"If you could go 300 miles on a charge, you'd see significant growth in electric vehicles," said Michael Omotoso, an auto analyst with JD Power and Associates."
We'll just leave you with that thought - and your jaws - hanging...
Stop the Press:
It turns out that EVWorld decided after all to play safe, err on the side of silence..and further marginalize truth-tellers
Erring, Silence, Playing Safe have never been EVUK's thing, thang or "Ding"(to quote Hannemann again)
We've exchanged curious emails with Bill on this - but thus far we've been left to read between the non-existent lines.
EVWorld's last entry re DBM Energy is the (unusually) irrationally dismissive and negative piece by Jim Motavalli. Sorry Jim - but the BAM & DEKRA tests ARE persuasive(cf. 'official' petrol-diesel mpg/fuel economy claims)
So: Patrioti$m Trump$ Truth & Planet yet again:
USA! USA! USA! Imagine the stateside & global response - the contrast - if DBM Energy were an American startup ...founded by a "Mirko" Agassi(then again would they have turned down Samsung's 600 million..?)
To repeat - the DEKRA tests verified: "a range of 454.83 km with the 62,928 kWh LMP battery. Adjusted for the battery capacity of 98 kWh at the time of the worldwide
range record, the range would have been 714 km."
So Jim/Bill - 3-4 times the range of the 100 mpc Nissan Leaf - with up to 5000 charge cycles. Tested and proven by top-rated German engineers. So what is the problem ?
July, 2011 Long range taboo touches 2 wheels too -
Barcelona: 30 km Honda EV Neo vs. 60+ km Peugeot
e-Vivacity(both circa 4000 euros)
Peugeot e-Vivacity & Honda EV Neo: often pictures don't speak a 1000 words(so read our 500 ..and reach Miss Peugeot)
Another EVUK 'intervention' - just to break yet another total, across-the-board, old/new media silence - and for those 'intellectual' early adopters and long-suffering EVUK'ers who - by definition - can by now effortlessly see where the truth lies and happily join the dots themselves(without the need for luminous glove-puppets, Sooty - or even scooter pics ) ...
The (latest..) inconvenient question that no-one's asking:
Q: Just why has Barcelona City Council / Ayuntamiento - as recently widely reported - opted to test the Honda EV-Neo electric scooter (30 km range, 4000+ euros) and not the
Peugeot e-Vivacity(60-100 km range, 4000+ euros) ??
Why would anyone logically, rationally, freely choose the short range(18-21 miles) Honda EV-Neo over the e-Vivacity.. ?
And in Barcelona too - an EU city which, the last time we looked, Sooty(right), lies just 100 km south of the very EU country of France, home of Peugeot(cf. non-EU Japan, home of Honda, 10,000 important km away..)
In fact a lightweight e-Vivacity rider could quite conceivably - with a south-blowing wind - breeze the trip from the French Peugeot-Pyrenees border all the way down - and downhill - to Barcelona the Catalonian capital on a single 40 cent battery charge.
Q: So why choose to trial 25 Hondas ? Why not, at the very least, a dozen of each ? Compare and contrast, short v long range, identical price tag ?
Or is this just the latest all-too familiar example of premeditated "EV Road Kill" - ie. set 'em up...then knock 'em down ? With all of the inEVitably fatal hype and wype impact of the mainstream media spotlight?
As in "Oh no - almost no-one seems to want high-priced, low range electric cars / scooters ! What on earth can the reason be ?
Ah well - it's back to good ole 'low cost' petrol power once again !"(Cepsa and Repsol rejoice ! Piaggio, Vespa, Suzuki - celebrate ..and snigger up your sleeves at yet another EV hit'n'run hatchet job.. )
But let's end on a thematic slam-dunk - a waspish little sting in the tail(-pipe) for Vespa & Co: it obviously goes without saying (but why take that risk..?) that a DBM/Kolibri-powered e-Vivacity scooter would not only have the legs(click Miss Peugeot) to achieve 100 km/charge with less weight - it could also be recharged up to 5000(not 1000) times. (and with no wind-assist needed for that scoot to Barcelona ..)
E-Vivacity homepage - très animated et avec un soundtrack très funky ...
June 24, 2011 RED HOT English exclusive:
23 June: DBM / Kolibri poised to go public(ie. list on German stock market: "die Umwandlung in eine Aktiengesellschaft laeuft derzeit auf Hochtouren".. )
- two former high-ranking auto establishment execs (ex-Daimler Benz & BMW) have joined the Kolibri board
Let's hope they're genuine rEVolutionaries...and not Trojan Horse place-men, infiltrators, sleepers - whose real aim or endgame is to quietly grab the reins from Hannemann and slow down the galloping Rennpferd/racehorse ..
(ie. fears that would be confirmed if it's soon announced for example that DBM/Kolibri are to initially focus on fork-lift trucks and industrial non-automotive applications ...or that the next few years will be spent testing and trialling or DTM / DBM racing etc )
Indeed it has to be asked (though no-one is asking-talking-tweeting) :
- who was responsible for the absurd 600-to-200 km Next Energy not-long-range climb-down & countdown ? Was it possibly ex-BMW - now Kolibri - PR guy/spin-meister Richard Gaul ? It certainly has all the hall & trade-marks of traditional, intelligence-insulting corporate PR ...
- Are we already witnessing the dreaded
Invasion of the Battery Snatchers ?
- Who's really in charge at Kolibri / DBM ?
(Mirko - a little friendly, humble advice: fire the PR guys, the (self-)confidence tricksters, call in pest-control, fumigate thoroughly, use flame-throwers and/or exorcists if necessary - and do the communicating yourself. You're infinitely more credible and convincing. You're reinventing the car - why not reinvent or un-invent PR at the same time ?)
Very latest German-only details & names etc at Presswords & Cleanthinking
- You're definitely hearing this here first ..
Remember: 190 mile per charge EV's - 5000 recharge cycles(do the math - batteries that could outlive both car & driver..) ..for the same price as a conventional petrol/diesel car. Again - be amazed/amused at the deafening silence:
- it's 'Déjà RAV4 / Solectria' all over again - again - folks/Leute !
(Compare and contrast the aeons and acres of media time+space dedicated over the past few years to Shai Agassi's white-elephant-in-waiting, Israel-enabled Better Place venture(cell-swapping) - CNBC couldn't get enough..and even Bloomberg TV's kinda cultivated Charlie Rose devoted 30 minutes to the Shai guy ..)
But if this latest Kolibri / DBM news ain't worth reporting or tweeting - nothing is..
(ie. if you're 'against' wars/conflicts/dubious alliances that are mostly about oil, if you do 'give a damn' - cue M.Jackson:
Earth Song - about the planet that your kids' kids and their kids' pets etc will inherit & inhabit ..)
Finally to anyone thinking "Stock market? Who cares? This is just dull, drab, dry business news, I'm just a party animal etc.."
- please think again! As a listed company Kolibri Power Systems AG will be under considerable pressure to deliver product, profit and performance sooner rather than later ...and unlike major carmakers KPS(?) AG will not be able to ride a perpetual greenwash wave whilst selling core crank'n'piston product by the shipload to the Chinese ...
A good point at which to quote back Mirko Hannemann(June 14, FR interview):
"I do get a kick from making people feel nervous. Nervousness is a sign that something isn't right, isn't as it should be"
('make people feel nervous' - something that sadly so few 'journalists' still choose to do, nicht wahr DBM, BMW, VW et al..?)