Porsche, BYD, Volkswagen, 2050 Motors, Great Wall, Toyota.
New Panamera PHEV: Porsche presented the next generation of its Panamera Turbo. Two hybrid variants are apparently planned, although the German luxury brand has not released details on the plug-ins yet. The Panamera will hit the stores this November.
Energetic partnership: BYD and utility Enel agreed to work together on global projects for electric buses and energy storage. The partners aim their transport services, which will be based on batteries by BYD, particularly at municipalities in areas they already operate in.
Diesel deal details: Of the 2bn dollars Volkswagen is to reserve for electric transport initiatives, 800m will go to California to finance EV charging infrastructure, hydrogen stations, electric carsharing programmes and other schemes. The remaining 1.2bn will fund similar projects across the States.
LEV made in Vegas: 2050 Motors collected 10m dollars destined for the erection of an assembly facility for its light electric vehicle e-Go EV with carbon chassis in Las Vegas. The firm says negotiations with the desert city “are very close to culmination,” while a foreign trade zone may be in the cards also.
Chinese PHEV SUV: Great Wall’s SUV brand Haval has shown the HB-02, a concept SUV with plug-in hybrid technology in Beijing. Range is given at 65 kilometres with the electric motor developing 95 kW powered by a 13 kWh Li-ion battery. The drive will feature in Haval production vehicles from next year.
Toyota recall: 1.43m hybrid cars are asked to return to the garages worldwide due to a potential air bag inflator defect. The recall covers Toyota Prius and Lexus CT 200h built between 2008 and 2012 and affects 482,000 vehicles in the U.S. and 141,000 in Europe.
Tesla, 2050 Motors, Mahindra, Solar Impulse 2, Zero Motorcycles.
Tesla production: At the AVERE E-Mobility conference in Amsterdam, Tesla Vice President of Business Development, Diarmuid O’Connell, confirmed that nearly 400,000 Model 3 have already been reserved. As a result, the EV maker plans to increase production and expand its line-up, including a possible Tesla pickup truck.
electrek.com (with video)
New Nevada plant: 2050 Motors is checking out possible sites in the Las Vegas area to erect an automotive manufacturing plant. They may be seeking tax incentives before building. For now, the company will continue importing vehicles from their plant in China, including the recently unveiled e-Go and Ibis.
Mahindra launched: Indian carmaker Mahindra’s e2o has launched in the UK. The three-door hatchback claims a range of 29 miles and is competitively priced, starting at 12,995 pounds, after UK grants. Though it costs more than the Renault Twizy, it remains cheaper that alternatives like the Leaf and Zoe.
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Baden-Württemberg Pavilion shows success factor e-mobility: During the Hannover Messe / MobiliTec the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion and its 43 exhibitors showcase the diversity of the e-mobility landscape in the southwest of Germany. With “Automated. Connected. Electrified.” as its guiding theme, the whole spectrum – from development and production to road tests of partially automated electric vehicles – will be covered. Visit us in hall 27.
Impulse continues: The Solar Impulse 2 is ready to continue its trip around the world. The plane was grounded last year after flying from Japan to Hawaii due to battery damage. After 13 test flights and training flights, the Solar Impulse 2 will be taking off as soon as the first favourable window for flight arises.
Pikes Peak race: Zero Motorcycles will be teaming up with Hollywood Electrics to enter the 100th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Two Zero FXS motorcycles will be in the race, piloted by Jake Holden and Mark Miller. The race takes place on a 12.42-mile course, beginning at 9,390 feet, and includes 156 turns.
Tesla social: Current Model S owners are being invited to a new event series called “Tesla Weekend Social.” The meetup offers current owners the chance to meet each other and also to speak with Tesla representatives about upcoming products and features. The first meetup will take a closer look at the Summon feature.
Nissan, South Korea, 2050 Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Daimler.
Upgraded Leaf arrives: Nissan’s best-selling EV is available with 30 kWh battery in Europe. Prices start from 28,060 euros. Apart from more range (up to 250 km), the Leaf features more connectivity, i.e. enabling drivers to pre-heat the battery. Nissan demonstrates the power of the specially engineered Nordic Pack in a video, where it literally defrosts its new Leaf.
automotiveworld.com, carscoops.com, nissan-europe.com, youtube.com (Nordic Pack)
New Energy investment: Eight Korean corporations, among them Hyundai, Kia, LG, and Samsung, are pooling investments in the new energy sector. About 5bn of the 6.7bn dollars raised will be used to develop electric vehicles. The rest of the money goes to solar power, smart grid applications and the like.
China EV for the U.S.: 2050 Motors presents its second EV for the USA. Different from the Ibis, which has been dubbed a Tesla clone, the e-Go is a compact EV that also uses carbon for its body. 2050 Motors claims a 200 mile range and is currently looking to start manufacturing in the Las Vegas area.
U.S. hybrid for China: Fiat Chrysler plans to offer an HEV in China, which will soon be followed by a PHEV version. Potential candidates for hybridisation are the Jeep Wrangler, GrandCherokee, and Patriot.
Sheep in a wolf’s clothing: A fierce Prius styling comes from Wald International. The latest teaser shows a more aggressive looking hybrid, as the Sports Line includes a new front bumper, a revised grille, and a front lip spoiler. The motor is likely to stay as it is.
Green role model: Following a trial in the German city of Stuttgart, Daimler’s top managers are from now on required to drive (partially) electric. To keep the C-level moving, Mercedes will spend 30m euros to increase EV charging opportunities at its locations. From 2017, Ola Källenius will take over as head of development. Meanwhile, CEO Dieter Zetsche has been re-elected to stay on board until 2019.
2050 Motors, BMW, Mitsubishi, Ford, Infiniti.
Tesla clone: 2050 Motors now offers the Chinese Ibis EV in the U.S. While the all-electric sedan has previously been accused of being a Tesla copy, 2050 Motors stresses the differences. The Aoxin Ibis is made of carbon fibre, featuring a 72 kWh battery. At 59,000 dollars, it is also cheaper than a Tesla. Still, it looks like a squashed version of the Californian bestseller.
globenewswire.com, 2050motorsinc.com (photos and video)
Extended BMW X1? Spy shots show a long version of the X1. The pictures also reveal a charge port, letting on that BMW is preparing a plug-in hybrid version. The “hybrid test vehicle” sits seven people. It will be exclusively sold in China and built by the BMW joint venture Brilliance.
Outdoor Outlander concepts: Mitsubishi will show two new versions of its PHEV at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Both the Active Camper and Gear Concept feature colourful highlights and come with outdoor advancements, such as a better suspension and a bike rack on the roof.
Recall: BMW is calling 16 hybrid i8 back to garages in the U.S. due to a problem with stability control that might lead to braking and balance errors. The vehicles in question were produced between May 29th and June 5th of last year.
Fusion pricing: Ford has facelifted its Fusion series, cutting prices at the same time. The Fusion Energi SE Luxury plug-in version is priced at 33,995 dollars, 780 dollars less than before. If opting for the Titanium model, it becomes even 1,610 dollars cheaper. Prices for the 2017 hybrid Fusion will remain at 26,550 dollars.
Infiniti pricing: Nissan’s luxurious sister priced its Q70 in the U.S., saying the hybrid will start at 55,900 dollars. Options for the hybrid are limited, as it is neither available as AWD nor as longwheel base.
2050 Motors, TU Munich, Formula E, Trikke.
Carbon EV: 2050 Motors introduces the e-Go, an electric car made from carbon fibre the company specialises in. It will be presented in Las Vegas and is said to weigh around just 680 kg (1,500 lbs) including the battery. The latter comes with a 10-year warranty. e-Go may be joined by full size sedan Ibis soon, the firm said.
Battery ageing explained: Researcher from TU Munich applied combined electrochemical investigations with measurement methodologies like X-ray diffraction to better understand why batteries age. They traced back capacity loss to the build-up of a pacifying layer on the anode and hope the research will ultimately lead to optimised batteries.
tum.de, jes.ecsdl.org (full text)
360 degree racing: Formula E intensifies its partnership with 360 Racing to offer 360° video coverage of the electric races. Fans can follow the drivers by logging onto on-board cameras that provide an all-round view. Access is granted via the Formula E app.
Freedom to fold: Trikke finally introduces the electric version of its tilting trike. Early adopters may get one of the three-wheeled fun vehicles for 599 dollars. With a platform for each foot, Trikke’s foldable Freedom is propelled with carving motions and now a front hub motor. Range is set at 11 – 15 miles.