Tag: Faraday Future

Jun 28, 2017 - 09:35 am

Pike’s Peak: Faraday Future beats Tesla.

In striking 11:25.083 minutes, Faraday Future’s FF91 finished the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb at this weekend, beating Tesla’s record. FF’s in fact achieved the fastest result a production EV ever did and was over 20 seconds faster than the Model S P90D.

Jun 26, 2017 - 07:49 am

Tesla, Faraday Future.

Reading tip: Tesla is working on a music streaming service of its own and allegedly started talks with big music labels already. The company’s idea is to offer as many sources as possible so Musk and Co. do not want to rely on existing services like Spotify or Apple Music.

Video tip: A bunch of new videos show the FF91 prototype by Faraday Future being tested for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The race has become kind of a proving ground for new EVs, among them Tesla’s Model S and Rimac’s race car.

Apr 5, 2017 - 08:21 am

Faraday Future vs. Tesla Model X.

Discreet pursuer: Obviously, Faraday Future includes a Tesla Model X in trials for its own electric and autonomous vehicle. Its FF91 prototype got now spotted in West Hollywood but not alone. The vehicle closely followed a specially equipped Model X – unlikely that this happened only by chance…
electrek.co, carscoops.com


Mar 6, 2017 - 12:32 pm

Faraday Future, BYD, Mini, Volkswagen, Range Rover, Lucid.

Faraday-Future-FF91-CES-1500x750-300x150Faraday Future kept its ground in the desert of Nevada and said its “1bn dollar investment in the region over the next few years has never changed.” Contrary to previous reports, the plant will not be scaled back but instead include an additional facility to produce the FF91. There have been delays, but the EV start up announced it has entered Phase 2 of constructions after the earth has been moved.
automobil-produktion.de (in German), ff.com

BYD to build e-trucks in USA: Works to expand BYD’s facility in Californian Lancaster have started as planned. The Chinese manufacturer will not only build electric buses but electric trucks there as well. The firm said it sold 150 electric trucks in the USA in just two years and its all-electric line-up covers a range of applications from vans and refrigerated trucks over garbage collection EVs to tractors.
cleantechnica.com, trucks.com

Mini PHEV pricing: BMW issued the price for the plug-in hybrid Countryman. The hybrid-electric variant will cost from 31,585 GBP in the UK, where launch is due this June. The new Countryman is the largest Mini model yet and thus on par with other the C-segment cars like the VW Golf or Audi Q3.
autocar.co.uk, automotiveworld.com

I.D. Buzz to debut in Europe: Volkswagen will bring the I.D. Buzz concept to Geneva to display it in front of an European audience for the first time. The electric minibus study had its actual debut in Detroit but still VW has not set an actual date for market entry. At least a new video gets the buzz going.
volkswagen-media-services.com, youtube.com

Velar in full view: Jaguar Land Rover took the veils off its SUV and also reveals some details. Still it remains unclear if the Velar will be electrified in any form, although CEO Ralf Speth has at least considered a hybrid variant. Maybe JLR will tell us more in Geneva, once the Velar had its debut.
autonews.com, landrover.com

Exclusive Launch Edition: First buyers of the Lucid Air must prepare to pay 165,000 dollars for the electric sedan a recent promotion event revealed. EV maker Lucid Motors targets sales of 255 in its first year once the Air with its 1,000 hp system and 130 kWh battery hits the market by 2019.
insideevs.com, fastcompany.com

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:14 am

No Future for Faraday?

Faraday Future takes one financial hit after another. The latest is a 210k lawsuit over a domain. FF.com was sold for 1.4m dollars to the EV maker by the Bank of America but Faraday cut out the middleman in the process, who sues now. FF may as well stand for FinancialFail.com

Jan 16, 2017 - 09:22 am

Renault, Chrysler, Faraday Future, EPA, China, South Korea.

renault-master-ze-elektroauto-lieferwagen-brussel-auto-show-300x150Renault Master electrification: The French are not only showing their new Kangoo Z.E. with 270 km range at the Brussels Motor Show, but also premiered the electric version of its transporter van Master. The latter will arrive at European dealers towards the end of the year and will be fitted with a 33-kWh battery pack that allows for a range of 200 km according to NEDC, even though 120 km are a more realistic estimate.
greencarcongress.com, automotiveworld.com, renault.com

Serial production plans: According to Detroit News, the in Las Vegas presented Chrysler Portal Concept (we reported) has a real shot of going into serial production. The paper quotes CEP Sergio Marchionne who says the electric van could hit the road in its current or slightly modified for “after 2018.”

Naming explained: Faraday Future explained the naming of its models. The FF 91 got its label, because the cars are named after size and price using the number 1 through 9. The 9 therefore stands for it being a top model, while the 1 indicated it being the first generation. Future cars could therefore be called FF 92, 81, 71, etc.

Lowering emission targets: Just ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the EPA confirmed greenhouse-gas emission targets for light utility vehicles through 2025. Despite bickering from manufactures, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) goals for 2025 are 54.5 mpg. The EPA says manufactures have enough technology at their disposal to comply.
autoblog.com, greencarcongress.com

Cutting subsidies: The Chinese government wants to reduce subsidies for EVs through 2020, starting with a 20 percent cut this year. The country now also confirmed that electric or plug-in hybrid buses will receive no more than 300,000 yuan in aides (previously 600,000 yuan), while exact subsidies are based on the buses’ energy density and charging capacity. Trucks and specialty vehicles only get 150,000 yuan and local funding has been capped at 50 percent of state aide.

10-hr rule up for discussion: According to Reuters, the South Korean government is reconsidering its previous rule that EVs will only receive funding, if they can be charged in less than ten hours using a regular Schuko-connection. Especially Tesla would benefit, as its battery packs are too pick to comply.


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Jan 10, 2017 - 08:36 am

Massachusetts, Faraday Future, Lucid Motors.

Reading tip: A newly passed law in Massachusetts prohibits EV charging stations from imposing inscription fees on drivers, hoping to make infrastructure more readily available. It also allows for the building code to be updated and require new homes and businesses to be pre-wired for EV chargers. Moreover, communities can dedicate parking spot for EVs only.

Video tips: Tesla is getting some competition. And while it didn’t seem like anyone would get to drive the FF 91 (Faraday Future), Drive’s Alex Roy got to go for a ride-along in the back seat to test the autonomous parking/summoning feature and acceleration. Meanwhile, The Verge got to take the passenger seat in the Lucid Air. In both cases, the testers were impressed.
youtube.com via insideevs.com (Faraday Future), youtube.com via carscoops.com (Lucid Motors)

Jan 9, 2017 - 07:50 am

Faraday Future, Nissan, Toyota, Chrysler, Ford, E-Mobility Index, Tesla.

FaradayFuture-FF91-300pxNLFF unveils new “species”: Faraday Future took the wraps off its first series model, the FF 91, calling it a “new species” of electric mobility. The SUV is to hit the road in 2018 and comes with a 130-kWh battery back and 378-mile range, while the 783-kW motor pushes it from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds. The FF 91 can be pre-ordered on the company website for 5,000 dollars down. According to FF, more than 64,000 models had already been reserved in the 36 hours after the presentation.
electriccarsreport.com, youtube.com (video of CES presentation), electrek.co (orders)

Next-gen Leaf: Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the CES that the Japanese carmaker is working on a new generation of the Nissan Leaf that will be equipped with the latest automated driving features. While he did not give any details about i.e. range, Nissan’s senior vice president Takao Asami confirmed that Nissan has already developed a 60-kWh variant, which it is not offering because battery prices are still too high.
autocar.co.uk, insideevs.com (Ghosn), autoblog.com (Asami)

Electric future: Toyota unveiled a futuristic and fully electric concept car in Las Vegas, fitted with winged doors. There are no details about the Concept-I’s drivetrain, however, as not the motor but the EV’s personal voice-commanded assistant Yui takes the spotlight in this case.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com (with video)

Chrysler-Portal-Concept-300pxNLNew electric Chrysler: The all-electric concept car that Fiat Chrysler presented at CES in Las Vegas is contrary to previous rumours not an electric variant of the Chrysler Pacifica, but an EV named Chrysler Portal Concept. It is a fully automated minivan that fits up to six people and features a 100-kWh battery pack that should last for up to 250 miles (400 km) of range.
greencarcongress.com, carscoops.com, autoblog.com

Investing in emobility: Ford announced that it will launch 13 at least partially electric series production models in the next five year. That includes a hybrid version of the F 150 pick-up truck and iconic Ford Mustang sports car (both scheduled for 2020). An all-electric SUV with 300-mile range will arrive in 2021. The carmaker is investing 700m dollars in its Flat Rock plant in Michigan, turning it into its centre for electric mobility and autonomous driving.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

E-Mobility Index: According to the newly published E-Mobility Index Q1 2017 by Roland Berger and the German Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrtwesen Aachen (fka), Germany and France take the lead in terms of technological innovations – even for Japan and South Korea. China takes the crown in industry and the second spot in terms of market, just after France. Both countries are the only of the seven countries looked at, where the market share of electric mobility surpassed 1 percent in 2016.
rolandberger.com (press release), fka.de (complete Index)

Tesla missed its delivery estimates for 2016 just slightly. The carmaker delivered only 76,230 EVs instead of the planned 80,000 units this past year. Another 6,450 cars are still on route to their final destinations, but will be counted as part of January sales. Production numbers fell in the last quarter, apparently because of some kinks with the new autopilot hardware. Still, a total of 83,922 units rolled of Tesla’s production lines in 2016.
greencarcongress.com, electrek.co, insideevs.com

Dec 19, 2016 - 09:10 am

Faraday Future, Lucid Motors.

Video tip I: Faraday Future is exhibiting Tesla tactics as it has its new model drag racing a Bentley Bentayga, a Ferrari 488 GTB, and a Tesla Model X P100D Ludicrous. FF beats them all but the clip only shows the end of each race. A short cut?!
youtube.com via electrek.co

Video tip II: This is the full-length version of Lucid Motors’ presentation of the all-electric Air. The sleek limousine claims a 400-mile range and a 1,000 hp powertrain.

Dec 14, 2016 - 09:00 am

Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Faraday Future.

Look back: Both the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, the first plug-in volume models, will turn six this week. Hybrid Cars takes a look at how the two EVs have grown and have compared to each other over the years.

Reading tip: Motortrend got to peak behind the curtain at the Faraday Future R&D centre. And while the article doesn’t give any new information about the cars or company that, just a year ago, no one had heard about, a look behind the scenes is always worth a read.

Dec 8, 2016 - 08:53 am

Netherlands, GAC Motor, Faraday Future, Mitsubishi, Energica.

Netherlands go electric: Dutch economy minister Henk Kamp said in an interview that it is the country’s intention “that from 2035, only electric or fuel cell cars will be sold. So, no more cars that use petrol, diesel or LPG.” Two Dutch parties have meanwhile proposed a ten-point plan to make EVs more attractive to buyers, including the installation of chargers every 25 km, guaranties for EV batteries, lower parking fees and the use of bus lanes.
nrc.nl (interview; in Dutch), nltimes.nl (plan)

GAC-EnLightNew supercar: Chinese manufacturer GAC Motors has presented an electric sports car concept at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The EnLight features gull-winged doors and the company’s latest technical and design innovations. It has an autonomous, as well as a manual driving mode.
automotive-business-review.com, multivu.com (with videos)

Faraday Future teased: The manufacturer released first teaser images showing the front its first production model. Despite alleged financial difficulties (we reported), the EV is said to be fully unveiled at the CES in Las Vegas next year.
electrek.co, insideevs.com

Too hot to handle: Because of possible overheating, Tesla issued a voluntary recall of some 7,000 select NEMA adaptors. There have been two reported cases of the plugs overheating while in use, but it caused no further damage and no one was harmed. NEMA adaptors come with Tesla’s Universal Mobile Charger (UMC) in order to fit different outlets and are mostly used in the U.S., Canada and parts of Asia.
electrek.co, transportevolved.com, tesla.com

No more Outlander PHEV for Russia: After only 71 units sold in 2014 and a mere 21 in 2015, Mitsubishi has decided to stop offering plug-in SUV in Russia. Interestingly, the standard Outlander accounts for two-thirds of Mitsubishi’s sales in the country.

Energica update: The Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer has obtained a sales license in California, meaning Energica can now record sales in the U.S. state. The company also added an importer in Israel, and important market for the Italians.

Nov 28, 2016 - 08:41 am

Jaguar, SsangYong, Faraday Future, Tesla, Guangzhou Auto, ELI.

Jaguar-I-Pace-ConceptJaguar looks to produce locally: The British carmaker says it wants to make the UK a global centre for battery research and development, as well as set up EV production facilities to meet further demand. The recently revealed I-Pace will initially be built by Magna Steyr in Austria (we reported), but as Jaguar Land Rover will reportedly offer electrified variants for half of its portfolio, it could move production to its home turf.
autocar.co.uk, telegraph.co.uk, autonews.com

SsangYong looks to electrify line-up: According UK boss Paul Williams, the South Korean carmaker will electrify a number of its current models in the coming four years, possibly even in cooperation with a bigger brand. While hybridisation is part of the plan, electrification is the long-term focus. SsangYong is meanwhile testing the electric version of its Tivoli

FF pushes back release date: As work at its production facility in Nevada has come to a halt (we reported), Faraday Future will apparently need to delay the launch of its first EV. The reason for the financial difficulties seems to be that financier LeEco, who is also working on an electric car, may have overreached in terms of funds and timing.

Newcomers: Forbes highlights five electric models from China that were unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show last week. The Changan BenBen, normally a popular petrol-powered mini car got an electric drivetrain, while Dongfeng presented its compact sedan Fengxing Jingyi S50 EV with 250 km range. The Trumpchi GS4 EV, a new SUV from Guangzhou Auto, can also go 240 km on one charge. The show also saw the presentation on a new electric van and light commercial truck.

News from Tesla: Following the first showroom inside a Nordstrom department store in LA (we reported) the carmaker now opened a second one in Charlotte, North Carolina. Meanwhile, in Germany, all Tesla Model S versions now qualify for federal subsidies, as the base price is less than 60,000 euros and bigger batteries or more performance are just “add-ons.”
charlotteobserver.com (showroom), manager-magazin.de (Germany; in German)

ELI hits the road: The small electric transporter was developed by Austrian SFL Technologies, who is ready to kick start production in January. At first, the company will manufacture 1,000 units that it won’t sell, but rent out completed with a comprehensive service package.
steiermark.orf.at (in German)

Nov 16, 2016 - 09:10 am

Lucid Motors, EV noise, Faraday Future, Magna Steyr, Chrysler.

Lucid-Motors-Atvus-LACamouflaged Tesla-fighter: Lucid Motors (formerly Atieva) has released a first official image of its still camouflaged electric sedan Atvus. The EV is said to debut in some form at the Los Angeles Motor Show and boasts an output of 100 kW and 300+ km of range, going head to head with the Tesla Model S when it hits the road in 2018.
carscoops.com, electrek.co

Make some noise: The U.S. now requires all electric and hybrid vehicles produced after September 1st, 2019, to emit a warning sound when driving under 30 kph. As automakers will need to implement waterproof speakers to comply, they will be stuck with a 39m dollar bill per year. However, and more importantly, it will prevent some 2,400 injuries annually by warning pedestrians and bikers.
reuters.com, insideevs.com

Construction stop: Contractor AECOM told Jalopnik that it has stopped working on the Faraday Future plant in Nevada, apparently because of unpaid bills. But the company is certain to be able to continue early 2017. Meanwhile, LeEco, itself a FF investor, has collected 600m dollars – half of which have been earmarked for the automotive branch.
jalopnik.com (AECOM), forbes.com (LeEco)

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Will Magna Steyr build the I-Pace? Jaguar just unveiled its first electric model, but the question about its production site remains. According to German Automobil Production, everything points to Magna Steyr in Austria. The company is already constructing two production halls for the Brits, where two models will roll off the lines from 2017.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)

Pacifica PHEV priced and tested: Chrysler will offer the new plug-in family van from 41,995 dollars in the U.S., where the car is eligible for 7,500 dollars in subsidies. Its 16 kWh battery pack allows for an all-electric range of 50 km, and following a short test drive – pricing and technology seem to be on point.
cnet.com, digitaltrends.com

CT6 PHEV arrives earls 2017: Chrysler will also kick off production of its CT6 premium sedan with plug-in technology. Here, too, the battery allows for 50 km of electric driving, while the car is propelled forward by a total of 250 kW. With a 75,095-dollar price tag, it will however have to compete with Tesla and co.
automotiveworld.com, detroitnews.com

Nov 14, 2016 - 08:25 am

Ferrari, BYD, Wrightspeed, Faraday Future, Michigan Tech.

Ferrari eyes Formula E: It look as though another carmaker is interested in joining the all-electric racing series, though CEO Sergio Marchionne still sees two hurdles. One, he is not a fan of the necessary car swap during the race, which will supposedly be a thing of the past from 2018. And two, he wants Ferrari to be have more technical freedom during vehicle development. Here, too, the ePrix is racing in the right direction.
autosport.com, eurosport.com

Electric waste management: BYD has unveiled and all-electric 3.9-ton rubbish collection truck, said to offer around 100 miles (160 km) of range. Exact battery capacity is still kept under wraps. Meanwhile, Ratto Group has taken Wrightspeed’s very first rubbish collection truck with range-extender and a turbine-electric powertrain into service in Sonoma County, California.
electrek.co (BYD), trucks.com (Wrightspeed)

Possible in-wheel drive: Under the name “Reinvent The Wheel,” Faraday Future released a new teaser video of its first series model. One reason for the focus could be that FF will actually use individual motors connected to each wheel, as suggested by recent patent applications. The latter states that the “motor may be built into a wheel such that the wheel may rotate co-axially with a rotor of the motor.”

Lower energy consumption: The Michigan Technological University received 2.8m dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to develop control systems for hybrid and electric vehicles that will help lower energy consumption by about 20 percent. The idea is to use on-board or cloud-based sensors, data and computers to help the car better process and react to surroundings.
wnmufm.org, mtu.edu

Oct 31, 2016 - 09:38 am

Tesla, Solarcity, Skoda, China, UK, Audi, Faraday Future.

Tesla-Solarcity-SolardachTesla presents solar roof and Powerwall 2.0: The newly unveiled and rather subtle solar roof tiles from Tesla and SolarCity not only collect sunlight, but are said to outlast, provide better insulation and cost less than regular shingles. They will be available from summer 2017 (after the merger?). Meanwhile, the new Tesla Powerwall 2.0 offers 13.5 kWh of storage – almost double the capacity than the previous version – and will be available for 5,500 dollars incl. the inverter from December.
insideevs.com, techcrunch.com, youtube.com (presentation video)

E-Skoda in 2019: Skoda wants to launch its electric SUV in 2019, Autocar reports – one year earlier than previously planned. Also, a PHEV variant of the Suberb will become available in 2019, while plug-in versions of the Octavia and Kodiaq are also in the pipelines.

China bets on HEVs: After pushing electric and plug-in hybrid cars, the Chinese government is increasingly promoting pure hybrids as well. They are said to make up 8 percent of sales by 2020 and 25 % by 2030, Bloomberg reports, citing a government strategy paper.

UK expands subsidies: The British government increased funding available for electrified utility vehicles to 4m pounds. So far, subsidies had only been available for electric and plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes. Now, even heavy trucks qualify for up to 20,000 pounds in funding.
edie.net, fleetworld.co.uk, gov.uk

Audi A6 get plug: Audi kicked off production of its A6 in China. The new model is being manufactured at the FAW-Volkswagen plant in Changchun in the north-east of the country. It is Audi’s first PHEV made in China.

Troubles to launch? Six top managers allegedly left Faraday Future in the past months, while doubts about the start-up’s solvency continue to be raised. FF meanwhile teased its first series model (camouflaged) in a new video.
jalopnik.com (managers), latimes.com (solvency), youtube.com (teaser video)

Oct 25, 2016 - 08:14 am

Daimler, Lynk&Co., Faraday Future, GM, Nissan, Suzuki.

accumotive-broken-groundEuropean battery factory: Daimler subsidiary Accumotive has broken ground for a second battery production facility at its site in Kamenz. The new factory will quadruple both the production and logistics area and to double the workforce, Daimler said. The corporation has invested 500m euros in what is to be one of the biggest and most modern battery factories in Europe. With a solar roof and a congeneration unit, Daimler expects the facility to be carbon-neutral.
greencarcongress.com, canadianmanufacturing.com

Connected business model: Geely subsidiary Lynk&Co. intends to conquer the market with modern sales and sharing methods. The 01 SUV will be available in Tesla-like stores in China but also online via Alibaba at fixed prices and defined trims. The doors only open via app, making sharing easy.
forbes.com, technologicvehicles.com

Faraday’s future is in peril it would seem if one looks at a 21m dollar debt for a deposit. Yet, no one does look too closely, instead AECOM has been selected (and accepted) to construct Faraday Future’s EV factory in North Las Vegas. The cost is estimated at 1bn dollars with AECOM overseeing half of it.
greencarcongress.com (AECOM), insideevs.com (debt)

Bolt EV sales underway: GM prioritises the West Coast for the launch of its electric mass vehicle. Dealers in both California and Oregon reported first allocations. GM plans to deliver first units in 2016.
autoblog.com, gm-volt.com, insideevs.com

Nissan Note production: The 2017 facelift of Nissan’s Note has entered production in Japan ahead of its launch in early November. The two hybrid variants start at 1,959,120 yen (18,789 USD). For the hybrid variant, an electric motor drives the front axle and the engine serves as a range-extender.

Maruti mild-hybrid: Maruti-Suzuki is to launch its SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle) with mild-hybrid technology on the Baleno next year in India. It will be coupled with the diesel variant.

Sep 21, 2016 - 08:00 am

Faraday Future, Tencent, Porsche, Symbio FCell.

Faraday powered by LG? Insiders report, LG Chem closed a 2.4bn dollar deal with Faraday Future to supply power packs for their upcoming EV models. However, for now these are only rumours. Meanwhile, spy shots captured Faraday’s first model but do not reveal much.
koreatimes.co.kr; autoblog.com (first model)

Hacking a Tesla Model S: Chinese security experts from Tencent managed to remotely control certain funtions of the Californian EV. The IT firm even succeeded in manipulating the brakes of a Tesla in motion from far. The EV maker has been made aware of it and says it reasserted control.
electrek.co, forbes.com

Porsche to enter Formula E: The German sports car brand has applied to become an official battery supplier for the electric racing series. If Porsche’s tender is successful, their exclusive engagement would start from season 5 (2018/19). FIA is currently evaluating the applications.

Symbio FCell financing: ENGIE utility has joined Michelin as an investor in Symbio FCell. The latter has started a second round of financing for its fuel-cell range extender for electric vehicles. ENGIE has installed more than 5,000 charging stations in Europe and is now looking into H2 technology.

Sep 16, 2016 - 08:40 am

Ford, Daimler, Porsche, Peugeot, Faraday Future, Volvo.

Ford-Fusion-EnergiFord update: Last year, the U.S. manufacturer had presented its strategy to develop 13 electric or plug-in models by 2020 (we reported). That line-up could include commercial vehicles. Ford is investing 4.5bn dollars in the development, as the carmaker is certain that electrified cars will dominate the market by 2030.
freep.com, ford.com

Daimler shows Tesla-fighter in Paris: Mercedes announced that it will be premiering an electric “show car embodying a concrete vision of a totally new generation of vehicles.” That sounds like the Tesla-fighter that CEO Dieter Zetsche has promised. Daimer will also show an electric version of all three Smart variants, as well as the Maybach.

Mission E offshoot planned? Porsche seems to be thinking about building another electric sports car based on the Mission E. According to Automobile, it could be a four-door coupé. Moreover, Porsche could extend its SUV line-up, using hybrid drives based on Audi or VW technology, as well as going all-electric.

S-Pedelec by Peugeot: The company will also be showing two wheels in Paris. The eU01s features an electric motor from Bosch, which pushes the cross-country bike up to 45 kph for as much as 95 km on one charge. The pedelec will arrive on the market in December.
greencarcongress.com, peugeot.com

VW manager switches to Faraday: The rising EV maker has snitched VW’s former Senior Vice President Product Marketing & Strategy, Jörg Sommer. He has been working in the industry for decades and will take over product marketing and planning the market launch for Faraday’s vehicles.

Volvo in India: The Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid is now available in India. The Swedes see a lot of potential in the market and are looking to launch other PHEVs as well as its planned electric car there as well.

Aug 22, 2016 - 08:24 am

Maybach, Iconiq Motors, Ford, Opel, BAIC, Faraday Future.

Mercedes-Maybach-6-show-car300Electric Maybach concept: Mercedes has presented its luxury coupé Mercedes-Maybach 6 at the Monterey Car Week in California. Designed to be driven solely by electric power, it features four electric motors with a total of 550 kWh and an 80 kWh battery pack that allows the vehicle to go 500 km on one charge. Moreover, it has the ability to charge with 350 kW.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, autocar.co.uk

Electric seven-seater: At the same event but with a different clientele in mind, Chinese start-up Iconiq Motors and Dubai-based W Motors took the wraps off its concept called Seven. No technical details about the electric seven-seater minivan have been released but it is said to the road soon.
motorauthority.com, carscoops.com

Focus Electric gets battery upgrade: Getting in line with competitors, Ford will increase battery capacity for its electric model in 2017. The then 33,5 kWh battery (now 23 kWh) can be charged using CCS. Moreover, the Ford C-Max Energi will get a small makeover.

Ampera-e to top Chevy Bolt? According to Opel’s head of marketing Tina Müller, the Opel Ampera-e will have more range than the Chevy Bolt that it is based on. The latter is said to have a range of 330 km. What Opel is aiming for, is still unknown. The secret will be revealed mid-September.
wiwo.de (in German)

BAIC kicks off production: The all-electric sedan EH400 is now going into serial production. It will be built by BAIC’s subsidiary BJEV and is said to have a range of 400 km.

Employee snatching: According to The Detroit Bureau, Faraday Future has snatched Apple’s Bart Nabbe, who has worked on the latter’s project Titan. He will assume the position of director of strategic partnerships, after working as a key researcher for Apple.

Aug 9, 2016 - 07:41 am

Karma, Porsche, BAIC, Faraday Future, Kandi.

fiskerSerious Karma production: Wanxiang wants to build electric cars in China and is to invest 375m dollars in a new facility in Hangzhou. The factory could roll out 11,000 Karma (formerly Fisker) vehicles, including those with range extender, and 39,000 Atlantic models. A production date is not yet set.
electriccarsreport.com, bloomberg.com

Electric Porsche SUV? Spy shots of a Porsche test coupe led Car Magazine to suggest that what we are seeing is the sequel to an electric crossover similar to Audi’s upcoming electric SUV. If it is true, the electric Porsche would fight for market segments with the Model X or Jaguar.

BAIC is to build an EV factory for 50,000 units as well. It is planned next to the border with Myanmar in the city of Ruili. Production is to start by 2019 and would one year later be doubled to hit an annual capacity of 100,000 electric cars.

EV1 engineer to lead Faraday: The electric car start-up has hired former GM engineer Peter Savagian. He signed responsible for the ingenious EV1 that was killed prematurely. For Faraday Future, the engineer will take over the the electric drive as VP for engineering.
autoblog.com, electrek.co

Kandi EVs: The Chinese firm launched its latest electric model, the Global Hawk K17A in China. Prices start at 12,000 dollars after subsidies and the range is given at 150 km. For developing its next electric car, the governmennt of Hainan province just granted Kandi 300m yuan (about 45m USD).
globenewswire.com (Global Hawk), nasdaq.com (grant)

Jun 23, 2016 - 09:07 am

BMW, eHighway, Faraday Future, Rimac.

BMW i home energy storage: The Bavarian’s i division announced a stationary energy storage system for the home at the EVS 29 in Canada. Just like Tesla and Mercedes, BMW uses high-voltage batteries from the i3 and could also incorporate second-life batteries.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com

eHighwayeHighway launched: The world’s first eHighway kicked off in Sweden. Two kilometres of the E16 motorway north of Stockholm have been fitted with a Siemens overhead contact system for trucks. It will fuel two hybrid trucks from Scania that were especially conceived for the two-year testing phase.
greencarcongress.com, siemens.com

Faraday allowed to drive autonomously: The California ministry of transport has approved autonomous test drives for Faraday Future’s electric racer. Later this year, the company hopes to also test the EV on public roads before launching the model in the U.S. next near.

Rimac to the top: Rimac will take part in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is an updated version of its E-Runner Concept One. The electric racer is fitted with four electric motors and boast a whopping 1.1 MW (1,475 hp) of power.
gizmag.com, rimac-automobili.com

Jun 14, 2016 - 09:02 am

BAIC, Daimler, GM, Smart, Faraday Future, Toyota.

Sino-Japanese EV alliance: BAIC and Panasonic want to build a EV component factory in the Chinese city of Tianjin. BAIC will hold 54 percent of stakes, Panasonic the remaining 46%. The facility is part of BAIC’s plan to increase the production of electric and hybrid cars to 400,000 units per year by 2020.

Investing billions in electrification: Daimler announced that it will invest a total of 14.5bn euros in research and development. More than half has been earmarked for alternative drivetrains, like the new platform for electric cars and the expansion of its batter facility in Kamenz, Germany.
greencarcongress.com, just-auto.com

GM invests in autonomous EVs: General Motors wants to increase the number of engineers at its facilities in Canada from currently 300 to 1,000. The extra manpower will be used to further develop electric and self-driving vehicle technologies.
autoblog.com, gm.com

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E-Smart to premiere in October: Smart will show the electric versions of the Fortwo, Forto Cabrio and Fourfor at the Paris Salon d’Automobile in October. The EVs will first go on sale in the U.S. towards the end of the year and will become available in Europe at the beginning of 2017.

FF announces new arrival: As reported, former Ferrari Manager Marco Mattiaci has joined the Faraday Future team. He will take over as Global Chief Brand & Commercial Officer and will be in charge of branding, communications, sales and customer experience.

Toyota Camry hits dealerships: The Japanese now offers its updated Camry in the U.S. Though some trims now have more standard features, the price of 26,790 dollars remains. All versions of the 2017 model year will be equipped with ten airbags and i.e. brake assist.

Jun 10, 2016 - 08:13 am

Tesla, Mercedes, GAC, Faraday Future, Felipe Massa.

Cheaper Model S: Tesla reintroduces the base version Model S with a 60 kWh battery that starts from 66,000 dollars. In actual fact the power pack holds 75 kWh but is software-limited to offer a range of about 210 miles. To unleash the full capacity electronically, another 9,000 dollars occur. Meanwhile, the first Model X will be delivered in Europe later this month.
electrek.co, greencarcongress.com, twitter.com (Model X)

Positive H2 prognosis: A 4-digit number of FCV a year Mercedes reckons to sell once the GLC Fuel Cell launches by 2017. The estimate was made by Harald Kröger, head of electric drive development at Daimler, who refrained from stating a price.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

EV facility by GAC: Chinese Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor (GAC Motor) is to build a factory in Xinjiang already this year to produce cars and EVs under its Trumpchi brand. Initial annual production is set for 50,000 units but once the plant is fully operational up to 200,000 vehicles may roll off the lines.

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Faraday Future has hired the former Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci, who headed Ferrari North America and Ferrari Asia Pacific last. It is unclear which role he will play at the Californian start-up. He will be in good company however as FF just recently poached professionals from both Ford and Tesla.

It is a maybe: Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa can well imagine to move into the electric racing series. As he currently drives for Williams, who happens to be building the drivetrain for the Jaguar Formula E entry next year, his move might come sooner rather than later.

Jun 6, 2016 - 08:49 am

Adaptive City Mobility, Faraday Future, Airbus, SnikkyBike.

ACM_CITY-eTAXI_fronteTaxi from Adaptive City Mobility: The Adaptive City Mobility project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy, unveiled the final design of their lightweight CITY eTaxi. The small EV comes with a newly developed battery swapping technology, meaning it will not need time to charge.
adaptive-city-mobility.de, pressebox.de (battery swapping, in German)

Faraday driverless tech tests: California-based start-up Faraday Future is seeking to test their self-driving vehicles on the roads in Michigan. The company has applied for three manufacturer license plates, a prerequisite for testing on Michigan roadways, and is currently testing both mechanical and software systems.

3D Printed Electric drone: Airbus showed off their new 3D printed drone “Thor” at the 2016 International Aerospace Exhibition and Air Show in Berlin. It is made of 50 3D printed parts and two electric engines. Testing began in November 2015, and there are 18 more test missions planned for 2016.

Scooter kick started: The SnikkyBike is an electric scooter currently looking for financing on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. It has one full-sized 700C bicycle wheel in the front, one 16-inch motorised wheel in the back, and is driven while standing (it actually has no saddle). The inventor is seeking 100,000 dollars and is already halfway there.
gizmag.com, kickstarter.com (crowdfunding, with video)

Jun 2, 2016 - 09:23 am

Faraday Future, Tesla, Paris, Skoda, Nissan.

Faraday-FutureFaraday Future to build second facility: The electric carmaker has gotten the green light to set up its second factory in the city of Vallejo, California (we reported). The production site will be developed on an old Navy shipyard that has not been used since the late 90s. The details will be negotiated over the next six months.
abc10.com, latimes.com

Rear shunt: A Swiss driver had to learn the hard way that it is wise tokeep your hands on the wheel and foot on the brake, even when driving a Tesla with Autopilot. The EV hit a truck that was parked on the left lane of a motorway. Tesla also continues to tell drivers to be ready to take over, as the system is not perfect yet.
fortune.com, electrek.co

Paris tightens driving bans: From July, only cars first registered after 1996 and motorbikes that were registered after June 1st, 1999, will be allowed to drive in the city on weekdays. Paris will also issue pollution badges to easily identify polluters. About 10 percent of Paris’ cars will be affected. As always, EVs have nothing to worry about.
cnet.com, treehugger.com

Skoda eyes U.S.: The carmaker has registered different model names in the U.S., including the Superb (we reported), which will become available as a plug-in hybrid from 2019. A purely electric Skoda is in the cards for 2020/2021.

Nissan powered by the sun: The carmaker commissioned a solar plant at its factory in Sunderland, UK, its largest production site in Europe and home to the Nissan Leaf. The 19,000 solar panels have a combined capacity of 4.75 MW. Together with ten wind turbines on site, it meets 7% of the battery plant’s energy needs.

May 26, 2016 - 08:08 am

PSA, Peugeot, Lexus, Faraday Future, Zinoro, Tesla.

Push to Pass: PSA revealed details on its strategy to master future challenges in powertrain production. To equip the e-CMP platform it reportedly develops together with Dongfeng, new hybrid and electric drives and components will be manufactured in Europe, in France to be precise. 2021 will see the launch of seven plug-in hybrids and four electric vehicles.
greencarcongress.com, fleetnews.co.uk

Push to move: The e-Kick scooter by Peugeot and Micro Mobility is a sleek last mile toy. Designed as an accessory for the upcoming 3008, the e-Kick’s thin lithium-ion battery pack built into the platform can be charged inside the trunk. Its 500 W electric motor in the rear wheel propels it to up to 25 kph.
carscoops.com, gizmag.com

Lexus to discontinue CT200h? Toyota’s premium subsidiary’s hybrid compact may be replaced by a crossover based on the LF-SA concept, European manager Alain Uyttenhoven suggests. The study debuted in Geneva and utilises the Toyota Yaris platform, which accommodates for hybridisation.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com


Glimpse of Brilliance: The Zinoro 60H has been spotted and is the freshest outcome of BMW’s Chinese endeavour Brilliance. The Zinoro 60H is a plug-in hybrid with a 37 kW electric motor and visibly based on the BMW X1. First production cars could be sold in China in the second half of this year.

New Faraday Future facility? The EV maker is negotiating to buy new land for yet another factory, this time in Vallejo, California. Its Nevada site had been shrouded in problems but construction shall finally commence on June 1.
timesheraldonline.com via electrek.co

Model 3 deliveries: As Tesla confirms accelerated production plans for its latest model, it becomes clear that the first Model 3 will reach the UK by 2018, while supposedly entering the U.S. stores in 2017. In South Korea, first the Model S and X are due to arrive by 2017 followed by the Model 3 a year later.
autoexpress.co.uk (Model 3), insideevs.com (Model S and X)

Apr 15, 2016 - 08:33 am

Faraday Future, Tesla, Germany, Chevrolet, South Korea.

Faraday’s future: Electric car start-up Faraday Future has officially broken ground on its 1bn dollar, 900-acre facility in Nevada that should generate some 4,500 jobs. FF expects to have full prototypes by the end of the year, and is building both mechanical and software systems. Their first EV will be “at the premium end of the segment.”
businessinsider.de, faradayfuture.com

Tesla surprise: Tesla has introduced a 75 kWh Model X, up from 70 kWh. That changes the range from 220 miles to 237, though it is reported to have a lower top speed, at 130 mph. The base price will also increase from 80,000 dollars to 83,000 dollars.

Setbacks in Germany: German political parties met last night to discuss several topics and have, again, failed to come to a consensus on electric car incentives. Though auto leaders have been pressing for incentives to help push the electric vehicle market forward, a decision is not expected until late April.

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Overnight testing: Chevrolet intends to offer overnight testing for the Volt and Bolt, hoping that cutting out the requirement to visit a dealership will boost interest and buys. Shoppers will be able to experience and test the vehicles from their own home.

Green light Korea: The Renault Twizy had previously not been allowed in South Korea because it did not fall into any of the country’s automobile categories. Now, the ministry decided to create a new category for compact electric vehicles, so the Twizy will finally be allowed on their roadways.

Falling emissions: Emissions from new cars sold in Europe last year fell three percent, and are expected to reach the target goal of 95 grams of CO2 per km by 2021. Those figures, however, come from data based on outdated tests that tend to report emissions at 30 to 40% lower than real world driving conditions.

Mar 15, 2016 - 09:43 am

Nissan, Faraday Future, Jiu Long, BYD, Formula E.

Leaf recall: Nissan’s electric model experiences brake problems in extremely cold weather, so the company is ordering 46,859 EVs back to the garages in the U.S. Leafs manufactured between 2013 and 2015 need reprogramming of the electronic brake booster. While the brakes may work at temperatures below zero, it will currently takes a lot more effort.
electriccarsreport.com, insideevs.com, usatoday.com

Faraday secures facility: The EV manufacturer agreed to issue a 75m dollar surety bond, as asked for by the state of Nevada. The deposit will be bolstered up by another 13m dollars into escrow accounts and serves to secure tax incentives offered for investing in the plant to be built in North Las Vegas.
autoblog.com, greencarreports.com

Chinese EV plant in Korea: 50,000 electric cars will roll off production lines at Jiu Long’s planned facility by 2020. The factory will be located in the Korean city of Gwangju and the Chinese carmaker plans to invest 250bn won.

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BYD electric coach for Europe: The Chinese EV maker presented its first electric coach in Paris. The new model has a given range of 200 km and takes 2.5 hours to charge. France will be the first market for the electric bus suitable for shuttle and sightseeing duties.
automotiveworld.com, just-auto.com (paid content)

Di Grassi disqualified: Lucas di Grassi was the first to cross the finish line for Team Abt at the ePrix in Mexico, but was later disqualified because his electric racer was too light. Subsequently, Jerome D’Ambrosio of Team Dragon moved from second to first place, followed by Sebastien Buemi and Nico Prost.
electricautosport.com, electriccarsreport.com, youtube.com (highlights)

Highlander Hybrid update: Toyota launched the 2017 version of its grand SUV at the New York Motor Show. The updated model will get a stronger engine and will also be offered as a hybrid variant, again.
carscoops.com, greencarcongress.com, worldcarfans.com

Mar 8, 2016 - 09:34 am

LG Chem, Siemens, BMW, Faraday Future.

LG-Chem-CellsMore range in three years? LG Chem says it will commercialise batteries that will allow for more than 500 km of range by 2019. According to the Korean manufacturer, 1,100 researchers are currently working on lithium-air and lithium-sulphur technologies, while the company invests some 209m dollars per year in research and development.

New electric car ferry: In summer of 2017, Finland will get its first electrically powered car ferry that can carry up to 90 vehicles at a time. The vessel will be fitted with Siemens’ electric powertrain BlueDrive PlusC. Norway is already home to an all-electric ferry.

i3-powered robots: BMW is testing an autonomous robot at its facility in Wackersdorf, Germany, which is fuelled by old batteries from the BMW i3. They keep the robot going for its whole shift, giving the term ‘second life’ a whole new meaning.

FF’s own inverter: Faraday Future has received a U.S. patent for its self-developed FF Echelon Inverter. The company says it applied for more than 100 patents in the U.S. over the past year.
autoblog.com, faradayfuture.com

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Jan 25, 2016 - 09:03 am

BMW, Wanxiang, Faraday Future, Honda, Mercedes, Local Motors.

BMW-i3-Smart-HomeBMW enters power storage market: The move was already suggested when BMW announced its joint venture with Viessmann. German WirtschaftsWoche now reports that the carmaker will definitely begin selling new and used i3 batteries to power homes this year. Moreover, the batteries will not need to be modified to be used as storage in combination with a photovoltaic system.
handelsblatt.com, wiwo.de (in German)

Wanxiang invests: The Chinese company says that in the coming ten years, it wants to pour some 200bn yuan (30bn dollars) in the research and development of electric cars and buses, as well as batteries and other components for electric vehicles. The goal is the decrease battery prices by two thirds in three years, while doubling production.

FF gets cash injection: Faraday Future will officially receive 215.9m dollars in subsidies for its electric car factory in Nevada. Construction is said to begin at the end of the months, with the production site scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2017.

Honda Clarity FC priced: In the U.S., the fuel cell vehicle will be available from 60,000 dollars and can be leased for less than 500 dollars per month, the Japanese carmaker announced. The Clarity Fuel Cell will hit the road in California this year already and can initially be leased only.
carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com, electriccarsreport.com

Made in Thailand: Mercedes announced that it will begin producing its S500e and C350e plug-in hybrids in its factory in Thailand. The production site has a capacity of 19,000 units per year, but currently only produces 4,500, including three of the carmaker’s hybrid models.

Local Motors gets wings: Airbus is investing 150m dollars in the U.S. company known for its 3-D printed electric vehicles. According to Airbus, the vehicle model and especially the speed of production could be interesting to the aerospace industry as well.
wsj.com, geekwire.com

Found on electrive.com
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