Tag: Mazda

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the video of the kite-driven Volkswagen E-Up, putting a new meaning to EV sailing mode.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Found on electrive.com
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