JLR announces long-term Formula E plans
Jaguar Land Rover officially announces the long-term continuation of its Formula E commitment. When the technologically refreshed Generation 3 cars make their debut at the start of the 2022/23 season, Jaguar Racing will once again be represented by two electric racers.Weiterlesen
JLR reveals hydrogen-powered Land Rover Defender
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is developing a fuel cell-powered prototype of the Land Rover Defender, which is due to start testing in the UK later this year. The H2 off-road vehicle is being created as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s research and development into future technologies.Weiterlesen
JLR planning 800-Volt platform for future electric vehicles
After Jaguar Land Rover recently presented its ‘Reimagine’ strategy, new details about Land Rover’s electrification plans have surfaced. This time, the company also envisions a date for full electrification set against a new 800-Volt platform.Weiterlesen
Land Rover WLTP reality check
Land Rover has now had to admit that it is currently unable to meet the initially promised data on CO2 emissions and electric range for the plug-in hybrid versions of the Evoque and Discovery Sport. The sale of the hybrid vehicles has therefore been temporarily suspended.Weiterlesen
Four manufacturers already met EU CO2 targets by Q3
Based on their sales figures for the first half of 2020, the PSA Group, Volvo, FCA and the BMW Group already meet the EU targets for average CO2 emissions from new cars, as shown by an analysis by Transport & Environment.Weiterlesen
Land Rover Defender comes as plug-in hybrid in 2021
Land Rover has announced a new model year of the Defender, which JLR will offer as a plug-in hybrid for the first time. The 297 kW motor for the PHEV that sells under the name Defender P400e (for 400 hp) is already familiar from the manufacturer’s other models.Weiterlesen
JLR progresses project Zeus to push FCEV for mid-2020
Jaguar Land Rover is working with partners in the British government-sponsored ‘Zeus’ project to develop fuel cell versions of its larger vehicles. A drivable prototype is to be available shortly.Weiterlesen
UK government boosts electric automotive sector
The UK government has awarded £73.5 million in funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre. This includes ten projects in the automotive sector to develop technologies to reduce CO2 emissions. A significant proportion of the money is being spent on furthering electric vehicle production and technology.Weiterlesen
BYD & JLR consider battery factory in the UK
According to insider information, BYD is considering building a battery cell factory in the UK to supply Jaguar Land Rover. Corresponding talks between BYD and JLR are currently underway. However, the unclear future trade relationship of Great Britain with the EU is delaying BYD’s decision.Weiterlesen
Land Rover introduces hybrid Evoque & Discovery Sport
Land Rover has introduced its two smallest SUVs, Evoque and Discovery Sport, with a specially developed plug-in hybrid drive. Both models are also available for immediate order.Weiterlesen
JLR to convert Castle Bromwich to e-mobility centre
According to a media report, Jaguar Land Rover wants to expand its historic plant in Castle Bromwich into a production centre for electric vehicles. The first three models have also already been named.Weiterlesen
GKN Automotive and Delta join forces on e-drives
GKN Automotive and Delta Electronics are launching a strategic cooperation for the development and marketing of electric drives for the 80 to 155 kW power class. The drives from the joint development are to be launched on the market in three years.Weiterlesen
UK: JLR to create “powerhouse of e-mobility in the Midlands”
Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to manufacture a range of new electrified vehicles at its Castle Bromwich plant near Birmingham. The announcement is the next step towards the company’s promise to offer electrified options for all new models starting 2020.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
Jaguar Land Rover considering producing I-Pace in China
JLR is considering starting up production for their BEV I-Pace in China. Their local Chinese partner Chery Automobile will take over production of the I-Pace alongside the E-Pace, which will begin production at the facility soon.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
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
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
Dyson, Genesis, Land Rover, Renault, 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