US-based emerging electric vehicle manufacturer Cenntro Automotive showcased the world premiere of five new vehicles at the CES. This includes an FCEV semi-truck, an electric van and truck, and an autonomous vehicle platform.
Cenntro Automotive Europe, a company specialising in electric commercial vehicles, presented a combination of e-transporter and autonomously operated electric refrigerated body at the IAA Transportation.
The Cenntro Electric Group from the US state of New Jersey is preparing to launch its Logistar 100 and Logistar 260 commercial vehicle models in Europe. The former is a compact light electric van, the latter a larger model measuring 5.5 metres.
US manufacturer Cenntro has sold 2,000 electric vehicles to Japan with Amazon Fleet and Hana Cupid among the first to deploy these minivans called Metro. The EV is also the first vehicle not made in Japan to have received Kei-car approval.
The US-American EV designer and manufacturer Cenntro Automotive presented plans to expand its product portfolio with a purpose-built, all-electric Class 4 vehicle to serve the last-mile urban delivery market.
Prius preview: Just before its debut at the New York Autoshow later today, pictures of Toyota’s Prius plug-in hybrid appeared on a Japanese website. As a previous teaser image suggested, the latest member of the best-selling hybrid family comes with a fresh new look. sport-car.akakagemaru.info (in Japanese) via insideevs.com
Ludicrous retrofit: Tesla is now offering an aftermarket retrofit for the Model S P90D for those wishing to upgrade from insane to ludicrous mode. Costs are at 5,000 dollars plus labour. The upgrade involves the replacement of a fuse and a contactor to allow for the increase of max. power output. electrek.co
Real range is relative: Confusion circumscribed the Hyundai Ioniq’s range which was sometimes given at 155, and sometimes with 110 miles only. The Korean carmaker now made clear that the difference is due to differing test cycles with the European NEFZ being more generous than the American. autoblog.com
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China connection: Phoenix Contact sets up a Chinese subsidiary to plug into the electric transport segment. Phoenix (Nanjing) E-Mobility Technology now operates with a team of 20 product and project managers as well as developers who will adapt the offerings of the plug specialist to China’s demand. innovations-report.de (in German)
Metro truck: U.S. Cenntro Automotive brings a commercial vehicle concept to the New York show. Designed in a modular manner, it allows for different uses, including an open truck bed and van box. Payload is given at 635 kg and range as up to 75 miles but only at a top speed of 25 mph. carscoops.com
Why did Porsche get 6m euros for its EV? Asks the German taxpayer association in its annual budget review, in which it also complains about more than 16m euros being paid to carmakers to built charging infrastructure, or about half a million for the ‘My eDrive’ platform that aims to connect potential buyers with suitable electric cars. It is not the policy alone the association criticises but the idea of the State chipping in for firms unwilling to take the risk in the first place but willing to profit in the end. dw.com
One Tesla fits all: In order to make the Model 3 attractive for as many potential customers as possible, Tesla wants to offer a number of derivatives. According to Tesla’s vice president for engineering Chris Porritt, it could i.e be available as a SUV or an estate – a product strategy similar to that of VW’s Golf. autoexpress.co.uk, hybridcars.com
Elon Musk announces new leasing conditions for the Model S in the U.S. Working with US Bank, monthly leasing rates will drop around 25 percent. Moreover, if a customer is not satisfied with the car, he or she can return it within three months of purchase. teslamotors.com, insideevs.com
Detroit Electric teases SP:01: The U.S. carmaker shows its upcoming electric sports car piece by piece. This time, it released a back shot of the final exterior. The SP:01 is said to be the world’s fastest production electric sports car when it becomes available next year. carscoops.coml, electriccarsreport.com
Citelec for USA: Cenntro Automotive has begun building the small electric utility vehicle for the U.S. market at its production site in Nevada. It can carry up to 635 kilos, has a range of 200 kilometres and comes with a price tag of 20,000 dollars. In Europe, the Citelec is available since 2013. automotive-business-review.com
Audi A9 as plug-in? The German manufacturer will unveil a design study at the LA Auto Show, which will most likely become available as the new Audi A9 in 2016. German Autobild published a rendering of what the car could look like and Autocar reports, that Audi plans two plug-in hybrid options. autobild.de (rendering), autocar.co.uk (plug-in rumours)
Audi to hit the F1 track? UK’s Auto Express sites insiders saying that Audi will quit Le Mans and DTM by the end of next year and plans to join forces with Red Bull for the Formula 1 in 2016. So far, Audi officially says that is just a rumour. autoexpress.co.uk, carthrottle.com