Dyson discontinues electric car project
Dyson has axed all plans to build electric vehicles. Founder Sir James Dyson announced the surprise move in an email to employees, saying the project is not commercially viable. Dyson will rechannel the £2.5 billion already invested in other technology.
Is Dyson just full of hot air?
A little dispute has swept the press that talks of a disagreement between Honda and yet-to-turn electric carmaker Dyson. The latter says they had proposed to use parts of Honda’s factory in Swindon. The Japanese politely declined.
Dyson decides to build electric cars in Singapore
Vacuum cleaner maker Dyson has picked the spot for the electric car factory: Singapore. They want to break ground before the year’s end with the first EV to rival Tesla to roll of the lines by 2021. The choice builds on Dyson’s extensive workforce in the city state that is also the world’s second-largest container […]
Dyson to bring 3 electric cars as it invests 1bn pounds
Hoover’s British equivalent Dyson has reinforced its plan to enter the EV market. With a Bang it appears as Dyson is planning no less than three all-electric car models with the first to arrive by 2020 or 2021 in a limited number. Model 2 and 3 however aim for sales and solid-state batteries.
Dyson, LG Chem, Porsche.
Dyson drops battery start-up: UK appliance maker Dyson has given up the core intellectual property of Sakti3, a solid-state battery start-up it had acquired only 18 months ago. Dyson sought to become a heavyweight in battery production, ambitious also regarding the EV branch. Now Quartz has learnt that the British company cancelled its 200,000-dollars license for Sakti3’s patent portfolio. So far, the background of this step is unclear.
LG Chem on growth path: The battery giant wants to raise 1bn Won (900m dollars) to extend its R&D this year. That is 20 percent more than in 2016. The company’s EV battery section accumulated a 35bn won (31bn dollars) turnover last year – a result LG Chem seeks to quintuple by 2020.
Porsche shows updated Le Mans racer: The 2017 919 Hybrid for the FIA World Endurance Championship has been revealed. Especially in terms of aerodynamics, chassis and combustion engine, Porsche set new benchmarks as the Germans developed about 60% of the Le Mans racer anew.
Dyson, E-Force One, U.S. funding, Fraunhofer ICT.
Dyson update: Rumours that the British hoover manufacture is planning to build and electric car are growing stronger. Apparently, Dyson engaged Ricardo Reyes as new head of communications. Following years at Tesla, Reyes is quite the EV expert.
E-Force One update: Swiss electric lorry maker E-Force One announced a new battery technology for this year. The further developed traction battery is said to be more powerful and be available with 90 to 260 kWh. E-Force One also reworked its drivetrain system and will now offer the electric lorry as an 18 to 40-tonner.
logistra.de (in German)
Federal funding: The U.S. Department of Energy earmarked 18m dollars for five projects betting on alternative drivetrains. 2.9m dollars have been given to Odyne Systems to further develop plug-in hybrid lorries to cut fuel consumption by 50 percent. Blue Bird Canyon is getting 4.9 dollars for further development of an electric school bus V2G capabilities. Also, PacificCorp received 3.9m dollars to set up charging corridors along interstates in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
Date logger: A new data logger from the Fraunhofer ICT simultaneously collects vehicle data from electric drivetrains, combustion engines, external sensors and even location data and is said to lay the foundation for the development of new hybrid and electric vehicles. It can also be used to increase efficiency of vehicle fleets.
Daimler, MAN, Scania, VW, Hyundai, Audi, Dyson.
E-mobility goes commercial: Daimler unveiled the Urban e-Truck at the IAA, which can cruise electrically with up to 26t of load on board. Also on display is the third generation Fuso eCanter, which will be launched in a small series by 2017. A year later, Daimler says it will put fully electric buses based on the Citaro into serial production. They will be joined by another fully electric transporter.
More electric commercial vehicles were presented by MAN and Scania in Hanover. MAN’s Lion’s City bendy bus, a study in modular systems, was presented next to the TGE electric truck. An electric bus is to hit the production lines already this year. On display at Scania are both a hybrid truck and bus.
volkswagen-media-services.com, corporate.man.eu (MAN details)
It is Volkswagen’s eCrafter concept, however, that stole the show at the IAA. The transporter boast a 100 kW power output and a 43 kWh battery pack for about 200 km range. Production of the eCrafter is scheduled to begin by mid-2017 but the number will be limited at first.
Compact H2 bus: Hyundai debuted its H350 Fuel Cell Concept. The hydrogen shuttle is said to last for more than 400 km with a 100 kW power output bringing it up to speed of 150 kph. It has room for 14 passengers but when it could go into service remains unknown.
Audi Q5 almost there: Amidst all the IAA noise, Audi teases its new Q5 set to premier at the Paris Motor Show. A plug-in hybrid variant is a given with an electric version rumoured at least.
Dyson EV ever more likely: Hoover maker Dyson is feeding rumours around an upcoming electric car. The British family firm hired Ian Minards, formerly responsible for product development at Aston Martin, to continue his profession at Dyson.
Dyson, Genesis, Land Rover, Renaul, Acura, Lexus.
Dyson’s secret EV: The hoover manufacturer is building an electric car, The Guardian has learned, quoting internal government documents. Dyson’s endeavour will be funded with 174m pounds from the government and could create as many as 500 jobs in British Malmesbury. Just a few days ago, Dyson CEO Max Conze announced that the company wants to invest 1m pounds in battery production by 2020.
Genesis from Hyundai: The latest concept for Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis has been unveiled in New York. The 242 hp hybrid sports sedan is equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and could give a glimpse of the future of the G70, a possible 3-series rival.
Upcoming Range Rover: Details of the upcoming Range Rover are being kept largely under wraps. The “Sports Coupé” will share the alloy chassis of the Jaguar F-Pace and Autocar speculates that it will include an all-electric powertrain, which Jaguar previously developed for the I-Pace, as well as a hybrid option. The vehicle will be priced at around 90,000 pounds.
Renault recalls: Bad news for Renault owners. 10,649 Zoe are being recalled due to rupturing brake fluid hoses. There are, as of yet, no confirmations that the faulty hoses have led to any accidents on the road. Nonetheless, those cars built between 2012 and 2014 are being thoroughly checked.
Acura MDX: Honda’s luxury brand took the wrap of the 2017 MDX in New York. The MDX Sport Hybrid features not one, but three electric motors and a 3.5-litre V6 engine with a combined output of 325 hp. The 2017 variant will go on sale this summer, with the Sport Hybrid to follow soon thereafter.
Lexus extended: A three-row variant of the Lexus RX is on its way for late 2017, possibly early 2018. According to Autonews, Lexus recently trademarked the names RX 350L and RX 450hL, leading many to speculate the new car will be offered both with a standard V6 engine and as a hybrid. However, apart from the extra seats, styling will stay true to the original.
ZSW, Aston Martin, Formula E, Dyson.
Automated cell production in Germany: The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW) had built a pilot plant that now successfully manufactures automotive-grade lithium-ion cells. The PHEV 1 format standard cells were produced fully automatically at a high production rate. BASF, BMW, Daimler, Elring Klinger, Manz, Robert Bosch, Rockwood Lithium, SGL Carbon and Siemens are already pitching in to scale up the open technology.
Red Bull Aston Martin racer: Both brands confirm they are working on the “next-gen hypercar” with the codename AM-RB 001. While famed F1 engineer Adrian Newey is involved in the project, nothing has been said about the drivetrain yet. Although a hybrid is more likely than an electric vehicle, Autocar suggests.
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Nissan & BMW to compete in Formula E? The two mayor manufacturers are in talks with existing teams to join the electric racing series as early as next season, Autosport has learned from inside sources. None would be directly involved in powertrain development at first, and Renault-Nissan has to approve.
16m pound for battery research: Dyson received a 16m GBP (23m USD) grant to develop new battery technology. The money is part of a fund earmarked to smarten up motorways and energy infrastructure. Founder Sir James Dyson intends to employ 5,000 researchers, engineers and designers on the Malmesbury site to invent new technologies.
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Dyson, Benteler Engineering, AVL, TU Eindhoven.
Dyson acquires battery maker: Shortly after the maker of vacuum cleaners loudly thought about building its own EV, Dyson now bought solid-state battery start-up Sakti3 for 90m dollars. Previously, Dyson had invested 15m dollars. Things are poised to get even more serious as Dyson plans to build a grand battery factory for an estimated 1 billion dollars. It sure will deliver power packs for vacuum cleaners, if for electric cars too, will remain to be seen.
usatoday.com via greencarcongress.com, electric-vehiclenews.com
Electric-Retrofit is a system set up by Benteler Engineering to convert diesel into electric buses. The axle drive module is by Ziehl-Abegg and recuperates. The system is said to fit in 10.5 to 18-metre vehicles and is currently presented at the Busworld show in Belgium.
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New emission test site: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded AVL to set up an emissions measurement system at the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL). Here, EPA wants to test electric and hybrid vehicles next to conventional vehicles.
Student racer for Garage 56? An electric racer built by Eindhoven University of Technology is preparing to take part in Le Mans. As of now, only a prototype exists but it already reaches 285 kph. The Le Mans version will have four instead of two electric drives and a small conventional motor. The students are looking for sponsors.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the motor of a BMW i3 filmed in action. While it sounds like an oversized dentist drill, more curiously it moves – slightly.
Volkswagen, Dyson, Tesla, Jaguar, BMW.
VW electric van: German newspaper WirtschaftsWoche reports that Volkswagen’s subsidiary for commercial vehicles will present the prototype of an all-electric cargo van at the CES in Las Vegas. Production is set to start at the end of 2016 in Mexico. The new vehicle is primarily targeted towards courier and delivery companies.
wiwo.de (in German)
Dyson EV? Rumours surfaced once again that hoover manufacturer Dyson is working on an electric car. During an earnings call, CEO Max Conze said Dyson is not ruling out the possibility of releasing its own vehicle. Earlier this year, the company had invested heavily in the solid state battery company Sakti.
VW Golf GTE makeover: Details regarding the Volkswagen Golf facelift planned for March 2016 have been revealed. According to German Auto Bild, the new GTE plug-in hybrid variant will use the same powertrain as the Passat GTE and boast 218 instead of 204 hp.
autobild.de (in German)
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Tesla extends referral program: The carmaker scrapped the limit of ten referrals and added a new incentive – the Tesla owner who makes the most referrals (who actually buy a Tesla) by the end of October can swap their current Model S for a P90D Model S with ‘Ludicrous Mode.’
F-Pace caught on camera: Jaguar released a photo showing the profile of its F-Pace SUV, which will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. There have also been rumours that there will also be an all-electric version of the Jaguar F-Pace, able to go 300 km on one charge.
Big in Japan: BMW has opened the first dedicated BMW i showroom in Japan. The Bavarian manufacturer will use the ‘BMW i Megacity Studio’ in Tokyo to showcase the i3 electric car and the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.
autoguide.com, bmwblog.com, autoevolution.com (photo gallery)
Clean all around.
Dyson has presented the most autonomous hoover to date, the Dyson 360 Eye. It features a digital map of all rooms and a 360-degree panorama camera. The little guy even hooks itself up to a charging station when needed. On that note – have a great and relaxing weekend.