Munich taxi centre picks up 10 Jaguar I-Pace
The Munich Taxi Centre (MTZ) has taken on ten Jaguar I-Pace for regular taxi services. The e-taxi fleet of the MTZ was also officially presented today. A fluent two-shift system for the taxis was enabled by the installation of a specialized fast-charging infrastructure.Weiterlesen
Mennekes exclusive charging provider for Jaguar I-Pace
Jaguar Land Rover selects Mennekes as charging infrastructure partner for the I-Pace electric car. The cooperation will kick off with Mennekes installing their premium wallbox Amtron at 80 JLR stores and garages in Italy.Weiterlesen
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JLR increases spending to offer electric cars across board
Jaguar Land Rover is increasing investment by about a quarter in order to offer electrified versions of its entire model range. By 2025, the British brand plans to include hybrid and electric versions for every car, although the EV variant will depend on demand.Weiterlesen
JLR to set up battery assembly or else face bottlenecks
Jaguar Land Rover will not (yet) produce battery cells but plans to set up their own battery assembly. CEO Ralf Speth told Manager Magazin that a looming shortage of batteries could hit deliveries of the I-Pace otherwise.Weiterlesen
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200 strong “pack” of Jaguar I-Pace to glide around Heathrow
London’s largest airport, Heathrow has asked the WeKnowGroup to set up a chauffeur service this summer, using the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace exclusively. A first batch of 50 is to arrive this summer with another 150 due within the next 12 months.Weiterlesen
Google’s Waymo to turn Jaguar I-Pace into robotaxi
Jaguar and Google’s Waymo have announced a long-term strategic partnership to launch a 20,000 strong fleet of self-driving taxis based on the I-Pace. Testing is to start this year with the final autonomous electric cars to arrive by 2020.Weiterlesen
Jaguar I-Pace to be offered also with smaller battery?
Just some days ago, Jaguar took off the wraps of its I-Pace, now known to feature a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Due to information obtained by electrive.com, it is likely that this will not stay the only battery option.Weiterlesen
Jaguar reveals its new electric luxury SUV the I-Pace
Ahead of the competition, including Audi, BMW and Mercedes, Jaguar is releasing the first purely electric luxury SUV. The 294 kW Jaguar I-Pace will have a starting price of 77,850 euros and a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery.Weiterlesen
Jaguar i-Pace to go on sale this March
The Jaguar I-PACE will be revealed in a global broadcast on 19:00 CET on 1 March 2018 ahead of the public “live” debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March, 6. The British premium brand also revealed the SUVs fast-charging capabilities even in icy conditions.Weiterlesen
Jaguar to make its next-gen XJ an electric flagship
The British car manufacturer intends to launch its next-gen luxury sedan XJ with an all-electric drivetrain, according to “Autocar”. Related design works shall be already completed.Weiterlesen
Pricing for Jaguar’s I-Pace to start at 82,000 euros
Jaguar has mentioned prices for its first EV in front of clients, according to “autoblog.nl”. Originally, the company intended to announce tech specs and pricing in March – while simultaneously opening the order books.Weiterlesen
Jaguar to publish full spec and pricing of I-Pace by March 2018
Jaguar is keeping the press on their toes as information on its first electric model trickles through. Full disclosure and open order books have now been announced for March 2018 but some info is available already.Weiterlesen
Renault Symbioz, Project One, Jaguar, Audi.
Renault envisions a future in which living has formed a symbiosis with tech. So much so that an electric car simply comes as part of a house with which it shares a smart grid. The Symbioz concept delivers 500 kW at a range of 500 km and could be tested from 2019 – the car, not the house.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk, insideevs.com, electriccarsreport.com
Project One premiers: Even before the doors of the Frankfurt fair opened officially, Mercedes AMG took the wraps off its youngest hyper baby, the hybrid Project One. Drawaing from its involvement in the Formula 1, the street legal luxury car combines a turbo engine with four electric drives. The result are over 1,000 hp and a top speed of 350 kph that will be hard to keep up, even on a German Autobahn. Yet acceleration from 0 – 200 in less than six seconds should make up for any road restrictions.
greencarcongress.com, autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com
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Jaguar goes wild now that it is about to launch its first electric car. The I-Pace on-sale will be accompanied by its own race as part of the Formula E. The I-Pace eTrophy will see up to 20 racy Jaguar EV battling it out, in front of a large audience of course.
electricautosport.com, autosport.com, fiaformulae.com (teaser)
All-autonomous Audi: The Aicon is a true concept as it lacks both a steering wheel and pedals. Audi underscores its ambition for full autonomy also in the interior that resembles a lounge rather than a car. More feasible in a near future seem the four electric motors that account for 256 kW. The battery is conceived with a range of 800 km and inductive charging capability.
BMW i8 Roadster, Tesla Model 3
Video tip: BMW’s 2018 i8 is about to make an appearance at the IAA and the Bavarians sent a video ahead of the show that illustrates the hybrids rather racy character.
Click tip: Take a look inside the Tesla Model 3 battery with this details collected by Electrek. A 50 kWh power pack incorporates 2,976 of the new 2170 cells, while the 74 kWh battery consists of 4,416 cells.
Nissan, Hyundai, Mercedes, Jaguar, Porsche.
Nissan Leaf leak: In what might be the biggest breach to date, a performance specc has been published that puts the next-gen Nissan EV at 110 kW and its power pack at 40 kWh. It remains unclear, if a 60 kWh variant will become available but U.S. pricing now stands at 29,990 dollars. While the price undercuts both the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3, the Leaf stays behind its closest competitors when it comes to performance. The full reveal is due on September, 5 in Japan.
autoblog.com, insideevs.com, jalopnik.com
Hyundai to enter India all-electrically: After the government of the world’s largest democracy announced to tax hybrid vehicles at the highest rate, Hyundai adjusted its strategy. Rather than launching hybrid or even mild hybrid models, the Koreans now want to introduce all-electric versions of the small i10 and i20 as well as a compact electric SUV. The move makes sense as EVs have been taxed at a lower rate of 12 percent in India (we reported).
financialexpress.com, auto.ndtv.com, autocarindia.com
Mercedes EQ-A preview: First renderings of Daimler’s compact EV have been floated by Auto Bild, who thinks a concept EQ-A will be shown at this year’s IAA before hitting the shelves by 2020. The standard EQ-A shall deliver 150 kW with a 60 kWh battery that is to last for about 400 km.
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More from Mercedes’s may come in the form of a Maybach convertible designed to cruise on electric power alone. First shown last year as Mercedes-Maybach 6, a video teases another study, destined to debut at the Concourse D’elegance in Pebble Beach and likely to be a cabrio based on the 6.
Spotted: The Jaguar I-Pace has been shot charging and the photographer also managed to peak inside. Pictures reveal the camouflaged EV to be pretty close to the concept, inside-out.
Porsche copy as PHEV: Chinese Zotye says it will offer its Porsche Macan “inspired” SUV SR9 as plug-in hybrid at the Chengdu Auto Show later this month. Said range stands at 80 km.
Video tip I: For those who want to have a closer look to Jaguar’s tech below its surface, the carmaker has published a video that illustrates the difference between its all-electric I-Pace and its Formula E race car in terms of thermal management.
youtube.com via electrek.co
Video tip II: Can another EV than a Tesla beat down on gas cars of a similar size? After numerous Tesla acceleration duels, it is the Chevy Bolt’s turn now. A video shows the model drag racing a VW Golf GTI.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Denza, Skoda, Audi, Jaguar, Smart.
Cash injection: Daimler and BYD both want to invest 500m yuan (72.6m dollars) into their indebted EV joint venture in China. Shenzhen Denza New Energy Automotive Co. will thus recapitalise to 3.36bn yuan, up from 2.36bn in order to strengthen its brand and distribution. To date, Denza has failed to turn a profit since its first and only jointly developed EV hit the market in 2014. Since then, BYD and Daimler increased the range to 400 km last year but apparently to little avail.
Electric super Skoda? Volkswagen’s Czech subsidiary is eyeing a sports EV, Auto Express reports. It will fit into the planned line-up of no less than five electric cars by Skoda although it will be most likely be the last in line by 2025. All electric Skoda will utilise VW’s MEB platform.
Austria is next for Audi after the brand opened its order books for the e-tron quattro in Norway first. Alpinist may pay a 1,000 euros to secure their place on the waiting list. A launch is only due by the end of next year, although a concept appeared as early as 2015. Audi told electrive.net about its plans to add an 11 kW on-board charger to charge the 95 kWh battery that is to last for about 500 km.
electrive.net (in German)
Jaguar I-Pace is making the rounds in Monaco where the brand’s first EV was caught bare. More revelations had to be made by Jaguar CEO Ian Callum on Twitter, where he admitted the I-Pace’s inability to tow a trailer unlike its opponent the Tesla Model X.
electrek.co (images), insideevs.com (trailer)
U.S. pricing Smart ED: The next-gen Smart for two ED will be 1,200 dollars cheaper than its predecessor. Prices start from 23,800 dollars in the USA , where sales are to begin this summer.
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
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.
Uniti, Renault-Nissan, Jaguar, Volkswagen, EPA, Acura.
Siemens to mass produce Uniti: Swedish start-up Uniti has just become serious about building its biodegradable compact EV as Siemens jumped on board. The initially crowdfunded company that received 1.2m euros, thus enters the realm of mass production that may start as early as next year, when 50,000 LEV could roll off the lines to be delivered by 2019. In order to do so, a fully automated factory will be build in either Malmö or Landskrona and Siemens has invested 3m euros in the company to date. The L7e vehicle weighs just 400 kilos and is planned with a range of either 150 or 300 km at a price from 200,000 kronas (21,000 euros). Battery options are 11 or 22 kWh while speed is capped at 90 to 120 kph – just in line with the speed limits on Swedish highways.
nordic.businessinsider.com, digital.di.se (in Swedish), youtube.com (Uniti video update)
Renault-Nissan to form LCV unit: The alliance has created a new business unit to combine its light commercial vehicle activities, including those of Mitsubishi. As partners, they will leverage complementary markets and products while maintaining their own brand identity. Two electric vans exist already with the Nissan e-NV200 and Renault Kangoo Z.E., plus Renault said it would electrify the Master model within this year reportedly.
First drive: Get a taste of the Jaguar I-Pace with this review by Matt Saunders. He found the electric SUV concept “stunning” and is delighted the team is working on a production version as they prototype.
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VW’s redemption starts: CARB has received the first 200m dollar instalment from Volkswagen as part of a plan on how to spend the money to serve ZEV. About 120m dollars shall be spend in California on EV charging infrastructure over the next 30 months following the diesel fraud, the rest is for EV demonstration purposes according to the plan, which the regulators have to accept first.
greencarcongress.com, arb.ca.gov (investment plan, pdf)
The ecological onslaught of the Trump administration continues as it seeks to roll back fuel economy regulations. This is welcomed by carmakers, who had lobbied against EPA rules under President Obama, but feared by environmentalists. The move to reopen the review has yet to be made officially.
Acura hybrid: There is a new hybrid out there, the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. It uses a V6 engine and three electric motors to produce a total system output of 321 hp. Prices start from 51,960 dollars.
Volkswagen, Eli Electric Vehicles, eRace, Jaguar, Chevrolet.
Another electric VW bus: VW unveiled its new electric concept car, the I.D. Buzz at the Detroit Motor Show. The minibus takes after the iconic VW bus and is slightly bigger than the BUDD-e, presented at CES last year (we reported). It is powered by two electric motors with a total output of 275 kW, while the 111-kWh battery pack allows for up to 270 miles of range (EPA) or 600 km (NECD). It is not clear when the I.D. Buzz will hit the road, but most likely not before the I.D. and an electric SUV, which VW will unveil in Shanghai.
greencarcongress.com, autonews.com, autocar.co.uk
Tiny e-car for the city: Start-up Eli Electric Vehicles presented its EV Zero in Las Vegas. The small electric car has some similarity with the Renault Twizy, bus has a closes cockpit and real doors. Its top speed is limited to 40 kph, while it can go 100 km on one charge. Zero will launch in Europe and the U.S. at the end of the year and will sell for around 10,000 dollars.
eRace hits track in Vegas: The first virtual eRace took place in Las Vegas over the weekend. Faraday Future Dragon Racing pilot Bono Huis took the crown, winning 200,000 dollars. Technically, Mahindra driver Olli Pahkala was the fastest, but only because he used a FanBoost incorrectly, activating it for six rounds and not six seconds. He therefore got a 12 second penalty and lost the top spot.
Electric two-seater by Jaguar? Auto Express reports that Jaguar may be working on a narrow two-seater electric city car, where the passengers would be seated behind the driver. The tiny EV could become available at the beginning of the next decade and would be built by company Magna in Graz (Austria).
EV crowned: Automotive journalists have cured the Chevy Bolt as “North American Car of the Year 2017.” It is the first time that an electric car has taken home the award. The Bolt is said to have won out mainly because it is believed to be a game changer in the automotive sector, as it offers more than 200 miles of range, while still being affordable.
usatoday.com, electrek.co, insideevs.com
Jaguar, SsangYong, Faraday Future, Tesla, Guangzhou Auto, ELI.
Jaguar looks to produce locally: The British carmaker says it wants to make the UK a global centre for battery research and development, as well as set up EV production facilities to meet further demand. The recently revealed I-Pace will initially be built by Magna Steyr in Austria (we reported), but as Jaguar Land Rover will reportedly offer electrified variants for half of its portfolio, it could move production to its home turf.
autocar.co.uk, telegraph.co.uk, autonews.com
SsangYong looks to electrify line-up: According UK boss Paul Williams, the South Korean carmaker will electrify a number of its current models in the coming four years, possibly even in cooperation with a bigger brand. While hybridisation is part of the plan, electrification is the long-term focus. SsangYong is meanwhile testing the electric version of its Tivoli
FF pushes back release date: As work at its production facility in Nevada has come to a halt (we reported), Faraday Future will apparently need to delay the launch of its first EV. The reason for the financial difficulties seems to be that financier LeEco, who is also working on an electric car, may have overreached in terms of funds and timing.
Newcomers: Forbes highlights five electric models from China that were unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show last week. The Changan BenBen, normally a popular petrol-powered mini car got an electric drivetrain, while Dongfeng presented its compact sedan Fengxing Jingyi S50 EV with 250 km range. The Trumpchi GS4 EV, a new SUV from Guangzhou Auto, can also go 240 km on one charge. The show also saw the presentation on a new electric van and light commercial truck.
News from Tesla: Following the first showroom inside a Nordstrom department store in LA (we reported) the carmaker now opened a second one in Charlotte, North Carolina. Meanwhile, in Germany, all Tesla Model S versions now qualify for federal subsidies, as the base price is less than 60,000 euros and bigger batteries or more performance are just “add-ons.”
charlotteobserver.com (showroom), manager-magazin.de (Germany; in German)
ELI hits the road: The small electric transporter was developed by Austrian SFL Technologies, who is ready to kick start production in January. At first, the company will manufacture 1,000 units that it won’t sell, but rent out completed with a comprehensive service package.
steiermark.orf.at (in German)
Jaguar, Audi, Tesla, Hyundai, NextEV, Toyota.
Jaguar EV unveiled: The British carmaker as lifted the curtain on its first all-electric model, the i-Pace, at the LA Motor Show. The design is exactly what one would expect from a Jaguar. The 36 modules of the 90kWh Li-ion battery pack sits between two axels and allows for a range of 300 miles (500 km). The two rare earth magnetic electric motors deliver 300 kW and 700 Nm of torque. The i-Pace can be charged with 50 kW using CCS – possible 150 kW when production kicks off.
Audi has big electric plans for China: As part of the longstanding joint venture FAW-Volkswagen, the German carmaker is looking to introduce five locally produced e-tron models in China over the course of the next five years. That will include all-electric cars with more than 500 km of range, since Audi wants to offer at least one China-build EV in all volume segments. Moreover, Audi is considering working with SAIC in the future.
Price hike in the U.S.: Tesla is adding an extra 2,000 dollars to the price tag of it Model S 60 from next Tuesday, increasing the base price from 66,000 to 68,000 dollars. Considering the 60 variant was only reintroduced in June, some speculate that the “old” pricing was put in place to boost sales and reach sales targets.
Long range Ioniq EV: Hyundai will introduce its purely electric newcomer in Europe early next year, promising 200 km of range. At the same time, the South Koreans are already planning an Ioniq with a bigger battery for 2018, allowing the EV to go 320 km on one charge.
NextEV teased: The Chinese start-up will take the wraps off its hypercar next week, already giving us a little taste of what’s to come. At least in terms of headlight design. The EV could boast as much a one MW of power.
Toyota C-HR tested: The drive is “forgettable,” Autocar writes in its review of the Toyota five-door hatchback. Still, the design is said to conquer the hearts of Europeans, as the Japanese expect to sell some 100,000 units per year on the old continent. After all, it’s “all of those Prius characteristics” repackaged, so the driver looks like “somebody with, y’know, an active lifestyle.”