Ballard Power Systems has signed an agreement to launch a pilot project to develop a hydrogen fuel cell electric truck for mining operations with Adani and Ashok Leyland. This collaboration should result in Asia’s first planned hydrogen-powered mining truck.
Switch Mobility, a subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, has unveiled what it claims is the first all-electric double-decker bus for the Indian market. Switch India has already secured an order for 200 electric double-decker buses from Mumbai.
Switch Mobility, the UK subsidiary of Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland, and Indian transport company Chalo have entered into a strategic cooperation to deploy 5,000 electric buses across India.
Switch Mobility, the British subsidiary of the Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland, has presented the new generation of its e1 electric bus, which was developed specifically for markets in continental Europe.
Switch Mobility has announced plans to invest £300Mn across the UK and India to develop its electric buses and light commercial vehicles. The British subsidiary of India’s Ashok Leyland has similar targets for Europe, where a new facility is under construction in Spain.
Switch Mobility has announced the construction of a production facility for electric vehicles in the Spanish province of Valladolid. The British subsidiary of the Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland plans to invest around 100 million euros in its first site in continental Europe over the next ten years. Construction is scheduled to start on […]
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.
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, 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.
Ashok Leyland’s British subsidiary Optare will be delivering 21 fully electric double-decker buses to London. The contract is part of a larger order, which contains a total of 68 new vehicles for London’s fleets.
India has made a decision for the manufacturers which will provide the electric buses for the planned fleets of 520 vehicles in ten Indian cities. Winners were the joint venture between BYD and Goldstone and Tata Motors.
JBM Solaris Electric Vehicles, a joint venture between Polish Solaris and the Indian firm JBM Auto, has introduced a new electric bus series called “Eco Life” to the Indian market. Additionally, Ashok Leyland presented its first electric bus with battery swap.
Just one day after Israel’s battery company Phinergy announced a cooperation with Indian’s state-owned oil company Indian Oil Corporation, Ashok Leyland states that it also teams up with the Isreali to progress in the field of metal-air batteries.
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. automobilemag.com
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. autocar.co.uk
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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. reuters.com
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. bloombergquint.com, drivespark.com
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. carscoops.com, electrek.co
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. autocarpro.in, newindianexpress.com
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). carnewschina.com
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. caradvice.com.au, motoring.com.au
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. indianautosblog.com
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. transportevolved.com
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. greencarreports.com
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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