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09-22-2017

Infiniti, Mahindra, Volvo, Toyota, Tacita, Tesla.


Dedicated EV by Infiniti: Nissan got electrification in its veins and it will pump up its premium arm by 2019 when Infiniti plans to launch its first electric model. Rather than building on an existing one or even on a Nissan platform though, it shall be an all new model and a sleek and powerful one on top. Debut is set for Detroit next year. Infiniti showed an electric concept back in 2012 and also electrified Pebble Beach this year (we reported).
autocar.co.uk

EV brand by Mahindra and Pininfarina? The Indian conglomerate may engage its Pininfarina subsidiary in setting up an all-electric label to target the premium segment. Multiple models could emerge over the next 3 – 5 years, effectively turning the design house that used to sign responsible for Ferrari into an EV manufacturer to catch up with Tesla.
ndtv.com

Volvo presents XC40: The new compact SUV has made it into the Swedes’ line-up and is the first to utilise the CMA platform, which builds the base for all following 40 series Volvo. This includes the plug-in versions although these are not offered at this initial launch of the XC40. Volvo has not given a precise on-sale date for the EV and PHEV in Europe but it is certain, they will come. Fancy stuff like a smartphone compartment with inductive charging is included in all variants.
carscoops.com, autonews.com, volvocars.com

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Toyota pushes for performance and has created a new label called GR for Gazoo Racing. The first GR versions will hit Japan before they reach European markets at a later date. As Toyota announced recently, its wants to offer its hybrod bestsellers in two variants, one efficient the other powerful, so expect to see a Prius GR soon.
autoexpress.co.uk, japantimes.co.jp

Electric motorbike from Italy: Tacita has brought its T-Cruise to the AIMExpo in the States. The electric motorcycle is offered in three battery variants (7.5 – 27 kWh) with the highest lasting for a cruise of up 270 km. Prices start at 11,000 dollars in the USA.
tacita.it

Tesla understatement: The EPA has rated the long range version of the Model 3 and attests 537 km, more than the manufacturer’s estimate of 500 km. Tesla may have understated the range on purpose in order to distinguish the economy model more clearly from the Model S.
teslarati.com

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Brands + News

09-21-2017

Electric Hummer, VW, China, Mitsubishi, Gogoro, Rimac.


Electric Hummer by Kreisel Electric: Arnold Schwarzenegger has presented a fully electrified Hummer that has been developed by Austrian company Kreisel Electric based on the model H1. The prototype comes with two electric motors (360 kW output), 100 kWh battery capacity and close to 300 km range. However, serial production is not planned.
prnewswire.com, insideevs.com

Golf 8 without all-electric version: The next-gen VW Golf will hit the stores in about two years, but according to Jürgen Stackmann, head of VW sales and marketing, it will be available either with combustion engine, either in PHEV version. An all-electric Golf 8 won’t be produced as the company’s MEB-based all-electric I.D. will enter the market in 2020 almost parallelly.
drive.com.au

China to relax rules for foreign carmakers? The Chinese government considers permitting foreign manufacturers to produce EVs in its free-trade zones without a local JV partner, reports Bloomberg referring to sources that do not want to be named. Thus, international carmakers could start to set up wholly owned EV businesses. The relaxation could come as soon as next year, but is still far from being definitively approved.
bloomberg.com

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Mitsubishi presents EV concept: With a teaser photo, the Japanese carmaker draws attention to its e-Evolution Concept that shall be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in late October. It is supposed to be a fully electrified SUV coupe concept, further details are not yet available.
europe.autonews.com, autocar.co.uk

Gogoro raises additional 300m dollars: The Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer receives 300m USD from a group of investors including Sumitomo and French energy company ENGIE. In the previous two investment rounds, Gogoro raised already a total of 182m dollars. The fresh money shall support the company’s R&D unit and help to realise its expansion plans. In Europe, Bosch’s sharing service Coup uses Gogoro’s electric scooters with replaceable batteries.
greentechmedia.com, forbes.com, gogoro.com

Also Rimac with new investor: Asian battery manufacturer Camel Group invests 30m euros in Croatian EV maker Rimac. The new financial resources shall enable the company to develop new products and to extend its production capacities.
total-croatia-news.com

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09-20-2017

Porsche, Tesla, EV100, China, Electra Meccanica, Mahindra.


Porsche Mission E for 90,000 euros? The serial version of Porsche’s Mission E is to hit the stores by end-2019 with pricing being comparable with the entry-level Panamera, thus around 90.000 euros. This is at least what the Car Magazine reports, referring to Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. According to him, the Mission E will come with different power output motors and eventually also with varying bodystyles in the long run.
carmagazine.co.uk

Tesla’s next stock price all-time high: The EV company’s stock price has climbed to 387 US-dollars, leading to a market capitalisation of almost 65 bn USD. Most probably, this development is due to the upcoming Model 3 production ramp up and deliveries: While so far, 1,500 units have been given to employees and company insiders, in October deliveries are supposed to start to regular reservation holders. As reported, Tesla intends to increase production output to 20.000 Model 3 units per month by December.
electrek.co

Multinationals team up: 10 worldwide operating company groups have founded an initiative called EV100 to encourage global business commitments on electric transport. Together, Deutsche Post DHL, Vattenfall, Baidu, Ikea, Metro, NP, LeasePlan, PG&E, Unilever and the airport Heathrow want to send a strong market signal by e.g. seeking to switch to EV fleets and to install EV infrastructure for employees and clients until 2030.
theclimategroup.org

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New China alliance for EVs & Co: Internet giant Tencent has signed a strategic partnership with Chinese car manufacturer GAC as both seek to develop internet-connected cars and to explore investment into other business areas, among others also in the creation of EVs and PHEVs. Tencent also holds a 5 percent share in Tesla.
reuters.com

Electra Meccanica sees high demand: Canadian manufacturer Electra Meccanica has registered 579 retail orders for its electric trike Solo whose large-scale production kick-off is scheduled for first half of 2018. On top, 102 orders have been received for the electric roadster Tofino, due in 2019. Taking also letters of intent into consideration, the company says orders amount to 19,845 Solos and 24,202 Tofinos.
newswire.ca

Mahindra’s new electric versions: Mahindra Electric is about to invest 3 to 4m rupees (45,000 to 62,000 dollars) in order to create electric versions of the Scorpio and the XUV500. Currently, the company is looking for cooperation to develop EV tech components. Prices for both electric versions are probable to be higher than for the existing diesel models. Further details have not yet been revealed.
moneycontrol.com, thehansindia.com, drivespark.com


Brands + News

09-19-2017

e.Go Life, Nissan, France, GM, Ford, Hyundai.


Three variants of the e.Go: Coming out of Aachen, birthplace of the StreetScooter, is the e.Go Life that has just diversified. Rather than one version, there will be three performance variants, namely 20, 40, and 60 kW with respective battery capacities of 14.9 kWh, 17.9 kWh and 23.9 kWh. The price of the basis version is to remain at 15,900 euros for a range of 104 km, while the top trim will last for 154 km. e.Go Mobile plans to start production next year and says it has received more than 1,200 orders to date.
e-go-mobile.com

More range for Nissan van: The e-NV200 will utilise the 40 kWh battery of the 2018 Nissan Leaf from spring next year, a Nissan dealer revealed. Already the 24 kWh variant has been discontinued and the new version is ready to order. An optimistic estimate for NEDC range would be 300 km.
goingelectric.de (original source, in German) via pushevs.com

100,000 gaz guzzlers have to leave the roads of France next year if the government’s plan pans out. To facilitate the move, another 2,500 euros will be added to the existing EV subsidy of 6,000 euros available to any French citizen willing to switch. That is if the budget presented next week will go through, the Environment and Energy Minister Nicolas Hulot announced. The proposal also includes an increase of the carbon tax from 30.50 euros per tonne to 44.60 euros.
reuters.com, connexionfrance.com

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GM on course to electrify China: 10 electrified models by 2020 is GM CEO Mary Barra’s promise to Beijing. Those EV and plug-in hybrids will precede a general electrification as the group wants to offer some level of electric drive in all models from Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet offered in the People’s Republic comes 2025. In order to do so, GM will open a new battery assembly together with JV partner SAIC in Shanghai.
greencarcongress.com, gm.com

Ford in bed with Mahindra: Ford has arranged a strategic partnership with India’s largest carmaker Mahindra. Cooperation may commence in the areas of electrification, mobility services, product development, and distribution over the next three years.
auto.ndtv.com, economictimes.indiatimes.com, ford.com

Conquest bonus: It is rather aggressive poaching that Hyundai exhibits in the States with its new “conquest bonus” that pays 1,000 dollars to any Toyota driver willing to hand over its Prius in exchange for an Ioniq Hybrid. Meanwhile over in India, the Korean carmaker seizes market shares in a more subtle way and plans to set up a local EV plant in late 2018.
hybridcars.com (Prius vy Ioniq), businesskorea.co.kr (India)

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Brands + News

09-18-2017

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Quota, ZF, BAIC, VW, BYD.


Alliance to build 12 EVs by 2022: Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have come up with a six year plan called Alliance 2022. It includes 12 all-electric models that shall utilise shared platforms and components and thus cover multiple segments. Autonomy is part of the plan too and CEO Carlos Ghosn promised a “robo-taxi” to serve in a ride hailing service from 2022.
cnbc.com, europe.autonews.com, alliance-2022.com

The EU sales quota for EV is not off the table it appears after sources close to the EU Commission told Wirtschaftswoche that it may be part of a plan to be announced on November, 7. The mobility proposal will also deal with CO2 emissions for the period after 2021.
wiwo.de (in German)

Norway first: Both the Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace will launch in Norway prior to all other European markets. In fact, they can be ordered already so Daimler and JLR go down the same route Opel and Audi went with the Ampera-e and e-tron. The numbers confirm the move with Mercedes saying it had 1,000 reservations within the first half an hour. Jaguar logged 850 orders and Audi 2,500.
dn.no (in Norwegian) via electrek.co

Sino-German EV components: ZF and BAIC subsidiary BHAP have announced their joint venture in order to develop and manufacture components for new energy vehicles in China.
just-auto.com

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The new e-Golf is about to make amends for its diesel cousins in America as it comes with a price increase but many updates. Starting from 30,495 dollars (excluding destination charges and before incentives) it is 1,500 dollars more expensive but got a bigger battery with 35.8 kWh, up from 24.2 kWh.
electriccarsreport.com, electrek.co, insideevs.com

BYD inks deal with UN: The United Nations have turned to BYD to support the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote electric mobility in emerging countries. The cooperation will first take the form of trials with all kind of electric vehicles, including two and three-wheelers as well as buses, in selected countries. The UNEP also expressed its “hope to take BYD SkyRail to many cities around the world.” So far BYD operates the elevated monorail transit system in Shenzhen.
byd.com


Brands + News

09-15-2017

Honda, Tesla, Daimler, Owl, Bentley, Mercedes.


Honda accelerates electrification: Each and every new Honda model launched in Europe will offer some form of electrification, be it it hybrid or all-electric. The hybrid Honda CR-V marks the start next year, followed by the Urban EV (we reported). The Japanese carmaker wants to make two thirds of its sales from electrified models by 2030 but aims to reach this target 5 years earlier in Europe.
carscoops.com, insideevs.com, hondanews.eu

Tesla decelerates for once and has rescheduled the presentation of its Semi truck. Initially due this month, it will now be shown on Onctober, 26 in Hawthorne, California. Taking a time out as well is Tesla VP Diarmuid O’Connell, who decided to depart after eleven years to spend more time with his family.
electrek.co, insideevs.com, teslarati.com (O’Connell)

Daimler’s all-electric truck however has just launched and the first four FUSO e-Canter have taken up their work at NGOs based in New York City. Serial production is on and 500 units shall be delivered to clients in the U.S., Europe and Japan over the next two years before production is to seriously scale up.
media.daimler.com

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Why would you name a racer Owl? Because you want to underscore its silent flight, well drive, as is the case with Aspark’s Owl that has seen the light of day at the IAA. With a carbon body it weighs just 850 kilos and is allegedly fast too, going from 0 – 100 in less than two seconds powered by a 320 kW two motor system and supercaps. Order on request from 2019.
autoblog.com, jalopnik.com

Bentley confirms plug-in plans: There is an electric sports car cooking that will utilise Porsche’s Mission E platform, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer confirmed. A first concept appeared in Geneva this year where the EXP 12 Speed 6e wowed a crowd. Expect production to commence by the end of the decade but first there will be three Bentley PHEV, namely the Bentayga, Continental and Flying Spur.
autoexpress.co.uk

Luxury PHEV: Mercedes positions the S 560 e as the S 500 e’s successor at the IAA. The novel plug-in hybrid drive allows for electric cruising over 50 kilometres and offers 90 kW plus the 270 kW of the engine. It is the 8th model in Daimler’s plug-in line-up, only an on sale date is missing.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com, media.daimler.com

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Brands + News

09-14-2017

Borgward, Toyota, Thunder Power, Emission Offer, Chery, Kia.


Borgward brings coupé: It is one of the sweeter surprises at this year’s IAA, the all-electric Isabella by Borgward. While the revived brand had mainly SUV plans, it draws from its history for this concept that comes in a modernised and sleek form. The e-Isabella bears two electric motors with a combined 220 kW. While Borgward speaks of 500 km range, it is unclear whether this racy four-door EV will ever see a production facility from the inside.
electrek.co, autocar.co.uk

Power hybrids by Toyota: The Japanese carmaker stays on course first set by the Prius and now wants to sway buyers in Europe with more performance. From 2018, two hybrid options will be on offer and the design of the stronger version will resemble the C-HR Hy-Power currently on display.
toyota.eu (strategy), carscoops.com (C-HR Hy-Power)

Thunder Power has turned the spotlight on its EV range at its booth in Frankfurt. Next to a camouflaged electric sedan said to be closer to the series version than 2 years ago, stands an all new electric SUV. The ‘Future Vision’ too sits on the dedicated EV platform the firm from Taiwan has been working on together with German engineers and there is some Italian influence in the bodywork.
carscoops.com, carmagazine.co.uk, tpev.com

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Wishful thinking: Since the power of emission regulation has dawned on the car industry, it has switched to a preemptive strategy. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, who currently leads the ACEA as well, now made an “offer” to reduce emissions by another 20 percent between 2021 – 2030 – if demand for EVs and infrastructure allows. The German Ministry for the Environment in a first reaction pointed out that such decisions belong to the realm of politics.
greencarcongress.com, acea.be, t-online.de (reaction, in German)

Chery’s plug-in SUV is out officially as the Chinese unveil the Exeed TX at the IAA. In Europe it will go on sale in all three electrified variants, EV, PHEV, and hybrid reportedly. The plug-in hybrid will be first and then come with a range of 70 kilometres.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk

Kia plugs into UK market: After introducing the Niro PHEV on the Isles, the Koreans have now launched the Optima Sportswagon PHEV. Prices start at 32,645 pounds after incentives.
electriccarsreport.com

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Brands + News

09-13-2017

BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Volkswagen, Opel.


600 km range and a top speed above 200 kph, that is BMW’s i Vision Dynamics. Rather than the Gran Coupé being just visionary a EV, series production has been planned but not yet scheduled. In any case, it will sit well between the i3 and i8 and amongst the 25 electrified models the carmaker has promised to launch by 2025.
carscoops.com, motor1.com

All electric Mercedes: Long has it been teased and now it is released, the EQA, Daimler’s electric compact concept. It has an electric drive at each axle with a combined output of 200 kW. Range was given at 400 km, depending on the chosen battery that can also fast-charge inductively.
carscoops.com, autoblog.com, autocar.co.uk

And the fuel cell Mercedes has been revealed in full as well and is ready to go on sale by 2018. The GLC F-Cell plug-in hybrid carries 4.4 kg hydrogen on board, enough for 437 km with another 49 km of range being kept inside an additional 13.8 kWh battery.
autoblog.com, autocar.co.uk

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Urban EV by Honda: The Japanese surprise with an electric concept for city-dwellers in Frankfurt and say a series version would make it to Europe no later than by 2019. Technical details of the litte four-seater are scarce but Honda has dedicated a whole new platform to it.
electriccarsreport.com, autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com

VW I.D. Crozz revised: Known since April, Volkswagen has further developed its fully electric SUV for the IAA, bringing it closer to the series version that is expected by 2020 (we reported). Its twin electric motors come with a combined power 0f 225 kW and VW targets a 500 km range.
carscoops.com, electriccarsreport.com, autocar.co.uk

Opel’s first PHEV: The brand based in Rüsselsheim is not dead but tries to venture further into electric territory instead. At the IAA, Opel now announced the Grandland X to become the first model with a plug-in hybrid variant. It will most likely borrow the drive from the Peugeot 3008.
autonews.com, gm.com

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Brands + News

09-12-2017

Volkswagen, Daimler, China, Opel, Sweden, BYD, BMW.


30 EV by 2025: Volkswagen is on the charm offensive with chairman Matthias Müller promising 80 electrified models in less than ten years. This means that by 2025 every fourth car sold through the group could be all-electric, in VW’s world that means up to 3 million units a year. The so-called Roadmap E also earmarks over 50bn euros to procure the batteries needed to power the projected e-fleet (150 GW) and while VW remarks that this is the equivalent to 4 Gigafactories, it has not said anything about setting those up itself. Still Müller claims “we will lead the transformation” of the industry and that includes two entirely new electric platforms, upgrading plants, training the workforce, increasing charging infrastructure, and advancing battery technology and production together with partners.
electrive.net, volkswagen-media-services.com

Daimler pushes electrification: Mercedes wants to offer electric options for every car comes 2022, CEO Dieter Zetsche revealed in front of investors. This translates to more than 50 models and includes the ten all-electric cars Daimler recently brought forward (we reported). The CEO also confirmed what insiders long expected when he said that Smart will become an all-electric brand in Europe. In the States, the take over has been completed earlier this year reportedly. To make up for its lower margins on electric cars, Daimler plans to increase its savings.
reuters.com (line-up), reuters.com (savings)

ICE to go bust in China: The combustion engine’s days are numbered in the world’s largest car market. As if the upcoming EV sales quota would not be enough, Beijing is now looking to ban sales of conventional fuel cars entirely. The question is only when. The vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has not given a time line but predicted that “measures will certainly bring profound changes for our car industry’s development” – and those from abroad we may add.
reuters.com, bloomberg.com, electrek.co

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EVs are a matter of profitability indeed, at least for PSA CEO Carlos Tavares. After taking over Opel recently, previous plans to turn it into an all-electric brand were put on ice but now the new owner showed openness to the idea under one condition – they must be profitable.
europe.autonews.com

Sweden works with incentives rather than punishments and just renewed its e-mobility funding schemes. By 2018, an additional 5bn SEK (over 500m euros) will help environment and climate initiatives along. Buyers of electric cars may thus receive up to 6,000 euros through the government and the initiative also includes light electric vehicles for which one can claim up to 1,000 euros or 25% of the purchase price. Solar cells and charging infrastructure have made it onto the funding agenda as well.
government.se, taz.de (in German)

Get over the SUV hype: BYD wants to launch a couple of mini and compact EVs in China over the next two years as it sees demand increasing in towns and villages. So much so that BYD believes such smaller (and cheaper) electric cars will soon account for up to 75% of its EV sales.
caixinglobal.com

BMW operates on the opposite end of the scale with its Concept X7 iPerformance ready to debut at the IAA. The extra large SUV will have a plug-in hybrid drive that could be regarded as a cosmetic measure. A series version may plow the tarmac as soon as next year.
bmwgroup.com

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Brands + News

09-11-2017

Byton, Nissan, Subaru, the Netherlands, Ford.


Future Mobility Corp launches EV brand: Byton is the name the Foxconn and Tencent backed start-up chose to market its electric cars not only in China but also in the States and Europe. Built in the People’s Republic under the lead of former BMWi man Carsten Breitfeld, the first Byton will be an electric SUV destined to debut at next year’s CES (we reported). Teaser images reveal a massive display measuring over a metre. FMC’s future line-up will also include a sedan and a seven seater from 2022.
reuters.com, electrek.co, byton.com

Leaf production worldwide: Nissan wants to involve all three plants in the production of the 2018 Leaf and the lines will run on full capacity in Sunderland, UK and Smyrna, Tennessee by the end of 2017. The two sites join Nissan’s Oppama Plant in Japan, where production has commenced.
insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com

Subaru to quit diesel: There won’t be any more diesel in Subaru’s lineup from 2020 in Europe, reports Nikkei. Instead the Japanese carmaker wants to focus on electrification and said it would be too difficult to develop a diesel engine that would comply with EU standards.
nikkei.com

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Clean air court ruling: The Dutch government must come up with a plan to clean the air to comply with EU regulations, the court in The Hague ruled. The lawsuit had been filed by Milieudefensie, an environmental organisation argueing the concentration of particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide in the air exceed EU standards in some places in the Netherlands.
nltimes.nl

Hybrid versions of all models of Ford’s premium brand Lincoln will hit the States by 2022, reports Reuters quoting three inside sources. An official announcement may be made in early October when Ford CEO Jim Hackett wants to update investors on his strategy.
reuters.com

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