Ford’s first EV for China will be a compact SUV
Shortly after announcing their electrification strategy for Europe, Ford has revealed its plans for China. Within the next three years, 30 models of the Ford and Lincoln brands are expected to enter the world’s largest car market but only ten of them are electric cars and plug-in hybrids.
Geely, Honda, Lincoln, Nissan, China, Toyota.
Total electrification: Geely plans to electrify 90 percent of its line-up in the next five years. Two thirds will be hybrids and plug-in hybrids, while the rest of the models will be turned into fully electric vehicles. Geely also intends to make “substantial progress” on fuel cell technology by 2020.
Honda shows FCV and PHEV: On top of celebrating the North American debut of its Clarity Fuel Cell at the LA Auto Show, Honda announced a plug-in hybrid based on the same platform as the latter. It will have an all-electric range of at least 40 miles and will be launched across the U.S. from 2018.
Lincoln updates hybrid: Ford’s subsidiary Lincoln shows a facelifted MKZ at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The on-sale sale for the new model is set for 2016 in the U.S., including a refreshed hybrid version.
Thai Nissan production: The Japanese carmaker produces the X-Trail Hybrid in Thailand, where Nissan plans to sell up to 5,000 units next year. It is the first hybrid produced for Nissan in the SEA state. The local price almost matches the petrol version.
New Chinese EVs spotted: With the Guangzhou Auto Show about start this Friday, first pictures of electric debutantes have emerged. Two electric SUVs, the JAC iEV6S and GAC Trumpchi GS4 EV are joined by the Leahead i1 EV in the premature show off. The Leahead is based on Toyota’s Yaris.
All on carnewschina.com: Leahead, JAC, GAC
Prius review: Sebastian Blanco took the 2016 Toyota Prius trim level Two Eco with its Li-ion battery for a spin and delivers an array of facts. He finds the revamped hybrid classic “honestly more fun than it should be,” considering its increased fuel economy. One must only be wary of cold temperatures.
EV sales in nordic countries.
Nordic countries saw 10,735 electric cars hit the road in the third quarter of 2015. Together, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark now count more than 85,000 EVs their own. This raises expectations that the 100,000-mark might be cracked already early next year.
Kuala Lumpur, Eden EV, Lincoln, ChargePoint.
Kuala Lumpur police goes electric: The police force in the Malaysian capital will deploy 30 electric motorbikes for use in the city. Moreover, it plans to use hybrid patrol cars. The fleet is part of the “Going Green” campaign, set to safe fuel and protect the environment.
Eden EV to rent Tesla in the UK: Businesses as well as potential customers around London will be able to make use of one of ten Model S. Eden EV intends to expand its fleet to 15 Teslas by 2015 and has already placed an order for the Model X SUV. Moreover, it says it will renew the fleet every twelve months.
EV charging in Lincoln is evolving fast, as now two more stations will join five recently set up at Duncan Aviation (we reported) and two at local dealerships. Lincoln Electric System will install the ChargePoint stations at a parking garage this week, which makes Lincoln the city with the most charging points in Nebraska.
Reviewing the ChargePoint app: The locator app lists charging stations, though does not allow customer reviews, a feature many EV drivers find helpful, the reviewer notes. Moreover, there are apps that also list residential locations, where private owners provide charging. Conclusion – the app loads very fast, but is missing some helpful features that other already have.
Fisker, Audi, Lincoln, BMW.
Fisker back in court: A new offer by the Wanxiang Group could see the sale of Fisker being turned around at the last minute. The new bid of 24.75 million USD (18.17 million euros) by the owners of A123 is favoured by creditors and investors. Fisker, however, would like the court to approve the original offer of Richard Li, as they blame Wanxiang for being partly responsible for their bankruptcy.
Updated Sport quattro: Audi is debuting a new and powerful plug-in hybrid car at this year‘s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Apart from a special headlight system, the Sport quattro laserlight concept features an electric motor with 110 kW powered by a 14.1 kWh battery pack that lasts for a 30 miles of electric driving.
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid recall: 7,153 MKZ Hybrid cars assembled between April 2012 and September 2013 are being recalled in the USA. According to a notice by the NHTSA, an error in production could cause the automatic car to shift out of ‘Park’ without the driver depressing the brake pedal before.
Test ride the BMW i8: Greg Kable got his hands on a prototype of the upcoming BMW plug-in hybrid and tested it on the Miramas track in France. After extensively trying all driving modes while going through all kinds of curves and situations, Kable has no doubts about where the i8 belongs: „Driving it, is definitely new world“.