Hero, Andromeda Interfaces, Unplugged Performance, Inabikari.
Hero in Milan: Indian two wheeler manufacturer Hero Motorcorp reveals the iOn at the EICMA in Milan, a electric motorcycle conecept featuring a hydrogen fuel-cell range extender, increasing range to about 300 km. Hero also shows its lightweight e-bike SimplEcity and hybrid scooter Leap.
Under control: Andromeda Interfaces from San Diego, California, presents its new Electric Vehicle Controller (EVIC) to monitor major EV sub-systems. It supports interfaces for motor controllers, as well as battery management systems.
Tesla makeover: Unplugged Performance from California wants to become the “AMG for Tesla,” presenting a body kit for the Model S at SEMA, also available in full carbon. Moreover, the vehicles interior has been completely re-trimmed.
ecomento.com, transportevolved.com, teslarati.com
European Tesla? Latvian-German start-up Inabikari wants to become the European alternative to Tesla. Its all-electric crossover Rev.01, scheduled to arrive in 2017, is said to go more than 400 miles on a single charge. The company now hopes to raise the first 100,000 dollars with a crowdfunding campaign.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was our “Short Circuit” about the Anti-Tesla Group from Norway trying to make the EV look bad.
Dieter Zetsche, Chelsea Sexton, Roger Brown.
“You can reasonably say that nobody today is making a battery-powered vehicle that’s economically viable in its own right. Manufacturers will not see a return within a reasonable time on the billions they’re investing now.”
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche notes that the carmaker put less effort in the design of its Mercedes B-Class ED, than BMW did in the i3. Also, using a Tesla drivetrain required less work than developing one in house.
“A decade back, no one looked at their original cassette player and said, ‘I wish I could watch TV on it and use it as a phone.'”
EV advocate and industry consultant Chelsea Sexton believes that as EVs become more popular, people will realize that they want something they could not have before. A phenomenon, she says, much like we saw with smartphones.
“We are talking with 5 total states in incentives and what states are good and bad. We will make the decision end of year or first of 2015. Wanxiang wants us to go to Delaware but we must decide on our own.”
Fisker president Roger Brown says the carmaker has yet to decide on a production site for the new Karma and Atlantic. Which states are being considered was not disclosed.
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Electric bicycle forecast, EV charging in Beijing.
Study tip: Navigant Research predicts that the market for e-bikes will grow only slightly from 31.7 million sold worldwide this year to 40.3 million in 2023. China’s marketshare could drop from now 91 percent to 85 percent in the next decade, according to Navigant.
Reading tip: Bureaucracy and missing infrastructure are causing many potential EV buyers in Beijing to reconsider. There are too few possibilities to use public charging points and red tape makes installing a private charging point quite a hassle.
SK Continental, B-Class ED, ZAP Jonway & AIMA, Brazil, KIA, KTM.
Bye-bye EV battery: The joint venture between Germany’s Continental and South Korea’s SK Innovation, established in 2013, might come to an end. Developing batteries for EVs is just not paying off, executives say, as the market is increasing more slowly than expected. Continental doesn’t see “any economic basis in the medium-term for the business operations in our joint venture” and “existing activities and investments have already been reduced considerably,” Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of Continental’s Executive Board, stated.
Sales kick off for B-Class ED in Germany: Pricing starts at 39,151 euros (49,186 USD), while the electric cars can be leased at a monthly rate of 399 euros (501 USD). The B-Class ED comes in three equipment lines and with an “Exclusive package” for an additional 1,309 euros (1,644 USD).
ZAP-AIMA deal: The Chinese-American company ZAP Jonway has signed a deal with electric motorcycle manufacturer AIMA in order to develop a new version of the Urbee, Starting in January, the new model will be sold via the 2,000 AIMA dealerships in China.
Brazil to introduce subsidies: Minister for development Mauro Borges said at the Sao Paulo International Motorshow that Brazil will introduce subsidies for manufacturers of electric and hybrid vehicles. A few weeks ago, the government had announced that it would cut import duties for hybrid vehicles only, because it feared the national grid could not support EVs (we reported).
laht.com, greencarreports.com (earlier report)
Driving the Kia Soul EV: The Telegraph is not the “biggest fan” of the EV from South Korea, saying that performance nods off at about 50 mph and that the car “shivers and shakes on anything but billiard tables.” Lastly, pricing is an issue and the Kia Soul EV costs about as much as the BMW i3 in the UK.
Riding the KTM Freeride E-SX: The electric off-road motorcycle weighs only 108 kilos and the battery last for a maximum of 45 minutes of “moderate driving,” but can be swapped easily. Moreover, range is not really an issue, as KTM hopes to set up E-Park off-road tracks, where one can easily change or charge a bike.
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Seat, Toyota, Fisker & Quantum Fuel Systems, Dana Holding Corp.
A plug-in from Spain? According to Autoevolution, Seat is planning to introduce an SUV named “Prostyle” in 2016. It is said to be based on the IBX concept, which was presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and will most likely also be available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
Toyota bets on magnesium: The Japanese carmaker is working together with U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to develop cathodes for rechargeable magnesium-ion batteries. Toyota sees the technology as a promising post-Li-ion solution.
Fisker comeback getting closer: Fisker Automotive officially signed Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies as the exclusive software development partner for the new Karma and Atlantic. Fisker will pay four million dollars for Quantum´s plug-in hybrid control software.
Thermal management: Dana Holding Corporation has developed a new aluminum cooling technology for electric and hybrid vehicles to limit the maximum temperature of the insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) junction. Production of the aluminum cooling plates is set to start in early 2015.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was Chinese company Zhuhai Yinlong Energy, that aims to lift its annual output of electric vehicles to 50,000 units by 2017 and 500,000 by 2022.
Erica Gartsbeyn, Alan Baum.
“Though hybrid vehicles have moved beyond an early adopter audience, they still have a long way to go before they are truly mainstream in terms of industry share.”
Says Erica Gartsbeyn, Toyota vehicle marketing and communications manager for the Prius. The Toyota hybrid is still the most sold vehicle in its class, but Gartsbeyn criticises that hybrid technology has still not convinced customers.
“I give them credit. This sure looks like a serious re-engineering effort and investment.”
Automotive analyst Alan Baum comments on GM redesigning the drivetrain for the next generation Chevy Volt, an opportunity, he says, the manufacturer uses to seriously improve technology.
New Nissan Leaf ad, EV adoption in Canada.
Video tip: A new television spot for the Nissan Leaf is airing in the U.S. Nissan pays the petrol for drivers of vehicles with combustion engines, while showing them how much they could save by driving an electric car.
youtube.com via hybridcars.com
Study tip: According to WWF Canada’s “Transportation rEVolution: Electric Vehicle Status Update 2014,” 42 percent of the Canadians believe that EVs are a practicable alternative to combustion technology. The number of Canadians who have test driven an EV has doubled and sales skyrocketed.
marketwired.com, awsassets.wwf.ca (Report as PDF)
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Zhuhai Yinlong Energy, Smart ED, EEA, Morgan Motor, L.A., Tesla.
New player from China? Zhuhai Yinlong Energy wants to produce 50,000 electric vehicles by 2017. In 2022, production is supposed to reach 500,000 units. Back in 2011, Zhuhai Yinlong bought U.S. battery manufacturer Altair Nanotechnologies and is now researching a nano-structured lithium-titanate battery. The company has also produced electric buses for the Chinese market.
New Smart ED to arrive 2015: As the German “Automobilwoche” reports, Daimler plans to reveal the electric version of the new Smart at the International Automobile Exhibition IAA 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. The new Smart ED will hit dealerships in 2016.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Reaching CO2 targets early: According to European Environmental Agency EEA, carmakers are already hitting the 2015 target of 130 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre. The average passenger car sold in 2013 emitted 126.7 g CO2/km. The number of registered EVs grew from 700 in 2010 to 25,000 in 2013.
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Popular Threewheeler: British Morgan Motor Company had planned to produce only 400 of its three-wheeled cars, a tribute to a model introduced 105 years ago. But it is proving a hit, selling already 1,400 units. The company now even considers an all-electric version.
Not so air tight anti-smog plans: Four California agencies are suing over EPA’s plans to reduce pollution in L.A. According to them, it leaves too many loopholes “that allow polluters to continue their old habits,” especially when tools such as electric vehicles are “at our finger tips.”
green.autoblog.com, sgvtribune.com, scpr.org
Tesla Down Under: As Ford, GM and Toyota plan to shut down production facilities in Australia, Tesla has begun looking for engineers there. Though applicants have to be prepared to pack their bags, since all offered positions will be in California.
October 2014 sales in the U.S.
A total of 2,589 Nissan Leaf were sold in the U.S. in October, another monthly sales record. That brings this year’s sales there to 24,411 units and the total of Nissan Leaf sold in the country to 66,533. The Chevy Volt had a difficult month, selling only 1,439 units, as people are probably awaiting the new model.
electriccarsreport.com, green.autoblog.com (Leaf), insideevs.com(Volt)
Mercedes G-Code, MIT, China Racing & Omni Gear, SunStar.
New Mercedes concept: The carmaker unveiled its G-Code concept, a futuristic SUV coupe featuring a turbocharged combustion engine that runs on hydrogen and an electric motor that drives the rear axle. The body has received a “multi-voltaic” paint that works as a solar cell producing electric energy while under sunlight and it also regenerates electrostatic energy when wind is drawn over the body’s surface.
MIT develops “game changing” battery: The Li-ion battery will be made available in 2016 by SolidEnergy and is said to be able to triple the range of electric cars. The key is an ultra-thin metal anode with higher energy density than the graphite and silicon anodes in current batteries.
Formula E alliance: China Racing announced its cooperation with Omni Gear to build an electric gearbox and, in due course, a powertrain, with the aim of bringing these to Formula E and the EV market. Starting next season, teams will be allowed to provide their own drivetrains for the first time.
Plans for SunStar unveiled: The solar plane was designed by Solar Flight as an atmospheric satellite, which operates and performs many of the functions as a satellite would do in space, but does it in the atmosphere. Uplink and downlink speeds are said to be far better than a satellite, due to the shorter distance. For take-off, the SunStar will be powered by three electric motors, which turn off once it reaches an operational altitude.
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Most clicked link on Monday was the futuristic two seater electric boat Quadrofoil, that will be available in 2015 at 15.000 euros.
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Jay Leno, Stefan Bratzel.
“We’ve reached the point in America now where success is sort of jeered.”
Jay Leno says he is a Tesla fan and cannot understand why others are jealous. And he sees the fact that these others mock Tesla as proof that the latter is in fact successful.
insideevs.com (with video)
“The B-Class electric is a low-cost and low-risk solution for Daimler.”
Stefan Bratzel from the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, believes that since the B-Class shares a production line with the combustion models, Mercedes doesn’t need to sell a fixed amount of vehicles to cover its costs.
Electric Vehicle Dealership Award, Nikola Tesla Science Centre.
Reading tip 1: This makes the heart of every plug-in fan beat a little faster! On third of all cars sold at the Bourgeois Chevrolet of Rawdon dealership in Quebec this year were Chevy Volts. The company was therefore given Canada’s first annual Electric Vehicle Dealership Award.
Reading tip 2: Transport Evolved takes a trip to the future site of the Nikola Tesla Science Centre and museum – in a Tesla Roadster (of course). Other Tesla drivers also came to the “Tesla meets Tesla” event, all in an effort to raise funds for the science centre.
Honda Grace, Thailand, Daimler & MV Agusta, Honda FCX Clarity.
New Honda hybrid in Japan: Honda will launch the “Grace” hybrid in its home market on December 1st. It will reportedly be the Honda City, being produced in India, Thailand and Malaysia, with a new powertrain, most likely the Sport Hybrid i-DCD coupled to a dual-clutch transmission.
Electrifying Thailand: The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and Loxley Public Company have signed an agreement to push for more EV development in Thailand. The focus is on research and development of batteries and charging systems, as well as electric buses that are supposed to replace the current CNG bus fleet in about two years’ time.
Daimler goes Italian: The German carmaker gets on board of Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta, buying 25 percent of the shares. The companies aim to collaborate in terms of marketing and sales. And Daimler probably has an eye on the compact engines that could be used in its hybrid cars.
Driving the Honda FCX Clarity: Transport Evolved took the fuel cell car for a short spin to answer the question, “what does driving a hydrogen fuel cell car feel like?” The answer – a lot like any other electric car, “smooth, refined and relaxing.”
transportevolved.com (with Video)
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Lithium-air, Helmholz Institute, Johnson Matthey, Clariant, Quadrofoil.
Lithium-air research: Within the project ABILE (Air Batteries with Ionic Liquid Electrolytes), researchers from the BMW Group and the Universities of Rome, Münster and Seoul have optimized an ionic liquid electrolyte for Li-air batteries. The energy efficiency could be increased to 82 percent in a coin cell, compared with 60 to 70 percent for most existing Li-air batteries.
New battery research centre: The German state of Baden-Württemberg has invested 12 million euros in a research facility at the Helmholz Institute in Ulm. The new laboratories will enable the institute and its partners, the University of Ulm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research and the German Aerospace Centre to work together even more closely.
stuttgarter-zeitung.de, idw-online.de, uni-ulm.de (all articles in German)
Johnson Matthey buys Clariant’s LFP business: The largest producer of hydrothermal Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) worldwide has agreed to sell its Energy Storage business. For 75 million dollars, Johnson Matthey will take over the manufacturing plant in Canada, as well as the R&D and pilot plan in Germany. JM had already bought A123 System’s cathode factory in China in September.
Unsinkable e-boat: The Quadrofoil resembles a jet ski and supposedly makes you “fly above water.” Starting next year, it will be available starting at 15,000 euros for a version with a 3.7 kW motor, 4.5 kWh battery and 50 km range. There is also a limited edition with 100 km range priced at 22,500 euros.
technologicvehicles.com (with video)
Heinz Hollerweger, Kyle Stock.
“We could not exclude electrification, we would not exclude electrification. It is a technology that gives also some additional performance.”
Heinz Hollerweger, head of Audi’s quattro division, says that Audi’s RS performance lineup could be electrified, mentioning that electrically driven turbos and super capacitors are both possibilities.
“Volkswagen has made the electric car boring, and that’s no small accomplishment.”
Kyle Stock, editor for businessweek.com, comments on Volkswagens electric Golf (“boring brilliance”), that is made on the same assembly line that turns out traditional models.
EV subsidies, Electric and hybrid buses in the US.
Study tip: The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) found that in U.S. states with the highest subsidies for EVs, the market share for electric vehicles was two to four times higher than the national average.
Reading tip: This article gives an overview of what regions are planning for electric and/or hybrid buses and when these will go into service. In 2013, 13 percent of buses in the US were all-electric or hybrid.
Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, Toyota, Audi, Hero Electric, Mercedes.
Tesla inspired e-Rover? According to Autocar, Jaguar Land Rover is considering an all-electric model. It could be based on a new crossover version of the Range Rover and be ready to take on the Tesla Model X. After all, what is more inspiring than the others’ success?
Hybrid system for Porsche 911: Porsche CEO Matthias Müller now confirmed that the 911 model will be hybridised. He did not mention if it will be a plug-in hybrid, but for Porsche it´s most likely. When the hybrid 911 will become available was not confirmed.
bilanz.ch (in German)
Luxury hybrid for Japanese businessmen: Toyota introduces the Esquire, which will also be available with a hybrid drive unit with a combined 134 hp. This comes after potential customers in Japan had complained that their current luxury SUVs do not seat enough people.
autoblog.com (with promo video)
Audi Q7 caught on camera: New, heavily camouflaged images of the Audi Q7 have emerged on the internet. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler had confirmed that the new model will also be available as a plug-in hybrid, soon after being launched in early 2015 (we reported).
New e-bikes for India: Hero Electric launches a new range of pedelecs called Avior. The AMX model is meant for male cyclists and the AFX for female cyclists. Both will feature a 24 V Li-ion battery and will be available at the 250 dealerships in India as well as online.
Driving the B-Class ED: The Telegraph calls it “the most enjoyable model in the range,” also because of the extra 260 kilos positioned down low balance out the vehicle’s height, making it more “agile and stable.” The author says the electric B-Class may be a better deal than VW e-Golf or BMW i3.
BYD electric buses.
No less than 1,300 all-electric buses have already been sold by Chinese manufacturer BYD. According to the company, another 4,000 have already been ordered. That gives BYD confidence, saying that in 2020, it will build more electric buses than Nissan build Leaf in 2014.
Rescar 2.0, BASF & Toda Kogyo, LG Chem, Reevolt.
For the project Rescar 2.0, Infineon, Audi, Bosch, Elmos and the FZI Research Centre for Information Technology wanted to find a way to make electric components for electric cars more robust. The result is a cross-industry solution that enables more efficient upgrading of electronic control units (ECU).
BASF sets up joint venture in Japan: Together with Japan’s Toda Kogyo Corp., the chemical group wants to research and develop a range of Li-ion cathode materials that will also be used in electric vehicles. Called “BASF Toda Battery Materials,” the joint venture is ready to kick off in February.
LG Chem production site in China: Building of the new factory in Nanjing has begun. There, the battery manufacturer from South Korea hopes to produce enough batteries for 100,000 electric vehicles per year, once the site begins operating at the end of 2015.
Reevolt retrofit transformer kit: German energy supplier Wemag offers standardised kits to electrify vehicles that can be installed by any garage. And according to the company, the 13,000 euro investment will have paid off after 50,000 km driven.
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Most clicked link on Thursday was the “Vega”, Sri Lanka’s first electric super car, that will be unveiled in December by Code Gen International .
Hadi Zablit, Alain Prost, Kenneth Kcomt.
“I would say it’s a signal that the automotive industry needs to move faster. There are two recent evolutions that have happened – the electric car and the connected car – and the auto industry has shown itself to be very conservative [on both counts].”
Hadi Zablit is the co-author of Boston Consulting Group’s annual innovation survey. It shows Tesla in seventh place, while carmakers such as Daimler and Audi are losing ground.
“I know a lot of people in Formula One and they are looking at what we are doing, because they are losing some spectators and some interest.”
Alain Prost, Formula One legend and now team leader at Formula E, says that the latter will be a success and can win people over. But he adds that it does not aim to replace Formula One.
“The sales pace is becoming increasingly stronger. So from a customer convenience and range anxiety standpoint, I think a lot of that is really being alleviated.”
Kenneth Kcomt, director of product planning for Nissan North America, comments on the 140,000 Nissan Leaf that have been sold globally, saying that the expansion of infrastructure is equally growing.
Chevy Volt production, Nissan Leaf sales record, Commercial EVs.
Video tip: CNN looks underneath the hood of the upcoming Chevy Volt and shows how the drive unit and battery pack are built. Watch as CNN’s Peter Valdes-Dapena (with some assistance from employees at GM battery lab in Warren, Michigan) assembles the next-gen Voltec drive unit.
Click tip: Nissan has set a new sales record, saying it already sold more Leafs until the end of September, than it did in all of 2013 (22,610 units). The first nine months of 2014 showed a 36 percent increase in sales compared to the same period last year.
Study tip: IDTechEx projects that the market for electric and hybrid vehicles for the construction, agriculture and mining sectors will be worth 30 billion dollars by 2025. According to the new report, i.e. tractors in agriculture will be electric in volume quantities by 2025.
Leahead, Kia, Mazda, Vega, China, Detroit Electric.
Electric Toyota arrives 2015: Toyota’s joint venture Guangqi Toyota in China has founded a new car brand named Leahead. Its first model based on the Levin, which was shown at the Auto China, will be all-electric and become available in China next year. A new hybrid model will also be released next year.
Kia plug-in to come 2016: The new non-hybrid Kia Optima will be available in Germany at the end of next year and the plug-in variant will follow at the beginning of 2016. For that same year, Kia also plans a new compact model that will be available as a hybrid only.
automobilwoche.de, autozeitung.de (articles in German)
Electrified Mazdas? Motor Trend quotes insiders saying that adding electric variants is definitely up for discussion at Mazda. According to rumours, the carmaker will release a diesel hybrid version of its Mazda6 in 2016, followed by an all-electric model in 2018.
Electric supercar from Sri Lanka: The all-electric Vega by software company Code Gen International will be unveiled in December, while a first image and first details have already been released. The EV will feature a carbon body and two electric motors with a combined capacity of 662 kW.
China opens production halls: By the end of the year, the government wants to to finish drafting a policy that would allow new players to produce EVs in China, especially those that are not typical car manufacturers. Companies such as Wanxiang are allegedly in the starting blocks.
More details about the SP:01: The electric sports car by Detroit Electric will weigh only 1,090 kilos and feature a 37 kWh battery pack, allowing for a range of up to 288 kilometres. Moreover, the supercar is said to go from zero to 100 kph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 kph.
Voltec, Zelectric Motors, DoE, AMP Electric Vehicles, Hyundai Mobis.
Tech details on the new Volt drivetrain: According to GM, the new drive unit will be 45 kilos lighter and up to 12 percent more efficient than the one used for the current model. The battery pack contains 192 cells instead of 288, making the unit 13.6 kilos lighter, but offering more capacity than its predecessor.
Bug with plug: Zelectric Motors from San Diego presented another electrified version of the VW classic, called the ’66 ZelectricBug. As the name suggests, this model was originally build in 1966. The electrified version has a top speed of 100 miles, a range of 80 miles, and a price tag of 45,000 dollars.
youtube.com via hybridcars.com
H2 competition: U.S. Department of Energy and Hydrogen Education Foundation announced the one million dollar “H2 Refuel H-Prize”. The two-year competition challenges America’s engineers and entrepreneurs to develop affordable systems for small-scale hydrogen fueling.
Delivery by truck and drone: AMP Electric Vehicles developed the electric delivery truck “Workhorse” based on vehicles used by FedEx and UPS. In combination with its drone “HorseFly,” AMP wants to offer a complete delivery system. Some delivery companies have supposedly already shown interest.
BMS from Korea: Hyundai Mobis has developed a new battery management system supposed to increase the efficiency of electric vehicles, since every cell is connected to a sensor. Serial production, however, will only be possible in two years’ time.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was Chinese manufacturer BYD that recently presented its charging solutions for electric cars and buses.
David Richards, Peter Savagian, Jürgen Stackmann.
“Why would you carry two engines around? I certainly can’t see that in a performance brand. I can’t see the justification for a hybrid version at all.”
While others make money and create a stir with their super hybrids, Aston Martin mastermind David Richards dampens hopes that the British carmaker will look to electrify its vehicles.
“We were real anxious to see if what we assumed was correct. We got some surprise there, and the biggest one was that people really want to drive electrically and they seek out opportunities to charge. In fact, they charge more than once a day, on average.”
Peter Savagian, GM’s general director of electric and hybrid vehicles talks about the experiences made with the Chevy Volt so far. When it was first introduced, GM assumed people would not drive electric as much as they actually do.
“Our customers usually have just one car in the household, and we are about value. Sure we could quickly implement that technology because we’re in the Group, but for the moment I’d like use to stay focussed.”
Head of Seat Jürgen Stackmann does not believe in the electrification of his brand (yet).
Kia Soul EV range, Renault Zoe range.
Click tip 1: Inside EVs put the Kia Soul EV to the test. In a very detailed driving report and video they explain how they got the South Korean car to go 101.5 miles (162.4 kilometres) on one charge. Official EPA range is 93 miles (150 kilometres).
Click tip 2: This driver of the Renault Zoe says, he has even made 142 miles (228 kilometres) on one charge. But as you can imagine, it took him a while to reach his destination.
Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, Renault, Tesla.
VW ready to plug in: According to Jochem Heinzmann, head of Volkswagen Group China, the carmaker wants to introduce more than 20 all-electric and plug-in hybrid models on the Chinese market “in the near future.” These will range from small cars to full-size SUVs.
Hyundai and Kia think electric: With the Soul EV, the latter already has an electric car in its portfolio. According to a Korean news portal, Kia now plans to introduce the all-electric K3 in South Korea in 2016, while partner Hyundai will unveil its Avante electric.
Mercedes GLE as PHEV: The face lifted version of the M-Class will become available next year and be renamed GLE. New spy shots show that it is also planned as a plug-in variant. It’s not known whether the drivetrain will be that of the C- or S-Class.
Affordable Renault plug-in: The French manufacturer presented its Eolab concept at the Motor Show in Paris. The production version of the plug-in hybrid is said to cost no more than the Clio DCi 90, priced at around 18,500 euros. When the PHEV will go into serial production remains unknown.
Price adjustment for Tesla P85D: The all-wheel variant of the Model S was said to cost 120,170 dollars, when it was introduced a few weeks back. According to Inside EVs, Tesla quietly decontented the minimum requirements for the P85D, making the base model available starting at 105,670 dollars.
B-Class ED priced in the UK: After rebates, the all-electric Mercedes will cost 27,000 pounds (43,562 USD), 1,500 pounds (2,420 USD) less than the BMW i3. In the U.S., the 2015 model will feature the ‘Range Package’ option as standard. Before, it was a 600 dollar option.
autoexpress.co.uk (UK), insideevs.com (USA)