Testing On-Demand EV Car-Sharing
Denso Corp. and the University of Michigan are evaluating results of a recent test involving three electric cars made available to a small test group of students to borrow whenever they wished and for as long as they wanted.
Denso lead engineer Michael Bima says some students took cars on extended trips, carefully plotting out their route and scheduling stops to recharge the vehicle. The test highlighted concerns about EV range and the ability to reserve a car when desired. It also turned up glitches in the cloud-based system that enabled the students to unlock a reserved car with a smartphone app.
Bima says Denso and the U-Mich. are now conducting an extensive analysis of the data to pinpoint issues and indicate solutions.
The little car that could still can. And this time as a car that not only gets great fuel economy, but which has ride and handling that makes it more than an econo-box (and its styling is anything but boxy).
The Tesla Model 3 is certainly one of the most controversial cars to be launched in some time, with production models (a comparative handful, admittedly) presented on a stage with a throng of people treating it like it was an event with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, all at the same time.
Hyundai enters the American market with a new parallel hybrid system that uses lithium-polymer batteries and the same six-speed automatic found in non-hybrid versions of the 2011 Sonata.