Tag: Lexus

Mar 29, 2016 - 08:21 am

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.
worldcarfans.com, autonews.com

Feb 22, 2016 - 09:41 am

BYD, Lexus, Tesla, Terra Motors, Mercedes.

BYD-QinBYD’s new Song: BYD will bring an all-electric and a plug-in version of their SUV Song to market this year – one out of ten new alternative energy cars in the pipelines for 2016. An all-electric Qin and PHEV Yuan will also hit the road. Moreover, BYD is to invest in a new battery production line in Shenzhen, China, which will officially open its doors in 2018.

Fuel cell Lexus: Lexus will show the LF-FC (Lexus Future-Flagship Car/Fuel Cell) Concept in Geneva next week. It is said to preview the hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain vehicle planned for 2020, and also shows Lexus’ commitment to follow in the footsteps of parent company Toyota in including FCVs in their line-up.
automotiveworld.com, autoexpress.co.uk

Duty free imports: The Malaysian government will allow for the duty free import of 100 Tesla Model S, with hopes of promoting electric cars in the country. However, the imported cars will be used solely for demonstrations, and purchase may be restricted to government-linked companies.

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The latest from Terra: Terra Motors has unveiled their newest e-rickshaw model, the Y4 Alfa. It seats up to five people and is outfitted with Terra’s self-developed battery. The latter has a lifespan of 18 months and can travel up to 100 km on one charge.

Tesla gets domain name: Tesla finally gets to use tesla.com, a domain name that was registered in 1992—but even not by the EV maker. The company’s webpage can currently be found at teslamotors.com, but since Tesla is branching out into fields like home energy storage, being able to use the more general domain name had been a priority for years.

E Class spotted: The upcoming Mercedes E Class has been spotted nearly undisguised, as only some plastic sheet was used to cover the rear. The sedan will go on sale in September, possibly also as a plug-in hybrid. The system would boast a combined 279 hp and allow for an all-electric range of 18.6 miles.

Feb 19, 2016 - 08:56 am

Aston & LeTV, BMW, Lexus, Volvo, Hyundai.

Aston & LeTV e-racer: The British brand and Chinese internet firm have agreed to build an electric sports car based on Aston’s RapidE concept. LeTV, now called LeEco, will be responsible for the electric drive and battery, as well as other partners from China. But the car will be assembled in Great Britain. Launch is expected by 2018 and LeEco plans to use the EV platform for other projects, i.e. Faraday Future.
reuters.com, astonmartin.com, english.cri.cn, greencarcongress.com

BMW i5 takes shape: It looks like the third model of the i-series is going to be a roomy crossover that makes it easier to integrate the battery, Auto Motor & Sport reports. The BMW i5 is expected to launch by early 2021.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

Lexus with V6 hybrid: The luxurious LC 500h will be propelled by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and a 45 kW electric motor powered by a Li-ion battery. The system delivers a total of 265 kW. Lexus will debut the hybrid in Geneva next month with production start set for 2017.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com

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The estate arrives: Volvo revealed the latest V90 as scheduled. It is also available as PHEV with a T8 Twin Engine. The station wagon shares a platform with the S90 and XC90. A 9.2 kWh battery can power the car up to about 45 kph, while hybrid system boasts a combined 299 kW.
carscoops.com, greencarcongress.com

Hyundai will launch its electric Ioniq in its native Korea already this June. Prices will start at 40m won (32,706 dollars). The eco model can go up to 169 km on one charge, while the motor delivers up to 120 hp.

BMW puts a price on its PHEVs scheduled to arrive in Great Britain later this spring. The BMW 225xe will be offered from 32,545 pounds. The BMW 330e Saloon will sell for roughly one thousand pounds more (33,935 GBP), and is also due for delivery by April.


Feb 16, 2016 - 09:03 am

Lexus, Ssangyong, BYD, Formula E, Mercedes, LichtBlick.

Performance hybrid debut: Lexus will show the LC 500h in Geneva next month. The second version of the luxurious hybrid is close to production, and order books are expected to open later this year. Details are scarce, but Lexus says the LC 500h, which is based on the LF-LC concept, will see improved performance and efficiency. Total output is rumoured at 345 kW.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, worldcarfans.com

Electric Ssangyong SUV: The Korean carmaker aims to increase its presence in Europe. It will show the SUV concept SIV 2 in Geneva, which will be available a mild-hybrid first. A plug-in hybrid, as well as a fully electric version could follow shortly after production start in 2018, Autocar presumes.

Chinese in Korea: BYD will launch two electric models in South Korea this year. The 80 kWh e6400 targets consumers, while the electric bus K9 aims for commercial applications. Competition comes from German carmakers, as the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 740e, BMW 330e, Mercedes S500 PHEV, and Audi A3 e-tron are all set to launch in Korea as well.
autonews.gasgoo.com (BYD), businesskorea.co.kr (Germans)

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Formula E stays in Berlin: The German capital will welcome the electric racing series again in May this year, as a new course through the city centre has been found. The original track at Tempelhof airport is unavailable, since the location is currently being used as a shelter for refugees from Syria (we reported).
electricautosport.com, fiaformulae.com

Convertible Mercedes PHEV: The latest C class variant comes topless to Geneva. Mercedes not only loses the roof, but will also introduce a hybrid drive. The electric drive is expected to deliver an all-electric range of up to 50 km, which should make for nice and quiet cruising when the sun is out.

Decentralised energy: German green utility LichtBlick launches its IT platform for digital energy management outside Germany. Called SchwarmDirigent (SwarmConductor), the system enables connection and optimisation of renewable energy sources and storage like EVs. A team of 40 people is negotiating or already working with partners in South-East Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
presseportal.de (in German)

Jan 28, 2016 - 08:59 am

Audi, Kia, Tesla, Qoros, Lexus, Toyota.

Audi-A3-etron-300Audi A3 as triple hybrid: The next generation of the A3 will be available as two plug-in hybrid (211 and 252 hp) and a mild hybrid variant by 2018, German Autobild reports. Audi is also thinking about issuing a purely electric model, but only if it would beat the then upgraded BMW i3 in terms of performance.
autobild.de (in German)

Soul with more range: New spy shots of the upcoming Kia Soul EV reveal new lights and air intakes. It is also expected that technological advances will increase its current range of 132 miles, but details have yet to be released. The facelifted model is due by 2018.

Tesla truck? CEO Elon Musk said during an interview with CNN in Hong Kong that a Tesla pick-up is “sort of a logical thing to do in the future.” He did refuse to give any details though.
electrek.co (with video)

Qoros electrification: Chinese Qoros plans to launch a new model which will either be a PHEV or fully electric by mid-2017. It will be the prequel for a whole new platform for hybrid and electric cars set to launch by 2020. A business unit with a focus on electrified models has already been established.

Lexus RC300h review: Stephen Dobie took Lexus’ hybrid coupé for a spin and offers some comparison to rivalling models. The RC300h “is at its most in town driving” in terms of fuel savings, but since it is a hybrid without a plug, it does not offer much all-electric driving capability.

RAV4 Hybrid review: The updated Toyota hybrid has been reviewed by Richard Webber, who finds it difficult to get the electric motor working alone. Acceleration however is pretty impressive. Yet, the interior and general driving is a bit basic but the RAV4 was never intended to be driven hard.

Jan 15, 2016 - 11:41 am

Hyundai, Mercedes, Cadillac, Tesla, Lexus, Infiniti.

Hyundai-IONIQ-HybridThe Ioniq arrives: Hyundai presented its first dedicated hybrid. Its power pack is strictly lithium-ion and the sedan can be operated fully electrically at speeds of up to 120 kph. A plug-in hybrid, as well as an electric version will be presented in Geneva in March. The hybrid Ioniq is now on sale in South Korea and Hyundai aims to sell 30,000 units worldwide this year. By 2017, it expects to push sales to 70,000.
english.yonhapnews.co.kr, insideevs.com, indianautosblog.com, youtube.com

Mercedes confirms Tesla-fighter: Board members Thomas Weber and Ola Kallenius confirmed that a Tesla-fighter is set to arrive by 2018. Weber went even further, saying the industry must “be prepared for more to come later.” We are certainly ready if Daimler is.

Cadillac PHEV built in China: The CT6 PHEV will be produced in China, despite also being destined for the U.S., Cadillac announced. The combustion engine variant will continue to be manufactured domestically. GM expects the market for plug-in vehicles to grow stronger in China rather than in the U.S.
bloomberg.com, chinabusinessnews.com, hybridcars.com

Model X production: If Tesla kept up its production rhythm over the holidays, the first regular Model X should now be rolling off production lines. The EV maker had started with 1,000 units of its Signature series and will now have to work through the backlog of over 22,000 Model X reservations.

Luxury Lexus extended: Toyota’s shiny sister unveiled its latest coupé in Detroit. The LC 500 is based on the LC-LF concept which will reportedly soon be available as a hybrid version called LC 500h.
thedetroitbureau.com, motorauthority.com

Infiniti update: The Japanese brand updated both the Q50 and QX60. Rather than giving them a facelift, Infiniti increased motor efficiency. The new Q50 comes with a 360 hp hybrid powertrain and an one-motor, two-clutch control, while the QX60 is now available with a hybrid set-up.
carscoops.com (Q50), carscoops.com (QX60)


Jan 7, 2016 - 10:04 am

Chevy Bolt, Tesla, Qoros, Kia, Lexus.

Chevy-Bolt-ProductionEV for the masses: GM just unveiled its Chevy Bolt a few hours ago. The 200 mile (320 km) range had been announced previously, but now we also know that the Bolt will sell for 30,000 dollars after (7,500 USD) in the U.S.. A price tag said to appeal to the masses. The EV will go on sale at the end of the year and will feature lots of driving assistants and maximum connectivity to appeal to the younger generations.
fortune.com, wfla.com media.chevrolet.com

Changes in the Tesla lineup: Tesla will from now on only offer the 3,000 dollar upgrade from 85 to 90 kWh for the all-wheel version of its Model S. The rear drive version will only be available with a 70 or 85 kWh battery pack.
electrek.co, cnet.com

Qoros-PremierenQoros electrified: The Chinese manufacturer cannot seem to get a foot in the door as a conventional carmaker and wants to form a business unit just for electric cars. Also, CEO Phil Murtaugh will leave the company due to “personal reasons.”
ft.com, autonews.com

Self-driving Kia: Kia has set up a sub-brand for its autonomous driving technologies called ‘Drive Wise.’ The carmaker wants to introduce partially self-driving cars by 2020 and fully autonomous technologies by 2030. Meanwhile, Andrew English test ‘drove’ the autonomous Kia Soul, pondering questions about the responsibility and role of the person in the driver’s seat.
autocar.co.uk (Drive Wise), telegraph.co.uk (Kia Soul)

Driving the new Lexus RX450h: Autocar got to test the 2016 Lexus RX450h on British roads and was not sold on the idea, saying the “RX450h feels as soulless now as the original RX400h did a decade ago.” Also, the hybrid’s fuel-economy is only “acceptable.”

Dec 23, 2015 - 09:56 am

Cool rider.

Lexus has come up with another idea designed to go viral, putting its NX on wheels made of ice. While this might fit the season, putting an SUV on ice in times of global warming might send the wrong message. Next time try something more electrifying, please!
worldcarsfans.com, carscoops.com

Dec 22, 2015 - 09:02 am

Hyundai, Mahindra, Tesla, Alta Motors, Lexus, Skoda.

Hyundai-IoniqNaked Ioniq: The Hyundai was caught on camera completely undisguised. The vehicle, which will be available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a purely electric car, was set to be unveiled at the auto show in South Korea next month and will go head to head with the Toyota Prius. The all-electric variant could rival the Nissan Leaf.

Electric cars from India: Indian manufacturer Mahindra wants to introduce an electric variant of its Verito and Maxximo in February, using an enhanced version of the drivetrain used in the e2o. India-based Tata Motors also announced that amid falling battery prices, it will focus more on electric and hybrid vehicles in the future.
business-standard.com (Mahindra), business-standard.com (Tata Motors)

Tesla update: According to the LA Times, the EV pioneer received another 39m dollars in the form of sales tax incentives from the California government. Tesla will therefore be exempt from paying sales tax on certain equipment for the next three years. Meanwhile, the manufacturer announced that Tesla drivers can now listen to the music streaming service Spotify in their car free of charge.
latimes.com (incentives), telegraph.co.uk (Spotify)

First RedShift delivered: California start-up Alta Motors has begun handing over the keys to its all-electric RedShift motorcycles, a line of electric Motorcross MX and Supermoto SM. The lucky customers Eric Gauthier and Jeannine Smith also live in California. By the way, the company is hiring for an array of positions.
electric-vehiclenews.cobusinesswire.comaltamotors.co (jobs)

Lexus based on Prius: The next generation of the compact hybrid Lexus CT 200h is said to arrive in 2017 and will be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) – the same basis used for the 2016 Toyota Prius.

A snowman called Kodiak: The new Skoda seven-seat crossover SUV will be dubbed Kodiak, after being previously known under the project name ‘Snowman.’ A plug-in hybrid version is in the cards. The vehicle will celebrate its premier at the Salon d’Auto in Paris next year.

Dec 7, 2015 - 09:30 am

Porsche, Aston Martin, Tesla, SAIC-GM, Lexus, Audi.

Mission E confirmed: The supervisory board of the Porsche AG gave the green light for the Mission E project. Porsche will build a production version of the all-electric concept car, first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September. The carmaker says around 700 million euros will be invested and more than 1,000 new jobs will be created at its HQ in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The electric sports car will have a range of more than 500 km and should arrive at dealerships by 2020.
porsche.com, autonews.com, autocar.co.uk

Aston Martin partners with LeTV: The two companies have signed a MoU for the development of connected electric vehicles and smart vehicle technologies. Aston Martin’s first EV, the RapidE, will feature LeTV technology and will debut at the CES in January.

Tesla cancels Detroit appearance: The EV pioneer will not attend the Detroit Auto Show. The event is said to be too costly, especially since Tesla is not even allowed to sell its vehicles in Michigan.


SAIC-GM expands electric portfolio: The joint venture wants to introduce ten electrified models to the Chinese market by 2020. Scheduled for 2016 are the Cadillac CT6 PHEV, the Chevrolet Springo, which is based on the Chevy Volt, and the Buick D2JBI, an Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV).

Lexus to debut LC500: Motoring reports that Lexus will finally reveal the car at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The Lexus LC 500 will also be available with a hybrid V6 powertrain (LC 500h), said to boast nearly 400 kW. Moreover, the drivetrain was redesigned to improve heat efficiency and fuel economy.

Audi gets new technical boss: Stefan Knirsch will replace Ulrich Hackenberg, whose head is the latest to roll following the VW diesel scandal. Since 2013 Knirsch worked as Head of Powertrain within Audi and will now need to help Audi enter the age of electric mobility.
greencarcongress.com, carscoops.com

Nov 25, 2015 - 09:13 am

Tesla, Cadillac, Ford, Lexus, Formula E.

Tesla-Model-X-final300Model X sales start: Tesla now accepts orders for its five- to seven-seater crossover. The base Model X 70D starts at 80,000 dollars and has a range of about 350 km. Deliveries will commence early 2016, starting with the P90D and 90D variant. The base version be delivered towards the end of the year.
bloomberg.com, forbes.com

Seatbelt check: Tesla recently voluntarily recalled its Model S due to a possible seatbelt problem. So drivers do not have to come to the shop, the carmaker sent technicians to Supercharger locations to check seatbelts while the cars are charging.
teslarati.com, youtube.com (Video)

Cadillac hybridises fleet: The U.S. carmaker wants to offer the bulk of its portfolio with plug-in hybrid technology, in order to stay in line with increasingly tough emission rules in China. Pure electric cars are supposedly on the “to-do-list,” but are not in the cards in the near future.
autonews.com, worldcarfans.com

Ford to stand trial: The carmaker will have to go before a judge over allegedly exaggerated fuel-efficiency estimates for its C-Max hybrid cars. The suit dates back to 2013, when buyers denied being able to reach the promised 47 mpg. A New York judge now denied Ford’s request to dismiss the case.
bloomberg.com, autoblog.com

Lexus RX Down Under: The hybrid variant RX450h will start at 88,000 Australian dollars (63,959 USD), 15,000 AUD over the base price. The RX450h F Sport variant will even sell for a minimum of 100,000 AUD (72,668 USD).
motoring.com.au, caradvice.com.au

Formula E in Mexico: Mexico City has officially been added to the ePrix racing schedule for this season. The city will host round five of the electric racing series on March 12th, 2016. The track is 2.14 km long and tickets will go on sale on December 7th.
electricautosport.com; fiaformulae.com

Nov 16, 2015 - 08:42 am

Toyota and Lexus reach hybrid milestone in the UK.

No less than 200,000 hybrids by Toyota and Lexus have been sold in the UK, 15 years after the Prius was first introduced in the country. Hybrid sales account for 25% and 97% of Toyota’s Lexus’ total sales in the UK, respectively. Together, the two brands offer 11 hybrid models there.

Oct 29, 2015 - 02:31 pm

Nissan, Honda, Lexus, ZAP Jonway, BYD & Alexander Dennis, VW.

Nissan-IDS-ConceptAutonomous and electric is the IDS Concept Nissan unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. Made from lightweight carbon and aerodynamically shaped, the Japanese hope for long range fed by a 60-kWh battery. The Intelligent Driving Technology imitates the driver’s style as soon as autopilot is enabled.

Mirai fighter: Honda is ready to take the Clarity Fuel Cell to production as its shows the serial model in Tokyo. Its range is given at 700 kilometres and launch is set for early 2016. As presumed, the body of the FCV will form the base of a battery-electric and plug-in hybrid version due in 2018.
autoblog.comgreencarcongress.comgreencarreports.com (EV and PHEV)

Mirai mirror: Lexus brings its own fuel cell concept to the Tokyo Motor Show. The LF-FC previews the next-gen LS. The fuel cells are scattered throughout the 5.3-metre luxury sedan, which boasts an all-wheel drive, including two electric in-wheel motors in the front.

Pressing demand: ZAP Jonway increases production of its EV Minivan to 50 units a day to fulfil an order by Dongfeng requesting delivery of 3,000 EV before the end of the year. A second shift might be added shortly to ensure a monthly output of 2,000 units continuously throughout 2016.

London bus update: The electric double-decker bus developed by BYD and assembled by Alexander Dennis in Britain (we reported) is able to carry 81 passengers and is fully air conditioned. With a range of up to 190 miles in city traffic one off-peak charge a day will suffice for service.

VW pushes electrification a little further as it plans to offer an all-electric Phaeton by the end of 2017. A plug-in hybrid version had been recently scheduled for debut late next year at the earliest. Furthermore, the Passat GTE and Tiguan GTE PHEV are destined for the Japanese market.
automobilwoche.de (in German)

Oct 7, 2015 - 08:36 am

Cardboard EV.

Lexus has asked a London design firm to recreate its IS sedan using 1,700 sheets of laser-cut cardboard. Glued together by hand and including the interior, the result is aesthetically amazing indeed and can be driven, too – electrically.
motortrend.com, youtube.com (making of)

Sep 28, 2015 - 08:41 am

Tesla, emission tests, Chile, Porsche, Lexus, Formula E.

tesla-model-sTesla ramps up production in Europe: Tesla Motors significantly increased capacity at its European assembly plant in Tilburg, Netherlands. 450 instead of previously 200 cars can now be assembled at this location per week. The facility also includes a 750-meter-long test track. Meanwhile, new buyers of the Model X will now have to wait until the second half of 2016 for delivery, according to the Tesla reservation webpage.
carmagazine.co.uk, nltimes.nl, teslamotors.com

On-the-road testing: Following the VW meltdown, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (ARB) have announced that they will introduce on-road emission tests for diesel vehicles. Other countries including the U.K., Italy and France are planning to take similar action.
hybridcars.com, greencarcongress.com, theguardian.com

EV from Chile: The two-seater ‘Sôki’ is Chile’s first EV. A very small batch of these subsidised vehicles is set to be produced from next year, each costing 12,000 dollars. The promised range is only 60 km (37 miles), while the 4.2-kilowatt battery is removable.
laht.com, news.co.cr

Next-gen Panamera: The new Porsche Panamera will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. Like the current model, it will also be available as a plug-in hybrid. The main changes will be newly developed and improved drives, as well as reduced weight.

Lexus RX priced: The new Lexus RX Hybrid SUV will start from 47,000 pounds (71,000 dollars) when it becomes available in the United Kingdom toward the end of the year. It will feature a 3.5-litre V6 engine and an electric motor with a combined output of 300 hp.

Formula E ‘FanBoost’: Starting in October, Formula E fans will be able to vote for their favourite driver on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram up until the sixth minute of each race. The three most-voted drivers will profit from an even stronger power boost that can be utilized much more flexibly during the than last season.
theverge.com, fiaformulae.com

Sep 22, 2015 - 09:16 am

BMW, Lexus, Borgward, WEpod, Skeleton Technologies.

New hybrid supercars planned: BMW and Lexus are rumored to be collaborating on a successor of the Lexus LFA. Motoring reports that a prototype already exists and that the BMW version will be powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, while the Lexus supercar will feature a detuned version of the hybrid drivetrain from the TS040 race car with roughly 800 hp. Meanwhile, Autoblog writes that Mercedes-AMG is reportedly developing a hybrid supercar with a 12-cylinder mated to an electric motor.
motoring.com.au (Lexus & BMW), autoblog.com (Mercedes-AMG)

Borgward goes all-electric: The freshly revived Borgward brand, which recently presented its plug-in hybrid SUV BX7 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, is already working on an all-electric model. This is reported by German magazine Automobil Produktion, citing Borgward CEO Ulrich Walker.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)

Driverless electric transport: The first self-driving electric shuttle for use on public roads was recently delivered to the Netherlands. The WEpod can carry six people at a maximum speed of 25 kph and will transport passengers in the province of Gelderland from November this year.

Supercap-powered UGV: Skeleton Technologies will supply graphene-based supercapacitors to a multipurpose UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) to be showcased at this month’s DSEI 2015 in London. The hybrid vehicle was developed by Estonian defence solutions provider Milrem and Skeleton Technologies’ supercaps will be used to deliver increased energy efficiency and product reliability.

Sep 10, 2015 - 08:27 am

Bentley, Lexus, Tesla, Formula E, India.

Bentley drops the veil: The carmaker unveiled its Bentayga SUV even before the IAA. The V6 plug-in hybrid boasts 400 hp and will arrive on the market by 2017. Furthermore, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer confirmed that the plug-in hybrid technology will also be used in the next-gen Continental and Mulsanne.
motorauthority.com, forbes.com

New Lexus hybrid: Toyota’s premium subsidiary will bring the new RX to Frankfurt. The RX 450 hybird comes with a combined output of 313 hp. Production start is scheduled for October and first deliveries in Europe will start before the end of the year.
worldcarfans.com, forbes.com

Not for everyone: The Roadster 3.0 upgrade is not compatible with older models, Tesla confirmed. Only Roadster Versions 2.0 and 2.5 can benefit from a new and more powerful battery pack, given owners are ready to pay 29,000 dollars for the extra range.

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The Formula E race in Beijing has been postponed by one week. The Chinese capital will now welcome the electric racing series on October 24th instead of on the 17th.

India subsidises EVs: The Indian government now offers 150,000 rupees (2,250 dollars) in subsidies to buyers of an electric vehicles that cost more than Rs 5 lakh (7,500 dollars). Reductions in road tax and VAT are also on the table.

Aug 26, 2015 - 08:20 am

SAIC-GM-Wuling, Suzuki, Lexus, ZEV Alliance, Volkswagen.

Construction of China EV factory kicks off: The SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture has begun building a factory for electric and hybrid vehicles in the Chinese southwestern province of Guangxi. The facility will have an annual capacity of 200,000 units. The JV has invested 470m dollars in the project.

Suzuki-SolioSuzuki goes hybrid: The carmaker announced that it will introduce its first fully hybrid vehicle as early as December as part of the Solio family. So far, Suzuki has only manufactured mild-hybrids, many of them variants of their small line-up cars.
just-auto.com, asahi.com

Lexus premiere: The fourth-generation of the Lexus RX will celebrate its European premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It features a newly developed hybrid drivetrain, as well as new safety and drive assist systems. Lexus calls it the best Lexus SUV to date.
auto-medienportal.net, pressebox.de (articles in German)

Electric alliance: The U.S. state of California, Canadian Quebec and the Netherlands have founded the International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance (ZEV Alliance). They want to promote EV uptake, innovation and investments, and create international awareness. Other countries and regions are asked to join their cause.

Volkswagen hits the track: Its logo has been added to the livery of the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Formula E team, as the latter and Volkswagen signed a strategic partnership. Off the track, ABT Sportsline and VW have already enjoyed a long standing collaboration.

First test drive in the new Volt: A Chevy enthusiast posted a first review of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt on GM-Volt.com. One cool new feature is the wireless charging port for mobile phones and the car’s driving performance was also “incredible.” Conclusion: the car “improved in nearly every way.”

Aug 12, 2015 - 08:44 am

Lexus, Audi, CEVT, Tesla, Toyota.

lexus-ls-2015Lexus LS details: Ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota’s premium subsidiary confirmed the attendance of the next-gen Lexus LS. Sources close to the company hint at a hybrid V8 system with allegedly 535 hp (399 kW). Furthermore, a fuel cell variant is rumoured for 2017 with an even bigger power pack than the Mirai’s.
worldcarfans.com, digitaltrends.com

Audi Q6 details: German AutoBild published new renderings and information on Audi’s Tesla-fighter Q6 e-tron. The long range battery will be supplied by LG Chem at sizes between 90-95 kWh. The company aims at an annual output of 45,000 units at a price of around 65,000 euros.
autobild.de (in German)

Ford fighter: Volvo and Geely are setting up the new China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) operation in Swedish Gothenburg to develop “future C-segment cars” to the likes of Ford Focus. The CEVT facility is designed to create a whole vehicle, including the platform and powertrains.

Out of service: Tesla VP of Service, Jerome Guillen, is taking a leave of absence until the end of the year and just before the introduction of the Model X. Reasons for his unexpected sabbatical were neither given by the company nor was he himself available to comment.

The future has come to Europe, as the first five Toyota Mirai arrive on the continent. Sales will start in September in Great Britain, Denmark and Germany. The Japanese carmaker is aiming at annual sales of 50-100 units in 2015 and 2016.

Aug 6, 2015 - 08:15 am

It flies!

Okay, it hovers and only under very distinct circumstances like a rather light-weight and well-balanced boarder, a skatepark tiled with magnets and a flow of liquid nitrogen. Still, it really hovers! And, Marty McFly is due to arrive this October to help Lexus out anyway.

Jul 23, 2015 - 08:30 am

When the heart skips a beat.

Lexus modified its RC-F Coupe, so that it can reflect the driver’s heartbeat on the vehicle’s exterior using electro-luminescent paint and sensors attached to the driver’s body. While there is no real use for the technology, it does look cool!
mashable.com, theverge.com

Jul 15, 2015 - 08:50 am

Volkswagen, Toyota, Lexus, BorgWarner, Volvo, Tesla.

VW-Passat-GTE-Variant300Plug-in Passat to come in autumn: VW officially presented its Passat GTE. Its system has a combined output of 160 kW and one charge allows for 50 kilometres of electric driving. It has four operating modes that range from electric to charging. The PHEV will launch in Europe this autumn and will also arrive in Asia later this year.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, autoblog.com

Toyota Mirai goes to California: Starting Monday (July 20th), the Japanese fuel cell model will be available in California. Prices (excluding incentives) start at 57,500 dollars or 499 dollars/month over three years. Hydrogen will be supplied free of charge for three years.
autoblog.com, electriccarsreport.com

Hybrid Lexus LC confirmed: Lexus will begin serial production of its LF-LC concept in November 2016, Motoring reports, quoting inside sources. The coupe will also be offered as a hybrid called LC 500h. Additionally, Toyota’s subsidiary will present the next-gen LS at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

BorgWarner to acquire Remy: The U.S. supplier entered into a definitive agreement to take over Remy for 1.2 billion dollars. BorgWarner intends to strengthen its position in the growing market of electric drive trains, which Remy produces among other components. The deal will be finalised this year.
reuters.com, chargedevs.com

Volvo buys Polestar: Polestar, a Swedish high performance car company, has been collaborating with Volvo for many years. The carmaker now plans to utilise the former to launch particularly powerful models with a focus on its own twin engine plug-in hybrid technology.
motoringresearch.com, greencarcongress.com, digitaltrends.com

Tesla becomes fashionable: The electric carmaker has hired former Burberry senior vice president Ganesh Srivats to increase Tesla’s high street appeal. Srivats will act as vice president for sales in the U.S. – a newly created role, as sales had so far been a global matter.
bloomberg.com, teslarati.com

Jul 15, 2015 - 08:49 am

Toyota hybrid sales soar.

Toyota sold 101,000 hybrid vehicles in the first half of 2015 in Europe, including Lexus sales. Hybrids thus account for almost one fifth (22%) of the total sales of Toyota Motors Europe (450,951 vehicles) .

Jul 13, 2015 - 08:33 am

Airbus, Toyota, Lexus, Formula E, Kia.

Airbus-eFanFirst! Airbus has crossed the Channel in the E-Fan 2.0. The 46-mile flight took 37 minutes and was supposed to be the first battery-powered flight. The record attempt was (almost) silently undercut by French pilot Hugues Duval in his mini electric plane CriCri. However, the latter had to be carried by a bigger plane to reach sufficient height.
autoblog.com, youtube.com

Toyota hybrid update: The carmaker presented the 2016 Sienta MPV for Japan. The car’s design (which is also offered as a hybrid) was inspired by a trekking shoe – and it shows. Prices for the new version start at 1,689,709 yen (13,820 dollars).

Lexus ES 300h refreshed: Toyota’s luxury subsidiary presents an updated version of the hybrid that now features a very bold spindle grill. While the motor remains unchanged, the 2016 Lexus ES 300h comes with added safety technology like Steering Assist and blind spot monitoring.

New season calendar FE: Formula E published the list of cities to hold electric races in 2016. As reported, Monaco is taking a break, while Paris has been added as sole new entrant to the circuit. Like this season, 11 races will be held in 10 cities with London taking the double bill.

Kia Soul EV extended: The Japanese carmaker has trimmed its electric car for 2016. The Soul EV-e is the economy class that still features a DC fast-charge port and an on-board charger as standard. The premium Soul EV+ trim now comes with the ‘Sun & Fun Package’ that includes a panoramic sunroof and funky interior LEDs.

Jul 6, 2015 - 08:37 am

Toyota, diesel-ban, Swatch, Lexus, Formula E.

New-Toyota-Prius-2016New Prius spotted: Pictures of what looks like 2016 Toyota Prius Liftback and new Prius plug-in have emerged on a Taiwanese website. Its report puts the PHEV’s electric range at 31 miles (50 km) on the moderate Japanese JC08 cycle, about 5 miles more than the current model.
mobile.autonet.com.tw (in Chinese) via hybridcars.com

A diesel ban in German cities is one of the EU Commission’s recommendations in a 23-page report regarding non-compliance with EU regulations on air quality. Levels of nitrogen dioxide are too high and unlikely to decrease as long as Germany supports fiscal preferences for diesel vehicles. Further measures include the advancement of electric and hybrid vehicles. The EU Commission will also start discussing new CO2 emission targets for 2025. 68g/km to 78g/km are being assessed.
fazjob.net (Germany), europe.autonews.com (all EU members)

Swatch FCV revival: German electricity company Group E will take over the fuel cell car project by Belenos, a subsidiary of Swiss watchmaker Swatch and a shareholder. The latter will further license fuel cells and concentrate on batteries. Group E plans to build hydrogen cars and infrastructure.
derbund.ch (Germany)

Update: The Infiniti QX60 Hybrid (Nissan Pathfinder) has not been discontinued entirely, as it is available in global markets like China and Mexico, Lexus USA clarified following a report suggesting otherwise. Should demand strongly increase in the U.S., it could even there get back on the shelves.

Next Formula E takes shape: Based on a draft of next season’s calendar, there will be no electric races in Monaco, Hong Kong or Miami. Furthermore, FIA has published the list of the ten teams to take part in the ePrix. Three will run under amended names to reflect a change of sponsorship.
electricautosport.com (Races) electricautosport.com (Teams)

Jun 25, 2015 - 08:48 am

Back to the future.

Normally, Lexus is known for luxury cars. But this time, the manufacturer chose a different approach, actually presenting a working hoverboard that uses liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and magnets to stay off the ground.
bloomberg.com, engadget.com

Jun 15, 2015 - 08:43 am

Tesla, VDL, Guangzhou Auto, Porsche, Lexus.

Tesla secures credit line: To rake in the cash for investments for i.e. the Gigafactory, Tesla has signed a 500 million dollar credit line deal with a group of banks, including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, a.o. The agreement could be raised to 750 million dollars. Meanwhile, Tesla has bought another facility building in Fremont, California, to extend its production line. The state also considers giving Tesla a 15 million dollar tax break to further investments in Fremont that could create some 4,400 jobs.
fortune.com, teslamotors.com (credit line), bizjournals.com (Fremont), cbslocal.com (California)

VDL-Citea-Electric-2015VDL world premier: VDL Bus & Coach took the wraps off its Citea SLFA Electric at the UITP in Milan over the weekend. The electric articulated bus measures just over 18 metres in length and is fitted with a fast-charging system using a pantograph. The German city of Cologne has ordered eight units.

Stepping up production: China’s Guangzhou Auto is investing 2 billion yuan (322 million dollars) in a new facility in the country, reserved to the production of electric and hybrid vehicles. Starting in 2018, the company plans on building some 100,000 vehicles there annually.

Porsche 911 hybrid takes shape: According to Motoring, the next-gen Porsche 911 will go hybrid and could take the shape of the “Carrera 4 with electrically-driven front wheels and petrol-powered rear wheels.” The Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid could become available in about three years.

Lexus summer sale: Private and business customers in the UK can now benefit from a 1,000 pound boost in the Finance Deposit Allowance when buying a new Lexus hybrid. The deal is valid for new vehicle purchases ordered and proposed for finance through Lexus Connect until the end of June.

Jun 1, 2015 - 08:29 am

Chevrolet, SsangYong, Kia, Tesla, Lexus, Hyundai.

Chevy-Bolt-ConceptChevy Bolt might need a new name: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has again suspended GM’s claim for the Bolt trademark. The name is already registered by Yamaha since 2012, however the two companies had come to an agreement. This time round, it is a company called Bolt Custom Trucks that stands in the way of baptising GM’s new EV.
hybridcars.com, autoblog.com

Jeep rival by SsangYong? The Korean brand is thinking about issueing a Jeep Wrangler rival based on the XAV Concept shown at the Seoul motor show this April, insiders told Autocar. A production version could use the concept’s plug-in hybrid system. SsangYong is aiming to enter the US market.

Kia Niro spotted: Kia´s Niro has been filmed testing at the Nürburgring. Heavy camouflage makes it hard to guess what is under the hood but the Niro is believed to come as a hybrid-only model before also being offered as a plug-in. More substantial revelations are expected to follow in 2016.

Model X close to Nissan Leaf? At least in this recently surfaced spy shots which show Tesla’s new model next to the Japanese EV. The two of them do display a few similarities indeed, although it is hard to make out if their size is similar due to changing perspectives.
hybridcars.com, insideevs.com

Lexus LS facelift: After just trademarking the LS500h, a Japanese magazine shows a covered-up prototype of the car. It is believed the shown model is basically a preview of a facelifted 2017 Lexus LS, which could thus receive a new hybrid variant between the LS460 and LS600h.

Selected Sonata reviews: Brad Berman has scanned the web to gather first drive experiences of Hyundai’s latest plug-in hybrid. His effort results in a mixed portrait of the Sonata PHEV with reviewers differing on how smooth the switch from electric to gas-driven power actually is.

May 28, 2015 - 09:03 am

Audi, Nissan Leaf, Lexus, Saab, Yunnan Wulong Automobiles, BMW i.

Electric city car by Audi? The German brand will let yet another electric concept out of the bag, at least if Georg Kacher’s prediction of an upcoming city car is correct. It could be shown at the Paris Auto Show next year and is to be developed together with VW, Skoda, and Seat. An all-electric version to compete against the Smart ED or the electric Mini is likely but could take until 2020 to hit the market.

Nissan-Leaf-2013Bigger battery for Leaf in 2015? The 2016 Nissan Leaf might be upgraded with a 30-kWh battery at trim levels SV and SL, Inside EVs quotes two Nissan dealers. The standard version S would keep the 24-kWh power pack while the new-gen Leaf is to be expected by 2017.

New hybrid Lexus to come? Toyotas premium subsidiary has trademarked the LS500h name in Europe. The “h” usually accompanies Lexus hybrid models and thus points to yet another model using the power of joint efforts. No details have been released so far.

Saab resurrection in China: The Swedish carmaker Saab which has been on the edge of bankruptcy recently has now found two more Chinese partners willing to help getting the brand back on track together with current owner NEVS. Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area and the Beijing State Research Information Technology Company are to work with Saab/NEVS and plan to erect a facility focussed on electric cars and a R&D center in Tianjin, China.

Commercial EV from China: Yunnan Wulong Automobiles rolled out a 19-seat electric van called FDE6810. The company is ready to produce up to 3,500 units until March 2016. The range varies from 260 to 460 kilometres, depending on the model while prices start at 980,000 yuan (158,000 dollars) before subsidies that can reduce the price by 600,000 yuan (about 97,000 USD).

BMW i concept store in the States: The German brand has opened a dedicated facility for its i-brand, serving customers with both a showroom and a service centre. The Stevens Creek BMW i Center is (of course) located in California, in Santa Clara to be precise.

May 13, 2015 - 08:51 am

Toruk Electric, Tesla, Lexus, Europe, Toyota Mirai, Tesla Model S 70D.

Turkish EV concept: Toruk Electric Cars, an alliance of engineers from Turkey, is presenting their vision of a future EV. The concept’s design is based on a survey some 1,000 potential customers. Details about the drivetrain have yet to be released and Toruk is still looking for investors to come on board.
auto-service.de (in German); autoevolution.com

tesla-model-sTesla modifies charging standards for China: The Californian EV maker plans to modify its electric cars to meet China’s charging standards. Tesla announced that it wants to “fully cooperate” with the Chinese government in drafting the national charging standards as well as building public charging infrastructure – an interesting message from California!
wsj.com, bloomberg.com

Lexus takes Turkey: Toyota announced that it will introduce its luxury brand at the Istanbul Motor Show later this month and that sales of Lexus (hybrid) cars will start in the fourth quarter.
just-auto.com, newsroom.toyota.eu

EU directive for “green” H2: EU Parliament decided that hydrogen, which is produced from renewable energy sources, can be credited with twice its energy content on the greenhouse gas reduction commitment. If used for fuel cell cars, “green” hydrogen even counts five-fold.
ee-news.ch (in German)

Driving the Toyota Mirai: According to Drew Harwell, you would expect the Mirai to be majestic, but get something boring – “and that’s what makes it so fascinating.” He also compares it to the likes of Tesla, saying range and the time it takes to fill the tank, speak for FCs, rather than BEVs.
washingtonpost.com (with video)

Tesla Model S 70D review: Compared to other models in the lineup, the 70D variant is lighter, slower to accelerate, uses less energy and achieves a higher top speed. More importantly, it is cheaper (83,950 dollars) than a Mercedes S550 (95,325 dollars), which competes in the same class.

Found on electrive.com
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