Tag: Cadillac

Apr 2, 2015 - 09:22 am

Cadillac, Chevrolet, Lexus, Nissan, Kazakhstan, DeltaWing.

Cadillac CT6 world premier: Cadillac’s latest limousine debuts in New York these days. The CT6 is allegedly to come as a plug-in hybrid. Meanwhile, the new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has been introduced with full technical data. It will come with a modified drive unit from the Chevy Volt with 182 hp of total system power.
bloomberg.com, nydailynews.com, greencarcongress.com (Malibu Hybrid)

Lexus presents RX 450h: Toyota’s luxury subsidiary will bring the fourth-gen RX to the New York Auto Show. While details on the hybrid have not yet been published, it is believed the PHEV will boast a V6 and two electric motors. Together, the trio is to deliver more than 300 hp.

Leaf for less: Nissan has reduced the price for the Leaf by 140,000 yen (1,170 dollars) for all grades in Japan. This means the best-selling EV is now available in its domestic market from 2.39 million yen (19,978 dollars) including subsidies.

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No EVs from Kazakhstan yet: The country was supposed to start production of EVs together with Iveco already at the end of last year. However, these plans have now been postponed indefinitely.

Details on DeltaWing: The road version of the arrow shaped racer is slowly becoming more real as now first design sketches have been published. DeltaWing Technology Group says it is open to all sorts of electrification, be it battery, fuel cell, or hybrid (we reported).

Mar 18, 2015 - 09:53 am

NASA, University of Delaware, Cadillac, Crosspoint Kinetics.

Electric plane testing: NASA has made some progress with its electric plane project (we reported) and space agents are currently testing the so-called LEAPTech wing – though only on the ground for now. It consists of a 9.5 meter carbon composite span with 18 small electric motors powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries.
engadget.com, time.com, nasa.gov

Cost-efficient catalyst: Researchers from the University of Delaware have discovered a cheap and efficient catalyst for converting water to hydrogen. As they combine copper and titanium in a way that imitates the structure of a platinum catalyst, H2 production could become a lot less expensive.
phys.org, udel.edu

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Mixed material: To create a light-weight body for the upcoming CT6, Cadillac has come up with a new mix of materials. While most of it is aluminium (64%), 13 other materials helped shave off 90 kilos compared to a steel construction. The CT6 will also be offered as plug-in hybrid variant in the future.
greencarcongress.com, automotive-business-review.com

Commercial hybrids: Crosspoint Kinetics is now working with Morgan Olson to produce hybrid delivery vans. The Kinetics Hybrid system with a 50-kilowatt electric motor mounts directly to a driveline so the van’s original components can stay in place. Energy is recuperated and released in boosts.
hybridcars.com, fleetowner.com

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Most clicked link on Tuesday Greg Kable’s review of the all-electric Audi R8 e-tron, which he says “accelerates with terrific force.”

Jan 27, 2015 - 09:03 am

Nissan, Le Mans, LG Chem, Cadillac.

Nissan-Leaf-2013Will Nissan double its range? A Nissan press conference revealed some interesting information about Nissan’s new and improved battery pack that will give upcoming electric models a definite range boost. If the proportions of the shown graphics are any indication, range could double, reaching around 450 km. Whether the new technology will be used for a new Leaf or a different model was not announced.

A peak at Nissan’s Le Mans racer: First images of the GT-R LM Nismo have emerged on the web, with which Nissan will compete against Audi, Porsche, and Toyota in Le Mans later this year. The video also gives a taste of what Nissan´s new hybrid racer sounds like.
jalopnik.com via gas2.org

LG Chem sees business grow: The South Korean battery-maker announced that its business improved considerably last year due to an increasing demand from Chinese carmakers. The operating profit more than doubled compared to 2013, reaching 64.9 billion won (around 60 million dollars).

AWD Caddy in the pipeline: According to media reports, Cadillac is working on a high-performance electric all-wheel-drive system that could be used in their V-Series or crossover models. Other Alpha-platform-based vehicles from GM could also profit, such as the Chevrolet Camaro.
edmunds.com, electric-vehiclenews.com

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Most clicked link on Monday was Wrightspeed expanding its business with a new facility planned in the immediate future.


Jan 26, 2015 - 09:28 am

USA, Cadillac, Wrightspeed, BYD, VW e-Golf.

U.S. will not hit EV target: Energy secretary Ernest Moniz now officially confirmed that the country will not meet its goal of having one million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by the end of the year and said hitting the target could be a few years away. About 280,000 PEVs have been sold in the U.S. so far.
detroitnews.com, greencarreports.com

Cadillac-ELRCadillac electrifies: Company president Johan Nysschen announced at the Washington Auto Show that plug-in technology will be “applied across the spectrum of our portfolio.” Five out of the upcoming eight models “will take Cadillac into market segments where the brand is not even present today.”

Wrightspeed is expanding: Wrightspeed seems on a roll and the order for range-extended trucks by FedEx only the beginning. The company wants to move into a production facility, three times the size of its current place, and also plans to grow from 23 employees to more than 200 in the next three years.

BYD Tang ready for preorders: Priced at 300,000 yuan (about $48,300) before government incentives, the Chinese carmaker expects its upcoming plug-in hybrid SUV with a total system output of 498 hp to become the best-selling SUV worldwide, even overtaking its own plug-in Qin.
autoblog.com, greencarcongress.com

Driving the e-Golf: Transport Evolved got behind the wheel of Volkswagen electric e-Golf, recording their initial impressions (video). Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield’s first though was that it is “surprisingly – and refreshingly – conventional on the inside” and that it looks and feels like a regular Golf.

Nov 26, 2014 - 09:21 am

BMW, Cadillac, Toyota, Saleen, Kandi, Malaysia.

BMW-530-LeBMW 5 Series PHEV debut: The German carmaker has presented its 530Le at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The plug-in hybrid will be produced in China with JV partner Brilliance and is based on the long wheelbase 5 Series. The BMW 530Le combines a four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for an overall power output of 200 kW and is said to have a range of 36 miles (58 km).
bmwblog.com, autoevolution.com

New Caddy ELR delayed? Cadillac did not bring the new ELR to the LA Auto Show as expected but displayed the current model instead. ‘GM Inside’ believes the reason being Caddy trying to turn the new ELR into a “highly autonomous vehicle” after Tesla presented its Autopilot system.
gminsidenews.com via insideevs.com

Toyota Ranz EV: At Guangzhou Auto Show, Toyota showcased the Ranz EV in what seems to be a production ready version. The all-electric sedan is based on the Corolla and developed together with FAW. However, Toyota confirmed the ‘Leahead’ EV brand together with GAC, which will presumably beat Ranz to the market next year.

Model S enhanced: Saleen has begun deliveries of its tuned Tesla Model S with prices starting at 132,000 dollars. The tuner also plans to modify the upcoming AWD Tesla and expects its version to go from 0 – 60 mph in less than three seconds. In the meantime, “Jalopnik” reports that Saleen is running out of cash and owes more than 5m dollars, which includes about 500,000 dollars in payroll taxes.
soec.org, saleen.com, jalopnik.com (financial situation)

Kandi EV gets the go: Kandi Technologies has got the approval of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to bring its new model SMA7002BEV05 to market. Buyers of the electric SUV are thus eligible for all national and local subsidies and incentives.
money.cnn.com, newsfilecorp.com (picture)

EVs made in and for Malaysia: Malaysian Automotive Institute says it will develop prototypes of two electric sedans for 2015. Set to launch by 2016 and 2017, the EVs shall come at a price tag of less than 100,000 ringgits (about 30,000 dollars). To keep costs down, the institute considers battery leasing.

Oct 16, 2014 - 08:35 am

Opel/Vauxhall, Toyota, BYD, Cadillac, Nissan, Lexus.

Corsa EV to come? Green Car Reports is treading the rumour mill, reporting that the 200-mile-range Chevy, probably the Sonic, will also be imported to Europe in the form of the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa EV. The Chevy EV could be unveiled at NAIAS in 2016.
greencarreports.com, transportevolved.com

New hybrid crossover by Toyota: The Japanese carmaker is currently scaling up its production facility in Turkey to accommodate for new SUVs. The hybrid crossover will be based on the concept C-HR presented in Paris earlier this month and will also come as a petrol variant.
asia.nikkei.com, just-auto.com

New BYD e-bus: At the APTA Expo in Houston, Texas, BYD presented yet another electric bus. The ‘Lancaster’ measures 18 metres and can transport up to 120 passengers for over 170 miles on one charge. The Chinese also displayed a 12-metre e-bus, currently in service in California.
greencarcongress.com, automotive-business-review.com (with picture)


Cadillac CT6 spy shots: New pictures of the upcoming Cadillac luxury sedan show a heavily camouflaged CT6 testing in snowy and pretty chilly conditions. The CT6 is designed to take on the S-Class by the end of 2015, and will also be available as plug-in hybrid (we reported).
tflcar.com, insideevs.com (with video)

Nissan sets out to take France in a stride, starting its own “scrappage scheme.” Buyers of the Leaf and e-NV200 receive a 3,700 euro rebate if their purchase replaces a diesel that is ten years or older. That brings the Leaf to the price level of a Renault Zoe and is clearly a move designed to make the partners more equal.
lepoint.fr (in French)

Lexus NX300h reviewed: Technologic Vehicles drove the hybrid crossover, finding its handling “exemplary” and braking well-balanced. Over the 300 kilometres driven, fuel consumption dropped below 7 litres per 100 km.


Oct 13, 2014 - 08:21 am

Cadillac, Tesla, Volkswagen, Delhi, ATVM, Toyota.

All electric Caddy on the way: Cadillac’s new CEO Johan de Nysschen confirmed that a successor to the ELR is being developed and that a plug-in hybrid version of the new CT6 sedan will be offered in late 2015. He also said that a pure electric car is part of the plan to expand Cadillac’s model range.

Details on Tesla’s big D: The new Model S P85D with dual motor setup will put out a whopping 508 kW and 931 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, while top speed sits at 155 mph. The D package costs an additional $14,600 for the P85 version, the “Tech Package with Autopilot” adds another $4,250. First deliveries of the P85D will start in December.
teslamotors.com, green.autoblog.com, youtube.com (Presentation), youtube.com (Test ride with Elon)

Volkswagen extends China JV: Volkswagen Group and its Chinese joint venture partner FAW are extending their current partnership for another 25 years, until 2041. In addition, VW and its second Chinese JV partner SAIC will be investing 100 million euros (126 million dollars) in a new proving ground in the Xinjiang region to test models from Shanghai Volkswagen
bloomberg.com, greencarcongress.com

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Delhi announces subsidies: To boost sales of EVs, the Delhi government has decided to provide the buyers of electric scooters and cars a 15 percent subsidy off the retail price. Customers will also benefit from a value-added tax (VAT) exemption and a 50 percent reduced road tax when buying EVs in Delhi.
autocarindia.com, autocarpro.in

DoE revives loan scheme: The U.S. Department of Energy plans to bring back its $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) programme and expects to soon grant its first loans since late 2011. This time, the focus will be on suppliers, as well as lightweight vehicle technology.
detroitnews.com, greencarreports.com

Toyota Prius+ makeover: The seven-seated Prius+ hybrid for the European market is getting its first facelift by the end of 2014 with a revised exterior as well as interior changes and more equipment. Prices are still to be announced.

Oct 7, 2014 - 08:36 am

Cadillac, Chrysler, Boulder Electric Vehicle, Orange, Tesla.

Plug-in Cadillac: The new CT6 Caddy will come as a plug-in hybrid version, Mark Reuss, GM’s head of product, now announced. The new model is to be produced in the U.S. and set to launch next year to take on other premium PHEVs like Mercedes’ S-class.
greencarreports.com, detroitnews.com

Early bird: Chrysler is prepared to issue its plug-in hybrid minivan (we reported) already at the end of 2015, one year ahead of schedule, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. And this is just the start as the company plans more hybrid vehicles, among them a crossover.

Boulder down: The start-up that wanted to build electric trucks has run out of power and closed its plant in Colorado. However, management has not filed for bankruptcy as Boulder Electric Vehicles is determined to continue servicing its trucks but refused to say how many are out there.


Subsidies a success: Croatia is to continue its EV scheme next year as it has proven pretty effective. In 2014, 440 electric cars were bought through the 2-million-euro programme while 2013 saw only 13 EV sales made.

Tesla will work with Orange’s business division to offer Model S drivers full connectivity in France. The network operator is to provide wireless internet to secure in-car software updates, interactive navigation and online entertainment services.
electriccarsreport.com, automotive-business-review.com

Buy back guarantee: British Tesla buyers now get a ‘Resale Value Guarantee’ when purchasing their Model S via Alphera Financial Services. The EV maker thus promises to buy back the electric sedan for 50% of the base price of the 60 kWh Model S during the 37th month of the hire. Options (like the 85 kWh battery) will be taken into account with 43%.
puregreencars.com, businessgreen.com

Oct 2, 2014 - 08:58 am

Tesla, Volkswagen, BRD Motorcycles, GM, BMW, Cadillac, Denza.

The Tesla “D” will be unveiled on October 9th according to a tweet by Elon Musk. The surprising announcement also teases “something else” to be shown. So far, rumours on the internet range from a new Model S with all-wheel drive or driverless technology to a new SUV below the Model X.
engadget.com, twitter.com

Sporty Volkswagens: On the eve of the Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled its XL Sport, whose plug-in hybrid drivetrain got replaced by a two-cylinder Ducati engine. Furthermore, the VW Group also shows the plug-in Lamborghini Asterion in Paris, which is to follow the lead of Ferrari, McLaren, and Porsche and their plug-in hybrid supercars.
nytimes.com (XL Sport), hybridcars.com (Asterion)

New electric motorcycles: Californian BRD Motorcycles will present the RedShift MX, an electric motocross bike and the road legal RedShift SM at AIMExpo this month. Both will cost about 15,000 dollars. The start-up just won another 4.5 million dollar investment, increasing its asset to 8.5 millions.

Shhh, a new Volt is coming: Instead of leaking details bit by bit, GM is making its secrecy the news, revealing nothing else than that a new Volt is in the making. The next generation of their plug-in bestseller is set to debut at the Auto Show in Detroit in January.

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Model S sales in China: According to Goldman Sachs analyst Patrick Archambault, Tesla has about 4,000 reservations for its electric luxury sedan from Asia’s largest country. He bases his optimistic guess on industry insiders as well as waiting times for up to six months in China.
greencarreports.com, cleantechnica.com

Price rise: BMW will raise the price for both the ActiveHybrid 3 and the ActiveHybrid 5 by 250 dollars in the States. Instead of 50,850 dollars, the 3-series will now be listed at 51,100 dollars, the ActiveHybrid 5 at 62,850 dollars.

Caddy ELR reviewed: Chris Paukert’s review is not so much of a test drive but looks at where the ELR actually stands. While the price tag of 75k has been “warding off would-be suitors” for months now, the ELR for Paukert is essentially “a beautiful piece of sculpture that just so happens to move.”

Denza EV exclusive to Shanghai: The Daimler and BYD Joint Venture has launched its electric car in China. Currently, Shanghai is the only city in which the Denza EV is offered but Shenzhen and Beijing will follow later this year.

Sep 29, 2014 - 08:34 am

VW Passat, Cadillac, BMW, Kia, Acura.

VW Passat Plug-in Hybrid: For the Paris Auto Show, the eighth generation of VW’s sedan adopts the plug-in hybrid technology already seen in the Golf GTE but with a little more power. The Passat will have a combined output of 218 hp and torque of 400 nm. The electric range is 50 km thanks to a 9.9 kWh battery and the car will be offered both in sedan and wagon versions.
carscoops.com, caradvice.com

ELR gets a makeover: According to a Cadillac spokesperson, the “improved version” of the ELR will include “engineering enhancements.” More details have not yet been revealed. The updated version of the plug-in hybrid will premier at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

Getting the i3 off the lot: One California car dealer offers a discount on five of its BMW i3 in stock. REx models or models with extended options are not part of the deal. It is a first sign that the initial hype is over and dealers will “have to work a little harder” to sell the EV.

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Kia Soul EV gets price tag in Canada: The basic model will go for 34,995 Canadian dollars (31,373 USD), while the luxury trim will cost 37,995 CAD (34,062 USD). The latter comes with a heat pump that reduces energy consumption by about 27 percent.

The Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is now available in the United States. Pricing ranges from 59,950 dollars for the Technology Package to 65,950 dollars for the Advance Package. Honda’s hybrid comes with a 35 kW front and two 27 kW rear electric motors.
puregreencars.com, leftlanenews.com, honda.com

Sep 18, 2014 - 08:21 am

Hong Kong, Warsaw, PlugSurfing, Cadillac, ChargePoint.

Electric van testing: Hong Kong District Cooling Company Limited (HKDC), a Veolia subsidiary, has begun field-testing the Nissan e-NV200 at Kai Tak Development (KTD) in Hong Kong. The electric van will serve under real life conditions and will be utilised for both developed areas and those under construction.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

Poland plans electric car sharing: The city of Warsaw is about to publish a tender for a carsharing system that is expected to see at least 300 electric or hybrid vehicles. Already Daimler as well as Fiat have expressed their interest. Meanwhile, Wrocław will introduce a car sharing called GoGet next year – if electric is not yet clear.

PlugSurfing extended: Users of the PlugSurfing app now have access to charge points of two more providers. Apart from E.On, which is responsible for the fast chargers along the German Autobahn A9, users can now plug and pay at Ebee stations in Berlin.

A free charging station is the latest lure Cadillac came up with to win over buyers for the ELR, this time in Canada. There, as in the U.S., every new owner of the luxury volt gets a complimentary 240-V home charger by Bosch, including installation.

On-campus charging: ChargePoint says it has installed 1,134 charge points on university and college campus so far. This number was increased from 838 last year, right in time for the beginning of the new academic year. With 38 spots, the University of California at Davis is the most accommodating for electric vehicles.

Aug 29, 2014 - 08:53 am

NEVS, Mitsubishi, Jaguar, Chevy Volt, Cadillac.

Electric-Saab-NEVSSaab plays for time: NEVS, owner of the Swedish carmaker, has applied for short-term protection from creditors. The reason, they say, is that investor talks with two carmakers are taking longer than planned. Apparently, the court has declined the application and NEVS’ future remains uncertain.

Mitsubishi eyes Russia: The Japanese manufacturer is currently showing its Outlander PHEV at Moscow Motor Show, just before it will kick off sales in the country in September. Mitsubishi is also presenting it plug-in concepts GC-PHEV and XR-PHEV in Moscow.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com, puregreencars.com

A hybrid Jaguar? Spy shots of the new Jaguar XF prototype to become available in 2016 are circulating the internet. Since the carmaker is hoping to compete with the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class, the possibility of the Jaguar being offered as a hybrid is rather realistic.
autoexpress.co.uk, motorauthority.com

The new Chevy Volt: Yesterday, we reported on supposedly “exclusive images” of the Nissan Leaf and today, we can show you what the next generation Chevy Volt may look like. It features a sleeker and more aerodynamic design, with the interior now allowing room for five instead of four people.

Driving the Cadillac ELR: Right of the bat, Rucell Purcell notes that this car is just too expensive. While he likes the design and finish of the plug-in coupe, as well as its performance, he still thinks that the Chevy Volt is a better choice since it offers more legroom in the back and is cheaper.

Jul 11, 2014 - 08:24 am

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.
transportevolved.com, greencarreports.com

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.

May 13, 2014 - 09:02 am

Audi, Toyota/Tesla, Mitsubishi, Cadillac.

Audi-A3-etron-300Audis e-tron series: Audi CEO Rupert Stadler announced to offer the next A6 and A8 as plug-in hybrids. Furthermore, he hinted at more pure electric cars apart from the R8 e-tron – if cell technology would continue to advance as rapidly. Next up is the Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid.
autonews.com, wiwo.de (in German)

No more Rav4 EVs from Tesla? In its quarterly filing, the Californian electric car maker announced the deal about the delivery of components for Toyota’s electric RAV4 is to conclude later this year. So far, the Japanese have not confirmed the news.
bloomberg.com, greencarreports.com

Certified safety: The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV again proves a firm favourite with safety authorities as it has just received a five-star rating from the Japanese JNCAP. The same it got from the European counterpart, the NCAP. According to Mitsubishi there are currently 90,000 plug-in Outlanders on order in Europe.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, transporter-news.de (orders, in German)

Mind the fine print: The battery warranty of the Cadillac ELR comes with a limitation: GM does not warrant for gradual loss of battery capacity, which apparently may be as much as 40% over eight years. Those in California or states that adopted its regulation do not have to worry though as the 150,000 miles AT-PZEV warranty applies.

May 12, 2014 - 08:28 am

Fiat, Subaru, Hybrid SUVs, Porsche, Cadillac.

500e recall: Chrysler Group has issued the second recall for its electric Fiat 500e compliance car. Over time, coolant could seep into the power inverter module and cause a short-circuit followed by power loss. 4,151 cars are affected and will have their inverter module replaced.

Plug-in hybrid from Subaru: Subaru announced a new plug-in hybrid in order to meet U.S. zero emissions vehicle regulations taking effect in 2018. The vehicle will be based on Toyota’s hybrid technology and chances are it will be a new seven-seat SUV, replacing the aging Tribeca.
autonews.com via autoblog.com

No big hybrids: The bigger the car, the more a hybrid engine can help improve mileage. Nevertheless, big hybrids are having a hard time in the States. Giants like the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS hybrids have already been discontinued there.
usatoday.com via green.autoblog.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Porsche loves hybrid: With the Panamera Turbo S, 911 Turbo S, Macan S and GT4 expected to get a partly-electric heart soon, it is safe to say that Porsche has jumped on the hybrid bandwagon for good. For more details on these desirable sports cars, check out the links below.
wot.motortrend.com via autoweek.com, autoblog.com

Luxurious ELR: The New York Times finally got their hands on the Cadillac ELR. The review is rather detailed and comes with a video. The general verdict is positive, with the only real downer being the car’s 82,135-dollar price tag.

Apr 30, 2014 - 08:52 am

Geely, Volkswagen, Tesla, Cadillac, BMW, Elon Musk.

Geely plug-in concept: The Volvo owner is looking at electrifying its own models too and presented the Emgrand Cross Concept PHEV in Beijing. The car is destined to hit its domestic market by 2015 and has a said electric range of 31 miles.
carnewschina.com, green.autoblog.com

Passat gets a new look: Spy shots of the next generation VW Passat have emerged. The pictures show the Chinese version called Magotan, which is identical to the European version except for the longer wheelbase. Based on VW’s MQB platform, it will almost certainly be offered as plug-in hybrid by 2015.

Better safe than sorry: To minimise any delay caused by last-minute issues for its Gigafactory battery plant, Tesla will move forward its planning considering at least two different states. Tesla is currently assessing sites in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. California is not an option due to timing requirements of regulatory matters.
bloomberg.com via green.autoblog.com

A taste of luxury: Cadillac has started a series of test drive events to get people into the new ELR. The ‘ELR Mobile Experience’ is currently travelling through California, stopping at busy districts and festivals in L.A. and the San Francisco Bay Area.

How sexy is the BMW i8? Wondered John Voelcker and colleagues. So they took the Bavarian plug-in hybrid for a spin in L.A. where it “drew crowds” while its wingdoors when opened inspired numerous selfies. Inspiring enough?!

Salary slash: Tesla paid its CEO Elon Musk 69,989 dollars in 2013. Compared to 2012 where he made almost 80 million, this seems to be a rather radical cut. Yet, a thorough look reveals Musk as Tesla’s biggest shareholder, not to speak of his numerous other sources of income and ventures.

Mar 31, 2014 - 08:24 am

Tesla, SGL, Walmart, Cadillac.

Tesla triples safety: Following incidents of burning Model S’ last year, the Californian carmaker now outfits its vehicle bodies with a triple underbody shield. All Model S produced since 6th of March already have this feature. For all others, Tesla offers retrofitting upon request and free of charge. The NHTSA fully approved the measure and has closed its investigation.
chargedevs.com, medium.com (with videos), electriccarsreport.com

Cheaper carbon fibre: German carbon specialist SGL expects prices to fall by up to 90% within the next few years due to reduced manufacturing costs. This would mean 30 euros (41 dollars) or less per kilo and could make carbon fibre reinforced parts an even more viable alternative for cars.

Walmart shows the future in form of its aerodynamic hybrid truck. Its trailer is entirely made out of carbon fibre. The whole vehicle has now been presented at the Mid America Trucking Show (MATS) in Kentucky, USA.
hybridcars.com, greencarcongress.com (with video)

First-world problems: Cadillac is recalling 656 ELRs with range extender due to a fault with the electronic stability control. Fortunately, only 55 had actually been delivered to consumers while the rest is still at dealers or at the plant. According to GM, the problem does not affect any Volt vehicles.
autoblog.com, electriccarsreport.com

Mar 10, 2014 - 09:45 am

The New Fisker, Chevrolet, Saleen, A2B, Cadillac.

The New Fisker: This is the name under which Wanxiang will start selling the plug-in hybrid “as soon as possible.” Production of the Karma is to be restarted in Finland while all planned Fisker models like the Atlantic, Surf Shooting Brake and the Sunset convertible are said to be launched eventually.
autoweek.com, greencarreports.com, thenewfisker.com (new website)

Chevy Volt redesign: Industry insiders believe GM to launch an update of its Volt in the U.S. by 2015. It will possibly feature a new front-wheel drive platform while the body style is not expected to change too much.
edmunds.com via electric-vehiclenews.com

Saleen to enter China: The automotive manufacturer has chosen GreenTech Automotive (GTA) as its distributor in China. The US-based GTA will start selling in spring and offer the full Saleen range in China. Saleen has recently made the news when it teamed up with AC Propulsion to work on a new electric sports car (we reported).

Review Alva+ e-bike: This model of the A2B company is a hybrid between e-bike and pedelec, combining pedal-assist and throttle operation. While Jason Fogelson concludes that the Alva+ is “a very attractive form of alternative green transportation” he cannot see it outperform a scooter or motorcycle yet.

The Caddy ELR is more than just a luxury version of the Volt: John Voelcker joins the club of reviewers who admit that GM has launched a “very stylish coupe with a luxurious interior” but still thinks it overpriced by as much as 30,000 dollars, esp. as its electric drive is “just not there” in freezing temperatures.

Mar 7, 2014 - 10:06 am

Ford Focus Electric, Cadillac ELR.

Video tip 1: Robert Llewellyn from Fully Charged tested the Ford Focus Electric in Germany. While he thinks the car is “great,” its price is “interesting” and in his opinion cannot be fully explained be higher battery cost alone.
youtube.com (video)

Video tip 2: Cadillac’s recent spot for the ELR called Poolside, advertised the electric car as for the few – or at least that is how it was perceived. It has now sparked discussions all over the web.

Mar 4, 2014 - 10:00 am

Nissan Leaf battery survives abuse, Cadillac ELR.

Video tip 1: Just how much abuse can a Nissan Leaf battery cell take? Apparently a lot! This video shows that even after being damaged with a screwdriver and a gas burner, it still runs just fine.

Video tip 2: CNNMoney takes the Cadillac ELR for a spin. Conclusion? A smooth ride with nice acceleration. And the car’s interior also earned points. The only glitch is the 70,000 dollar price tag…

Feb 19, 2014 - 09:40 am

Nissan, Peugeot, Mahindra, ExtraEnergy, Cadillac.

Nissan Murano debut: The Japanese carmaker will show its 2015 Murano at the New York Auto Show this April. No details have yet been revealed about powertrain options but a hybrid version is expected.
indianautosblog.com, edmunds.com

HYbrid-Air-PSAHybrid Air launch: Peugeot has confirmed series production of its Hybrid Air system from 2016. The Peugeot 2008 will be the first model to use compressed air instead of a battery pack in combination with a combustion engine. Later the B and C segment commercial vehicles from Peugeot and Citroen will follow.
autocar.co.uk, greencarreports.com

Another Mahindra export: As the electric Reva e2o has not received much response in India so far, the company is looking to offer it to island states. Mahindra believes tourists to be more open to the vehicle and that its range of 100 kilometres would be just enough for small isles.

LEV Business park: The ExtraEnergy Service GmbH is a newly formed subsidiary of the organisation of the same name. Its mission is to promote light electric vehicles. The company together with the ExtraEnergy and EnergyBus organisations is now moving to its new premises in the German town of Schleiz, Thuringia. Here it plans to revive an industrial estate by inviting LEV component manufacturers to relocate.
ea.sendcpt.com (Press release)

Cadillac ELR review: Matt Keegan spent a week with GM’s luxurious electric car which turned out to be as much about the driving experience as it was about finding an empty public charger. Here, the strongest competitor was not a Volt, which drivetrain the ELR shares, but a Nissan Leaf using the same park and charge spots.

Feb 10, 2014 - 09:46 am

Electric water crafts, Cadillac ELR.

Study tip: A new research by IDTechEX expects the market for electric water crafts to increase from 2.6 billion dollars of today to 7.3 billion in 2024. At the same time, sales of electric outboard motors will at least have tripled.
idtechex.com, electricvehiclesresearch.com

Video tip: GM leaves no doubt for who its Cadillac ELR is made for: the few that have it all – and still want more. Well, who else is luxury being made for?!
youtube.com, hybridcars.com

Jan 29, 2014 - 09:25 am

My Electric Avenue, Cadillac, London, Edinburgh.

‘My Electric Avenue’ is a British project funded with nine million pounds (14.9m dollars) by Ofgem. In June last year, seven neighbourhood clusters with ten families each have been chosen to share a Nissan Leaf. The aim is to see if the grid can cope with the charging activities. Now, project leader EA Technology Group is looking for a company to join the scheme.

Complimentary Caddy charger: GM offers early buyers of its luxury electric Cadillac ELR a free 240-Volt home charger, including installation. The ELR, which is a more luxurious and re-tuned version of the Chevrolet Volt, starts at 75,000 dollars.
electriccarsreport.com, hybridcars.com

EV trip London to Edinburgh: EV advocates Robert Llewellyn and David Peilow crossed Britain south to north in a Nissan Leaf in just over 13 hours along Ecotricity’s Electric Highway. They stopped eight times to fast-charge for free. Three years ago, the same 400 miles took BBC journalist Brian Milligan four days in a BMW Mini E.

Jan 16, 2014 - 09:39 am

Nissan, Audi, Hyundai, Toyota, Cadillac.

America loves the Leaf: Nissan is increasing output of its Leaf by about 50%, now producing 3,000 units a month at its plant in Tennessee. The surge in demand is bolstered up by the growing charging infrastructure as well as customers are increasingly becoming aware about the cost benefits of EVs.
reuters.com, electric-vehiclenews.com

Audi-Tesla-FighterGerman Tesla-Fighter? The German car magazine ‘Auto Bild’ reports in its print edition about Audi’s plans of an upcoming electric Audi Q8 with a range of up to 700 kilometres. While details are yet scarce, the Q8 with an expected price of at least 100,000 euros (136,000 dollars) is believed to be a direct answer to Tesla’s upcoming Model X – but at least two years later.
‘Auto Bild’ No. 2/2014 p. 10, bild.de (In German)

Hyundai readies FCEV: This spring, Hyundai will introduce its Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle to the US market, initially in the Los Angeles region. The IX35 FCEV, as it is known in Europe, comes with a range of up to 300 miles and refuelling will only take ten minutes. Hyundai launches the FCEV in California as the state recently agreed to build one hundred H2 fueling stations.

Six million hybrids: Toyota hit yet another milestone right at the end of 2013 when billing 6,072 million hybrids. This last million took Toyota only nine months after celebrating five millions in April ’13. The Japanese currently offer 24 hybrid models and one plug-in hybrid worldwide with another 15 in the pipeline.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, greencarcongress.com

Volt owners test Caddy ELR: Is a fancy name and hefty price tag enough to make a difference? Two Volt owners set out to drive the Cadillac ELR, which has the Volt system under the hood. Both drivers found the Electrified Luxury Coupe (ELR) to be “luxurious” indeed.

Found on electrive.com
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