A paper by a couple of Swedish researchers figures that the price-per-kWh for lithium-ion battery packs is now $410, down from more than $1,000 in 2007. Economies-of-scale, not chemistry advances, will do the most to get that down to $230 by 2018.
Autobild puts some numbers to the BMW i5, which it says will be based on the long-wheelbase 5 Series sold in China and have around 640 horsepower coming from a four-cylinder ICE and two electric motors. It's not a straight-up Tesla fighter, but it will stress electric power over ICE.
A development site at the Lincoln domain introduces us to a new Continental concept, called "The face of forward thinking," and the tagline, "Follow us forward." There are no pictures yet, but we're promised that it's "elegantly styled and boldly distinctive," and an "envisioning of what's to come."
AeroMobil wants to have its flying car ready to sell to the public for 2017, but there's still a lot of development to get the vehicle ready for the road. In the future, the company even wants to make the plane autonomous.
BluepointLondon Takes Over Chargers; EDI Converts Pickups To PHEVs
Nissan and Endesa plan mass-market vehicle-to-grid offering Europe. Despite reports, BMW says Apple won't base its electric car on the i3. BluepointLondont is taking over EV charger management from Transport for London. EDI converts light-duty GM pickups to plug-in hybrids.
Ahead of autonomous vehicles, lightweighting, and hydrogen fuel cells, the MIT Technology Review puts vehicle-to-vehicle communications on its list of Ten Breakthrough Technologies of 2015. But with car hacking making more headlines more frequently, will V2V be just another way to for your car to be remotely commandeered?
Two of the frontrunners for the $20 million grand prize in the Google Lunar Xprize are teaming up to send three rovers to the moon some time in the second half of 2016, setting up a potential drag race on the moon to determine the winner.