Kelley Blue Book took a spin in the Arcimoto SRK three-wheeled EV at CES in Las Vegas. In the video above, KBB Managing Editor Micah Muzio gets behind the handlebars for a spin around an empty parking lot. He notes a gradual throttle tip-in, though from the video, it appears the trike has a bit of pep. While the hydraulic brake pedal requires a bit of extra effort, the regenerative brake lever located on the right handlebar is effective and easy to use. The steering is a little heavy, but manageable, at low speeds. He calls it "kind of a fun little conveyance," adding, "Maybe this is the future." See the full review in the video above.

CARB Chairman Mary Nichols spoke with German television about Volkswagen's emissions scandal. In a photo she posted on Twitter, Nichols can be seen in front of cameras with CARB's test bay in the background. In the bay is a Volkswagen Jetta TDI. She says in her tweet, "Discussing VW cheating case w/German TV in front of ARB lab test bay & '07 diesel Jetta. Time to move on to #EVs!" Late last year, a group of environmentalists and Silicon Valley leaders – Elon Musk included – sent Nichols an open letter suggesting CARB help urge Volkswagen to give up on diesels and focus on electric vehicles. See Nichols's post on Twitter.

South Korea's most popular EV is the Renault Samsung Motors (RSM) SM3 ZE (also known as the Renault Fluence ZE). The all-electric vehicle has sold 1,767 units since its arrival in Korea since November 2013, with 2015 sales reaching 1,043 units. This makes one in three EVs in Korea a RSM SM3 ZE. The car has been selected as Korea's official government vehicle, and RSM has supplied over 100 EV taxis, 60 of which are in Seoul. Read more in the press release from Renault.

BAIC EV announced it has established an R&D center in Detroit at CES. It will work with its other centers in Silicon Valley and Aachen, Germany in order to develop automotive technology and evaluate global demand. The EV branch of the Chinese automaker also debuted its i-Link information system, which uses 4G to connect car telematics to the cloud. The i-Link system also provides wireless phone charging, remote inquiry services and connects sensing technologies to the internet. Read more in the press release below.
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BAIC EV Attends CES in Las Vegas and Announces Plans for Detroit

After a successful debut of BAIC EV's new i-link™, the first Chinese system to apply 4G technology to the interaction between telematics and a cloud platform, at the Consumer Electronic Show held in Las Vegas, the company has established a new R&D center in Detroit, Michigan.

DETROIT, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BAIC EV, a leading brand within China's electric vehicle (EV) industry, has established a new R&D center in Detroit, Michigan, which will help the company evaluate overseas market demand, obtain core EV technology, build on brand influence, and eventually provide support for their international layout. This new R&D center, the second for the company in the United States, followed a successful debut of BAIC EV's i-link™ Intelligent & Connected System (U.S. version), the first Chinese system to apply 4G technology to the interaction between telematics and a cloud platform.

The i-link™ is the first system in China equipped with voice identification technology, an information recreational system, and a unified ultra-large information board in the cabin. It is also tailored for digitalized green driving information system, wireless charging equipment for mobile phones, and enables drivers to access services like remote inquiry, examination, control and early warning systems. To revolutionize telematics, which is limited to primary integration with the internet, BAIC EV has made a major breakthrough in triggering the interaction among various sensing technologies and internet resources to provide a smart solution for users.

Opened January 8 in Detroit, a city known worldwide for automobile manufacturing and home to companies like GM, Ford and Chrysler's, BAIC EV's new R&D center provides an independent research base as well as an integration platform and optimal resources for in-depth development. BAIC EV will strive to reach the core of the automobile and IT industries while working to become a world-class EV brand and maintaining its leading status in China.

"In the future, top electric drive systems are bound to support the intelligent and concrete development of our new control technologies," says Zheng Gang, the general manager of BAIC EV.

The Detroit R&D Center will work closely with the other centers in Silicon Valley and Aachen, Germany, and integrate quality resources in battery, motor, and vehicle development and design, composing a world-leading EV value chain. It will work to develop advanced technologies in motor drives, power electronics and intelligent control, while introducing high-end talents and facilitating the cooperation of automotive R&D in North America.

In addition, the center will introduce advanced technologies and development to China, as well as bring Chinese EV products to the world with the aid of local resources. As Zheng Gang said, "The strategic vision of BAIC EV is set not only on China, but also on the international stage of EVs." The establishment of the Detroit R&D Center symbolizes China's EV industry's attempt to tap into the international market and become a communication platform for cutting-edge technology. It will also serve as an opportunity for BAIC EV and China's EV industry to access top technologies and expand their overseas market.

The Detroit R&D Center will run relatively independently to ensure that the technologies developed are the most advanced in order to become a world-class research center of EV technology and products. BAIC EV will combine its present research resources with the quality information from renowned motor companies, universities and research institutes to develop electric drive power train and highly integrated power train. BAIC EV intends to consolidate and improve its R&D capability, technology strength, and talent competitiveness in the process to provide a strong intelligent and technological support for future development.

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