric range is an acceptable compromise for people with very short trips and charging facilities at both ends.
Ideal very low cost slow charging unit for people with PHEVs/BEVs and access to home garage/parking 120 VAC or 240 VAC appropriate outlet?
If Zotye and affiliates design, produce and import affordable high performance PHEV (SUVs), the local Big 3s and Mr. P will not be very happy and will try to find ways to block and/or delay imports. Alternatively, final assembly could be carried out in USA in a fully robotized factory.
China may be the best place to mass produce lower cost affordable FCEVs in the near future, starting with commercial vehicles for the local market followed by various export models? China could mass produce lower cost fuel cells, H2 tanks, high performance batteries, FC and battery control units for FCEVs together with electrolysers and associated RE units for lower cost H2 production by 2020/2022?
Amazing 62 mpg (HEV) vehicle. It will compete strongly with other HEVs. It could probably reach close to 100 empg as a PHEV with much larger battery but the total price would probably go up by $10K to $20K, unless near future batteries price is reduced to below $100/kWh?
Yes E-P, progressive national carbon tax ($20 to $100/ton over 5 to 10 years), coupled with appropriate tax credits for low revenue captive ICEVs users and degressive subsidies (over the next 10-12 years) for new electrified vehicles selling for less than $35,000/$45,000 (US) could help to accelerate the switch and reduce GHGs. Final choice between (HEVs/PHEVs/BEVs/FCEVs) should be left to purchasers
With 12 major investors, Enevate will not remain a very small battery company for too long. Will it really mass produce very quick charge (5 mins) + quicker/more energy recovery, higher 2X energy density, lower cost (???), safer (???) new generation batteries for future affordable extended range BEVs? Can it be done by 2025/2030?
The short time boast in electrified vehicles last quarter was probably triggered by near future removal of EV subsidies by Ontario, the arrival of the new Federal cross Canada carbon tax and general increased climate change awareness? Our city (Laval) added an extra $2,000/EV subsidy to the existing provincial $8,000/EV subsidy.
Surprisingly, electrified light vehicles sales reached 8% of total sales in Canada during the last quarter, mainly in BC, Quebec and Ontario. Unfortunately, this trend may not last long because Ontario (with almost 40% of Canada's population) will stop EV subsidies on 01 Jan 2019 and, to make matter worst, will reduce taxes on liquid fuels by 10 cents/L, increase electricity by up to 10% to cover increasing NPPs/NGPPs maintenance cost and to cover the $1/beer promised.
This could become the near future very low pollution extended range heavy truck to replace current polluting diesel units? Long range intercity buses, passenger and cargo trains and passenger ships could be next?
I'm a 100% non-smoker and so is my wife, my children and grand children. It will be interesting to see the short, medium and long term effects on drivers (and others) from cannabis usage? REs are gaining grounds in many countries and so will clean lower cost H2 and affordable extended range all weather FCEVs. BEV sales reached 8% of total light vehicles sales in Canada during/for the last quarter, mainly in Quebec, Ontario and BC. However, BEV sales may drop after 01 Jan 2019 when Ontario removes existing subsidies and reduces fuel taxes by 10 cents/L.