Residence apparently complained about loud engine (!!!) noise coming from the Apple testing centre in Sunnyvale, California, at night. That’s the place where the internet giant is allegedly working on the Apple car. Did someone just crank up their iPod or were we wrong about Apple making an EV?
BMW, Riversimple Engineering, Audi R8 e-tron, Tesla, Bosch.
Highly-efficient BMW in the making? Based on information from German magazine Automobilwoche, BMW is developing a high-efficient plug-in hybrid vehicle that will consume a mere 0.4 litres/100 km in the NEDC. However, the car will most likely never make it to serial production since the project’s profitableness is considered low.
techfieber.de (in German)
Hydrogen-powered prototype: British company Riversimple Engineering will build a two-seater featuring four wheel hub motors, a fuel cell and supercapacitors. The car will have a range of 300 miles and the prototype will be built with funding from the Welsh government.
R8 e-tron EV update: Green Car Congress takes a closer look at the upcoming R8 e-tron. The car will i.e. feature an especially developed liquid-cooled, high energy density Li-ion battery. The 7,488 cells are packed in 52 modules of 144 cells each. More details can be found in the article.
Self-driving Tesla: Forbes has tested the Tesla Model S, owned and equipped with autonomous driving technology by Bosch. While a fully self-driving Tesla Model S is out of reach for now, Forbes is convinced “that it’s only a matter of time before we’ll be able to let go of the wheel when we want. But also drive ourselves when we want, and in the future, have the best of both worlds”.
Hyundai, Audi R8 e-tron, Audi Q7, Seoul, Infiniti, Bentley.
Hyundai hybrids revealed: At the NAIAS, the Koreans presented the new Sonata Hybrid as well as the PHEV version. The latter has a said electric range of 22 miles due to its larger battery pack (9.8 kWh). The 2016 Sonata Hybrid is set to go to market this summer with the plug-in to follow in fall.
Audi R8 e-tron debut in March: Audi’s head of technology, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, said the R8 and its all-electric version will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The R8 e-tron serves foremost as a “technology presenter” for different drive technologies like a plug-in hybrid, Hackenberg added.
Q7 world premiere: The new Audi SUV debuted in Detroit and will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid as expected. The Q7 e-Tron Quattro combines a 258-hp diesel engine with a 94-kW electric motor. Almost 35 miles of electric range is Audi’s promise for the PHEV to be launched “shortly after” the gas Q7.
insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com, detroitnews.com
Seoul to clear the air: As the South Korean capital suffers from fine dust pollution, the Ministry of Environment was asked to tighten regulations. Seoul considers to introduce so-called Clean Zones in the city centre where only electric and hybrid cars would be allowed to enter. Additionally, the municipal government is looking to collaborate with other local governments to jointly invest in electric cars.
New Infiniti concept: Nissan’s luxurious subsidy showcases the Q60 Concept at the NAIAS which might become a production coupé in 2016. A hybrid version is likely but has not yet been confirmed.
Bentley SUV baptised: The first SUV of the British brand will be called Bentayga when it hits the market in 2016. A plug-in hybrid is expected a year later while the SUV could premier at the 2015 IAA.