Mercedes confirms Formula E exit
Mercedes has officially confirmed its exit from Formula E after the coming season. The decision had been taken as part of a strategic realignment of resource allocation for the development of electric vehicles.
Mercedes increases Aston Martin shares
Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will significantly increase its stake in the struggling British manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda from what is currently 2.6 per cent to a maximum of 20 per cent. In return, the British company is to receive hybrid and electric drive trains from Mercedes.
Aston Martin postpones electrification plans
The financially stricken sports car manufacturer Aston Martin has begun postponing their plans for electric cars. Although the British company has a new investor, it will first invest the existing budget in combustion engine models and the new SUV DBX.
Is Aston Martin cancelling Rapide E production?
In April 2019, Aston Martin presented its first electric model, the Rapide E, which was to be built in a limited edition of 155 units. Now a British magazine reports that not even these few electric cars will see the light of day.
Detroit Electric ghosted Aston Martin
Two years ago, the US American startup announced intentions of developing three EV models but since there hasn’t been any news. A new report now claims that the company is having financial trouble. Apparently DE even subcontracted Aston Martin to develop a chassis system, and then stiffed them on the bill.
Aston Martin launches limited edition Rapide E
Aston Martin CEO, Marek Reichman, took to the stage at Auto Shanghai to reveal his company’s first fully electric model, the Rapid E. The zero-emission luxury car is to have a strictly limited production run of 155 units and will be delivered to customers later this year.
James Bond goes electric
Similarly to other British celebrities, James Bond will be going electric in her Majesty’s service in the next film. While the movies have always been noted by car enthusiasts, the Aston Martin Rapide E, is upholding the tradition and exclusively so as only 155 units will be built.
Lagonda presents “All-Terrain” e-SUV concept
Aston Martin’s electric car outlet Lagonda has brought a preview of its first production model to Geneva. The “All-Terrain Concept” will be produced at the new St. Athan plant in Wales from 2022. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has not yet revealed any technical details in its otherwise imaginative description.
UK: £35M for three low-carbon technology projects
The British government has awarded a total of 35M pounds to three projects involving players such as Nissan and Aston Martin. They are developing low carbon technology with funding through the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) with industry matching the investment.
Aston Martin & RR both envisioning luxurious air taxis
Aston Martin presents the Vision Volante Concept, a study of a premium VTOL with hybrid propulsion. Whether the three-seater will ever take-off on a mass scale is uncertain. Yet Aston is on to something as Rolls-Royce also issued their version of an air taxi.
Aston Martin teases first Lagonda EV
Following the recent decision to turn Lagonda into a fully developed EV brand, Aston Martin now has officially declared their first vehicle model to be an electric luxury SUV, based on the Lagonda Vision Concept from Geneva. The first teaser was also subsequently released.
Aston Martins electric brand Lagonda to debut with SUV
Aston Martin are to turn their Lagonda label into a pure EV brand reportedly and now revealed some details regarding their first model. It will built on their Vision concept, first presented in Geneva earlier this year, and is an electric SUV set to debut in 2021.
Cummins, Schaeffler, NCTE, Aston Martin, Tesla.
E-truck by diesel engine builder: Cummins, commonly known for its diesel motors, apparently got a sense for Zeitgeist and now presents its own electric truck. The AEOS is an 8 ton cab able to tow a 22 ton trailer. Its 140 kWh battery is said to last for 160 kilometres of heavy duty but Cummins offers an optional diesel range extender that expands the operation to 500 km. Still, Cummins seems serious and plans to begin production by 2019. Once the AEOS will hit the road a year later, the manufacturer targets a charge time of 20 minutes, Tesla style.
electrek.co, carscoops.com, forbes.com
E-bike sensors: Schaeffler has teamed up with NCTE to get a foot into the torque sensor market for electric bicycles. The cooperation shall lead to a joint portfolio that Schaeffler wants to market exclusively worldwide. The sensors measure the cadence or, the cadence frequency combined with torque.
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Big in Japan: Aston Martin wants to open a new 500m pound Meta Technology site in Japan to strengthen its position in Asia. The office will be responsible for connecting with local firms specialised in electric powertrain and connected technologies, as well as growing Aston Martin’s dealer network.
Battery price changes: Tesla has decreased costs for its top trim 100 kWh battery pack for both the Model S and X. They are now up to 5,000 dollars cheaper or rather cost the same as they did before the last price increase. Tesla claims it is passing cost efficiency improvements trough to customers.
Zero emission Aston Martin.
When certain manufacturers are asked when they will offer an electric model, most take a defiant approach. Aston Martin however, decided to bridge the waiting time with humour and presents its first ultra clean and extra light ZEV, the AMR-SB racer. P.s.: SB stands for soapbox.
Aston Martin, Renault, Seat, Kia, BMW, Shenzhen Wuzhoulong.
Aston Martin to limit RapidE: The British want to manufacture no more than 155 units of its all-electric RapidE from 2019. That is just one third of the amount announced initially. The reason is that Aston Martin quit its partnership (for this electric model) with Chinese company Le Eco due to the latter’s financial problems. Pre-orders with a down payment of 10 percent of the total 200,000 pounds shall be possible from August. The electric version of Aston Martin’s DBX is supposed to enter the market by 2019.
Pricing for Renault’s electric Kangoo: In Germany, net prices for the new Kangoo Z.E. with its 33 kWh battery start at 20,820 euros, the cheapest long version Kangoo Maxi is available for 22,820. For the first time, the French offer the battery for sale rather than lease only with its EV.
Seat to electrify its Cupra: The Spanish intend to create electric versions of its performance models called Cupra. So far, the Seat Leon is the only one existing as well in a Cupra version, but in 2018 an Ateca Cupra is to follow. Seat’s first EV model based on the MEB platform is due by 2019.
No electrification of Kia’s Stonic: The Korean car manufacturer denies rumours claiming an electric twin of its compact crossover Stonic at launch. Marketing head Seo Bo-won stated that there won’t be a hybrid version neither. The explanation is that Kia seeks to delineate the Stonic from the Niro.
BMW extends its U.S. factory: The Germans want to invest 600m dollars in Spartanburg, South Carolina and create 1,000 jobs over the next four years, BMW announced during its X3 model presentation. It seems likely, the planned X3 electric version will be made in Spartanburg from 2019, too.
New electric bus for China: Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors has presented a 12 metre electric bus for the Chinese market. The Wuzhoulong F2 Felicity comes with a 250 kW drive from UQM and shall be particularly light and thus particularly energy-efficient.
Navya, Aston Martin, Empa, BAE Systems.
Navya plans U.S. Production: The French manufacturer wants to erect an assembly facility for autonomous EVs in Michigan. It is there the first 20 units of its electric shuttle Arma shall come off the lines this year. Navya has worked together with the University of Michigan in order to test the Arma model in its simulated city dubbed Mcity since 2016, hence its decision to produce outside Europe.
greencarcongress.com, mlive.com, navya.tech
Aston Martin’s Valkyrie: The hybrid super sports car by Aston Martin and Red Bull may deliver 1,130 hp, according to unconfirmed information. 1,000 hp however come from a V12 engine, the rest is contributed electrically.
As reported, the battery system will be supplied by Rimac, the drive control by Bosch. The edition is limited to 150 regular units and 25 additional racing vehicles.
Hydrogen decoded: Scientists of the Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt (Empa) managed to decode the movement of H2 ions in crystals. Their results could help to choose more suitable materials for fuel cells and H2 storage in the future.
UK based BAE Systems teams up with QinetiQ as both seek to equip combat vehicles with electric mobility systems. The aim is to improve the vehicles’ fuel efficiency and to decrease their life-cycle costs. While BAE is an expert in the field of defence tech, QinetiQ contributes its electric drive expertise.