Tag: Aston Martin

Jun 1, 2016 - 08:19 am

Aston Martin, Red Bull, Toshiba, Zero, Apple.

Truly desired: The hybrid sport car by Aston Martin and Red Bull has been sold out – even though production will not start until 2018 (we reported). All 100 planed units found a new owner during the Formula One race in Monaco. Apparently, there were even twice as many potential buyers as cars.
ibtimes.co.uk, itechpost.com

Wireless charger put to the test: Toshiba will test its inductive charging system under real life conditions in Japan from now until December. It will be used to charge an electric bus that services an 11 km route. Engineers estimate charging to take about 15 minutes for each direction.
phys.org, toshiba.co.jp

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Electric climb to the top: The MIT’s Electric Vehicle Team is working with Zero Motorcycles and other partners to take part in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb at the end of June. Named KOMMIT-EV, the team further developed the Zero FXS’ drivetrain and aerodynamics.
hybridcars.com, ppihc.com

Apple patents smartphone key: The company applied for a patent for its “Accessing Vehicles Using Portable Devices” technology. It would allow cars to be locked and unlocked using a smartphone, while access can be granted to others by sending an access code. Is this yet another clue in the iCar puzzle?

May 4, 2016 - 08:32 am

Aston Martin, Tesla, Evans Electric, Efficient Drivetrain.

Codename AM-RB 001: Aston Martin and Red Bull’s planned hybrid sports car is said to be available as two variants: 99 units will be street legal, says Red Bull Adrian Newey. Another few units will be made especially for the race track.

Tesla-Bioweapon-Defense-ModeBioweapon-defence put to the test: Tesla’s HEPA filter and “Bioweapon Defence Mode” are not just a marketing gag, as test have shown. A Model X was placed in a huge bubble with very pure air quality. In just two minutes, the pollution levels dropped so far that they could no longer measured.

Compact e-motor from Down Under: Australian company Evans Electric has developed a new electric motor. The Axial flux asynchronous induction motor boasts 90 kW and 300 Nm of torque. Moreover, it is said to be 70 percent smaller as other electric motors with similar performance models.
electric-vehiclenews.com l

Electrification kit: The PowerDrive is Efficient Drivetrains’ latest developer kit for plug-in hybrids. It offers OEMs comprehensive framework to rapidly develop PHEVs and includes a high-efficiency drivetrain, vehicle control and telematics software, as well as and the training and support infrastructure.

Mar 18, 2016 - 09:22 am

ZSW, Aston Martin, Formula E, Dyson.

Automated cell production in Germany: The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW) had built a pilot plant that now successfully manufactures automotive-grade lithium-ion cells. The PHEV 1 format standard cells were produced fully automatically at a high production rate. BASF, BMW, Daimler, Elring Klinger, Manz, Robert Bosch, Rockwood Lithium, SGL Carbon and Siemens are already pitching in to scale up the open technology.

Red Bull Aston Martin racer: Both brands confirm they are working on the “next-gen hypercar” with the codename AM-RB 001. While famed F1 engineer Adrian Newey is involved in the project, nothing has been said about the drivetrain yet. Although a hybrid is more likely than an electric vehicle, Autocar suggests.

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Nissan & BMW to compete in Formula E? The two mayor manufacturers are in talks with existing teams to join the electric racing series as early as next season, Autosport has learned from inside sources. None would be directly involved in powertrain development at first, and Renault-Nissan has to approve.

16m pound for battery research: Dyson received a 16m GBP (23m USD) grant to develop new battery technology. The money is part of a fund earmarked to smarten up motorways and energy infrastructure. Founder Sir James Dyson intends to employ 5,000 researchers, engineers and designers on the Malmesbury site to invent new technologies.
techuk.org, westerndailypress.co.uk

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Dec 17, 2015 - 09:36 am

Hyundai, Aston Martin, NextEV, JMC, ZEV Alliance.

Hyundai-IoniqTaking shape: Hyundai teases its Prius fighter Ioniq further, releasing two more photos. The electric triple – the Ioniq will be offered as EV, PHEV and hybrid – will reportedly hit the market in Korea next month already. The European premiere is most likely set for Geneva in March 2016.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com

Sino-British EV? The LeTV and Aston Martin cooperation might take the shape of a British-built China EV, Autocar predicts, quoting an inside source. The internet company’s first electric car may be build in the carmaker’s Gaydon facility. An official statement only speaks of “manufacturing consultation on new electric vehicles,” however.

Sino-American EV: NextEV hired Padmasree Warrior, former head of technology at Cisco Systems, to lead the start-up’s U.S. operations as it takes on Tesla. The Chinese firm also counts ex Ford Managers Martin Leach among its ranks and has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Munich and San Jose.
bloomberg.com, fortune.com

Simply Sino EV: Four electric and hybrid models by JMC are to arrive on the Chinese market next year. The local manufacturer already launched the purely electric E100 in China and plans to annually produce 60,000 – 70,000 EV by 2020.

British Columbia joined the ZEV Alliance that aims for all emission free cars by 2050. After Quebec, BC is the second Canadian province to sign up. It has a network of a 1,000 EV charging stations and an incentive scheme in place since 2011. But with only 2,000 units on the road, EV uptake is still far from reaching critical mass.

Hybrid pick up: Ford CEO Mark Fields revealed in an interview that the F-Series will be available as a hybrid variant before the end of the decade. The partially electrified pick up is one of the brand’s initiatives that also include electric bicycles and ride hailing and carsharing services.
npr.org via hybridcars.com

Dec 7, 2015 - 09:30 am

Porsche, Aston Martin, Tesla, SAIC-GM, Lexus, Audi.

Mission E confirmed: The supervisory board of the Porsche AG gave the green light for the Mission E project. Porsche will build a production version of the all-electric concept car, first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September. The carmaker says around 700 million euros will be invested and more than 1,000 new jobs will be created at its HQ in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The electric sports car will have a range of more than 500 km and should arrive at dealerships by 2020.
porsche.com, autonews.com, autocar.co.uk

Aston Martin partners with LeTV: The two companies have signed a MoU for the development of connected electric vehicles and smart vehicle technologies. Aston Martin’s first EV, the RapidE, will feature LeTV technology and will debut at the CES in January.

Tesla cancels Detroit appearance: The EV pioneer will not attend the Detroit Auto Show. The event is said to be too costly, especially since Tesla is not even allowed to sell its vehicles in Michigan.


SAIC-GM expands electric portfolio: The joint venture wants to introduce ten electrified models to the Chinese market by 2020. Scheduled for 2016 are the Cadillac CT6 PHEV, the Chevrolet Springo, which is based on the Chevy Volt, and the Buick D2JBI, an Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV).

Lexus to debut LC500: Motoring reports that Lexus will finally reveal the car at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The Lexus LC 500 will also be available with a hybrid V6 powertrain (LC 500h), said to boast nearly 400 kW. Moreover, the drivetrain was redesigned to improve heat efficiency and fuel economy.

Audi gets new technical boss: Stefan Knirsch will replace Ulrich Hackenberg, whose head is the latest to roll following the VW diesel scandal. Since 2013 Knirsch worked as Head of Powertrain within Audi and will now need to help Audi enter the age of electric mobility.
greencarcongress.com, carscoops.com

Oct 22, 2015 - 08:30 am

BMW, Aston Martin, Tesla, London Taxi, Recalls, Mission Motorcycles.

BMW i5 plot thickens: BMW CEO Harald Krüger announced a new model joining the ranks of the electric i-series “soon,” as he spoke to German weekly Zeit. It will be bigger than the i3 and has been spoken of as i5 previously. Furthermore, the i3 will come with longer range next year.
handelsblatt.com (in German)

Aston Martin RapidE: The British carmaker officially unveiled a prototype of its adumbrated electric sedan. Already by 2017, the RapidE Concept could launch boasting 735 kW, especially with the help of investor ChinaEquity. Even Chinese president Xi Jinping graced the electric revelation.
autoexpress.co.uk, europe-autonews.com (ChinaEquity), youtube.com

Fall from grace? Consumer Reports used to be one of Tesla’s biggest supporters. Yet, it has taken back its unreserved recommendation following a survey among 1,400 Model S drivers, who said reliability does not match performance. Nonetheless, 97 percent of all buyers would buy a Tesla again.
consumerreports.org, forbes.com

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Electrified black cab: London Taxi Company of Coventry has revealed its TX5 plug-in hybrid. As the company is owned by Chinese Geely, president Xi Jinping stopped by for the presentation. Set for launch in 2017, Geely plans to produce around 36,000 units, also for export (we reported).

Double recall: BMW is asking 923 i3 in the USA to return to the garage due to possibly faulty passenger airbags that will be replaced. At the same time, Toyota recalls 6.5 million cars worldwide, among them also models which are offered as hybrids, as it needs to fix a defect in the power window switch.
bmwblog.com, autoblog.com (BMW), auto-motor-sport.de, reuters.com (Toyota)

Has Apple played a part in the end of Mission Motorcycles? Potentially yes, although indirectly, Reuters suggests. Before bankruptcy, quite a few top engineers had left the electric motorbike builder for Apple. Mission Motorcycles had to give up last month (we reported).


Oct 14, 2015 - 10:06 am

Volkswagen, Aston Martin, Toyota, Turkey, Audi, Hero Electric.

VW-eUp-ComboNew e-poch for VW: Volkswagen comes up with concrete measures in an attempt to disperse the smelly fumes of dieselgate. VW’s new product strategy includes increased electrification. The MQB platform will be redesigned to accomodate longer range PHEV, EVs and mild hybrids. Additionally, a ‘Modular Electric Toolkit’ (MEB) will be developed to become the standard architecture for electric passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. VW further confirmed to make the next-gen Phaeton electric only.

Aston Martin electrifies as it prepares the all-electric version of the Rapide with up to 735 kW, set for launch by the end of 2017, CEO Andy Palmer announced. It will be followed by an electric DBX.

Prius update: Toyota’s latest Prius will give consumers the choice between a lithium-ion or a new nickel-metal hydride hybrid battery. Optionally, the E-Four system turns the Prius into an AWD. Sales will start this December in Japan.
greencarcongress.com, toyota.co.jp

Turkish EV: Turkey has officially presented the first three prototypes of its national cars. While the models wear camouflage, it is apparent that the design was strongly “inspired” by Cadillac. Two versions are electric with one featuring a range extender. Production is planned for 2019.

A3 electrified: German Auto Bild previews the upcoming A3. By 2019 it will become available as a plug-in hybrid with 220 hp. A mild hybrid version is planned as well.
autobild.de (in German)

Electric two-wheeler: India’s Hero Electric has launched a new electric scooter. The E-Sprint reaches a top speed of 45 kph and claims a range of up to 80 kilometres in eco mode.

Sep 21, 2015 - 07:56 am

Bosch, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, BYD, Barbus.

Bosch batteries: Bosch is evaluating the potential of solid-state batteries and may set up its own battery factory if the technology meets expectations. The world’s largest automotive supplier plans to make the investment decision two years from now, Wirtschaftswoche reports. Bosch recently acquired Californian start-up Seeo (we reported).
wiwo.de (in German)

Red Bull supercar? According to Autocar, Red Bull CTO Adrian Newey is developing a pure electric road car in cooperation with Aston Martin. Following the launch in 2018, the vehicle could potentially also be offered as a hybrid variant with a V8 petrol engine. Mercedes-AMG is said to be looking into contributing to the project.

Lamborghini plug-in: The Urus SUV with an estimated production start in 2018 is likely to be Lamborghini’s first plug-in hybrid to hit the market. A report by Auto Express quotes CEO Stephan Winkelmann, saying that an SUV is better suited in terms of the power-weight ratio to carry the extra battery weight than other car types.

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Mercedes expands in Tuscaloosa: Mercedes-Benz is investing a total of 1.3bn dollars in the expansion of its production plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 300 new jobs will be created in the process. The factory will i.e. serve as the production site for Mercedes’ next generation of SUVs, including hybrid variants.

BYD Song photos: CarNewsChina.com shows pictures of the BYD Song, the plug-in hybrid version of the new BYD S3 SUV. According to the online news site, the car will feature an all-wheel drive and has an electric range of 70 km (43 miles). BYD is planning on launching the plug-in SUV by the end of 2015.

Brabus Tesla makeover: Brabus premiered its first customized Tesla Model S at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Brabus ‘Zero Emission’ branch offers various refinement options for bodywork and interior of the Model S. A fully customised P90D costs 205,768 euros and includes cup holders that can be set to cooling or heating, as well as a wireless smartphone charger.
autoevolution.com, autoblog.com, transportevolved.com

Aug 19, 2015 - 08:19 am

Toyota, Aston Martin, Smart, Tesla, FDG Electric Vehicles.

New-Toyota-Prius-2016Olympic push: Toyota plans to introduce a number of new models in order to present its interpretation of future mobility as part of its sponsorship of the Olympic Games in 2020. In addition to the next-gen Prius, the i-Road, and the Mirai (which is said to receive a facelift in 2018), Toyota reportedly also plans to launch its Taxi Concept (first shown at the 2013 Tokyo motor show), fuel cell versions of the Lexus LS (2017) and Toyota Crown (2019) as well as a new hybrid minivan called Alphard (2020).

Electric duo: Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to Automotive News that the British carmaker aims to launch an all-electric version of its Rapide in two years, followed by an electrified DBX crossover. The latter would be introduced around 2019 as a plug-in hybrid as well as an all-electric version.

E-Smart axed: Production of the Smart Fortwo´s current electric version has been discontinued, according to a Daimler spokesperson. The electric successor is scheduled for the end of 2016.
tagesspiegel.de (in German)

Big bets on Tesla: In a report published on Monday, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas increased the price target for Tesla Motors from 280 to a whopping 465 dollars a share. The analyst believes that the Californian electric car pioneer is uniquely positioned to dominate the emerging world of “shared mobility” and expects fully autonomous and shared electric cars to be launched within ten years from now.
bloomberg.com, forbes.com

FDG gets cash injection: Asia’s richest man Li Ka-Shing has bought a minority stake in the electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery developer FDG Electric Vehicles. The China-based company sold a total of 800 million shares worth 368 million Hong Kong Dollars (49 million USD).
bloomberg.com, 4-traders.com

May 20, 2015 - 08:59 am

Battery costs, Volvo, Aston Martin, Tesla, Bentley, IMF.

The cost of batteries could drop 35% by 2025, a recent analysis by Lux Research suggests. Li-ion batteries from manufacturers like Panasonic or Tesla could thus cost 172 dollars per kWh, while smaller scale manufacturers would still need to charge more than 200 USD/kWh.

Volvo-XC90Double standards: Every Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine in the U.S. will be equipped with AeroVironment’s charge cable ‘TurboCord Dual’ as standard. It enables Level 1 as well as Level 2 charging at 240-volt outlets.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

Electric Aston Martin made in USA? The British brand will open a second factory to build the electric DBX. CEO Andy Palmer called Alabama the “obvious choice,” but added that no decision has been made yet. The company believes that the electric Aston will mainly be sold in the U.S. and China.

Tesla goes free: The Model S is the first imported EV that will be exempt from the licence plate lottery in the Chinese city of Tianjin. That means, owners will be able to register the American electric car for free, which is already the case for all EVs manufactured in China.

Bare Bentley SUV: New pictures show the Bentayga with almost no camouflage. Bentley’s luxury SUV is said to also be available as a plug-in hybrid variant and is scheduled to arrive on the market in 2016.

True cost of fossil fuels: A new IMF estimate reveals that every day, fossil fuels receive 10 million dollars per minute in subsidies, costing governments worldwide 5.3 trillion dollars a year. The costs include the impact that burning of oil, gas and coal has on humankind in terms of air pollution and health risk, as well as droughts and floods. The International Monetary Fund calls for the end of subsidies, saying it could become a “game changer” for countries and the climate.

May 18, 2015 - 08:43 am

Volkswagen, BYD, Aston Martin, Honda, Renault, Zero Motorcycles.

Golf plug-in with gullwing doors: VW used the annual Wörthersee festival in Austria to unveil the Golf GTE Sport. The concept features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with two electric motors and a combined output of 400 hp, a carbon fiber body and gullwing doors. The Golf GTE Sport will most likely not go into serial production, however.
greencarcongress.com, autovolt-magazine.com, theverge.com

BYD e6 to get increased range: By the end of the year, BYD will offer its e6, often used as a taxi, with considerably more range. The 82 kWh battery pack features cells with an increased energy density and will allow the EV to go 250 miles (400 km) on one charge, while the weight of the car will only increase by 40 kilos compared to the current model.
electric-vehiclenews.com, insideevs.com

Aston Martin update: Auto Express reports that the serial production version of the all-electric DBX, introduced as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show, will have a range of more than 300 miles (480 km). The EV is said to become available in 2019 (we reported).

Honda begins Shuttle sales in Japan: Honda Motor has launched its new, compact Shuttle, which is now available for sale across Japan. The station wagon is available in two hybrid variants, the Hybrid X and Hybrid Z. According to Honda, this is the first time that any station wagon in the 5-number size available in the market has a 4WD option.
automotiveworld.com, automotive-business-review.com

Job engine Zoe: Renault has added 100 jobs at its factory in Cléon, France. The reason is the production of the new electric motor R240, which will give the Renault Zoe 30 kilometres more range (up to 240 km) and will soon be delivered.

Zero Motorcycles invests: The electric motorcycle maker is investing more than 2 million dollars in its research, development and production. Half of the money is provided by the California Energy Commission. Moreover, Zero announced that its complete model range is now also available in Italy.
electriccarsreport.com, prnewswire.com

May 4, 2015 - 08:05 am

Tesla, Toyota, Aston Martin, Audi, London Taxi Company, Via Motors.

Powerful impact: Tesla strikes again, unveiling its stationery battery packs that it hopes will lead the renewable revolution. The PowerWall for homes comes with either 7 kWh or 10 kWh and costs 3,000 or 3,500 dollars, respectively. For 25,000 dollars, businesses can purchase the PowerPack with a capacity of 100 kWh. Shipping will begin later this spring. Numerous international companies are already working with Tesla, such as EnerNOC and German LichtBlick.
chargedevs.com, transportevolved.com, greencarcongress.com (EnerNOC), greencarcongress.com (LichtBlick and others)

New Prius awaits: Toyota says it will end production of the current Prius plug-in hybrid this June. The 2016 generation will not be built before December, meaning the 2016 Prius PHEV cannot be expected before October next year and will possibly be in short supply until then.
transportevolved.com, insideevs.com

Aston Martin EV by 2019: Together, the two biggest shareholders of the British luxury carmaker will pay 200 million pounds (305m dollars) to make the electric concept DBX shown in Geneva a reality. The serial EV is set to launch in 2019.
electric-vehiclenews.com, automobilemag.com

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Semi-autonomous Audi: According to Autobild, the new A6 will come with automatic driving features up to a speed of 120 kph. Launching in July 2017, the new Audi will be made available as plug-in hybrid featuring a 90 kW electric motor, as well as a mild hybrid variant.
autobild.de (German original source), indianautosblog.com

Hybrid black cab: Geely-owned London Taxi Company announced that it wants to introduce a plug-in model of the iconic TX5 taxis. Combining an electric drive and petrol range extender, the black taxis are set to go on sale before 2018, and might be offered outside the UK as well.

Via voucher scheme: Electric truck manufacturer Via Motors launched the ‘Drive Clean Chicago’ voucher programme, aimed at fleet operators and businesses in the Chicago area. When purchasing an electrified VTRUX vehicle, vouchers from 39,460 over 41,200 to 42,892 dollars apply.

Apr 7, 2015 - 09:10 am

Aston Martin, China, Mugen, Innovate UK & OleV, TZE.

Rapide update: The all-electric Aston Martin is becoming more concrete. It could be launched in two to three years and will be powered by a four-wheel drive, possibly delivering more than 700 kW. According to CEO Andy Palmer, a range of well over 200 miles could be expected.

EV development aid: The Chinese government has taken steps to invest 4.2 billion yuan (681m dollars) in the development of the “new energy vehicle” industry in the country. Funds will begin being collected from 25 different enterprises starting this May.

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Electric racer: This is the fourth time Mugen will supply an electric motorbike for the TT Zero race. The new superbike is called “Shinden Yon” and is more powerful but also heavier than its predecessor. A 110-kW motor is said to push the 250 kilo bike across the finish line.

Tender: Innovate UK and the Office for low emission Vehicles (OleV) want to invest up to 10 million pounds (15m dollars) in a consortium that will set up a pilot production of high-voltage batteries for electric vehicles. Companies can still apply to become part of the consortium until the 27th of May.

Inductive charging in China: The Chinese Telekom ZTE wants to invest 3.5 billion yuan (568m dollars) to further expand the use of the technology. Until June, the company wants to add ten electric bus routes and work with car manufacturers to make EVs compatible with inductive charging technologies.

Apr 1, 2015 - 08:51 am

Tesla, Aston Martin, Mean Metal Motors, BMW & Toyota, Indonesia.

Elon twitters up the stock: It took just one tweet by Tesla CEO Musk to boost the confidence of fans and shareholders. On April 30th, the carmaker will launch a new product series that Musk says is not a car. It will probably be the announced in-home battery, but some seem more convinced that Tesla will be launching an electric motorcycle.
twitter.com, forbes.com, benzinga.com (e-motorcycle)

Electrified Rapide: Aston Martin seems to be thinking about offering an all-electric variant of its sports car Rapide. Quoting the carmaker’s new CEO Andy Palmer, the Wall Street Journal reports that the electric Rapide could hit the road in two to three years.

Hybrid supercar from India? Mean Metal Motors, an automobile start-up from India, says that it is working on the M-Zero sports car featuring a hybrid drivetrain. It would be the first of its kind from India. The design will definitely have heads turning.
malayalamlive.co, youtube.com (video)


BMW and Toyota may not go hybrid: According to Car and Driver, the jointly developed successors of the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra may not be offered as a hybrid variant, after all. Though it says that project “Silk Road” shows no signs of electrification, we are not ready to give up quite yet.
caranddriver.com, autoblog.com

National car project: Indonesia wants to develop and build an all-electric “national car.” Earlier this year, Indonesian firm PT Adiperkasa Citra Lestari and Malaysian automaker Proton Holdings Berhard had signed a MoU to collaborate on the project.
ens-newswire.com, paultan.org

Small electric bus from China: The Fulaiwo Polaris mini-mini bus was presented at the Shandong EV Expo in China last month. Its 1.5 kW electric motor and lead-acid battery allow for a top speed of 40 kph and 130 kilometers of range. It can apparently seat up to 20 children.

Mar 6, 2015 - 09:30 am

BMW & Apple, Continental, Aston Martin, VW, EDI, Seat.

BMW i3 to become the iCar? The Bavarians are talking to Apple about a possible cooperation, German Auto Motor und Sport reports. Apparently, the i3 could become the Apple EV, or both companies could develop a new car altogether. However, BMW was quick to deny any plans of jointly developing an EV with the IT giant but does confirms that a dialogue is indeed on-going.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (rumours in German), reuters.com (denial in English)

Conti to court Apple: Meanwhile, automotive supplier Continental has expressed its interest in becoming a partner in the iCar project. Conti would be interested in acting as partner for Apple if the company decides to build a car, CEO Elmar Degenhart said.
europe.autonews.com, appleinsider.com

Aston Martin EV to get serious: As reported, the Brits brought the electric DBX Concept to Geneva. Now it looks like it is much more than a show car as Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer told Automobil Produktion that the electric Crossover might hit the market as early as 2018.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)

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Lower priced e-Golf: Volkswagen has announced a new trim line of its all-electric Golf in the US. The 2015 e-Golf Limited Edition will cost nearly 2,000 dollars less than its SEL counterpart at 33,450 dollars. Changes concern interior and exterior features like seats or lights.
greencarcongress.com, autoguide.com

Class 3 PHEV truck: Efficient Drivetrains (EDI) now offers a plug-in hybrid system for utility trucks. The system offers an all-electric range of up to 40 miles. The battery is further said to hold enough energy to operate work tools on-site or to act as power source in an emergency.

Seat SUV concept: In Geneva, Volkswagen’s Spanish subsidiary presented its 20V20 SUV. Set to launch by 2016, Seat said it is considering plug-in hybrid versions combined with TSI and TDI engines.
topgear.com, puregreencars.com, seat.com

Mar 4, 2015 - 10:07 am

Mercedes, Aston Martin, Audi, Ford, Volkswagen, Volvo.

Mercedes-V-ision-eDaimler plug-in van: Mercedes presented the ‘V-ision e’ concept in Geneva, a plug-in hybrid version of its V-Class MPV. It features the hybrid drive known from the C 350 e, with a system power ouput of 333 hp and an electric range of 50 kilometers. It is not yet clear if the V-series hybrid will go into production.
greencarcongress.com, carscoops.com

Aston Martin fully electric: The Brits have unveiled their first electric car, the DBX Concept at the Motor Show in Switzerland. It features four in-wheel drives which are powered by Li-S cells. While the DBX is far from being production-ready, it is a clear sign that Andy Palmer (formerly Nissan) is in the house.
autocar.co.uk, transportevolved.com, bloomberg.com

The Audi Tesla fighter has arrived as the German carmaker showcased the R8 e-tron in Geneva. Two electric motors with 170 kW each drive the sports car. The 92 kWh battery is said to last for 450 kilometres (280 miles). The R8 e-tron will be ready for orders this year, but delivery is set for 2016, an Audi spokesperson told electrive.com.
springerprofessional.de (in German)

Ford EV? Ford will go all electric, Automobile reports. The new model is said to offer more than 200 miles of range and might be presented already this year. It does remind us of GM’s Chevy Bolt…

VW plug-in coupé: Volkswagen presented its Sport Coupé Concept GTE plug-in hybrid in Geneva. It provides an outlook on a new VW design language which might be applied to the next Passat CC. The concept PHEV is powered by a 380-hp strong system that combines a TSI with two electric motors.
greencarcongress.com, caranddriver.com

New hybrid by Volvo: The V60 D6 Hybrid now has a younger brother, the V60 D5 Hybrid that offers 230 instead of 283 hp. The electric drive of the diesel plug-in hybrid delivers 50 kW and is powered by a 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, which allows for an all-electric range of 50 kilometers.
carscoops.com, autoblog.com, worldcarfans.com

Dec 12, 2014 - 09:15 am

Tesla Fighters, Aston Martin, Mini, Prodeco, Saab, Tesla, Mercedes.

Tesla-Model-XGerman Tesla fighters: Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche plan to take over the electric luxury segment by 2018, German Auto Bild reports in its print edition and in an online report by its employee Georg Kacher. Under a program known internally as Ecoluxe, Mercedes is planning four new electric models to be built in a new plant. According to the reports, Porsche is working on the all-electric 717 with a range of 500 kilometers. BMW will issue the i5 while Audi is going to start with the Q6 e-tron.
presseportal.de (Autobild teaser in German) automobilemag.com (Details in Englisch)

Aston Martin hybrids? The British carmaker is preparing to generate between 100 million and 150 million pounds by issuing new shares or bonds, Reuters reports exclusively. The money is intended for new models including hybrids as part of a recovery strategy until 2020.

Vision to become true: Apparently, Mini is planning to create a production version of its electric roadster concept Superleggera Vision as patent drawings have surfaced on the world wide web. However, the sketches show a slightly less extravagant EV.
autoevolution.com, motorward.com

PayMeOn to acquire Prodeco: Already a minority holder, PayMeOn now signed a letter of intent to fully take over the American e-bike manufacturer Prodeco. Its e-bikes are mainly throttle-operated although a pedal-assisted version for the European market debuted at this year’s Eurobike show.

Grace period for Saab: The Swedish district court dealing with the restructuring of Saab-owner NEVS has granted the process another three months. NEVS now has time until March 2 2015 to reorganise its business. All 19 creditors apart from one have agreed.

Tesla goes big in Canada: Last week, the Californian carmaker opened a 45,000-square-foot Tesla Store in Montreal. It is the biggest outlet of all 60 stores in North America to date.
montrealgazette.com, cbc.ca

Review C300 BlueTEC Hybrid: Alex Grant takes Mercedes’ diesel-electric hybrid on the road and finds it to be a true hybrid not only by engine but by built, too. The system works effectively in both the city and on the motorway, but will not make a “a big dent in overall running costs,” Grant thinks.

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:14 am

Electric copycat.

It’s no secret that one can find the one or other copy of European technologies and designs in China. But this time, the Chinese improved the original, rebuilding Aston Martin´s Cygnet as the all-electric Dojo Pioneer.

Oct 9, 2014 - 08:44 am

GM, Audi, Kia, Hyundai, Tesla, Saab, Aston Martin.

Chevrolet Sonic EV gets closer: GM global product chief Mark Reuss confirmed an all-electric model to complement the Volt and Spark EV when talking to investors. Company insiders later told Automotive News that it is the Sonic that is chosen for electrification and set to be introduced by 2017 with a range of 200 miles to compete with the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S.
autoguide.com, transportevolved.com

Hybrid Audi R8? Car magazine spoke to Audi’s head of development, Ulrich Hackenberg, who announced that the Audi R8 might be offered not only as a fully electric model, the R8 e-tron with 400 kilometres range, but also as a plug-in hybrid. The latter is indirectly shown already in the Lamborghini Asterion as both use the same platform.

Kia and Hyundai are hedging similar plans as the two Korean carmakers plan to join the plug-in hybrid trend. For Kia it will be the K5 aka Optima which is said to be ready within the next year, while Hyundai is set to offer its Sonata with a pluggable technology already by early 2015.


Will the Tesla Model X be shown in January at the Detroit Motor Show? At least that is the news, which analysts from Goldman Sachs brought home from their recent visits to Tesla’s factory at Fremont. A production prototype might show up rather sooner than later.

New deadline for Saab: Yesterday, a Swedish court allowed Chinese Saab-owner NEVS to take more time for the restructuring of the staggering carmaker. NEVS has until November 29th to develop a plan for the future of Saab and to find investors ready to believe in it.

The new head of Aston Martin, Andy Palmer, has begun gathering his men behind him as ex-colleague Simon Sproule is to become the British brand’s chief marketing officer. The two have been working together at Nissan before Sproule took his role at Tesla this April.
prweek.com, green.autoblog.com

Feb 7, 2014 - 09:43 am

Rapid neck-breaking?

Luxury carmaker Aston Martin has issued a recall of all left-hand models built from November 2007. The reason behind the recall is that the gas pedal arm could break and increase the risk of a crash. Unfortunately one of Aston Martin’s suppliers was using Chinese counterfeit plastic material. Having to recall as much as 75% of all cars built in the last six years, could very well break a premium brand’s neck.

Found on electrive.com
01.06.2016 08:42