BMW wants to produce the i3 EV until 2024
Oliver Zipse had made it clear in October that BMW is planning something new with the i3 electric car until further notice. Now there’s also a hint for how long – and clearly beyond the premieres of the iNext and i4.
BMW to add 4,000 charge points at DE-sites
The BMW Group plans to install more than 4,100 charging points for electric cars at its German locations by 2021. Primarily intended for employees, around half of the charging points will also be accessible to the public.
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 Torqeedo 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 Torqeedo 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.
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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%).