DS Automobiles has parted company with the Techeetah team in Formula E and will be working with the US team Penske Autosport (Dragon) in the ‘Gen3’ era of the all-electric racing series from the coming season. In addition, the two drivers for 2022/2023 have been determined.
Stoffel Vandoorne has won the Formula E championship. At the final race weekend in Seoul, a fifth and a second place were enough for the Mercedes EQ driver to win the title. The manufacturers’ championship also went to Mercedes for the second year in a row.
Bosch Motorsport and the Formula E team Dragon Penske Autosport have agreed to a long-term technology and development partnership. As part of the partnership, Bosch is developing a vehicle management system with hardware and software components that is specially adapted to the requirements of the Formula E car.
The new BMW boss Oliver Zipse briefly outlined his new drive strategy at the IAA. He avoided making a commitment to battery-electric cars such as VW did and stressed various options. With the ‘i Hydrogen Next’, BMW is also presenting a fuel cell car.
The US American car manufacturer has intensified discussion around entering the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, possibly beginning involvement already this year. They may have to enter as a satellite team, but is moving to secure involvement as the manufacturer slots are becoming scarce.
Powered by the sun: Bochum University of Applied Sciences and ThyssenKrupp unveiled their SunRiser. The solar-powered car will take part in the World Solar Challenge in Australia in October. It only weighs 360 kg, despite its 60-kg battery and comfort features, such as distance control, heated seats or central locking. The solar panels produce up to 870 W. idw-online.de, emobilserver.de (articles in German)
Powered by Venturi: Rumor has it that Dragon Racing will partner with Venturi as their new powertrain supplier. The Dragon team is believed to have concluded a deal last month and is set to test its new package shortly. An official announcement is expected in the coming weeks. motorsport.com
Reed leaves drop battery price? A Chinese-German research team has fabricated a 3D porous silicon-based anode material from natural reed leaves using calcination and magnesiothermic reduction. The material exhibits high specific capacity, very good rate capability, and cycling stability. greencarcongress.com
Saft head to Mars: Battery maker Saft has signed a contract worth over one million euros from Airbus Defence and Space Ltd (UK) to develop, qualify and test a specific lithium-ion battery system to power the ExoMars Rover vehicle. The programme will launch in 2018. electricvehiclesresearch.com, saftbatteries.com
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Most clicked link on Thursday was Italian electric motorcycle company Energica kicking off production of its electric superbike Ego. greencarreports.com
BMW i9 in the making? According to German magazin auto motor und sport, BMW plans to introduce another plug-in hybrid sportscar on top of its current i8. It will be propelled by an in-line 6-cylinder engine in combination with a powerful electric motor. The i9 is scheduled for 2016, the year of BMW’s 100th anniversary and is to continue the tradition of the M1. indianautosblog.com, auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
The Ampera is dead: Via twitter, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann confirmed the rumours of Opel/Vauxhall not introducing a next-generation Ampera and thus killing the European twin of the Chevrolet Volt. At the same time, Neumann promised a new EV to arrive before 2018. transportevolved.com
The fastest SUV ever will go on sale in 2016 and come from Bentley, says the carmakers’s sales and marketing director, Kevin Rose. Presumably, it will also be the fastest plug-in SUV, featuring a V8-hybrid drive. Moreover, Rose expects it to account for at least 30% of all of Bentley’s SUV sales. blog.caranddriver.com via indianautosblog.com
BMW 7 Series ActiveHybrid arrives in India: It is the first hybrid by any German carmaker available in the country and that only in the cities of Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. Pricing starts at 13,5 million Rupee (224,700 dollars). indianautosblog.com
Dragon Racing complete: The Penske-owned Formula E racing team has signed former F1 pilot Jerome d’Ambrosio as their second driver. This only leaves three driver places open for the first season with China Racing and Adretti Autosport yet to reveal their complete line-up. puregreencars.com, fiaformulae.com
Honda Hybrid made in Indonesia: The Honda Vezel Hybrid and its petrol siblings for the Indonesian market will be sold under the name HR-V when debuting at the Indonesia International Motor Show in September. Honda announced that the compact crossover will be produced locally starting early next year. indianautosblog.com