Brands + News


Mercedes, Germany, Zoe, Opel, Peugeot.

Mercedes-Generation-EQDaimler’s electric revolution begins in Paris, where Mercedes has got its new sub-label EQ (Electric Intelligence) on display. Ten all-electric models are lined up until 2025, which cover all segments from compact to luxury. Daimler aims for every fifth sold car to be electric by then. Generation EQ is a concept, due for market entry by 2019. The electric SUV is driven by two electric motors. A modular battery system delivers up to 70 kWh, enough for about 500 km of range.,,

No more ICE: Germany’s Green party wants to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles from registration in the country comes 2030. The proposal will be discussed at the party meeting in Münster this November. (in German)

Renault update: The French presented the 400 km range Zoe in Paris as expected. It will indeed be available to order already from October, 1. Battery rent will hitherto not be limited by kilometres anymore. Also, the new power package can be retrofitted.,

It is official: The Chevy Bolt will reach Europe as Opel Ampera-e. In Paris, it was presented as having a range over 500 km according to NEDC testing. Market entry is set for the first half of 2017.,,

Peugeot does it electrically: Three PHEV and two EV are due in 2021, Jean-Philippe Imparato, head of the Peugeot brand told Autocar. The 3008, 5008 and 508 will be partially electrified, while both the 208 and 2008 will be fully electric. None could be seen in Paris.

Number of the Day

Penny saving Leaf.

A total of 4.2m dollars could be saved by drivers of the Nissan Leaf as they did not spend their money on petrol. The data has been gathered from the No Charge to Charge programme, which the Japanese are constantly expanding. 12 more markets had been added last month.

Research + Technology

Daimler AMG, HY4, McLaren.

Hybrid hypercar confirmed: Daimler AMG is indeed working on a hybrid racer with a 735 kW/ 1,000 hp motor from the F1, development chief Thomas Weber revealed. He brought a sketch to Paris that shows a GT racer. The price is estimated to be beyond the million.

HY4-ErstflugHydrogen maiden flight: The DLR let its fuel cell plane loose this week as planned. The HY4 took to the air for the first time and the German Aerospace Center now plans to improve the four seater so it will eventually be able to carry up to 19 passengers.

It is McLaren that will deliver batteries for the Formula E from season 5 for two years until 2019/20. McLaren will thus take over from Williams Advanced Engineering.,

Quotes of the day

Shoichi Kaneko, Tina Muller, Tae-Hyun Oh.

anonym“Ultimately, PHEV may be the way to go.”

Shoichi Kaneko, assistant chief engineer for the Prius Prime, hints at the possibility to offer the best-selling Toyota hybrid as PHEV only from next season.

Tina-Mueller_100x100px“Now we realise that electro-mobility will become bigger and bigger and that’s why we need to do a second step, one that will include right-hand drive. I can’t tell you exactly when it will hit the market, but for sure it’s part of our plans.”

Opel’s head of Marketing, Tina Muller, is rethinking the Ampera-e. Maybe soon there will be a right-hand drive electric Vauxhall becoming available.

Tae-Hyun-Oh_100x100px“We are looking at a feasibility study to develop a Niro which is electric.”

Kia Motors’ chief operating officer Tae-Hyun Oh considers to offer an all-electric version of the Niro. A fuel cell Kia is possible also.

Fleets + Infrastructure

Paris, CKW, Innovate UK, Canada.

Car free riverbank: The right bank of the river Seine in Paris will be free of cars, the mayor Anne Hidalgo decided in what she called a “reconquest” of the French river. Instead of rows of traffic, Parisians and visitors will be free to roam and breathe deeply from Tuileries to Bastille over a stretch of 3.3 km. The plan only needs the final approval of the police.

Electric CVs to go public: Swiss utility CKW says it operated Switzerland’s biggest EV fleet to date. 50 Renault Zoe and Kangoo ZE serve already. Four of those will be made available to the public on weekends via the car sharing platform Sharoo and can be charged with renewables.,

Is smart charging feasible asks the ITSES project. Funded by Innovate UK, the possibility of setting up V2G charging stops at the Park Royal underground station as well as at the planned Old Oak Common station in London is being explored over the course of one year.,

Charging Canada: More than 200 electric vehicle charging stations may spring up in Edmonton, capital of Alberta province, by 2018. The government is waiting to receive federal funding over 1.2m for their plan. A binding decision will be made this October.,

Service + Suggestions

Volkswagen, Tesla, events.

Video tip I: Get inside the Volkswagen I.D. show EV in Paris as Autogefühl was there and also spoke with VW’s head of sales, Jürgen Stackmann.

Video tip II: Drifting away with the Tesla Model S and for an extended time. Full eight minutes to be precise, so get ready for some weekend fun, mentally.

Events for the upcoming week: Paris Motor Show (until Oct 16; Paris, France) ++ Ecomobiel (Oct 04-05; Den Bosch, Netherlands) ++ FIA Formula E 2016/17, Round 1 (Oct 09; Hong Kong) ++ You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at

Short circuit

Don’t unplug thy neighbour: The Twizy’s cuteness did not prevent the queue of concerned neighbours. The little Renault was peacefully charging in the hallway with a note asking for understanding. One neighbour, however, was too concerned with electricity charges and unplugged the little guy. And he was probably not entirely appeased by the 20p coin he got as a response…