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
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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
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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.”
Tesla, Jaguar, GM, Volvo, Oil Companies, DS.
Model S P90D discontinued: Tesla has removed the P90D option for both the Model S and X, leaving only the P100D but with ludicrous speed included. At the same time, a new glass roof has been added to the configurator, which removes the crossbar over the car’s B-pillar. On Twitter, Elon Musk hinted that for the Model 3 a roof with solar cells will “probably” become available.
electrek.co, autoblog.com, electrek.co (solar roof)
Jaguar enters electrification: Jaguar says it will bring its first electric car to debut at the L.A. Auto Show, which starts at Nov, 18. That is about all the company has said so far.
Chevy Bolt in production: GM has officially started production of the Chevy Bolt EV at the GM facility in Orion Township, Michigan. So far the hatchback is on a slow production line but it is the beginning.
Volvo to go with LG Electronics? The Swedish brand will supposedly work with Korean LG Chem to co-develop its autonomous and electric models in the future. The link has been established by industry insiders following a visit of Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson at LG’s campus in South Korea.
No redemption: The 10 biggest oil companies have announced a 1bn dollar fund to reduce their climate change guilt. Different from what was expected, it will not include renewables but focus on reducing leaks of natural gas, capturing and store emissions when gas is burned to produce electricity, and increasing the fuel efficiency of vehicles. So, they pay each other to keep business running as usual.
No more diesel-electric: The DS 5 Hybrid has been withdrawn from sale in Great Britain because it accounted for only 3 percent of the total DS 5 volume this year. This only applies on the isles.
BMW, Porsche, Karma, China, Jaguar, Electra Meccanica.
Two new BMW i by 2019? The Bavarians apparently want to push their EV portfolio, which is why the board won’t attend the Paris Auto Show. Instead, they will sit down to decide on their next move. Both an electric Mini and an electric SUV are on the table. Meanwhile, BMW is ready to invest in battery production and will build a factory for high voltage batteries in Shenyang in China.
reuters.com , chinadaily.com (battery production)
Panamera plug-in premiere: The second and most technical advanced version of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will officially be unveiled in Paris at the end of the month. It will go on sale in April 2017, starting at 107,533 euros. The second generation features a 14.1 instead of a 9.4 kWh battery and has a range of 50 km.
Karma returns: Following Fisker’s bankruptcy and a takeover by Wanxiang, the pioneering EV model returns almost unchanged. The Karma Revero boasts 301 kW, has a slightly larger 21.4 kWh battery pack and a range extender, allowing the car to go 480 km on one charge. The EV will at first only be available in the U.S. – from 130,000 dollars.
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Misuse of funds: China is accusing a total of 25 carmakers of cheating in the country’s subsidies programme for electric vehicles. On the list of offenders is also JAC, with whom VW is in talks about a possible joint venture. Nissan, Hyundai and Geely don’t seem to have a spotless record either. China spend 4.5bn dollars in subsidies for electrification last year alone.
Electric Jag before 2017 According to Autocar, the British manufacturer could present its electric SUV by the end of the year. It could be based on the same platform as the larger Range Rover Evoque-e, which was unveiled last year. The latter is not expected to launch before 2019. autocar.co.uk
Electric trike ready to launch: Canadian manufacturer Electra Meccanica now unveiled the serial production version of its electric trike Solo. Due to its low weight, the 16.1 kWh battery suffices for 160 km of range. Deliveries in Canada will kick off next year.
electrek.co, electriccarsreport.com, insideevs.com
Jaguar, Panasonic, University of Waterloo, A123 Systems, SoelCat 12.
Panasonic and Jaguar hit the track: The British carmaker officially presented its team and electric racer. The I-Type 1 will debut at the Formula E race in Hong Kong, sporting a black-turquoise colour scheme. Panasonic is official sponsor and partner.
Smart vehicle test lab: The University of Waterloo has opened its “cutting edge” GAIA Research Facility for the development and testing of electric vehicle technologies. By integrating batteries and drivetrains and simulating real-world driving, researchers hope to extend the life of batteries, work on bidirectional charging and advanced driver assistance programmes – also to optimise energy consumption.
Safer vehicle batteries are the focus of a cooperation between battery maker A123 Systems and the Argonne National Laboratory. The goal is to develop better cathodes for Li-ion batteries without losing energy density or affecting the lifetime. The project is schedule to last three years.
Sailing with solar power: The SoelCat 12 is the newest development of a Dutch company with the same name and especially aimed at eco-tourism. A solar roof powers the catamaran’s electric drivetrain and supplies battery with energy, so that the vessel can also operate during bad weather and at night. But the fun comes at a hefty price of 562,000 dollars.
Gigafactory, Mitsubishi, Tesla, Toyota, Jaguar, Cadillac.
Gigafactory opens its doors: Tesla’s battery factory celebrated a symbolic opening Friday, even though only 14 percent of the production site have been completed. At least production of the stationary Powerwall has already kicked off. Starting 2018, the factory is said to churn out batteries with a total capacity of 50 GWh per year and 150 GWh form 2020. Panasonic says it will raise 3.9bn dollars through corporate bonds, most of which will be invested in the Gigafactory. The supplier had promised 1.6bn dollars but already said that it would invest more if needed.
electrek.co (opening), youtube.com (Video), reuters.com, electrek.co (Panasonic)
U.S. Outlander debut delayed: The kick off for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in North America has again been pushed back – for the sixth time. The plan is now for it to debut in summer of next year. The plug-in’s premier in Canada and the U.S. had originally been scheduled for January 2014. Mitsubishi did not give an explanation for the new delay.
Tesla bus build on Model X: Tesla’s announced bus will use the Model X’s chassis, Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter. That means it could hit the road sooner than later. Moreover, the design is said to be inspired by the old VW buses.
Toyota faces range complaint: The Japanese manufacturer is being taken to court in the U.S. for false range advertising. The plaintiff says that instead of the promised 15 miles, the Toyota Prius can only go 8 miles electrically, and only during summer – not enough for his 12-mile commute to work. Toyota has yet to comment on the allegations.
Camouflaged Jaguar EV: New images are said to show a disguised prototype of the British electric SUV. Jaguar is planning to release two electric models (we reported) in 2019. The SUV in question will then go head to head with the Tesla Model X and Audi Q6 e-tron.
Cadillac CT6 PHEV is coming: The plug-in hybrid will arrive at Chinese dealerships this fall, before becoming available in the U.S. in 2017. The battery pack is still being made in the U.S. and shipped to China, but GM considers moving production to China in the future.
Mercedes, VDL, Jaguar, Keating Berus, Seoul, Mahindra Reva.
Electric truck from Daimler: As announced yesterday, Mercedes has unveiled the prototype of its Urban eTruck with a 26 ton permissible gross vehicle weight for short-radius distribution in cities. The truck features two 125 kW electric motors in the rear adjacent to the wheel hubs and has a modular battery pack with up to 212 kWh capacity that can be recharged using CCS. Range is estimated at 200 km. Daimler says that it won’t begin serial production before 2020.
greencarcongress.com, europe.autonews.com, daimler.com (drivetrain details)
Electric truck from VDL: Dutch manufacturer VDL is a little quicker than Mercedes and wants to offer a 37t truck for short-radius distribution in cities by 2017. Moreover, it says it will use locally developed and manufactured battery technology.
ed.nl (in Dutch) via primemovermag.com.au
Electric Jaguar duo? According to insider George Kacher from Automobile Magazine, the British carmaker is working on two electric vehicles – a sedan and an SUV. They are both allegedly being built by Austrian company Magma and will hit the road in 2019. The goal is to produce 30,000 electric sedans and 50,000 electric SUV per year.
British luxury EV: The unveiling of a new electric sports car from the UK at the luxury trade fair Top Marques 2017 in Monaco has already been announced. The Keating Berus is said to get an all-electric offshoot with around 300 kW. No further details are known.
Seoul gets even more generous: The city’s government announced that it will increase subsidies for electric vehicles. Private buyers as well as companies will thus receive an extra 2m won, which is just shy of 1,800 dollars per EV bought.
New Mahindra Reva EV? It looks as though the carmaker wants to launch two new electric models this year, though no details have been given price. The plans may surprise, as India is not exactly a soaring EV market. Only 753 electric cars were sold there in 2015.
Jaguar, China, Schaeffler, Heuliez Bus.
Will Jaguar build its own batteries? Together with Land Rover, the Brits are considering setting up a battery factory for their own emobility strategy, says The Times. Hundreds of pounds could be invested in the project. Whether the facility would be set up in the UK or a more cost effective region is still not clear.
Korean batteries excluded: The Chinese government is apparently going through with its plan (we reported), and will not subsidise EVs with battery packs from LG Chem or Samsung SDI. A list of companies subject to financial perks has been published – and does not include the Korean manufactures. Even though the latter have invested heavily in Chinese market in recent years.
Variable transmission for hybrids: Schaeffler has developed a CVT (continuously variable transmission) for plug-in hybrids. It features a parallel arrangement of the variator and the direct gear stage for the electric drive, is compact and has a low energy loss, allowing for more all-electric range and lower fuel consumption.
French battery alliance: Manufacturer Heuliez Bus is working with battery specialist Forsee Power in developing and producing a new battery system. It will be used for the all-electric Heuliez GX 337, which will be tested in Paris from July.