Harley-Davidson presents LiveWire launch details
Harley-Davidson has now presented its first electric motorcycle LiveWire in detail. The LiveWire is scheduled to be launched at select dealers in the USA and most European countries shortly with expanding global availability planned for 2020 through 2021.Weiterlesen
Electrify America and Harley-Davidson cooperating
With the LiveWire, Harley-Davidson is planning to launch their first electric motorcycle soon. In order to offer its customers a simple charging solution on the road, the motorcycle manufacturer is now relying also on the fast-charging network of VW subsidiary Electrify America.Weiterlesen
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Europe: Harley takes pre-orders for LiveWire e-motorbike
Harley Davidson opens the order books for its first fully electric motorcycle LiveWire in Europe. The iconic brand expects deliveries to start this autumn and has asked clients to reserve quickly due to a limited contingent.Weiterlesen
Harley-Davidson upgrades electric motorbike range
It is not “just” cars at Geneva; there are some exciting two-wheelers as well. Take Harley-Davidson and the LiveWire. The electric motorcycle received yet another upgrade as H-D specifies more range. On top, e-bike concepts are on show, and Harley just bought into the market for the youngest easy riders ever.Weiterlesen
Harley Davidson airs technical details of the LiveWire
Harley-Davidson has published technical details about its first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire. The Harvey LEV will be launched in autumn this year and can be pre-ordered from U.S. dealers starting immediately. First prototypes can also be seen at the CES in Las Vegas.Weiterlesen
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Harley-Davidson planning R&D centre in Silicon Valley
The classic American motorcycle manufacturer has announced plans to open a research and development centre in Silicon Valley to help develop future products in their planned line-up of electric motorbikes. At the same time, the manufacturers presented a nearly serial-ready prototype of their first electric motorcycle.Weiterlesen
Harley-Davidson sets up entire e-motorcycle family
The US American motorcycle manufacturer has introduced a growth strategy up to the year 2022, which not only includes the confirmation for the rumored e-motorcycle launching next year, but also includes perspective for adding a few more.Weiterlesen
Harley Davidson to partner up with Alta Motors
The US American motorcycle brand has invested an unknown sum into the electric motorcycle manufacturer formerly known as BRD Motorcycles. The smaller Alta Motors has significant experience with battery packs and powertrains that Harley Davidson can benefit from.Weiterlesen
Harley Davidson readies first electric motorbike for market
Finally. Four years after the LiveWire project, Harley Davidson confirms that an electric motorcycle is to hit the road for real. The latest strategy strengthens electrification and the first electric Harley is to go on sale within the next 18 months.Weiterlesen
Mitsubishi, Ford, Ecuador, Porsche, Bentley, Harley-Davidson, Polaris.
i-MiEV comeback: Mitsubishi confirmed that the 2016 model of its i-MiEV will arrive at U.S. dealerships in March. The only change is an optional navigation package, while everything under the hood stays the same. As does the car’s price tag: The small EV will go for 22,995 dollars before subsidies.
Ford drops prices: The carmaker offers its 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi at considerably lower prices in the U.S., also to make room for the next model. Customers can benefit from an 18 percent price reduction for the Hybrid and 17.7 percent for the Energi. The programs expire March 31st.
Ecuador ready to plug in: The South American country has scrapped import taxes on EVs and announced cooperation agreements with BYD, Nissan-Renault and Kia to begin selling electric cars in Ecuador. The government also plans a local production of EVs in the future and said it will invest some three million dollars in charging infrastructure.
ecuadortimes.net, amerika21.de (in German)
New spy shots: The next-generation Porsche Panamera was caught on camera while being tested in winter conditions. There are also new images of Bentley’s first upcoming SUV, the Bentayga. Both cars will be available as plug-in hybrids.
motorauthority.com (Porsche), carscoops.com (Bentley)
LiveWire Experience Tour extended: Harley-Davidson will sent its first all-electric motorcycle to Asia, Europe and Canada this year to let people there experience it and provide feedback to help with the bike’s further development. After all, the Project LiveWire was designed to see what customers’ expectations for an electric Harley would be.
Polaris buys Hammerhead: With the acquisition of the Shanghai-based manufacturer of petrol powered go-karts, light utility and electric utility vehicles, Polaris hopes to expand both their “international manufacturing footprint and armada of off-road products.”
wallstreet-online.de, marketwatch.com, polaris.com
Chevy Bolt, BMW i8S, Nissan, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Shanghai.
Chevy Bolt debut: GM will unveil a concept version of its Chevy Bolt at the NAIAS today, Wall Street Journal reports. The EV is said to come with a 200-mile range and at a price of around 30,000 dollars. The batteries will be made by LG Chem. The Tesla Model 3 rival is set to launch by 2017.
wsj.com, autoblog.com, jalopnik.com
Jubilee BMW i8: BMW will indeed celebrate its centenary in 2016 with a super sports car based on the i8, which is currently developed under the name M 100, German Auto Bild reports. The special edition hybrid will reportedly be limited to 100 pieces and deliver more than 500 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Likely to be named i8S or i8CS, it is said to cost more than 250.000 euros (about 300,000 dollars).
autobild.de (in German)
EVs with range limitations? Not really. New data from Nissan’s telematic system CarWings show that Leaf drivers in Europe travel more than 50 percent further per year than drivers of traditional cars. While ICE vehicles rolled 6,721 miles on average, the electric Nissans covered 10,307 miles.
BMW i sales: The German carmaker sold 16,052 BMW i3 and 1,741 BMW i8 worldwide in 2014. Currently, more than 100 i3 are being built at the facility in Leipzig and BMW plans to increase the production of the i8 there this year in order to reduce customer waiting times.
LiveWire review: Embedded in tales of personal reluctance towards the Harley brand and musings on the campaign surrounding the LiveWire project, Domenick Yoney delivers a review of his electric ride. His conclusion: This Harley has the power to turn “no fans” into “potential customers.”
Free registrations in Shanghai: The Chinese metropolis has started handing out free license plates to drivers of the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, according to a report from Bloomberg. Shanghai is waiving the registration fee of about 12,000 dollars in an effort to reduce air pollution.
Paris, Volvo XC90, BMW 3-series, BMW i8, Nissan, Harley-Davidson.
Paris to clear up: “In the four central districts – apart from bikes, buses and taxis – the only vehicles allowed will be residents’ cars, delivery vehicles and emergency vehicles,” Paris’ mayor Anne Hidalgo told Journal du Dimanche. The new rules will first be imposed on weekends only but may be expanded quickly. Furthermore, Hidalgo plans to introduce an e-bike sharing scheme in the French capital.
Plug-in Volvo pricing: Volvo has opened the order books for the second generation XC90 in Europe. The top of the range plug-in hybrid XC90 T8 starts at a price of 76,705 euros and is available solely as a seven-seater. The hybrid setup boasts 400 hp with a torque of up to 640 Nm.
BMW 3-series update: The plug-in hybrid will apparently come at the same price as a comparable combustion model like the 328i, project leader Helmuth Wiesler told Fleet News. His reasoning for the “same charge” strategy revolves around performance. Meanwhile, James Taylor took a “far-down-the-line prototype” of the hybrid BMW 3 on a test ride and was glad to find it “still drives like a 3-series.”
fleetnews.co.uk, carmagazine.co.uk (Review)
BMW i8 recall: Fuel tank issues have caused BMW to recall about 500 i8 worldwide. In the U.S., potentially 223 hybrid sports cars manufactured between May 16 to September 16, 2014 are affected by a defective bolt which could cause a fuel leak and lead to a fire.
Battery replacement program: Nissan now offers European owners of the Leaf and e-NV200 to buy a brand-new 24 kWh replacement battery pack for 4,920 pounds (likely 5,000 euros). Buyers will also receive a 1,000 pounds cashback for the their old battery.
The electric Harley Live Wire is not likely to see the light of the day anytime soon as it does not live up to customer expectations. Only a new battery generation would enable a range as desired by first inquirers, while the current estimated price of 50,000 dollars would need to be halved.
Harley LiveWire at Jay Leno's Garage, Robert Llewellyn drives Model S.
Video tip: In this edition of Jay Leno’s Garage, the host welcomes a pretty special guest: the LiveWire, accompanied by Ken Ostermann, head of global marketing at Harley.
Reading tip: Robert Llewellyn took a Model S to drive from London all the way north to Edinburgh and back to the British capital. While the trip only cost him about six pounds, he is now revising his pension to see if he might be able to buy himself a Tesla.
Porsche, BMW, Honda, Harley Davidson, Brose.
Cayenne plug-in hybrid: Porsche announced the launch date of its latest plug-in hybrid. In Germany, the Cayenne will hit the stores on October 11th, before launching in the States on November 1st. There, prices for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid start at 77,395 dollars. The Cayenne comes with a range of 23 miles and is powered by a V6 with 245 kW and an electric motor with 70 kW.
Meanwhile, the Porsche Panamera plug-in hybrid is getting cheaper and being offered for 6,000 euros (8,080 dollars) less in Germany and 3,000 dollars less in Canada. Pricing for other market has yet to be announced. Porsche gave synergistic effects as the reason for the lower reduction as now Panamera and Cayenne share the same powertrain.
auto123.com, wn.de (in German)
New BMW models for China: The German carmaker plans to bring the BMW 5-Series plug-in hybrid to China by the end of this year, according to CFO Friedrich Eichiner. Additionally, a second model is being developed with BMW JV partner Brilliance following the electric Zinoro 1E.
Honda NSX on fire: A prototype of the hybrid sportscar burned down during testing at Nürnburgring. The engineers could escape unhurt and while the cause of the fire has yet to be found, the NSX showed all characteristics of a “a mid-engine supercar, burning entirely up to the base of the windshield,” Auto Evolution reports.
Livewire live: Harley Davidson has been touring the States to let fans and press test ride its electric motorbike. Ben Rich went to see what the concept bike is like. Harley says the Livewire will not enter production, but having built 40 demonstrator bikes and currently searching for a Livewire project manager, are clear signs that the bike manufacture is serious about electric motorcycles.
E-Bike motor made in Berlin: Brose has started the production of its pedelec drive unit in its facility in the German capital. The motor weighs 3.4 kg and generates up to 600 Watt peak power. The family-run automotive supplier hopes to acquire 20% share in the electric bicycle segment.
France, Zinoro, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Merkel, Audi.
Record registrations in France: Some 1,050 new electric vehicles hit the roads in France in June, more than ever before. The Renault Zoe took the crown, with 641 units sold. However, compared to first six months last year, overall EV registration fell about 10 percent.
emobilitaetonline.de (in German), avem.fr (in French)
Caught on camera: Pictures of the Brilliance-BMW Zinoro 1E on the streets of Beijing, China, have been published. The Zinoro is not for sale and can only be rented or leased. Rates start at about 7,400 renminbi (1,190 dollars) a month at a 3-year lease. Another reason why it might have a hard time is the lack of public charging infrastructure in Beijing, where the only dealer is located.
carnewschina.com (pics), pluginindia.com (leasing)
BMW i8 priced for the States: The base price of the all-electric sportscar has been listed at 135,700 dollars, plus a 950 dollar destination fee. The i8 will be available in the U.S. starting August 17th. 90% of the initial production will be available with the 10,800 dollar ‘Pure Impulse World’ launch package.
bmwblog.com via greencarreports.com
The new face of Harley-Davidson: Jim Federico, the former GM executive responsible for the Chevy Volt and Spark EV, has joined the chopper team, where he will head the LiveWire project. By the way, the electric Harley is said to come to Europe next year as well.
Merkel head to China: The German chancellor will travel to the country next week. Among her delegation will also be representatives from the automotive industry and electric mobility projects have also been spotted on the agenda.
Test driving Audi’s A3 Sportback e-tron: The title already sets the mood, saying it is “a car BMW needs to be afraid of.” It is further described as an “absurdly luxurious car for its segment” and the “class benchmark,” since it appeals to a wide range of drivers.
Audi, Bosch eBike Systems, Volkswagen, BMW, Harley-Davidson.
Audi to go global with plug-in hybrid: The German carmaker will start to sell the Audi A3 e-tron in Europe this month. In the States, Audi’s first plug-in hybrid will be available in the second half of 2015. It is set for China first though, where deliveries will start in the first half of next year.
Bosch boldly moves east: As of July, the Chinese city of Suzhou will become the headquarter of Bosch’s new-founded regional Asian-Pacific business unit. There aim is to help e-bike manufacturers in China, Taiwan and Vietnam with their export business to Europe and the U.S., before developing markets in the Asian-Pacifc region.
XL1 to come to Britain: Volkswagen has priced its “1-litre car” at 98,515 pounds (168,800 dollars) in the UK, so it is certainly not for everybody. Anyway, the XL1 is limited to only 200-250 cars, set to land on British shores.
BMW i8 got its own Wiki: The second round of advertising for the super plug-in hybrid has started. As part of it, test drives while wearing Google Glass are being offered at some German airports. The branding exercise is completed with the interactive online platform ‘Wiki8’ that holds everything there is to know about the BMW i8.
LiveWire live: The now much-talked about electric Harley has been ridden by Susan Carpenter before it went public. Starting the LiveWire with a fob as you do with all Harleys was easy but then Susan had to choose between power and range. Guess what she opted for!
autoblog.com (with video)
Harley Davidson, France, NEVS, Proterra, BMW, Hyundai.
Electric rocks: Project ‘LiveWire’ is Harley Davidson’s first all-electric motorcycle, which the legendary brand just presented. The electric Harley is not on sale (yet?), but will go on a demonstration tour through the United States. Harley CEO Matt Levatich expects the EV technology and customers openess is “only going to increase” and wants to make sure his company is “part of leading the development” of standards, infrastructure and technology. What will Harley fans will think of the new humming sound?
washingtontimes.com, theverge.com, youtube.com (video) via greencarreports.com
Energy transition á la France: The French cabinet has just been presented with a new bill designed to reduce the country’s dependency on fossil fuels and nuclear energy. The so-called energy transition is estimated to cost between 15 and 30 billion euros until 2050 and includes the installation of seven million EV charging points across the country.
NEVS indebted: This is why creditors have turned to the Stockholm enforcement authority. Kronofogden reports that it received 30 applications worth 22.7 million kroner (3.4m dollars) for unpaid bills relating to National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS). The automaker is having cashflow problems but hopes to get help from other vehicle manufacturers (we reported).
just-auto.com, automotorsport.se (in Swedish)
Proterra eyes Tesla patents: The electric bus company, which is run by former Tesla employee Ryan Popple, welcomes the Californian carmaker’s latest move to share its patents. While nothing is certain yet, Proterra could imagine working with Tesla to improve its e-bus charging technology soon.
A critic’s choice: Hollywood reporter Michael Walker reviewed the BMW i3 and liked it so much that he now wonders if it could replace the Model S as the number one choice of Hollywood stars. His only worry is that it might be a bit too obviously “granola-driven.”
hollywoodreporter.com (with video) via greencarreports.com
Hyundai Tucson FCV review: At the recent launch of the hydrogen vehicle, Michael Harley had half an hour to get acquainted with the car that “sips hydrogen and drips water.” His conclusion is that the Koreans finally made a “no-compromise emissions-free vehicle.”