Reading tip: A new highway was part of Tesla’s deal with Nevada when they chose Sparks for their first Gigafactory. Now the EV maker brought a Model 3 to inaugurate the ‘game changer’ highway.
Nissan, VW, Audi, Toyota, AMG, Future Mobility.
Nissan sells battery business to GSR: What has been widely expected, is about to be realised: Nissan officially confirms that it will sell its complete battery business to Chinese financial investor GSR Capital in order to focus solely on EV designing and production. The package includes the battery unit AESC with its plants in Smyrna (Tennessee) and Sunderland (UK) as well as parts of the carmaker’s Japan-based battery production in Oppama, Atsugi and Zama. According to Nissan, the deal could be signed before the year’s end.
VW introduces premiums to buyers trading in an older diesel model – the step is part of the deal agreed on with German politicians at the “diesel summit” last week. Thus, buyers of VW cars trading in diesel models with Euro 1 to Euro 4 standards are benefiting from an environmental bonus of up to 10,000 euros. Parallel, Volkswagen offers so-called “future premiums” between 1,000 and 2,380 euros to buyers of alternatively powered cars. Both incentives are going to be granted solely in Germany and until the year’s end. Who trades in a VW Golf and buys an e-Golf, benefits for example of 11,760 euros – consisting of 5,000 euros environmental bonus, 2,380 euros future premium and the usual state subsidy, in this case 4,380 euros.
Also Audi offers trade-in incentives: Similar to VW’s bonus system, Audi introduces a premium of 3,000 to 10,000 euros for buyers of new Audi cars trading in their old diesels in 2017 within Germany. Who buys a PHEV benefits also from Audi’s decision to double its share of the state subsidy programme from 1,500 to 3,000 euros.
Toyota to launch more hybrids in Europe: The Japanese carmaker seeks to extend its hybrid vehicle line-up in order to benefit from the current diesel anxiety in Europe, reports Nikkei referring to Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl. Thus, at the latest 2020, Toyota wants to offer every model in minimum two hybrid versions, pushing the share of hybrid cars towards 50 percent of its overall sales in this region.
Mercedes-AMG to show CLS hybrid: Mid-2018, the Daimler subsidiary intends to launch its next-gen CLS, the first model of a new series of AMG hybrid models, according to Autocar. It will be powered by AMG’s 3.0-litre straight-six engine and a 50kW electric motor and could be presented at the L.A. Auto Show in November. Further models with hybrid drive are to follow step-by-step.
Fresh money for Future Mobility: The Chinese start-up has raised additional 200m dollars in its latest funding round. Supported by Foxconn, Tencent as well as Harmony Auto and led by former BMW i manager Carsten Breitfeld, the company seeks to present its first concepts before the year’s end and to kick-off serial EV production by 2019.
Rolls Royce, VW, Microsoft, AMG, Formula E.
All or nothing: Rolls Royce will not bridge to the electric era via hybrid propulsion but go straight to electric if battery technology allows, said CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös. While he sees the future of motoring in electric drivetrains, esp. those from parent company BMW, he also assumes the firm’s clients would not accept “compromise” in the meantime. In terms of autonomy, RR is literally in the luxurious position, that most of its customers have a chauffeur anyway and thus care little for a self-driving Royce.
Future Mobility Days 2017 just happened at Volkswagen in Germany, where the company presented the Gen.E concept that some see as the next-gen electric Golf. There has been no confirmation and little information however, apart form a lightweight platform and a 400km range. The star of the show was supposed to be a mobile robot charging EVs autonomously.
Buy an EV online: Microsoft Sweden has teamed up with local EV dealer EVEN Electric to find digital paths to the minds and homes of potential electric car drivers. The idea is to set up a website that offers price comparisons but also services around EVs.
Hybrid family from AMG: Mercedes performance label has spawned a new line of hybrid ‘53’ powertrains, starting with the CLS 53. Coupling the novel 320kW 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and a 50kW electric motor, the system is to deliver 370kW combined.
The Tesla way: The Formula E is anything but profitable and burned up a net loss of almost 34m euros at end-July 2016 when costs accelerated. However, the loss is almost half of that a year before and so it looks like the electric racing series could be on track to break even.
Jeep, BYD, CCS, AMG, Bosch eBike Systems.
Hybrid Jeep in 2017? Jeep is working on its new Wrangler for 2017 and is considering a hybrid variant, though no decision has been made yet. And Jeep seems to care less about saving petrol than about adding initial torque by adding an electric motor and optimising the crawl ratio.
BYD Tang in the starting blocks: The Chinese manufacturer is introducing its hybrid SUV Tang on its home market. The 354 hp strong vehicle is said to offer an all-electric range of up to 85 km and comes with a price tag of around 250.000 yuan (40,200 dollars), after green-car subsidies.
CCS included: BMW now offers its i3 with CCS rapid-charging capability as standard in the U.S. – an upgrade that still costed 700 dollars in 2014. Heated seats are also standard now. On the other hand, the price of the base MSPR went up by 1,000 dollars. Meanwhile, Volkswagen announced that all future plug-ins in the U.S. will come with CCS quick charging as standard.
insideevs.com (BMW), transportevolved.com (VW)
AMG super hybrid in the making? After speaking to AMG head Tobias Moers, Motor Trend is speculating that a hybrid hypercar to take on the Porsche 918, LaFerrari and McLaren P1 could be in the pipeline. Moers’ lips remained sealed and the speculations unconfirmed.
Bosch eBike Systems kicks off in the U.S.: The German-based company is ready for a new adventure, opening the U.S. headquarters for its e-bike business division in Irvine, California. The Bosch Group launched its e-bike unit in 2009 and now holds large market shares in Europe and Japan.
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