Tag: Mazda

Oct 23, 2019 - 12:55 pm

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.

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Nov 9, 2018 - 05:49 pm

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.

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Oct 31, 2018 - 04:52 pm

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.

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Oct 2, 2018 - 02:45 pm

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.

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Jan 24, 2018 - 12:49 pm

Mazda and Changan team up to build electric SUV

Mazda and Changan join forces to develop EVs. The first electric model, an SUV is to launch on the Chinese mainland next year. Most of the electronic innards will come from Changan while Mazda will design the outer body.

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Oct 18, 2017 - 08:57 am

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.
carscoops.com, daimler.com

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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.
autonews.com

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.
techau.com.au, navya.tech

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

Sep 29, 2017 - 08:30 am

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.
reuters.com, bloomberg.com

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.
europe.autonews.com

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.
reuters.com, europe.autonews.com

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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.
electrek.co

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.
autoblog.com, greencarreports.com

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.
carnewschina.com

Sep 11, 2017 - 08:51 am

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.
audi-mediacenter.com

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.
autoexpress.co.uk

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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.
elringklinger.de

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.
greencarcongress.com

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)

Aug 18, 2017 - 08:01 am

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.
autocar.co.uk

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.
reuters.com

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.
autocar.co.uk

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.
autocar.co.uk

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.
insideevs.com

Mar 20, 2017 - 10:48 am

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.
autoblog.com, uspto.gov

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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.
volvoce.com

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.
bonfiglioli.co.uk

Jan 30, 2017 - 09:31 am

SHW Group, Nissan, Mazda, Mini, Tesla.

shw-logo_300x150pxTesla 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.
reuters.com, electrek.co

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.
carscoops.com, blog.caranddriver.com

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.
nikkei.com

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.
automobil-produktion.de

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.
teslarati.com, electrek.co

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.
autoblog.com, hybridcars.com

Nov 24, 2016 - 09:35 am

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)

Nov 3, 2016 - 09:29 am

Volvo, Toyota, Mazda, Tesla, Volkswagen, Oil companies.

Volvo-S90Volvo 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.
europeautonews.com, carscoops.com

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.
autonews.com

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.
smmt.co.uk, automotiveworld.com

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.
autonews.com, electricautosport.com

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.
reuters.com

Oct 19, 2015 - 07:58 am

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.
gasgoo.com

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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.
greencarcongress.com

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.
greencarcongress.com

Jun 23, 2015 - 08:45 am

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.
autoguide.com

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.
freep.com

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.
pv-magazine.com

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.
koreaherald.com

Jun 8, 2015 - 08:11 am

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.
motoring.com.au

VW-Passat-GTE-PolicePassat 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.
indianautosblog.com

May 11, 2015 - 08:56 am

Solarwatt & BMW, Toyota & Mazda, GM, Power Plaza, Formula E.

SolarwattBMWiStefan Quandt vs. Elon Musk? According to German Manager Magazine, major BMW shareholder Stefan Quandt could give Elon Musk a run for his money. Together with company Solarwatt, in which Quandt also holds major stakes, he wants to introduce the home energy storage system “MyReserve” in June. Unlike Tesla’s system, this is said to be compatible with all inverters and solar energy systems and could even arrive on the market earlier than the Tesla battery. Due to the involvement of BMW’s i-brand, “everything from solar panels over batteries to electric cars” could be handled in one place.
manager-magazin.de (in German), solarwatt.de

Japanese alliance: Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei reports that Toyota will allow its competitor Mazda to make use of its fuel cell and hybrid technologies. In return, Toyota will be granted access to Mazda’s Skyactiv technology, used to increase the efficiency of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars.
nikkei.com

Target won’t be met: GM says that it will fall short of its goal of selling a total of 500,000 electrified vehicles (from mild hybrids to EVs) by 2017. A mere 180,834 were sold through the end of 2014.
detroitnews.com, greencarreports.com, autoblog.com

Korean EV with long range: Power Plaza introduced its Yebbujana R at the EVS 28 that can go up to 571 kilometers on one charge at a speed of 60 km/h (37 mph). The all-electric car weighs only 745 kilos and will become available in South Korea at the end of 2016 at a price of around 40,000 dollars.
nikkeibp.co.jp

Formula E gets new sponsor: Visa Europe announced that is on board for financing the inaugural 2014/2015 season of the electric racing series. Europe’s leading payment provider was a partner of the ePrix race in Monaco and will be for Berlin and London.
electriccarsreport.com

Buemi wins Monaco ePrix: Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi (e-dams Renault) won the inaugural Monaco Formula E race on Saturday, finishing ahead of Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) for his second win of the season. The race began with a multiple car crash on the run out of Saint Devote.
motorsport.com, youtube.com (highlights)

Testing the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: Matt Joy calls this car a “revolution” and compares it to the Book of Genesis. He adds that the only thing speaking against buying the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is the lack of hydrogen filling stations – which Joy hopes will increase with FCV sales.
uk.cars.yahoo.com

Oct 30, 2014 - 09:27 am

Leahead, Kia, Mazda, Vega, China, Detroit Electric.

Kia-Optima-2014Electric Toyota arrives 2015: Toyota’s joint venture Guangqi Toyota in China has founded a new car brand named Leahead. Its first model based on the Levin, which was shown at the Auto China, will be all-electric and become available in China next year. A new hybrid model will also be released next year.
autonews.gasgoo.com

Kia plug-in to come 2016: The new non-hybrid Kia Optima will be available in Germany at the end of next year and the plug-in variant will follow at the beginning of 2016. For that same year, Kia also plans a new compact model that will be available as a hybrid only.
automobilwoche.de, autozeitung.de (articles in German)

Electrified Mazdas? Motor Trend quotes insiders saying that adding electric variants is definitely up for discussion at Mazda. According to rumours, the carmaker will release a diesel hybrid version of its Mazda6 in 2016, followed by an all-electric model in 2018.
motortrend.com

Electric supercar from Sri Lanka: The all-electric Vega by software company Code Gen International will be unveiled in December, while a first image and first details have already been released. The EV will feature a carbon body and two electric motors with a combined capacity of 662 kW.
asiantribune.com

China opens production halls: By the end of the year, the government wants to to finish drafting a policy that would allow new players to produce EVs in China, especially those that are not typical car manufacturers. Companies such as Wanxiang are allegedly in the starting blocks.
bloomberg.com, inautonews.com

More details about the SP:01: The electric sports car by Detroit Electric will weigh only 1,090 kilos and feature a 37 kWh battery pack, allowing for a range of up to 288 kilometres. Moreover, the supercar is said to go from zero to 100 kph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 kph.
cleantechnica.com, detroit-electric.com

Aug 14, 2014 - 08:35 am

Mazda, Stanford University, Volvo, BYD.

Mazda3-HybridMazda with diesel hybrids? Apparently, Mazda is planning to launch diesel hybrids in its domestic as well as European markets, the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reports. So far the carmaker only has the Mazda 3 with Toyota’s hybrid technology on offer and has been experimenting with rotary engine hybrids.
the-japan-news.com, greencarcongress.com

Improved separator: Researchers from Stanford University’s Cui Group were able to increase the capacity and cycling stability of lithium-sulphur (Li-S) batteries. Their idea was to apply a thin coating on the separator to prevent the inactive sulphur-related species layer from forming.
greencarcongress.com

T-easer Volvo XC90: The Swedes new SUV will come with striking t-shaped LED daytime lights that took inspiration from Thor’s hammer, says Volvo. The XC90 will be Volvo’s first model built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which maximises freedom for development. On Augusts 27th, the new SUV will officially be presented in Stockholm.
motoring.com.au, media.volvocars.com

Manganese cathodes: Apparently BYD plans to produce new high-energy batteries for the use in its electric vehicles as early as next year. To achieve better energy density, the Chinese battery maker will add manganese to its lithium iron phosphate cathode material. This could mean a 10 to 15% increase of range.
metal.com via greencarcongress.com

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Jul 22, 2014 - 08:30 am

ABB & Volvo, Mahle, University of New South Wales, Mazda.

Volvo-Bus-Plug-in-HybridGlobal e-bus partnership: ABB and Volvo Buses signed an agreement to work together on quick charging for plug-in hybrid and electric buses. Together, they want to set new standards with their system which will first be used in Luxembourg next year. The chargers will automatically connect to the roof of the bus and charge with up to 300 kW.
electriccarsreport.com, uk.reuters.com

More power for range extender: Automotive supplier Mahle will offer its range extender engine in two new power variants. The currently 30 kW will be increased to 40 and 50 kW suitable for vehicles weighing more than 1.6 tonnes. The new engines are said to be still compact and utilise many parts from the original. The stronger versions are currently being tested.
springerprofessional.de (in German)

Record to break: Sunswift, a team of students from the University of New South Wales hopes to break the EV record for the highest average speed over a 500 km (310 miles) ride with their eVe. The current record is 45 mph and Sunswift believes to be faster even without utilising the car’s solar panels.
engineering.com

Back to the future: In 1993, Mazda fitted its legendary Miata with a rotary engine running on hydrogen. While it was not a fuel cell vehicle, the MX 5 actually burned H2. However, fuelling was arduous and the tank made driving anything else than nimble. Points for trying though.
jalopnik.com

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Most clicked link on Monday was the ‘Short Circuit’ about the futuristic Nimbus micro-bus concept.
offroadxtreme.com

May 27, 2014 - 08:36 am

TransPower, Japanese combustion engine collaboration.

TransPower-engineAll-electric short-haul: TransPower wants to electrify the short-haul drayage market. Its ElecTruck drive system includes dual electric motors, a modular 270 kWh Li-ion battery, and a five speed transmission. Eight of these heavy weights will be put into drayage service at the Ports of LA and Long Beach, California, by the end of the year.
chargedevs.com

All for one, one for all: Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Daihatsu have announced an alliance to improve fuel economy of future combustion engines. The Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines is aiming to bring the efficiency up to 50%. Even the EV-loving Japanese seem to think that combustion engines will not be pushed off the streets anytime soon.
autoblog.com

Apr 9, 2014 - 08:55 am

Put a spider in your tank.

Mazda is recalling its Mazda 6 in the USA as the car proves too popular with yellow sac spiders. Attracted by the smell of petrol, the crawling plague weaves webs inside the tank increasing the risk of fire. A Mazda spokesman could not shed light on why the spiders chose Mazda but summarised the situation honestly when admitting to be “terrified.”
bbc.co.uk

Dec 18, 2013 - 05:01 pm

Graz University, Mazda, NXP Semiconductors, Skoda Electric.

Light and airy: Researcher at the Graz University (Austria) and University of St. Andrews (UK) have found a way to increase the efficiency as well as capacity of lithium-air batteries. By using titanium carbine as electrodes instead of carbon, and light weight oxygen instead of heavy ionic structures, researcher say, storage capacity could be increased tenfold.
ofweek.com, samachar.com

Rotary range extender: Mazda has revived its Wankel rotary engine, giving it a purpose in a new context. The rotary now serves as range extender in a Mazda2 EV prototype, adding an extra 200 kilometres (125 miles) to the battery pack.
greencarreports.com, autoexpress.co.uk

New connection? NXP Semiconductors and Datang Telecom have established a joint venture for the development and marketing of semiconductor solutions for electric and hybrid vehicles in China. It is the first of its kind company in the country. Chinese authorities have yet to give the business a green light.
digitimes.com; nxp.com

Skoda Electric plans e-busses: The Czech manufacturer takes to the streets with two electric busses. The first model was introduced in September and has a range of 150 kilometres (93 miles). Charging takes place at the depot overnight. The second e-bus, due in 2014, is said to have a range of 30 km (19 m) and can be recharged quickly at bus stops and terminals.
greencarcongress.com

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2019/10/23/mazda-introduces-their-first-bev/
23.10.2019 12:45