BMW, Porsche, Mitsubishi, VDL, LeEco.
BMW pushes electrification: Details on Project i20 or iNext were revealed. The new fully electric BMW expected for 2021 will have different motors ranging from 100 bis 182 kW. It will run autonomously by 2025. Also, the i3 and i8 will be succeeded comes 2022. By then, the i8 may become available as EV, powered by three electric drives with a combined output of 522 kW and a range of 500 km.
Another Audi-Porsche plug-in? A Cayenne coupé is in the cards, which Autocar believes could be offered as an electric variant utilising technology from Audi’s electric SUV. The idea would complement the latest news of a potential Porsche E-SUV.
Mitsubishi plug-in push: The Japanese plan an compact plug-in hybrid SUV to be followed by a fully electric ASX, according to a product brochure outlining models to launch between 2017 and 2020. Mitsubishi also mentions two more, smaller EVs but released no further details.
Electric shuttle bus: A Kreisel electric drive powers the VDL MidBasic Electric to premier at the IAA. Built by VDL Bus & Coach and based on a Mercedes Sprinter, the electric mini-bus seats nine and shall go as far as 300 km on one charge. The Kreisel power packs have capacities of 72 or 92 kWh.
Entertaining EV production: LeEco will invest 1.8bn dollars in building an electric car factory near the city of Hangzhou, where 400,000 units shall roll off the lines per year. The production facility would become part of what LeEco calls an Eco Experience Park with connected EVs and other fun attractions next to offices. No date for construction has been set by the manufacturer.
Daimler, Solaris, Tesla, Toyota, BMW, VDL.
Will Daimler electrify all commercial vans? According to Autocar, it is now certain that the new-generation Sprinter will be available as an all-electric version (we reported). But that is just the beginning. Thanks to an adaptable underpinning, all next-generation commercial vehicles will be offered as purely electric.
Solaris expands hybrid bus portfolio: Solaris will unveil its New Solaris Urbino 12 Hybrid at the IAA for commercial vehicles in September. It is powered by the “HybriDrive” from U.S. supplier BAE Systems. A diesel engine functions as generator for the motor and battery and shuts off when at bus stops.
busplaner.de, omnibusrevue.de (articles in German)
Is Tesla already building Model 3 prototypes? According to Electrek, the California EV maker has ordered enough parts to build 300 beta prototypes. Is this already a preproduction run? Meanwhile, CEO Elon Musk and other shareholders will boost their stake in the company after it takes over SolarCity. Musk will remain the single biggest shareholder, increasing his stake from 23.2 to 25 percent.
electrek.co (Model 3), reuters.com (shares)
Plug-in Prius has to wait: The new generation of Toyota’s PHEV was supposed to arrive in Japan this autumn, followed by the U.S. and Europe. But the launch has been pushed back to winter 2016. The only reason the manufacturer gave is that it wanted to take its “time and more care before starting mass manufacturing.”
BMW sales boom: The new BMW i3 with a bigger battery has been available since July and BMW received 7,000 orders since then – three times as many, as after market launch. Hybrids are also selling well. The Bavarians sold 23,675 electrified cars in the first half of 2016, 87 percent more than in the same time last year.
Police on pedelecs: VDL is seemingly also looking to enter the world of e-bikes. First, it will focus on performance pedelecs for police and security personnel. The two-wheelers under the brand name Trefecta are said to hit 100 kph. Production is limited to 200 units.
Bristol Cars, VDL, Chevy Bolt, Lada, Subaru, South Korea.
Bristol Cars’ electric plans: With Bullet, the British manufacturer has presented its first model in 12 years. The roadster is powered by a V8 but is said to be the last petrol-powered car before making way for high-tech range extender models with technology adopted from the transport company Frazer Nash.
VDL presents electric bus: The 9.9-metre-long electric bus Citea LLE 99 Electric can now be ordered and features a 150 kW electric motor and 180 kWh battery pack. On top of being able to plug in, the bus can also be fast-charged with up to 270 kW via an overhead pantograph, says VDL.
Chevy Bolt to arrives 2016: The all-electric Chevy Bolt will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the last quarter of 2016, Alan Batey, head of GM North America now confirmed. Official numbers of how many units will be available have not been released, but observers expect about 30,000 per year.
Lada electrified: Russian manufacturer AvtoAZ has presented a Lada prototype with an electric drivetrain. The Vesta EV is said to have a range of 170 km, but it is not clear when it will arrive on the market. And the carmaker aims for a sales price of 35,000 euros – five times as much as the petrol variant.
sputniknews.com, bizzenergytoday.com (in German)
Hybrid SUV from Subaru: The Japanese brand is now excepting orders for its XV Hybrid tS in its home market. The compact SUV with a 110 kw hybrid drivetrain is said to arrive at dealerships this autumn and sell for about 29,700 dollars.
South Korea extends subsidies: Until the end of 2019, buyers of fuel cell vehicles qualify for a 3,557 dollar tax break. Fleets that are made up of at least 50 percent electric cars receive a 30 percent tax cut.
Mercedes, VDL, Jaguar, Keating Berus, Seoul, Mahindra Reva.
Electric truck from Daimler: As announced yesterday, Mercedes has unveiled the prototype of its Urban eTruck with a 26 ton permissible gross vehicle weight for short-radius distribution in cities. The truck features two 125 kW electric motors in the rear adjacent to the wheel hubs and has a modular battery pack with up to 212 kWh capacity that can be recharged using CCS. Range is estimated at 200 km. Daimler says that it won’t begin serial production before 2020.
greencarcongress.com, europe.autonews.com, daimler.com (drivetrain details)
Electric truck from VDL: Dutch manufacturer VDL is a little quicker than Mercedes and wants to offer a 37t truck for short-radius distribution in cities by 2017. Moreover, it says it will use locally developed and manufactured battery technology.
ed.nl (in Dutch) via primemovermag.com.au
Electric Jaguar duo? According to insider George Kacher from Automobile Magazine, the British carmaker is working on two electric vehicles – a sedan and an SUV. They are both allegedly being built by Austrian company Magma and will hit the road in 2019. The goal is to produce 30,000 electric sedans and 50,000 electric SUV per year.
British luxury EV: The unveiling of a new electric sports car from the UK at the luxury trade fair Top Marques 2017 in Monaco has already been announced. The Keating Berus is said to get an all-electric offshoot with around 300 kW. No further details are known.
Seoul gets even more generous: The city’s government announced that it will increase subsidies for electric vehicles. Private buyers as well as companies will thus receive an extra 2m won, which is just shy of 1,800 dollars per EV bought.
New Mahindra Reva EV? It looks as though the carmaker wants to launch two new electric models this year, though no details have been given price. The plans may surprise, as India is not exactly a soaring EV market. Only 753 electric cars were sold there in 2015.
Tesla, VDL, Guangzhou Auto, Porsche, Lexus.
Tesla secures credit line: To rake in the cash for investments for i.e. the Gigafactory, Tesla has signed a 500 million dollar credit line deal with a group of banks, including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, a.o. The agreement could be raised to 750 million dollars. Meanwhile, Tesla has bought another facility building in Fremont, California, to extend its production line. The state also considers giving Tesla a 15 million dollar tax break to further investments in Fremont that could create some 4,400 jobs.
fortune.com, teslamotors.com (credit line), bizjournals.com (Fremont), cbslocal.com (California)
VDL world premier: VDL Bus & Coach took the wraps off its Citea SLFA Electric at the UITP in Milan over the weekend. The electric articulated bus measures just over 18 metres in length and is fitted with a fast-charging system using a pantograph. The German city of Cologne has ordered eight units.
Stepping up production: China’s Guangzhou Auto is investing 2 billion yuan (322 million dollars) in a new facility in the country, reserved to the production of electric and hybrid vehicles. Starting in 2018, the company plans on building some 100,000 vehicles there annually.
Porsche 911 hybrid takes shape: According to Motoring, the next-gen Porsche 911 will go hybrid and could take the shape of the “Carrera 4 with electrically-driven front wheels and petrol-powered rear wheels.” The Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid could become available in about three years.
Lexus summer sale: Private and business customers in the UK can now benefit from a 1,000 pound boost in the Finance Deposit Allowance when buying a new Lexus hybrid. The deal is valid for new vehicle purchases ordered and proposed for finance through Lexus Connect until the end of June.
Basel, USPS, AMP, VDL & Heliox, York, California & Noord-Holland.
10,000 EVs for Switzerland: Basel is to become an EV paradise in the Alpine republic, at least if plans of utility provider Elektra Baselland (EBL) and a cantonal bank will go ahead. Up to 10,000 electric vehicles are to arrive in the streets of the city through increased promotional activities as well as the installation of one charging station in each community EBL supplies. The utility hopes to not only deliver electricity but also to use the electric vehicle batteries for energy storage in the long run.
nzz.ch (in German)
First bid for postal fleet: USPS’ plan to replace its entire fleet of 180,000 vehicles has got a respond. AMP pointed out potential cost savings to the United States Postal Service if it would use E-GEN electric trucks and HorseFly drones. The company says it has the capacity to produce 60,000 vehicles annually.
Breaking news: The first electric bus fast-charged via CCS is now operating in Sweden. VDL Bus & Coach just delivered the Citea Electric Bus together with a CCS fast-charging station by Heliox offering up to 120 kW to the Swedish transport provider Byberg & Nordin.
Source: Information via email
York is to convert five diesel buses to electric as it has been awarded 475,000 pounds in government funding. The city estimates the buses will save 75,000 pounds annually. York has just been shortlisted in the run-up for the 35-million fund for ULEV centres of excellence (we reported).
Energetic exchange: The California Energy Commission and the Dutch Province of Noord-Holland agreed to work together on transportation energy projects. Areas of exchange will include models for EV charging infrastructure and solutions for multi-unit dwellings as well as the Dutch SolaRoad.
greencarcongress.com, energy.ca.gov (agreement), solaroad.nl (SolaRoad)
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