Tag: Faraday Future

Jan 9, 2017 - 07:50 am

Faraday Future, Nissan, Toyota, Chrysler, Ford, E-Mobility Index, Tesla.

FaradayFuture-FF91-300pxNLFF unveils new “species”: Faraday Future took the wraps off its first series model, the FF 91, calling it a “new species” of electric mobility. The SUV is to hit the road in 2018 and comes with a 130-kWh battery back and 378-mile range, while the 783-kW motor pushes it from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds. The FF 91 can be pre-ordered on the company website for 5,000 dollars down. According to FF, more than 64,000 models had already been reserved in the 36 hours after the presentation.
electriccarsreport.com, youtube.com (video of CES presentation), electrek.co (orders)

Next-gen Leaf: Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the CES that the Japanese carmaker is working on a new generation of the Nissan Leaf that will be equipped with the latest automated driving features. While he did not give any details about i.e. range, Nissan’s senior vice president Takao Asami confirmed that Nissan has already developed a 60-kWh variant, which it is not offering because battery prices are still too high.
autocar.co.uk, insideevs.com (Ghosn), autoblog.com (Asami)

Electric future: Toyota unveiled a futuristic and fully electric concept car in Las Vegas, fitted with winged doors. There are no details about the Concept-I’s drivetrain, however, as not the motor but the EV’s personal voice-commanded assistant Yui takes the spotlight in this case.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com (with video)

Chrysler-Portal-Concept-300pxNLNew electric Chrysler: The all-electric concept car that Fiat Chrysler presented at CES in Las Vegas is contrary to previous rumours not an electric variant of the Chrysler Pacifica, but an EV named Chrysler Portal Concept. It is a fully automated minivan that fits up to six people and features a 100-kWh battery pack that should last for up to 250 miles (400 km) of range.
greencarcongress.com, carscoops.com, autoblog.com

Investing in emobility: Ford announced that it will launch 13 at least partially electric series production models in the next five year. That includes a hybrid version of the F 150 pick-up truck and iconic Ford Mustang sports car (both scheduled for 2020). An all-electric SUV with 300-mile range will arrive in 2021. The carmaker is investing 700m dollars in its Flat Rock plant in Michigan, turning it into its centre for electric mobility and autonomous driving.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

E-Mobility Index: According to the newly published E-Mobility Index Q1 2017 by Roland Berger and the German Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrtwesen Aachen (fka), Germany and France take the lead in terms of technological innovations – even for Japan and South Korea. China takes the crown in industry and the second spot in terms of market, just after France. Both countries are the only of the seven countries looked at, where the market share of electric mobility surpassed 1 percent in 2016.
rolandberger.com (press release), fka.de (complete Index)

Tesla missed its delivery estimates for 2016 just slightly. The carmaker delivered only 76,230 EVs instead of the planned 80,000 units this past year. Another 6,450 cars are still on route to their final destinations, but will be counted as part of January sales. Production numbers fell in the last quarter, apparently because of some kinks with the new autopilot hardware. Still, a total of 83,922 units rolled of Tesla’s production lines in 2016.
greencarcongress.com, electrek.co, insideevs.com

Dec 19, 2016 - 09:10 am

Faraday Future, Lucid Motors.

Video tip I: Faraday Future is exhibiting Tesla tactics as it has its new model drag racing a Bentley Bentayga, a Ferrari 488 GTB, and a Tesla Model X P100D Ludicrous. FF beats them all but the clip only shows the end of each race. A short cut?!
youtube.com via electrek.co

Video tip II: This is the full-length version of Lucid Motors’ presentation of the all-electric Air. The sleek limousine claims a 400-mile range and a 1,000 hp powertrain.

Dec 14, 2016 - 09:00 am

Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Faraday Future.

Look back: Both the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, the first plug-in volume models, will turn six this week. Hybrid Cars takes a look at how the two EVs have grown and have compared to each other over the years.

Reading tip: Motortrend got to peak behind the curtain at the Faraday Future R&D centre. And while the article doesn’t give any new information about the cars or company that, just a year ago, no one had heard about, a look behind the scenes is always worth a read.


Dec 8, 2016 - 08:53 am

Netherlands, GAC Motor, Faraday Future, Mitsubishi, Energica.

Netherlands go electric: Dutch economy minister Henk Kamp said in an interview that it is the country’s intention “that from 2035, only electric or fuel cell cars will be sold. So, no more cars that use petrol, diesel or LPG.” Two Dutch parties have meanwhile proposed a ten-point plan to make EVs more attractive to buyers, including the installation of chargers every 25 km, guaranties for EV batteries, lower parking fees and the use of bus lanes.
nrc.nl (interview; in Dutch), nltimes.nl (plan)

GAC-EnLightNew supercar: Chinese manufacturer GAC Motors has presented an electric sports car concept at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The EnLight features gull-winged doors and the company’s latest technical and design innovations. It has an autonomous, as well as a manual driving mode.
automotive-business-review.com, multivu.com (with videos)

Faraday Future teased: The manufacturer released first teaser images showing the front its first production model. Despite alleged financial difficulties (we reported), the EV is said to be fully unveiled at the CES in Las Vegas next year.
electrek.co, insideevs.com

Too hot to handle: Because of possible overheating, Tesla issued a voluntary recall of some 7,000 select NEMA adaptors. There have been two reported cases of the plugs overheating while in use, but it caused no further damage and no one was harmed. NEMA adaptors come with Tesla’s Universal Mobile Charger (UMC) in order to fit different outlets and are mostly used in the U.S., Canada and parts of Asia.
electrek.co, transportevolved.com, tesla.com

No more Outlander PHEV for Russia: After only 71 units sold in 2014 and a mere 21 in 2015, Mitsubishi has decided to stop offering plug-in SUV in Russia. Interestingly, the standard Outlander accounts for two-thirds of Mitsubishi’s sales in the country.

Energica update: The Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer has obtained a sales license in California, meaning Energica can now record sales in the U.S. state. The company also added an importer in Israel, and important market for the Italians.

Nov 28, 2016 - 08:41 am

Jaguar, SsangYong, Faraday Future, Tesla, Guangzhou Auto, ELI.

Jaguar-I-Pace-ConceptJaguar looks to produce locally: The British carmaker says it wants to make the UK a global centre for battery research and development, as well as set up EV production facilities to meet further demand. The recently revealed I-Pace will initially be built by Magna Steyr in Austria (we reported), but as Jaguar Land Rover will reportedly offer electrified variants for half of its portfolio, it could move production to its home turf.
autocar.co.uk, telegraph.co.uk, autonews.com

SsangYong looks to electrify line-up: According UK boss Paul Williams, the South Korean carmaker will electrify a number of its current models in the coming four years, possibly even in cooperation with a bigger brand. While hybridisation is part of the plan, electrification is the long-term focus. SsangYong is meanwhile testing the electric version of its Tivoli

FF pushes back release date: As work at its production facility in Nevada has come to a halt (we reported), Faraday Future will apparently need to delay the launch of its first EV. The reason for the financial difficulties seems to be that financier LeEco, who is also working on an electric car, may have overreached in terms of funds and timing.

Newcomers: Forbes highlights five electric models from China that were unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show last week. The Changan BenBen, normally a popular petrol-powered mini car got an electric drivetrain, while Dongfeng presented its compact sedan Fengxing Jingyi S50 EV with 250 km range. The Trumpchi GS4 EV, a new SUV from Guangzhou Auto, can also go 240 km on one charge. The show also saw the presentation on a new electric van and light commercial truck.

News from Tesla: Following the first showroom inside a Nordstrom department store in LA (we reported) the carmaker now opened a second one in Charlotte, North Carolina. Meanwhile, in Germany, all Tesla Model S versions now qualify for federal subsidies, as the base price is less than 60,000 euros and bigger batteries or more performance are just “add-ons.”
charlotteobserver.com (showroom), manager-magazin.de (Germany; in German)

ELI hits the road: The small electric transporter was developed by Austrian SFL Technologies, who is ready to kick start production in January. At first, the company will manufacture 1,000 units that it won’t sell, but rent out completed with a comprehensive service package.
steiermark.orf.at (in German)

Nov 16, 2016 - 09:10 am

Lucid Motors, EV noise, Faraday Future, Magna Steyr, Chrysler.

Lucid-Motors-Atvus-LACamouflaged Tesla-fighter: Lucid Motors (formerly Atieva) has released a first official image of its still camouflaged electric sedan Atvus. The EV is said to debut in some form at the Los Angeles Motor Show and boasts an output of 100 kW and 300+ km of range, going head to head with the Tesla Model S when it hits the road in 2018.
carscoops.com, electrek.co

Make some noise: The U.S. now requires all electric and hybrid vehicles produced after September 1st, 2019, to emit a warning sound when driving under 30 kph. As automakers will need to implement waterproof speakers to comply, they will be stuck with a 39m dollar bill per year. However, and more importantly, it will prevent some 2,400 injuries annually by warning pedestrians and bikers.
reuters.com, insideevs.com

Construction stop: Contractor AECOM told Jalopnik that it has stopped working on the Faraday Future plant in Nevada, apparently because of unpaid bills. But the company is certain to be able to continue early 2017. Meanwhile, LeEco, itself a FF investor, has collected 600m dollars – half of which have been earmarked for the automotive branch.
jalopnik.com (AECOM), forbes.com (LeEco)

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Will Magna Steyr build the I-Pace? Jaguar just unveiled its first electric model, but the question about its production site remains. According to German Automobil Production, everything points to Magna Steyr in Austria. The company is already constructing two production halls for the Brits, where two models will roll off the lines from 2017.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)

Pacifica PHEV priced and tested: Chrysler will offer the new plug-in family van from 41,995 dollars in the U.S., where the car is eligible for 7,500 dollars in subsidies. Its 16 kWh battery pack allows for an all-electric range of 50 km, and following a short test drive – pricing and technology seem to be on point.
cnet.com, digitaltrends.com

CT6 PHEV arrives earls 2017: Chrysler will also kick off production of its CT6 premium sedan with plug-in technology. Here, too, the battery allows for 50 km of electric driving, while the car is propelled forward by a total of 250 kW. With a 75,095-dollar price tag, it will however have to compete with Tesla and co.
automotiveworld.com, detroitnews.com


Nov 14, 2016 - 08:25 am

Ferrari, BYD, Wrightspeed, Faraday Future, Michigan Tech.

Ferrari eyes Formula E: It look as though another carmaker is interested in joining the all-electric racing series, though CEO Sergio Marchionne still sees two hurdles. One, he is not a fan of the necessary car swap during the race, which will supposedly be a thing of the past from 2018. And two, he wants Ferrari to be have more technical freedom during vehicle development. Here, too, the ePrix is racing in the right direction.
autosport.com, eurosport.com

Electric waste management: BYD has unveiled and all-electric 3.9-ton rubbish collection truck, said to offer around 100 miles (160 km) of range. Exact battery capacity is still kept under wraps. Meanwhile, Ratto Group has taken Wrightspeed’s very first rubbish collection truck with range-extender and a turbine-electric powertrain into service in Sonoma County, California.
electrek.co (BYD), trucks.com (Wrightspeed)

Possible in-wheel drive: Under the name “Reinvent The Wheel,” Faraday Future released a new teaser video of its first series model. One reason for the focus could be that FF will actually use individual motors connected to each wheel, as suggested by recent patent applications. The latter states that the “motor may be built into a wheel such that the wheel may rotate co-axially with a rotor of the motor.”

Lower energy consumption: The Michigan Technological University received 2.8m dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to develop control systems for hybrid and electric vehicles that will help lower energy consumption by about 20 percent. The idea is to use on-board or cloud-based sensors, data and computers to help the car better process and react to surroundings.
wnmufm.org, mtu.edu

Oct 31, 2016 - 09:38 am

Tesla, Solarcity, Skoda, China, UK, Audi, Faraday Future.

Tesla-Solarcity-SolardachTesla presents solar roof and Powerwall 2.0: The newly unveiled and rather subtle solar roof tiles from Tesla and SolarCity not only collect sunlight, but are said to outlast, provide better insulation and cost less than regular shingles. They will be available from summer 2017 (after the merger?). Meanwhile, the new Tesla Powerwall 2.0 offers 13.5 kWh of storage – almost double the capacity than the previous version – and will be available for 5,500 dollars incl. the inverter from December.
insideevs.com, techcrunch.com, youtube.com (presentation video)

E-Skoda in 2019: Skoda wants to launch its electric SUV in 2019, Autocar reports – one year earlier than previously planned. Also, a PHEV variant of the Suberb will become available in 2019, while plug-in versions of the Octavia and Kodiaq are also in the pipelines.

China bets on HEVs: After pushing electric and plug-in hybrid cars, the Chinese government is increasingly promoting pure hybrids as well. They are said to make up 8 percent of sales by 2020 and 25 % by 2030, Bloomberg reports, citing a government strategy paper.

UK expands subsidies: The British government increased funding available for electrified utility vehicles to 4m pounds. So far, subsidies had only been available for electric and plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes. Now, even heavy trucks qualify for up to 20,000 pounds in funding.
edie.net, fleetworld.co.uk, gov.uk

Audi A6 get plug: Audi kicked off production of its A6 in China. The new model is being manufactured at the FAW-Volkswagen plant in Changchun in the north-east of the country. It is Audi’s first PHEV made in China.

Troubles to launch? Six top managers allegedly left Faraday Future in the past months, while doubts about the start-up’s solvency continue to be raised. FF meanwhile teased its first series model (camouflaged) in a new video.
jalopnik.com (managers), latimes.com (solvency), youtube.com (teaser video)

Oct 25, 2016 - 08:14 am

Daimler, Lynk&Co., Faraday Future, GM, Nissan, Suzuki.

accumotive-broken-groundEuropean battery factory: Daimler subsidiary Accumotive has broken ground for a second battery production facility at its site in Kamenz. The new factory will quadruple both the production and logistics area and to double the workforce, Daimler said. The corporation has invested 500m euros in what is to be one of the biggest and most modern battery factories in Europe. With a solar roof and a congeneration unit, Daimler expects the facility to be carbon-neutral.
greencarcongress.com, canadianmanufacturing.com

Connected business model: Geely subsidiary Lynk&Co. intends to conquer the market with modern sales and sharing methods. The 01 SUV will be available in Tesla-like stores in China but also online via Alibaba at fixed prices and defined trims. The doors only open via app, making sharing easy.
forbes.com, technologicvehicles.com

Faraday’s future is in peril it would seem if one looks at a 21m dollar debt for a deposit. Yet, no one does look too closely, instead AECOM has been selected (and accepted) to construct Faraday Future’s EV factory in North Las Vegas. The cost is estimated at 1bn dollars with AECOM overseeing half of it.
greencarcongress.com (AECOM), insideevs.com (debt)

Bolt EV sales underway: GM prioritises the West Coast for the launch of its electric mass vehicle. Dealers in both California and Oregon reported first allocations. GM plans to deliver first units in 2016.
autoblog.com, gm-volt.com, insideevs.com

Nissan Note production: The 2017 facelift of Nissan’s Note has entered production in Japan ahead of its launch in early November. The two hybrid variants start at 1,959,120 yen (18,789 USD). For the hybrid variant, an electric motor drives the front axle and the engine serves as a range-extender.

Maruti mild-hybrid: Maruti-Suzuki is to launch its SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle) with mild-hybrid technology on the Baleno next year in India. It will be coupled with the diesel variant.

Sep 21, 2016 - 08:00 am

Faraday Future, Tencent, Porsche, Symbio FCell.

Faraday powered by LG? Insiders report, LG Chem closed a 2.4bn dollar deal with Faraday Future to supply power packs for their upcoming EV models. However, for now these are only rumours. Meanwhile, spy shots captured Faraday’s first model but do not reveal much.
koreatimes.co.kr; autoblog.com (first model)

Hacking a Tesla Model S: Chinese security experts from Tencent managed to remotely control certain funtions of the Californian EV. The IT firm even succeeded in manipulating the brakes of a Tesla in motion from far. The EV maker has been made aware of it and says it reasserted control.
electrek.co, forbes.com

Porsche to enter Formula E: The German sports car brand has applied to become an official battery supplier for the electric racing series. If Porsche’s tender is successful, their exclusive engagement would start from season 5 (2018/19). FIA is currently evaluating the applications.

Symbio FCell financing: ENGIE utility has joined Michelin as an investor in Symbio FCell. The latter has started a second round of financing for its fuel-cell range extender for electric vehicles. ENGIE has installed more than 5,000 charging stations in Europe and is now looking into H2 technology.

Sep 16, 2016 - 08:40 am

Ford, Daimler, Porsche, Peugeot, Faraday Future, Volvo.

Ford-Fusion-EnergiFord update: Last year, the U.S. manufacturer had presented its strategy to develop 13 electric or plug-in models by 2020 (we reported). That line-up could include commercial vehicles. Ford is investing 4.5bn dollars in the development, as the carmaker is certain that electrified cars will dominate the market by 2030.
freep.com, ford.com

Daimler shows Tesla-fighter in Paris: Mercedes announced that it will be premiering an electric “show car embodying a concrete vision of a totally new generation of vehicles.” That sounds like the Tesla-fighter that CEO Dieter Zetsche has promised. Daimer will also show an electric version of all three Smart variants, as well as the Maybach.

Mission E offshoot planned? Porsche seems to be thinking about building another electric sports car based on the Mission E. According to Automobile, it could be a four-door coupé. Moreover, Porsche could extend its SUV line-up, using hybrid drives based on Audi or VW technology, as well as going all-electric.

S-Pedelec by Peugeot: The company will also be showing two wheels in Paris. The eU01s features an electric motor from Bosch, which pushes the cross-country bike up to 45 kph for as much as 95 km on one charge. The pedelec will arrive on the market in December.
greencarcongress.com, peugeot.com

VW manager switches to Faraday: The rising EV maker has snitched VW’s former Senior Vice President Product Marketing & Strategy, Jörg Sommer. He has been working in the industry for decades and will take over product marketing and planning the market launch for Faraday’s vehicles.

Volvo in India: The Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid is now available in India. The Swedes see a lot of potential in the market and are looking to launch other PHEVs as well as its planned electric car there as well.

Aug 22, 2016 - 08:24 am

Maybach, Iconiq Motors, Ford, Opel, BAIC, Faraday Future.

Mercedes-Maybach-6-show-car300Electric Maybach concept: Mercedes has presented its luxury coupé Mercedes-Maybach 6 at the Monterey Car Week in California. Designed to be driven solely by electric power, it features four electric motors with a total of 550 kWh and an 80 kWh battery pack that allows the vehicle to go 500 km on one charge. Moreover, it has the ability to charge with 350 kW.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, autocar.co.uk

Electric seven-seater: At the same event but with a different clientele in mind, Chinese start-up Iconiq Motors and Dubai-based W Motors took the wraps off its concept called Seven. No technical details about the electric seven-seater minivan have been released but it is said to the road soon.
motorauthority.com, carscoops.com

Focus Electric gets battery upgrade: Getting in line with competitors, Ford will increase battery capacity for its electric model in 2017. The then 33,5 kWh battery (now 23 kWh) can be charged using CCS. Moreover, the Ford C-Max Energi will get a small makeover.

Ampera-e to top Chevy Bolt? According to Opel’s head of marketing Tina Müller, the Opel Ampera-e will have more range than the Chevy Bolt that it is based on. The latter is said to have a range of 330 km. What Opel is aiming for, is still unknown. The secret will be revealed mid-September.
wiwo.de (in German)

BAIC kicks off production: The all-electric sedan EH400 is now going into serial production. It will be built by BAIC’s subsidiary BJEV and is said to have a range of 400 km.

Employee snatching: According to The Detroit Bureau, Faraday Future has snatched Apple’s Bart Nabbe, who has worked on the latter’s project Titan. He will assume the position of director of strategic partnerships, after working as a key researcher for Apple.

Aug 9, 2016 - 07:41 am

Karma, Porsche, BAIC, Faraday Future, Kandi.

fiskerSerious Karma production: Wanxiang wants to build electric cars in China and is to invest 375m dollars in a new facility in Hangzhou. The factory could roll out 11,000 Karma (formerly Fisker) vehicles, including those with range extender, and 39,000 Atlantic models. A production date is not yet set.
electriccarsreport.com, bloomberg.com

Electric Porsche SUV? Spy shots of a Porsche test coupe led Car Magazine to suggest that what we are seeing is the sequel to an electric crossover similar to Audi’s upcoming electric SUV. If it is true, the electric Porsche would fight for market segments with the Model X or Jaguar.

BAIC is to build an EV factory for 50,000 units as well. It is planned next to the border with Myanmar in the city of Ruili. Production is to start by 2019 and would one year later be doubled to hit an annual capacity of 100,000 electric cars.

EV1 engineer to lead Faraday: The electric car start-up has hired former GM engineer Peter Savagian. He signed responsible for the ingenious EV1 that was killed prematurely. For Faraday Future, the engineer will take over the the electric drive as VP for engineering.
autoblog.com, electrek.co

Kandi EVs: The Chinese firm launched its latest electric model, the Global Hawk K17A in China. Prices start at 12,000 dollars after subsidies and the range is given at 150 km. For developing its next electric car, the governmennt of Hainan province just granted Kandi 300m yuan (about 45m USD).
globenewswire.com (Global Hawk), nasdaq.com (grant)

Jun 23, 2016 - 09:07 am

BMW, eHighway, Faraday Future, Rimac.

BMW i home energy storage: The Bavarian’s i division announced a stationary energy storage system for the home at the EVS 29 in Canada. Just like Tesla and Mercedes, BMW uses high-voltage batteries from the i3 and could also incorporate second-life batteries.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com

eHighwayeHighway launched: The world’s first eHighway kicked off in Sweden. Two kilometres of the E16 motorway north of Stockholm have been fitted with a Siemens overhead contact system for trucks. It will fuel two hybrid trucks from Scania that were especially conceived for the two-year testing phase.
greencarcongress.com, siemens.com

Faraday allowed to drive autonomously: The California ministry of transport has approved autonomous test drives for Faraday Future’s electric racer. Later this year, the company hopes to also test the EV on public roads before launching the model in the U.S. next near.

Rimac to the top: Rimac will take part in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is an updated version of its E-Runner Concept One. The electric racer is fitted with four electric motors and boast a whopping 1.1 MW (1,475 hp) of power.
gizmag.com, rimac-automobili.com

Jun 14, 2016 - 09:02 am

BAIC, Daimler, GM, Smart, Faraday Future, Toyota.

Sino-Japanese EV alliance: BAIC and Panasonic want to build a EV component factory in the Chinese city of Tianjin. BAIC will hold 54 percent of stakes, Panasonic the remaining 46%. The facility is part of BAIC’s plan to increase the production of electric and hybrid cars to 400,000 units per year by 2020.

Investing billions in electrification: Daimler announced that it will invest a total of 14.5bn euros in research and development. More than half has been earmarked for alternative drivetrains, like the new platform for electric cars and the expansion of its batter facility in Kamenz, Germany.
greencarcongress.com, just-auto.com

GM invests in autonomous EVs: General Motors wants to increase the number of engineers at its facilities in Canada from currently 300 to 1,000. The extra manpower will be used to further develop electric and self-driving vehicle technologies.
autoblog.com, gm.com

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E-Smart to premiere in October: Smart will show the electric versions of the Fortwo, Forto Cabrio and Fourfor at the Paris Salon d’Automobile in October. The EVs will first go on sale in the U.S. towards the end of the year and will become available in Europe at the beginning of 2017.

FF announces new arrival: As reported, former Ferrari Manager Marco Mattiaci has joined the Faraday Future team. He will take over as Global Chief Brand & Commercial Officer and will be in charge of branding, communications, sales and customer experience.

Toyota Camry hits dealerships: The Japanese now offers its updated Camry in the U.S. Though some trims now have more standard features, the price of 26,790 dollars remains. All versions of the 2017 model year will be equipped with ten airbags and i.e. brake assist.

Jun 10, 2016 - 08:13 am

Tesla, Mercedes, GAC, Faraday Future, Felipe Massa.

Cheaper Model S: Tesla reintroduces the base version Model S with a 60 kWh battery that starts from 66,000 dollars. In actual fact the power pack holds 75 kWh but is software-limited to offer a range of about 210 miles. To unleash the full capacity electronically, another 9,000 dollars occur. Meanwhile, the first Model X will be delivered in Europe later this month.
electrek.co, greencarcongress.com, twitter.com (Model X)

Positive H2 prognosis: A 4-digit number of FCV a year Mercedes reckons to sell once the GLC Fuel Cell launches by 2017. The estimate was made by Harald Kröger, head of electric drive development at Daimler, who refrained from stating a price.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

EV facility by GAC: Chinese Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor (GAC Motor) is to build a factory in Xinjiang already this year to produce cars and EVs under its Trumpchi brand. Initial annual production is set for 50,000 units but once the plant is fully operational up to 200,000 vehicles may roll off the lines.

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Faraday Future has hired the former Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci, who headed Ferrari North America and Ferrari Asia Pacific last. It is unclear which role he will play at the Californian start-up. He will be in good company however as FF just recently poached professionals from both Ford and Tesla.

It is a maybe: Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa can well imagine to move into the electric racing series. As he currently drives for Williams, who happens to be building the drivetrain for the Jaguar Formula E entry next year, his move might come sooner rather than later.

Jun 6, 2016 - 08:49 am

Adaptive City Mobility, Faraday Future, Airbus, SnikkyBike.

ACM_CITY-eTAXI_fronteTaxi from Adaptive City Mobility: The Adaptive City Mobility project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy, unveiled the final design of their lightweight CITY eTaxi. The small EV comes with a newly developed battery swapping technology, meaning it will not need time to charge.
adaptive-city-mobility.de, pressebox.de (battery swapping, in German)

Faraday driverless tech tests: California-based start-up Faraday Future is seeking to test their self-driving vehicles on the roads in Michigan. The company has applied for three manufacturer license plates, a prerequisite for testing on Michigan roadways, and is currently testing both mechanical and software systems.

3D Printed Electric drone: Airbus showed off their new 3D printed drone “Thor” at the 2016 International Aerospace Exhibition and Air Show in Berlin. It is made of 50 3D printed parts and two electric engines. Testing began in November 2015, and there are 18 more test missions planned for 2016.

Scooter kick started: The SnikkyBike is an electric scooter currently looking for financing on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. It has one full-sized 700C bicycle wheel in the front, one 16-inch motorised wheel in the back, and is driven while standing (it actually has no saddle). The inventor is seeking 100,000 dollars and is already halfway there.
gizmag.com, kickstarter.com (crowdfunding, with video)

Jun 2, 2016 - 09:23 am

Faraday Future, Tesla, Paris, Skoda, Nissan.

Faraday-FutureFaraday Future to build second facility: The electric carmaker has gotten the green light to set up its second factory in the city of Vallejo, California (we reported). The production site will be developed on an old Navy shipyard that has not been used since the late 90s. The details will be negotiated over the next six months.
abc10.com, latimes.com

Rear shunt: A Swiss driver had to learn the hard way that it is wise tokeep your hands on the wheel and foot on the brake, even when driving a Tesla with Autopilot. The EV hit a truck that was parked on the left lane of a motorway. Tesla also continues to tell drivers to be ready to take over, as the system is not perfect yet.
fortune.com, electrek.co

Paris tightens driving bans: From July, only cars first registered after 1996 and motorbikes that were registered after June 1st, 1999, will be allowed to drive in the city on weekdays. Paris will also issue pollution badges to easily identify polluters. About 10 percent of Paris’ cars will be affected. As always, EVs have nothing to worry about.
cnet.com, treehugger.com

Skoda eyes U.S.: The carmaker has registered different model names in the U.S., including the Superb (we reported), which will become available as a plug-in hybrid from 2019. A purely electric Skoda is in the cards for 2020/2021.

Nissan powered by the sun: The carmaker commissioned a solar plant at its factory in Sunderland, UK, its largest production site in Europe and home to the Nissan Leaf. The 19,000 solar panels have a combined capacity of 4.75 MW. Together with ten wind turbines on site, it meets 7% of the battery plant’s energy needs.

May 26, 2016 - 08:08 am

PSA, Peugeot, Lexus, Faraday Future, Zinoro, Tesla.

Push to Pass: PSA revealed details on its strategy to master future challenges in powertrain production. To equip the e-CMP platform it reportedly develops together with Dongfeng, new hybrid and electric drives and components will be manufactured in Europe, in France to be precise. 2021 will see the launch of seven plug-in hybrids and four electric vehicles.
greencarcongress.com, fleetnews.co.uk

Push to move: The e-Kick scooter by Peugeot and Micro Mobility is a sleek last mile toy. Designed as an accessory for the upcoming 3008, the e-Kick’s thin lithium-ion battery pack built into the platform can be charged inside the trunk. Its 500 W electric motor in the rear wheel propels it to up to 25 kph.
carscoops.com, gizmag.com

Lexus to discontinue CT200h? Toyota’s premium subsidiary’s hybrid compact may be replaced by a crossover based on the LF-SA concept, European manager Alain Uyttenhoven suggests. The study debuted in Geneva and utilises the Toyota Yaris platform, which accommodates for hybridisation.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com


Glimpse of Brilliance: The Zinoro 60H has been spotted and is the freshest outcome of BMW’s Chinese endeavour Brilliance. The Zinoro 60H is a plug-in hybrid with a 37 kW electric motor and visibly based on the BMW X1. First production cars could be sold in China in the second half of this year.

New Faraday Future facility? The EV maker is negotiating to buy new land for yet another factory, this time in Vallejo, California. Its Nevada site had been shrouded in problems but construction shall finally commence on June 1.
timesheraldonline.com via electrek.co

Model 3 deliveries: As Tesla confirms accelerated production plans for its latest model, it becomes clear that the first Model 3 will reach the UK by 2018, while supposedly entering the U.S. stores in 2017. In South Korea, first the Model S and X are due to arrive by 2017 followed by the Model 3 a year later.
autoexpress.co.uk (Model 3), insideevs.com (Model S and X)

Apr 15, 2016 - 08:33 am

Faraday Future, Tesla, Germany, Chevrolet, South Korea.

Faraday’s future: Electric car start-up Faraday Future has officially broken ground on its 1bn dollar, 900-acre facility in Nevada that should generate some 4,500 jobs. FF expects to have full prototypes by the end of the year, and is building both mechanical and software systems. Their first EV will be “at the premium end of the segment.”
businessinsider.de, faradayfuture.com

Tesla surprise: Tesla has introduced a 75 kWh Model X, up from 70 kWh. That changes the range from 220 miles to 237, though it is reported to have a lower top speed, at 130 mph. The base price will also increase from 80,000 dollars to 83,000 dollars.

Setbacks in Germany: German political parties met last night to discuss several topics and have, again, failed to come to a consensus on electric car incentives. Though auto leaders have been pressing for incentives to help push the electric vehicle market forward, a decision is not expected until late April.

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Overnight testing: Chevrolet intends to offer overnight testing for the Volt and Bolt, hoping that cutting out the requirement to visit a dealership will boost interest and buys. Shoppers will be able to experience and test the vehicles from their own home.

Green light Korea: The Renault Twizy had previously not been allowed in South Korea because it did not fall into any of the country’s automobile categories. Now, the ministry decided to create a new category for compact electric vehicles, so the Twizy will finally be allowed on their roadways.

Falling emissions: Emissions from new cars sold in Europe last year fell three percent, and are expected to reach the target goal of 95 grams of CO2 per km by 2021. Those figures, however, come from data based on outdated tests that tend to report emissions at 30 to 40% lower than real world driving conditions.

Mar 15, 2016 - 09:43 am

Nissan, Faraday Future, Jiu Long, BYD, Formula E.

Leaf recall: Nissan’s electric model experiences brake problems in extremely cold weather, so the company is ordering 46,859 EVs back to the garages in the U.S. Leafs manufactured between 2013 and 2015 need reprogramming of the electronic brake booster. While the brakes may work at temperatures below zero, it will currently takes a lot more effort.
electriccarsreport.com, insideevs.com, usatoday.com

Faraday secures facility: The EV manufacturer agreed to issue a 75m dollar surety bond, as asked for by the state of Nevada. The deposit will be bolstered up by another 13m dollars into escrow accounts and serves to secure tax incentives offered for investing in the plant to be built in North Las Vegas.
autoblog.com, greencarreports.com

Chinese EV plant in Korea: 50,000 electric cars will roll off production lines at Jiu Long’s planned facility by 2020. The factory will be located in the Korean city of Gwangju and the Chinese carmaker plans to invest 250bn won.

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BYD electric coach for Europe: The Chinese EV maker presented its first electric coach in Paris. The new model has a given range of 200 km and takes 2.5 hours to charge. France will be the first market for the electric bus suitable for shuttle and sightseeing duties.
automotiveworld.com, just-auto.com (paid content)

Di Grassi disqualified: Lucas di Grassi was the first to cross the finish line for Team Abt at the ePrix in Mexico, but was later disqualified because his electric racer was too light. Subsequently, Jerome D’Ambrosio of Team Dragon moved from second to first place, followed by Sebastien Buemi and Nico Prost.
electricautosport.com, electriccarsreport.com, youtube.com (highlights)

Highlander Hybrid update: Toyota launched the 2017 version of its grand SUV at the New York Motor Show. The updated model will get a stronger engine and will also be offered as a hybrid variant, again.
carscoops.com, greencarcongress.com, worldcarfans.com

Mar 8, 2016 - 09:34 am

LG Chem, Siemens, BMW, Faraday Future.

LG-Chem-CellsMore range in three years? LG Chem says it will commercialise batteries that will allow for more than 500 km of range by 2019. According to the Korean manufacturer, 1,100 researchers are currently working on lithium-air and lithium-sulphur technologies, while the company invests some 209m dollars per year in research and development.

New electric car ferry: In summer of 2017, Finland will get its first electrically powered car ferry that can carry up to 90 vehicles at a time. The vessel will be fitted with Siemens’ electric powertrain BlueDrive PlusC. Norway is already home to an all-electric ferry.

i3-powered robots: BMW is testing an autonomous robot at its facility in Wackersdorf, Germany, which is fuelled by old batteries from the BMW i3. They keep the robot going for its whole shift, giving the term ‘second life’ a whole new meaning.

FF’s own inverter: Faraday Future has received a U.S. patent for its self-developed FF Echelon Inverter. The company says it applied for more than 100 patents in the U.S. over the past year.
autoblog.com, faradayfuture.com

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Jan 25, 2016 - 09:03 am

BMW, Wanxiang, Faraday Future, Honda, Mercedes, Local Motors.

BMW-i3-Smart-HomeBMW enters power storage market: The move was already suggested when BMW announced its joint venture with Viessmann. German WirtschaftsWoche now reports that the carmaker will definitely begin selling new and used i3 batteries to power homes this year. Moreover, the batteries will not need to be modified to be used as storage in combination with a photovoltaic system.
handelsblatt.com, wiwo.de (in German)

Wanxiang invests: The Chinese company says that in the coming ten years, it wants to pour some 200bn yuan (30bn dollars) in the research and development of electric cars and buses, as well as batteries and other components for electric vehicles. The goal is the decrease battery prices by two thirds in three years, while doubling production.

FF gets cash injection: Faraday Future will officially receive 215.9m dollars in subsidies for its electric car factory in Nevada. Construction is said to begin at the end of the months, with the production site scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2017.

Honda Clarity FC priced: In the U.S., the fuel cell vehicle will be available from 60,000 dollars and can be leased for less than 500 dollars per month, the Japanese carmaker announced. The Clarity Fuel Cell will hit the road in California this year already and can initially be leased only.
carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com, electriccarsreport.com

Made in Thailand: Mercedes announced that it will begin producing its S500e and C350e plug-in hybrids in its factory in Thailand. The production site has a capacity of 19,000 units per year, but currently only produces 4,500, including three of the carmaker’s hybrid models.

Local Motors gets wings: Airbus is investing 150m dollars in the U.S. company known for its 3-D printed electric vehicles. According to Airbus, the vehicle model and especially the speed of production could be interesting to the aerospace industry as well.
wsj.com, geekwire.com

Jan 14, 2016 - 09:31 am

Faraday Future, Renault Nissan.

Video tip I: Nick Sampson of Faraday Future was a little evasive when asked about what the future of start-up’s EV adventure will look like. He did say however, we might get a better idea of what is coming “later in the year.”

Video tip II: Renault Nissan is currently testing the self-driving Leaf in Silicon Valley. The latter provides the ideal testing grounds and Nissan hopes to gain inside and benefit from others’ expertise.

Jan 7, 2016 - 10:02 am

Kreisel Electric, Nissan, Volkswagen, Faraday Future.

Kreisel-Electric-BatteryUltra-fast charging: Kreisel Electric presented the optimised version of its EV battery. It is the lightest module available and features an active cooling and heating system. According to the company, its product now has a charging capacity of 235 kWh, meaning an 85 kWh battery pack could be charged up to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.
elektroautor.com (in German)

More miles: Nissan apparently stepped up its guarantee against battery capacity loss for the new Leaf. For 24 kWh version, Nissan promised that the EV would lose less than 4 bars after 60,000 miles (or five years), while it guarantees the same after 100,000 miles (or eight years) for the 30 kWh version.

e-Golf perspective: On top of unveiling its BUDD-e, Volkswagen also presented the connected e-Golf Touch with gesture controls at the CES in Las Vegas. The ‘smartphone on wheels’ technology is said to already be an option for the facelifted 2016 model.
engadget.com, digitaltrends.com, chip.de (Video)

In the shadows: German Auto Bild says that the shadow seen in the Faraday Future presentation video is actually the silhouette of the start-up’s first serial SUV. FF allegedly even confirmed this to the German magazine.
autobild.de (in German), carscoops.com

Jan 5, 2016 - 09:38 am

Faraday Future, Tesla, Chevy, Toyota, Vmoto.

Faraday-Future-FFZERO1-620Faraday Future premiers concept car: FF took the wraps off its electric sportscar FFZERO1 ahead of the CES in Las Vegas. The car only has space for the driver and boasts 1,000 hp. It is basically an all-electric Batmobil, which will never make it to serial production in its current form. A peak under the hood is still worthwhile. The so-called Virable Platform Architecture (VPA) is said to allow FF to quickly build a number of different EVs. According to German newspaper Die Welt, the start-up will make shore in Europe as well, founding the FF Europe GmbH in Dusseldorf, Germany.
theverge.com (with videos), welt.de (in German)

Tesla reaches full year target: Tesla Motors delivered a total of 50,580 vehicles this past year, reaching its recently adjusted sales target of 50,000 units. A total of 17,192 Model S were sold in the fourth quarter alone, and a mere 208 Model X. The carmaker says it since increased production to 238 Model X per week.
teslamotors.com, greencarcongress.com, bloomberg.com

Chevy Volt upgrade: Chevy already plans minor updates to its recently introduced second generation Volt. The new version will be 100 dollars more expensive than the 2016 model and will be available across the United States. The current version is only available in some states.
carscoops.com, autoblog.com, carsdirect.com

Toyota still shuns plug: Chinese joint venture FAW Toyota announced that more than half of its 17 vehicles planned for the coming five years will be offered as a hybrid variant. However, none as a plug-in. Hybrids are said to account for 30 percent of FAW Toyota’s sales by 2020.

Vmoto eyes China: Australian electric scooter manufacturer Vmoto is partnering with PowerEagle in China. The joint venture plans to produce some 100,000 e-scooter next year, increasing annually production to 450,000 units thereafter. The joint venture also guarantees Vmoto a distribution network with more than 200 locations.

No rebates for the rich: From March, California will see social rebates. Those earning more than 500,000 dollars (250,000 for singles) will be excluded from the subsidy for EVs and PHEVs. Households making less than 60,270 dollars per year will get 1,500 USD more from the state.
autoblog.com, carsdirect.com, cleanvehiclerebate.org

Jan 5, 2016 - 09:36 am

India, Faraday Future, Mercedes, EcoCar.

EV batteries for India: The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) are working together to develop an affordable EV battery for Indian manufacturers. The goal is to reduce the cost to about one tenth of currently imported battery prices. A first prototype is to be revealed in about a year.
indiatimes.com, thehindubusinessline.com

Faraday departure ahead of premiere: Even before the California start-up could show off its futuristic EV, it lost a vital part of its core team. The from SpaceX headhunted battery architect Porter Harris has left the company.
bloomberg.com, manager-magazin.de

S-class recall: Mercedes is calling 52 units of the S550 plug-in hybrid back to the shop in the United States. There seems to a be a problem with the onboard charger.

Camaro with plug: Ohio State University’s EcoCar team is turning a Chevrolet Camaro into a plug-in hybrid with an electric range of up to 40 miles. This is the third year that teams from 16 universities are going head to head in retrofitting cars with electric powertrains. Ohio State has won the EcoCar competition for the past two years.

Dec 16, 2015 - 09:35 am

South Korea, Jaguar, diesel, Faraday Future, Kandi.

Hyundai-Tucson-FCVKorea 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.
autoexpress.co.uk, transportevolved.com

Dec 11, 2015 - 09:40 am

Toyota, BAIC & Atieva, Faraday Future, Jaguar, Tesla, Chevrolet.

Toyota-Prius-2016Prius sales target lowered: Toyota fears that sales of its 4th-gen Prius hybrid could drop due to low petrol prices. Toyota is now targeting average global annual sales of 300,000-350,000, the lower end of the 300,000-400,000 annual sales target for the previous model. Moreover, the AWD variant may not be offered in the U.S. for now, as demand for all-wheel drive cars there actually is decreasing.
reuters.com, autoblog.com, autonews.com (AWD)

BAIC starts new e-car project: The Chinese manufacturer and Californian company Atieva plan to develop a range of electric cars to be offered for sale globally. BAIC is helping the start-up financially, as well as with expertise through its new electric vehicle technical centre in the Silicon Valley. The first “breakthrough electric car” is said to be unveiled at the 2016 Beijing motor show.
autocar.co.uk, atieva.com

Faraday Future takes Las Vegas: The Californian start-up will open its EV factory in North Las Vegas, Nevada to kick off production by 2017. Meanwhile, Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting confirmed that he is backing the company financially.
jalopnik.com, reviewjournal.com, forbes.com

Jaguar to take part in Formula E? According to Sky News, Jaguar Land Rover will announce plans to launch a team in the Formula E electric car-racing series at a press conference next Tuesday. The event is expected to include a commitment to launch an all-electric (street) car, but without setting a formal timetable. An electric Jaguar, built by Magna Steyr in Austria, has long been making headlines.

Tesla opens shop in Mexico: The store in Mexico City is the first in the Central American region. Ricardo Blanco, previously brand and communications manager in South America for Google, has been hired to further develop the Mexican market.

Chevy Malibu Hybrid priced: The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid will be available from 28,645 dollars in the U.S., including a 875 dollar destination charge and will go on sale in spring. Its drivetrain unit is based on the powertrain from the second-gen Chevrolet Volt, allowing for as much as 48 mpg.
freep.com, hybridcars.com

Dec 1, 2015 - 09:29 am

BMW, Faraday Future, Bugatti, Breakthrough Energy Coalition, Kia.

SolarwattBMWiWhat will the i5 look like? Autocar reports that BMW is in the final stages of picking a design for the next i-model. Apparently, two configurations are still on the table – a longer version of the i3 and a sedan that could rival Tesla’s Model 3. A concept could be shown at the 100th company anniversary in spring.

Faraday Future teases concept: The electric vehicle start-up published three teaser images of its concept car, which will be unveiled on January 4 at the 2016 CES. It is speculated to have autonomous driving capabilities and be able to go some 300 miles on one charge.
worldcarfans.com, autocar.co.uk

Veyron successor named: Bugatti confirmed that the Veyron successor will be called Chiron and will make its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. The hybrid hypercar will produce about 1,500 hp and is currently undergoing its final testing. Bugatti says it already received 100 orders.
autocar.co.uk, worldcarfans.com, carscoops.com

Investing in clean energy: At the start of the Paris climate talks, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and more than 20 other billionaires have announced a new multibillion-dollar “Breakthrough Energy Coalition” to research and develop clean energy technologies. In parallel, 20 countries — including China, India, U.S., and Brazil — are joining the “Mission Innovation,” which commits them to double their R&D investments in clean energy technologies over the next five years.
forbes.com, theverge.com

Caught on camera: First images of the Kia Optima sportswagon have emerged on the web. The vehicle could be presented at the Geneva Auto Show and is rumoured to also be available as a plug-in hybrid.
autocar.co.uk, worldcarfans.com

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