Nov 17, 2017 - 04:44 pm

New Tesla Roadster to hit the stores by 2020

During Tesla’s semi truck event, CEO Elon Musk had a surprise up his sleeve — a new version of the Tesla Roadster. The base model will start at 200,000 Dollars. Interested parties can place their deposits today. It can seat four and travel 620 miles (1,000 km) on a single charge.

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Nov 16, 2017 - 04:13 pm

Details about GM’s electrification strategy

At least 20 new electric models by 2023, among them two EVs based on the Chevy Bolt and due in the next 18 months – that is what General Motors promised in a recently published announcement. Now, GM states that the majority of its upcoming EVs will be based on a new platform scheduled for […]

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Nov 9, 2017 - 11:08 pm

Ford and Zotye to build EVs in China

Both carmakers signed an agreement to manifest their planned joint venture, first announced in August. Ford and Zotye intend to jointly develop and produce all-electric cars for consumers in China.

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Nov 9, 2017 - 11:01 pm

Opel/Vauxhall to electrify all of its carlines

PSA subsidiary Opel has revealed its roadmap “Pace”, a strategy plan that shall guarantee Opel’s return to profitability by 2020. Most important from an electric mobility viewpoint is Opel’s intention to offer all of its European carlines additionally with either electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrains by 2024.

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Oct 23, 2017 - 11:30 am

InEVit, Norway, Audi, Citaro, Scania, Formula E.

InEVit integrates into SF Motors: The start-up led by Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard now nestles under the wings of SF Motors, where Eberhard had been a consultant. His InEVit will continue to operate as a standalone tech firm but as a subsidiary of the Californian EV unit of China’s Sokon Industry Group. At the core of InEVit’s business is and will remain the design of chassis for electric cars as well battery modules and production techniques with the goal to scale up EVs quickly. In the new company, Eberhard will take the role of Chief Innovation Officer and vice chairman of the board.
reuters.com, electrek.co

Ampera-e sold out in Norway: Opel had to stop accepting orders for the European version of the Chevy Bolt in Norway as demand surpassed supply. Opel has received 5,000 orders from Norwegians alone and has delivered only 1,000 units by now. Rather than building on the backlash, the Germans say they want to fulfil existing reservations first. Still there are fears that the supply may dry up entirely since GM sold its European operation to PSA.
electrek.co, tek.no (in Norwegian)

Audi presents new A7: Audi’s latest four door coupé has been launched as A7 Sportback and will hit the shelves by February next year. Motor options include a novel mild-hybrid system but it remains unclear, if the A7 will be offered with the PHEV system from the A8 at a later date.
greencarcongress.com, autocar.co.uk, audi-mediacenter.com

A more utilitarian hybrid comes from Mercedes in the form of the Citaro currently at display at the Busworld in Belgium. The hybrid powertrain is an option for most model variants of the city bus and mainly adds its 14 kW strong electric hand at times when high levels of power are required.
greencarcongress.com, media.daimler.com

More electric bus business: Scania brought the all-electric Citywide to Belgian Kortrijk and wants to launch sales next year. At the same time, the Interlink series now features a hybrid option.
greencarcongress.com, scania.com

Formula E is covered: Eurosport has extended its existing partnership with the electric racing series by another three years and will broadcast all 14 races. The new season is to start in Rome on April, 14, 2018 and the Formula E just released the track map.
sportbusiness.com, electricautosport.com (Rome)

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:29 am

Environmental Pollution kills.

Global pollution has left 9m people to die prematurely in 2015, a study by 40 international scientists finds. Most fatal diseases were the result of air pollution that particularly hit poor countries and emerging economies and the researchers warned the crisis “threatens the continuing survival of human societies.
theguardian.com

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:28 am

ZF, Visedo, Toray, UQM Technologies.

Central drive for e-buses by ZF: The German supplier has pulled off what it calls a plug and drive solution for all-electric buses in time for the Busworld. The CeTrax concept, a central drive unit, had been presented by 2016 but has now been implemented in a real world application and can be “retrofitted into existing vehicle platforms without any larger modifications to the chassis, axles, statics or differentials,” according to Dr. Jochen Witzig, who was responsible for the development. Maximum output of the CeTrax is at 300 kW which gives it a climbing ability of 25 percent.
zf.com

Visedo brought a novel electric motor for buses to Belgium too and the Finnish solution praises itself of having the highest efficiency in the market. Matter of factly, the PowerDRUM S managed a 10 percent increase in power output as well as better cooling.
visedo.com

300m for separator production: Toray has yet again raised its stakes in battery production as the Japanese material producer frees 350bn Won (262m euros) to invest into its separator production for Li-ion batteries in South Korea. The step follows growing demand for electric vehicles and the investment due by 2019 and 2020 will increase capacities by 50 percent. Toray recently drew up plans to build up separator facilities in Europe and the States.
asia.nikkei.com

Collaborating for Ford: UQM Technologies will team up with Lightning Systems to support their beta programmes for the Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) programme by Ford. The latter certifies suppliers that retrofit its vehicles with hybrid drives for example.
greencarcongress.com

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:27 am

Matthias Müller, Jesse Norman.

“Tesla each quarter destroys millions of dollars in the three digits, and it willy-nilly fires its workers. Social responsibility? Please. We should not not get carried away and compare apples with oranges.”

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller may have lost his countenance here for a moment, when asked about Tesla at a panel on the future of the automotive industry. He pointed out that VW sells about 11m cars a year, while making a profit of up to 14bn euros.
arstechnica.com (with video)

“I think e-bikes and ebikes-plus are a really interesting potential way of handling that last mile or two of deliveries.”

UK Roads Minister Jesse Norman said an e-bike subsidy could happen in the UK not only in anattempt to clean up deliveries but also to get more people cycling.
theguardian.com

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:26 am

Fully Charged, Tesla on Fire.

Video tip I: Fully Charged’ Jonny Smith paid Bosch a visit to learn about their electric drives for such quirky vehicles as the E-Schwalbe, Elmoto and e.Go Life. The video starts inside Easymile’s autonomous shuttle.
youtube.com

Video tip II: It took 35 firefighters 2 hours to extinguish the fire from a Tesla Model S. Apparently, the EV burst into flames repeatedly even after the fire was put out and the men filmed their ordeal.
facebook.com (video) via drivespark.com

Oct 20, 2017 - 09:25 am

Mitsubishi, Magna, BOLT, Tesla, Nissan, Changan.

Mitsubishi to electrify its core model range: The Japanese carmaker has launched a three-year roadmap called “Drive for Growth” to improve its performance in terms of volume, revenues and profitability. As part of this plan, Mitsubishi intends to provide electrified solutions for each and every of its core models from 2020 on. The company also confirms plans to create an EV kei car. Further details have not yet been given.
mitsubishi-motors.com

Magna’s electric drivetrains made in China: The car supplier teams up with SAIC subsidiary Huayu Automotive Systems to create a JV for electric drivetrains at Chinese territory. The new company shall focus at the domestic market and already gained its first customer order: According to Magna, a not closer specified German carmaker ordered the company’s electric-drive powertrain system. The newly founded JV represents Magna’s first e-drive business in China.
magna.com

Electric scooter capable to send text messages: Dutch start-up BOLT Mobility has raised 3m euros through a crowd funding strategy in order to create its electric scooter called AppScooter. The vehicle with a range of up to 400 km and a base price of 2,990 euros convinced more than 2,000 investors. What is special about it, is that it provides a big touchscreen, 4G internet connection and smartphone connectivity, enabling e.g. automated text and phone call responses. Market launch is scheduled for 2018.
independent.co.uk, eenewseurope.com

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Conflict resolution at Tesla subsidiary: The employees of Tesla-owned manufacturer Grohmann Automation successfully fought for an improved salary structure and job guarantees until 2022. Thus, the German subsidiary’s stuff gets a salary increase of roughly 30 percent, starting with the current month. However, Tesla is not willing to join the branch’s collective agreement as it was requested by Germany’s largest union, IG Metall. But the new salary structure represents now anyway more or less the tariff level.
europe.autonews.com, teslarati.com, electrek.co

Nissan shows e-NV200 Fridge Concept: At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will put its e-NV200 Fridge Concept on display, an utility van to transport chilled foods. The electric vehicle is designed to meet urban requirements and features an additional battery pack to power a refrigeration unit. While the vehicles lithium-ion battery provides 24 kWh, the refrigeration equivalent comes with 12 kWh.
newsroom.nissan-global.com

Changan to produce solely EVs by 2025: Within the next 8 years, Chinese car manufacturer Changan will transform into a pure EV maker, according the company’s own information. In order to do so, the Chinese want to create three NEV platforms and invest a total of 100bn Yuan (12bn euros) into its electrification strategy.
autonews.gasgoo.com, reuters.com

Oct 20, 2017 - 09:25 am

New EV Record.

With more than 1,600 kilometres, the IT Asset Partners (ITAP) claim the official Guinness Book of World Records title for the largest distance covered by a non-solar EV on a single charge. The record is said to have been taken place at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. The car, called the Phoenix, did the distance within a two-day run.
fontanaheraldnews.com, ecolodriver.com

Oct 20, 2017 - 09:24 am

Northvolt, WM Motor, Volkswagen, Hyliion.

Skellefteå to host Northvolt Gigafactory: Swedish company Northvolt, led by former Tesla manager Peter Carlsson, has completed its search for a location to build up its battery cell production facility. The so-called Gigafactory will be erected in Skellefteå with construction works starting by the second half of 2018. Two years later, the plant shall open with jobs for 2,000 to 2,500 employees and an initial production volume of 8 GWh per year that is to climb up to 32 GWh by 2023. Besides that, Northvolt’s new research centre is supposed to bring 300 to 400 jobs to Västerås, not far from ABB’s headquarters. Both companies signed a partnership, recently.
mynewsdesk.com

Lithium ceramic batteries for WM Motor: Chinese EV start-up WM Motor is about to establish a JV with ProLogium Technology, a Taiwanese manufacturer of battery cells. Both partners seek to develop batteries for WM Motor’s electric vehicles and thus to kick off installation of a production line for lithium ceramic batteries by 2018. First batteries are to roll of the line by the end of 2019. The facilities capacity shall reach a total of 5 GWh per year.
shanghaidaily.com

VW to return with EV to Pikes Peak? Next June, Volkswagen intends to participate again at the legendary U.S. hillclimb in Colorado Springs. First teaser pictures of the company’s race car prototype suggest that VW plans to compete with an electric-powered vehicle. The two photos published by the car maker were accompanied by a video underpinning VW’s intent on returning to Pikes Peak. Further details have not yet been provided.
autoexpress.co.uk, autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com

Hybrid upfit system for trucks: Manufacturer Hyliion has developed a variable hybrid system for Class 8 trucks. Once attached to the truck frame, the 6X4HE system shall enable fuel savings of up to 30 percent – 15 percent through electric hybrid, 12 percent through APU and 3 percent through aerodynamics. The company has meanwhile opened its order books and plans to kick off production as early as next month.
greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com

Oct 20, 2017 - 09:23 am

Jon McNeill, Cedric Wins.

“We didn’t think that it was very cool to show up to fix an electric vehicle with a combustion engine van. It really bugged us.”

Tesla’s mobile service fleet consists of combustion-powered vans – but not long anymore: According to Jon McNeill, President of Global Sales and Services, Tesla is about to introduce new electric service vehicles based on the Model S and Model X cars to prove its authenticity.
electrek.co

“In 15 to 20 years, it‘s hard to believe if industry moved in the direction of electric-powered vehicles that the Army would not be somewhere near there. Its brigade combat team consumes 2,000 gallons of fuel per day. We’ve got to think about other ways.”

Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, the commander of U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, predicts that the shift to electrification won’t exclude the State’s army. In a few years, parts of its fleet could become all-electric.
defensenews.com

Oct 20, 2017 - 09:20 am

Tesla Model 3, Fake News, Events.

Video tip: Joe Torbati of OCDetailing provides the most detailed video with driving impressions of Tesla’s Model 3 that has been published yet. He invites viewers to a 15 minutes ride at the steering wheel of what is widely considered the currently biggest hope for the electric mobility mass market.
youtube.com via electrek.co, insideevs.com

Reading tip: Ready for some amusing Fake News? Welcome to a satire article, reporting e.g. that Tesla will kick off mass production of a gas-powered vehicle in 2022 as Mars travel and Hyperloop transport concepts seem to overstrain the clients. A little fun to start the day.
fortune.com

Events for the upcoming week: Busworld Europe (Oct 20-25; Kortrijk, Belgium) ++ UITP BusWorld International Bus Conference (Oct 23-24; Kortrijk, Belgium) ++ E-Mobility Power System Integration Symposium (Oct 23; Berlin, Germany) ++ SmartGridComm (Oct 23-26; Dresden, Germany) ++ You can find a complete list of events at electrive.com/calendar

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:59 am

Toyota, Polestar, Nissan, Tesla, Zero Motorcycles, Van Hool.

Fine fuel cell concepts: Toyota will showcase hydrogen concepts at its home run in Tokyo this November. One is the Fine Comfort Ride, itself a carrier of not only fuel cell technology but autonomous driving capability as well. Its drives sit in the wheels and a load of hydrogen is said to last for a 1,000 kilometres while the sleek mini van can transport up to six persons. Also on display in Japan’s capital will be the Sora, Toyota’s first ever fuel cell bus that is set to go on sale next year. More than a 100 Sora are also booked to chauffeur visitors during the 2020 Olympics around Tokyo and will likely leave a lasting impression with their LED lights and stereoscopic shape.
carscoops.com, toyota.co.jp (Fine-Comfort Ride), carscoops.com, toyota.co.jp (Sora)

Polestar part 2: 640 million euros have been freed by Geely and Volvo to bolster their electric Polestar label. And that is only for the first phase which includes setting up production in Chengdu China. Five all-electric models are scheduled for launch throughout 2021, following the Polestar 1 PHEV (we reported).
electriccarsreport.com, media.volvocars.com

Is this the Leaf SUV? Could be, after all it is expected to make an entrance at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. A short teaser film evokes a sense of silhouette but is otherwise dubbed to outline “the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”
youtube.com via insideevs.com, autoblog.com

No credits for Model 3: Supercharging was never supposed to be free for those opting for the economy Tesla or at least not entirely. Turns out, that fast-charging will cost from day one as the annual credit of 400 kWh Model S and X users get nowadays won’t apply to the Model 3. The credit translates to about 4 – 5 full charges or 1,500 kilometres so future Model 3 drivers better hope for that new CCS plug we mentioned a few days ago.
electrek.co

Faster charging and more range are the two outstanding features of Zero Motorcycles’ 2018 series. Batteries now come with 10 percent more capacity and there is the option for a range-extending Power Tank that can deliver a city range of more than 200 miles. New too is the 6kW Charge Tank that increases charging time at a standard household outlet sixfold.
motorcycle.com, carolenash.com

Van Hool goes exquisite with its first 24 metre electric bus powered by IMC technology from Kiepe Electric. The EXQUI.CITY T that is on show at the Busworld in Belgium can thus hook on the overhead wire where available but also roam freely on battery power.
automotiveworld.com, knorr-bremse.de

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:58 am

EV Sales in China.

In China 398,000 NEVs that includes PHEV have been sold throughout September this year. Last month alone saw an almost 80 percent rise, with the total growing 37.7% compared with 2016. China targets sales of 700,000 NEV before the year’s end.
autonews.gasgoo.com

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:58 am

V2G, EC Power, TUM, Stanford.

V2G pilot in the Netherlands: Nissan and Enel have expanded their V2G activities as they hook up with NewMotion and Mitsubishi to come to the Netherlands. Grid operator TenneT is on board as well and the Outlander PHEV serves as bidirectional charging test mule. The first V2G station is live.
electriccarsreport.com

EV tech for driving in the cold: A new control strategy can restore EV battery power and permit full regeneration while driving at temperatures as low as −40 °C, thanks to Researchers at Penn State and a practitioner from EC Power. The method involves heating the battery internally during regenerative braking and rest periods of driving.
greencarcongress.com

Electrode made in the microwave: Lithium cobalt phosphate is the latest material to be praised as promising material for cathodes and could now be made easier than ever. Researcher Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a method to synthesize high quality crystals at low cost by microwaving it.
tum.de

Another battery out of the kitchen comes from Stanford, where researchers have developed a sodium-ion battery based on a compound related to table salt. Its cost is less than 80 percent of a lithium ion battery with the same storage capacity.
greencarcongress.com, stanford.edu

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:57 am

Don Swearingen, Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

“The Outlander PHEV is unique, but we won’t have that for many years.”

Don Swearingen, VP of Mitsubishi Motors North America, on the Outlander PHEV.
autonews.com

“We might well see, in the next decade, some Asian markets closing down city centers to combustion engines completely. And then, of course, electrification is a must.”

Says Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, so we may see an all-electric luxury glider rather sooner than later.
caranddriver.com

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:55 am

Cleaner Vehicle Checker, Nissan Leaf.

Reading tip: The Cleaner Vehicle Checker will show how much toxic NOx new cars emit, and has been launched by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
london.gov.uk

Video tip: 40 minutes for a “first drive” review may be a bit much but after all it is the 2018 Leaf and it is driving through Japan so you might as well take the time, or fast-forward to features at 30 minutes in.
youtube.com via insideevs.com

Oct 18, 2017 - 08:57 am

Polestar, Tesla, Daimler, Mazda, Navya, Cummins.

Polestar 1 arrives: Volvo revealed the first model of its now wholly electrified label Polestar, which is taking the lead in the Swedes’ e-offensive. The Polestar 1 is a Grand Tourer Coupé for four. Driven by the 600 hp plug-in hybrid system, it boasts an electric range of 150 kilometres, which places it almost in the realm of a range-extended EV. No wonder the premium model forebodes the upcoming all-electric Polestar 2, designed to rival Tesla’s Model 3. A purely electric SUV, the Polestar 3, has been lined-out too. But first things first and so the Polestar 1 mass production will commence in China from 2019.
autonews.com, autoexpress.co.uk, autocar.co.uk

News from production hell: Tesla is experiencing massive problems as it tries to bring Fremont up to volume production speed reportedly. The reasons however appear manifold and rumours range from the EV maker simply having overestimated its abilities to more concrete difficulties with welding the steel chassis of the Model 3 (the Model S and X are made of alloy). Some light has been shed by an Oppenheimer analyst, who puts the blame on a “small number of suppliers failing to deliver on time.” Bear in mind though that he is a shareholder himself. More noteworthy info was deliberated by Tesla supplier Polytec, that said Tesla may start making the Model 3 in Europe at Magna in Austria.
carscoops.com (welding issue), electrek.co (supplier issue), insideevs.com (move to Magna)

Daimler to split up three-way: The German corporation is looking to reorganise itself and at the moment three companies are likely: one for Mercedes-Benz cars and vans, another trucks and buses, and a third for financial services. The decision is far from final though as neither managers nor the board or shareholders have approved the plan yet. Ultimately the split would make it easier for Daimler to sell of parts of its business and the carmaker reasons such changes would help to adapt to a fast-paced environment. In any case, seeing such changes through is likely to take years of both planning and negotiations with stakeholders although Daimler aims at 2019.
carscoops.com, daimler.com

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Mazda is going ahead with its range-extending rotary engine of which first plans appeared in March this year. Mazda’s head of engine design, Mitsuo Hitomi now confirmed that the rotary will be utilised for the brand’s premier EV due by 2019. It will the sit side by side the all-electric variant.
autonews.com

Navya teases the world debut of another autonomous EV set at November, 7. The French have not handed out much information but it is likely to be based on the existing shuttle Arma, maybe a bigger brother this time.
techau.com.au, navya.tech

Cummins acquires Brammo: Their first electric truck has not been in this world longer than two months and Cummins already progresses on the path to electrification. It has now taken over Brammo, formerly known for electric motorcycles and now specialising in batteries.
greencarcongress.com, electrek.co, businesswire.com

Oct 18, 2017 - 08:57 am

EV Sales in the UK.

A total of 12,932 plug-in vehicles found a home in the UK between July and September, an increase of 36% on the same period in 2016. It is also 721 units higher than the previous record quarter from January to March 2017.
businesscar.co.uk

Oct 18, 2017 - 08:56 am

Volkswagen, New Flyer, Deep Orange 7, XALT Energy.

VW got no takers: Volkswagen issued a tender last month seeking to secure its supply of cobalt at a fixed price. Said price however, was well under current market prices, that jumped 80 percent this year and so the miners did not take the deal. It would have still been considerable in volume though given that VW wants to become the biggest producer of electric vehicles by 2025 and cobalt is one of the raw materials needed for batteries.
ft.com (original source, paid content), seekingalpha.com

New Flyer with new R&D centre: Bus manufacturer New Flyer opened the Innovation Center to design and build new electric and driverless vehicle technology. 4.1m dollars were invested in the facility located next to the company’s Anniston manufacturing plant. The centre is both engineering hub as well as a training space and museum.
masstransitmag.com

Students develop e-Mini for BMW: Deep Orange 7 is a concept EV conceived by students from Clemson University. Financially aided by BMW, it explores how a Mini could look like in the future and it has a scalable drive that allows it to run on fuel, as PHEV or purely electrically. More striking is the chassis that was developed with the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.
carscoops.com, jalopnik.com, clemson.edu

Energy density upgrade: North American XALT Energy presents the second-gen Li-ion cell for electric vehicles. The new prismatic 65Ah ultra-high energy cell with a NMC cathode and anode made from graphite is said to have a 4 percent higher energy density (223 Wh/kg) than the first generation cell.
greencarcongress.com, xaltenergy.com

Oct 18, 2017 - 08:56 am

Herbert Diess, Britta Gross.

“We should look at how we calculate our range.”

This is Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess warning the industry to not repeat the mistakes it made with understating emissions and to overstate range of EVs. True though at least the latter are not toxic.
autocar.co.uk

“Americans’ driving patterns really don’t change with electric vehicles, so regardless of whether your vehicle has an 80-mile all-battery range or now maybe 238 like the Bolt EV, most Americans are still doing about 40 miles a day of travel commuting to and from work.”

Even though real-life range may deviate from the values stated, Britta Gross, GM’s director of advanced vehicle commercialisation policy, points out that it is more than enough for real-life driving on most days.
freep.com

Oct 18, 2017 - 08:55 am

Electric Buses, DS E-TENSE.

Research tip: Electric bus orders boom according to Navigant Research, that sees a 40% increase in sales in the last 18 months. Sales are driven by improvements in both performance and price.
navigantresearch.com

Video tip: DS has asked its Formula E driver Sam Bird to show his skill in the seat of the all-electric DS E-TENSE. It is not so much a race though but an obstacle course rather as Bird is cruising through a shopping mall.
youtube.com via electriccarsreport.com

Oct 17, 2017 - 01:05 pm

Tesla, Toyota, China, BMW, Hyundai, Volvo Buses.

Clouds over Tesla: Hundreds of employees have been laid off in Fremont and elsewhere after a performance review. While Tesla would not comment on actual numbers, estimates range between 200 and 1,000 people to have been fired with former workers claiming that those who attempted to unionise were targeted. The EV maker denied the allegation, and referred to the dismissal being business as usual for its overall workforce of 33,000. It may also be a reaction to massive problems with Model 3 production (we reported). On top, Tesla had issued a recall of 11,000 Model X recently.
electrek.co, insideevs.com, usatoday.com

Future mobility with AI: Toyota expands its Concept-i series with two more vehicles, this time targeting urban traffic including pedestrians. Build on the four-wheeled Toyota Concept-i first shown at the CES, Tokyo will see the premier of the Concept-i Ride, a small two-seater. And there is more. The Concept-i Walk is a mini scooter with three-wheels designed to roll on walkways. All three concepts come with what Toyota calls its AI Agent, able to engage with the driver. It reads facial expressions for example and also monitors social media and in-car conversations to “guess” the owners preferences and to start a dialogue itself. Do you recall Kit?
greencarcongress.com, carscoops.com

This is it: China’s EV sales quota is out since September and details reveal a scoring system, which will take effect from 2019. The scores will take into account both the overall fleet fuel consumption as well as the sales of new energy vehicles of those manufacturers making at least 30,000 vehicles a year. In terms of EVs and plug-in hybrids, manufacturers must sell enough NEVs to accumulate credits higher than 10 percent of their traditional vehicle output by 2019, and 12 percent by 2020. Each electric car counts with 4.4 points, while a PHEV will be good for 2 credits. Those over achieving may sell those credits to manufacturers that did not manage to comply with the quota in order to offset the emission of their conventional fleet similar to the system in California. The other score for average fuel consumption of ICEs is calculated based on the number of conventional cars produced.
chinadaily.com.cn

BMW is definitely getting ready for the EV quota as Great Wall now confirmed rumoured talks with the German carmaker. Together they want to produce electric vehicles for the Chinese market, under the Mini brand in this case.
europe.autonews.com, china.org.cn

Choice of battery for Kona: A report from Norway speaks of two battery options for the upcoming all-electric version of Hyundai’s Kona. The standard 39.2 is topped by the bigger 64.2 kWh pack that is said to last for more than 500 kilometres. The 150 kW drive of the compact SUV comes from LG and is already at work in the Chevy Bolt.
side3.no (in Norwegian) via gas2.org

Volvo updates its bestselling electric bus 7900 E, that now comes with an additional battery option. Capacity thus reaches from 150 over 200 to 250 kW, increasing the range to up to 200 kilometres. Another range-extending feature is the new option to not only charge the bus via pantograph and the OppCharge protocol but to plug it into any CCS charging outlet, when the coach is parked at the depot for example. The new Volvo 7900 Electric will make its debut at the Busworld in Belgium this weekend.
volvobuses.com

Oct 17, 2017 - 01:04 pm

Supercharger Network reaches new Milestone.

And the 1,000th Supercharger station stands near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Overall, Tesla now brought 6,934 DC charging spots online and may reach its target of 10,000 Superchargers before the year’s end. When looking at 2017 alone, the average is 8.5 chargers per station.
electrek.co, insideevs.com

Oct 17, 2017 - 01:02 pm

Toyota, Mitsubishi, Akasol.

Toyota readies FC truck for real world: 6,500 kilometres of testing lay behind Toyota’s fuel cell truck six months after its inception and the Japanese are now preparing for more real-life practice in California. Project Portal is to start to deliver goods from the ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles to warehouses and rail yards, thus racking up about 320 km a day. As the study progresses, longer haul routes will be introduced. The Class 8 truck utilises two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12 kWh battery.
greencarcongress.com, pressroom.toyota.com

More Mirai as in future comes from Mitsubishi, that wants to bring the EMIRAI 4 concept to Tokyo. More than a proclaimed futuristic outlook has not been revealed though.
greencarcongress.com, mitsubishielectric.com

Modular battery system: Akasol will presents its roof-mounted battery system for buses at the upcoming Busworld Europe and said two German OEMs agreed to install it on 10,000 vehicles over the years to come. This order is why Akasol is looking to expand with two new facilities to open shortly.
greencarcongress.com

Oct 17, 2017 - 01:02 pm

Mary Barra, Alejandro Agag.

“We’ve encouraged the Chinese government to work with us and work with the industry to make sure we’re creating the excitement and demand for electric vehicles as opposed to it just being mandated.”

GM CEO Mary Barra has not yet resorted to simply accepting the EV sales quota but calls on Chinese officials instead to consider whether there is sufficient demand for electric cars before they move to ban gasoline and diesel engines.
detroitnews.com

“We are far beyond our expectations. It’s been like a snowball gathering momentum.”

Alejandro Agag, head of the Formula E, has been surprised himself by how quickly the electric racing series has taken up speed given it was only first discussed in 2012.
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