Toyota raises EV targets & presents 15 concept cars
Toyota has made its electric plans more concrete. At the strategy update event, the Japanese company showed a series of concept cars as a preview of future battery-electric models. Lexus is to play an important role in the BEV plans and the premium brand is to offer only BEVs from 2035.Weiterlesen
Toyota presents roadmap for Europe and the bZ4X
Toyota has given an outlook on its strategy in Europe. By 2030, Toyota wants to increase the share of purely electric vehicles to at least 50 per cent, and from 2035, only zero-emission cars will be allowed on sale. In addition, the first purely battery-electric Toyota model bZ4X is now celebrating its European premiere.Weiterlesen
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Lexus launches the NX as PHEV & HEV
Until now, the only electrified version of the Lexus NX has been a full hybrid. This will change with the second generation of the compact SUV model, which is scheduled for market launch in the fourth quarter of 2021: From then on, the NX will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid.Weiterlesen
Lexus presents the LF-Z Electrified Concept
Lexus has presented the LF-Z Electrified Concept, a battery-electric vehicle study intended to provide a glimpse of what the brand has in store for electric drive and design by 2025. The concept uses a new electric vehicle platform for this purpose.Weiterlesen
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Lexus presents new electric drive control system
For the next generation of its electric and hybrid vehicles, Lexus has introduced an electric drive control system called Direct4. A purely battery-electric concept vehicle based on this technology is to be presented in the first quarter of 2021.Weiterlesen
Lexus cooperates with DCS on new charging service
Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) and Lexus Europe are launching a new charging service for Lexus drivers under the label “Lexus Charging Network”. The service is available in Norway, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, France, Great Britain, Spain and Italy.Weiterlesen
Lexus UX300e to come with 10-year battery guarantee
Lexus will be offering a ten-year warranty (or one million kilometres) on all traction battery functions on its first BEV model UX 300e. The Japanese company has also released further details about the battery and its air cooling.Weiterlesen
You’ve had your fun
A Texan Lexus dealership has just about had it with all the electrification talk – with an advert aimed at Tesla drivers, the headline “You’ve had your fun, now it’s time for zero compromise” advertises a trade-in cash bonus of $1,000 but who’d want to exchange a Tesla for a Lexus?Weiterlesen
Lexus to present their first BEV in November
In November, Lexus will present its first battery electric vehicle. The announcement was made by the Toyota luxury brand at the Tokyo Motor Show, where Lexus is already presenting its “vision for the next generation of electrified vehicles” with the futuristic LF-30 Electrified Concept.Weiterlesen
You can’t hide who you are
A Japanese Prius owner went to extra lengths to make their vehicle particularly unique. By placing a Lexus badge and additional tailpipes along with a spoiler, the vehicle does look “racier”, however doesn’t really fit the point of driving a hybrid in the first place.Weiterlesen
Lexus presents convertible version of LC Coupé (Video)
Rumours about a convertible version of the Lexus LC sports car seem to be coming true. At the NAIAS in Detroit, Toyota’s luxury brand now presents the corresponding model called the LC Convertible Concept. The production version is expected before the year’s end.Weiterlesen
Lexus facelifts classic Lexus ES with new hybrid system
Toyota’s premium branch has updated the Lexus ES for the sixth time, only now the 2019 model is more sleek and slightly more powerful. The hybrid version ES 300h delivers 160 kW with an all new system and is powered by a nickel metal battery.Weiterlesen
Almost half of all Toyota sales in Europe are hybrids
Toyota Motor Europe has presented its Q1 results, which position hybrid vehicles firmly on the map. Almost half of all European Toyota drivers opted for a semi-electric drive, in Western Europe it was the majority of buyers even.Weiterlesen
Lexus considering electrification for LS and CT
Lexus has reportedly been considering integrating electric motor systems in to their flagship LS, as soon as with the current generation. Furthermore, the next generation of the Lexus CT 2020 may present some serious electric competition for Tesla.Weiterlesen
Lexus’ UX also available as hybrid version UX 250h
Lexus’ compact crossover UX has debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. The hybrid version of the model will be known as UX 250h. It comes with a new fourth-gen hybrid powertrain and will be available either with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.Weiterlesen
Lexus premiers LF-1 Limitless at NAIAS in Detroit
Lexus reveals the LF-1 Limitless at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The concept can host all forms of electric drives, from fuel cell to PHEV as well as EV or a simple hybrid. The design study previews Lexus’ future models.Weiterlesen
Nissan Leaf, EV Forecasts.
Click tip: Another photo of the upcoming Nissan Leaf has appeared in the internet – showing the model without camouflage, but also quite blurred. Besides that, a new video clip has been launched in Japan, putting the new Leaf’s autonomous capabilities into the spotlight.
carscoops.com (photo), autoblog.com (video clip)
Reading tip: Exxon Mobil, BP, the International Energy Agency and OPEC have all something in common: They all revised their forecasts, predicting now that EV market growth will develop faster than thought before.
VW, MG, BYD, WKW, Lexus.
VW specifies I.D. production plans: In 2019, the German carmaker is to kick off serial production of its I.D. concept in Zwickau (Saxony), as announced. The Sächsische Zeitung has further details about VW’s first electrified model based on the MEB platform. Thus, the preparations for production will begin by mid-2018, before the lines start to roll in late 2019. However, sales won’t start before 2020. VW calculates with a production investment of 300m euros and an output of 300 I.D.’s daily.
sz-online.de (in German)
MG’s future electric line-up: Within the next few years, the British SAIC brand intends to bring 4 electrified vehicles to the market – in both PHEV version as well as all-electric. Specifically, MG works on two new crossovers, the compact model MG 3 and a replacement for the mid-range sedan MG 6. Top-of-the-end model of its new line-up shall be an electric sports coupe that was recently presented in Shanghai and is to enter production in 2020.
BYD plans to install an industrial park in Yinchuan in order to concentrate production capacities of its electric mobility units. The park shall be developed on 66 hectare and serve to manufacture EVs for both, road and rail traffic. While investment volume amounts to approximately 20bn Yuan (2.6bn euros). Further specifications, e.g. on time schedule, are yet to be delivered.
WKW to invest 1.1bn in Germany: The Chinese supplier is about to raise 1.1bn euros through its subsidiary Delon Automotive in order to install a EV facility in Saxony close to the German-Polish border. The company wants to produce high-end EVs for the European as well as the Chinese market. Details about the time have not been revealed.
Do we see soon a H2-Lexus? Rumour had it, that the next Lexus luxury sedan LS could feature fuel cell tech from Toyota’s Mirai. But a new trademark registration now indicates that rumours transformed to plans. At least, the patent’s title “LS-FC Concept” suggests a concept car may be on the way.
motor1.com, autoguide.com, tsdr.uspto.gov
First BYD bus rolls in L.A. County: Chinese manufacturer BYD has delivered the first model of its fully electrified articulated buses in the States. The 18 metres long vehicle can seat up to 60 people and shall reach up to 275 miles (440 km) thanks to a 547 kWh battery pack. The bus will serve the public transport company AVTA in Los Angeles County and is the pioneer of 13 more ordered BYD buses.
Audi, Mitsubishi, BMW, Buick, Tesla, Lexus.
Audi readies production for its first EV: Mid-2018 will see Audi’s first all-electric model roll off the lines and the preparations are in full swing, while normal operations are uphold in parallel, according to Automobil Produktion. The SUV, dubbed Q6 e-tron or C-BEV internally, will be manufactured in Brussels, where the Germans intend to establish a completely new battery assembly on top, thus turning the Belgian location into one of its key factories. Audi chose pouch cells for its model to pack enough energy for its intended range of 500 km.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)
No small Mitsubishi PHEV: The Japanese brand takes a step back from its original plans to produce plug-in hybrid versions of their smaller models like their just-released Eclipse Cross. According to Mitsubishi Motors’ European general manager of communications Daniel Nacass, the technology is not yet cost-effective in small vehicles. Thus, it is likely that Mitsubishi’s next new PHEV will be solely the replacement of the current Outlander PHEV.
BMW third-largest EV player: BMW gained ground last year and now is the world’s third largest electric car maker compared to position 6 in 2015. With a market share of 7 percent BMW follows behind Tesla (9%) and BYD (13%). Volkswagen on the other hand, saw its EV market share drop by 5% in 2016.
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How Buick’s Velite 5 looks like: GM’s brand Buick permits a first glance at the serial version of its recently presented Velite Concept for China. A teaser picture of the new range-extended model called Velite 5 shows that it resembles the Chevy Volt not only in technology as expected but looks, too.
carscoops.com, hybridcars.com, media.gm.com
Tesla tackles corporate fleets: The American EV maker just released a new site in order to accelerate sales of its Model S and X to fleet operators. Besides, CEO Elon Musk announced that pre-orders for another project, the solar roof tiles developed by Tesla and SolarCity, will be accepted from April on.
insideevs.com, teslarati.com (website), electrek.co (solar tiles)
Lexus UX to go serial: The Toyota-owned luxury brand has confirmed to build a series version of its UX SUV concept, that was introduced 2016 in Paris. It wouldn’t be surprising if Lexus presents a hybrid version on top.
Skoda, BYD, California, Buick, Lexus, Thailand.
First glance at Skoda EV: In 2020 VW subsidiary Skoda plans to hit the road with its first pure-electric vehicle called Vision E. By publishing a teaser image the carmaker whets our appetite for the planned presentation of its coupe-like concept car at next month’s Shanghai Motor Show. Skoda has technology at its disposal – namely Volkswagen’s MEB global platform – and says is will dedicate “an all-new model” rather than electrifying an existing car.
BYD to build electric buses in France: China’s EV maker will invest 10m euros to set up its first electric bus assembly plant in Western Europe. The planners finally selected Allonne in the Hauts-de-France region. The new facility is to occupy an existing 32,000 sqm building and shall start production in the first half of 2018 with an annual capacity of up to 200 buses. Later on, the Chinese group wants to add an after-sales unit for maintenance and repairs, along with a logistics centre for spare parts.
15 percent PEV rule in California: The most populous state in the U.S. will not follow Trump’s new vehicle pollution standards but will uphold Obama’s (basically its own) ruling instead. Californian regulators voted to push ahead stricter rules for the period from 2022 to 2025 – inclusive the obligation for carmakers to sell 15 percent EV, FCV, or PHEV by 2025. The current rate is around 3 percent.
Buick’s strategy for China: In 2017 Buick seeks to impress its largest market by adopting GM’s proven extended-range electric vehicle technology in new or updated models. The brand presented its Velite Concept with plug-in hybrid technology for the Chinese market recently and the next two years will see more BEV and PHEV from Buick there.
greencarcongress.com, gmauthority.com, media.gm.com
Lexus debuts in India: The Japanese brand enters the Indian market with its RX 450h, ES 300h and LX450d vehicles. Besides, the brand has also pushed its all-new Lexus LS in the spotlight.
automotiveworld.com, ibtimes.co.in, greencarcongress.com
Thailand to attract PEV production: Demand for EV and HEV in Thailand is to receive a boost through a new promotion scheme and tax incentives. The latter shall support manufacture of electrified vehicles with applications for hybrids due this year and for EVs by 2018. The scheme will be submitted for cabinet approval tomorrow.
Toyota, Volvo, Skoda, Lexus, Hyundai, Pininfarina.
Toyota reveals brand new concept: The i-TRIL is an electric and autonomous city car. As was teased before, it features a one-plus-two seating layout as well as ‘Active Lean’ technology known from the i-Road, but the butterfly doors are news. The study also has self-driving technology, so much of it in fact, that it has no pedals. Control is applied through “drive-by-wire technology” instead, which is operated through devices similar to game controllers for the right and left hand. The electric drive sits in the rear and the i-Tril is said to have a range about 300 km. It is a little bigger than the Renault Twizy but different from its French competitor, that is very much alive, the i-Tril may hit the road from 2030 only.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com, youtube.com
Volvo reveals new XC60: It is Volvo’s second take on its best-selling premium SUV and this new generation is led by the PHEV variant just like the latest XC90 series. The top of the range XC60 Twin Engine delivers 407 hp and the SUV boasts to the brim with semi-autonomous and safety technology. Production is scheduled for mid-April in Sweden.
Electric Skoda confirmed: The first idea of how the electric future may look like for the Czech VW subsidiary will be presented this April in Shanghai, Auto Express reports quoting Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier. Details remain scarce.
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Lexus premiers LS 500h: The latest luxury sedan of Toyota’s premium brand was presented at the Motor Show. It utilises the Multi Stage Hybrid System and thus couples a V6 engine with two electric drives. On sale date is set before the year’s end in Europe.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com
Ioniq line-up complete: Hyundai revealed the last member of the Ioniq range, the plug-in hybrid in Geneva. It combines a 105 hp engine with a 45 kW electric drive. The 8,9 kWh battery lasts for about 63 km electric driving and the Ioniq PHEV is to enter Europe this July.
Pininfarina’s turbine hybrid sedan it develops for Hybrid Kinetic Group reportedly, is on display in Geneva. The H600 Concept features a micro turbine as range extender that propels the range to 1,000 km. The hybrid powertrain has 800 hp with electric drives accounting for 600 kW. The collaboration with the new Hong Kong-based EV company is worth over 63m euros for Mahindra’s Pininfarina.