Tag: Citroën

Oct 4, 2016 - 08:50 am

BMW, Tesla, Peugeot, Citroën, France, Green Lord Motors, Volkswagen.

News from Bavaria: BMW confirmed that it will build an electric Mini Cooper, as well as an electric version of the X3. The former will hit the road 2019, with the X3 to follow one year later. Bloomberg broke the news, citing no other than BMW CEO Harald Krüger himself. He calls it the “phase two” of electrification, while his competitors were only in “phase one.”

Tesla-Model-X-final300Tesla sales up: The carmaker reportedly delivered a total of 24,500 cars in Q3 of 2016 (15,800 Model S and 8,700 Model X). That’s a 70 percent increase compared to Q2. Moreover, the 5,500 EVs still on their way to meet their new owners were not figured in. In terms of production, Tesla announced an increase of 37%, churning out 25,185 vehicles in the past three months.
greencarcongress.com, marketwired.com

Peugeot and Citroën have given their Ion and C-Zero, which are of identical construction, an overhaul. That unfortunately doesn’t mean more range, but the possibility to start and stop the charging process remotely and an acoustic signal to warn pedestrians when the little EV approaches.
auto-motor-und-sport.de, saving-volt.de (articles in German)

Electric sports car from Japan: Green Lord Motors, known for the Tommykaira ZZ EV, presented its GLM G4 sports car concept in Paris. Boasting 400 kW and 1,000 Nm, the EV needs less than 3.7 seconds to go from 0 to 100 kph.
motorauthority.com, autoblog.com

Change in French EV subsidies: The country wants to implement a 40,000 euro price limit for EVs that qualify for subsidies, while cutting the bonus from 6,300 to 6,000 euros. Another 4,000 euros will be added, if the EV replaces a diesel of ten years or more. The 750 euro grant for hybrids without a plug will be scrapped completely. The measures will be voted on in December.
electrek.co, autoactu.com (in French)

e-Golf for all: The facelifted version with a range of 300 km (186 miles) will be made available in all U.S. states, while the current version is only available in select states. The EV will most likely debut at the LA Motor Show next month and go on sale early 2017.
vwvortex.com, insideevs.com

Aug 30, 2016 - 08:13 am

Citroën, Tesla, China, Clement Vehicles, Fire.

Citroen-CXPerience-ConceptPHEV concept for C5 successor: Citroën wants to show its CXperience concept at the Paris auto show in October. The futuristic hatchback features an 80 kW electric motor and can go 60 km on electricity alone. It could also be the preview of a C5 successor.
electriccarsreport.com, autocar.co.uk, youtube.com

Tesla’s P100D priced: The new top-notch versions of the Model S and X have finally received a price tag in the UK and the rest of Europe. The luxury sedan will go for 114,200 pounds/127,700 euros and the SUV for 117,200 pounds/128,700 euros. The prices are before subsidies and VAT.

The end of the Chinese EV boom? Apparently, the many start-ups that have sprung up on the heavily subsidised emobility scene, are getting too expensive for the Chinese government. In order to keep them in check, the country wants to put in place technical guidelines and limit the number of new EV start-ups to ten.

EVs from Down Under? It seems Australian start-up Clement Vehicles is re-employing hundreds of people from the company Holden and is looking to develop an electric vehicle. The company was awarded 10,000 Australian dollars in the State Government’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur prize to develop two prototype EVs to present to judges later this year.

Deadly EV fire: A flat fire that killed seven and heavily injured four in the Chinese city of Shenzhen was allegedly caused by a charging electric car. Investigations are still underway.

May 9, 2016 - 09:17 am

Mitsubishi reaches milestone.

There are now over 100,000 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on road around the world. It is only the fourth electric car to reach that milestone, following the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Chevrolet Volt.


Apr 22, 2016 - 08:59 am

VW, Volvo, Honda, Citroën, Solar Impulse 2.

VW plans EV quota: German Manager Magazin reports that in light of the diesel scandal, VW plans to cover 25 percent of its sales with all-electric cars by 2025 – which converts to about 1.5m vehicles. Moreover, these are said to boast a range of 300-400 km. In order to reach its ambitious goal, VW chief executive Matthias Müller even considers building a battery cell production facility.

Volvo’s electrification strategy: The carmaker wants to sell one million electrified vehicles by 2025. The first pure EV from Sweden will arrive by 2019. On top of that, the manufacturer will continue its plug-in hybrid strategy, saying it will offer at least two hybrid variants of every model in its line-up.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com

Honda Clarity becomes electric: The car now at the forefront of fuel cell technology will also be offered as a pure EV and a plug-in hybrid variant sometime in 2017. The latter is said to go 60 km on one charge. Its cousin, the Honda Accord, will also again be offered as a hybrid from 2017. The drivetrain had not been part of the line-up this year.
autoblog.com (Clarity), worldcarfans.com (Accord)

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Electric Citroën for China: The French carmaker is bringing an electric version of its C-Elysée sedan to the Auto China next week. The car has enough battery capacity to go 250 km on one charge and could arrive on the streets of China as early as 2017.

Take-off: The Solar Impulse 2 has taken off to attempt the final leg of its Pacific crossing. Next stop is the Moffett Airfield in Mountain View, California, on April 23rd. The solar-powered airplane was grounded last year after flying from Japan to Hawaii due to battery damage.

Mar 24, 2016 - 09:24 am

Toyota, Citroen, Tesla, Mercedes, BMW, Subaru.

Toyota-Prius-PrimeRange doubled: The new Toyota Prius Plug-In-Hybrid is officially here and goes under the name of Prime. Its 8.8 kWh battery delievers enough power for a said electric range of 22 miles, twice as long as the previous Prius PHEV. The plug-in hybrid can drive with up to 84 kph in all-electric mode and will go on sale this autumn.
reuters.com, insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com

Beach buggy pricing: Citroen is taking orders in France for the E-Méhari. Prices for the fun vehicle start at 25,000 euros before incentives (6,300 euros) and without battery. The latter must be leased for 79 euros a month and comes from Bolloré’s BlueSolutions. Citroen hopes to sell 1,000 units a year.
ccfa.fr (in French) via insideevs.com

Price increase for Model S? Tesla’s basic model might become more expensive next month, says the web’s rumour mill. The price increase could be driven by new features, a facelift or maybe the planned battery upgrade. Quite a few people would probably happily pay more for a 100 kWh power pack.
teslarati.com, electrek.co

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Daimler readies PHEV: The Mercedes GLC Coupé premiers at the New York Auto Show. It will eventually be offered in a plug-in hybrid version, but only in Europe, not in the States. The PHEV will feature a combined output of 320 hp and an electric range of 30 kilometres.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk

3 series plug-in pricing: BMW announces prices of its 330e iPerformance in the USA. The basic version starts at 44,695 dollars and dealers will receive the 3-series PHEV this summer.
autoblog.com, electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com

New Subaru platform: The next-gen Impreza is the first model that sits on Subaru’s Global Platform. The new structure will also host the WRX STi, which is expected to be a performance hybrid featuring AWD with the electric drive powering the rear wheels. Combined output was given at 320 hp.

Mar 22, 2016 - 08:46 am

Barcelona Electric Cab Fleet, Citroën E-Méhari.

Video tip: Barcelona not only had an electric cab fleet already back in 1943 but they were also charged by battery swapping as this black-and-white gem shows. The swap however required three men, a small crane and quite a bit of manual labour.

Reading tip: Top Gear took Citroën’s electric beach buggy (pre-production) for a spin. Well, while the e-Mehari might not be one for buying, it certainly could become one for hiring.


Feb 29, 2016 - 09:10 am

Citroën, Volkswagen, incentives, Acura, Detroit Electric, Toyota.

Citroen-DS-E-TENSECitroën DS with new sportscar concept in Geneva: The French will lift the veil of all-electric E-TENSE at the Geneva Motor Show, releasing first images and a teaser video ahead of the show. The sports coupé features two electric motors with a combined 296 kW and a 53 kWh Li-ion battery pack, allowing for a maximum range of 360 km.
greencarcongress.com, autoblog.com, youtube.com (video)

Six times electric: According to insider George Kracher, the Volkswagen Group is considering six new electric models in addition to the upcoming Audi Q6 e-tron, Porsche Mission E and new VW e-Golf. That includes an electric New Beetle and Audi Q4 e-tron (we reported). On the more luxurious side, an Audi A9 or second electric Bentley SUV could be in the pipelines.

EV incentives: According to German magazine Der Spiegel, German ministers have agreed on a 5,000 euro bonus for purchasing an EV from July 1st. Businesses can qualify for a 3,000 cash incentive. The so-called ‘environmental bonus’ will run out by 2020 and will be reduced 500 euros per year until then. On the table at a next meeting in April are also the installation of 15,000 charging points, subsidizing R&D of batteries, and the implementation of a quota for newly purchased cars for government fleets.
reuters.com; spiegel.de (in German)

New Acura NSX: After a ten-year absence, Acura opened the order books for its all news 2017 NSX. The combined V6 engine and three electric motors provide a total of 573 hp. Acura does not intend to stop there, and is already looking into a more powerful, more extreme Type-R.

Fresh off the line: Detroit Electric has handed off their first SP:01 vehicle. The car is headed to China where it will be used as a demonstration car for potential customers. The carmaker hopes to pursue the Asian market further and to soon announce a distributor for Japan.

Leaked Toyota: First photos of a production version Toyota C-HR have been made public ahead of the Geneva Motor Show. In line with Toyota’s recent developments, the vehicle will be available as a hybrid.
worldcarfans.com, autocar.co.uk

Feb 26, 2016 - 09:26 am

Audi, China, Tesla, Citroen, Chevy, Mercedes.

Audi-Q7-e-TronOrder books for Q7 e-tron open: From Tuesday, the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI can be ordered for a base price of 80,500 euros. The first models of the diesel-plug-in will be delivered this summer. Audi is one of the first manufactures to combine diesel engine and electric motor. Fuel consumption is currently given at 1.7 litres/100 km.
carscoops.com, automotiveworld.com, audi-mediacenter.com

China pushes electrification: China wants to step up funding initiatives for alternative energy vehicles, especially for EVs and hybrids. Instead of the current 30 percent, 50 percent of new purchases for public fleets now need to be (partly) electric. The country also wants to see more electric buses and taxis hit the road, while using private capital to further develop charging infrastructure.
reuters.com, bloomberg.com

Tesla roadside assistance: If one of its luxury EVs breaks down at the side of the road, Tesla will now it 500 instead of the previous 50 miles. But that should no longer matter for Tesla drivers in New York. The EV maker now opened a showroom and service centre in Brooklyn.
insideevs.com (towing), businessinsider.de (New York)

Electric and fashionable: Citroën will show its electric Méhari in Geneva from Tuesday, after the EV was first presented in Paris in 2015 (we reported). For all who want something more stylish, the carmaker is taking along the Méhari concept car, for which Citroën partnered with couture house Courrèges. So expect something fashionable.
leblogauto.com, theautomobilist.fr (Artikels in French)

Volt rolls in: U.S. car dealers are beginning to take delivery of the first 2017 Chevy Volt, the first model year to be offered across the United States. Also, GM is offering financial incentives across the board, like 1,000 dollars cash back when buying a new Volt or a nationwide 2,300 dollars discount on the lease. Some offers could expire on Monday.
greencarreports.com, carsdirect.com

E-Class for off road: The Mercedes estate will also be offered as an all-terrain variant from October, featuring all-drive and some new body parts to hide the estate look. Moreover, it will be available with the same engines as other E-Class models, meaning there is a possibility of a plug-in variant.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com

Feb 3, 2016 - 09:17 am

Tesla, Citroen.

Video tip: The summon function of the Tesla Model S can save the day. DragTimes utilises it to call the Model S in the rain, thus preventing the driver from getting wet.
youtube.com via insideevs.com

Reading tip: Four Wheels Under an Umbrella offers city tours to tourists in Paris in a Citroen 2CV. As the French capital is to tighten emission regulation, the firm managed to retrofit the “Deux Chevaux” with a 16 kW electric motor build by now extinct Mia Electric.

Feb 2, 2016 - 08:52 am

Porsche, Tesla, Saab, Renault, Citroën, Volvo.

Every Porsche a hybrid: The German carmaker plans to introduce hybrid version across its full model range, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said. A 911 PHEV will reportedly be first in line and hit the road by 2018; the all-electric Mission E model will launch before the end of the decade.

Audi inspired by Tesla? A Model X was seen on the Autobahn sporting plates from Ingolstadt, Audi’s hometown. As Tesla currently struggles to fulfil U.S. orders, rumour has it that Audi might have secured a Model X early on to take a closer look at the competition for its own electric SUV, due by 2018.

Electric 9-3 not Saab: Swedish Saab AB, owner of the Saab brand, will not allow its name to be used for the EV based on the Saab 9-3, which will be produced by National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS). Therefore, the multitude of EVs recently ordered in China will not bear a sign of its Swedish roots.
autonews.com via leftlanenews.com

Renault builds in China: Together with JV partner Dongfeng, Renault opened its first facility in China. Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, will see the production of SUVs. By 2017, the electric Fluence will be manufactured in the facility, too, and will thus enter the Chinese market.

Citroën in China: Pre-production for the Citroen C6 has started in China. Dongfeng-PSA will launch the model before the end of the year and also has a hybrid version in the pipelines. The DS9, which is built together with Changan and scheduled to arrive soon after, might be hybridised as well.

Volvo readies V90: The Swede’s latest station wagon will see the light of the day ahead of Geneva, Teknikensvarld learned. The V90’s debut is set for 18th of February in Stockholm. As with most Volvo models nowadays, a hybrid variant of the V90 is a given.
teknikensvarld.se via worldcarfans.com

Jan 6, 2016 - 10:30 am

Volkswagen, Honda + GM, Citroën, Gogoro, BYD, India.

Volkswagen-BUDD-e-inmotion300BUDD-e debuts: Volkswagen finally took the wraps of its all-electric van. Sporting a 92.4 kWh battery pack, it is said to go 533 km and charge up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes at a 150 kW charging station. The all-wheel drive boasts 225 kW, allowing BUDD-e to go from 0-100 kph in about seven seconds. Moreover, it is Volkswagen’s first car based on the new MEB architecture.
electrive.net (in German); autoblog.com, caranddriver.com

Hybrid alliance: Honda and GM want to extend their cooperation from working together on fuel cell technology to also include plug-in hybrids. Moreover, the manufacturers may use joint procurement of parts to lower costs, and are considering the joint manufacture of PHEVs.
the-japan-news.com, greencarcongress.com

Citroën for China: The French carmaker may introduce a new sedan called the C6 in China in the third quarter of this year. The car will only be available in the Asian country and be built by Dongfeng-PSA. A hybrid version is planned. Moreover, the in 2012 introduced hybrid study DS Numero 9 is said to come to life as the DS9 in China. It will be built by Changan-PSA.
carnewschina.com, worldcarfans.com

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Gogoro update: The company has sold 4,000th electric scooters and opened 125 battery swapping stations in Taiwan. Gogoro now looks to expand to Amsterdam this summer, and will then work on getting a foot in the door on the U.S. market. In countries without swapping stations, Gogoro offers a charger for its scooter.
fortune.com, sys-con.com

New BYD bus: The Chinese manufacturer unveiled its K10A, especially designed for the Brazilian market. It is BYD’s first 15 metre bus. The batteries are stored in the vehicle’s floor, for more passenger comfort. Meanwhile, the joint venture Loxley-BYD assembly plant in Thailand is ready to kick off production of BYD buses for the Thai market.
automotiveworld.com (Brazil), nationmultimedia.com (Thailand)

Tax free EV: Indian state Maharashtra has scrapped taxes for electric vehicles, meaning they are not subject to value added tax (VAT), road tax or registration fees when bought in the state. At the moment, the Mahindra Reva e2o is the only electric car sold in Maharashtra.
indiatimes.com, cardekho.com

Dec 9, 2015 - 09:13 am

Citroën, South Korea, VW, BMW, Tesla, Formula E.

Citroen-E-MehariCitroën presents the electric Mehari at COP21 in Paris. The EV is based both on the Cactus and the Bluesummer convertible concept by Bolloré (we reported). The 50-kW motor delivers a top speed of 68 mph and is driven by a 30 kWh battery that lasts for 200 kilometres. On sale is set for spring 2016.
worldcarfans.com, insideevs.com, carscoops.com

1m electrified cars by 2020: South Korea set its million target within the decade as the government wants to push sales of electric and hybrid cars to reach 20 percent of all new cars. To reach the ambitious goal – electrified cars currently count for two percent of the market in Korea – 150 billion won (127.5m dollars) will be spend on R&D and some 1,400 charging stations will be built across the country.

VW to electrify the U.S.? The new leaders of Volkswagen met with its third-largest shareholder. The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) that holds a 17 percent stake in VW expects answers to the diesel-rigging scandal such as a multibillion-dollar campaign to promote electric vehicles in the United States.
reuters.com, businessfinancenews.com, bild.de (original source, in German)

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BMW i8 convertible: At CES in Las Vegas BMW plans to show its sporty hybrid i8 as a convertible Spyder concept but one that is almost production ready. Minor changes to the drivetrain and battery are expected to increase range although the show car will be focussed on displaying on-board technology.
autoexpress.co.uk, autocar.co.uk, worldcarfans.com

Want to work for Tesla? More than 1,600 job openings are currently posted on the Californian EV makers website. As Tesla sets course for expansion it is looking for sales and service personal as well as a skilled radar engineer and managers in all its markets.
bloomberg.com, chc.tbe.taleo.net (job listings)

Formula E to be displaced: The German round of the electric racing series will not take place at Berlin’s Tempelhof airport as hangars are a temporary home for refugees fleeing the war in Syria. The Nuremberg Norisring is an option currently discussed as well as Munich or a different track in Berlin.

Dec 2, 2015 - 09:39 am

BMW, Mitsubishi, Citroën, Nissan, Leo Motors, BYD.

BMW-i3-Smart-HomeElectric shift at BMW: Harald Krüger, CEO of BMW, sets sail for an electric future in an interview with German Handelsblatt. As diesel becomes increasingly uneconomical, the i3 as well as i8 models will be further developed and eventually joined by another electric model. Krüger further announced the introduction of fuel cell technology at BMW with the help of Toyota. BMW will set out its strategy for the coming ten years next spring.

Mitsubishi to electrify USA: The Japanese carmaker rethinks its positioning in the States as it promises the Outlander PHEV by mid-2016 and a fully electric version by 2019. Furthermore, three future crossovers will receive electrified drive trains. The i-MiEV, however is likely to be discontinued.
autonews.com worldcarfans.com

Electric Citroën: Once teased during the IAA, the French carmaker is finally ready to unveil the e-Mehari on 7 Dec at COP21 currently taking place in Paris. Rumours suggest the new EV might be a convertible. Launch is set for March 2016.

Range extended Nissan EV: By 2016, Nissan plans to reveal what it calls a “serial hybrid” or range extender, Motoring reports. The small motor will only serve to charge the battery of an electric car, which is yet to be introduced. The Leaf is to remain solely electric.

Battery swap range: Korean Leo Motors presents five new electric vehicles that range from an electric cargo one-seater, over a delivery and garbage truck to two electric fishing boats. All these EVs can only be acquired without battery as the firm introduces its so-called Battery Swap Centres.

Wage war at BYD: The Chinese EV maker has been accused of not paying a living wage to its workers in Los Angeles by a coalition of labour groups. BYD denies the allegations and defends its pay levels by pointing to an exemption in its agreement with the city. The latter is investigating the case.

Aug 24, 2015 - 09:10 am

Tesla, secret manufacturer, Citroen, South Africa, Toyota.

Tesla beats stock sale target: The carmaker raised 738.3 million dollars in its secondary stock sale, more than 230 million above the original target. Top underwriters include Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, who together bought just over 2.1 million shares. The cash will flow into the upcoming Model X and Model 3, as well as the Gigafactory in Nevada.
bloomberg.com, forbes.com

Hands to hire: Martin Leach, former Ford Europe COO, is looking to recruit staff for a secret new electric car manufacturer that will be mainly based in China and California. Leach revealed that although this company does not have “a background in the car industry” and is also looking into self-driving cars, it is not linked to Apple.

Citroën to present EV? According to L’Automobile Magazine, Citroën has registered the name e-Mehari, sparking rumours that the carmaker could presents an electric car based on its C4 Cactus and the legendary beach car Mehari at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. So far, no additional information has been released.
automobile-magazine.fr (in French) via technologicvehicles.com

IEEV 2015

Made in South Africa: South African-based company Big Boss announced that it will unveil an electric car within the next six months, priced at around 20,000 euros. The car will initially be built in China, but once the company sold its first 1,000 units, it wants to bring production back to South Africa.

New Toyota Prius uncovered: Pictures of the next-generation of Toyota’s famous hybrid are already circling the web ahead of the official presentation set for September 8th. And the new Prius caught on camera was totally uncovered!

Danes to keep up tax exemption? The country’s conservative party is pushing for tax exemption of electric vehicles to be extended for at least 2 years, in order to support market and infrastructure investments. The Danish government is already looking into maintaining the perk, which was meant to expire at the end of the year (we reported).
dr.dk (in Danish)

Jul 13, 2015 - 08:27 am

Mitsubishi, EDF, Forsee Power, and PSA Peugeot Citroën, EV parking, Electric Highway, e-bus.

2nd life project: Mitsubishi is joining forces with EDF, Forsee Power, and PSA Peugeot Citroën to set up a demonstration project for deploying used EV batteries in energy storage. The partners will look at energy management practices based on electricity storage, charging and generation technology with i-MiEV, Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero batteries.
greencarcongress.com, puregreencars.com

Park only when you charge: British Bedford is cracking down on non-electric cars parking in front of charging stations, ordering its wardens to hand out tickets. Irish Limerick is only setting up six of such sole EV parking spaces but might soon be forced to do the same.
bedfordshire-news.co.uk (Bedfordshire), limerickleader.ie

Electric Highway: Australia’s Royal Automobile Club (RAC) is going ahead with its Electric Highway Plan in Western Australia. Six EV fast-charging stations have been erected, another six will follow. Charging is free of charge until the end of the year.

From Australia comes a prototype of a 50 seater electric bus. Transit, the Australian company behind it, hopes to produce locally but partners with the Malaysian government that already invested 170 million dollars in infrastructure based on the new bus.

EV incentives limited: Washington State extended its plug-in vehicle tax breaks for another year but plans to exclude electric cars that cost more than 35,000 dollars. That means Tesla, as well as the BMW i3 would then have to be paid in full. The bill has yet to be signed.

Jun 2, 2015 - 09:11 am

BMW, ZEV credits, Citroën, Formula E, Niu, Garia, VW.

BMW may plan new PHEV: According to the Australian website Motoring, the next BMW X3 model expected for 2016 will also become available as a plug-in hybrid variant with an all-electric range of 50 kilometres. It could feature a 67 kW electric motor and a turbocharged four-cylinder combustion engine, giving it a combined output of around 245 kW.

All need to electrify: The California Air Resources Board announced that even small carmakers will have to comply with clean-car rules, denying the request of Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo to be exempt from the rules. The decision will allow the five smaller automakers, all of which have less than 40 billion dollars in annual global revenue, to have the option of selling plug-in hybrids to earn credits towards compliance, rather than being forced to sell pure EVs.
autonews.com, hybridcars.com

Formula-E-BerlinCitroën Formula E update: Rumours that the French carmaker will take part in the second Formula E season are becoming more concrete. Motorsport.com has learned that a Citroën Formula E test took place earlier this month close to Paris. The carmaker is said to join Richard Branson’s Virgin racing team next year. The official announcement is expected during the ePrix finale in London at the end of June.

New scooter from China: Li Yinan, former chief technology officer of China’s largest internet search company Baidu, and his new company Niu introduced an electric scooter called “N1 smart e-scooter” to the Chinese market. The Vespa-like two-wheeler features a Bosch motor and weighs only 10 kilos. It could also become available in Europe at a later date.

From furniture to EVs: Danish newspaper Finans reports that Lars Larsen, owner of the internationally operating Danish retail chain Jysk, which is selling household goods, plans to produce electric utility vehicles for municipalities, public offices, parks and camping sites and to sell the EVs worldwide. Apparently the planning stage is all wrapped up and first deals have already been signed.
finans.dk (in Danish) via emobilitaetonline.de (in German)

Driving the Beetle Dune Hybrid concept: John Voelker from Green Car Concepts took the bug for a spin and found the ride rather bumpy, feeling the weight of the hybrid drivetrain also used in the Jetta. He believes the concept is really a way for VW to say “Look, we can put our hybrid powertrain in a bunch of different vehicles–including this one.”

Apr 9, 2015 - 08:39 am

Tesla, Citroën, VW, Germany, Netherlands, Zotye.

New base Model S: Tesla upgrades the 60-kWh Model S and will offer a more expensive and more powerful version. The new Model S 70D costs 75,000 dollars, 4,000 more than the previous entry EV, but is equipped with AWD and a 70-kWh battery said to deliver 15 percent more range (240 miles). The Model S 70D also features more power (234 kW) and Supercharger equipment as standard.
wsj.com, autoblog.com, transportevolved.com

Citroën plug-in concept: At the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show, the French carmaker will present its new Aircross Concept for the first time. The SUV study resembles the Citroën Cactus and will be powered by a hybrid system consisting of a 218-hp gasoline engine and a 70-kW electric drive.
greencarcongress.com, technologicvehicles.com, recombu.com

Electric camper update: New details on VW’s allegedly planned Bulli EV have been unearthed by German Auto Bild. By 2018, the all-electric Bulli would come equipped with the 85-kW drive from the e-Golf. The company thinks a range of 400 km could be possible due to advances in battery technology.
autobild.de (in German)

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German U-turn: Contrary to what a previous media report had suggested, the German government intends to keep its 1-million-EV goal by 2020 up on the agenda. To get there, however, “many more steps were necessary,” a spokesperson for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy said.
zeit.de, sueddeutsche.de (articles in German)

Benefit fraudsters? Dutch paper Financieele Dagblad reports that an unusually high number of EVs (about 1,000) bought with subsidies had been exported to be sold as second hand cars despite being less than a year old, with many of them ending up in Norway. As such they reach high prices while being toll-free. The Dutch finance ministry will now look into the issue.

Zotye EV update: The Chinese manufacturer released images of its EV destined for the domestic market. The E01 that is to debut at Auto Shanghai will also be offered as E02 with four doors. While the design seem to reminisce about the Smart fortwo, inside a big touch screen hints at bigger idols.

Feb 20, 2015 - 10:04 am

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.

Citroen-Berlingo-2016Berlingo 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.
carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com

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.
china.org.cn, shanghaidaily.com

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.
carsdirect.com, hybridcars.com

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.
electricautosport.com, fiaformulae.com

Feb 17, 2015 - 10:43 am

Porsche, Apple, Chrysler, Citroën, Tesla.

Porsche-Panamera-Hybrid-ChargingMeet 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.
thedetroitbureau.com, hybridcars.com

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.
autovolt-magazine.com, autoevolution.com

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.

Sep 26, 2014 - 08:30 am

Iveco, Porsche, VW, South Korea, Citroen, Hyundai.

Iveco-VisionThe future of LCVs: Iveco has unveiled its ‘Vision’ concept van at the IAA for utility vehicles in Germany. The stylish light van features a so-called Dual-Energy-System. It allows for mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric drive configurations. Furthermore, Iveco presented its new Daily Electric that is to be available by next year. It is said to feature a range of 215 kilometres and a 22-kW on-board charger, our editor reports from Hanover.
themotorreport.com.au (with video), iveco.com (Daily Electric), brusa.eu (Charger)

Porsche Cayenne to premier: The Cayenne S E-Hybrid will debut next week in Paris and it is already the third plug-in hybrid from the German automaker. While the petrol engine is the same as in the old Cayenne, the PHEV features an electric motor with 70 kW that brings the system’s power to 416 hp.
hybridcars.com, autoguide.com

Plug-in Phaeton? According to Automotive News, VW insiders say that the second generation Phaeton will be offered with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain for the 2018 or 2019 model year. Furthermore, the then 400-hp sedan is likely to make a reappearance in the U.S. where the Phaeton is expected to start at 70,000 dollars.

Price drop for hybrids: New subsidies by the South Korean government will make the eight hybrid models offered in the country cheaper. The local top-sellers Hyundai YF Sonata, Kia K5, Toyota Prius and Lexus CT200h will supposedly benefit the most from the new measures.

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Compressed Air Hybrid: Citroen is to present its Cactus Airflow 2l Concept at its home show in Paris. Like the Peugeot 208 Hybrid Air concept (we reported), it is driven by a compressed-air hybrid system and is said to consume only two litres per 100 kilometres as per European test cycle.

Hyundai to promote hydrogen: The South Korean company is working with the US Department of Energy (DoE) and the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus at promoting fuel-cell technology in the States. Hyundai started leasing the first FCV in the U.S., its Tuscon Fuel Cell, earlier this year.

Aug 8, 2014 - 08:33 am

Chevy Volt, BMW, Bugatti, Ford, Citroën, Renault.

Chevy-Volt-2015-TeaserNew Volt teased: GM confirmed that it will show the next generation of its plug-in bestseller at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2015. However, apart from a teaser image not much information has been revealed about the new Volt yet.
detroitnews.com, hybridcars.com

Update BMW 7: The German carmaker released more details about its new 7-series, which will weigh about 200 kg less than its predecessor as it uses carbon, Autocar reports. Furthermore, it will indeed be offered as a plug-in hybrid right from the start, just as rumours had it.

Bugatti promises 1,500 hp for its new hybrid Veyron, set for 2016. It will also feature an updated version of the 8-litre V16 engine, which will go from 0 to 100 kph in 2.3 seconds and comes with a top speed of 460 kph – enough to blow the likes of Porsche or McLaren away.

Mondeo Hybrid orders open: Europeans can now order the Ford which was initially expected half a year ago. The Mondeo is also available as a hybrid which couples a two-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a battery with 1.4 kWh.

Citroën hybrid spotted: Pictures show the Numero 9 concept car at a dealership in Shanghai, China. It is the model which will probably go into serial production as Citroën DS9 and was first shown at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show and is destined for the Chinese market.

Twizy Down Under: So far, only one Twizy has reached Australian shores and currently sits in the foyer of Renault’s offices. There, it sparks interest among customers but not more as the Twizy is not allowed for road use in Australia.

Found on electrive.com
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