EXACT: DLR researches eco-efficient aircraft
Since the beginning of this year, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has been working on the EXACT (Exploration of Electric Aircraft Concepts and Technologies) project to develop new technology components for an eco-efficient commercial aircraft – with batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen.
Toyota to launch second, multi-million vehicle recall
Toyota will have to recall 2.4 million hybrid vehicles worldwide. The reason for this was named as software issues. Only one month ago, the Japanese automobile manufacturers also had to launch a recall of more than 1 million hybrids because of potential short-circuit and fire danger.
Ferrari’s first SUV Purosangue confirmed hybrid
Italy’s foremost sports carmaker is looking to launch their first SUV. The Purosangue which Ferrari prefers to call a Crossover or “FUV” is set to hit the market by 2022. Despite its name it will not be so pure blooded though as Ferrari has a hybrid drive lined up.
Aston Martin & RR both envisioning luxurious air taxis
Aston Martin presents the Vision Volante Concept, a study of a premium VTOL with hybrid propulsion. Whether the three-seater will ever take-off on a mass scale is uncertain. Yet Aston is on to something as Rolls-Royce also issued their version of an air taxi.
McLaren switching entire lineup to hybrid
The luxury automobile manufacturer McLaren has announced their plans to fit their entire lineup with hybrid motors in the next seven years. The goal is being managed by a £1.2 billion business plan called Track25.
Nissan to spread the Note e-Power across SEA
Nissan want to extend the reach of their e-Power technology as used in the Note beyond Japan. First markets to benefit from the unusual hybrid are countries in south east Asia such as Thailand and others with weak charging infrastructure.
Honda starts serial production of Insight hybrid
Honda has flipped the switch to get the lines rolling at its Greensburg facility in the state of Indiana. They now churn out the Insight serially and the hybrid car is the fifth electrified model by the Japanese company and will be available in early summer.
Toyota invests in French production facility
Toyota renews its investment into its site in Valenciennes, France, where it also makes the hybrid Yaris. 300m euros will enable the plant to produce 300,000 vehicles a year which will use the new global platform TNGA in the future.
Car sales in the U.S.
In August, EV sales dropped 23.4 percent to 5,224 units compared to August 2014 in the United States. Plug-in hybrid sales even fell 36% to 3,786 units sold, while 37,633 pure hybrids rolled of the lot – a nearly 22% decrease compared to the same period last year. The reasons are low petrol prices and the fact, that the 2016 models will soon be available.
Registrations in the UK.
A total of 420 purely electric cars were newly registered in the UK in July, down 16 percent compared to same month last year. Plug-in hybrid soared 95 percent, on the other hand – 1,169 PHEVs were registered in the UK in July 2015, compared to 599 units in July 2014.
EV, PHEV and hybrid sales decrease.
Just 5,143 electric cars found buyers last month in the USA. Compared to July 2014 that is an decrease of 13.3 percent. The silly season also took its toll on hybrids, where sales dropped almost 20% (35,666 units sold) and even plug-in hybrids (3,836 sold; -33,2%).
Serial theft of batteries from hybrid cars in San Francisco might soon come to an end, as Greentec developed a special safety screw. The bolts can only be installed and removed with a tools only Greentec has access to. Thieves could be pretty screwed soon.
Hybrid vs. SUV.
Never underestimate the acceleration of a Porsche 918 Spyder – it is pretty instant, especially while still in a parking lot. This fellow in Saint-Tropez had to find that out the hard way, as his ride was stopped before it really started by a parked SUV. Ouch!
Toyota hybrid sales soar.
Toyota sold 101,000 hybrid vehicles in the first half of 2015 in Europe, including Lexus sales. Hybrids thus account for almost one fifth (22%) of the total sales of Toyota Motors Europe (450,951 vehicles) .
EV sales in the U.S.
In the U.S., 32,330 hybrids, 3,409 plug-in hybrids, and 6,975 EVs were sold in June. The number of BEV increased compared to the same period last year, whiles sales of hybrids and PHEVs dropped. The best-selling BEVs were the Tesla Model S (2,800), the Nissan Leaf (2,074) and the BMW i3 (551).
Stop the battery burglar.
Apparently stealing and reselling batteries from hybrid vehicle is quite a lucrative business. 14 incidents were reported since November, according to the police in New York City. In each of those cases, the cars were Toyota Camry hybrids and the majority were yellow cabs.
Hyundai & Kia hybrid sales.
A combined 221,490 hybrids were sold by Hyundai and Kia last year, of which the Sonata hybrid from Hyundai took up more than half at 114,778 units. Hybrid sales of Kia and Hyundai nearly tenfolded over the past six years.
Cold weather range loss, Hybrid vs. plug-in cars.
Reading tip I: BMW’s inofficial head of EV testing, Tom Moloughney, is looking at how cold weather can affect the battery performance of electric vehicles. He draws from his experience with the i3 and advises BMW to inform people better on how a drop in temperature leads to a drop in range.
Reading tip II: John Voelcker here ponders the slow death of the hybrid as it is faced with ever growing numbers of EVs and plug-in hybrids on the road and on offer.
Hybrid sales worldwide.
Worldwide sales of hybrid vehicles dropped 9 percent in the first eight months of this year, compared to sales during the same period in 2013. In the U.S. alone, five percent fewer hybrids left dealership lots. The reasons are dropping petrol prices and the rise of more efficient petrol-powered cars.
forbes.com (worldwide), autoblog.com (U.S.)
Hybrid vs. BEV.
With 100,000 Nissan Leafs and 70,000 Chevrolet Volts sold globally only four years after its introduction, EV sales are outpacing hybrid sales by far. In comparison, IHS Automotive has found that the Toyota Prius had only been sold 52,000 times in its first four years.
1906 Mercedes Mixte hybrid, Ikea sells e-bike.
Click tip: Yet another car maker finds its electric roots. Meet the “Mercedes Mixte”, dating as far back as 1906. With its two rear-wheel motors the series hybrid was initially designed for the race track.
Shopping tip: Ikea in Austria is now selling the already-assembled Folkvänlig pedelec. The stylish e-bike, which received various awards at the Taipei Cycle Show, Eurobike and the IF Design Award, is available for just 749 euros (1,030 dollars).