Varta & KTM developing battery platform for bikes
German battery group Varta is cooperating with the Austrian two-wheeler manufacturer KTM in the field of low-voltage battery platforms for electric two-wheelers from 250 watts to 20 kW peak power. The duo aims to “set accents in the development of two-wheeled electric vehicles.”Weiterlesen
Major motorcycle makers to standardise battery swaps
Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Piaggio have founded a ‘Swappable Batteries Consortium for Motorcycles and Light Electric Vehicles’. Starting in May, motorcycle makers want to define replaceable battery system standards for use in L-category vehicles.Weiterlesen
KTM and Bajaj are to cooperate on electric bikes
The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM Industries and the Indian vehicle manufacturer Bajaj Auto are planning the development of a common 48-volt platform for electric two-wheelers in the power range from 3 to 10 kW. Series production is to begin at the Bajaj production site in Pune, India, by 2022.Weiterlesen
KTM to invest half a billion euros in e-bikes
The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer has announced plans to invest 500 million euros over the next five years in developing light electric motorcycles, as well as other research and development. For this venture, they secured a 120 million euro loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).Weiterlesen
EU project RESOLVE presents light electric vehicles
The EU project RESOLVE a consortium of 14 partners including Piaggio and KTM has yielded results. They presented a series of technologies and prototypes of light electric vehicles that now await commercialisation.Weiterlesen
Moto GP, KTM, Visedo, Kenworth.
Moto GP comes together: The electric motorcycle racing series planned by promoter Dorna is taking shape. Four manufacturers agreed to deliver 18 electric race bikes with a speed of around 200 kph. They shall last for at least ten laps in each of the five Moto GP races starting from 2019.
Street-legal KTM e-bike: Electric racing series such as the Moto GP may well aid sales of bikes like this KTM. The E-Duke would be the Austrian brand’s first dip into road legal territory and is at prototype stage. Production is not yet underway, because battery prices are still too high.
Föri the electric ferry: Finland’s oldest ferry has been rejuvenated with an all-electric propulsion from Visedo. The 113 year old vessel now silently glides back and forth on Aura River and charges overnight. The Visedo system is eight tons lighter than the diesel set up it replaced.
SoCal’s ports’ electrification progresses fast as with US Hybrid another maker jumps on board the hybrid truck market after Kenworth. Its Class 8 port drayage truck features a fuel cell and will be operated at the harbours of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
PSA, Skoda, Chevrolet, KTM, Solar Impulse 2, Larte Design.
New PSA EVs: The next generation of electric Peugeot and Citroen small cars can be expected by 2020, CEO Carlos Tavares announced. As PSA is developing the new models from scratch, the EVs are said to be cheaper and have more range than current models that are based on Mitsubishi’s iOn and C-Zero. Furthermore, PSA is working on its first plug-in hybrid to debut in 2019. While the “architectural aspects” of the PHEV are set, the choice of battery technology is still being discussed.
Skoda EV to arrive sooner than expected? Apparently, Skoda will offer an electric version of its Citigo by 2018 or 2019, German Auto Bild suggests. The small EV would have a 200-km range at a price of 15,000 euros. A plug-in hybrid variant of the Superb is scheduled for 2018.
autobild.de (in German)
Pricing for the new Volt: The next-gen Chevrolet Volt will be sold in U.S. starting at 33,995 dollars before federal and state incentives, meaning the new Volt will cost 1,200 dollars less than the current model. The car will go into production this August and will hit dealerships shortly after.
Road-ready e-motorcycle: KTM launched the third member of its Freeride family of electric motorbikes. The Freeride E-SM is designed for tarmac use and the electric drive delivers a peak output of 16kW and 42Nm. The bike will be available in Europe already this month.
The Solar Impulse crew is about to embark on the most challenging leg of its sun-powered flight, as they are about to take off from China for a non-stop flight to Hawaii. The 8,500 kilometre (5,270 mile) flight across the Pacific is expected to take five to six days – with only one pilot.
900 hp Tesla? Russian tuner Larte Design plans to increase the output of the Model S P85D to 900 hp, giving it a 29 percent power boost. Still, Larte claims the extra strength would not deplete the battery any faster than usually. Obviously, a new body kit and more sound are part of the package.
SK Continental, B-Class ED, ZAP Jonway & AIMA, Brazil, KIA, KTM.
Bye-bye EV battery: The joint venture between Germany’s Continental and South Korea’s SK Innovation, established in 2013, might come to an end. Developing batteries for EVs is just not paying off, executives say, as the market is increasing more slowly than expected. Continental doesn’t see “any economic basis in the medium-term for the business operations in our joint venture” and “existing activities and investments have already been reduced considerably,” Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of Continental’s Executive Board, stated.
Sales kick off for B-Class ED in Germany: Pricing starts at 39,151 euros (49,186 USD), while the electric cars can be leased at a monthly rate of 399 euros (501 USD). The B-Class ED comes in three equipment lines and with an “Exclusive package” for an additional 1,309 euros (1,644 USD).
ZAP-AIMA deal: The Chinese-American company ZAP Jonway has signed a deal with electric motorcycle manufacturer AIMA in order to develop a new version of the Urbee, Starting in January, the new model will be sold via the 2,000 AIMA dealerships in China.
Brazil to introduce subsidies: Minister for development Mauro Borges said at the Sao Paulo International Motorshow that Brazil will introduce subsidies for manufacturers of electric and hybrid vehicles. A few weeks ago, the government had announced that it would cut import duties for hybrid vehicles only, because it feared the national grid could not support EVs (we reported).
laht.com, greencarreports.com (earlier report)
Driving the Kia Soul EV: The Telegraph is not the “biggest fan” of the EV from South Korea, saying that performance nods off at about 50 mph and that the car “shivers and shakes on anything but billiard tables.” Lastly, pricing is an issue and the Kia Soul EV costs about as much as the BMW i3 in the UK.
Riding the KTM Freeride E-SX: The electric off-road motorcycle weighs only 108 kilos and the battery last for a maximum of 45 minutes of “moderate driving,” but can be swapped easily. Moreover, range is not really an issue, as KTM hopes to set up E-Park off-road tracks, where one can easily change or charge a bike.
Peugeot, KTM, Lamborghini, Kia, Renault, Volvo.
New Peugeot PHEV concept: The French carmaker will chose his home show in Paris to present its crossover study called Quartz. Its design speaks of strength which is matched by a 500-hp plug-in hybrid drivetrain featuring one petrol engine and two electric drives.
Freeride E is ready: KTM finally presented its new electric Freeride E. It will be available in two different trims from October in Europe. With 42 Nm torque and 16 kW peak power, the Freeride can run for an hour with its removable 2.6-kWh battery. Price: 10,995 euros (14,200 dollars).
Lamborghini released a teaser image ahead of the Paris Motor Show. The graphic only shows a few lines but came with the slogan: “Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it.” Is the brand talking about two power sources and thus working on a plug-in hybrid?
Kia’s mild hybrid: The Korean company will show its diesel mild hybrid system at Paris Motor Show. It debuted earlier this year in Geneva and is now ready to be put to use in a concept Kia Optima T-Hybrid.
As exclusive as it gets: Top Gear got the chance to test drive Renault’s Eolab concept which will only be unveiled in Paris. They tried everything, from the “comfy seats” to the mainly electric “weekday” drive mode made for commuting and the “weekend” hybrid mode for more fun. We now know: this “concept” is actually a fully functional prototype. Still, Renault says it will not go serial.
Volvo XC90 R: The Swedish carmaker will unveil its new SUV in the R-design in Paris. It will become available to order next month and also the hybrid XC90 can be bought in the R-look that features a sportier look and includes paddle shifters and sports pedals.