Waymo permitted to start commercial service with self-driving cars
Google subsidiary Waymo has won approval to open a commercial ride-hailing service with autonomous cars. No human driver will be on board when the fleet starts to pick up passengers in Phoenix, Arizona. It is the first such service in the USA.Weiterlesen
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Elon Musk, Chrysler.
Video tip I: Watch Elon Musk meet TED curator Chris Anderson for a 40 minute Tête-à-Tête among futurists. Musk reflects on developments and his plans for Tesla as well as moving earth and Mars.
Video tip II: Flying pigs are another example of rather bizarre commercials for electrified cars. This time it is Chrysler, that spiced up its spot for the Pacifica Hybrid – somewhat.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
OMV, Smatrics, BMW, Honda, Chrysler, Amber.
OMV acquires stake in Smatrics: The Austrian energy and petrol station group joins Smatrics with an interest of 40 percent. So far the charging infrastructure JV was owned by Verbund and Siemens. OMV intends to kick off the installation of Smatrics quick charging points at its petrol stations in Austria and Germany. Also, further expansion to Czech, Slovakia, Slovenia und Hungary shall be examined. Besides, OMV wants to evaluate common concepts in green hydrogen.
PHEV of BMW’s 5er – soon also inductive: Just a few weeks after launching the newest generation of its 5 series, BMW brings the PHEV version of its business sedan on the roads. The 530e iPerformance comes with 252 PS and a 9.2 kWh battery to reach 50 km through electric power. Pricing starts at 52,600 euros. From next year on, BMW intends to optionally offer the PHEV model with an inductive battery charging system.
press.bmwgroup.com, welt.de (inductive system, in German)
Honda to produce EV with GAC: At the Shanghai Motor Show, Honda revealed its plans to enter the Chinese market with dedicated EV as soon as next year. Automobil Produktion reports, that the production process will be operated at a site of joint venture partner GAC. The same is planned with a PHEV version of Honda’s Accord in 2018 and two PHEV models created by the Honda/Dongfeng joint venture could follow a year after.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)
Chrysler’s electric minivan to go serial? According to Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, their all-electric concept car presented at CES in Las Vegas could enter mass production within the next two years. The EV model is a semi-autonomous minivan with 400 km of range and 350 kW fast charging function. Apparently, also regarding to this model Chrysler counts on a cooperation with Google subsidiary Waymo which already today deploys Chrysler’s hybrid vans and just ordered 500 Pacifica hybrids (we reported).
Sharing service with autonomous cars: Last year, Dutch start-up Amber presented its own concept EV specifically designed for its car sharing. Now the company introduced details about its plans, announcing the creation of a mobility service with autonomously driving cars – first in the Netherlands, later throughout Europe. First tests are scheduled for mid-2018 in Eindhoven with modified BMW i3 models, which will use bus lanes during the night. In the future, Amber intends to equip its own EVs with the necessary tech.
businesswire.com, nu.nl, ad.nl (both in Dutch)
Volvo kicks off XC60 production: The carmaker started the production lines for the crossover XC60 in its site in Torslanda, Sweden. Under the additional label T8 Twin Engine a PHEV version is to be build, too – just like it is the case with the top version of the bigger XC90.
StreetScooter, Audi, Kia, Mahindra, GM, Chrysler.
StreetScooter expands enormously: Deutsche Post DHL is taking its EV manufacturing business yet another notch up as the delivery service will open a second factory to produce the StreetScooter. Annual capacity will thus double to 20,000 electric vans and at least 50 percent will be made for third parties. Prices for a StreetScooter start at 32,000 euros and DHL hopes to interest municipalities and/or partners and fleets across Europe. No more specific location other than North Rhine-Westphalia has been given for the new production site yet.
europe.autonews.com, postandparcel.info, dpdhl.com
E-tron Sportback Audi’s 2nd EV? 2018 will see the introduction of Audi’s first fully electric model. However, now another seems to be in the pipeline. Auto Motor und Sport believes the second EV is to be the e-tron Sportback, which could hit the shelves no later than 2019.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
Kia gears up for its third EV in the meantime as the Korean brand is looking to electrify its compact SUV Stonic. An electric variant may be here as early as next year and will utilise technology from the Hyundai Ioniq Electric allegedly. With a larger battery than its brother in tech, the Kia Stonic EV may get 300 km far. If it makes it to market in time, it would be Kia’s third all-electric model after the Soul and expected Niro.
Second-hand EVs: Mahindra ventures into the vintage market for electric cars as it authorises its subsidiary Mahindra First Choice Wheels (MFCWL) to open its platform for used EVs. It includes certification and warranty and enables clients to exchange, buy and sell pre-owned electric cars.
Ampera-e statistics: The European version of GM’s Bolt EV has made it onto our shores, at least on paper. First registrations of the electric Opel surfaced in Norway (13) and Germany (68) but were most likely logged in by dealers. Get ready to book your test ride. Deliveries officially start in May.
itanywhere.no (Norway), kba.de (Germany)
Talking about shipments: Chrysler is three months behind schedule for the Pacific plug-in hybrid. It will start shipping to U.S. dealerships only after Easter. Chrysler claims quality control for the delay.
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Renault, Chrysler, Faraday Future, EPA, China, South Korea.
Renault Master electrification: The French are not only showing their new Kangoo Z.E. with 270 km range at the Brussels Motor Show, but also premiered the electric version of its transporter van Master. The latter will arrive at European dealers towards the end of the year and will be fitted with a 33-kWh battery pack that allows for a range of 200 km according to NEDC, even though 120 km are a more realistic estimate.
greencarcongress.com, automotiveworld.com, renault.com
Serial production plans: According to Detroit News, the in Las Vegas presented Chrysler Portal Concept (we reported) has a real shot of going into serial production. The paper quotes CEP Sergio Marchionne who says the electric van could hit the road in its current or slightly modified for “after 2018.”
Naming explained: Faraday Future explained the naming of its models. The FF 91 got its label, because the cars are named after size and price using the number 1 through 9. The 9 therefore stands for it being a top model, while the 1 indicated it being the first generation. Future cars could therefore be called FF 92, 81, 71, etc.
Lowering emission targets: Just ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the EPA confirmed greenhouse-gas emission targets for light utility vehicles through 2025. Despite bickering from manufactures, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) goals for 2025 are 54.5 mpg. The EPA says manufactures have enough technology at their disposal to comply.
Cutting subsidies: The Chinese government wants to reduce subsidies for EVs through 2020, starting with a 20 percent cut this year. The country now also confirmed that electric or plug-in hybrid buses will receive no more than 300,000 yuan in aides (previously 600,000 yuan), while exact subsidies are based on the buses’ energy density and charging capacity. Trucks and specialty vehicles only get 150,000 yuan and local funding has been capped at 50 percent of state aide.
10-hr rule up for discussion: According to Reuters, the South Korean government is reconsidering its previous rule that EVs will only receive funding, if they can be charged in less than ten hours using a regular Schuko-connection. Especially Tesla would benefit, as its battery packs are too pick to comply.
Faraday Future, Nissan, Toyota, Chrysler, Ford, E-Mobility Index, Tesla.
FF unveils new “species”: Faraday Future took the wraps off its first series model, the FF 91, calling it a “new species” of electric mobility. The SUV is to hit the road in 2018 and comes with a 130-kWh battery back and 378-mile range, while the 783-kW motor pushes it from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds. The FF 91 can be pre-ordered on the company website for 5,000 dollars down. According to FF, more than 64,000 models had already been reserved in the 36 hours after the presentation.
electriccarsreport.com, youtube.com (video of CES presentation), electrek.co (orders)
Next-gen Leaf: Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the CES that the Japanese carmaker is working on a new generation of the Nissan Leaf that will be equipped with the latest automated driving features. While he did not give any details about i.e. range, Nissan’s senior vice president Takao Asami confirmed that Nissan has already developed a 60-kWh variant, which it is not offering because battery prices are still too high.
autocar.co.uk, insideevs.com (Ghosn), autoblog.com (Asami)
Electric future: Toyota unveiled a futuristic and fully electric concept car in Las Vegas, fitted with winged doors. There are no details about the Concept-I’s drivetrain, however, as not the motor but the EV’s personal voice-commanded assistant Yui takes the spotlight in this case.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com (with video)
New electric Chrysler: The all-electric concept car that Fiat Chrysler presented at CES in Las Vegas is contrary to previous rumours not an electric variant of the Chrysler Pacifica, but an EV named Chrysler Portal Concept. It is a fully automated minivan that fits up to six people and features a 100-kWh battery pack that should last for up to 250 miles (400 km) of range.
greencarcongress.com, carscoops.com, autoblog.com
Investing in emobility: Ford announced that it will launch 13 at least partially electric series production models in the next five year. That includes a hybrid version of the F 150 pick-up truck and iconic Ford Mustang sports car (both scheduled for 2020). An all-electric SUV with 300-mile range will arrive in 2021. The carmaker is investing 700m dollars in its Flat Rock plant in Michigan, turning it into its centre for electric mobility and autonomous driving.
E-Mobility Index: According to the newly published E-Mobility Index Q1 2017 by Roland Berger and the German Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrtwesen Aachen (fka), Germany and France take the lead in terms of technological innovations – even for Japan and South Korea. China takes the crown in industry and the second spot in terms of market, just after France. Both countries are the only of the seven countries looked at, where the market share of electric mobility surpassed 1 percent in 2016.
rolandberger.com (press release), fka.de (complete Index)
Tesla missed its delivery estimates for 2016 just slightly. The carmaker delivered only 76,230 EVs instead of the planned 80,000 units this past year. Another 6,450 cars are still on route to their final destinations, but will be counted as part of January sales. Production numbers fell in the last quarter, apparently because of some kinks with the new autopilot hardware. Still, a total of 83,922 units rolled of Tesla’s production lines in 2016.
greencarcongress.com, electrek.co, insideevs.com
BESIC, Chrysler, wireless charging, Evatran.
Intelligent charging success: To charge batteries with green excess energy is sensible and economically viable. This is the result of the BESIC research project conducted at Hamburg harbour for 3.5 years. There, ten electric HGV ran with surplus green energy. The key was to develop a smart battery management that ensured charging when environmentally and operationally necessary.
Fiat and Google autonomous together: FCA delivered 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans equipped with self-driving tech to Waymo, formerly the Google car project. The move fits Fiat’s plan to reveal a fully electric vehicle based on the Chrysler Pacifica at the CES in Las Vegas.
Interoperability validated: Wireless charging bench testing has been completed and proves the interoperability and validity of the SAE TIR J2954. For the first time, interoperability between the so-called Double D (DD) and Circular Topologies has been demonstrated between 3.7 to 7.7 kW.
BMW i3 charges wirelessly at 7.2 kW: Evatran presents its inductive charging system for use with BMW’s electric car in the States. The 7.2 kW system translates to about 20 miles of range recharged per hour and applies to both the i3 and the range-extended version but costs 3,499 dollars.
Chrysler, Renault, Lexus, France, Smart, UK.
Electric Chrysler in Vegas? Insiders apparently told Bloomberg that Chrysler will show an all-electric car based on the Pacifica (which is already available as a PHEV) at the CES in Las Vegas in January. An electric Maserati sports car will also be on display – probably some form of the Alfieri scheduled to hit the road in 2020 (we reported).
Renault gives Kangoo more range: After giving its Zoe a battery upgrade, Renault will also increase the range of its Kangoo Van Z.E., fitting it with the same technology as the former EV. Technical details are expected to be released at the European Motor Show in Brussels in January, but given the 41 kWh battery pack, the Kangoo’s range is expected to double to 270 km on one charge.
greencarcongress.com, autovolt-magazine.com/, insideevs.com
Lexus shows LC production version: Lexus presented its LC Coupé, which will become available in the U.S. in spring and Europe in summer. With the LC 500h, the two-door car will also be offered as a hybrid variant. The hybrid powertrain will boast 354 hp, pushing the Lexus from 0 to 100 kph in less than five seconds.
France tackles pollution: French environmental minister Ségolène Royale wants to extend EV subsidies, offering the 10,000 euro scrappage fee not only to private, but also commercial drivers, such as i.e. taxis. Moreover, anyone purchasing an electric scooter from January 1st, 2017, will receive a 1,000 euro bonus.
Smart renting: The Daimler brand kicked off its scheme “Smart ready to rent” in select French and German cities. It enables customers to rent the full Smart model range between one day and three months, essentially closing the gap between leasing a vehicle and its carsharing offer car2go. Electric variants will also be available from next year.
ICE ban in the UK? Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is considering a proposal to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK, meaning all new cars would be electric, hydrogen- or methane-fuelled. Approximately ten years after the ban were to be enacted, Britain could prohibit all combustion engine cars on its roads.
Siemens, Valeo, Diesel, NextEV, Maven, Tesla, Chrysler.
Siemens and Valeo form alliance: The recently announced Valeo Siemens eAutomotive GmbH, a 50:50 joint venture, has begun operations. The company will focus on high-voltage powertrains for all forms of electrified cars, including hybrids. Jointly developed electric motors, on-board chargers, inverters and power converters are said to give the companies a more favourable position in the market.
Good-bye diesel cars: The mayors of Athens, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris pledged they would ban diesel cars from their streets by 2025. Athens even wants to go one step further and get rid of all cars in in city centre. Meanwhile, from February 15th, 2017, Beijing will prohibit all cars that don’t meet emission standards from entering the city during smog alarm. The move could affect all cars that are ten years or older – or roughly 8 percent of vehicles.
theguardian.com, c40.org (diesel), channelnewsasia.com (Beijing)
Tesla-fighter from China: NextEV, who just unveiled its 1 MW hypercar, is reportedly also working on a Model X competitor. The electric SUV will be built in China together with JAC and is said to hit the road late 2018 or early 2019. Thanks to a 70 kWh battery pack, range is estimated at 330 miles (530 km), but more importantly, NextEV says it will be “cheaper” than the Tesla.
Maven comes to Germany: Opel will introduce GM’s mobility service Maven to Germany next year. Called “Maven home,” it will also employ the Ampera-e. The EV will first be available for selected hotels, apartment complexes and student housing, and will later also be used in a more conventional e-carsharing scheme.
automobilwoche.de, autogazette.de (articles in German)
Tesla goes on sale in Spain: The Model S and Model X can now be ordered in Spain, with first deliveries scheduled for the first quarter of 2017. The EV pioneer is also stepping up its game in terms of chargers there, installing more Superchargers and Destination Chargers at hotels, etc.
The first Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid rolled off production lines at the Windsor plant in Ontario on December 1st. The first electrified minivan will be available from just under 42,000 dollars in the U.S., where it also qualifies for the 7,500 dollar tax credit. Electric range is rated at 30 miles.
Lucid Motors, EV noise, Faraday Future, Magna Steyr, Chrysler.
Camouflaged Tesla-fighter: Lucid Motors (formerly Atieva) has released a first official image of its still camouflaged electric sedan Atvus. The EV is said to debut in some form at the Los Angeles Motor Show and boasts an output of 100 kW and 300+ km of range, going head to head with the Tesla Model S when it hits the road in 2018.
Make some noise: The U.S. now requires all electric and hybrid vehicles produced after September 1st, 2019, to emit a warning sound when driving under 30 kph. As automakers will need to implement waterproof speakers to comply, they will be stuck with a 39m dollar bill per year. However, and more importantly, it will prevent some 2,400 injuries annually by warning pedestrians and bikers.
Construction stop: Contractor AECOM told Jalopnik that it has stopped working on the Faraday Future plant in Nevada, apparently because of unpaid bills. But the company is certain to be able to continue early 2017. Meanwhile, LeEco, itself a FF investor, has collected 600m dollars – half of which have been earmarked for the automotive branch.
jalopnik.com (AECOM), forbes.com (LeEco)
Will Magna Steyr build the I-Pace? Jaguar just unveiled its first electric model, but the question about its production site remains. According to German Automobil Production, everything points to Magna Steyr in Austria. The company is already constructing two production halls for the Brits, where two models will roll off the lines from 2017.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)
Pacifica PHEV priced and tested: Chrysler will offer the new plug-in family van from 41,995 dollars in the U.S., where the car is eligible for 7,500 dollars in subsidies. Its 16 kWh battery pack allows for an all-electric range of 50 km, and following a short test drive – pricing and technology seem to be on point.
CT6 PHEV arrives earls 2017: Chrysler will also kick off production of its CT6 premium sedan with plug-in technology. Here, too, the battery allows for 50 km of electric driving, while the car is propelled forward by a total of 250 kW. With a 75,095-dollar price tag, it will however have to compete with Tesla and co.
Chrysler, BAIC, Glee, LaFerrari, VRS Electric Cars, Daimler.
FCA plug-ins: Chrysler starts production of the Pacifica mini-van in Canada. The PHEV version that is expected to be fitted with LG batteries will be issued in the second half of this year. Its drive will also be used in the Levante PHEV by Maserati in the future. The latter is due to arrive early 2018.
edmunds.com (Chrysler), motortrend.com (Maserati)
BAIC’s EV business to go public: Beijing Electric Vehicle, the electric car branch of BAIC, plans an initial public offering (IPO), seeking to raise 3bn yuan (460m dollars). The money will be used to reach the ambitious target of annually producing 800,000 EVs and PHEVs by 2020 (we reported).
From AirCon to EV: Chinese air condition maker Glee wants to venture into more climate-friendly electric cars. It will issue new shares to ultimately buy EV manufacturer Zhuhai Yinlong New Energy. The latter is a majority shareholder of Nasdaq-listed Altair Nanotechnologies, a battery maker from the U.S.
Topless LaFerrari: The Italian luxury brand presented a convertible LaFerrari to exclusively selected customers. Supposedly dubbed LaFerrari Spider, it comes with either a removable hard or soft cloth top but keeps the original electric drive system. If build, production will be limited to 150 – 200 units.
“I move”: Yet another electric sports car concept comes from California, as VRS Electric Cars teases the Agito Concept, named after the Latin word for “I move.” Debut is set for the Auto China show next month and production could start by mid-2017. While details are scarce, the company says the concept is near production ready.
Electric buses by Daimler: Mercedes clarified its existing road map for the electrification of its bus business. By 2018, the Citaro will hit the market as an E-Cell (BEV), as well as a F-Cell (FCV).
CrowdCell, China Hybrid Systems, Chrysler, Panasonic.
Better calls with electric mobility: BMW, Peiker and Nash Technologies presented their research project ‘Vehicular CrowdCell’ at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mobile femtocells improve reception inside the car and can also be used to improve local networks. BMW says the technology could be used in electric carsharing vehicles.
Chinese hybrid alliance: China Hybrid System (CHS), a joint venture by Chang’an Automobile, Geely, Corun and Yunnei Power, is working on a scalable platform for future hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains. Geely’s Emgrand EC7 will be the first to sport a CHS hybrid powertrain, followed by the Chang’an Eado and CS75 as plug-in hybrids.
LG to power Chrysler: According to the Reuters news agency, the battery and battery management system for the Chrysler Pacifica PHEV will come from LG. More details about the multi-million-dollar agreement have not been announced.
Last-mile solution chooses Panasonic: The manufacturer will deliver its 18650 cylindrical lithium-ion batteries to the Workhorse Group, who will use them in its all-electric medium duty utility trucks. The battery can be built in packs sized to meet the customers’ demands i.e. in terms of range.
Skoda, Tesla, Riversimple Engineering, Chrysler, Hyundai.
Skoda envisions an SUV that will reportedly come as a PHEV to Geneva. The VisionS concept features an electric drive on each axle and a system output of 165 kW for 50 km range.
Zero-interest Tesla loans: The EV maker offers Chinese buyers a zero-interest loan for financing the Model S with 90 kWh battery pack to celebrate the new year of the fire monkey. In the U.S., Tesla revived its referral programme, now offering the chance to win a Model X or a Space X tour.
electrek.co (China), electrek.co (USA)
Compact FCV update: As Riversimple Engineering just presented its compact Rasa fuel cell city car, new details emerge. Range for the production-ready prototype is given at 300 miles on 1.5 kg of hydrogen, while supercaps store extra energy from KERS. Serial production is set for 2018.
Chrysler EV? The new Pacifica debuted in Detroit, where GM also announced a PHEV version. Now a camouflaged Pacifica was spotted bearing an EV batch. Is there an electric Chrysler in the making?
First drive: Hilton Holloway put a Korean version of the hybrid Ioniq to the test and is convinced by its “simplicity” and effortlessness in a “refined” sense that is true to spec and targeted market.
Hyundai, Chrysler, storage system, Li-air battery.
Diesel challenge: The hybrid technology Hyundai uses in its Ioniq is advanced and cheap enough that it could replace diesel variants. Woong-chui Yang, vice chairman of R&D at Hyundai, explains that the total switch is still some four to five years away, as the carmaker would need to incorporate space for the battery.
Advanced hybrid: Chrysler’s Pacifica Hybrid is a most efficient plug-in hybrid that can run all-electrically at speeds of up to 120 mph on its 16 kWh battery that lasts for about 30 miles. Basically, the Pacifica Hybrid performs like an electric car with a motor that is used to start the engine and act as a generator.
Stationery back-up: Researchers from EPFL and EMPA have come up with an intermediate storage system for fast-charging stations. A lithium battery the size of a shipping container slowly but constantly charges at low level from the grid. During peak times, the buffer battery tops up the EV battery quickly. A demonstrator is working.
Five times more energy density is the promise of a new Li-air battery by Argonne. The lithium-oxygen battery is based on lithium superoxide. The latter allows in theory for a closed system that does not require the intake of oxygen from outside sources. The next step is the development of better catalysts.
Australia's EV market, Chrysler Pacifica at NAIAS.
Reading tip: Australia’s EV market is hampered by two factors – pricing and dealers, Harry Tucker explains. Not only are the available EVs pricey compared to their petrol-powered counterparts, but dealerships seem rather reluctant to sell them, as they fear the low maintenance.
Click tip: Chrysler unveiled the Pacifica plug-in at NAIAS in Detroit. The hybrid mini-van comes with a 16 kWh battery that allows for a 30 mile electric range.
Chrysler, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Volvo, Mercedes.
Chrysler plug-in minivan: NAIAS saw the debut of Chrysler’s Van Pacifica. The plug-in hybrid variant will be able to drive about 30 miles all-electric, powered by its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. The PHEV is expected to arrive in the second half of this year.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com, forbes.com
Bolt EV specs: Chevrolet has released more details of its 200-mile electric car. The Bolt’s lithium-ion battery pack holds 60 kWh, while the electric motor powers the front wheels with up to 150 kW for a top speed of 91 mph. A full recharge might take up to 9 hours, but Chevy claims the built-in 7.2-kW charger is able to charge 50 miles in less than 2 hours.
detroitnews.com, greencarreports.com, insideevs.com
Bigger battery for e-Golf? New cells are to increase the range of Volkswagen’s electric classic by 30 percent, Volkmar Tanneberger, head of electronic development, said at CES. The current e-Golf has a range of 83 miles, while the new power pack would push it to 108 miles, well in range of the new Nissan Leaf. No word yet on when the update is due.
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Volvo S90 Hybrid debut: The Swedes in Chinese hands launched their 2017 S90 in Detroit. All variants will be available from the get go, including the plug-in hybrid version. It features the same drivetrain as the XC90 SUV.
Mercedes E-Class on display: Daimler presented its new E-Class in Detroit. The now even bigger sedan will become available as a diesel and petrol variant from April, with the PHEV E 350e to follow shortly after. The hybrid Mercedes is expected to have an electric range of 19 miles.
Mitsubishi, Audi, Chrysler, Chevy, BYD, Beijing.
Mitsubishi’s electric plans in the U.S.: The Japanese carmaker wants to launch a new crossover model there early 2018, which will be based on the all-electric eX Concept. A new and bigger Outlander (incl. a PHEV variant) is in the pipelines for 2019, and a smaller Outlander Sport for 2020. The latter is said to also be available as an all-electric car.
City EV by Audi? According to Autocar, Audi will launch a small city car in 2019 that will also be available as a pure EV. A study could already be presented at the Salon d’Automobiles in Paris in 2017.
Chrysler with plug: The U.S. manufacturer released a teaser image of its 700c Concept ahead of the American International Auto Show in Detroit, which kicks off today. It seems the study could also foreshadow the next-generation Town and Country Minivan, announced for late 2016 (we reported).
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Bolt officially priced: General Motors now confirmed the sales price of its Chevy Bolt for the U.S., pricing it at 37,500 dollars, including delivery. That means the new EV will be available for 30,000 dollars after a federal tax credit of 7,500 dollars.
EV boom: Chinese BYD expects profits to increase more than 500 percent in 2015, due to a strong demand for electric vehicles that the company says it still has difficulties to meet. And that despite its high production capacities.
Beijing doubles number of EV plates: The Chinese capital has published new guidelines for vehicle registrations. A total of 150,000 new license plates will be issued in 2016. 60,000 are reserved for EVs and PHEVs – twice as many as in 2015. Moreover, owners of the latter will no longer have to take part in the license plate lottery, but will receive them directly.
Rolls-Royce, Citroën, London Taxi, Ford, Chrysler, BYD, Formula E.
It is official, Rolls-Royce will build a luxury SUV, following customer demand. A launch in 2017 is likely, as is a plug-in hybrid variant, Auto Express reports. The portal expects prices to start at 250,000 GBP (385,000 dollars) – it is a Royce after all.
Berlingo Electric facelift: Citroën has issued pictures showing the new Berlingo which is to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model will again be offered with an electric drive, that powers the mini van with 49 kW. Range is out at about 106 miles.
The electric cab for London is to go-ahead as the London Taxi Company will build a 300-million-dollar facility close to Coventry. The Geely subsidiary plans to launch an all-electric cab by 2018 and will also host R&D and sales at the British site.
Ford to cut prices: Both the Fusion Hybrid und Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will become 900 dollars cheaper once the model year 2016 starts. New prices are set at 25,675 dollars for the Fusion Hybrid S and 33,900 dollars for the Fusion Energi SE Luxury.
Spy shots: Chrysler’s new Town & Country Minivan, which is to come as a plug-in hybrid as well, has been spotted heavily camouflaged. Also, another PHEV has been caught on camera, the BYD Yuan.
autoblog.com (Chrysler), carnewschina.com (BYD)
Formula E double-header: The London race of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship has received planning approval to be held within the grounds of Battersea Park. The final in London will see not one but two races (June, 27 & 28). Hence, the Formula E season now includes eleven dates.
Porsche, Apple, Chrysler, Citroën, Tesla.
Meet the electric Porsche: Industry insider Georg Kacher delivers an update on the 717 aka the “Tesla fighter”. According to his sources, this purely electric Porsche will be driven by two electric motors powering the front and rear and will be able to go for at least 300 miles on one charge. However, the Porsche 717 still has a long way to go as its launch is set for 2019 at the earliest. Inductive charging technology will be developed by VW and the American Quantumspace.
iCar update: Apparently, Apple’s Titan project (we reported) is much more than “just” an electric car. It is a “software game” instead as the company is looking into autonomous vehicle technology, Reuters reports quoting inside sources. The IT giant is said to be in talks with automotive experts.
Plug-in Chrysler in 2016: Chrysler’s ‘Town&Country’ minivan has been confirmed as plug-in hybrid for next year, a spokesperson for Fiat Chrysler said at the Chicago Auto Show. If all goes to plan, the PHEV minivan will be introduced at the NAIAS in Detroit in January 2016.
Citroën hybrid facelift: The French carmaker´s subsidiary brand DS will unveil an updated version of its DS5 at next month’s Motor Show in Geneva. While the hybrid drivetrain stays the same diesel-hybrid as before, the system now goes under the name “Hybrid 4×4” with 200 hp.
Tesla goes Indonesia: Prestige Motorcars, a dealership from Jakarta, is now taking orders for the Tesla Model S. First deliveries to Indonesia can be expected in April. Prestige Motorcars offers a home charging station but buyers will have to pay between 140,000 and 190,000 dollars for the electric sedan.
“So großartige Autos werden nur in Deutschland gebaut” (A car this great can only be made in Germany) is the slogan Chrysler uses to promote its new 200 model. Of course it is not made in Germany, so check out for yourself how the Americans turn it around. Well, they try at least…
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.
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.
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%.
Chrysler, Tesla, Porsche, Berlin, Mercedes.
Two plug-ins from Chrysler: Chrysler wants to introduce a plug-in hybrid Town & Country minivan by 2016, and new full-size crossover PHEV. Instead of offering electric-only or H2 drive options, Chrysler plans to introduce several mild hybrids following the plug-in launch.
detroitnews.com, greencarreports.com, autonews.com
No Model E from Tesla: The carmaker officially abandoned its Model E trademark, which was supposed to get used for Tesla’s 2017 affordable, mass-market electric car. The reason for the withdrawal has not been specified. But a few months ago, Ford had also applied for the same trademark. Originally, Tesla had applied for names reading Model S, E, X and Y.
tsdr.uspto.gov via green.autoblog.com, teslamotors.com (SEXY)
Porsche 911 plug-in: In a recent interview, Porsche chairman Matthias Müller confirmed that the next 911 will also be available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Also, he declined plans of a new low-cost Porsche, available for less than the 50,000 euros (70,000 dollars).
presseportal.de, transporter-news.de (both in German)
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Electromobility powered by Siemens: Siemens is presenting its drivetrain solutions for electric and hybrid cars on “Vehicle Show Electromobility” in Bad Neustadt a.d.S on May 10th and 11th. Find Siemens at the fairground of the demo city for electromobility and take a ride with an electric car.
Berlin in the old days: The planned Eco-Mobility Festival in Berlin (we reported yesterday) has been cancelled. For one month in 2015, residents of the Helmholtz neighbourhood would have enjoyed a time of fossil fuel-free mobility. Obviously not everybody liked that idea and so the local authorities pulled the plug.
tagesspiegel.de, morgenpost.de (both in German)
C-Class spy shots: The estate version of the latest Mercedes C-Class will debut in September and also come with hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains (we reported). The so-called T-Model has now been caught on camera with almost no camouflage.
autozeitung.de (in German)