400 km range Renault Zoe: Paris will see the introduction of the 2017 Zoe boasting a 41 kWh battery. It is said to last for 300 km in real life, but has a 400 km rating on the test cycle (NEDC). The electric drive is updated to 65 kW. The new Zoe can be ordered by October for deliveries from January, while the 22 kWh battery option continues to exist.
autocar.co.uk, electrek.co, insideevs.com
More electric goodness from Renault: A first teaser spot reveals Renault’s electric concept ahead of its Parisian debut. The TreZor Concept is powered by 260 kW and is said to accelerate to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. Two batteries serve the juice. Most striking however, is the TreZor’s design.
Similarly striking is NextEV’s super sports car of which a first image has surfaced on the internet. The Chinese start-up is working on a 1 MW electric car, which will cost around a million dollars. Next up, however, is a more commercially viable EV, which would also be offered in larger numbers.
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Opel presents the Ampera-e live today from 12:15 CET. The show will be streamed from the Paris Motorshow.
EV incentives: Macedonia will subsidise purchases of electric cars with up to 5,000 euros from 2017. The incentive package includes tax reductions as EV buyers will pay five instead of 18 percent VAT. Further benefits are fast-charging and free parking. There is also support for converting to natural gas.
Chinese EV in the USA: Sokon from China founded a sub-label to bring its electric cars on the U.S. market. SF Motors has hired Tesla’s original co-founder, Martin Eberhard as a consultant. Eberhard worked with VW on their EV business in the USA and also made a brief appearance at Atieva previously.
VW I.D. – an EV for the masses in 2020: Volkswagen has revealed some details of its electric showcar I.D., which it will unveil at the Salon de L’Automobile in Paris. It will be the first model based on the MEB and sport a 125 kW and 400 to 600 km of range. Just the launch date is a bit disappointing. The VW’s EV for the masses won’t hit the road before 2020. Read the full report for a more detailed look and images of the VW I.D. on electrive.com >>
LG to start Bolt production? LG Electronics has completed construction of an EV component facility in Chinese Nanjing and started production. The plant is close to where LG Chem also builds electric cars. Hence, the new production site is likely to manufacture mainly parts for Chevrolet’s Bolt EV.
Supersonic electric liners? Electric flying over long distances may be just a few years away if one follows the idea of battery designer Luke Workman. His flat cell design would use the entire wing surface as part of a huge battery. Range would then be down to wingspan, essentially.
Hybrid sports car: British Zenos received 250,000 pounds from the UK Government to build a hybrid prototype of its E10 R racer. Hyperdrive Innovation will deliver the battery management. If successful, the hybrid drive system based on Ford’s Ecoboost could be utilised in other, rather serial models.
Next level batteries: BioSolar commences the development of its high energy anode for lithium batteries. While the anode in question is an new technology, the company will seek synergies with the so-called super cathode technology it has reportedly been developing.
“With dieselgate, the world understood that diesel is last year’s model, that the environmental problems are too big and that a change of direction is needed.”
Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, focuses on the positives aspects of the cheat. If only diesel were truly that yesterday already…
“We are seeing now that there is a lot of competition between cities. If we were taking the costs, we could go to 300 cities in the world. Everyone would welcome us.”
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, explains his new business model. With demand that high, cities or promoters have to cover the cost of hosting the electric racing series.
“1,000,000 Auto Units production capacity per year now looks like a real possibility.”
Trip Chowdhry, analyst at Global Equities Research, is a regular guest at the Tesla facility in Fremont. Apparently, the production site is to double in size and is currently capable to churn out about half a million EVs.
London charges: Bluepoint London is to add another 400 charging points to its Source London network. Charging spaces can be booked ahead via app. However, rejoicing at those new spots will be charged by time plus a monthly fee. All existing charge spots will remain free of charge.
PSA to share more: Free2Move is a new label for carsharing. PSA has acquired shares in Communauto, which is active in the USA, Canada as well as Paris. Furthermore, PSA will tighten its bonds with Bolloré to add 50 Citroën C-Zero to the Bluely und Bluecub fleets in Lyon and Bordeaux.
autoexpress.co.uk (Free2Move), businesswire.com (Communauto), automotiveworld.com (Bolloré)
Private sharing: Share & Charge, a community by Slock.it and RWE spin-off Innogy, enables users to share their private EV charging stations and to define pricing. The service is now at beta testing stage in Germany. Eventually, the programme shall even include renting out EVs.
BP is giving in to a new era, adding fast-charging to 10 gas stations. The service was set up with Nissan’s No Charge to Charge programme in North Carolina. Nissan says that once the new BP station charging units are up, Leaf drivers in the area are never more than 10 miles from a fast-charger.
Combined hydrogen charging: Nel Hydrogen Solutions has won a 1.5m euro contract by Latvian SIA Hydrogenis for the delivery of the new dual capability station, which offers a combined hydrogen fuelling solution for cars and buses in Riga. Delivery is planned for mid-2017.
Get in: Elon Musk details his plans to conquer Mars. The first humans may get on board the recyclable space ship by 2025 to travel for 80 days to reach the red planet. To be part of the ‘Interplanetary Transport System,’ one has to pay about 200,000 dollars. Sign us up, Scotty!
youtube.com (space ship), youtube.com (complete pitch), gizmodo.com, nationalgeographic.com
Video tip: Brian Cooley is on to real world driving and this time, his car of choice is the Toyota Mirai FCV. His review is packed with information and opinion.
If your last journey on earth shall make as little an impact on the environment as possible, this Dutch firm is here to help. They converted a Tesla Model S into a hearse. Not only does it leave a good impression, it also enables the funeral procession to breathe freely.
electrek.co, staatsie-vervoer.nl (in Dutch)