Electric Hummer, VW, China, Mitsubishi, Gogoro, Rimac.
Electric Hummer by Kreisel Electric: Arnold Schwarzenegger has presented a fully electrified Hummer that has been developed by Austrian company Kreisel Electric based on the model H1. The prototype comes with two electric motors (360 kW output), 100 kWh battery capacity and close to 300 km range. However, serial production is not planned.
Golf 8 without all-electric version: The next-gen VW Golf will hit the stores in about two years, but according to Jürgen Stackmann, head of VW sales and marketing, it will be available either with combustion engine, either in PHEV version. An all-electric Golf 8 won’t be produced as the company’s MEB-based all-electric I.D. will enter the market in 2020 almost parallelly.
China to relax rules for foreign carmakers? The Chinese government considers permitting foreign manufacturers to produce EVs in its free-trade zones without a local JV partner, reports Bloomberg referring to sources that do not want to be named. Thus, international carmakers could start to set up wholly owned EV businesses. The relaxation could come as soon as next year, but is still far from being definitively approved.
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Mitsubishi presents EV concept: With a teaser photo, the Japanese carmaker draws attention to its e-Evolution Concept that shall be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in late October. It is supposed to be a fully electrified SUV coupe concept, further details are not yet available.
Gogoro raises additional 300m dollars: The Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer receives 300m USD from a group of investors including Sumitomo and French energy company ENGIE. In the previous two investment rounds, Gogoro raised already a total of 182m dollars. The fresh money shall support the company’s R&D unit and help to realise its expansion plans. In Europe, Bosch’s sharing service Coup uses Gogoro’s electric scooters with replaceable batteries.
greentechmedia.com, forbes.com, gogoro.com
Also Rimac with new investor: Asian battery manufacturer Camel Group invests 30m euros in Croatian EV maker Rimac. The new financial resources shall enable the company to develop new products and to extend its production capacities.
Renault/Nissan, Electric Hummer, T-Sportline, Paris.
Joint EV development: Renault and Nissan are strengthening their cooperation for the sake of synergies. The convergence covers four areas, one of which is Engineering that includes the development of electric drivetrains.
Electric Hummer: GM’s mega car is back but in a much smaller version and fully electric. The ‘MEV Hummer HX’ is distributed by Swiss MEV Cars with a licence by GM. The electric mini Hummer is available with either lead-acid or li-ion batteries. Currently, production is in China but MEV Cars plans to relocate to Europe soon and is also looking for a German distributor.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Tuning Tesla: T-Sportline calls itself the AMG of Tesla. Its tuned version of the Model S costs 205,820 dollars, that is 80,000 dollars on top, if all options like gilded steel rims, a carbon-fiber body kit and interior upgrades are added.
carbuzz.com, youtube.com (video)
Paris is fuming: Due to heavy smog that has clouded the French capital for days, the city banned half of all cars and motorbikes on Monday. Only hybrids and electric vehicles were exempt. Furthermore, the use of public transport, car and bike sharing schemes was free of charge.
greencarcongress.com, businessgreen.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk
Nissan and Renault are on track to hit their sales target of 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2020 or maybe even sooner, according to company officials. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn had initially been more ambitious when predicting this number to be reached by 2016 but has since added four more years. Only time will tell…