Tesla, Morgan, China, Leo Motors, Renault-Nissan, Autopilot.
Tesla truck: The announced semi is apparently already at a testing stage and could be unveiled as early as next year. This might be unknown territory for Tesla, but project manager Jerome Guillen, who was in charge of developing trucks at Daimler, brings enough experience to the team. Some media are still a little sceptical about Tesla’s trucking ambitions.
electrek.co, insideevs.com, businessinsider.de
Exclusive E-Morgan: The British automaker and high-end department store Selfridge are working together on a special edition of the three-wheeler. In honour of the year 1909, in which both companies were founded, only 19 units will be available. The electric motor stays the same, but bronze features are said to make it unique.
China “pays court” to battery makers: The government wants to lure in more investments and know-how from international battery makers and suspends the need to form joint ventures in the free trade zones of Shanghai, Guandong, Tinjian and Fujian. Other sectors are hoping for a similar relaxation of rules.
Battery JV for Leo Motors: The supplier has founded a Chinese subsidiary together with Zhong Ji Well Parking System. The goal is to enter the field of battery production and electric boats. Leo Motors contributes its know-how about electric drivetrains, e-boats and networks.
Renault-Nissan promotes sustainability: The alliance is the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Other automotive OEMs already include BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota and Ford.
Autopilot saves life: One driver from Washington, DC, was more than happy that he had the Autopilot activated. So was the pedestrian that he would have otherwise run over. Tesla confirmed that the system had saved the pedestrian’s life or prevented injury through the vehicle logs.
BMW, Mitsubishi, Citroën, Nissan, Leo Motors, BYD.
Electric shift at BMW: Harald Krüger, CEO of BMW, sets sail for an electric future in an interview with German Handelsblatt. As diesel becomes increasingly uneconomical, the i3 as well as i8 models will be further developed and eventually joined by another electric model. Krüger further announced the introduction of fuel cell technology at BMW with the help of Toyota. BMW will set out its strategy for the coming ten years next spring.
Mitsubishi to electrify USA: The Japanese carmaker rethinks its positioning in the States as it promises the Outlander PHEV by mid-2016 and a fully electric version by 2019. Furthermore, three future crossovers will receive electrified drive trains. The i-MiEV, however is likely to be discontinued.
Electric Citroën: Once teased during the IAA, the French carmaker is finally ready to unveil the e-Mehari on 7 Dec at COP21 currently taking place in Paris. Rumours suggest the new EV might be a convertible. Launch is set for March 2016.
Range extended Nissan EV: By 2016, Nissan plans to reveal what it calls a “serial hybrid” or range extender, Motoring reports. The small motor will only serve to charge the battery of an electric car, which is yet to be introduced. The Leaf is to remain solely electric.
Battery swap range: Korean Leo Motors presents five new electric vehicles that range from an electric cargo one-seater, over a delivery and garbage truck to two electric fishing boats. All these EVs can only be acquired without battery as the firm introduces its so-called Battery Swap Centres.
Wage war at BYD: The Chinese EV maker has been accused of not paying a living wage to its workers in Los Angeles by a coalition of labour groups. BYD denies the allegations and defends its pay levels by pointing to an exemption in its agreement with the city. The latter is investigating the case.
LG Chem, University of Waterloo, UQM Technologies, Leo Motors.
LG Chem starts to build batteries in China as it completed construction of its facility in Nanjing. Here, battery units for as much as 50,000 electric vehicles and 180,000 plug-in hybrids can be produced annually. LG Chem has already signed deals to supply EV batteries to an array of Chinese automakers, including Great Wall, Dongfeng, and Changan.
Much better batteries: A new silicon-based anode promises lighter, long lasting and more powerful batteries. Researchers from the University of Waterloo and GM say the technology enables 40 to 60 percent increase in energy density and could come to market as early as next year.
Electric drive deal: UQM Technologies has agreed to supply Chinese ITL Efficiency Corporation with electric propulsion systems for shuttle buses, light- to medium-duty delivery trucks, and transit buses over the next ten years. The deal could generate more than 400m dollars in revenue.
The Extreme Power Pack can withstand temperatures under -45° C (-49 degrees F) without any capacity or power loss, says its maker Leo Motors. The South Korean company has already filed a patent application for its EV battery cells with Nano Carbon Technology (CNT).
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Most clicked link on Tuesday were renderings of the upcoming electric Jaguar. The E-Pace is believed to be very aerodynamic and pretty sleek overall.
Le Supercar, Mercedes, Kia, Leo Motors, Hyundai, Tesla.
New Tesla fighter from China: Chinese entertainment company LeTV has released the first concept sketches of its upcoming electric car to take on Tesla. “Le Supercar” is scheduled to debut at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show and to hit the market two and a half years from now. LeTV has reportedly hired 600 people to develop the electric car, including talent poached from Tesla, BMW, and GM.
Mercedes PHEV outlook: The German carmaker will launch long-wheelbased versions of its C-Class and S-Class with plug-in hybrid drivetrains in China, according to German publication “Die Welt”. The report also states that Mercedes plans to gradually increase the electric range from the current 35 to up to 70 kilometers and to use electric motors with 90 kW in all of its PHEV models in the future.
welt.de (in German)
European Kia Optima: Kia has revealed first official images of the Euro-spec 2016 Kia Optima, which will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The market launch is planned for the 4th quarter of 2015, a plug-in hybrid version will follow in 2016.
auto-medienportal.net (in German), worldcarfans.com
Connected EV project: U.S.-based electric vehicle developer Leo Motors teams up with South Korean mobile carrier LG Uplus for the development of connected electric cars and electric boats. Under the agreement, LG Uplus will roll out integrated Internet of Things management systems and a billing system for electricity charging while Leo Motors will develop EVs and electric boats with such systems.
Prius fighter spotted again: New spy photos including interior shots of Hyundai´s dedicated hybrid car have come up on the Internet. The yet-to-be-named model will be based on the same platform as the redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra and is expected to hit the market in late 2016.
Tesla presents used cars: The carmaker has opened a 23,000-square-foot showroom in the Buena Park Auto Center in Southern California. It is the first in the region to combine a new and pre-owned sales showroom with a service department.
ocregister.com via hybridcars.com