Teepee for all: Peugeot takes his electric utility vehicle to mass market, starting in Geneva. The Partner Tepee Electric has turned five-seater and drives 170 km on a charge. On-sale date is September.
Enough: Beijing has had it with shrouds of smog around its skyscrapers. The government banned the most polluting vehicles from the capital this week. Fines await those that drive a car that fails to meet China’s Emission Standard III on weekdays. Beijing also ponders to restrict industrial activity in the region although cars are estimated to be responsible for 80% of the carbon monoxide in China’s air.
The BMW i8 Spyder is real and not just wishful thinking. Spy shots emerged and show the hybrid racer in camouflage but with larger window fronts and revamped buttresses. It may even be a convertible.
Good news: Toyota lowered the price of the Prius PHEV in UK. Cost stand at 31,695 pounds before the plug-in car grant. That is 3,200 GBP less than announced initially. Deliveries will begin in March.
Tesla expands: The EV maker received approval to sell its electric cars in Korea starting this May. Meanwhile, Tesla partnered with Australia’s largest department store chain to set-up pop-up stores at its outlets. The model resembles the Californian’s cooperation with Nordstrom in the USA.
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EV headed for China and USA: GAC brand Trumpchi will present its latest electric crossover, the GE3 at the Shanghai Auto Show this April. First images appeared along with a few details like a 300 km range. The EV is to launch first in China but may later make it to U.S. shores.
Car2Go has about 270,000 users in Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Madrid, where 1,300 Smart Electric Drive change hands about 10,000 times a day. The number of users has doubled in 2016, Daimler said.
LG to break ground: Korean battery maker LG Chem plans to expand its Michigan facility this March to fulfil surging demand for EV batteries. The Holland facility produces cells and powerpacks for the Chevy Volt and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid among others. The 9,300 square meter addition will create 150 more jobs once it goes online in August.
Insights from a hybrid hype: Aston Martin names suppliers for its hybrid racer AM-RB 001 it is developing together with Red Bull. From Croatian Rimac comes the battery system and Bosch is on the controls for the drive. Only 150 road-going AM-RB 001s will be made, but Aston Martin will produce an additional 25 track-only versions. First deliveries are set to start in 2019.
Stronger does it better: The fun EV eRod by Kyburz just got even more fun. The eRod Race ist 150 kW more powerful than all other versions. Plus, the fun lasts for 220 km delivered by a 39 kWh battery pack. Costs are 88,000 CHR as DIY version and 107,000 CHF when complete.
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Ballard becomes ever bigger in China as it just made a 5 year deal with Chinese Broad-Ocean to produce and sell 30 and 85kW fuel cell systems in three strategic regions in China, including Shanghai. The contract is estimated to be worth 25m dollars in revenue to Ballard.
“Having recently had the final design review, you can assume that it’s a bigger car rather than a smaller one, and you can assume that the packaging for the next generation of batteries has to be accommodated in such a way that gives the car a certain proportion.”
Ian Robertson, BMW’s head of sales and marketing, here talks about the iNext EV, which he expects “will have much stronger volume proportions behind it.”
“Today, 40% of Toyota’s new vehicles are hybrids. Reality actually was beyond my imagination.”
Instances in which reality surpasses the imagination are rare and enough for Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada to believe in yet another decade of record-breaking hybrid, or Prius sales.
Enel earmarks 300m for EV infrastructure: Enel plans to establish a dedicated e-mobility unit within months to oversee its network of charging stations with 300m euros in its back. The Italian utility recently embarked on the EU project EVA+ together with Renault, Nissan, VW and BMW, that plans 200 multi-standard fast-chargers in Italy and Austria.
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Go fun in Beijing: 5,000 additional electric cars shall enter EV sharing service GoFun in Beijing by 2018. A reasonable move given the capital’s ban on gas guzzlers that is unlikely to lessen. GoFun’s fleet in Beijing is 1,100 EV strong but the company ventured to three more Chinese cities already.
EV parking privilege to end? Philadelphia has secured free parking for electric cars since a decade but this programme may come to an end now. New permits are left pending as the council awaits a decision on whether to continue or to ax the scheme.
Hydrogen in NYC: Air Liquide said it will install two H2 charging station in New York. Planned in Brooklyn and Hempstead, the FCV stops shall go live in the second half of 2017.
San Diego doubles charging capacity: San Diego city completed a project that increased the number of EV charging stations at public locations to 57, while the number of ports for vehicles to plug into jumped from 32 to 68.
Reading tip: Elon Musk reportedly plans to dig tunnels – with a capital T. A first hole has been dug close to LA airport and it appears that “boring” is indeed the Tesla CEO’s intention, Max Chafkin uncovers in his extended feature.
Click tip: After first photos of Lucid Motors’ Air EV, more pictures have emerged. The company currently runs test rides in American cities.
After a Tesla driver saved another man’s life on the Autobahn in a controlled collision, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he would pay for the damages. Nice touch.