Geely subsidiary Lotus to become dedicated EV brand
The British Geely brand Lotus also sees its future in battery-electric cars. That is why the Emira, which is to be presented in the summer, will be the last Lotus sports car with an internal combustion engine. From 2028, Lotus plans to sell only electric cars.
Lynk & Co presents electric concept and platform
The Geely subsidiary Lynk & Co has delivered a preview of its first all-electric model with the Zero Concept. The new electric vehicle platform, which will enable ranges of up to 700 kilometers, is also to be offered to other OEMs. Apparently there is already an interested party from Germany.
Geely & Volvo merge hybrid and ICE motors
Volvo Cars and its parent company Geely intend to merge the development and production of internal combustion engines and hybrid drives into an independent company to save costs and to focus on the development of an all-electric range of cars.
Pininfarina christens its e-sportscar ‘Battista’
The Automobili Pininfarina e-super sports car – previously known as PF0 – will now bear the name Battista and celebrate its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. In the meantime competitor Lotus is following suit with its own fully electric super sports car.
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Google uncovered: As the Guardian reveal, the internet giant already set up Google Auto LLC back in late 2011, founding its very own car company. It is now licensed as car manufacturer, too, which might surprise all those who Google made believe that it had no intention of becoming their competitor anytime soon. The grounds to sell passenger cars have been laid.
BMW and Apple update: Details about talks between the IT firm and the German carmaker over the BMW i3 have emerged through Reuters. Insiders said Apple was interested in developing its own car, while BMW was equally keen on guarding its status as manufacturer rather than becoming a mere supplier. Still, both companies intend to keep communication channels open.
Lotus hybrid SUV? British Lotus Cars is collaborating with Chinese Goldstar to develop its first SUV, Car Magazine reports. The new model will be offered in China by 2020 and the magazine believes that a hybrid version to be “likely.”
Canada strengthens Toyota and the other way around, as the Japanese carmaker says it would invest 421 million dollars in the production of the next-gen Lexus RX350 and Lexus 450h at its Cambridge facility in Ontario. The Canadian government and province support the investment with 100 million dollars.
Yaris extended: The Toyota Yaris line up in the UK now includes the Active and Sports version as hybrids. The Yaris Hybrid Active is available from 14,995 pounds. The Yaris Hybrid Sport starts at 16,695 pounds. Both cars share the hybrid system with a combined output of 73 kW.
James Bond mode.
Tesla has hidden a neat Easter Egg in the Model S dashboard features. The electric car can be transformed (on screen at least) into the submersible Lotus Espirit from the 1977 James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me.” Can you guess the access code for the “007” feature?
Nanyang Technological University, Hydrogenics, Saltire Freeflow, Lotus.
Chinese revolution: Researchers at Nanyang Technological University have developed a battery with a 20-year lifespan and ultra-fast charging capability, saying it can recharge up to 70% in two minutes. The team now seeks funding to build a large-scale battery prototype, using the patented method. The technology has been licensed to a company that could bring the batteries to market within two years time.
Fuel cells for trucks: Hydrogenics presents its new fuel cell system for medium and heavy duty trucks and buses at the ‘American Public Transit Association Expo’ in Texas, USA. ‘Celerity’ is said to withstand temperatures of up to minus 40 degrees Celsius and is easy to install.
Perpetuum pedelec? Scotsman Neil MacMartin developed the Saltire Freeflow, an e-bike that never needs to be recharged, since its motor acts as a pedal-powered generator. Moreover, all electric components are invisible, as they have been integrated into the down tube and bottom bracket.
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Lotus to drive Mercedes: Beginning with the 2015 season, the Lotus F1 team will be powered by the Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid Power Unit. The F1 team says work on the new E23 Hybrid is already underway. The agreement with Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) ends a 20-year relationship with Renault.
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