Brands + News

05-24-2017

Denza, Skoda, Audi, Jaguar, Smart.


DenzaCash injection: Daimler and BYD both want to invest 500m yuan (72.6m dollars) into their indebted EV joint venture in China. Shenzhen Denza New Energy Automotive Co. will thus recapitalise to 3.36bn yuan, up from 2.36bn in order to strengthen its brand and distribution. To date, Denza has failed to turn a profit since its first and only jointly developed EV hit the market in 2014. Since then, BYD and Daimler increased the range to 400 km last year but apparently to little avail.
europe.autonews.com

Electric super Skoda? Volkswagen’s Czech subsidiary is eyeing a sports EV, Auto Express reports. It will fit into the planned line-up of no less than five electric cars by Skoda although it will be most likely be the last in line by 2025. All electric Skoda will utilise VW’s MEB platform.
autoexpress.co.uk

Austria is next for Audi after the brand opened its order books for the e-tron quattro in Norway first. Alpinist may pay a 1,000 euros to secure their place on the waiting list. A launch is only due by the end of next year, although a concept appeared as early as 2015. Audi told electrive.net about its plans to add an 11 kW on-board charger to charge the 95 kWh battery that is to last for about 500 km.
electrive.net (in German)

Jaguar I-Pace is making the rounds in Monaco where the brand’s first EV was caught bare. More revelations had to be made by Jaguar CEO Ian Callum on Twitter, where he admitted the I-Pace’s inability to tow a trailer unlike its opponent the Tesla Model X.
electrek.co (images), insideevs.com (trailer)

U.S. pricing Smart ED: The next-gen Smart for two ED will be 1,200 dollars cheaper than its predecessor. Prices start from 23,800 dollars in the USA , where sales are to begin this summer.
electriccarsreport.com, insideevs.com

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Brands + News

05-23-2017

Daimler, VW + JAC, BMW, Nissan, Tesla.


Battery-Factory-AccumotiveGroundbreaking for battery factory: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has broken ground at the site for Daimler’s planned 500 million euro factory in Saxony. There, Mercedes subsidiary Accumotive is to assemble battery packs for the upcoming EQ series as well as for Smart ED models, hybrids and commercial electric vehicles. Cells will come from both Samsung and LG Chem with production scheduled to start by mid-2018 in Kamenz. The new facility will be within sight of Accumotive’s existing facility and the site thus quadruples to include a total of 80,000 sqm, probably one reason why Daimler likes to speak of it as a “Gigafactory” à la Tesla.
autocar.co.uk

It’s a Go for VW and JAC as the Chinese authorities agree to the carmakers’ joint endeavour to produce an EV for China as early as next year (we reported). For Volkswagen it is the third joint venture as it already serves its largest market together with FAW and SAIC and thus required the government in Beijing to make an exception. Usually China permits no more than two JVs.
reuters.com, dailymail.co.uk

BMW iNEXT to liken I-Pace: It looks like the BMW iNext will bear little to no resemblance with the concept currently making the rounds once it will hit production by 2021. Instead the autonomous EV will go head to head with the likes of the Jaguar i-Pace when it comes to size and style, insiders allege.
insideevs.com

Electric SUV from Nissan: The Japanese have their next concept EV on the drawing board and think big this time. Dubbed Vmotion 3.0, Nissan wants to launch the electric SUV within this year and plans to pack all three future technologies inside, namely connectivity, autonomy, and electrification.
autonews.com

Tesla has hit a trade barrier in India, or would be held back if it would attempt to launch the Model 3 there. Elon Musk had to turn down requests from Indian Tesla fans, saying that India’s manufacturing is not advanced enough for the EV maker to comply with the 30 percent locally sourced components rule.
twitter.com (feed) via intoday.in

Meanwhile, Tesla rewards early-ish adopters as it binds unlimited Supercharger access to owners rather than the vehicle. This means those who ordered any model between January 15, 2017 and yesterday fast-charge free for life. For anyone new buying into Tesla, the 400 kWh credit applies.
electrek.co

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Brands + News

05-22-2017

e.GO Moove, VW, Nissan, Lion E-Mobility, Daimler, Solo.


e.GO-Moover-300x150Autonomous e-shuttle by ZF & e.GO: RWTH Aachen’s e.Go Mobile does it again and this time got ZF on board to bring its latest electric vehicle closer to market. They will set up e.GO Moove as a joint venture to develop and produce autonomous electric vans to transport both cargo and people. A first prototype has been unveiled on campus, where it is in good company – e.Go Mobile has recently presented its electric car e.Go Life supported by Bosch and once came up with the StreetScooter that Deutsche Post DHL took on to commercialise. With ZF and its subsidiary NDivia joining the team, expect e.Go Moove to move on to production and sales soon. The JV will be located in Aachen.
zf.com

VW must offer 3 EV models in California by 2019, upon request by CARB after diesel gate. The Golden State wants to see an electric crossover and one other model joining the e-Golf. On top, VW must sell at least 35,000 EVs until 2025, all whilst paying its 66m dollar fee to California.
insideevs.com, arb.ca.gov

Leaf to launch in September: Nissan’s new take on the Leaf will be revealed on September, 6th in Tokyo, said Nissan’s chief for North Europe Pierril Pouret. Details have not been provided but more range and autonomy were promised and a tiny teaser picture published.
tu.no (in Norwegian) via insideevs.com, electrek.co (teaser photo)

Skating the last mile: Lion E-Mobility believes an electric skateboard worth a quarter million dollars as it invests in Inboard Technology. The Californian start-up developed its own mini hub motors and a swappable battery that goes into the deck of a skateboard, the M1. Lion hopes to utilise the technology for various last mile mobility devices and will work with the skaters on power pack and sales.
lionemobility.de

Daimler batteries destined for USA: Viviant has been appointed Daimler’s partner to bring its home energy storage system to the States. Powerwalls made in Germany shall be offered together with Viviant’s own PV solutions, first in California. The move will sure stir Tesla and its SolarCity.
reuters.com, vivintsolar.com, greencarcongress.com

The Solo trike will hit the stores within weeks as Electra Meccanica is only awaiting road approval in Canada and the States. The light weight electric trike is priced at 19,888 Canadian dollars and has been pre-ordered around 500 times. For early 2019, Electra Meccanica announced its electric roadster Tofino.
electrek.co

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Brands + News

05-19-2017

Oslo, Opel Ampera-e, UK, Rheinmetall, Volvo, Asahi Kasei, GLM.


Tesla-Taxi-MunichElectric cabs only in Oslo? Norway’s capital may be next to move towards a diesel-free future as Oslo wants to eject all diesel taxis and allow electric ones only, Taxi Times reports. The cleanse could start by 2022 with the city council’s decision due by 2018 and a group for the transformation process been established already. It would be a regional regulation made possible by the Norwegian government’s decision to leave taxi transport rules to municipalities.
taxi-times.com (in German), dagbladet.no (in Norwegian)

Meanwhile, Norwegian civilians are taking deliveries of the Ampera-e aka the Chevy Bolt. Opel chose Norway’s national holiday to serve the first three customers and said there are another 4,000 orders awaiting fulfilment.
opel.com

Policy pledge on pollution: With the General Election in the UK on the horizon, opposition parties rush to swing voters and thus the Liberal Democrat manifesto promises a ban on sales of diesel cars from 2025. It is part of the party’s Green Transport Act, which also wants to increase electrification.
telegraph.co.uk, autocar.co.uk

Rheinmetall enters e-mobility: An order worth 100m dollars has reached mobility and military supplier Rheinmetall, which is to deliver electric motor housings over the next seven years. The commission comes from an unnamed but “globally operating German carmaker” who is to utilise the casings for cars build for the Chinese market. Consequently, production will take place at Rheinmetall’s Chinese subsidiary KPSNC in Shanghai from mid-2018.
rheinmetall.com

Volvo opens order book: The second-gen Volvo XC60 is now available in the USA, where it will hit the shelves this autumn. Prices for the top line T8 Twin Engine with a 400 hp PHEV system start from 52,900 dollars.
electriccarsreport.com

Campaign concept vehicle: Japanese Asahi Kasei and GLM have come up with a three-seat electric SUV. The 225 kW concepts builds on GLM’s EV platform but will most likely never roll off a production line. Asahi Kasei rather sees the electric car as a vehicle to presents its materials and tech to OEMs.
asahi-kasei.co.jp

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Brands + News

05-18-2017

Volvo, Toyota, Daimler, Elextra, Zero Motorcycles, Audi.


volvo-xc90-phev-hybrid-300x150pxVolvo to scrap diesel: The Swedish brand will no longer invest in the development of new diesel engines, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said in an interview with FAZ. He reasoned that the cost of reducing nitrogen oxide emissions is becoming too expensive but added that the technology would have a role to play until at least 2023 and later told Reuters that no firm decision is imminent. While Samuelsson may be careful, Volvo has long decided to invest in electrification and committed to offering a PHEV variant for each of its models.
autonews.com, faz.net (original source, in German)

Toyota to produce batteries in USA? With a move to Li-ion technology and away from NiMH batteries upon Toyota, its subsidiary Primearth EV Energy said there are plans to set up a plant in the States. While the project is still in discussion, Toyota does want to produce its own batteries for both hybrids and electric cars and is also concerned about shipping the packs from Japan. Until such a production facility would be set up however, Primeearth is to expand its capacities in Japan, while Toyota will source batteries for its Li-ion Prius PHEV from Panasonic until 2020 at least.
wardsauto.com

Daimler gets behind e-buses: A fully electric version of the Citaro bus is due to premier by 2018, Daimler confirmed at the Global Public Transport Summit in Montreal. Prototype testing is well underway and the German corporation has also instructed the Mobility Solutions unit of Daimler Buses to offer advice on e-mobility to public transport providers.
greencarcongress.com, daimler.com

In-depth details of the Danish-Swiss supercar Elextra emerged and tell of two electric drives that deliver up to 500 kW to all four wheels. The 0 – 100 sprint is a 2.3 sec leap and the design team hopes for a range of 600 km. A 100 pieces small series is to start by 2019 for half a million euros each and will be build in Stuttgart – just at the doorstep of Elextra’s most likely rival, the Porsche Mission E.
autocar.co.uk

Don’t Wait For Washington: Zero Motorcycles promises buyers of its electric two-wheelers to take over the 10 percent Federal tax credit if the Government fails to revive the programme by the end of the year. It offers buyers up to 1,869 dollars cash back if they buy an electric motorcycle.
motorcycle.com

Price increase: Audi raised the price of its A3 Sportback e-tron by 600 dollars to arrive at a starting price of 39,500 dollars in the States. At least one gets a slightly more lux trim, too.
insideevs.com, audiusa.com

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Brands + News

05-17-2017

Nissan, Harley, Hyundai, BYD, Tesla, Karma Revero.


Nissan-ePowere-Power to go global? After domestic sales surprised Nissan, the carmaker is considering to export its range extender e-Power to markets beyond Japan. The drive adds a small petrol engine to the electrive motor one finds inside the Leaf and turns the compact Note into a hybrid albeit it with a smaller battery that cannot be plugged-in (we reported). As the proof of concept succeeded so to speak, Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s VP for sales and marketing purported they would move faster on this technology but did not provide any concrete details.
autonews.com

Harley’s Livewire is alive if not kicking, said Bill Davidson, Harley VP, who reaffirmed the motorcycle makers plans to introduce 100 new models over the next ten years. Among them may be electric models like said Livewire that was introduced in 2014 but never made it to market. The last more substantial statement on an electric Harley came last year, when the company relegated electrification to being at least five years away due to battery technology.
drive.com.au

Hyundai’s first electric bus will meet the eyes of the public already at the end of this month before it will move on to get ready for production. The first finished Elec Citys will appear from next year and carry a 256 kWh battery for up to 290 km of range.
koreaherald.com

Go beyond dreams: BYD continues its expansion and will build an electric bus facility in Argentina. The Chinese EV maker plans to invest 100m dollars following a government resolution allowing the company to operate in the South American country. Construction works will begin within the next six months with first e-buses to roll off the lines from early 2019. The move follows swiftly after BYD has signed a MoU with Ecuador for another plant. In Europe, the EV maker inaugurated its first factory in Hungary and has planned an additional one in France.
reuters.com

Tesla expands in China: Shenzhen, Chengdu and Shanghai all have a Tesla showroom as the EV maker strides into the world’s largest market. In its steps, Tesla leaves a trail of Superchargers, 530 stand at 110 locations in China to date with Beijing boasting Asia’s largest facility with 20 charge spots.
electrek.co

Delivery Day: The Fisker Karma is officially reborn as the first few units of its successor, the Karma Revero, leave the Californian vicinity headed for Karma’s ten dealers in the states.
insideevs.com

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Brands + News

05-16-2017

Mercedes, Hermes, Jeep, Lamborghini, BMW, Kia, Changan.


Mercedes-Benz-Elektro-Vans-300x150Strategic transport partnership: Mercedes and courier Hermes have finalised their previous agreement to make deliveries emission free. Hermes wants to deploy 1,500 electric Mercedes Sprinters and Vitos, first in Stuttgart and Hamburg but later nationwide. At the signing ceremony, they further detailed the deal. It includes plans for infrastructure for logistic hotspots, where the batteries assembled in Daimler subsidiary Accumotive’s new facility will be charged. The electric drives have been specifically developed by Mercedes to electrify its van business, which will also receive another 150m euros over the next few years. daimler.com, electrive.net (in German)

Jeep offensive: The outdoor brand wants to offer hybrid versions of most of its eight models, FCA CEO Marchionne announced. The leap into electric terrain is to take place within the next 2-3 years, so it looks like the Yuntu PHEV, displayed in Shanghai, was more than just a concept to test the waters.
marketwatch.com

Lambo likes it large: The Urus SUV by Lamborghini will have 650 hp under the hood. A first production run will see an initial 1,000 units hitting the road next year but Lambo plans to scale up to 3,500 pieces annually. By 2019, the Urus will also come as PHEV variant featuring the same V8 engine.
autonews.com

Spyder up close: The upcoming roadster BMW i8 has been caught on camera and bared almost all, or at least parts of its convertible new side. The innards of the super hybrid are expected to be stronger comes 2018, when a 380 hp engine will be combined with a bigger battery pack.
carscoops.com

Korea gets Kia Niro PHEV: Kia has begun to serve its local market, where it launched the dedicated plug-in hybrid as planned. The Niro went on sale for 33m Won (about 27,000 euros). Europeans will have to wait until autumn for the PHEV and Kia has scheduled an all-electric version for 2018.
yonhapnews.co.kr

Changan too bets on domestic buyers and just announced an electric version of its compact SUVs CS15, that will launch in China later this year. The Changan CS15 EV entails 55 kW and has a said range of up 300 km.
carnewschina.com

4 in 5 victories of this year’s Formula E racing series went to Swiss Sébastien Buemi. The Renault pilot just scored again at the ePrix in Monaco, where he overtook Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing).
electricautosport.com, youtube.com (highlights)

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Brands + News

05-15-2017

BMW, Audi, e.Go Mobile, Local Motors, Porche, Mercedes.


Tesla-Model3-300BMW to take on Model 3? Even in Bavaria they feel the reverberations of Tesla targeting the mass market and thus insiders predict BMW may fully electrify the 4-series GT. They aim for the economy segment albeit at a price around 47,000 euros but below 40k pounds in the UK. Here, the 4-series GT EV is to hit the stores from 2020 with a range of 500 km delivered by a battery between 70 – 90 kWh. Currently, two motor set-ups are being pondered, one with just a front-rear drive and another that combines two electric motors for an AWD option.
autocar.co.uk

Audi readies itself to fight the Model 3 as well with what will be its third electric model as announced. Details just emerged that tell of a launch by 2019 and a car that is a bit bigger than the A3. Two electric motors are to provide the drive over up to 500 km on a single charge.
caranddriver.com

Low cost compact EV: German start-up e.Go Mobile has opened the order books for its small electric car of the same name. Each pre-order is worth a 1,000 euro deposit with production to start early next year. The e.Go Life aims for a retail price of 15,900 euros and works with technology by Bosch, who will also take over after sales services. Two battery options gurantee a range between 130 and 170 km and e.Go hopes the car will find fans among city dwellers aware of their realistic cruising needs.
electrek.co

This is Olli: Local Motors has 3D-printed its first autonomous electric shuttle aka Olli in its micro-factory in Tennessee. Ollie carries up to twelve passengers and is scheduled to go on trial in both Denmark and Germany. The latter’s capital even plans to install a dedicated facility to print the EV.
3ders.org, 3dprint.com, launchforth.io

Porsche kills 911 PHEV: There will be no plug-in hybrid icon from Porsche, August Achleitner, head of 911 development revealed, saying “the disadvantages outweighed the advantages.” The former literally have to do with weight and effectively the 911’s dynamics as well as cost.
caranddriver.com

Mercedes EQ Concept review: Sure, the first in what will hopefully be a long line of electric cars by Daimler is still at concept stage and that did show during the first test rides. Yet, the interior lighting was dressed to impress as was the interface. Production is due to start by 2019.
autoexpress.co.uk

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05-12-2017

BYD, Tesla, Mercedes, MG, Wrightspeed, Peterbilt.


BYD-eBus-K9BYD to build e-buses in Ecuador: The Chinese manufacturer continues its worldwide expansion and is en route to start operations in South America. Supported by Ecuador’s government, BYD agreed to invest 60m dollars in a facility that will make up to 300 electric buses a year with the help of 300 workers. Ecuador already generates 95 percent of its energy from hydro-electric power plants and recently ordered 30 electric taxis, the e6 from BYD, to drive guests around the City of Loja.
cleantechnica.com

Tesla founder seeks new path: Martin Eberhard was among Tesla’s originators before he fell out with Musk in 2008. Eberhard has taken his own steps into the market now and is behind InEVit, a start-up that wants to build electric car components to sell to various OEM, Electrek learnt. Joining him is Heiner Fees, a former Bosch engineer that holds multiple patents related to energy storage, which is another field InEVit sees itself “inevitably” involved in, according to its trademark application.
electrek.co

Low cost Mercedes EV: Less than 300 dollars is the leasing price of Mercedes’ B-class ED in the USA, where Daimler lowered prices considerably. For the 2016 series, prices start at 289 dollars, while the latest electric drive is available from 299 dollars.
mbusa.com, pushevs.com

MG’s compact SUV will be electrified from 2019 but its conventional base is now on display in London. The British SAIC subsidiary plans to produce the MG XS from the end of 2017 and to offer PHEV and all-electric versions around two years later alongside other electrified models.
autoexpress.co.uk

Heavy duty recuperation: Wrightspeed and AxleTech International joined forces to develop regenerative braking systems for range-extended electric trucks. The drivetrains will come from Wrightspeed and integrate AxleTech’s axle in a custom-housing that is exhibited this week.
trucks.com

Electric refuse truck: Though not range-extended (yet) this latest model from Peterbilt Motors manages a range of 100km with its 300 kWh battery. Plus, the electric garbage truck has it 70 kW charger on-board, so nothing is wasted with this Model 520 currently on show in New Orleans.
ngtnews.com

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Brands + News

05-11-2017

Renault, Ford, Mahindra, Opel, Kiepe Electric, Mini.


Renault-ZoeRenault expects EV price parity: After Volkswagen and BMW, the French follow suit in their prediction of a drastic decrease in costs for electric vehicles thanks to better battery technology. Renault’s leading EV figure, Gilles Normand, said that the Zoe will reach price parity with small combustion-engined cars by the beginning of the next decade. Already, sales of the little EV have increased by 90 percent between 2016 and 2017. For the C-segment, prices will equalise around 2025, according to Normand.
autoexpress.co.uk

Ford’s electrified cars may grow into a whole line-up of no less than 13 models by 2022, plans uncovered by Autocar suggest. Ford trademarked the Energi label for such electrified vehicles as the C-MAX in its plug-in hybrid version. Plus, there will be other PHEVs like the F-150, Mustang as well as the Transit Custom and an all-electric SUV (we reported). Next in line may be the Kuga and Explorer.
autocar.co.uk

Mahindra to electrify all models: The Indian carmaker decided that all new platforms are to offer options for electrification from the start, including light commercial vehicles. The move will enable Mahindra to easier electrify each and every model in the future.
business-standard.com

Ampera-e pricing NL: Opel released prices for its Ampera-e aka the Chevy Bolt in the Netherlands, where it will be offered from 40,995 euros. Deliveries are to start early next year via 28 selected Opel dealers, the so-called Ampera-e-Agents.
opel.nl (in Dutch)

Kiepe Electric is the new name for the recently acquired Vossloh Kiepe now owned by Knorr Bremse. The subsidiary will concentrate on systems for electrification in the bus and rail sector.
automotiveworld.com

As Mini readies the Countryman plug-in hybrid version for its official outing at the end of June reportedly, some journalist got the chance to take it for a first ride. Impressions are good but be warned that its electric range revolves around 30 rather than said 42 kilometres.
autocar.co.uk, autoexpress.co.uk

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