Nissan, Harley, Hyundai, BYD, Tesla, Karma Revero.
e-Power to go global? After domestic sales surprised Nissan, the carmaker is considering to export its range extender e-Power to markets beyond Japan. The drive adds a small petrol engine to the electrive motor one finds inside the Leaf and turns the compact Note into a hybrid albeit it with a smaller battery that cannot be plugged-in (we reported). As the proof of concept succeeded so to speak, Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s VP for sales and marketing purported they would move faster on this technology but did not provide any concrete details.
Harley’s Livewire is alive if not kicking, said Bill Davidson, Harley VP, who reaffirmed the motorcycle makers plans to introduce 100 new models over the next ten years. Among them may be electric models like said Livewire that was introduced in 2014 but never made it to market. The last more substantial statement on an electric Harley came last year, when the company relegated electrification to being at least five years away due to battery technology.
Hyundai’s first electric bus will meet the eyes of the public already at the end of this month before it will move on to get ready for production. The first finished Elec Citys will appear from next year and carry a 256 kWh battery for up to 290 km of range.
Go beyond dreams: BYD continues its expansion and will build an electric bus facility in Argentina. The Chinese EV maker plans to invest 100m dollars following a government resolution allowing the company to operate in the South American country. Construction works will begin within the next six months with first e-buses to roll off the lines from early 2019. The move follows swiftly after BYD has signed a MoU with Ecuador for another plant. In Europe, the EV maker inaugurated its first factory in Hungary and has planned an additional one in France.
Tesla expands in China: Shenzhen, Chengdu and Shanghai all have a Tesla showroom as the EV maker strides into the world’s largest market. In its steps, Tesla leaves a trail of Superchargers, 530 stand at 110 locations in China to date with Beijing boasting Asia’s largest facility with 20 charge spots.
Delivery Day: The Fisker Karma is officially reborn as the first few units of its successor, the Karma Revero, leave the Californian vicinity headed for Karma’s ten dealers in the states.