Brands + News


Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Roewe, Tesla, Geely,

VW-ID-CrozzThird VW I.D. concept: VW is about to present its third EV concept in Shanghai as expected. The I.D. Crozz coupe-crossover is based on the MEB platform and follows from the I.D. and I.D. Buzz. It will thus hit the road by 2020. The ID Crozz bears two electric motors (225 kW/302 bhp) and gets a range of up to 500 km.,

Audi’s second EV concept: Two years passed since Audi presented its first EV concept, the e-tron quattro at the IAA. While this model will go serial in 2018, the German carmaker is set to put the concept of a coupe variant in the spotlights of the Shanghai Motor Show. As with the first EV, the four-door Sportback comes with three electric motors and shall be ready for serial production no later than 2019.,,

Skoda presents Vision E: In the run-up to the Shanghai Motor Show, VW’s Czech subsidiary has unveiled its Vision E concept which is to go serial in about 3 years. Just like the I.D. Crozz, the coupe-crossover relies on two electric motors with a total output of 225kW (302bhp) and shall reach up to 500 km, too. Just recently, Skoda announced to launch 5 all-electric models until 2025.

Roewe unveils electric SUV: SAIC brand Roewe intends to display its all-electric concept Vision-E in Shanghai, that is not to be mixed up with Skoda’s vision, at least not by name. SAIC’s concept to aims for 500 km range but may roll of the lines already next year in China. Production will be handled by the SAIC-VW joint venture, the same that is also to make the Skoda’s Vision E, what suggests that Roewe’s and Skoda’s concept may even share a platform – although the design of both models differs.

Tesla lowers base price for Model S: The Silicon Valley based EV maker has removed the 60 kWh version of its Model S from its line-up as announced. This makes the Model S 75 the new entry option that is now available for a significantly lower gross price, namely 69,350 euros., (prices in dollars),

Lynk & Co’s next model: The new brand of Geely has introduced the serial version of its SUV model 01, which will be available as PHEV and EV. Furthermore, Lynk & Co permitted a first glance at its concept 03, a sedan based on the upcoming Volvo S40 and likely to get electrified, too. (serial version 01),,,

Number of the Day

5,000 Tesla Superchargers.

Tesla now runs 5,000 Superchargers worldwide. The network has grown considerably in the last three months, when 25 percent of the total were added, in Europe in particular.

Research + Technology

Sun Mobility, NGT CARGO, Riverside, Sanitov Bicycles.

Battery swap: The idea of battery swapping is here to stay it seems, just its advocates change. The latest attempt is by Mahindra founder Chetan Maini, who wants to turnover power packs with his new company Sun Mobility. Yet, he added a twist – at the base of his business are modular battery packs, suitable for all kind of EVs, i.e. two-wheelers as well as big industrial vehicles. Maini has a service model in mind that not only allows to exchange a battery pack quickly but also keeps prices low as drivers won’t need to buy the batteries. On the Indian market this might actually work.,

DLR-Cargo-TrainThe future of freight: The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has turned from rockets to rails as its engineers present their holistic concept for the next-gen of cargo transport. NGT CARGO – hitherto known as freight trains among earthlings – are made up of powerful end cars and intelligent single wagons, that automatically couple and only as needed. The latter come equipped with separate electric drives and recuperating batteries in order to master the last miles autonomously. DLR hopes its trains may some day replace some of the container ships trawling the seas between Europe and Asia.,

Coat for life: Researchers at the University of California, Riverside are en route to solve the dendrite problem of lithium metal anodes. A coating made from the organic compound methyl viologen apparently stabilises performance, eliminates dendrite growth and may thus triple the battery’s lifetime.

New player in the cargo trike market: The start-up Sanitov Bicycles introduces its first electric cargo trike called movE. The company was created by a Danish designer based in London and his electric trike can carry loads of up to 200 kilos in its rear box that can be customised.

Quotes of the day

Jochem Heinzmann, Lee Ki-Sang.

Jochem-Heinzmann“We are fully with all forces working to be able to fulfil this quota system already next year.”

Ahead of the Shanghai Motor Show, Volkswagen China CEO Jochem Heinzmann underlines the group’s strategy to face the country’s upcoming quotas on its own – without the help of competitors’ credits. VW as the largest foreign automaker in China, is significantly affected by the nation’s powerful promotion of PHEVs and EVs.

Ki-Sang-Lee“If a really new, next-generation battery appears, like magic, around 2025, then the market share of electric vehicles will go from 20 to 30 percent to 80 to 90 percent of the whole market.”

Lee Ki-Sang, Senior vice president and in charge of Hyundai’s eco-car powertrain division, shares his expectations towards new tech and puts his bets on solid-state batteries or those using a lithium-sulfur or lithium-air chemistry.

Fleets + Infrastructure

Volkswagen, Shell, GM, Wellington, New York City.

Electrify America with 150kW: In the course of VW’s dieselgate penalty payment in the States, the German carmaker and EPA have now released the national plan for the first instalment of 300m dollars. It is to set up a nationwide quick charging network, including around 240 charging points with a minimum output of 150 kW but suitable to CCS, CHAdeMO and AC and open protocols. The project is to start in the second quarter of 2018. On top, VW has to implement around 300 charging stations with up to 50 kW in 11 metropolitan areas. The proposal still awaits approval.,

Another giant trying to make amends is Shell, which has just joined the quick charging initiative CharIN. The oil company intends to add quick charging points to its petrol stations, first in Britain this year but later also in other countries. Besides, Shell murmured about its own intelligent tech for charging.,

Autonomous Bolt fleet: There exist 50 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt in three U.S. cities today but GM plans to raise their game. According to new documents handed in at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 300 additional Bolts are soon to hit the roads of San Francisco, Detroit, and Scottsdale. If they do, it would make GM’s autonomous EV fleet the world’s largest.

Reserved for EVs: New Zealand’s capital Wellington plans to keep 100 parking spaces free for electric cars and those to share exclusively during the course of this year. 37 bays have been assigned already and will be equipped with EV charging opportunities.

Paid to charge off-peak: EV owners in New York City and Westchester County are able to benefit from a new reward programme when charging their EV at times only few do. Electric utility Con Edison claims to pay 5 cents for each kilowatt-hour of charging during off-peak hours.

Service + Suggestions

Fully Charged, Lucid Motors.

Video tip I: The new episode of Fully Charged illustrates Robert Llewellyn’s first experiences with Tesla’s Model X and also what a family thinks of the biggie. via

Video tip II: Lucid Motors has brought its Air up to high speed during stability testing. According to the engineers, the electric sedan hit 217 mph (349 kph). via

Short circuit

EV for individualists.

Fans of wing doors, who do not wish to drive a sports car or SUV, may meet Sam. Sam is a quirky tricycle that only sits two (just like most racers) and has quite a limited range (just like most hyper hybrids) but “impresses” with a rather extravagant design and said gull-wing door (one).