BMW will not renew the i3
BMW has no plans for a successor to the i3. Pieter Nota, head of BMW sales told the Financial Times that the German luxury carmaker will instead concentrate on merging battery and plug-in technology with its other vehicles, while it drums up some new purely electric vehicles.
BMW is branching out at the IAA
The new BMW boss Oliver Zipse briefly outlined his new drive strategy at the IAA. He avoided making a commitment to battery-electric cars such as VW did and stressed various options. With the ‘i Hydrogen Next’, BMW is also presenting a fuel cell car.
Details regarding BMW’s electrification plans
That BMW boss Harald Krüger stumbled over his passive e-mobility strategy, is considered likely in the industry. What will happen under his successor Oliver Zipse remains unclear. However, insiders now deliberated a few details on BMW’s planned models.
BPW applies BMW battery tech to trucks
At the IAA Commercial Vehicles, BPW Bergische Achsen has announced a cooperation with BMW i. In the frame of the cooperation, BPW will be using BMW i battery technology to develop a more powerful axle-motor for electrified trucks.
BMW i representing eco chique
BMW’s electric range BMW i has become a full member of the house as the firm launches the latest accessory collection for drivers of the i3 and i8 or those that would like to display a green conscience.
BMW and Torqueedo to build electric racing yacht
Around the world with zero emissions – the dream is not new but this time it is not about flying but sailing and Torqueedo and BMW want to make this vision a reality. They are jointly designing a yacht to compete in the Vendée Globe solo, around-the-world race in 2020.
BMW wants to sell 140,000 plug-ins throughout 2018
The BMW Group delivered over 100,000 electric and plug-in vehicles in 2017 and is thus targeting 140,000 electrified vehicles this year. In some markets sales of PEVs accounted for 10 – 25 percent of all BMW sales. PEV deliveries in January increased by over a third.
Lilium, Aspark, China, Tesla.
90m dollars for a dream: “Uber of the sky” is a pitch investors hurry to buy into as Munich-based Lilium Aviation just learnt when it collected 90m dollars in its latest round of financing. The start-up promises to further develop its electric jet taxi and to employ more personnel, thus convincing the likes of Tencent and Skype founders. Lilium’s two-seat VTOL has been tested successfully and a five seater is in the making with the declared aim to bring range to one hour once airborne.
businessinsider.de, autonews.com, fortune.com
Ninja racer: Japanese Aspark says it will present an electric supercar at the IAA that accelerates from 0 – 100 kph in less than two seconds. First pictures show the mysterious Aspark Owl and more technical details are to follow once the show has commenced.
Chinese dominance: 70 percent of batteries for PEVs worldwide are made in China, reports the local China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). It also counts responsible for half of the world New Energy Vehicle production.
Long life tested: A longterm analysis of Tesla power packs attest 80 percent remaining capacity after 840,000 km driven. The estimate stems from data of 900 Tesla driver and is supported by the latest report from a Finnish cabdriver, whose battery lasted for 400,000 km almost unchanged.
SF Motors, Fisker, Nissan, BMW i, Mahindra, Volvo.
Redemption of sorts: The Hummer gives way to electric cars and where AM General once made that quasi-tanks for “civilians” like Arnold Schwarzenegger, SF Motors is to take over. The subsidiary of Chongqing Sokon Industry Group bought the plant in South Bend, Indiana for 110m dollars and will keep on most of the 400+ strong workforce as well. It is the third acquisition in the States for the Chinese firm after it also set up shop in California as well as Michigan (we reported). While SF Motors is advised by Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard, an actual electric vehicle has yet to emerge.
Fisker has opened the order books online in the meantime and 2,000 dollars guarantee a reservation. Careful though, real prices start from 129,500 dollars so the cap at two reservations per person seem a bit of a luxury problem. The EMotion’s official presentation is set on August, 17 and a new video allows for a detailed preview.
carscoops.com, fiskerinc.com, vimeo.com (video)
Nissan blows the cover of its new Leaf and has confirmed the date for its official launch: September, 5 or 6 considering the time difference to Japan. A new image emerged to tease the occasion, this time showing a blue grille and some chrome but mostly the Nissan badge.
Manufacturing network: BMW i Ventures took a stake in Xometry, an on-demand platform for product designers, engineers and procurement managers to find production facilities nationwide. Launched in 2014, the start-up now claims to have 5,000 customers.
Electric SUV by Mahindra: The Indian carmaker is working on a production version of its XUV Aero concept, following positive reception at various shows earlier this year. A near-to-production model can be expected at Auto Expo 2018 with market entry set for later that year or early 2019.
Gaming got serious as Volvo Cars and Swedish supplier Autoliv cooperate with Nvidia, known for its graphics technology in computer games. The U.S. firm shall now turn that expertise into AI-based software for self-driving vehicles, which Volvo plans to introduce by 2021.
BMW i, Berlin, Finland, Dundee City, Sero Electric.
Optimised charging: BMW i introduces the Digital Charging Service designed to enable tariff- and solar-optimized vehicle charging. It shall integrate EVs into the energy market as drivers will be able to work with utilities. Pilot markets are Germany and the Netherlands, where the service will start in spring 2017.
Berlin electric buses are there to stay, says public transport provider BVG. The four pilot buses charge inductively and operation has improved over the year. Plus, they will not stay alone for long as BVG plans to acquire more electric models in a buying community with Hamburg Hochbahn.
tagesspiegel.de (in German)
EV leasing in Finland: OP Financial Group is to launch an electric car leasing service in Finland. Rates start at almost 500 euros per month but clients must sign a two-year contract to be eligible.
Free EV parking: Dundee City Council will offer free parking for electric cars. The scheme will allow EV drivers to use any of the council run facilities, not just those with charging points. Funding comes through the Smarter Choices Smarter Places programme.
South American EV: Argentinian Sero Electric is an electric vehicle for up to two people that comes as a sedan and in two van versions. Each car uses a gel acid battery, which lasts for about 70 km. 150 Sero Electric have been build and another 500 – 600 units shall be added in 2017. Orders have been taken from Chile, Brasil and Mexico. Price varies from 12,000 to 15,000 dollars.
BMW i sales.
Exactly 25,601 i-series BMW have been sold since the beginning of the year. The all-electric BMW i3 accounts for 21,052 units sold, while the keys of a total of 4,549 BMW i8 were handed over.
BMW i sales in September.
BMW delivered 3,361 i3 worldwide this September, that is an increase of 86.9 percent. Since the beginning of this year, 20,576 customers opted for either the BMW i3 or the hybrid i8, almost twice as many as over the same period last year (+95.1%).
BMW i & Telekom, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Events.
Video tip I: The humanoids of the future are animals with routines this spot by BMW i and Telekom suggests as it shows a morning in a smart, i.e. app-controlled home. Have you put the buns in the oven for tomorrow, honey, and most importantly, is the car plugged?!
Video tip II: Tom Voelk spent a weekend with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and made a home video with special appearances by his son and his Frisbee-crazy friends. If only that “family-favourite” could be a little cheaper…
Events for the upcoming week: World of Energy Solutions (October 12-14; Stuttgart, Germany) ++ Electronics in Vehicles (October 14-15; Baden-Baden, Germany)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Audi, Nissan Leaf, Lexus, Saab, Yunnan Wulong Automobiles, BMW i.
Electric city car by Audi? The German brand will let yet another electric concept out of the bag, at least if Georg Kacher’s prediction of an upcoming city car is correct. It could be shown at the Paris Auto Show next year and is to be developed together with VW, Skoda, and Seat. An all-electric version to compete against the Smart ED or the electric Mini is likely but could take until 2020 to hit the market.
Bigger battery for Leaf in 2015? The 2016 Nissan Leaf might be upgraded with a 30-kWh battery at trim levels SV and SL, Inside EVs quotes two Nissan dealers. The standard version S would keep the 24-kWh power pack while the new-gen Leaf is to be expected by 2017.
New hybrid Lexus to come? Toyotas premium subsidiary has trademarked the LS500h name in Europe. The “h” usually accompanies Lexus hybrid models and thus points to yet another model using the power of joint efforts. No details have been released so far.
Saab resurrection in China: The Swedish carmaker Saab which has been on the edge of bankruptcy recently has now found two more Chinese partners willing to help getting the brand back on track together with current owner NEVS. Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area and the Beijing State Research Information Technology Company are to work with Saab/NEVS and plan to erect a facility focussed on electric cars and a R&D center in Tianjin, China.
Commercial EV from China: Yunnan Wulong Automobiles rolled out a 19-seat electric van called FDE6810. The company is ready to produce up to 3,500 units until March 2016. The range varies from 260 to 460 kilometres, depending on the model while prices start at 980,000 yuan (158,000 dollars) before subsidies that can reduce the price by 600,000 yuan (about 97,000 USD).
BMW i concept store in the States: The German brand has opened a dedicated facility for its i-brand, serving customers with both a showroom and a service centre. The Stevens Creek BMW i Center is (of course) located in California, in Santa Clara to be precise.
Forze VI, BMW i.
Video tip: The Forze VI fuel cell racer of the TU Delft now holds the record for the fastest FCV the Nürburgring Nordschleife has ever seen. Guest driver was the former Formula 1 driver and Le Mans winner Jan Lammers, who managed to complete the circuit in a provisional time of under 11 minutes.
Reading tip: Chris Llana is pondering if BMW i should take part in the Formula E to ensure it keeps its assumed technological advantage. While the question is discussed in great detail, taking into account competitors as well as ICE racing and models, a clear answer is missing.
All EV drivers could wish for.
And a little more. That seems to be the idea behind BMW’s i Collection. Made from recycled materials, it includes everything from clothing to accessories like the solar-powered bluetooth speaker. The colour of the EV season: blue!
Tesla, BMW i, Kia, Mini, BYD, Terra Motors.
Tesla software update 6.2: The promised end for range anxiety is basically a combination of optimised routing and a range alarm. The new software stays connected to Tesla’s charging infrastructure and warns the driver, when range drops below what is needed to get to the next Supercharger or Destination Charger. Things like elevation changes, weather and occupied chargers are taken into account.
transportevolved.com, insideevs.com, jalopnik.com
BMW i future: German Manager Magazin reports that the BMW i9 could become available by around 2020. Before, BMW i will introduce the next-gen i3 with a 300+ kilometre range. In subsequent years, every middle and large sized BMW model will be offered as plug-in or all-electric variant.
manager-magazin.de (in German)
Kia shows new Optima: The Koreans have released first design sketches of their new Optima, which will be presented at the New York Auto Show in April. The new Optima will also be available as a station wagon, previewed in Geneva earlier this month. A hybrid and a new plug-in hybrid powertrain is likely.
Electric Mini in the pipeline: Head of the Mini brand Peter Schwarzenbauer confirmed that an all-electric Mini is the works, but did not give any further details yet. He also made clear that there will be no Mini Minor and that a production version of the Superleggera is not certain yet.
BYD teams up in Thailand: Trading company Loxley will be selling electric cars and buses under the BYD brand in Thailand, starting with the K9 bus and e6 passenger car. Loxley plans on selling a combined 200 units within two years and is eyeing the possibility of setting up an assembly plant for EVs.
Terra Motors reveals e-bike: The company presented its S750, which is said to be the first e-bike designed by a Japanese company. The e-bike has a top speed of roughly 25 mph and a 31-mile range.
Endesa, Dundee, Solarwatt & BMW i, Eneco, Malaysia.
All-in-one Charging Point Solution is the name of Endesa’s newest offer. The Spanish utility company will provide a charging station, installation, servicing and a three-year warranty for just 1.85 euros per day. According to Endesa, it has installed 958 regular and 37 rapid-chargers in Spain since 2011.
Electric taxis for Dundee: 30 Nissan Leaf are now serving as taxis in the Scottish city. Moreover, taxi company 203020 Electric, a subsidiary of the Tele Taxi Group, wants to completely electrify its entire 60-vehicle fleet over the next twelve months
Sunny cooperation in France: Solar company Solarwatt and BMW’s i-brand will work together in France. The core of the cooperation will be providing BMW i owners with solar technology solutions for the roofs of their home and carports.
emobilserver.de, solarserver.de (articles in German)
Sustainable charging: The SmartCharging app by Dutch company Eneco allows Tesla drivers to charge when electricity prices are low and a lot of wind and solar energy is available. Eneco wants to further develop the app to offer the service to drivers of EVs from other brands.
Malaysia gets electric bus service: 15 electric buses will take commuters the 5.4 kilometre route from Subang to Bandar Sunway, driving in dedicated lanes to avoid congestion. The new transportation service called Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will begin operating in May.
BMW i sales in January.
Exactly 1,845 BMW i were sold in January worldwide. 1,416 customers took delivery of a BMW i3 while sales of the BMW i8 in January totalled 429. A promising start into the new year.
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.