Mahindra to discontinue GenZe
GenZe, the US subsidiary of the Indian car manufacturer Mahindra specialises on electric scooters and electric bicycles. GenZe is on the verge of collapse and Mahindra plans to dissolve the subsidiary within the next six months, reabsorbing the intellectual property rights for various other projects. Weiterlesen
GenZe, Everty, BYD, Homeplus.
Couriers electrified: Mahindra’s U.S. operation GenZe has found Postmates as a new partner. The bike courier service delivers in more than 200 cities in the States and has chosen New York and San Francisco for a programme with electric scooters and pedelecs from GenZe. The LEVs will roll-out at additional locations over the next year and have a removable battery for easy swap and/or charge.
Peer-to-peer charging: Sydney start-up Everty has launched an EV charging service. The model works like Air BnB and founder Carola Jonas hopes to convince those EV drivers with off street park and charge spaces to open up to the likeminded. Nine stations were listed at the time of writing but peer-to-peer grows bit by bit.
BYD expands in Brazil: The proliferate vehicle maker from China continues its South America expenditure. Belo Horizonte is the latest city to receive electric taxis from BYD. They will join its electric buses in town. Brazil hopes to sell 2,000 electric vehicles in Brazil until the end of 2018.
Shop&Charge: Homeplus, a supermarket chain in South Korea, said that it will install electric vehicle charging stations at its 101 stores across the country by the end of this year.
Volkswagen, Tesla, China, BYD, GenZe, SolarCity.
VW announces “Transform 2025+” strategy: EV boss Herbert Diess wants to make Volkswagen world market leader in terms of electric mobility. Until 2020, the manufacturer will focus first on new expertise, but plans to sell one million electric cars per year from 2025. The needed investment of 2.5bn euros will come from phasing out models and variants that are not driving in any cash. Volkswagen hopes to be especially successful in China and the U.S., where VW will also manufacture EVs under the name “Electrify America.”
100 kWh for all? Until now, Tesla only offered its big battery pack for the top performance versions of the Model S and X ‘P100D.’ Now it seems that it will also be available for non-performance variants, as Tesla added the 100D badge to the Model S and Model X online design studios. The EVs would then hold the record for longest range.
China tests EV license plates: From December 1st, electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the cities of Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuxi and Jinan will get green license plates to help cities implement privileges and measures more easily. The undertaking will be extended to the rest of the country in the second half of next year.
BYD sets up in South Korea: The Chinese manufacturer has opened a new headquarter on the South Korean island of Jeju. This comes just after BYD received an order for 21 of its 7-metre electric buses from the island (we reported).
GenZe headed to Europe: Mahindra already offers the electric scooter GenZe in the U.S. Now Peugeot will bring it in Europe starting next year. The funky two-wheeler features a 1.6 kWh li-ion battery pack, allowing it to go 30 miles (48 km) on one charge, while top speed is capped at 30 mph (48 kph).
Tesla-SolarCity merger completed: Following the green light from shareholders (we reported), the 2.6bn dollar merger has been completed. Moreover, Elon Musk announced at the shareholder meeting that he plans another Model 3 launch event in three to four months, when he will most likely present the EV’s serial production version. And it seems that Model 3 drivers will be allowed to use Superchargers for long-distance charging for free.
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BMW, Via Motors, Toyota, Bravo Motors, GenZe, Lexus.
BMW i3 with fuel cell? By 2016, BMW plans to issue a model with the fuel cell system of the Toyota FCV, Craig Scott of Toyota USA told Motoring. The i3 would be the most likely candidate and packaging of the fuel cell components being on of the challenges, reckons Scott.
PHEV van by Via Motors: The U.S. manufacturer will start production of its plug-in hybrid van at the end of September in its Mexico plant. The Via PHEV van will be priced at around 80,000 dollars. The first potential customer is FedEx, which considers to buy up to 5,000 units.
Pimped Prius: Toyota announced its plans for a special edition of its hybrid pioneer, the ‘Persona Series.’ It will feature some special elements such as 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors and will come in two colours: ‘Blizzard Pearl’ and ‘Absolutely Red.’
City EV from Russia: The Russian start up Bravo Motors presented its electric two seater eGo, which also might be offered in Europe. The eGo is said to go up to 90 kph with a range of 70 kilometres. The company aims to sell the eGo starting next summer for a price of 20,000 dollars.
GenZe ready to order: The U.S. subsidiary of Mahindra, which just set up its new headquarters in Fremont close to Tesla, is now taking pre-orders for their 3,000-dollar e-scooter. The first GenZe scooters with removable battery system will be delivered in December.
Toyota Prius vs Lexus CT 200h: While both vehicles share the same drivetrain, and, according to Matt Keegan, “exceptional fuel economy,” he found differences too. The most obvious are in the styling of the Lexus which however falls short to “apply the luxury mantle,” in Keegan’s eyes.