Tag: Lexus

Mar 9, 2017 - 08:26 am

Toyota, Volvo, Skoda, Lexus, Hyundai, Pininfarina.

Toyota-i-TRIL-300x150Toyota 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.
greencarcongress.com, carscoops.com

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.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.compininfarina.com

Feb 23, 2017 - 09:25 am

UPS, Wireless Charging, Lexus, TUM.

UPS-drone-deliveryHybrid drone delivery: UPS started tests with hybrid delivery vans that carry a drone pod on their roof. From there, the little octocopter called HorseFly launches, delivers a parcel and returns to the van, where it is caught by robotic arms to dock and charge.
techcrunch.com, newatlas.com

Wireless charging for e-buses: The 50 kW inductive charging system by Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories. It allows to charge electric buses at bus stops with up to 50 kW wirelessly. Californian Antelope Valley Transit Agency will be first to use it and plans to buy 85 electric buses from BYD over the next 5 years.
chargedevs.com, busride.com

Lexus confirmed specs of the LS 500h hybrid powertrain ahead of Geneva. The partially electrified version of the luxurious sedan will share its powertrain with the LC 500h. The LS500h can run in EV mode to 140 kph.

New tool for Li-ion battery research: Positrons have been used by scientists at the TU Munich (TUM) to investigate capacity loss in NMC batteries. So-called positron annihilation spectroscopy reveals voids in the lattice of the cathode material that block electrodes’s return upon recharging.

Jan 13, 2017 - 09:19 am

Bentley, GAC Motors, GM, Lexus, Volkswagen, Rivian Automotive.

2017-Bentley-Bentayga-300x150pxBentley adds e-power: The British luxury brand wants to offer a hybrid variant of every one of its future models, Automotive News reports, quoting Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer. The first one on the list will be the Bentayga, scheduled for 2018, followed by the next generation Continental GT.

Chinese manufacturer GAC Motors presented a PHEV crossover called Enspirit at the motor show in Detroit. It has an all-electric range of 80 km. The carmaker also showed its all-electric GE3, which is based on GAC’s new EV platform. Range is estimated at 300 km. The GE3 will become available in China from June and will be marketed under the Trumpchi brand.
motorauthority.com, hybridcars.com

Bolt-based: General Motors wants to build a number of electric cars based on the Chevrolet Bolt platform, CEO Mary Barra said in an interview in Detroit. She did not, however, spill any more details.
youtube.com (video interview) via insideevs.com

New Lexus: The carmaker wants to launch the series version of the UX Concept that it unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October. Autocar learned the compact SUV will also be offered as a hybrid under the name of UX250h and will apparently replace the Lexus CT. Moreover, Lexus is planning a seven-seater version of its RX, which will also be sold as a hybrid from 2018.

No PHEVs for the U.S.: The diesel scandal also affects plug-in hybrids, Car and Driver reports. Apparently, the VW Group scrapped plans to sell in the Audi Q7 e-tron in the States, as well as PHEV variants for the A6 and A7, which would combine an electric motor and 3-L diesel engine. There will also be no modified versions featuring petrol engines for the U.S., meaning the Audi A3 e-tron will remain the only Audi PHEV sold there.

Electric start-up scene: U.S. start-up Rivian Automotive has purchased a former Mitsubishi plant in Michigan, investing 175m dollars and wants to begin churning out EVs from 2019. A first model could already be unveiled this year.
themanufacturer.com, pantagraph.com


Dec 12, 2016 - 09:34 am

Chrysler, Renault, Lexus, France, Smart, UK.

Electric Chrysler in Vegas? Insiders apparently told Bloomberg that Chrysler will show an all-electric car based on the Pacifica (which is already available as a PHEV) at the CES in Las Vegas in January. An electric Maserati sports car will also be on display – probably some form of the Alfieri scheduled to hit the road in 2020 (we reported).

Renault-Kangoo-ZE-2015Renault gives Kangoo more range: After giving its Zoe a battery upgrade, Renault will also increase the range of its Kangoo Van Z.E., fitting it with the same technology as the former EV. Technical details are expected to be released at the European Motor Show in Brussels in January, but given the 41 kWh battery pack, the Kangoo’s range is expected to double to 270 km on one charge.
greencarcongress.com, autovolt-magazine.com/, insideevs.com

Lexus shows LC production version: Lexus presented its LC Coupé, which will become available in the U.S. in spring and Europe in summer. With the LC 500h, the two-door car will also be offered as a hybrid variant. The hybrid powertrain will boast 354 hp, pushing the Lexus from 0 to 100 kph in less than five seconds.
greencarcongress.com, carscoops.com

France tackles pollution: French environmental minister Ségolène Royale wants to extend EV subsidies, offering the 10,000 euro scrappage fee not only to private, but also commercial drivers, such as i.e. taxis. Moreover, anyone purchasing an electric scooter from January 1st, 2017, will receive a 1,000 euro bonus.

Smart renting: The Daimler brand kicked off its scheme “Smart ready to rent” in select French and German cities. It enables customers to rent the full Smart model range between one day and three months, essentially closing the gap between leasing a vehicle and its carsharing offer car2go. Electric variants will also be available from next year.

ICE ban in the UK? Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is considering a proposal to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK, meaning all new cars would be electric, hydrogen- or methane-fuelled. Approximately ten years after the ban were to be enacted, Britain could prohibit all combustion engine cars on its roads.

Nov 29, 2016 - 08:51 am

BMW, Porsche, Lexus, Volkswagen, WM Motor.

BMWi3-Protonic-Blue-300New i3 by 2017: BMW plans to give its sole electric car a facelift that would include a new front and rear as well as a new battery. This will increase range “substantially” beyond the current 300 km maximum, the German carmaker told Welt. The revamped i3 is set for next year.
reuters.com, welt.de (in German)

20,000 Mission-E? Porsche plans to sell 20,000 units of its electric model annually. Given that only a total of 31,000 Porsche were sold last year, the mission is ambitious. Tesla however produces the Model S at a current rate of 50,000.
electrek.co, motortrend.com

Fuel cell Lexus? Toyota’s subsidiary plans a H2 variant of its luxury LS model by 2019, Autocar reports. It borrows fuel cell technology from the Toyota Mirai. Production will remain within the three-digit realm and Lexus targets consumers in urban centres like London, Paris, LA and Tokio.

Luxury Passat: VW released a first sketch of the CC successor Arteon, which is to introduce a new design language. It will debut in Geneva next year and hit the shelves in summer 2017. A PHEV variant is planned but no details are known at this stage.
autocar.co.uk, autonews.com, volkswagen-media-services.com

WM Motor moving ahead: The Chinese start-up WM Motor broke ground for its facility in Wenzhou. With nearly 1bn dollar investment reserved, it aims for 200,000 vehicles a year. The first electric vehicle is planned for 2018 followed by seven more models, one each year until 2025.

Sep 9, 2016 - 08:35 am

Mercedes, Hyundai, Tesla, Volkswagen, Toyota, Lexus.

Electric Mercedes in China: Daimler wants to sell electric cars on the Chinese market under the Mercedes brand. The reason is said to be the electrification of vehicles in higher price segments and government support. The fairly limited success of Daimler’s Chinese brand Denza surely aided with the decision.

Hyundai-i30Ioniq under the hood: Hyundai will use the Ioniq hybrid or electric drivetrain for the upcoming i30, as well as to facilitate electrification of other models. In case of the i30, a plug-in hybrid, pure hybrid or even an all-electric version is in the cards. Meanwhile, the carmaker released first images of and data for the i30 ahead of the official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show.
evfleetworld.co.uk (electrification), carscoops.com (preview)

Deutsche Bank provides Tesla funds: The carmaker announced that it received 300m dollars in loans from Deutsche Bank for the former’s direct lease programme. With the loan in its back pocket until September 2018, Tesla will need to raise less capital in another round of financing for the Model 3 production.
reuters.com, electrek.co

New e-up! hits the Isles: The facelifted VW e-up! Can now be ordered for 20,780 pounds after the government’s grant in the UK. First deliveries are scheduled for October. The price of the new generation e-up! Is slightly higher, due to a 500 pound reduction of the OLEV grant.
automotiveworld.com, autocar.co.uk

New Supra in the spotlight: First images of the Toyota Supra sports car remake were snapped during a test drive. The hybrid coupé which was jointly developed with BMW will hit the road in 2018. Despite the regular camouflage, the car’s neat proportions are already apparent.

New Lexus concept caught on camera: The UX concept is said to preview the Toyota brand’s upcoming SUVs and will premiere at the Paris Auto Show. Not much is known about the technical aspects of the vehicle, but considering Lexus’ long standing tradition of hybrids, a partially electric drivetrain is in the cards.


May 26, 2016 - 08:08 am

PSA, Peugeot, Lexus, Faraday Future, Zinoro, Tesla.

Push to Pass: PSA revealed details on its strategy to master future challenges in powertrain production. To equip the e-CMP platform it reportedly develops together with Dongfeng, new hybrid and electric drives and components will be manufactured in Europe, in France to be precise. 2021 will see the launch of seven plug-in hybrids and four electric vehicles.
greencarcongress.com, fleetnews.co.uk

Push to move: The e-Kick scooter by Peugeot and Micro Mobility is a sleek last mile toy. Designed as an accessory for the upcoming 3008, the e-Kick’s thin lithium-ion battery pack built into the platform can be charged inside the trunk. Its 500 W electric motor in the rear wheel propels it to up to 25 kph.
carscoops.com, gizmag.com

Lexus to discontinue CT200h? Toyota’s premium subsidiary’s hybrid compact may be replaced by a crossover based on the LF-SA concept, European manager Alain Uyttenhoven suggests. The study debuted in Geneva and utilises the Toyota Yaris platform, which accommodates for hybridisation.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com


Glimpse of Brilliance: The Zinoro 60H has been spotted and is the freshest outcome of BMW’s Chinese endeavour Brilliance. The Zinoro 60H is a plug-in hybrid with a 37 kW electric motor and visibly based on the BMW X1. First production cars could be sold in China in the second half of this year.

New Faraday Future facility? The EV maker is negotiating to buy new land for yet another factory, this time in Vallejo, California. Its Nevada site had been shrouded in problems but construction shall finally commence on June 1.
timesheraldonline.com via electrek.co

Model 3 deliveries: As Tesla confirms accelerated production plans for its latest model, it becomes clear that the first Model 3 will reach the UK by 2018, while supposedly entering the U.S. stores in 2017. In South Korea, first the Model S and X are due to arrive by 2017 followed by the Model 3 a year later.
autoexpress.co.uk (Model 3), insideevs.com (Model S and X)

Apr 7, 2016 - 08:45 am

Tesla, Ford, Beijing, Lexus, Audi.

Tesla-Model3-300French Tesla facility? If France’s Energy Minister Segolene Royal gets her will, an old nuclear energy plant could become the first Tesla production plant in Europe. The Fessenheim nuclear plant in the Alsace region near the German border is due to close at the end of the year. Talks with Tesla management are to take place in a few days. That is what we call true energy turnaround.
reuters.com, theverge.com, jalopnik.com

Mexican Ford facility: The carmaker will build a plant for small cars in Mexico for 1.6bn dollars. Set to go into operation in 2018, the Ford facility will also produce a Focus-based hybrid described as “Prius-fighter,” according to Reuters‘ sources.

Crackdown continues: After Shenzhen, Beijing takes a tough approach to unregulated e-bike traffic, banning electric scooters from ten main roads because of safety reasons. There are about 4m e-bikes in China’s capita, most of which resemble electric motorcycles, but claim the freedom of bicycles.

800 hp hybrid? Lexus plans a LFA successor, which will debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Japanese Response reports. However, so far these are only rumours and Lexus has not commented on the undertaking.

A3 facelift: Audi updates its A3 this summer and reveals sharper and brighter lights, as well as new colours. The A3 e-tron will be continued, but the facelift does not concern the plug-in hybrid’s drivetrain.
carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com

Mar 29, 2016 - 08:21 am

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.
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

Found on electrive.com
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