Bristol Cars, VDL, Chevy Bolt, Lada, Subaru, South Korea.
Bristol Cars’ electric plans: With Bullet, the British manufacturer has presented its first model in 12 years. The roadster is powered by a V8 but is said to be the last petrol-powered car before making way for high-tech range extender models with technology adopted from the transport company Frazer Nash.
VDL presents electric bus: The 9.9-metre-long electric bus Citea LLE 99 Electric can now be ordered and features a 150 kW electric motor and 180 kWh battery pack. On top of being able to plug in, the bus can also be fast-charged with up to 270 kW via an overhead pantograph, says VDL.
Chevy Bolt to arrives 2016: The all-electric Chevy Bolt will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the last quarter of 2016, Alan Batey, head of GM North America now confirmed. Official numbers of how many units will be available have not been released, but observers expect about 30,000 per year.
Lada electrified: Russian manufacturer AvtoAZ has presented a Lada prototype with an electric drivetrain. The Vesta EV is said to have a range of 170 km, but it is not clear when it will arrive on the market. And the carmaker aims for a sales price of 35,000 euros – five times as much as the petrol variant.
sputniknews.com, bizzenergytoday.com (in German)
Hybrid SUV from Subaru: The Japanese brand is now excepting orders for its XV Hybrid tS in its home market. The compact SUV with a 110 kw hybrid drivetrain is said to arrive at dealerships this autumn and sell for about 29,700 dollars.
South Korea extends subsidies: Until the end of 2019, buyers of fuel cell vehicles qualify for a 3,557 dollar tax break. Fleets that are made up of at least 50 percent electric cars receive a 30 percent tax cut.
Bristol Cars, Electric Vehicle Index, BMW, Lexus, Formula E, VW.
Bristol plug-in planned: Bristol Cars officially announced to be working on an electric GT car using technology by Frazer-Nash. Rumour has it, the new Bristol model will feature an electric drive in each wheel and a range extender. Suspected price point: 408,000 dollars (we reported).
EV nations: The latest Electric Vehicle Index (EVI) by McKinsey and the German magazine WirtschaftsWoche is out, looking at EV production and sales in the 2nd quarter of this year. The USA takes the top of the list, followed by Germany and France. The latter overtook Japan for the first time, thanks to the Renault Zoe. Number five on the list is Norway, ahead of China.
wiwo.de (in German), mckinsey.de/elektromobilitaet (in German)
Small recall of BMW i3: In the U.S., BMW is calling back a total of 27 Mini Cooper and BMW i3 built on March 31st. The reason is a an airbag inflator that might have been assembled in a wrong way. BMW will contact owners of the cars affected and fix the issue free of charge.
Lexus is adding some spice to its GS 450h by making the F-Sport package available for the hybrid. While the update does not affect the drive train, it will alter adaptive suspension, add 19-inch wheels and optional active rear steering to make for a more dynamic drive while exterior changes give it a sportier look. Meanwhile, the 2015 model of the ES 300h will mainly remain the same and only receive minor updates of the infotainment features.
autoblog.com (GS 450h), greencarreports.com (ES300h)
Formula E Motor Shows: The electric racing series will host a series of events alongside the races to showcase consumer-oriented electric cars. The first Formula E Motor Show will take place in Miami in 2015 where manufacturers can present their offerings to the public over four days.
Driving the Golf GTE: Volkswagen’s plug-in hybrid is almost too good, as Faye Sunderland compares it to “that annoying kid you knew at school who seemed to excel in absolutely every subject.” She took the GTE up and down the Swiss alps where it performed admirably. In the UK, the Golf GTE can be ordered from November.
Bugatti, Honda, Cadillac, BMW, Bristol Cars.
Hybrid Bugatti? Sources at the VW group, owner of the French supercar brand, confirmed that the successor of the Veyron could get a hybrid heart. According to Reuters, this is a request of Bugatti’s new chief executive Wolfgang Dürheimer, who also is CEO at Bentley.
uk.reuters.com via hybridcars.com
Honda recalls hybrids: The company is recalling 175,356 Fit and Vezel Hybrids in Japan. The reason is a software problem which might cause the motor to accelerate unexpectedly. Eleven accidents have already been reported, though none of them heavy or deadly.
Too much for too many: Cadillac’s luxus-loving Volt brother, the ELR, apparently cannot find enough buyers. Dealers in the USA are now offering discounts of up to 12,000 dollars for the (almost) 76,000-dollar model.
BMW i8 review: Alex Kersten is nothing but in awe with the Bavarian hybrid’s appearance as well as performance. In his opinion, the “pin up car” makes you “feel special” when driving it, especially on the open and empty roads of Scotland.
New British-built plug-in? Bristol Cars hatches plans for a new luxury sedan with four electric drives – one for each wheel. The 408,000-dollar machine will come with a range extender and aims to be proper competition to the likes of Rolls Royce. So far, it is only at concept stage and a market entry not to be expected before 2016.