Details about GM’s electrification strategy
At least 20 new electric models by 2023, among them two EVs based on the Chevy Bolt and due in the next 18 months – that is what General Motors promised in a recently published announcement. Now, GM states that the majority of its upcoming EVs will be based on a new platform scheduled for […]Weiterlesen
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Continental, Chevy Bolt, Hinkley, Tesla.
Urban Bee hive by Conti: Described as “industrious worker bee for the urban mobility of the future”, the BEE is a compact electric car with wide ranging autonomy. Short for “Balanced Economy and Ecology mobility concept”, IAA visitors can experience it in virtual reality only but Continental hopes that many of the two-seaters could navigate tomorrow’s mega cities using swarm intelligence.
Driving all alone: The autonomous Chevy Bolt is ready for mass production, reports GM’s Cruise Automation division that just released the third generation of the autonomous experiment. While jurisdiction may say otherwise, once full self-driving will get the go, GM’s lines are ready to roll.
medium.com (the engineers), autoblog.com
All-electric yacht: Powered by the same battery that propel BMW’s i3, Hinkley’s luxury vessel Dasher uses two of the power packs. Each drives a 59 kW electric motor and when driven at the cruising speed of 10 mph, a range of 40 miles is possible. The price range though is undisclosed.
fortune.com, boatingmag.com, bloomberg.com
The battery swap is not dead at least not on paper which Tesla filed to the patent authorities back in May. The concept describes a battery swap technology to deploy out of a trailer. Rather than being automated, this one mentions engineers and up to 15 minutes per swap.
Chevy Bolt, Formula E.
Video tip: Tesla advocat Bjørn Nyland here turned renegade as he takes the Chevy Bolt out for a ride in South Korea. The tour was a long one – he managed 292 miles (470 km) and talks about the Bolt at length.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Reading tip: Probably in an attempt to win back some popularity abroad after Brexit, the British government now opened the Isles’ streets for motorsport events. This means racing is now legal (on closed public roads) and thus London may soon see the return of the Formula E.
EPA, Chevy Bolt.
Reading tip: The White House has proposed cutting EPA’s budget by about a quarter, sources familiar with the budget proposal sent to EPA say. Effectively, this would throw back the EPA to its 1980ies levels and surely would effect electric mobility measures as well.
Video tip: Glenn Williams took the Chevy Bolt on a range test and managed more than 300 miles (480 km) in the real world – if you count California as real-world testing ground that is.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
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Electric car ads, Chevy Bolt.
Click tip: Infographics show that carmakers fail to advertise electric cars compared to the multitude of ads promoting the gas guzzlers promise of “great” freedom.
Video tip: Consumer Reports took the Chevy Bolt for a quick spin and finds GM’s offering to be well-rounded overall. But, has it got the “gotta-have-it” factor?!
Chevy Bolt, plug-ins in the U.S.
Video tip: Where is the Chevy Bolt made? This video allows us to peak into the production halls where the electric GM is being build.
Click tip: You want a car with a plug, but don’t know which one to get? Inside EVs gives you can overview of all plug-in cars currently sold in the U.S., including a list of prices, specs and possible subsidies.
Chevy Bolt, Oerlikon Graziano, Mercedes, Hyperloop.
Severe battery aging: Journalist pouring over the Chevy Bolt’s owner’s manual have made a sobering discovery. According to GM, the battery could lose between 10 and 40 (!) percent of its capacity during the eight-year warranty period or first 100,000 miles driven. To compare: Tesla just released its long-time data, showing that the battery will only lose about 5% of its capacity after the first 50,000 miles and that degradation after that slows even further.
New transmissions: Company Oerlikon Graziano has developed a new single speed transmission for electric vehicle designed for a maximum input torque of 270Nm and maximum input speed of 14000rpm. The transmission specialist also unveiled a new hybrid transmission concept, said to offer a 40% improvement in acceleration and reduce CO2 emissions by 25% when compared to traditional technologies.
oerlikon.com (EV transmission), oerlikon.com (hybrid transmission concept)
Mercedes plugs in: Both the next generation A- and B-Class could be offered as plug-in hybrid variant. The vehicles will be based on Mercedes’ new MFA 2 platform, designed to support PHEV drivetrain solutions. Technical details are being kept under wraps, but the system is expected to feature a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine and a twin-clutch automated transmission.
Fast trains in India: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has officially made the Indian government an offer regarding a pilot project involving its high-speed train. It could cut travel time between Mumbai and Pune from now 3 hours to only 25 minutes. The government has yet to give the green light.
NextEV, Chevy Bolt, Finland, Smart ED, Tesla, WEC.
NextEV unveils 1.000 kW racer: Curtain call for the Nio EP9, the Chinese company’s long awaited electric supercar. Four electric 250 kW motors catapulted the EV around the Nürburgring at a top speed of 313 kph, topping lap times set by the Porsche 918. The first units built by hand have already been sold. A small series production is set to kick off in China soon.
autocar.co.uk, carthrottle.com, electricautosport.com
First Chevy Bolt arrive at dealerships: Next week, the Chevy Bolt will arrive at dealerships in California and Oregon. However – many other U.S. states may have to wait another six months, as GM will roll out its EV step by step. But why so hesitant? GM says, they want to do it right and have had good experiences with the delayed availability of its second generation Chevy Volt.
insideevs.com (First Bolts), insideevs.com (delayed availability)
Finland to introduce subsidies? Helsinki seems to want push green cars and ponders a 100m euro incentive scheme. The goal is to have 250,000 EVs on the road by 2030, while the initial 25,000 buyers could benefit from 4,000 euros in subsidies. More details will be announced Thursday.
A city car, but not for all: Fun to drive, great turning radius, “zippy on steroids” – that’s how Autocar and Autoblog describe the new all-electric Smart Fortwo. Still, it is obvious to them that this EV only fits a particular lifestyle and with a realistic range of 75 miles, a charger should never be too far out of reach.
Trying out the Model S: Tesla kicked off its scheme “Drive to Believe” to convince western European buyers of its all-electric sedan. The EV maker will trade a Model S for a person’s car for one week. But there are only 25 spots – and the challenge ends December 31st.
teslarati.com tesla.com (application)
Hybrid Audi says goodbye with a win: The carmaker secured a one-two win at its last World Endurance Championship in Bahrain. Porsche secured the driver’s title, after the number two Porsche team of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb managed to place sixth in the championship.
motorsport.com, autosport.com, youtube.com (highlights)
Chevy Bolt, Battery Series, events.
Reading tip: Motor Trend took a Chevy Bolt and ventured into “enemy territory,” namely the Tesla Design Studio. Pulling up there did draw a crowd, but not a hostile one. Instead, Tesla guys and girls – including the head of design – explored the Model 3 forerunner inside out.
motortrend.com (with video)
Click tip: The Battery Series consists of five infographics that give an overview of battery technology. Part 4 deals with raw materials down to the level of which electric car uses which cathodes and further.
Events for the upcoming week: Electronica Automotive (Nov 8-11; Munich, Germany) ++ simpulseday greenCAE (Nov 10; Weissach, Germany) ++ FIA Formula E, Round 2 (Nov 12; Marrakesh, Morocco) ++ You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Volvo, Chevy Bolt.
Reading tip: Volvo and others are creating an electrified quarry for 30m dollars. The Electric Site project not only looks at autonomous and electric mining machines but other carbon reducing measures, too.
equipmentworld.com (with video)
Video tip: This is how the final Chevy Bolt looks like, at least very likely so. The video was taken at the 2016 Texas State Fair and the walk-around includes a look inside.
Fully Charged, Chevy Bolt, events.
Video tip I: In his new episode of Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn talks to the team of Electric Nation, a project looking at smart charging solutions in order to allow the number of EVs in the UK to increase, without taking its toll on the grid.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Video tip II: The LA Times took the Chevy Bolt on a road trip to test the accuracy of its claimed range. The reporters even had some juice left in the end, so that they could have travelled 290 miles all together.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Events for the upcoming week: TEAM final event (Oct 18-19; Berlin, Germany) ++ eMove360° / eCarTec (Oct 18-20; Munich, Germany) ++ IZB International Suppliers Fair (Oct 18-20; Wolfsburg, Germany) ++ You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Chevy Bolt, Rimac Concept One.
Reading tip: The Chevy Bolt will be fitted with CCS. Only GM doesn’t seem to point out the car’s fast-charging capabilities on the website, instead saying that it takes nine hours to fill up at a 240 Volt charger. That could make selling the car more difficult than it should be.
Video tip: Youtuber ‘alexsmolik’ got to go on a ride-a-long in the Rimac Concept One during the Monterey Car Week. The driver was no other than CEO Mate Rimac, who not only explained the car in theory, but gave a small taste of what the vehicle can do.
youtube.com via electric-vehiclenews.com
EV use, Chevy Bolt.
Study tip: The Norwegian Institute of Transported Economics surveyed 8,000 people and found that 71 percent of EV drivers used the electric car as a second vehicle. Households that only have one car mainly prefer Tesla, also because of the range.
toi.no via chargedevs.com
Video tip: Chevrolet asked owners of the Chevy Bolt if they wanted to take a test spin in the new Bolt. Judging by the promotional clip, the feedback was quite positive. A second video gives more detailed driving impressions form inside the EV.
youtube.com (teaser), youtube.com (impressions)
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.
Nissan, Ford, Tesla, JAC, Chery, Chevy Bolt, Volkswagen.
Modular EV platform: Nissan seems to want to intensify its electric endeavours and is developing a modular platform to expand its EV line-up, Auto Express reports. Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura explains that Nissan wants “to grow the portfolio” beyond the Leaf, imagining both a crossover and/or an electric sports car within the next five years.
Ford Model E: Details emerged about Ford’s “Prius-Fighter” that will allegedly be built in a new facility in Mexico. The mysterious electrified car might go be called Model E, a name which Ford had snatched from Tesla a while back. Up to 50,000 units could roll off production lines by 2019, AutoForecast Solutions suggests.
fordauthority.com, greencarreports.com, autonews.com
Model S update: Tesla gives its classic a facelift this week to streamline production, making it look more similar to the Model X and Model 3, and adding luxurious features that could be revealed by next week. New colour options and LED will be offered, too. But Tesla has also increased the price.
autoblog.com, cnet.com, worldcarfans.com
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Baden-Württemberg Pavilion shows success factor e-mobility: During the Hannover Messe / MobiliTec the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion and its 43 exhibitors showcase the diversity of the e-mobility landscape in the southwest of Germany. With “Automated. Connected. Electrified.” as its guiding theme, the whole spectrum – from development and production to road tests of partially automated electric vehicles – will be covered. Visit us in hall 27.
Chinese EV concepts: Both JAC and Chery teased electrified concepts ahead of the Auto China next month. Chery’s FV2030 is a fully electric and ultra sporty coupé but with four doors, while JAC’s SC5 Concept is a rather conventional SUV with a hybrid drive.
worldcarfans.com, carnewschina.com (Chery), carnewschina.com (JAC)
Range race: The Bolt EV is not even on the market yet, and GM is already talking about updating the range. The manufacturer claims that prototypes went past the 200 mile threshold, news that comes just days after the presentation of Tesla’s Model 3 with an EPA rated range of 215 miles.
Making a showcase: Volkswagen transforms its so-called Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany, into a window onto its newly found electric soul. 30-minute long test drives with hybrid and electric vehicles are included in the ticket price, while 50 interactive exhibits like the GTE simulator show future mobility.
BYD, Chevy Bolt.
Video tip I: BYD offers a peak behind the curtain of its electric bus factory in Lancaster, California. The Chinese company lets local workers do the talking, who speak of happiness as they work towards a bright, electric future.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
GM to launch Chevy Bolt as Opel Ampera-e in Europe in 2017.
Now it’s official: Opel will release its first all-electric model in 2017. General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced the news personally at the Car Symposium in Bochum today. The Ampera-e, which will be based on the Chevy Bolt from parent company GM, will most likely premier at the Salon d’Auto in Paris this October. The open […]Weiterlesen
Chevy Bolt, Acciona at Dakar Rally.
Video tips: The introduction of the Chevy Bolt leaves traces on the World Wide Web. Follow GM’s Chief Engineer Josh Tavel as he walks us through the new electric car. Consumer Reports takes the Bolt fora quick drive and is pretty excited.
youtube.com (Josh Tavel), youtube.com (Consumer Reports)
Click tip: Like last year, Acciona will be the only electric contender during the Dakar Rally. This time, the team will report whenever it can from the race and from behind the scenes.
accionadakar.es via insideevs.com
Chevy Bolt, Tesla, Qoros, Kia, Lexus.
EV for the masses: GM just unveiled its Chevy Bolt a few hours ago. The 200 mile (320 km) range had been announced previously, but now we also know that the Bolt will sell for 30,000 dollars after (7,500 USD) in the U.S.. A price tag said to appeal to the masses. The EV will go on sale at the end of the year and will feature lots of driving assistants and maximum connectivity to appeal to the younger generations.
fortune.com, wfla.com media.chevrolet.com
Changes in the Tesla lineup: Tesla will from now on only offer the 3,000 dollar upgrade from 85 to 90 kWh for the all-wheel version of its Model S. The rear drive version will only be available with a 70 or 85 kWh battery pack.
Qoros electrified: The Chinese manufacturer cannot seem to get a foot in the door as a conventional carmaker and wants to form a business unit just for electric cars. Also, CEO Phil Murtaugh will leave the company due to “personal reasons.”
Self-driving Kia: Kia has set up a sub-brand for its autonomous driving technologies called ‘Drive Wise.’ The carmaker wants to introduce partially self-driving cars by 2020 and fully autonomous technologies by 2030. Meanwhile, Andrew English test ‘drove’ the autonomous Kia Soul, pondering questions about the responsibility and role of the person in the driver’s seat.
autocar.co.uk (Drive Wise), telegraph.co.uk (Kia Soul)
Driving the new Lexus RX450h: Autocar got to test the 2016 Lexus RX450h on British roads and was not sold on the idea, saying the “RX450h feels as soulless now as the original RX400h did a decade ago.” Also, the hybrid’s fuel-economy is only “acceptable.”
Volvo, Chevy Bolt, Maserati, Skoda, Arrinera.
Swedish flagship sedan revealed: Volvo took the wraps off the all-new S90 premium sedan, which will make its public debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January. The S90 is based on the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) first used by the XC90 and will likely feature the same powertrains, including the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid with a total power output of around 400 hp.
autoblog.com, carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk
Chevy Bolt caught undisguised: Chevrolet’s upcoming Bolt EV has been spied fully uncovered at a photo shoot ahead of its official debut at the CES in January. It looks like the final production version is quite significantly different from the concept car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.
Maserati plugs in: The Italian luxury carmaker will launch its first-ever SUV Levante in 2016, according to Autocar. Plug-in hybrid drivetrains will be offered in the Levante, Ghibli and Quattroporte from late 2017 or early 2018, with appearances in the Alfieri and Granturismo replacement likely.
Skoda SUV launch scheduled: Skoda’s seven-seat SUV, tentatively named Snowman, will make its official debut at next year’s Paris Motor Show and will hit the streets by the end of 2016. According to German Auto Bild, Skoda also plans to roll out a plug-in hybrid version.
worldcarfans.com; autobild.de (in German)
Hybrid supercar from Poland: The Polish company Arrinera SA is working on a sports car named Hussarya GT4, which will be presented next month at the Autosport International in Birmingham. A hybrid version called Hussarya 33 with a total system output of as much as 1,000 hp is also in the cards.
auto.oe24.at, wirtschaftsblatt.at (both in German)
Nissan, Chevy Bolt, SCP, VW Phaeton, BMW X5 xDrive40e.
Leaf with 544 km range? Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced at a shareholder meeting that “in the near future,” Nissan will offer EV mobility “comparative to today’s conventional vehicles.” Then a video emerged, demonstrating what appears to be a Nissan Leaf with a range of no less than 544 kilometers. Ghosn added that “later this year, you will hear more about our initial steps to increase EV range.”
transportevolved.com, greencarreports.com, dailykanban.com
Chevy Bolt on camera: Chevrolet has released a video of a Bolt testing vehicle, though still heavily camouflaged. Some 1,000 engineers are currently working on the EV and have built no less than 55 prototypes by hand. The promised 200 km range has allegedly been exceeded during test drives.
insideevs.com, slashgear.com, autoblog.com
EV from Ireland: Irish company Swift Composite Prototypes (SCP) says it is working on a lightweight electric car, called ALEX eroadster. A first prototype is said to be ready mid-2016 and low-volume production could start by the end of 2016. Several universities such as Queens University Belfast and Dublin City University are involved in the planning behind the Irish eRoadster.
VW Phaeton PHEV: German Automobilwoche has learned that the next-generation Phaeton will also be available as a plug-in hybrid variant, when it becomes available late next year or early 2017. The U.S. and China would then be Volkswagen’s main focus for its luxury sedan.
Testing the BMW X5 xDrive40e: Motoring Research also got to test the new BMW plug-in. Andrew Brady is certain that “you’re unlikely to use the X5 xDrive40e in electric-only mode very often,” since “too much darting will soon use up the battery’s juice.” It is also getting some fierce competition from Volvo’s XC90 that, due to better fuel economy figures, qualifies for road tax exemptions, while the BMW doesn´t.
Chevy Bolt, BMW i8S, Nissan, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Shanghai.
Chevy Bolt debut: GM will unveil a concept version of its Chevy Bolt at the NAIAS today, Wall Street Journal reports. The EV is said to come with a 200-mile range and at a price of around 30,000 dollars. The batteries will be made by LG Chem. The Tesla Model 3 rival is set to launch by 2017.
wsj.com, autoblog.com, jalopnik.com
Jubilee BMW i8: BMW will indeed celebrate its centenary in 2016 with a super sports car based on the i8, which is currently developed under the name M 100, German Auto Bild reports. The special edition hybrid will reportedly be limited to 100 pieces and deliver more than 500 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Likely to be named i8S or i8CS, it is said to cost more than 250.000 euros (about 300,000 dollars).
autobild.de (in German)
EVs with range limitations? Not really. New data from Nissan’s telematic system CarWings show that Leaf drivers in Europe travel more than 50 percent further per year than drivers of traditional cars. While ICE vehicles rolled 6,721 miles on average, the electric Nissans covered 10,307 miles.
BMW i sales: The German carmaker sold 16,052 BMW i3 and 1,741 BMW i8 worldwide in 2014. Currently, more than 100 i3 are being built at the facility in Leipzig and BMW plans to increase the production of the i8 there this year in order to reduce customer waiting times.
LiveWire review: Embedded in tales of personal reluctance towards the Harley brand and musings on the campaign surrounding the LiveWire project, Domenick Yoney delivers a review of his electric ride. His conclusion: This Harley has the power to turn “no fans” into “potential customers.”
Free registrations in Shanghai: The Chinese metropolis has started handing out free license plates to drivers of the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, according to a report from Bloomberg. Shanghai is waiving the registration fee of about 12,000 dollars in an effort to reduce air pollution.