Brands + News

01-07-2014

Fisker, Audi, Lincoln, BMW.


Fisker back in court: A new offer by the Wanxiang Group could see the sale of Fisker being turned around at the last minute. The new bid of 24.75 million USD (18.17 million euros) by the owners of A123 is favoured by creditors and investors. Fisker, however, would like the court to approve the original offer of Richard Li, as they blame Wanxiang for being partly responsible for their bankruptcy.
greencarreports.com, green.autoblog.com

Updated Sport quattro: Audi is debuting a new and powerful plug-in hybrid car at this year‘s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Apart from a special headlight system, the Sport quattro laserlight concept features an electric motor with 110 kW powered by a 14.1 kWh battery pack that lasts for a 30 miles of electric driving.
plugincars.com, autoblog.com

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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid recall: 7,153 MKZ Hybrid cars assembled between April 2012 and September 2013 are being recalled in the USA. According to a notice by the NHTSA, an error in production could cause the automatic car to shift out of ‘Park’ without the driver depressing the brake pedal before.
greencarreports.com, autoblog.com

Test ride the BMW i8: Greg Kable got his hands on a prototype of the upcoming BMW plug-in hybrid and tested it on the Miramas track in France. After extensively trying all driving modes while going through all kinds of curves and situations, Kable has no doubts about where the i8 belongs: „Driving it, is definitely new world“.
autoweek.com

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Research + Technology

01-08-2014

INRIX, BMW, Renault, Battery prices.


Intermodal navigation: INRIX partners with BMW to introduce their intermodal information system that integrates local public transport data into the on-board navigation. The system will be used in the i3 and i8. It informs drivers about alternative public transport connections and will reroute the driver considering the current traffic and range status.
greencarcongress.com

Renault Zoé Next Two: The French carmaker just announced the next stage of testing of its autonomous electric car. The completely connected Zoé “Next Two” is set to be out on the roads already this year in preparation for bringing it to the market from 2018.
technologicvehicles.com

Battery price speculations: Savvy internet users and EV fans have tracked replacement batteries for the Chevy Volt listed at a retail price of 144.12 USD (105.80 EUR) per kWh. Hence, questions arose on how much these batteries actually cost GM. Has the magical line of 200 USD/kWh (147 EUR/kWh) McKinsey predicted for 2020 been crossed already?!
cleantechnica.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

01-13-2014

StromTicket, BMW, Tax Credits, Hagen, Kentucky Fried Chicken.


Meet the ‘StromTicket’: The StromTicket (‘Strom’ is German for electricity) enables users to charge their EV and pay cashless via their mobile phone. The project is being developed within the framework of the German model region Saxonia and will be tested in Dresden and Leipzig. Partners are local energy utilities and infrastructure providers.
locationinsider.de (In German)

Setback for BMW i3 REx: In California, drivers of the BMW i3 with range extender might not get the privilege of using the HOV lane. That is because the green stickers necessary to drive a PHEV on the carpool lanes are limited to 40.000 and presumably sold out by the time the i3 with REx will be available in mid 2014.
chargedevs.com, thestreet.com

Failure to renew EV incentives? The U.S. congress has missed the deadline for the renewal of three tax credits. The credits regard the installation of charging stations for homeowners, the purchase of electric motorcycles or three-wheelers and a credit for businesses buying an EV charger.
plugincars.com

111 electric cars in a year: This is the catchy aim of ‘EcoDrive’, a citizens’ initiative in the city of Hagen, Germany. The group of 14 residents want to see more electric cars in their city and plan to address companies and charities that offer courier or carrier services in geriatric care for example. Car dealers are another target while public test rides are set to attract the group‘s fellow citizens. The project is now under the patronage of North Rhine-Westphalia‘s economics minster.
derwesten.de (in German)

Eco-friendly KFC delivery: Kentucky Fried Chicken Malaysia now uses 50 electric scooters to deliver its winged fast food. KFC plans to add more of the ES11 vehicles supplied by Eclimo later this year.
thejakartapost.com

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Brands + News

01-15-2014

BMW, Audi, VW, Tesla, European Parliament.


BMW-i3BMW i3 sparks interest: At the Detroit Auto Show, Ian Robertson, member of the board for sales and marketing at BMW, said they had received 11,000 orders for the all-electric car. The German head of sales, Roland Krüger, spoke of “numerous test ride requests” which have become a “logistical challenge” lately. The BMW i3 is expected to go on sale in the U.S. by May, with the i8 following this summer.
automobilwoche.de (In German), europe.autonews.com (General numbers)

Technology flagship: According to Audi’s head of technical development, Ulrich Hackenberg, the R8 e-tron will have its comeback and eventually go into production. Offering a better range and cost performance, he wants to convince the Audi board to make the electric supercar the brand‘s “technology flagship.”
autocar.co.uk via greencarreports.com

VW shows e-Golf in Detroit: At NAIAS, Volkswagen unveiled the electric Golf for the U.S. market. The e-Golf will go on sale in selected states in late 2014. To tackle range anxiety, VW will offer a ‘Roadside Assistance Plan’ to assist drivers in case they get stranded with an empty battery.
plugincars.com, ens-newswire.com

Tesla exceeding goals: Tesla delivered a whopping 6,900 cars to its customers in the last quarter of 2013. That is 20% higher than Tesla expected, VP Jerome Guillen yesterday said in Detroit. But he also admitted that sales are not going as well as expected in Germany. Interesting: The upcoming Model X is reportedly having more than 6,000 reservation holders so far.
autoweek.com

New CO2 limit: The European Parliament approved a draft yesterday that is outlining new CO2 emission limits for light commercial vehicles sold in the EU. By 2020 the limit will go down from today’s 203 g/km to 147 g/km. Probably it will not take long before we see small hybrid vans on our roads.
europarl.europa.eu

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Brands + News

01-17-2014

BMW, Infiniti, BYD, Tesla, Ford.


Next electric BMW: The German car maker confirmed that they are planning the next model in the electric i-series and it is likely to be the i5. Meanwhile, the ‘Electronaut’ testing programme is about to end and participants will be the first in line to exchange their ActiveE for the i3 Electronaut edition.
green.autoblog.com

No upscale Leaf: The Infiniti LE was supposed to become a luxury version of Nissan’s electric car but has now been “delayed indefinitely,” according to Infiniti President Johan de Nyssche. He denied that the delay has anything to do with the efforts to give the car greater range or the planned wireless charging system.
plugincars.com

BYD-QinQin coming to Europe: BYD’s Qin hybrid only recently launched in China and is now set to be offered in Europe by 2015. The PHEV has an all-electric range of 44 miles and a top speed of 115 mph. Moreover, the car can be remotely manoeuvred at very low speed from outside the vehicle. In China, the Qin starts at the equivalent of 32,266 dollars.
green.autoblog.com

Tesla goes Down Under: The Californians are ever further expanding and will launch their Model S in Australia by June this year. First orders have been taken and Tesla plans to develop its familiar network of concept stores across the continent rather than working with traditional dealerships.
electric-vehiclenews.com

Twice as many hybrids: Ford’s top development executive, Raj Nair, announced plans to double the U.S. car maker’s hybrid offerings by 2020. Speaking in Detroit, Nair said the move is driven by the growing demand for green vehicles in China and Europe.
reuters.com, green.autoblog.com

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Brands + News

01-29-2014

BMW, Terra Motors, Toyota, Honda, NHTSA.


Strong demand for BMW i3: Since its launch at the end of November 2013, BMW received 11,000 orders leading to waiting periods of up to six months. Curiously enough, eight of ten buyers are new to the brand or even to the idea of owning a car, sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson said. Still, BMW has no plans to expand its electric i-range just yet, nor will it produce in China in the near future.
reuters.com, ecomento.com, automobilwoche.de (Orginal german source)

terra-motors-kiwamiAll-electric super-bike: Terra has now launched its electric motorcycle ‘Kiwami’ in India. The hand-built machine costs 1,8m rupee which is about 29,000 dollars. Its electric motor delivers 13 hp and the Kiwami is said to have a range of 200 kilometres while a full charge takes about six hours.
indianautosblog.com, thehindu.com

All new Prius: The fourth generation of Toyota’s best-selling hybrid is due in about a year. It will be based on a new platform, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), with a lower centre of gravity for sportier handling. At last, the nickel-metal-hydride batteries will be replaced by batteries with lithium-ion cells.
greencarreports.com, hybridcars.com

2015 Jazz Hybrid tested: An updated version of the hybrid Honda has recently been introduced in Japan and the U.S. (where it is known as Honda Fit). In this review the new ‘Sport Hybrid i-DCD’ engine “sets the tone” with added torque and features like the sport mode or an all-electric top speed of 75 kph.
technologicvehicles.com, automobile-magazine.fr (Original source in French)

NHTSA examines Camry: The American safety watchdog might bring the hybrid Toyota Camry to an emergency stop, as 59 customers reported decreased braking power. The now opened preliminary evaluation could ultimately lead to a recall of about 30,000 Camry built in 2007/08.
greencarcongress.com, puregreencars.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

02-07-2014

BMW, UK, Charge Your Car, Mitsubishi.


Premium acronym: BMW, the business mobility provider Alphabet and three German universities are joining forces in a research project to better understand user’s acceptance of EVs with or without range extender, hybrids as well as charging infrastructure. The project will run for three years.
springerprofessional.de (In German), press.bmwgroup.com (In German)

Brits jump on EV bandwagon: In January, 325 pure electric cars were newly registered in the UK, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. This is an increase of 755% compared to the 38 units of January 2013. Other fuel-efficient cars were on the uptake as well, with PHEV sales growing by 41.3%.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, smmt.co.uk

Charge Your Car: The aptly named infrastructure provider now operates a network with 1,500 chargers all over the UK. The pay-as-you-go service is used extensively by the 1,637 registered users, as Charge Your Car has just counted its 100,000th charging and delivered a total of 549,399 kWh so far. The CYC Lifetime Card is valid across providers and is available for a one-off payment of ten pounds.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Japan’s new favourite: In its first year, Mitsubishi’s Outlander already has been sold 9,608 times in Japan – almost as often as the Nissan Leaf in its first year of availability. With another 8,197 units shipped to Europe, Mitsubishi sold its PHEV 17,805 times in 2013 and is now aiming on making it 30,000 worldwide by the end of March.
insideevs.com

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Brands + News

02-10-2014

BMW, Mahindra, Mitsubishi, SsangYong, Lexus.


Plug-in BMW 3 series: Apparently BMW is testing a plug-in version of its 3 series in Sweden, spy shots revealed. The car is marked with ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ and has a second fuel cap. Autoblog assumes that the test car could use the same eDrive drivetrain which has been seen before in the X5 prototype. Taken that the X5 comes with a range of 20 miles, the lighter 3 series will probably have at least 30 miles in all-electric mode.
autoblog.com, auozeitung.de (In German)

Details of the Halo: The Mahindra Halo with its 140 hp might not be the most powerful car, it is however fairly lightweight and said to reach 62 mph in under 8 seconds. On the biggest battery it will have a range of 125 miles and reach a top speed of 100 mph. Mahindra is planning to bring the sleek sports car into production after its market feasibility for Europe and India has been studied. At this point, pricing is aimed at 48,000 to 56,000 dollars.
greencarreports.com

Hybrid triple: Mitsubishi will present its three hybrid concepts seen in Tokyo also in Geneva next month (we reported). Now, more details on the proposed drivetrains have emerged: While the SUV studies GC-PHEV and XR-PHEV will be plug-in hybrids, the Crossover AR showcases a mild hybrid drive assisted with a ‘low output’ motor powered by a 28 Volt li-ion battery.
themalaymailonline.com, autobild.de (In German)

SsangYong’s hybrid concept: The Korean carmaker has published renderings of its hybrid XLV Concept to be presented at Geneva. ‘XLV’ is short for ‘eXciting smart Lifestyle Vehicle’ and said to come as a diesel-hybrid with seven seats.
telegraph.co.uk

Luxurious Lexus: Damion Smy put the latest version of the Lexus GS300h Luxury to the test and finds that the car indeed lives up to its name. Smy calls the drive “majestic” and the interior “spacious and comfortable.” Only the throttle behaviour is “disappointing,” still Smy concludes the Lexus to be a very serious competitor for BMW’s 5 series, especially as it offers “a lot of car for the money.” Speaking of money: German Autobild has just recently rated the GS 300h best car of its class in terms of depreciation.
carmagazine.co.uk, newfleet.de (In German)

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Research + Technology

02-11-2014

BMW, Washington State University, Greenlots.


Laser lights hit the road: The BMW i8 will be the first production car with optional laser headlights. The lasers are said to double the high-beam range of the standard LEDs, being more energy-efficient at the same time. A camera-aided high-beam assistant will prevent the lights from blinding incoming traffic.
carscoops.com, youtube.com (Video by BMW)

Safer with gummy: Researchers from Washington State University have developed an electrolyte with a texture like chewing gum. It could reduce the risk of fire for lithium batteries dramatically. Furthermore, the material is light-weight and flexible.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

Platform for smart charging: San Francisco-based Greenlots has introduced its SKY Smart Charging Platform designed for utilities and smart grid operators to tackle peak load impacts of EV charging. The platform is certified for the use with OpenADR demand response programmes.
renew-grid.com

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Brands + News

02-11-2014

Maruti Suzuki, Honda, China, Renault, Nissan, BMW.


Plug-in-Swift-SuzukiPlug-in by Maruti: The Indian Suzuki subsidiary presents its Swift R.E at the Auto Expo in India. With R.E. standing for Range Extender, the Swift capable of 25 kilometres all-electric drive is better to be called a plug-in hybrid. Together with the 54 kW electric motor, li-ion battery and three-cylinder petrol engine, the Swift R.E. now weighs 1,600 kg.
indianautosblog.com

Honda recalls hybrids: The Japanese carmaker is recalling 70,929 Fit Hybrids (known as Jazz in Europe) and 10,424 Vezel Hybrids produced from July 2013 until now in Japan. It is the third time a recall has been issued concerning Honda’s 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT). This time the control software is affected.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, puregreencars.com

China extends EV incentives: The current subsidies for EV buyers are set to expire by 2015. However, the Chinese government has planned a follow-up programme “to preserve policy continuity,” the Ministry of Finance stated on its website. Details are yet to follow.
eco-business.com

No Zoe for India: Despite being on display at the Auto Expo India, the small electric car will not go on sale in India any time soon. This is possibly due to the lack of charging infrastructure or EV subsidies in the country.
indianautosblog.com

EV world domination: Nissan’s electric flagship the Leaf accounted for 45% of all EV sales worldwide last year. Sales of Renault’s four EVs, namely Kangoo and Fluence Z.E., Zoe and Twizy, rose by 13% in the same time. Together Renault-Nissan now holds 63% of the global market for zero-emission vehicles, according to the company’s 2013 figures.
businessgreen.com

Video tip: BMW advertises its i3 and i8 during the Sochi games on NBC. While the ‘Shhh’ spot obviously praises the silent electric ride only the i3 can offer, the yet to be launched i8 is promoted as hear-say or simply the future.
youtube.com (Shhhh i3), youtube.com (i8 Sightings), youtube.com (Hello Future i8)

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