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