VW turns on the light for a threesome as it teases its third I.D. concept ahead of Shanghai. The I.D. Crozz – VW trademarked the name but nothing is official – is a coupe-SUV that will follow on from the I.D. hatch and I.D. Buzz microbus. Rumour had it there might be a fourth I.D. model due in September at the IAA but no update has been given yet. For the I.D. Crozz, VW confirmed an all-wheel drive, which makes a two electric motor set-up likely. As all I.D. models, it will sit on the MEB platform and should manage a range of around 550 km.
Audi is about lights too, LEDs in this case but not necessarily illuminating. All that is revealed in this latest teaser video is that the carmaker will bring a new e-tron concept to Shanghai. Hopefully, it is not an SUV again this time but maybe the i3 fighter CEO Rupert Stadler recently hinted at rather?!
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Ford ends Focus Electric production: The Focus Electric will not be made in Europe anymore as Ford ends its production at its plant in Saarlouis. The carmaker claims low demand, only 61 units were sold in Europe last year. If someone wishes to buy however, Ford will continue imports from America.
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Baden-Württemberg Pavilion – Boosting Future Mobility 34 exhibitors will proudly present the accumulated know how of the German Southwest in the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion at the Hannover Messe from 24 to 28 April 2017 under the slogan “Boosting Future Mobility”. On more than 600 m² exhibition area, you will be able to get first-hand experience of the latest innovative products and key competences such as energy storage, charging infrastructure, precision components, subassemblies, novel test benches and mobility software. Come and visit us at hall 27. e-mobilbw.de (PDF)
Qoros plans concrete: The K-EV Concept is Qoros latest study in electric and most of all luxurious driving to debut in Shanghai. The lux limousine utilises the Koenigsegg drive-line also used in the Koenigsegg Regera super hybrid. Market entry for the Qoros K-EV is set for 2019.
Electric supercar concept: British MG will present its E-Motion in Shanghai, a sports car coupé with an all-electric power source. The SAIC-owned company said the model makes the 100 kph in under four seconds while claiming a range of roughly 500 km. Production is uncertain at this point.
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Bolt available nationwide: GM has issued a lease across the US of A for its latest electric car. The price is 329 dollars per month for three years with 3,809 dollars due at signing. The deal is valid until May, 1 for now.
Almost 20,000 electrified vehicles were delivered by BMW in the first quarter of this year. While that does not sound too bad and is double from what was sold during the same period last year, it is still some way to go to reach the 100,000 unit peak the Bavarians aim to cross this year.
Battery production in India: The Automotive Research Association of India (Arai) has tested Li-ion batteries developed by the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and found them valid for commercialisation. True to the local market, the batteries are specifically made for use in two- and three-wheelers. The government is now planning to transfer the technology to companies for production and also plans to install a central agency to lead the country’s EV programme. State-owned utilities have shown some interest in particular with regards to the EV batteries’ potential to double as storage for solar energy India hopes to have in excess.
Human-enhancing technology: The Copenhagen Wheel has been around for some time and now Superpedestrian makes another attempt at commercialising the MIT idea fully. The latest version of the in-wheel pedelec system, that combines sensors, computers, battery, and motor in one case, is said to react ever faster and subtler to changes in the human motion. The Copenhagen Wheel can be ordered online for 1,499 dollars or already installed in a bike for 1,999 dollars.
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10 years of trust: Corvus Energy has been awarded a 10-year contract to maintain and service Scandlines’ entire hybrid ferry fleet. The agreement includes both maintenance of the fleets’ batteriess, which Corvus delivered, as well as the firm’s remote monitoring service, Watchman.
Full disclosure: Rheinmetall Automotive will exhibit components for electric vehicles and emission reduction in Shanghai. To showcase its wares, the German OEM made a car from plexiglas with a range extender and heater/cooler module inside.
“This is a business plan allowing the largest automaker in the world to inject itself in California’s EV charging market and profit from its wrongdoing.”
Anne Smart, ChargePoint’s VP of public policy, on Volkswagen’s penalty to install EV charging in California. Other than being a competitor, Smart has a point as VW’s subsidiary Electrify America is allowed to profit from charging fees. While the plans still have to be approved by CARB and EPA, the first draft already lacks in infrastructure for disadvantaged communities.
“It’s poorly thought through. It’s not very difficult to have an EV policy, but the new VED charging is muddled.”
Mitsubishi UK boss Lance Bradley has accused the UK government of not having “a clear and consistent plan” for EVs, especially when it comes to the new Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) that places the Outlander PHEV on par with a Range Rover SDV8.
Bolloré to launch in London: The French firm is ready to roll-out its electric carsharing scheme BlueCity in the British capital finally. Not quite though, as only Hammersmith and Fulham has been bold enough to make the move so far. The borough’s bid for better air quality includes an initial 30 electric vehicles and about 85 on-street charging points set to reach 150 this summer. On top, Hammersmith and Fulham residents will be offered a year’s free membership and 20 hours of free driving. While BlueCity has been three years in the making, Bolloré has met severe difficulties in London due to its reportedly complex political power map and poor charging infrastructure. Still, BlueCity shall eventually include up to 3,000 red electric cars.
Electric scooter incentives: Quebecers can now claim a 500 dollar rebate from the province when going for an electric moped limited to 65 kph. The incentive is part of the Ride Electric subsidy scheme that also includes a 2,000 dollar goodie for electric motorcycles.
Taking aim at the whole of Canada is Cadillac Fairview, who announced its national EV charging programme that will see networked chargers at 15 CF properties. There will be 45 across Canada in 2017 and continuing into 2018.
Campus cycling: Six universities in Malaysia will receive a total of 1,200 electric bicycles from the government as it wants to promote electric mobility. The e-bikes are made by a local company.
Fluid fast-charging: eVolt has launched its third-generation Rapid EV charger, the Raption 5. It uses four individual power packs delivering 12.5kW each. It thus completes an 80% charge in 30 minutes with simultaneous charging for two EVs at 50kW DC and 43kW AC.
Reading tip: The Rasa FCV reaches its 1m pound crowdfunding goal, meaning Riversimple has enough money to build its little hydrogen car in Wales. A production run of 20 is planned by now as they shall be used via subscriptions.
Video tip: “It’s better than Tesla” is the claim of this clip that is one of the entrants in Tesla’s fan made advert competition. It looks like the director had to overcome his lack of an actual Model S with a most humorous take and an unlikely substitute.
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In time for the short but sweet holiday, Honda has launched its robotic lawnmower. The Miimo is anything a car strives to be – autonomous, electric and smart as it returns to the charging stations when out of juice. We at electrive are also on a retreat to rejoice over Easter. You will next hear from us on Tuesday, 18. We wish you happy and energising holidays!