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Schaeffler helps Audi ABT to first Formula E teams title

Schaeffler helps Audi ABT to first Formula E teams title

Electric Vehicles, News
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler secured the title in the teams’ classification with impressive comeback drives in the season finale. Four podium positons during the weekend, including a one-two finish and 78 of a maximum of 94 possible points, turned a near unassailable deficit of 33 points before the final weekend into a two-point advantage. The title decision for the teams’ classification in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship was open and hard-fought all the way to the final lap, with a mere two points finally making the difference. In Sunday’s race, Lucas di Grassi crossed the finish line in second place after 43 laps around the street circuit in Brooklyn, with its view of downtown Manhattan. The Brazilian grabbed the championship runner-up spot with his seventh conse
Why do EVs not have standardised charging connectors?

Why do EVs not have standardised charging connectors?

Electric Vehicles, Technical
In his latest article, HEVRA's Peter Melville discusses the different types of electric vehicle charging plugs If you're not familiar with electric vehicle charging, it may surprise you to hear there are four different charging connectors in common use in the UK, and this is excluding some of the early models such as the Tesla Roadster and some lead-acid cars like the G-Wiz. So why all of the different connectors? Firstly, most cars have two different connectors, one for AC, one for DC. And before you groan that there's no standardisation here- there is a good reason for it. All batteries are DC, and mains electricity is AC, so to charge your car up from the mains, there needs to be some AC-DC conversion at some point. Vehicle manufacturers have quite sensibly decided to inco...
What is the difference between a hybrid, an EV, a PHEV and an EREV?

What is the difference between a hybrid, an EV, a PHEV and an EREV?

Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, Technical
HEVRA's Peter Melville discusses electric technology in today's vehicles, and the major differences The term hybrid and electric vehicles covers a broad range of technologies, some which take petrol or diesel, some that plug-in, and some that do both. So what's what? We'll start with the non-plug in hybrids, such as the Toyota Prius. These cars run exclusively on petrol (or diesel in some cases), but one or more motor-generators allow energy usually wasted, such as during idling or braking, to be recovered and used later to help acceleration. Many hybrids are capable of driving completely on electric power for very short distances at low speeds. If we take this concept and add a larger battery and an on-board charger, we can add some electricity (which is cheaper and cleaner t...
UK Automotive calls for realistic policies to tackle rising CO2

UK Automotive calls for realistic policies to tackle rising CO2

Diesel, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, News, SMMT
The UK automotive industry has called for realistic policies from the UK Government to support the transition to a low carbon future, with a warning that the anti-diesel agenda and slow take-up of electric vehicles could mean industry misses its next round of CO2 targets in 2021, with negative consequences for the UK’s own climate change goals. The move came as a new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirmed that the fleet average CO2 of newly registered cars rose for the first time on record in 2017 – despite vehicles becoming ever more efficient. The SMMT New Car CO2 Report 2018: Driving the transition to a low carbon future reveals that carbon tailpipe emissions rose for the first time in two decades last year, by 0.8% to 121.0g/km. Th