Mazda considers dropping range extender from the MX-30
Mazda is apparently backing away from the plan to soon follow its first purely electric MX-30 series model with another variant with a Wankel engine as a range extender. Although the manufacturer confirms that the range extender will not be coming soon, it is officially sticking to the project.Weiterlesen
Mazda plans its own electric platform for 2025
Mazda has revealed its new technology and product strategy up to the year 2030. Between 2022 and 2025, the Japanese automaker is planning three purely electric models, five plug-in hybrids and five hybrid models with Toyota technology based on the ‘Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture’.Weiterlesen
Mazda launches its first electric car in California
Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has announced the introduction of the Mazda MX-30, the brand’s first battery-electric vehicle, to the US market starting in the third quarter of 2021 at California dealerships.Weiterlesen
Mazda is recalling its MX-30 electric SUV in Europe
A total of 11,774 examples, 3,825 of them in Germany, now apparently need an update of the engine control unit. There are two reasons for this are that “The brake lights can light up when reversing even though the brake pedal is not depressed.”Weiterlesen
CAM study finds Tesla most innovative automaker
The Center of Automotive Management (CAM) has analysed the innovative strength of 32 car manufacturers looking at 291 innovations in the field of electric mobility. Tesla remains by far the top innovator in the technology field but is tracked by VW.Weiterlesen
Mazda adds MX-30 to UK scrappage scheme
As Mazda launches the UK sales of the MX-30, they have added the fully-electric SUV, to their UK-wide scrappage scheme. Customers can save up to £1,000 off the new Mazda battery-electric vehicle and receive a charger when trading in their previous car.Weiterlesen
Four manufacturers already met EU CO2 targets by Q3
Based on their sales figures for the first half of 2020, the PSA Group, Volvo, FCA and the BMW Group already meet the EU targets for average CO2 emissions from new cars, as shown by an analysis by Transport & Environment.Weiterlesen
UK prices for Mazda MX-30, the brand’s first electric car
Mazda has now revealed the full UK range and pricing for the brand’s first EV with the MX-30 electric crossover. To kick-off, the order books are now open for the MX-30 First Edition model, which is limited to 500 units with deliveries starting in March 2021.Weiterlesen
Mazda can’t leave their hands off combustion
Mazda just can’t seem to stay away from combustion engines: The Mazda MX-30 that was introduced in October 2019 as an all-electric model and announced in a further version with range extender, has now been surprisingly presented with a mild hybrid combustion engine.Weiterlesen
Mazda launches production of the MX-30 in Ujina
Mazda has started production of the all-electric MX-30 at its plant in Ujina, Japan. In the second half of 2020 the electric car will roll into the showrooms of European Mazda dealers. While prices have not been released for most individual markets, in Germany, it will start at 33,490 euros.Weiterlesen
Mazda limits electric motor torque
It was already known that Mazda’s first electric model MX-30 would be launched with a relatively small battery (35.5 kWh) and a correspondingly modest range of 200 kilometres. Now we know that the manufacturer is taking other measures to ensure that driving an EV won’t feel too different from a standard combustion vehicle.Weiterlesen
Mazda introduces their first electric car MX-30
Mazda has now officially unveiled its first battery-electric model. The electric SUV MX-30 is equipped with a 35.5 kWh battery and can now be reserved. However, sales in Europe will not start until late 2020, with a First Edition starting at 33,990 euros in Germany.Weiterlesen
Mazda to market multiple EVs in China with Changan
Mazda is planning to begin offering a series of electric vehicles in China starting in 2020 with their joint venture partner Changan. The vehicles will be a series of SUVs, for which Changan will manufacture the motors, batteries and other components, while Mazda will be making the chassis.Weiterlesen
France: Carmakers agree to supplement eMobility
The French government and major carmakers have agreed to subsidise the switch from fossil fuel powered cars to electric vehicles. The manufacturers will thus supplement France’s scrappage scheme so that it can be raised and extended in 2019.Weiterlesen
Mazda is banking on hybrids for electrification strategy
Mazda has announced to electrify all of their models in the coming decade, partly at least, as the Japanese manufacturer is banking on hybrid motor systems for this endeavour. By 2030, 95% of their vehicles will feature a double motor system, with only 5% being fully electric.Weiterlesen
Suzuki, Subaru, Hino & Daihatsu join Japanese alliance
Four additional manufacturers are about to get involved in the EV Common Architecture Spirit, a Japanese JV recently created by Toyota, Mazda and Denso to jointly develop electric vehicle technologies.Weiterlesen
Polestar, Tesla, Daimler, Mazda, Navya, Cummins.
Polestar 1 arrives: Volvo revealed the first model of its now wholly electrified label Polestar, which is taking the lead in the Swedes’ e-offensive. The Polestar 1 is a Grand Tourer Coupé for four. Driven by the 600 hp plug-in hybrid system, it boasts an electric range of 150 kilometres, which places it almost in the realm of a range-extended EV. No wonder the premium model forebodes the upcoming all-electric Polestar 2, designed to rival Tesla’s Model 3. A purely electric SUV, the Polestar 3, has been lined-out too. But first things first and so the Polestar 1 mass production will commence in China from 2019.
autonews.com, autoexpress.co.uk, autocar.co.uk
News from production hell: Tesla is experiencing massive problems as it tries to bring Fremont up to volume production speed reportedly. The reasons however appear manifold and rumours range from the EV maker simply having overestimated its abilities to more concrete difficulties with welding the steel chassis of the Model 3 (the Model S and X are made of alloy). Some light has been shed by an Oppenheimer analyst, who puts the blame on a “small number of suppliers failing to deliver on time.” Bear in mind though that he is a shareholder himself. More noteworthy info was deliberated by Tesla supplier Polytec, that said Tesla may start making the Model 3 in Europe at Magna in Austria.
carscoops.com (welding issue), electrek.co (supplier issue), insideevs.com (move to Magna)
Daimler to split up three-way: The German corporation is looking to reorganise itself and at the moment three companies are likely: one for Mercedes-Benz cars and vans, another trucks and buses, and a third for financial services. The decision is far from final though as neither managers nor the board or shareholders have approved the plan yet. Ultimately the split would make it easier for Daimler to sell of parts of its business and the carmaker reasons such changes would help to adapt to a fast-paced environment. In any case, seeing such changes through is likely to take years of both planning and negotiations with stakeholders although Daimler aims at 2019.
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Mazda is going ahead with its range-extending rotary engine of which first plans appeared in March this year. Mazda’s head of engine design, Mitsuo Hitomi now confirmed that the rotary will be utilised for the brand’s premier EV due by 2019. It will the sit side by side the all-electric variant.
Navya teases the world debut of another autonomous EV set at November, 7. The French have not handed out much information but it is likely to be based on the existing shuttle Arma, maybe a bigger brother this time.
Cummins acquires Brammo: Their first electric truck has not been in this world longer than two months and Cummins already progresses on the path to electrification. It has now taken over Brammo, formerly known for electric motorcycles and now specialising in batteries.
greencarcongress.com, electrek.co, businesswire.com
China, Audi, Toyota, Mazda, Porsche, Mitsubishi, BYD.
China’s EV quota comes in 2019: Now it is official – China will impose new sales targets for EVs and HEVs by 2019, one year later than originally planned. But the quota level starts then straightaway with 10 percent, rising to 12 percent by 2020. Thus, the government simply removes the 8 percent quota for 2018, but otherwise sticks to its earlier plans. The new rule applies to carmakers that manufacture more than 30,000 traditional vehicles annually. Those who do not reach the 10 percent sales of so called new-energy vehicles must buy credits or face fines.
Audi to build EVs worldwide: The VW-owned carmaker wants to expand EV production to all of its factories, according to CEO Rupert Stadler. In future, electric cars won’t just roll off the lines in Brussels, Neckarsulm and Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, but also in Hungary and Mexico. The Germans intend to roll out more than 20 electrified cars before 2025, among them a dozen powered by a battery only. The company’s first two mass-produced EVs – the e-tron EV and the e-tron Sportback – will be manufactured in Brussels by 2018 respectively by 2019.
Japanese EV alliance: Toyota and Mazda team up with Toyota’s supplier Denso to found a JV called EV Common Architecture Spirit. The new company will be hold mainly by Toyota (90 percent shares) and its purpose is to boost the development of various types of electric vehicles – from compact cars to light trucks.
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Update about Porsche’s Mission E: New pictures taken at an exclusive dealer event in Norway have made their way in the internet and give an impression of the exterior and the interior of the latest Mission E prototype. Porsche’s first all-electric serial car shall hit the stores in 2019. If the information transferred from the above mentioned event are right, the serial version will offer 5 seats and 3 battery options – unlike the original concept. Pricing is said to be around 90.000 euros, reportedly.
Outlander PHEV to hit U.S. stores: The States had to wait long to welcome Mitsubishi’s Outlander plug-in hybrid on its streets, now the time has come: The Japanese manufacturer will provide the all-new version of its Outlander PHEV to the U.S. dealership by the end of the year. Pricing will start at 35,535 dollars before federal or state incentives.
BYD plans hybrid version of Song Max: BYD has launched its new mid-sized MPV Song Max on the Chinese market and announced that it intends to add a 2.0 and a 1.5 turbo hybrid soon, but no fully electric version. The model is the first one designed by the new chief designer Wolfgang Egger, previously employed by Audi.
Audi, Mazda, ElringKlinger, XFC.
Automated EV concepts: Audi’s booth at the IAA will include two concept EVs with autonomous capabilities of level 4 and 5. The SUV show car is based on the e-tron Sportback concept with three electric drives. The other study in self-driving settles in the D segment and got four electric motors and a said range of 700 – 800 kilometres. Nothing has been issued regarding production plans.
Mazda reaffirms electrification: Japan may soon lead the electric evolution as even Mazda confirms plans to jump on the fuel-free drive train. Though EV options across the whole range are only due by 2035, mild hybrid will become the norm from 2019, the same year a first Mazda EV is expected together with a rotary REx. From 2021, plug-in hybrids are to join the line-up as well.
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E-mobility by ElringKlinger: The German component maker has made electric vehicles its focus at the current IAA, where it presents battery systems and lightweight solutions. Also on display is an eAxle alongside a fuel cell stack ready for integration.
Funding for extra fast-charging: The US Department of Energy wants to support the development of EVs and/or batteries with extremely fast-charging (XFC) capabilities. The aim is to charge twice as fast a current fast-charging systems. The actual funding proposal has yet to be released.
Excellent is different: Chevy’s Bolt, this time as Opel Ampera-e has got a four star rating in the EuroNCAP crash test. The inspectors found fail with the rear’s resilience and also wanted passengers sitting in said back to be automatically reminded to put their seat belts on.
autoevolution.com, euroncap.com (results), youtube.com (crash test)
Hyundai, Audi, Future Mobility, Mercedes, Mazda, Smart
Hyundai’s new FCV: The Koreans have presented their latest fuel cell SUV in Seoul, which will hit the shelves by 2018. The FCV comes with 120kW while range is given at 580 kilometres. In total, Hyundai and Kia have lined up 31 electrified models until 2020 – eight all-electric ones, eleven PHEV, two FCV as well as ten simple hybrids.
koreaherald.com, koreatimes.co.kr, paultan.org
Audi is running the e-Tron for real as these first spy shots from testing reveal. Launch is set for 2018 and the electric SUV will be the German carmakers first attempt to compete with the likes of the Tesla Model X or Jaguar I-Pace. The e-Tron range is said to be 500 kilometres.
200m dollars for Future Mobility: A start-up led by former BMWi Manager Carsten Breitfeld and already backed by Foxconn and Tencent has generated another 200m dollars in a new round of funding. Future Mobility Corp (FMC) wants to use the money for R&D mainly and has scheduled its first model, an SUV, for next year’s CES. Once it launches by 2019, it is to cost 300,000 Yuan (45.000 dollars) and FMC plans two more models until 2022.
Mercedes’ diesel scrappage scheme is now available to buyers in the UK. Those willing to swap their old diesel guzzler for a hybrid or even the new electric Smart will receive a 1,000 (Smart) or 2,000 pounds throughout 2017.
Mazda cleans its act: Mazda is working on new petrol engines labelled Skyactiv-X, which are supposedly more fuel efficient. Comes 2021, the motor may also work in combination with an electric drive, Autocar learnt. An all-electric Mazda model may hit the road even sooner though, 2019 that is, and it may include a range extender too.
The New Smart ED is off to a rough start in the States as the EPA gave it a range of a combined 58 miles only. That is 10 miles less than the previous Smart Fortwo Electric Drive despite the battery having stayed the same. So it must be an issue related to weight and/or aerodynamics.
Voltia, Mazda, Volvo, Bonfiglioli.
Citroën-based electric van: Voltia (formerly Greenway) has a new model in its line-up, the Citroën Jumper custom built as K3 L3H3. The electric K3 van is offered with three battery options, 40, 60, and 90 kWh, and joins the electric Nissan van.
voltia.com (pdf), youtube.com
Mazda is on track with its rotary range extender as updated patents show. The first concept came two years ago in form of the Mazda 2 RE Range Extender that was an electric Mazda with a 330cc rotary engine. But the Japanese carmaker has further developed the idea which now includes an engine start-and-stop system. It looks like previous reports were accurate, that suggested we could expect a rotary range extender by 2019 as well as Mazda PHEV.
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Quarry work reloaded: Volvo Construction Equipment presented its autonomous and electric load carrier concept. The HX2 prototype is part of an electric site research project that seeks up to 95% reduction in carbon emissions and up to 25% lower TCO.
In-wheel drive for hybrid loader: Motor maker Bonfiglioli has a new wheel-traction drive, it developed for Swedish Huddig. It uses the 610 X in its hybrid backhoe loader that is able to control each 30 kW electric drive in each wheel independently.
SHW Group, Nissan, Mazda, Mini, Tesla.
Tesla is mystery client: The Californians confirmed being behind the deal with the SHW Group (we reported), but denies calling it off due to political reasons. Instead, the carmaker says performance and quality standards were not kept and SHW violated the confidentiality agreement. The latter obviously disagrees and will most likely take legal steps. After all, the cancelled deal was worth 100m dollars.
More range extended models: Nissan wants to offer more models with its new e-Power range extender. Following the small Nissan Note e-Power presented in autumn, the Japanese want to present the Juke e-Power study in Tokyo in October.
Electric Mazda: According to Nikkei, the Japanese carmaker will launch an all-electric compact car in 2019, and is simultaneously working on a rotary engine to be used as range extender. Mazda will also add plug-in hybrids to its portfolio from 2021. And while Mazda will produce its first EV on its own, Nikkei reports that the Japanese may work with Toyota in terms of electric drivetrains in the future.
Mini production location uncertain: Because of Brexit, the plan to build the 2019 all-electric Mini in Oxford remains in limbo. It could therefore be manufactured near Nedcar in the Netherlands instead.
Tesla kicks off in Portugal: The Model S and X can now be ordered in Portugal, with first deliveries expected in the second quarter of 2017. Tesla opened a headquarter in Lisbon and says it will also open a store and service centre there. The first Superchargers are scheduled for the second half of this year.
Nissan Rogue priced: The 2017 hybrid model will start at 27,180 dollars in the U.S. and is therefore just 1,000 dollars more expensive than the petrol version. And more importantly, it’s 2,790 dollars less than its main competition – the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
Uniti raises over 1 million dollars.
Swedish start-up Uniti raised more than 1m dollars for its small electric city car. The crowdfunding campaign will finance the production of a first prototype next year and get the company ready for market entry. The gull-winged vehicle is said to sell for about 22,000 dollars.
electrek.co, mynewsdesk.com, fundedbyme.com (crowdfunding campaign)
Volvo, Toyota, Mazda, Tesla, Volkswagen, Oil companies.
Volvo flagship is electric and Chinese: Geely’s Swedish prodigy presents two new S90 variants, the Excellence and a long version for China. Both will be offered as plug-in hybrid, while the Excellence will in fact be PHEV only. Volvo also announced a change of strategy as production will be largely outsourced to China, from where global demand shall be fulfilled henceforth.
Toyota and Mazda EV? Both carmakers from Japan are in talks over closer cooperation in at least ten sectors, Mazda’s Executive Vice President Akira Marumoto revealed. One field may be electric cars but no definite statement has been issued yet.
Tesla news merger: Both the Model S and Model X are now available in Ireland. Also, Tesla conjured up suport for its merger with SolarCity as it points out financial benefits in a detailed blog post. Glas used in the Tesla Solar Roof will also feature in the Model 3.
thejournal.ie (Ireland), tesla.com (merger), businessinsider.de (glas)
Hybrid double decker: Volvo presents a hybrid double decker bus. The B5LHC Double Deck Electric Hybrid has a more powerful motor and stronger battery rated at 19kWh compared to Volvo’s 7900 standard version. The double decker sits 87 passengers and is open to charge at any opportunity.
VW to exit rally sport: After Audi said goodbye to the WEC, Volkswagen is to quit the world rallying championship at the end of season 2017 as well. Again, the move is part of the carmakers cost-cutting exercise following the home made diesel fraud.
Redemption fund: Seven oil mayors including Saudi Aramco, BP, Total, and Shell are joining forces to set up an investment fund for renewables as they seek to keep profiting despite the destruction they help create. The group belongs the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) and will announce details on Friday.
Mazda, Brilliance & Bosch, Akasol, Toshiba.
Rotary hybrid in the works? Mazda issued a teaser picture showing a new sports car concept which will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. No official details have been released on the concept yet, but according to media reports, the study expected to be called RX-9 will feature a rotary engine with a two-stage electric turbocharger, mated to a hybrid system with a total power output of around 450 hp.
worldcarfans.com, autoblog.com, motoring.com.au
Brilliance teams up with Bosch: BMW’s Chinese joint venture partner Brilliance has agreed to enter into a strategic R&D partnership with Bosch. The cooperation between the two companies also includes the joint development of alternative energy automobiles.
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Akasol batteries for e-buses in Cologne: Akasol is supplying the Li-ion battery systems for eight all-electric articulated 18-meter buses, manufactured by VDL Bus & Coach. The e-buses will be operated by the public transport company Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe in the German city of Cologne.
IC for electrified vehicles: Toshiba announced the mass production start of “TB9042FTG”, a system regulator IC for the motor control system of electric and hybrid vehicles. The new IC features a strengthened monitoring function to reduce potential risks that threaten the security of the system.
Porsche, Toyota & Mazda, Venturi, GM, Colibri Energy, Kia.
Is it the Porsche 717? Porsche released a teaser image of a sports car under wraps with the titel “Mission: Future Sportscars.” Since it is placed next to the Le Mans racer 919 hybrid, German Auto Bild is certain that under the cover waits the all-electric Porsche 717 with a 500 kilometre range.
autobild.de (in German), facebook.com
Prius SUV: Through its joint collaboration with Mazda, Toyota could be working on a SUV version of its Prius, AutoGuide reports. It would be based on the C-HR Concept, which debuted in Paris last year and could combine Mazda’s 1.5 litre SkyActiv diesel engine and an electric motor. Earlier rumours also pointed to a joint electric car project.
Venturi changes game: The Monegasque-based electric car manufacturer announced that it will stop producing vehicles and will instead focus on the Formula E and attempts to speed records. At the same time, engineers working on the vehicle production terminate their contracts by the end of the month. A total of 17 of the company’s 33 employees were sacked.
autoplus.fr, avem.fr (articles in French)
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GM invests in Bolt production plant: General Motors says it will pour 245 million dollars into its production facility in Orion near Detroit, as well as eventually hire 300 workers. The factory is where the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt and an unnamed new model will be built.
New name: Germany-based energy storage company Kolibri Power Systems will continue operating under the new name of Colibri Energy. Colibri reports that despite the ongoing insolvency proceedings, new products are being marketed and existing orders processed, including a 200 kWh battery system for a transport vehicle in Hamburg.
Pre-orders accepted: Kia says it will now take pre-orders for the new K5 (also known as Optima), which will arrive at dealerships in South Korea by mid-July. The hybrid variant has been announced for the end of the year, with a plug-in hybrid version to follow early 2016.
Toyota & Mazda, Passat GTE, Formula E, Maserati, Maruti.
Joint EV from Japan? Toyota and Mazda are planning to issue an electric model together, Motoring reports. The new EV would apparently have the size of a BMW i3 and target U.S. and Japanese markets. It could be the first result of the new partnership the two companies announced recently.
Passat PHEV pricing: The new VW Passat GTE is now available to order in Germany. Prices start at 44,250 euros and go up to 45,250 euros for the station wagon. Range for the hybrid Passat is given as 50 kilometres while the system comes with 219 hp.
autobild.de (in German)
Piquet wins Moscow ePrix: Nelson Piquet Jr. has won the latest race of the Formula E and extended his championship advantage with only one event remaining. Sebastien Buemi lost his second place in the Moscow ePrix after his e.dams-Renault team was penalised for an unsafe release.
autosport.com, fiaformulae.com, youtube.com (highlights)
Preview of Maserati-SUV: Patent drawings that surfaced on the internet give a first impression of the Maserati Levante SUV, which is scheduled to debut at the NAIAS 2016 in Detroit. The SUV is believed to be offered as a PHEV variant by 2017 (we reported).
autoblog.com, autoweek.com (Detroit 2016)
Spied: The Maruti Swift Range Extender has been photographed close to Maruti’s factory in India. It is aid to run 25.5 kilometres in pure electric mode. The next generation Swift might be offered as a mild hybrid for the Indian market by 2017.