11.06.2018 - 11:20

Kia to offer Soul in Europe as electric car only

Kia wants to keep its Soul lineup exclusively electric in Europe. The decision was made against the backdrop of falling sales of the fossil-fuelled versions of their little car. A turbo Soul called the Final Edition marks the change.

15.05.2018 - 18:07

Kia to push first mild-hybrid system this year

Korea’s Kia will introduce their first 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain in the second half of 2018. The first model to utilise the compact system will be the Kia Sportage before the mild-hybrid will help along the Ceed as well from 2019.



05.05.2018 - 17:21

Kia presents serial version of the Niro EV

At a South Korean fair, Kia has now presented the serial version of their fully electric Niro. The Kia Niro EV will be released in Korea in July, and will be introduced to the European market after the Paris Motor Show in October.

11.04.2018 - 14:33

Wireless charging for Kia Soul EV

Kia America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) and Mojo Mobility have completed a three-year project to develop a wireless fast-charging system on a test fleet of Kia Soul EVs. The project claims 85% efficiency when charging with up to 10kW.



16.02.2018 - 20:41

Kia to partially electrify the new Ceed

Kia has announced that the third generation of their compact vehicle model Ceed will also be electrified but only partially so. In the coming year, the company plans to introduce a mild hybrid version of the car before adding a plug to the hybrid eventually.

09.01.2018 - 12:21

Kia unveils prototype of its Niro EV

Kia’s has put a prototype of its all-electric Niro on display in Las Vegas. The model’s 150 kW serial version shall hit the stores before the year’s end. According to the carmaker, it comes with a 64 kWh battery pack and reaches up to 382 km.

15.09.2017 - 11:14


Among all the save-the-world apostles FleetCarma’s video campaign stands out and puts the fun back into the whole driving story. Tagged #EVsAreBetter they released a series of short clips pointing out the obvious and not so obvious advantages of electric cars. Gas butler anyone? (gas butler), (all videos)

28.06.2017 - 09:08

Aston Martin, Renault, Seat, Kia, BMW, Shenzhen Wuzhoulong.

Aston Martin to limit RapidE: The British want to manufacture no more than 155 units of its all-electric RapidE from 2019. That is just one third of the amount announced initially. The reason is that Aston Martin quit its partnership (for this electric model) with Chinese company Le Eco due to the latter’s financial problems. Pre-orders with a down payment of 10 percent of the total 200,000 pounds shall be possible from August. The electric version of Aston Martin’s DBX is supposed to enter the market by 2019.

Renault-Kangoo-ZE-2015Pricing for Renault’s electric Kangoo: In Germany, net prices for the new Kangoo Z.E. with its 33 kWh battery start at 20,820 euros, the cheapest long version Kangoo Maxi is available for 22,820. For the first time, the French offer the battery for sale rather than lease only with its EV.

Seat to electrify its Cupra: The Spanish intend to create electric versions of its performance models called Cupra. So far, the Seat Leon is the only one existing as well in a Cupra version, but in 2018 an Ateca Cupra is to follow. Seat’s first EV model based on the MEB platform is due by 2019.

No electrification of Kia’s Stonic: The Korean car manufacturer denies rumours claiming an electric twin of its compact crossover Stonic at launch. Marketing head Seo Bo-won stated that there won’t be a hybrid version neither. The explanation is that Kia seeks to delineate the Stonic from the Niro.

BMW extends its U.S. factory: The Germans want to invest 600m dollars in Spartanburg, South Carolina and create 1,000 jobs over the next four years, BMW announced during its X3 model presentation. It seems likely, the planned X3 electric version will be made in Spartanburg from 2019, too.,

New electric bus for China: Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors has presented a 12 metre electric bus for the Chinese market. The Wuzhoulong F2 Felicity comes with a 250 kW drive from UQM and shall be particularly light and thus particularly energy-efficient.,

21.06.2017 - 08:45

Tesla, Hyundai, GAC, Mahindra, Kia, Phat Scooters.

tesla-chinaTesla’s China factory ready for realisation? The Californian EV maker is allegedly close to sign an agreement with the city of Shanghai in order to build a Tesla plant in the Lingang development zone. Bloomberg quotes insiders, stating the deal may be done before the week’s end. With the negotiations being private, it remains unclear, who may become Tesla’s joint venture partner required to be allowed to produce in China. Chinese internet giant Tencent only recently accumulated a 5 percent stake in Tesla but their role is likely to help with communications if anything. Once Tesla starts producing in China, the 25 percent import tax would become obsolete.

Hyundai gears up FCV: 3,600 units may be made of Hyundai’s new fuel cell serial model based on the FE Fuel Cell Concept presented at the Geneva Auto Salon. If insiders are right, that represents a significant increase compared to the predecessor ix35 Fuel Cell that sold less than 1,000 times to date. Hyundai’s motivation could be to surpass Toyota’s Mirai FCV, which has found almost 3,000 buyers.

GAC with concrete strategy: Seven new EV and PHEV models are set for launch before the year’s end, says GAC, thus manifesting previous announcements. The Chinese company wants to electrify 20 percent of the total sales volume of 1m cars by 2020. It also set sight on entering the States by 2019.

Mahindra doubles its investment into e-mobility as it earmarks up to 12bn rupees (167m euros) for its electric transport division. Mahindra Electric is then to provide electric propulsions to Mahindra and other OEMs. A new factory in Chakan to produce EVs and to install battery packs is underway as well.

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First photos of Kia Stonic: Ahead of its official debut at the IAA in September, pictures of Kia’s Stonic have appeared online. Like the recently unveiled Kona, the Korean compact crossover shall have an electric powered twin from launch.,

Phat market entry: 20 mph is the top speed of a new electric scooter supposed to go 30 to 50 miles on a single charge. Made by Arizona start-up Phat Scooters, the battery sits flush under the deck. Pre-orders are possible from this week onwards.,

12.06.2017 - 07:41

EV Sales by Hyundai and Kia.

In May an impressive 514,759 hybrid cars by Hyundai and Kia have been sold worldwide. Most popular was Hyundai’s Sonata Hybrid with 207,299 sales followed by Kia’s K5 hybrid also known as Optima (111,644) and lastly Kia’s Niro hybrid (87,992).

08.06.2017 - 07:26

Tesla Model Y, Fisker, Hyundai, Kia, California.

Tesla-Model-Y-TeaserFirst Model Y teaser: At its Annual Shareholder Meeting, Tesla has allowed a first glance at its Model Y by publishing an image that hides more than it reveals as usual. Still, Elon Musk confirmed at this occasion that their up-coming compact crossover will not be based on the Model 3, but bear its own platform and that sales shall start by 2019. The EV maker expects demand for the Model Y to be even higher than for the Model 3.,

Luxury EV for luxury price: The Fisker Emotion is going to hit the stores in 2019 with prices starting at 129,900 US dollars. Pre-ordering will be possible from 30th of June. Besides these new details, the carmaker also unveiled new images. Technically, the luxury EV shall reach 640 km thanks to an innovative graphen-based energy storage system and is claimed to charge extraordinary fast through Fisker’s proprietary ‘UltraCharger’.,,

Hyundai to increase EV production: The Koreans intend to increase the production of its Ioniq Electric from 1,200 to 1,800 cars monthly. Currently, clients have to wait 4 – 5 months. Half of the Ioniq production shall address the home market, half is to go abroad.

Outline of Kia’s Stonic: The Korean manufacturer has revealed first outlines of its compact crossover Stonic that is to be officially presented at the IAA and to hit the road before the year’s end. As reported, a fully electrified SUV version is part of the plan.,

Climate deal between CA and China: Irrespective Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord, representatives of California and China entered an agreement to work closer together for developing green tech. The MoU includes sectors like renewable energy as well as zero-emission vehicles, energy storage or grid modernisation.

Climbing Tesla insurance rates: AAA wants to increase rates for Model S and Model X owners by up to 30 percent. The insurer detected higher claim frequencies and costlier claims compared to other vehicles. Tesla called the analysis “flawed”.,,

16.05.2017 - 08:43

Mercedes, Hermes, Jeep, Lamborghini, BMW, Kia, Changan.

Mercedes-Benz-Elektro-Vans-300x150Strategic transport partnership: Mercedes and courier Hermes have finalised their previous agreement to make deliveries emission free. Hermes wants to deploy 1,500 electric Mercedes Sprinters and Vitos, first in Stuttgart and Hamburg but later nationwide. At the signing ceremony, they further detailed the deal. It includes plans for infrastructure for logistic hotspots, where the batteries assembled in Daimler subsidiary Accumotive’s new facility will be charged. The electric drives have been specifically developed by Mercedes to electrify its van business, which will also receive another 150m euros over the next few years., (in German)

Jeep offensive: The outdoor brand wants to offer hybrid versions of most of its eight models, FCA CEO Marchionne announced. The leap into electric terrain is to take place within the next 2-3 years, so it looks like the Yuntu PHEV, displayed in Shanghai, was more than just a concept to test the waters.

Lambo likes it large: The Urus SUV by Lamborghini will have 650 hp under the hood. A first production run will see an initial 1,000 units hitting the road next year but Lambo plans to scale up to 3,500 pieces annually. By 2019, the Urus will also come as PHEV variant featuring the same V8 engine.

Spyder up close: The upcoming roadster BMW i8 has been caught on camera and bared almost all, or at least parts of its convertible new side. The innards of the super hybrid are expected to be stronger comes 2018, when a 380 hp engine will be combined with a bigger battery pack.

Korea gets Kia Niro PHEV: Kia has begun to serve its local market, where it launched the dedicated plug-in hybrid as planned. The Niro went on sale for 33m Won (about 27,000 euros). Europeans will have to wait until autumn for the PHEV and Kia has scheduled an all-electric version for 2018.

Changan too bets on domestic buyers and just announced an electric version of its compact SUVs CS15, that will launch in China later this year. The Changan CS15 EV entails 55 kW and has a said range of up 300 km.

4 in 5 victories of this year’s Formula E racing series went to Swiss Sébastien Buemi. The Renault pilot just scored again at the ePrix in Monaco, where he overtook Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing)., (highlights)

12.04.2017 - 09:55

StreetScooter, Audi, Kia, Mahindra, GM, Chrysler.

StreetScooter-PostStreetScooter expands enormously: Deutsche Post DHL is taking its EV manufacturing business yet another notch up as the delivery service will open a second factory to produce the StreetScooter. Annual capacity will thus double to 20,000 electric vans and at least 50 percent will be made for third parties. Prices for a StreetScooter start at 32,000 euros and DHL hopes to interest municipalities and/or partners and fleets across Europe. No more specific location other than North Rhine-Westphalia has been given for the new production site yet.,,

E-tron Sportback Audi’s 2nd EV? 2018 will see the introduction of Audi’s first fully electric model. However, now another seems to be in the pipeline. Auto Motor und Sport believes the second EV is to be the e-tron Sportback, which could hit the shelves no later than 2019. (in German)

Kia gears up for its third EV in the meantime as the Korean brand is looking to electrify its compact SUV Stonic. An electric variant may be here as early as next year and will utilise technology from the Hyundai Ioniq Electric allegedly. With a larger battery than its brother in tech, the Kia Stonic EV may get 300 km far. If it makes it to market in time, it would be Kia’s third all-electric model after the Soul and expected Niro.,

Second-hand EVs: Mahindra ventures into the vintage market for electric cars as it authorises its subsidiary Mahindra First Choice Wheels (MFCWL) to open its platform for used EVs. It includes certification and warranty and enables clients to exchange, buy and sell pre-owned electric cars.

Ampera-e statistics: The European version of GM’s Bolt EV has made it onto our shores, at least on paper. First registrations of the electric Opel surfaced in Norway (13) and Germany (68) but were most likely logged in by dealers. Get ready to book your test ride. Deliveries officially start in May. (Norway), (Germany)

Talking about shipments: Chrysler is three months behind schedule for the Pacific plug-in hybrid. It will start shipping to U.S. dealerships only after Easter. Chrysler claims quality control for the delay.

04.04.2017 - 08:07

Tesla, Kia, Peugeot, Spyker, Formula E.

Tesla with record-breaking quarter: The American EV maker has accumulated 25,000 sales in Q1 2017, that’s 69% above the first quarter of 2016 and the company’s best result ever. The Model S accounts for 13,450 sales, the Model X for 11,550. Furthermore, 4,650 EV’s are currently on the way to their new owners and to be reflected in the second quarter’s statistics. Taking those into account, Tesla claims to have set a new record in production: 25,418 EV’s rolled off the lines this quarter.,,

Kia to introduce FCV: The Korean carmaker intends to launch its first FCV within three years time. The fuel cell Kia is to use hydrogen technology from Hyundai, due to launch by 2018. The FE Fuel Cell Concept of Hyundai could be seen recently on display in Geneva.

Peugeot to spice up SUV 3008: By 2019 the French carmaker intends to launch a high performance hybrid version of its new SUV 3008. While not quite a GTi, the PHEV will benefit from AWD and 300 hp under the hood. In the same year, Peugeot wants to offer an all-electric version of its 208.

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Hybrid SUV by Spyker: Dutch sports car maker Spyker is going hybrid with an SUV dubbed D8 Peking to Paris in memory of the firm’s participation in a rally of the same name in 1907. The luxury SUV is to couple a Koenigsegg V8 with an electric powertrain and may be shown in Geneva next year.

Crazy race: Abt Audi Sports driver Lucas di Grassi’s first win of the season in the Mexico City ePrix was most memorable. The Formula E driver started from 18th position and even had to make an extra pit stop to change his rear wing before taking and keeping the lead.,, (highlights)

22.03.2017 - 09:58

EV-Box, Hyundai, Germany, Chargemaster, Kia.

Home charging reloaded: Dutch EV-Box, which has recently been acquired by Engie, launched a new generation of EV charging devices. Elvi combines upgradable power capacity technology, smart interoperable stations as well as a modular design for installation and maintenance. It shall kick-off in both the States and Europe before the year’s end.

GUL campaign grows: Hyundai Motor UK has joined the Go Ultra Low campaign. The Korean carmaker will add its ix35 FCV and Ioniq EV to the product lineup, which are officially campaigning for the use of plug-in and fuel cell vehicles on the Isles. Hyundai thus joins the likes of Audi, BMW, Kia, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen on the consortium.,

Germany’s charging initiative is working at least for large utilities like E.On. Its regional subsidiaries have handed in applications for more than 700 charging points. Most requests for funding were submitted by Avacon, Bayernwerk, E.DIS and Hansewerk on behalf of municipalities.,

Chargemaster’s Polar network is to take on all former Source East charge points with complimentary upgrades. Source East will go out of business by the end of the month (we reported).

100 Soul EV order: Kia sold a whole bunch of its electric cars to one rental company on the Korean island of Udo. 100 Soul EV are on the way. To date, Kia sold 21,000 units worldwide since the Soul EV’s inception in 2014.

17.03.2017 - 08:06

Kia, Tesla, Lucid, Porsche, Toyota, EPA.

Breaking battery news: The 2018 Kia Soul EV is to get a new battery that can use full 30 kWh, up from 27 kWh. This increases the range to 250 km (NEDC) and new colours will be offered as well, documents leaked in Germany revealed. Europeans may order the Korean electric car immediately with deliveries set for June. Prices start from 29,490 euros before incentives, 600 euros more than before.,, (in German)

Risk reduction at Tesla: Ahead of the Model 3, the EV maker plans to raise 1.15bn dollars in equity and debt. CEO Elon Musk said he would invest 25m in shares himself, while the press release claims “risk reduction” as the reason behind this latest quest for money. 250m dollars will be in common stock and 750m in aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due in 2022.,,

Below Tesla is where Lucid Motor pricing positions its Air EV. The start-up just issued the base price for the Lucid Air luxury sedan – 52,500 dollars after federal incentives. Reservations can be made now with a 2,500 dollar deposit. The entry version comes with 294 kW and is just short of 400 km range (386km). Bigger battery packs will offer 500 – 640 km on one charge and up to 735 kW in the AWD variant of the Air. Naturally, the price of the top-of-the-line model will be above 100,000 dollars.,

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Cayenne power hybrid: Porsche plans to spice up its next-gen Cayenne range with a Turbo S E-Hybrid variant, the same 680 hp drive the Panamera hybrid utilises reportedly. Menawhile, spy shots reveal the new 911, which will include a PHEV version, too. (Cayenne), (911)

UK pricing for the Toyota Yaris has just come out. The hybrid with reengineered powertrain will be yours from 15,995 GBP, 200 pounds less than the version it replaces.

Fuel rules review confirmed: The Trump administration has taken the next step that may make it easier for firms to destroy the planet further. EPA has been charged to review its latest emission standards and decide on whether or not to modify them by April 1, 2018.,

08.03.2017 - 11:50

Volkswagen, Kia, Hyundai, Renault, Bentley.

VW-Sedric-300x150Meet Sedric, Volkswagen’s first truly driverless concept. The name stands for “self-driving car” and the electric vehicle is SAE level 5 autonomous and consequently comes without a steering wheel or pedals. Instead it bears a little garden in the front similar to Rinspeed’s Oasis study. If Sedric sees the sun, make it into serial production that is, it could serve car and ride sharing services.,, (presentation in Geneva)

Kia got the whole hybrid family together in Geneva, where the Korean carmaker displays both the PHEV variants of the Niro and the Optima Sportswagon. Both shall hit the market early this autumn.,

Hyundai’s hydrogen concept: The FE Fuel Cell Concept is on display in Geneva. It comes equipped with Hyundai’s 4th gen H2 technology, that is said to be 20 percent lighter and 10% more efficient than the one used inside the ix35 Fuel Cell. The study could go as far as 800 km and elements of it may make it into Hyundai’s H2 SUV due in 2018.,,

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Super-fast and extra-strong Zoe: Renault took its little EV and gave it a mighty makeover. The ZOE e-sport Concept boasts two electric drives that propel it with 460 hp from 0 – 100 in 3.2 seconds. The French’s involvement in the Formula 1 shows here and while the power Zoe will never see a regular road, “she” serves as proof of concept beautifully.,,

Bentley sportive in Geneva: The British surprise in Switzerland as they presented an electric sports car. The two-seater EXP 12 Speed 6e EV Concept is based on the 2015 EXP 10 Speed 6 hybrid study. This year, the EV is top less but details are scarce.,,

07.03.2017 - 10:14

PSA + Opel, Mercedes AMG, Mahindra, Tesla, Polaris, Kia.

PSA buys Opel: The deal is done, the French group acquired GM’s Opel/Vauxhall brand for 2.2bn euros and thus creates a new European car force. The agreement includes the Ampera-e aka Chevy Bolt technology but Peugeot, Citroen and now Opel would be wise to develop their own electric offering rather sooner than later. PSA is indeed determined to make its new family member profitable within three years, although Opel recorded its 16th consecutive full-year loss. GM will receive 1.32bn euros for the brand’s manufacturing arm in both cash and PSA share warrants. The remaining 900m euros will be paid by the Paris-based carmaker and BNP Paribas for the financing side of Opel-Vauxhall.,,

This is the first EQ Power+ model and also Mercedes AMG’s premier in-house developed sedan. While the teaser video does not reveal too much of the AMG GT Concept destined to debut in Geneva, it will almost certainly be offered as PHEV, because it bears the EQ Power+ label visibly – EQ Power+ reportedly is the new label Daimler reserved for high performance hybrids.,,

Indian e-racer? Mahindra wants to utilise its Italian design studio Pininfarina for its own line-up to develop an electric sports car. A feasibility study is underway already, according to the Economic Times, and will be completed within the next three to six months.

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Tesla readies its Korea launch with first showrooms due to open soon in Seoul and Hanam. Furthermore, the EV maker is setting up Superchargers as well as a network of Destination Chargers. (showrooms), (infrastructure)

Polaris wants to build e-motorcycles again despite the defeat of its Victory brand. A new electric motorbike will bear the label Indian and can be expected within 4 – 5 years, the company said.

Kia electric in China: The Korean carmaker plans to use its Chinese JV Dongfeng Yueda Kia to build an electric sedan this year. The 300E from the sub-brand Horki is based on the Kia Cerato and will only be available in China, where Kia just started to sell its hybrid Niro as well. The crossover goes from 149,800 yuan (about 20,500 euros) and thus rivals BYD’s Yuan SUV that costs 50,000 yuan more. Kia has to act aggressively as its sales in China plummeted by almost 40% from a year earlier.

20.02.2017 - 12:15

Opel, Kia, Schaeffler, Electric GT, Ineos, Toyota.

EV-only Opel to go through? GM’s European brand may indeed go all-electric as planned even if sold to PSA, Manager Magazin reports. GM would licence its electric car tech to the French group, at least for the Ampera-e. So it is possible PSA will put the idea Opel had been working on into practice., (original source)

Kia Niro fully electric by 2018: Like Hyundai with the Ioniq, Kia is to electrify the Niro successively. Already this year, the hybrid crossover will get a plug and by 2018, there will be a Niro EV, COO Michael Cole announced. The E-Niro will utilise the Ioniq Electric’s motor. via,

Schaeffler completed the acquisition of Compact Dynamics as planned. With the integration of the expert for electric drives, Schaeffler strengthens its e-mobility activities.

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Electric GT to kick off in England: The world’s first electric GT racing series, which uses remodelled Tesla Model S P100D, will launch at the UK Silverstone Circuit on August, 12. More races will take place in the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal Spain and France until November.

Land Rover Defender inspired: Chemical company Ineos plans to build a hybrid and/or entirely electric 4×4 that takes inspiration from the Defender, Autocar reports. 2020 is set as production start and the firm plans to produce up to 15,000 units annually.

Toyota pushes hybrids in India,where it just launched the Camry Hybrid as well as the new Prius. The Japanese see India as a “crucial” market for green technology. Also, Indian carmaker Mahindra Electric wants to scale up production at its Karnataka facility from 2,000 to 5,000 units by next year. (Toyota), (Mahindra)

07.02.2017 - 10:55

Tesla Model 3, Kia Niro.

Research tip: Enter the minds of Tesla buyers and you find that Model 3 reservists are ready to pay 48,000 dollars. The main difference between Model S and X owners is that the latter spent 30% more on their car. Both groups are of an average age of 53, while Model 3 holders are ten years younger.

Reading tip: Kia’s Niro has joined a fleet and Stuart Milne looks back at the first 800+ miles with the dedicated hybrid. While it looks are rather “prosaic,” its economy translated into the real world and stands at a “respectable” 51 mpg.

24.01.2017 - 09:02

China, Subaru, BYD, Scotland, Mitsubishi, Kia.

Subsidy update from China: According to Reuters, the Chinese government has published a new list of electric and hybrid cars eligible for subsidies. It contains 185 models so far and will be amended at a later date. It now also includes cars with batteries from LG Chem and Samsung SDI, which were excluded in 2016.

01_Subaru_XV_2._Generation_Genfer_Autosalon_300x150pxSubaru XV as hybrid: Subaru will premier its second generation XV at the Geneva Motor Show. So far, the XV is only offered as a hybrid in Japan and the U.S., but will now also debut in Europe. The platform, on which the XV is based, would also allow for a pure EV model.

BYD increases output: The Chinese manufacturer wants to increase production of electric and hybrid vehicles this year in order to cut cost. The reason is that the Chinese government has lowered subsidies by about 20 percent. A loss that the company now needs to compensate by slashing production cost by about 5-10 percent.

Scotland to ban combustion engines? To reach the country’s CO2 reduction goals, a new strategy paper suggests setting up an energy task force that will ban all diesel and petrol cars from cities by 2025. The government is expected to publish the draft next week. To what point the energy task force will be mentioned remains to be seen.

New Outlander priced: Mitsubishi UK now offers the new generation of the plug-in variant starting at 34,749 pounds (before the 2,500 pound subsidy). The new model comes with an “EV Priority Mode” and shorter charging times.

Kia Niro Hybrid gets price tag: The car will start at 22,890 dollars in the U.S. and will already roll to dealerships there in the first three months of 2017. Pricing for higher trim levels nor the destination charged were announced so far.

18.01.2017 - 09:35

Audi, Oslo, Kia, Citroen, Chevy, Tesla.

Five new e-trons for China: Audi and its Chinese joint venture partner signed off their 10-year strategic plan. Next to forming its own brand for mobility and digital services, the two companies are also planning to produce five more e-tron models in China, on top of the already scheduled A6 L e-tron und Q7 e-tron, and introduce them to the market there. That includes purely electric vehicles.,,

NOx-Belastung-Oslo-1000x500-300x150Diesel-ban in Oslo: The Norwegian capital banned private diesel cars from its roads on Tuesday and Wednesday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The ban could be extended. German magazine Der Spiegel reports that Oslo even wants kick all vehicles with combustion engines out of the inner city ring by 2024.,, (in German)

Kia Stinger update: According to Auto Express, Kia could launch an all-electric version of the Kia Stinger GT, which it presented at the Detroit Motor Show. The sleek five-door GT would then rival the upcoming Tesla Model 3, but is not said to hit the road before 2019. But it could then be fitted with level 3 or 4 autonomous features.

SUV Aircross as PHEV: Citroën wants to introduce its SUV Aircross to the Chinese market at the end of the year. It will also be available as a seven-seater, as well as a plug-in hybrid from 2018.

Rollout plan: GM has published a rollout schedule for the Chevrolet Bolt in the U.S. The EV is currently only available at dealerships in California and Oregon, but can already be ordered in a total of seven states. By September, the Bolt will be available across the United States.

Tesla referral programme: Tesla launched a new round of its referral programme until March 15th. Clients who successfully refer seven new buyers will receive two invitation to the Model 3 delivery event. Those who sell five vehicles get a limited-edition Powerwall and those with three successful referrals get a Model S for kids. Tesla also kicked off an annual awards programme. The first person to successfully refer 20 new buyers in each sales region – North America, Europe, or Asia Pacific – will get a Tesla Model S or X P100D.,

12.01.2017 - 09:24

Mercedes AMG, Tesla, Kia, BYD, Munro Motor.

mercedes-amg-project-one-teaser-hypercar_300x150pxHybrid anniversary gift: The Mercedes-AMG hyper car that will hit the road for the companies 50th anniversary, will be called Project One. It will be presented at this year’s IAA. Mercedes-AMG meanwhile released a new teaser and confirmed that the vehicle will be fitted with the hybrid drivetrain from the current Formula One racer.,,

New Autopilot programme lead: Chris Lattner, an 11-year Apple veteran and creator of the Swift programming language, has taken a new job as Vice-President of Autopilot Software at Tesla. He takes over the steering wheel from Jinnah Hosein, SpaceX’s Vice President of Software, who will now fully focus his time on the space venture.,,

New electrified car? Kia unveiled a four-door sports limousine called Stinger at the NAIAS in Detroit. Autocar reports that the new car could be made available as a hybrid variant – and possible even as a purely electric vehicle.

BYD expands: The Chinese manufacturer wants to kick off construction of two new factories in Latin America before the end of the year. It will serve as production site for electric busses for the local market, as well as complement existing production facilities for the U.S., Hungary, and Brazil.

Chinese Munro Motor presented a retro-style electric moped. The Munro 2.0 weighs just above 35 kg and features a Bosch electric motor. Top speed is capped at 28 mph (45 kph and the exchangeable battery pack has enough capacity for 30 miles (50 km) of range. In China, pricing start at around 800 dollars, while the e-moped will be offered in the U.S. for 1,700 dollars from April.,

22.12.2016 - 09:09

EU, Volkswagen, BMW, Tesla, Kia, Renault.

Finer emission testing: EU nations voted for stricter emission rules for gasoline engines. Real-world emissions testing will thus include ultrafine particles. The new rules will apply for all new car models by September 2017, although carmakers had called for the rules to be delayed until 2019. By September 2018, all new vehicles will have to abide.

VW got a deal on 3l diesels: Volkswagen reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the state of California on 3.0L diesels. The German carmaker will pay 225m dollars into an environmental fund and 25m to CARB. But VW is also allowed to recall 75% of diesels (63,000) in order to bring them into compliance – if EPA and CARB approve the measure and a judge the deal.

BMW 5 PHEV pricing: BMW UK issued pricing for the 5 series plug-in hybrid. The 530e start at 43,985 GBP and will hit the shelves in February 2017.,


Tesla takes credit: The EV maker added 500m dollars to its credit lines as it prepares to expanse its production facilities for the Model 3. The deal increased two existing debts with Deutsche Bank.
The anti-Prius: Kia has made a true Prius-fighter with the Niro. Apart from being an efficient hybrid equipped with “fancy technology”, the Niro is “as normal as possible” according to Joel Stocksdale.

Review Renault: Neil Winn drove the 2016 Renault Zoe R90 Signature and found an electric car that is suitable for more people “than ever” as its range improved a lot with the 41 kW/h battery.

15.12.2016 - 09:13

Opel, Renault, Honda, Elon Musk, Kia.

The Opel Ampera-e can now be ordered in Norway, where it will become available this spring, followed by Germany, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland. The EV is listed for the equivalent of 32,300 euros, though the price won’t translate to other markets. With the exception of Norway, where every Opel dealer will offer the Ampera-e, the car will only be sold at select locations, while the number available is also limited. In the U.S. the first three Chevy Bolt have now been delivered to customers in San Francisco., (Opel), (Bolt)

Zoe gets CCS: Eric Feunteun, head of emobility at Renault, confirmed to French Autoactu that the Zoe will be equipped with a CCS inlet by 2019. Whether the current generation Renault Zoe can support 150 kW is not clear but likely, since Renault is expected to use the same battery technology in models to come. (in French),

Honda electrifies: The Japanese want to offer plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars in its small car segment by 2020, Autocar reports, quoting Honda’s head of sales Jean Marc Streng. The Honda Jazz could be one of the first models to be fitted with an electric drivetrain.

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Change of personnel: Gilles Normad will become Senior Vice-President Electric Vehicles at Renault from January 1st. Normad previously headed the automaker’s Asia/Pacific region, focusing on the expansion into China. The French are now gearing up for a surge in EVs and also hired a chief engineer for electric drivetrains.,

Musk to advise Trump: The Tesla CEO, as well as Uber boss Travis Kalanick have joined Donald Trump’s advisory council called Strategic and Policy Forum. Though Musk was most likely asked to join the team not for him pushing electric cars, but his company SpaceX.,

Kia Niro Hybrid reviewed: It’s a good car for those who don’t like the futuristic lines of the Toyota Prius, but essentially, the latter is the better hybrid, Auto Express finds. Though unlike the Japanese, Kia uses lithium-ion polymer technology, doubling its battery’s energy density and cutting down weight.

27.09.2016 - 08:43

Nissan, BYD, Chevy, VW, Kia, Audi.

New Nissan EVs? The Leaf might get company soon as Nissan considers to electrify more segments. A small EV with technology from the Renault Zoe is possible, while an electric SUV or crossover may be offered on the European market. Nissan invested 5.4bn dollars in electric cars such as the Leaf and must make sure to satisfy “as many types of customer as possible,” Gareth Dunsmore, head of Nissan’s EV programme in Europe said.

BYD growing in Europe: The IAA saw the Chinese firm present an electric coach for sightseeing and shuttle duties which can travel up to 200 km on one charge. Furthermore, BYD plans to build a production facility for buses in Europe, which will likely be set up in Hungary.

How to order a Chevy Bolt: GM released the Chevy Bolt EV “Ordering Guide” that lists all available options. CCS fast-charging is 750 dollar extra for example. Colours range from metallic to blue and red. There is only one 60 kWh battery option as expected.

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e-Up facelift: The new e-Up has arrived at Volkswagen dealers. The updated electric version is available from 26,900 euro. Both the stadard equipment as well as infotainment functions have been extended, while the range of the small electric car remains the same.

Soul update: Kia is tweaking its Soul crossover range. The design will be updated and a new petrol engine offered. If the Kia Soul EV will be improved, i.e. with longer range, is not yet known.

Audi loses its drive as its head of powertrain development, Stefan Knirsch, stood down following his suspension by the brand. Knirsch is accused of being involved in the Volkswagen diesel scandal.,

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