Arcimoto found 5x larger production base in Oregon
Arcimoto, which makes funky electric trikes, has announced that it has agreed to purchase a new manufacturing site in Eugene, Oregon. Spanning over 185,000 square foot (about 17,187 sqm), the new factory is more than five times as large as Arcimoto’s current production facilities.Weiterlesen
Elon Musk on the crash course
Mark Frohnmayer, the founder of Arcimoto, a US American manufacturer of three-wheeled electric vehicles, claims in a recently published interview that Tesla CEO Elon Musk drove one of his cars into a wall in the fall of 2019. Musk were foolhardy but not injured.Weiterlesen
Arcimoto’s electric Rapid Responder to save lives
Arcimoto has announced that it will test its fully electric trike, the Rapid Responder, in pilot programs in Oregon and California. The vehicle was originally released as a fun utility vehicle (FUV), and will now be outfitted for first resonders and law enforcement.Weiterlesen
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EU, Spain, SsangYong, Mahindra, Zotye, Arcimoto, Toyota.
EU plans plug-in opportunities: European energy ministers agree, new and newly refurbished buildings must feature EV charging stations from 2025. If the FAZ report is accurate, the ministers mostly followed the EU commission’s previous proposal that called for residential buildings with more than ten parking stalls to at least put in place the necessary wiring for EV chargers. Parking in commercial buildings must offer one charging opportunity and put wires at every third spot although small enterprises might be exempt from that rule. However, for the draft to become law, both the EU Parliament as well as the Council of Ministers must consent first.
electrive.net via faz.net (both in German)
E-mobility receives a “si¡” in Spain, where the government decided to continue its Movea funding scheme. Another 14.26m euros have been earmarked for EV incentives such as 5,500 euros per electric car given it got a list price below 32,000 euros. Charging infrastructure is facilitated with 1,000 euros when installing an AC charger and 15,000 euros can be claimed for each fast-charging station.
hibridosyelectricos.com (in Spanish)
Indo-Korean EV cooperation: Korean SsangYong Motor is working on an electric SUV with its Indian owner Mahindra. Together they aim for 300 km range and a launch by 2020. It will be the first fruit of the recently announced partnership in which both vied to spend 1bn dollars for joint EV development.
Zotye EV label: Chinese Zotye has created a brand likely dedicated to its electric offering. Junma, officially Chongqing Junma New Energy Vehicle Company suggests a focus on electric and plug-in hybrids made in Chongqing but no more details have been published so far.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)
Arcimoto’s low cost e-trike is ready to hit the market but all that is missing is cash. So the start-up decided to file for an IPO and hopes to find 9.3m dollars at the stock market to finalise and ultimately produce the electric three-wheeler. The SRK Generation 8 EV can already be pre-ordered online and aims at the lower market segment at a price point of 11,900 dollars.
Rejuvenating Aqua: Toyota gives its Aqua hybrid a make over in Japan. Known as Prius C off the islands, its drive remains but is to become a little more efficient. The model however now includes a crossover variant for the first time.
BMW, Arcimoto, Honda, Belenos, Velfera.
BMW FCV after 2020: The German carmaker won’t introduce its own fuel cell model before the end of its H2 development cooperation with Toyota. BMW is working on further compressing hydrogen to increase storage volume. A long-range, large H2 sedan will thus only be ready “sometime after 2020,” Merten Jung, head of fuel cell development at BMW said.
Low-cost EV market-ready: Arcimoto launched the SRK Generation 8 EV, which comes with 11,900 dollars price tag before incentives. At a top speed of 85 mph, the electric trike can go for 70 to 130 miles on one charge of the Li-ion battery that can store either 12 or 20 kWh. Reservations can be made on the company’s website.
Cute EV-Cub: Honda electrifies its small Cub motorcycle. The EV-Cub concept features an electric motor in each wheel and a battery that sits low in the centre of the moped. The manufacturer has not yet released specifications, as the electric two-wheeler is only due to launch by 2020.
Swatch batteries? Belenos Clean Power, a battery maker controlled by Swatch, announced that it is considering an initial public offering (IPO). Due to the VW scandal, Swatch CEO Nick Hayek anticipates a surge in demand for EV batteries, saying that companies from China, Korea and Germany have shown interest in the technology developed with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The power packs will be tested in electric bikes, scooters, and drones next year and in cars by 2017.
A new EV factory may be build in Pennsylvania. Texas-based EV maker Velfera secured an option to buy 200 acres at Greenville Reynolds Development and signed letters of intent for further sites in other states. The company now needs to find 130m dollars to fund the construction.
Clarity Fuel Cell: Honda’s “Mirai fighter” will be offered for lease sale in Japan. At a later date, it will go on sale in Europe and the U.S. The Clarity Fuel Cell is on display at the Tokyo Motor Show (we reported).
NCA batteries, Allison Transmission, Arcimoto, EaglePicher.
Increasing lifetime of NCA batteries: The Korean government funded three studies to analyze degradation patterns of Li-ion batteries composed of nickel, cobalt and aluminum. Heat makes the batteries degrade more quickly and with this research, scientists hope to counter the effects.
Components electrification: Allison Transmission presents a new solution for its hybrid drivetrains for buses that will supposedly increase fuel savings from 25 to 41 percent and more. The system comes with a DC-AC converter that makes it possible to use energy from the hybrid system to power accessory components such as electric air compressors.
Affortable EV: U.S. based company Arcimoto has developed an all-electric three-wheeler that it says will sell for less than 20,000 dollars. 15 of the Arcimoto SRK will be produced for a trial mid-2015. Serial production could kick-off as soon as the end of 2016.
Li-ion cells for US military: EaglePicher Technolgies received 22 million dollars in funding from the US Department of Defense for the second phase of the project “Lithium-Ion Battery for Military Applications (LIMA).” The goal is to develop more powerful Li-ion cells for i.e. military aircrafts.
Daimler, Tesla, Hyundai, Porsche, Arcimoto.
Daimler sells stake in Tesla: Daimler announced it sold its stake in Tesla of approximately 4% for about 780 million USD. The sale comes as a surprise, even though Daimler insisted that the technological cooperation deal between the two carmakers remains unchanged.
Hyundai ix35 FCEV arrives in UK: The first Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles have been delivered to customers in the UK and are available to order now. This comes only days after the British government announced that it will fund hydrogen infrastructure with 11 billion pounds (17.7bn USD). Transport for London and ITM Power, both involved in the construction of H2 stations, are among the first customers.
Porsche 918 Spyder sold out? While the manufacturerreportedly only delivered a little over 30 of the 918 units available, Automotive News reports that the models will be sold out by no later than early April 2015. Production is scheduled to end in July.
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Seven time’s the charm: U.S. company Arcimoto unveils the seventh generation version of its three-wheeled EV, which qualifies as a motorcycle. The Arcimoto SRK EV is said to fill a niche between the stability of a car and efficiency of a motorcycle. 15 units will be produced as part of a pilot programme.
Online shopping for a Model S: Instead of waiting to set up a dealership network in China, Tesla is selling 18 pre-configured models of its electric sedan over the internet. The site Tmall.com is operated by China’s Alibaba and the Model S is available with a deposit of 50,000 yuan (8,200 USD).
Terra Motors, Formula E, Infineon, Tesla, Arcimoto.
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Premium e-motorbike: Terra Motors will present its Terra Kiwami at the Auto Expo in India. All we know is that Kiwami means ‘Extreme’ in Japanese and it will be a ‘premium’ motorbike. Terra Motors is best known for its A4000i electric scooter, which turns the riders’ iPhone into a dashboard screen to display details such as the speed, charge status and range.
Formula E to build HQ in UK: The electric racing series has started constructions on its new premises close to Donington Park Racing Circuit. From May this year, facilities for each of the ten Formula E teams, together with offices, stores and workshops for about 150 Formula E employees will spread across an area of 44,000 ft² (4,088 m²).
Infineon eyes e-mobility: Jochen Hanebec, responsible for the automotive division at Infineon, predicts that profits from semiconductors used in electric cars could increase by factor ten until 2020. However, this would require the electric mobility to have its breakthrough. EVs like the BMW i3 are already using almost double as much chip and conductor technology than regular vehicles.
faz.net (In German), techfieber.de (In German)
Much ado about less: Contrary to what ‘China Car Times’ reported yesterday, Tesla will not charge its fans in China an extra-high price. Instead, the Model S with 85 kWh will start from 734,000 yuan (121,400 dollars) and is therefore rather competitively priced.
teslamotors.com, hybridcars.com, chinacartimes.com
Arcimoto e-trike: The Oregon-based start-up has been around since 2009 and just recently updated its electric trike. The new Arcimoto has an alloy chassis, is build on a modular platform and will feature a swappable battery pack.