Diesel ban: Judges postpone decision until Tuesday
The German federal administrative court in Leipzig has announced their decision to postpone their decision on a possible diesel prohibition within cities until Tuesday, 27. Central to the discussion is the question whether German cities can afford to ban diesel vehicles in legal terms.Weiterlesen
VW Boss Mueller demands an end to diesel subventions
VW’s CEO Matthias Mueller has made the surprising demand during an interview and said he believes the tax benefits that accompany owning a diesel should be phased out. The idea is to prevent a ban and support the expansion of electric mobility. These seemingly insightful comments follow a simple logic.Weiterlesen
Diesel Sales, Tesla Model 3, Events.
Click tip I: Research institution ICCT analysed diesel registrations in Europe and found them in stark decline. This March marked a five year low for all major markets, namely France, Germany, Spain and England.
Click tip II: More and more pictures emerge of sightings of the Tesla Model 3. In Ohio alone about 100 of them are said to run crash tests at the moment. Teslarati collected the latest shots.
insideevs.com (Ohio), teslarati.com
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.
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Tesla, Diesel, Bentley, Eurabus, Nissan, Toyota.
Tesla masterplan: CEO Elon Musk announced a new “masterplan” for the EV maker, as the current one went only from the Roadster to the Model 3. Possibilities are of course endless and Musk did not hint in which direction he wants to go, but it’s clearly a move to keep investors interested. Meanwhile, Tesla started on a three month “Electric Road Trip” around the world to meet enthusiasts and promote its EVs.
twitter.com, electrek.co (Masterplan), electrek.co (Electric Road Trip)
Keeping diesel at the gate: A number of German cities like Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart would like to ban diesel cars in certain zones and implement a blue pollution badge. The problem: so far there is no legal basis for them to keep polluters out, but Germany’s Environment Ministry hopes to agree on the details for the badge before autumn.
automobilwoche.de, heise.de (articles in German)
Electric Mulsanne: The Bentley’s V8 could be replaced with an electric drivetrain, according to Autocar, mainly because China is tightening legislation. It looks like going “full electric will be the only way” to still sell cars in some Chinese cities in the near future, says Bentley’s product manager Holzgartner -a trend that could catch on in Europe.
German buses from Azerbaijan: Eurabus has signed a deal to assemble its electric buses in Ganja in Azerbaijan in the future. The electric drivetrain for the 12-metre-long bus will be delivered by German company Ziehl-Abegg Automotive GmbH.
New Nissan hybrid: Without much fanfare, Nissan now added the Murano Hybrid to its offering in the U.S. Only the SL and Platinum models are available with a hybrid drivetrain that will cost customers an extra 3,000 dollars. Moreover, only about 600 hybrid units will be made available.
Test driving Toyota: Both Autoblog and Green Car Reports took the Prius Prime for a spin. The latter hails the fact that one can now lock in the EV Mode, so “your carefully planned, fossil-fuel-free day” will no longer be ruined when stepping on the accelerator. Autoblog is especially taken by the redesign, but says that it will have a hard time competing with real EVs.
Audi, Tesla, Rampini, Andorra, Diesel, Australia.
Audi to step up EV production: German Wirtschaftswoche says it learned that Audi wants to crank out 60,000 units of its Q6 e-tron per year at its facility in Brussel from 2018. That is 10,000 more cars than Tesla Model S sold in 2015. The paper also reports that Audi’s EV could sell for more than 60.000 euros.
wiwo.de (in German)
Tesla update: In an email to reservation holders, Tesla says it is “currently increasing […] production plans to minimize the wait for [the] Model 3.” One week after the unveiling, the number of reservations surpassed 325,000. Tesla also announced that “in a few weeks,” its Model X can be ordered by everyone – not just reservation holders. Production has been increased to 750 units per week.
electrek.co (email), teslamotors.com (reservations), electrek.co (Model X)
Electric buses from Hungary: According to Hungarian media, Italian bus manufacturer Rampini is looking to set up shop in Hungary to build all-electric buses. These will first be sold in Hungary and later across Europe. BYD is allegedly also looking into setting up a e-bus production plant in the country.
bbj.hu, index.hu (in Hungarian)
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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.
Andorra introduces EV incentives: The small principality earmarked 3m euros in grants to be spend over the next three years. Both electric cars and plug-in hybrids can qualify for subsidies of up to 11,000 euros. The programme also includes a scrappage allowance. The goal is to have 500 new EVs or PHEVs on the road by 2019 – impressive, considering Andorra has less than 80,000 inhabitants.
bondia.ad (in Catalan)
Hard times for diesel ahead? Five German states are calling on the federal government to phase out fuel tax advantages for diesel compared to petrol, but so far, no agreement with other states could be reached. The ministers also proposed an EV quota for manufacturers and asked that the Federal Motor Transport Authority no longer be the only one in charge or emission test, hoping to avoid another VW style scandal.
europeonline-magazine.eu; wiwo.de (in German)
EVs in Australia: A consortium of companies and organisations, including Tesla, Renault and infrastructure providers, have published the “Path Forward for Electric Vehicles in Australia.” It lists a number of possible incentives like waiving registration fees or allowing priority parking, and says the government needs to push for more charging infrastructure to encourage EV uptake Down Under.
South Korea, Jaguar, diesel, Faraday Future, Kandi.
Korea gears up for FCVs: The country wants to have 9,000 fuel cell cars on its road by 2020 and 630,000 by 2030. The ambitious plan is bolstered by a subsidy of 27.5m won (23,000 dollars) per FCV. By also waiving taxes, Korea targets an average FCV price of 35m won (30,000 dollars) by 2018. 520 hydrogen pumps are expected to be erected by 2030; 80 percent of those within the next four years.
Jaguar to enter Formula E: The iconic brand will take part in the 2016/17 season of the electric racing series as Jaguar, replacing Team Trulli. The move was expected, but it remains to be seen if and when electric racing technology will power Jaguar Land Rover production cars.
autocar.co.uk, electricautosport.com, fiaformulae.com
Tighter RDE rules: The EU Environment Committee rejected a draft calling for NOx emissions limits of diesel cars to be raised by 110 percent (we reported), saying the move is “neither explained nor justified.” MEPs are calling on the commission to propose a new draft that is not in fact watering down existing EU regulation.
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Tesla competitor homegrown: Nevada continues its subsidy policy that already lured the Gigafactory into the desert. Faraday Future’s latest move to erect its EV production site close to Las Vegas also seems fuelled by dollars. The start-up will receive 335m dollars in tax abatements and incentives over the next 20 years.
Kandi scales up: The Chinese carmaker expects 100,000 electric vehicles to roll off the production line at the planned facility in the city of Haikou in Hainan province annually. Start of production is set for early 2017.
Top of the line: From January, British buyers of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be able to choose from two new trim levels. The GX5h and GX5hs both include leather seats and a heated rear bench, some automated driving features and start at 38,399 and 40,499 pounds, respectively.
Audi, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Diesel.
Audi’s Tesla-fighter update: 500 km range is not enough to beat a Tesla, Audi engineers seem to think and now boast with 600 km range for the electric SUV expected by 2018. It runs under the working title C-BEV and resembles the RS6 in power (500 hp) and price (110,000 euros min). AWD and wireless charging of the 90-kWh battery are planned as well.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
Porsche’s Tesla-fighter: New patent drawings make the electric Pajun (Porsche 717 / 718) appear more real. Sitting on the modified eMSB platform, two electric motors are located in the rear. An ‘Impact Plate’ between the sills protects the battery, which delivers 400 km range by 2019.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
Mercedes introduced pieces of the new E-Class, such as technology that will move the car closer to driving autonomously. It steers, brakes and parks automatically via smartphone that also unlocks the E-Class. A plug-in hybrid version is highly likely but has yet to be confirmed.
BMW plug-in hybrid: Next to its fuel cell prototype, the German carmaker displayed the 2 Series Active Tourer at French Miramas. It is BMW’s first front-wheel drive model and uses the same platform as Mini. The vehicle is said to have a 23 mile electric range, but will possibly never make it to the U.S. market.
Diesel war: Europe’s automotive industry associations are begging Brussels in an open letter to let them have their diesels, which they believe are essential to reduce for CO2 emission. Instead of cutting CO2 through stricter rules, they are betting on fleet renewal. As if new cars would be enough.
acea.be (the letter)
BMW i8 review: Fuel saving is not of (much) concern in BMW’s hybrid sportscar, nor is it practical. But, Tom Voelk says, it does have “visual power.” While being stuck in highway traffic, where the i8 could cruise electrically, Voelk also got some driving in and found the hybrid working “remarkably seamless.”