Cadillac to focus on electrification instead of diesel
GM’s Cadillac announced they have put their diesel development on hold as the market appears to be “changing more quickly than we anticipated,” said new Cadillac President Steve Carlisle. Their focus is on electrified drive trains.Weiterlesen
GM teases all-electric Buick SUV ahead of China launch
GM’s Buick is to unveil an all-electric SUV next week in China, ahead of the Beijing Auto Show. A first teaser for the Buick Enspire Concept has just been released and allows a glimpse on what’s to come but is scarce on technical details.Weiterlesen
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Slovenia, Norway, GM, Daihatsu, Yamaha, Tesla.
Also Slovenia to ban combustion-powered cars: The next European government specifies a deadline for diesel- and petrol-powered vehicles: By 2030, Slovenia wants to limit registration permission to cars with CO2 emissions of less than 50 grams per kilometre – what currently just applies to EVs and PHEVs. Already by 2025, newly registered cars will have to stay under 100 grams of CO2 per kilometre. Simultaneously, the country’s EV charging infrastructure shall grow significantly – from currently 227 stations to 1,200 units in 2020, to 7,000 in 2025 and finally to 22,300 in 2030.
Tesla cars to get more costly in Norway? The country’s government intends to partly cut its generous EV subsidies, according to media reports. The draft 2018 budget proposes modifications regarding the exemption from motor vehicle registration tax as well as revising discounts in taxation of company cars. The new rules would particularly affect EVs with more than two tonnes, thus mainly Tesla: Its Model X could soon cost 70,000 krones (approximately 7,500 euros) more. However, Norway’s minority government is dependent on other parties to realise its plans.
europe.autonews.com, vg.no (in Norwegian)
Pam Fletcher heads GM’s EV business: General Motors has chosen Pamela Fletcher to be in charge of the company’s worldwide EV portfolio. Her new position of vice president, Global Electric Vehicle Programs, has been newly created. Fletcher has a lot of experience in GM’s management units, most recently she was executive chief engineer for Electrified Vehicles and New Technologies. Just recently, General Motors introduced its electrification initiative that includes 20 EVs by 2023
Daihatsu presents electrified concept cars: The Japanese carmaker has published first pictures of several interesting concepts that it will put on display at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. While the DN Pro Cargo is an utility vehicle with an all-electric drivetrain, the compact SUV DN Trec and the DN Compagno are hybrid-powered. Especially the DN Compagno draws attention as it represents a reinterpretation of the Daihatsu Compagno, launched in 1963.
Yamaha’s EV spectrum: Electrified bikes, scooters, motorcycles and even a car concept – Yamaha will show a broad range of low-emission vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show. Additionally, the Japanese manufacturer has announced a so-called Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW), a mixture between a car and a motorcycle with electric drivetrain and additional range extender. Further details, also about the company’s car concept have not yet been provided.
Tesla recalls 11,000 Model X cars: Due to problems with the second-row seats, Tesla voluntarily recalls approximately 11,000 models produced between 28th of October 2016 and 16th of August 2017. According to the Californian EV maker, some cables are not correctly tightened, so that seats could move forward during a car accident. However, Tesla estimates that this problem occurs in just 3 percent of all recalled cases.
Fuel Cell StreetScooter, Nissan, BMW, Honda, GM, Ford.
Deutsche Post/DHL extends its range yet again with fuel cell vans to join the ranks of its growing StreetScooter fleet, which already has 3,000 electric vans in operation. The hydrogen version of DHL’s in-house truck is scheduled for a test run with 500 FCV to take up mail service by 2018. Meanwhile, regular StreetScooter production is to be ramped up as planned. DHL just acquired a second production facility that is close to Cologne and shall help reach the target of 10,000 EVs built a year, which DHL plans to sell to third parties as well.
Nissan with longer range and bigger recall: Like DHL, Nissan has been making electric vans for some time and just gave its e-NV200 a range update. The new 40 kWh battery adds another 60 percent and thus enables electric driving over 280 km (NEDC). Over in Japan, the news do not look as good though as Nissan has issued a recall that affects 1.2m vehicles with the Leaf among them. Checks had uncovered a widespread mishandling of domestic safety inspection with uncertified employees overseeing testing. With the carmaker having to recheck vehicles currently held in stock and at dealerships on top, buyers of the 2018 Leaf will likely be faced with extended wait times for delivery.
electriccarsreport.com, businessgreen.com (e-NV200), japantimes.co.jp (recall)
BMW i8 with double the range? As BMW updates its super hybrid with a coupé version dubbed the i8 Roadster, a battery update is imminent as well. So far, no technical data has been confirmed but BMW Blog reports the Roadster will hold twice the battery capacity of the current i8 Coupé.
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Honda sports EV: Honda pushes for electrification and recently unveiled its Urban EV on a whole new platform so more models were to be expected. First one up is a sporty iteration of the supermini and a teaser photo is circulating. It does not reveal much but Honda said the sports car concept has “a striking silhouette, friendly face and supple body surfaces.” Debut is set for the Tokyo Motor Show.
autocar.co.uk, autonews.com, hondanews.eu
And Honda has got another concept in store for Tokyo, where it will reveal the Riding Assist-e. The concept motorcycle does away with gyroscopes for self-balancing and uses robotic technology borrowed from the little rolling chair Uni-Cub instead.
Building up on existing EVs as well is GM, that just announced another two fully electric vehicles to be due within the next 18 months using technology from the Chevy Bolt. They are only the start however, of an electrification initiative that includes 20 EVs by 2023. At the same time, GM competitor Ford said it would quicken its stride into electric terrain and has set up Team Edison to deal with anything EV. Tasks range from investments over partnerships and cooperations with suppliers.
autoblog.com, greencarcongress.com (GM), electrek.co, economictimes.indiatimes.com (Ford)
e.Go Life, Nissan, France, GM, Ford, Hyundai.
Three variants of the e.Go: Coming out of Aachen, birthplace of the StreetScooter, is the e.Go Life that has just diversified. Rather than one version, there will be three performance variants, namely 20, 40, and 60 kW with respective battery capacities of 14.9 kWh, 17.9 kWh and 23.9 kWh. The price of the basis version is to remain at 15,900 euros for a range of 104 km, while the top trim will last for 154 km. e.Go Mobile plans to start production next year and says it has received more than 1,200 orders to date.
More range for Nissan van: The e-NV200 will utilise the 40 kWh battery of the 2018 Nissan Leaf from spring next year, a Nissan dealer revealed. Already the 24 kWh variant has been discontinued and the new version is ready to order. An optimistic estimate for NEDC range would be 300 km.
goingelectric.de (original source, in German) via pushevs.com
100,000 gaz guzzlers have to leave the roads of France next year if the government’s plan pans out. To facilitate the move, another 2,500 euros will be added to the existing EV subsidy of 6,000 euros available to any French citizen willing to switch. That is if the budget presented next week will go through, the Environment and Energy Minister Nicolas Hulot announced. The proposal also includes an increase of the carbon tax from 30.50 euros per tonne to 44.60 euros.
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GM on course to electrify China: 10 electrified models by 2020 is GM CEO Mary Barra’s promise to Beijing. Those EV and plug-in hybrids will precede a general electrification as the group wants to offer some level of electric drive in all models from Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet offered in the People’s Republic comes 2025. In order to do so, GM will open a new battery assembly together with JV partner SAIC in Shanghai.
Ford in bed with Mahindra: Ford has arranged a strategic partnership with India’s largest carmaker Mahindra. Cooperation may commence in the areas of electrification, mobility services, product development, and distribution over the next three years.
auto.ndtv.com, economictimes.indiatimes.com, ford.com
Conquest bonus: It is rather aggressive poaching that Hyundai exhibits in the States with its new “conquest bonus” that pays 1,000 dollars to any Toyota driver willing to hand over its Prius in exchange for an Ioniq Hybrid. Meanwhile over in India, the Korean carmaker seizes market shares in a more subtle way and plans to set up a local EV plant in late 2018.
hybridcars.com (Prius vy Ioniq), businesskorea.co.kr (India)
BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, RedE, GM, Chery.
BMW strategy bullish: 25 electrified new models until 2025 and 12 of them all-electric, such is the battle cry sounding from Bavaria all the way to Frankfurt. Expect to see an EV concept on display there for which BMW claims a range of 500 – 700 kilometres. CEO Harald Krüger has just made e-mobility an “absolute priority” and his head developer Klaus Fröhlich was overheard expressing doubts whether Tesla would be able to offer 12 different models. BMW however is preparing to remodel all facilities so that they can accommodate for any motor set-up. The new models, including the X3 (from 2020), the electric Mini (2019) and the iNext (2021), will all run under the BMWi label. The overarching new strategy though is dubbed ‘ACES’ for Automated, Connected, Electrified and Services.
autonews.com, electrek.co, bmwgroup.com, electrive.net (in German)
JLR is increasing the pace too as the Brits renew their promise to electrify each and every model comes 2020, CEO Ralf Speth confirms. Demand will have to tell but customers may choose from the full palette ranging from mild hybrid over plug-in hybrids to purely electric variants. Already it looks like clients got a taste for the latter: 25,000 reservations for the I-Pace have reached Jaguar ahead of the EVs launch next year, Speth said.
theguardian.com, autocar.co.uk, bloomberg.com (video, I-Pace orders)
Range extended van revealed: Ford officially presents the Transit Custom PHEV and offered some details on its powertrain. The battery is supported by a 1-litre petrol engine so that the van has an electric range of 50 km. Development has progressed enough for 20 Ford vans to serve in a trial in London to inform final engineering before serial production is to commence by 2019.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, ford.com
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Electric utility scooter: RedE, an electric cargo scooter developed by two French men with contacts to suppliers like Bosch for the e-drive and Lenovo for the battery, has made its debut in France. It targets delivery services with its hold and exchangeable battery good for 60 km. Price stands at 2,300 euros and the firm says it has sold 70 so far and aims for another 100 within this year.
Chevy Bolt goes nationwide: General Motors’ has made its electric car available in all states of North America and thus ends the exclusive supply. 12,249 Chevy Bolt have found buyers since the start of sales in December 2016.
GM, Mercedes, DS, China, Korea, BYD.
GM shuts down Bolt plant: As inventories swell, GM has halted the lines in Michigan, where the Chevy Bolt and Sonic are made. While the carmaker claims the shutdown was temporary and down solely to slow Sonic sales, there is an oversupply of its EV as well. Still the Bolt is only available in some states before a nationwide roll-out in August. At the same time, only a few Ampera-e have been allocated to Europe – too few maybe but it is impossible to simply rebrand the Bolt for Opel due to specific parts suppliers cannot deliver quickly enough.
S-Class facelift: Mercedes unveils its latest luxury flagship that now includes 48-Volt tech and a plug-in hybrid variant with a bigger battery at 13.3 kWh for a range of 50 km. The 7.2 kW on-board charger and a new wallbox promise faster charging but the S-Class PHEV won’t be available at on-sale this fall.
DS electric SUV by 2019: PSA fledgling DS prepares to fly solo and revealed a second model to follow the DS7 Crossback PHEV. Next up will be a compact SUV comes 2019 and it will also incorporate an all-electric variant. Two years later anoter SUV is to join the club, this time as a standalone hybrid.
German “Extrawurst”? Beijing might make an exception for German carmakers regarding China’s EV sales quota, WiWo reports after speaking to the German embassy in the Chinese capital. They revealed, there would be “a satisfactory solution” but how that could look like or, what that actually means or, if it will also apply to other countries has not been said. Only recently, OEM associations from the four biggest car nations had turned to Beijing begging for mercy so they could pollute the planet a little longer.
wiwo.de (in German)
Korea grants special treatment to Tesla as Seoul wants to open its subsidies from September to include the Californian EV maker. Its models had been excluded before because Korean regulation limits incentives to electric vehicles that take less than ten hours to charge.
Dreaming ever bigger: BYD is about to expand again further with the extension of its production facility in Lancaster, California set for completion next month. The plant will then be able to produce 1,500 electric heavy-duty vehicles, i.e. buses as well as trucks, a year with its 700 employees.
Mercedes, DoE, GM, Volvo, Ricardo.
Mercedes strengthens EV activities at home: After an intense struggle between Daimler’s management and the works council, the Untertürkheim site will become home to Mercedes’ fourth battery production as well as a hotspot for electric drives and components with more than 250 jobs to be generated. Apart from batteries, the agreement includes assemblage of powertrain modules for EVs of the EQ brand and the creation of a “project house eATS” in order to gain additional know-how for the next-gen electric drive systems. Finally, the ‘E-Technikum‘ agreed on in the first stage of negotiations, shall significantly expand to form a competence centre for electric mobility.
greencarcongress.com, europe.autonews.com, media.daimler.com
The DoE raises 19.4m dollars to support 22 research projects, among them activities of Mercedes-Benz and GM. Both look into Li-sulfur batteries. Key topics are advanced battery tech, lightweight materials, engine emission control technologies and energy efficient mobility systems (EEMS).
Hybrid wheel loader by Volvo: Supported by the California Energy Commission, Volvo presented a prototype of its LX1 hybrid wheel loader that shall have 50% better fuel efficiency while doing the work of an even larger wheel loader. The new model couples a much smaller diesel engine (3 litre instead of 13 litre) with electric motors and hydraulics and a battery energy storage system.
Ricardo’s new EV battery control tech: The British supplier draws attention to its new BMS for EVs that is said to be adaptable to a broad range of applications. Partly developed in the frame of a Li-sulfur project, the BMS shall optimise the performance of cell chemistries.
Scotland, GM, California, PonyCar, Burlington.
Scotland boosts electric transport: 8.2m pounds in funding for electric and low carbon vehicles have just been made available through the Scottish government. Individuals and businesses may apply for interest-free loans and for the first time electric motorbikes, scooters and trucks can be obtained through the fund as well.
Autonomy drive: GM has added another 130 Chevy Bolt to the self-driving fleets in San Francisco, Scottsdale and Detroit. The numbers now add up to 180 and GM praises itself as mass producer of autonomous EV for the GM Cruise project, formerly the Cruise Automation start-up.
SoCal ports climate-friendly: The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach signed a joint declaration for zero emissions goods movement at their twin ports of San Pedro Bay. The Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) will also include an electric drayage truck pilot programme and clean tech investments.
China EV rental firm raises 22m: PonyCar has raised 22m dollars in Series B funding led by Huiyou and Oppo. The EV rental platform runs operations in Shenzhen and Guangzhou and has deployed about 2,000 electric cars as well as hundreds of EV charging stops.
Rebate for PHEV: Utility Burlington has added plug-in hybrids to its EV incentive scheme, reportedly started two weeks ago. The 600 dollar rebate will be available to customers through the end of 2017.
Tesla, PSA, Beijing, JLR, Honda, GM.
Model 3 debut with limited choice: Tesla will activate the online configurator for the Model 3 by the end of July. Design choices will be limited however to a choice of colour and wheel size as the firm wants to avoid problems it had with the Model X debut. At the time, the Californians had difficulties to quickly reach large quantities, due to a lot of configuration possibilities.
teslarati.com, electrek.co, tesla.com (video of shareholder meeting)
PSA to invest in China: 500m euros will flow into the China JV between the French car manufacturer and its partner Changan this year. Their target is to launch one new DS model per year in China starting in 2018, and to offer both PHEV and EV versions of their luxury label from 2019.
Beijing has used up its NEV quota for the private sector this year already. Local government had limited the number of licence plates to 51,000 in 2017 and with all of those gone, it looks like new buyers must be patient until 2018 – if the city government does not readjust the quota in the meantime.
Jaguar to electrify extensively: Each and every Jaguar Land Rover will be offered as both EV and PHEV by 2025, Hanno Kirner, responsible for the company’s strategy, revealed to German Tagesspiegel. Starting with the I-Pace due in 2018 for a price of around 80,000 euros, Jaguar wants to get half way through the electrification of it main line-up within three years. Kirner further pointed to the Formula E as both a platform for learning and audience engagement. For JLR it is the first season with Team Panasonic Jaguar Racing.
Nothing but electric for Honda’s NSX? According to Honda’s head of R&D Sekino Yosuke, the next-gen hybrid sports car NSX could come equipped with four electric motors. Honda is just testing fitting tech in the 1,000 bhp Pikes Peak race car, the NSX-inspired Acura EV concept.
Chevy Bolt now U.S.-wide: General Motors slightly accelerates market entry of its all-electric Bolt in the States as it opens the order books nationwide. The Bolt will now arrive in the newly included states in August, one month earlier than originally planned.
US Chevy Bolt Sales in May.
Deliveries of 1,566 Chevy Bolt make May another record month for GM’s new electric model that is reaching buyers in a total of 14 states now. However, if the Bolt keeps going at this rate, it will be hard to sell the 25,000 units GM allocated for the first year.
Electric Opel for the Pope.
In his drive to make the Vatican carbon-neutral, Pope Francis took charge of an Ampera-e presented by Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann himself. The bold move met the occasion of a conference on ‘Laudato si’, Pope Francis second encyclical with the subtitle “On Care For Our Common Home.” It could hardly be more timely.
cruxnow.com, vatican.va (Laudato si)
We stay within the spiritual realm as we begin yet another break following the German calendar that assigns Pentecost a bank holiday on Monday. We will be back with all the latest news for you on Tuesday, 6 June and wish you a sociable time until then!
Chevy Bolt Record.
GM set a new record with 1,292 Chevy Bolt sold this April. It is the second time its EV has entered the 4-digit realm since sales started in December 2016, when GM sold 579 followed by a strong January with 1,162 units. Still, the sales target of 30,000 Bolt in the first year seems a little far off.
Fisker, Future Mobility, GM, Tesla, Conti, Daimler.
Fisker unveils luxury sedan in August: Henrik Fisker published first pictures of his EV Fisker EMotion at the end of last year, saying it would rely on graphene-based batteries with a range of 400 miles. Now the company has specified the date for presentation, namely the 17th of August.
Another Tesla challenger comes from Chinese EV start-up Future Mobility, which is supported by Foxconn as well as Tencent and led by former BMW-i-Manager Carsten Breitfeld. It has set the launch of its first concept vehicle for the second half of 2017. The mid-size SUV with a range of 500 km is to roll off the lines in 2019 and be priced between 300,000 and 400,000 Yuan (40,000 to 53,000 euros).
GM presents Chinese Volt: The Buick Velite 5, basically a version of the Chevy Volt with range extender for the Chinese market, has found the spotlights of the Shanghai show. The electric range is 116 km according to local standards and prices start at 265,800 Yuan (38,600 dollars).
Tesla with risky production strategy: In order to win time, Tesla intends to skip the limited production phase using lower grade equipment, Reuters has learnt. Instead, CEO Elon Musk intends to start mass production of its Model 3 directly with final equipment, ignoring approved car industry standards.
Conti to invest in EV tech: Until 2021, the car supplier wants to boost its electric drive division with additional 300m euros. With this strategy the company hopes to increase the turnover in this unit from today 130m to then 1bn euros and to further push to up to 2bn by 2025. This anticipated sales growth shall “more than compensate” the expected decrease of business for conventional cars.
Daimler energy storage for homeowners: The car manufacturer sold its first energy storage units for residential use and still has a long list of pre-orders to handle. As reported, Daimler subsidiary Accumotive is currently installing a second battery production facility at its site in Kamenz.
GM, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar, Jeep, Tesla.
GM’s electric strategy for China: In the following three years, the American car giant intends to launch at least ten EV and PHEV for the Chinese market, said GM’s China CEO Matt Tsien in the course of the Shanghai Motor Show. He thus joined the rest of the carmakers in their electric promises made in the light of expected new energy quotas by the Chinese authorities. GM calculates with a sales potential of 150,000 electrified vehicles until 2020 and up to half a million until 2025. First aim is to start production of an all-electric model in the Asian-Pacific region within the next two years.
Is this Audi’s EV no. 3? Rumours about a new luxury heavyweight above the A8 are persistent and have received some extra fuel through Auto Zeitung. The report speaks of a possible A9 that might emerge 2020 under the label C e-tron – thus being the third in Audi’s electrical line-up. Although sources are missing, the article assumes that the four-door coupé will be based on Q6 and Porsche’s Mission E and could be launched in three versions with 265, 320 or 400 kW.
autozeitung.de (in German)
Mercedes with updated S-Class: The German carmaker has face-lifted its top-of-the-line sedan. The updated version of its S-Class is supposed to hit the roads in July and will be available as well as PHEV version with a battery capacity of 13.3 kWh and an onboard 7.2 kW charger.
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Serial style of I-Pace at the IAA: Jaguar wants to unveil the production version of its I-Pace in September at the IAA before starting sales next year, Auto Express has learnt. The final design of Jaguar’s first EV shall correspond to 80% to the concept car presented in Los Angeles last year.
Tesla recalls 53,000 Model S and X as they are equipped with a faulty gear in the parking brakes. According to the carmaker, the issue was caused by a third-party supplier and could end up in problems to release the parking brake. The recall affects vehicles launched between February and October 2016.
electrek.co, insideevs.com, teslarati.com
Honda, Porsche, Qoros, Hybrid Kinetic, GM, Iconiq Motors.
Honda hurries electrification: The Japanese carmaker is just as eager to fulfil China’s upcoming EV quotas as is VW and so Honda announced a pure BEV for China as early as next year. While China COO Yasuhide Mizuno had no details, he also promised a plug-in hybrid SUV for 2018 in Shanghai, two years earlier than initially planned. An FCV was mentioned too, hence it is likely to see the Clarity in all its new energy vehicle variants making an entry into China rather sooner than later. For now, Honda debuted the CR-V Hybrid at the Auto Shanghai. Regular market entry is scheduled for later this year.
asia.nikkei.com, automotiveworld.com (CR-V Hybrid)
Porsche will not stay a stranger to electrification either it appears as CEO Oliver Blume spoke of expansion beyond the Mission E in Shanghai. Next to more all-electric models, the PHEV line-up could be extended as well – all in a bid to obey Chinese regulators, although Blume insisted to “find the technology as such interesting” for Porsche’s sporty drive.
K is for Koenigsegg that delivers the power for Qoros four-door supercar which has taken its place among the Shanghai debutantes. The Qoros K-EV utilises four electric drives that add up to 640 kW. A small series may be produced by 2019.
Two turbine SUVs: The Hybrid Kinetic Group makes use of its EV concept with a micro turbine range extender it only recently presented in Geneva. The latest two models can now be seen in Shanghai and both SUV, the K550 as well as the K750, were designed by Pininfarina. As with the H600, both boast a 1,000 km range thanks to their revolving extra power source.
Chevy plug-in concept: Two years after GM’s attempt to Find New Roads (FNR) in hybrid technology, Chevrolet brings the FNR-X to Shanghai. The SUV features scissor doors and a plug-in hybrid drive but is again just a concept.
Electric mini-van: If the Iconiq 7 will become what its name suggests remains to be seen but the Iconiq Motors manufacturer has concrete production plans for its six-seater EV. Starting with 15,000 units in 2019, production is to scale up rapidly with 110,000 MPVs planned in 2025. The design was developed by W Motors with the platform and driveline coming from Magna in large parts. Plus, the electric van shall be autonomous by 2023.
Volkswagen, Shell, GM, Wellington, New York City.
Electrify America with 150kW: In the course of VW’s dieselgate penalty payment in the States, the German carmaker and EPA have now released the national plan for the first instalment of 300m dollars. It is to set up a nationwide quick charging network, including around 240 charging points with a minimum output of 150 kW but suitable to CCS, CHAdeMO and AC and open protocols. The project is to start in the second quarter of 2018. On top, VW has to implement around 300 charging stations with up to 50 kW in 11 metropolitan areas. The proposal still awaits approval.
Another giant trying to make amends is Shell, which has just joined the quick charging initiative CharIN. The oil company intends to add quick charging points to its petrol stations, first in Britain this year but later also in other countries. Besides, Shell murmured about its own intelligent tech for charging.
Autonomous Bolt fleet: There exist 50 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt in three U.S. cities today but GM plans to raise their game. According to new documents handed in at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 300 additional Bolts are soon to hit the roads of San Francisco, Detroit, and Scottsdale. If they do, it would make GM’s autonomous EV fleet the world’s largest.
Reserved for EVs: New Zealand’s capital Wellington plans to keep 100 parking spaces free for electric cars and those to share exclusively during the course of this year. 37 bays have been assigned already and will be equipped with EV charging opportunities.
Paid to charge off-peak: EV owners in New York City and Westchester County are able to benefit from a new reward programme when charging their EV at times only few do. Electric utility Con Edison claims to pay 5 cents for each kilowatt-hour of charging during off-peak hours.
StreetScooter, Audi, Kia, Mahindra, GM, Chrysler.
StreetScooter expands enormously: Deutsche Post DHL is taking its EV manufacturing business yet another notch up as the delivery service will open a second factory to produce the StreetScooter. Annual capacity will thus double to 20,000 electric vans and at least 50 percent will be made for third parties. Prices for a StreetScooter start at 32,000 euros and DHL hopes to interest municipalities and/or partners and fleets across Europe. No more specific location other than North Rhine-Westphalia has been given for the new production site yet.
europe.autonews.com, postandparcel.info, dpdhl.com
E-tron Sportback Audi’s 2nd EV? 2018 will see the introduction of Audi’s first fully electric model. However, now another seems to be in the pipeline. Auto Motor und Sport believes the second EV is to be the e-tron Sportback, which could hit the shelves no later than 2019.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
Kia gears up for its third EV in the meantime as the Korean brand is looking to electrify its compact SUV Stonic. An electric variant may be here as early as next year and will utilise technology from the Hyundai Ioniq Electric allegedly. With a larger battery than its brother in tech, the Kia Stonic EV may get 300 km far. If it makes it to market in time, it would be Kia’s third all-electric model after the Soul and expected Niro.
Second-hand EVs: Mahindra ventures into the vintage market for electric cars as it authorises its subsidiary Mahindra First Choice Wheels (MFCWL) to open its platform for used EVs. It includes certification and warranty and enables clients to exchange, buy and sell pre-owned electric cars.
Ampera-e statistics: The European version of GM’s Bolt EV has made it onto our shores, at least on paper. First registrations of the electric Opel surfaced in Norway (13) and Germany (68) but were most likely logged in by dealers. Get ready to book your test ride. Deliveries officially start in May.
itanywhere.no (Norway), kba.de (Germany)
Talking about shipments: Chrysler is three months behind schedule for the Pacific plug-in hybrid. It will start shipping to U.S. dealerships only after Easter. Chrysler claims quality control for the delay.
11 billion Electric Miles.
An astonishing 11 billion electric miles have been accrued by plug-ins in the USA. The “big three” (Leaf, Volt & Model S) account for 80 percent of the eMileage. The data is based on studies of the Idaho National Laboratory, CARB and OEMs but have been ultimately estimated by Plugless.
Jaguar, GM, Tesla, BYD, Thai Kwaithong Motor.
Jaguar to electrify its range? The British car manufacturer now patented the diXE and iXE name, leading Autocar to suggest that Jaguar could launch a hybrid version as well as an all-electric model with technology of the recently introduced I-Pace.
Chevy Bolt out of stock: GMs new electric model continues to sell extremely well in South Korea – to well almost as all 2,000 allocated units for 2017 have now sold out. The distributor points to LG Chem’s involvement as well as the Bolt’s Korean design roots. Plus, Lotte Rent-a-car signed an agreement with GM Korea to include the Bolt EV in its fleet.
insideevs.com, autonews.com, english.hankyung.com (rental fleet)
Tesla is now the second strongest carmaker in the USA as the EV maker’s record-breaking quarter echoed strongly at Wall Street. Tesla shares reached an all-time record of 294.15 USD on Monday, catapulting Tesla above Ford in terms of market capitalisation and with only GM still ahead.
BYD improves performance further: BYD’s 2016 statistics show that the Chinese group accumulated 96,000 sales of EV and PHEV which represent a market share of 23 percent. Total turnover rose by 79 percent to 5,05bn yuan (733m dollars).
New electric bus player: Thai Kwaithong Motor is to start assembly of its first electric bus model. It also signed a 3bn-baht contract (82m euros) to provide 200 electric buses to a local transit operator.
Yes, electric cars are a fairly new technology (for some) and clearly pose their own problems (for some), esp. at the point of sale. One Chevy dealer in particular failed to see an EVs USP as he transferred his ICE sales talk directly: “This Bolt EV is nicely equipped with a precision tuned electric drive engine — it will wring every last mile it can out of a drop of fuel.”
VW, Citroën, Tesla, GM, NextEV, Formula E.
VW has chosen battery supplier: The Germans have moved on from planning to the next stage as the design of the VW I.D. built upon the MEB platform is to be confirmed by August. At the same time, battery suppliers were selected and are under contract already, although it has not been disclosed, who will power Volkswagen’s electric concept/s. Two more electric models are to follow until 2022 of which one will be the I.D. Buzz microbus.
Citroën electrifies further: The French now offer the E-Berlingo Multispace with an electric drive. It is the same motor utilised in the van version of the Berlingo already and offers a range of 170 km. The latest electric car joins Citroën’s EV range consisting of the C-ZERO, E-MEHARI and Berlingo LCV.
greencarcongress.com, autoevolution.com, youtube.com
Demand for Teslas remains high and the company has now started deliveries of its new 100D versions of both the Model S and X in the States. And as it just opened the first showrooms in Korea, cues are forming – there is a 6-month waiting list to test drive the Model S.
insideevs.com (100D), forbes.com (Korea)
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Bolt bargain: Chevy Bolt prices have gone below 25,000 dollars after incentives at some stores, which already started to apply discounts as they seek to move their inventory. Deliveries geared up lately but it remains to be seen if demand will keep up with the pace.
Chinese Google EV: China’s search engine giant Baidu has taken a stake in NextEV and its electric car brand Nio. Baidu had led a financing round that collected over 600m dollars in total.
New blood for Formula E: BMW and DS Performance have been granted manufacturer status through FIA for the Formula E. While Mercedes had secured its entry option earlier, it did not make it (yet) for the 5th season that will run throughout 2018/ 19.
Volkswagen, Tesla, Microlino, Hybrid Kinetic, Toyota, GM.
Volkswagen created a buzz indeed when it announced its ID Buzz concept is likely to make it into production. The only thing that stands between the microbus and reality is a global go, as VW first wants to see reactions from China. Reception in Europe and the States have been positive. On top of the ID Buzz, Shanghai will also see the unveiling of an electric SUV concept with an electric saloon concept to follow later this year as well.
Model S discontinued: Tesla will stop selling the Model S 60 and 60 D from April, 17 due to low demand for the 60 kWh power pack. This leaves the 75 kWh pack as the entry level battery option, or better, removes the option to buy just 60 kWh of a power pack that always held 75 kWh in fact.
Iconic EV for real: The BMW Isetta based Microlino EV is scheduled for production before the year’s end at Italian partner Tazzari. Already, Swiss Micro Mobility Systems has received more than 2,600 pre-orders for its electric micro car that shall be made available for about 12,000 euros.
Turbine hybrid to go serial: Hybrid Kinetic Group saw the positive reactions it had hoped for in Geneva and will thus produce its hybrid sedan H600 with turbine range extender. The model has been designed by Pininfarina and will go on sale in the States and China from 2019 or 2020. Additionally, Hybrid Kinetic plans to present two more concepts next month.
Toyota to invest in UK plant: The Japanese carmaker has earmarked 240m pounds to invest in its Derbyshire plant as it readies its Burnaston factory to produce vehicles on its news platform called TNGA. It underpins the new Prius and the Toyota C-HR crossover already and will be rolled out globally by 2020 latest.
Sold out before arrival: The Chevy Bolt sold out within two hours and before it even hit the shores in South Korea. Clearly, 400 units reserved for the market were not enough. Official arrival is next month and prices start from 47.79m won (42,325 USD).
yonhapnews.co.kr, yonhapnews.co.kr (pre-order)