BMW & JLR to cooperate on development
The BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover are joining forces to develop the next generation of electric drives. It will apparently be some time before the parts jointly developed in Munich can be used in production cars.
The best April Fools
Germany’s seriously funny jokes: German-language publication Blick listed our April Fools joke article, “German carmakers show full e-mobility commitment,” among the best April Fools jokes of the automobile industry. Here, we give you serious insight into some of the best jokes from 1 April.
JLR installs 166 NewMotion charging points
Jaguar Land Rover has had NewMotion (Shell) install 166 charging points at their development centre in Gaydon. The 7 kW chargers are ready for employee use. JLR will also install charging stations in the Gaydon visitor car park and later at other locations in the UK.
Range Rover plans for a PHEV Evoque
Range Rover has introduced the second generation of the compact SUV Evoque, and simultaneously announced that variants with a 48 volt mild hybrid would be offered within twelve months of the introduction of the next-gen vehicle.
Dyson, Genesis, Land Rover, Renaul, Acura, Lexus.
Dyson’s secret EV: The hoover manufacturer is building an electric car, The Guardian has learned, quoting internal government documents. Dyson’s endeavour will be funded with 174m pounds from the government and could create as many as 500 jobs in British Malmesbury. Just a few days ago, Dyson CEO Max Conze announced that the company wants to invest 1m pounds in battery production by 2020.
Genesis from Hyundai: The latest concept for Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis has been unveiled in New York. The 242 hp hybrid sports sedan is equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and could give a glimpse of the future of the G70, a possible 3-series rival.
Upcoming Range Rover: Details of the upcoming Range Rover are being kept largely under wraps. The “Sports Coupé” will share the alloy chassis of the Jaguar F-Pace and Autocar speculates that it will include an all-electric powertrain, which Jaguar previously developed for the I-Pace, as well as a hybrid option. The vehicle will be priced at around 90,000 pounds.
Renault recalls: Bad news for Renault owners. 10,649 Zoe are being recalled due to rupturing brake fluid hoses. There are, as of yet, no confirmations that the faulty hoses have led to any accidents on the road. Nonetheless, those cars built between 2012 and 2014 are being thoroughly checked.
Acura MDX: Honda’s luxury brand took the wrap of the 2017 MDX in New York. The MDX Sport Hybrid features not one, but three electric motors and a 3.5-litre V6 engine with a combined output of 325 hp. The 2017 variant will go on sale this summer, with the Sport Hybrid to follow soon thereafter.
Lexus extended: A three-row variant of the Lexus RX is on its way for late 2017, possibly early 2018. According to Autonews, Lexus recently trademarked the names RX 350L and RX 450hL, leading many to speculate the new car will be offered both with a standard V6 engine and as a hybrid. However, apart from the extra seats, styling will stay true to the original.
Land Rover, Intelligent Energy, Wrightbus, Li-ion battery.
Electric trio: Jaguar Land Rover graced the Low Carbon Vehicle Event with three electrified concept cars. The Concept_e MHEV is a mild hybrid based on the Range Rover Evoque, while the Concept_e PHEV leans on the Range Rover Sport. The presented all-electric Concept_e BEV features two electric drives. All three use the in-house developed electric drive module (eDM).
Fuel cell trio: Intelligent Energy showcased its fuel cell technology at Millbrook. The ZERE van utilises a fuel cell as range extender, while the London Taxi on display runs solely on hydrogen, as does the ENV (Emissions Neutral Vehicle) motorcycle and Burgman scooter developed together with Suzuki.
Electric bus range: British Wrightbus is working on a series of electric buses said to be ready for testing early 2016. The company is building the vehicles to a modular concept so that it can offer single- and double-deck buses on the same platform. Inductive charging is an option as well.
Li-ion research: Researchers from MIT, Argonne National Laboratory and UC Berkeley developed a new class of high capacity cation-disordered oxides for Li-ion battery cathodes. The disordered material is said to facilitate diffusion.
Venucia, VW, Land Rover, Consumer Reports, Experian Automotive.
Venucia e30 ahead of schedule: The Chinese ‘Leaf’ by Dongfeng-Nissan will go on-sale as Venucia e30 in China this September already and not by the end of 2015 as originally announced. The launch follows EV pilot programs in Guangzhou, Xiangyang and Dalian with 300 EVs driving one million kilometres.
VW means business: Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has specified what he calls “the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China’s automotive history” (we reported). Until 2018, VW will invest 25 billion dollars and create about 20,000 jobs in China.
Hybrid Land Rover for China: Land Rover is presenting its Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase at the Beijing Autoshow. According to the Brits, it will be the first diesel hybrid to be offered in China and can be ordered from May. A 292 hp diesel engine is coupled with a 35 kW electric motor which enables electric driving for one mile at speeds of up to 30 mph.
Secret shopping for EVs: The American Consumer Reports send 19 secret test shoppers to 85 car dealers in the U.S. to buy an electric car. It turned out that the more a sales person knew about EVs, the more he or she encouraged the secret testers to buy one while poor knowledge even led to outright discouragement.
consumerreports.org via transportevolved.com
EV vs hybrid buyers: A study of Experian Automotive showed that buyers of electric cars were younger and wealthier than those buying hybrids in 2013. Furthermore, EV sales grew by 245% compared to 2012 while hybrid sales only increased by 19%.
nytimes.com, electriccarsreport.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk
See-through Land Rover.
In New York, Land Rover will present its Discovery Vision Concept that enables the driver to look what lies directly ahead or better underneath. Cameras at the front of the car feed a Head-up display and thus create the illusion of a transparent bonnet. Anticipatory driving has just reached a new level!
puregreencars.com (with video)
All-electric Land Rover, The Electric Car Revolution.
Video tip 1: In his latest episode of ‘Fully Charged,’ Robert Llewellyn is taking an experimental all-electric Land Rover Defender not on a safari, but on a rather wild tour through the English countryside. Do not expect roaring, but reassuring re-gen humming and occasional sounds of excitement from the drivers.
youtube.com (Video) via electric-vehiclenews.com
Video tip 2: While Renault is the producer of this documentary about the history of electric cars, it does not fail to include all pioneers of the past and present regardless of their brand and name.
ev.com (with Video)