Dana to supply drive components for Switch
US automotive supplier Dana is partnering with Switch Mobility (formerly Optare), the UK subsidiary of India’s Ashok Leyland. Specifically, Dana is to supply electric drive components for Switch Mobility’s range of buses and commercial vehicles.
Optare Group now called Switch Mobility
In New Delhi, India’s second-largest commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland announced that its fully-owned UK subsidiary Optare Group would be renamed Switch Mobility as part of an expanded focus on electric and sustainable transport.
Optare launches H2 fuel cell double-decker bus
Optare, the English subsidiary of India’s commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland, is launching a fuel cell double-decker bus in cooperation with Arcola Energy. The first Optare Metrodecker H2 buses are already scheduled to go into service in 2021.
VW, BMW, NanoFlowcell, Hyundai, Ashok Leyland, Corvette.
New VW models? Volkswagen plans to add new electric cars to its line-up, leaked patents reveal. They show an electric sports car as well as a mini-bus. The later resembles the Budd-e, while the sports car is sleek with aerodynamic features and may come with a dual electric motor.
vwvortex.com (leak) via autocar.co.uk
BMW to speed up EVs: BMW is to bring Tesla fighters within three years, Automobile Mag reports. The X3 eDrive with 225 kW motor and 70 kWh battery may launch by 2018, followed by an electrified 3-series a year later. The Model S competitor is due next before the i8 will boast 500 kW in 2022.
NanoFlowcell to be serial? The Quantino sports car by NanoFlowcell may soon be made by an undeclared and non-German manufacturer. The company says it is in talks and that the concept could become a reality within four or five years time under another brand name.
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Hyundai to make EVs in China: New electric, plug-in and fuel-cell models will be built in what is Hyundai’s fourth factory in China. The Japanese plan to tackle the Chinese market and expect its electrified line-up to reach a ten percent market share by the end of the decade.
E-bus made in India: Ashok Leyland presented the Circuit, the first electric bus manufactured entirely in India. Said to be designed for the country’s “road and load conditions,” it has a range of 120 km. India’s government plans to exchange a lot of state buses with electric ones by 2020.
Get your electric Corvette but quickly as only 75 pieces will be made by Genovation. Pre-orders are open for the 485 kW GXE, which will cost 750,000 dollars. Deliveries shall start by 2019.
Ashok Leyland, Qianli, Spyker, BMW i, Lexus, Honda.
Commercial EVs from India: Ashok Leyland has presented three new electric commercial vehicle concepts – the Dost LCV, a 10-tonne electric Boss truck and a 10-tonne electric midi bus. The models could be commercialised within two years, if a viable market is found.
Minimalistic EV from China: The Qianli Sea Turtle only has room for two – one in front, the other in the back. The electric motor has an output of only 2.2 kW and is mated to a lead-acid battery. And the price tag is minimalist, too: The EV goes for a mere 23,450 yuan (3,754 dollars).
New hope for Spyker: Dutch luxury car maker Spyker is no longer officially bankrupt, an appeals court ruled this week. Spyker thus returns to the status of “moratorium of payment,” seeking a quick deal with creditors. The company plans to pursue previous plans and merge with an U.S.-based manufacturer of electric airplanes in order to use their technologies for electric Spyker cars “in the foreseeable future”.
autovolt-magazine.com, motoringresearch.com, spykercars.com
India-bound i8: BMW will launch its i8 hybrid sportscar in India on the 18th of February. Only a limited number will be available and for a hefty price: The i8 will cost around 20 million rupees (324,000 dollars).
indianautosblog.com, zigwheels.com, auto.ndtv.com
Lexus NX debuts in Malaysia: The SUV has gone on sale in Malaysia with the hybrid variant 300h starting at 385,063 Ringgit (about 106,000 dollars). Some 600 units have already been ordered since October; how many of them are hybrids, was not announced.
paultan.org (specs), therakyatpost.com (order numbers)
New hybrid offering in Down Under: Honda is giving its hybrid portfolio in Australia a makeover. The CR-Z and Civic Hybrid will be scrapped. Instead, Honda wants to introduce its Accord Hybrid in Australia before mid-2015 and also begin selling the new NSX hybrid sports car in 2016.
Ashok Leyland, Audi, Tesla, Torqeedo.
Ashok Leyland unveils first e-bus in India: The Optare Versa EV Bus seats up to 44 people. It is available in four sizes, ranging from 10 to 12 metres and is the first zero emission bus in the country. The bus was shown at the Bus and Special Vehicles Show 2015 in Greater Noida.
Q7 turns up the heat: The new Audi is the first plug-in hybrid to come with a heat pump instead of a resistive-based heating system. The car therefore requires less electrical energy to heat the cabin and has more energy left to go the extra mile. The technology is already featured in pure EVs.
Expensive repairs: Even dents, scratches and other minor injuries can leave Tesla Model S owners with a major bill. One reason is that car’s body is made from aluminium. Because the material” has no memory,” the car’s body cannot simply be pushed back into place. Therefore, even small repairs can require extensive labour.
Torqeedo presents Deep Blue Hybrid system: The technology enables boat owners to harness solar, wind and regenerative power, as well as from the grid. The system supplies energy to the ship’s hybrid drive and all electrical loads on board. It would i.e. allow work boats to power tools directly from the battery.
chargedevs.com (with video and pictures)
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