Tag: Mercedes

Sep 30, 2016 - 08:35 am

Mercedes, Germany, Zoe, Opel, Peugeot.

Mercedes-Generation-EQDaimler’s electric revolution begins in Paris, where Mercedes has got its new sub-label EQ (Electric Intelligence) on display. Ten all-electric models are lined up until 2025, which cover all segments from compact to luxury. Daimler aims for every fifth sold car to be electric by then. Generation EQ is a concept, due for market entry by 2019. The electric SUV is driven by two electric motors. A modular battery system delivers up to 70 kWh, enough for about 500 km of range.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com, daimler.com

No more ICE: Germany’s Green party wants to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles from registration in the country comes 2030. The proposal will be discussed at the party meeting in Münster this November.
welt.de (in German)

Renault update: The French presented the 400 km range Zoe in Paris as expected. It will indeed be available to order already from October, 1. Battery rent will hitherto not be limited by kilometres anymore. Also, the new power package can be retrofitted.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com

It is official: The Chevy Bolt will reach Europe as Opel Ampera-e. In Paris, it was presented as having a range over 500 km according to NEDC testing. Market entry is set for the first half of 2017.
carscoops.com, youtube.com, opel.com

Peugeot does it electrically: Three PHEV and two EV are due in 2021, Jean-Philippe Imparato, head of the Peugeot brand told Autocar. The 3008, 5008 and 508 will be partially electrified, while both the 208 and 2008 will be fully electric. None could be seen in Paris.

Sep 26, 2016 - 08:43 am

Smart, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Tesla, Buick.

Samrt-ED-2017-alleElectric Smart revealed: Just ahead of the Paris Auto Show, Daimler officially presented its Smart ED models. All three variants will feature a 60 kWh motor and 17.6 kWh battery pack now allowing for 160 km of range. An on-board fast-charger with double the charging capacity as the previous version will also come standard, while a 22 kW on-board charger option will be added from 2017. The small EVs will hit European roads early next year.
insideevs.com, mercedes-benz.com

Electric VW preview: Volkswagen is showing first drawings of its electric car study ahead of its presentation in Paris. The front is reminiscent of the facelifted Tesla Model S, while the car is also part VW e-Golf, part BMW i3. Technical details will be released when the Salon de l’Automobile opens its doors.
autocar.co.uk, autoblog.com

Daimler starts with electric SUV: According to German Auto Bild, Mercedes will unveil the EQC in Paris. The five- and seven-seater electric crossover is said to become available in 2019 and be fitted with two electric motors. The 70 kWh battery pack will allow for 500 km on one charge.
autobild.de (in German)

Comprehensive solution a la Tesla? Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the carmaker will presents its combination of Tesla solar roof, Powerwall 2.0 and new charging unit on October 28th. While no further details are known, Musk seems ready to release the next generation of the home energy storage device. And the Tesla Semi is also taking shape. According to Electrek, a number of engineers from Daimler’s SuperTruck programme have joined the EV maker.
electrek.co, twitter.com, electrek.co (Tesla Semi)

Electric Buick for China? According to media reports, GM is looking to release the Chevrolet Volt in the form of the Buick Velite in China. While the Velite will share the same drivetrain components as the Volt, it will be slightly more luxurious. The EV could make its debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December.

Sep 9, 2016 - 08:35 am

Mercedes, Hyundai, Tesla, Volkswagen, Toyota, Lexus.

Electric Mercedes in China: Daimler wants to sell electric cars on the Chinese market under the Mercedes brand. The reason is said to be the electrification of vehicles in higher price segments and government support. The fairly limited success of Daimler’s Chinese brand Denza surely aided with the decision.

Hyundai-i30Ioniq under the hood: Hyundai will use the Ioniq hybrid or electric drivetrain for the upcoming i30, as well as to facilitate electrification of other models. In case of the i30, a plug-in hybrid, pure hybrid or even an all-electric version is in the cards. Meanwhile, the carmaker released first images of and data for the i30 ahead of the official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show.
evfleetworld.co.uk (electrification), carscoops.com (preview)

Deutsche Bank provides Tesla funds: The carmaker announced that it received 300m dollars in loans from Deutsche Bank for the former’s direct lease programme. With the loan in its back pocket until September 2018, Tesla will need to raise less capital in another round of financing for the Model 3 production.
reuters.com, electrek.co

New e-up! hits the Isles: The facelifted VW e-up! Can now be ordered for 20,780 pounds after the government’s grant in the UK. First deliveries are scheduled for October. The price of the new generation e-up! Is slightly higher, due to a 500 pound reduction of the OLEV grant.
automotiveworld.com, autocar.co.uk

New Supra in the spotlight: First images of the Toyota Supra sports car remake were snapped during a test drive. The hybrid coupé which was jointly developed with BMW will hit the road in 2018. Despite the regular camouflage, the car’s neat proportions are already apparent.

New Lexus concept caught on camera: The UX concept is said to preview the Toyota brand’s upcoming SUVs and will premiere at the Paris Auto Show. Not much is known about the technical aspects of the vehicle, but considering Lexus’ long standing tradition of hybrids, a partially electric drivetrain is in the cards.


Sep 1, 2016 - 08:19 am

Tesla, Baidu, Mercedes, e-rickshaws, Beijing.

Show Tesla the money: Another round of financing is needed if the Model 3 and Gigafactory are to go ahead as planned. Tesla says, it intends to raise additional funds by the years’ end “through potential equity or debt offerings.” The merger with SolarCity plays a role as well. Apart from risks, Tesla also offers new securities. ‘InsureMyTesla’ is the firm’s first insurance product and will be available in Australia and Hongkong with QBE Insurance and AXA General Insurance as partners.
electrek.co, sec.gov, usatoday.com, electrek.co (insurance)

Autonomous EV by Baidu: The Chinese equivalent to Google has started testing its self-driving technology with an all-electric Chery EQ. Previously, Baidu used a modified BMW 3-series. The company plans to put its technology to public shuttle duties by 2018.

Hybrid AMG racer: Mercedes’ tuning arm AMG will presumably celebrate its 50th jubilee with a special edition. The rumours may take on production form already by 2017, Top Gear learned. Three electric motors coupled with an extra strong F1 engine would make for a fine 700 hp hybrid.

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Free e-rickshaws: India has liberated electric carts and rikshaws from requiring any permits to allow them to hit the roads freely. Restrictions can still be imposed for driving in specified areas or streets.
indiatvnews.com, business-standard.com

LEV ban in China: Beijing has banned segways and electric scooters from Chinese roads. Security issues like illegal speeds over 20 mph, missing lights, and weak brakes are behind the move. Drivers being caught face a fine of 10 yuan (1.5 dollars).

Aug 12, 2016 - 08:05 am

Mercedes, Revero, Poland, Honda, Hyundai, Kia.

Mercedes’ electric label is taking form as MEQ. The suggestion is based on Daimler’s registration of a series of model names starting with EQ found by Auto Express. They range from EQA through to EQX, plus the protected slogans ‘EQ inside,’ ‘EQ boost’ and ‘Generation MEQ.’ It is believed that the EQS, an electric sedan, will introduce the new style at Daimler and pose a high-end competitor for Tesla. While Mercedes officially denies all naming games, it recently mentioned an eco subbrand.

Karma-Revero-2017Revero revealed: Karma Automotive issued the first picture showing the Fisker Karma successor. The lineage is obvious but technical details are scarce. The Revero will have a solar roof and is said to have “super-charging capabilities,” according to Karma. On-sale is set for September, 08.
greencarreports.com, electriccarsreport.com, prnewswire.com

1m EV for Poland: Within ten years 1 million electric vehicles shall roam Polish roads. The goal has been set by the government that plans to issue grants and tax rebates details of which are yet to emerge. Several car sharing projects are planned and Poland asks its towns for ideas also.

Baby NSX expected: Honda trademarked ZSX thus spawning speculation of an upcoming small version of the NSX. An engineer hinted at a concept to debut in Detroit next year. If the ZSX holds up it will likely come in the form of a hybrid coupe concept with two electric in-wheel motors.

Hyundai i30 Ioniq? The Korean started teasing the upcoming i30 set to debut in Paris in October. It is expected to be the first model to also benefit from the Ioniq’s electric motor line-up, meaning there may well be a hybrid or plug-in hybrid i30 in the making. Hyundai has not confirmed that.

Kia Niro review: It is the company’s first dedicated hybrid and it has hit the shores of Kia’s best-trading market overseas, Great Britain. The Niro found favour with Motoring as they liked the design in particular as well as the smooth switch from electric to petrol mode. Alas, the gear shifts not as effortlessly.

Aug 8, 2016 - 08:08 am

Renault, Mercedes, Tesla, Corvette, Kia, BMW.

Renault-KWIDRenault to build EVs with Russia? Rosseti, a Russian utility provider is in talks with Renault for setting up a local production afacility for electric cars. The Moscow region in particular is seen as potent market, where up to 110,000 units could be sold by 2020. By 2030, up to 300,000 EVs could roam Russia, said Roman Berdnikov, Rosseti’s director. Renault has not commented.
automobil-produktion.de, sk.ru (in Russian)

Mercedes electric line substantiated: Daimler is pushing its plans for new electric models. Insiders speak of two electric SUV and two sedan set for launch within this decade and under a dedicated electric sub-brand. The first EV will be build in Bremen together with the fuel cell GLC.

Tesla to scale up: 2,200 EV per week shall leave the lines in Fremont this quarter. For Q4 their number is set to increase to 2,400 units, Tesla plans. The company has struggled to fulfil projected production in Q2 but still aims to deliver 50,000 Model S and X until the year’s end. On the energy front, Tesla plans to make its own inverters to connect its products to SolarCity – given the merger gets the go ahead.
shareholder.com (production outlook), electrek.co (SolarCity)

PHEV Corvette? Chevrolet is expected to launch edition no. 8 of its epic Corvette in 2019 and it looks as if there might be a plug-in hybrid version in the making. The idea has been inserted into the public sphere by former GM manager and outspoken car commentator Bob Lutz.
detroitnews.com via greencarreports.com

Kia for Rio: The Korean carmaker plans a crossover version of its Rio supermini. The Rio SUV may arrive as a plug-in hybrid late next year with hybrid technology taken from the Niro.

BMW 740Le xDrive review: Hilton Holloway got to drive the hybrid luxury model, which he calls one of BMW’s “mightiest technical achievements to date.” Power is mainly down to the engine as the electric motor only works until it hits 50 mph. Holloway however finds the motor noise a “real issue.”


Jul 28, 2016 - 08:21 am

Mercedes, VDL, Jaguar, Keating Berus, Seoul, Mahindra Reva.

Mercedes-Urban-eTruckElectric truck from Daimler: As announced yesterday, Mercedes has unveiled the prototype of its Urban eTruck with a 26 ton permissible gross vehicle weight for short-radius distribution in cities. The truck features two 125 kW electric motors in the rear adjacent to the wheel hubs and has a modular battery pack with up to 212 kWh capacity that can be recharged using CCS. Range is estimated at 200 km. Daimler says that it won’t begin serial production before 2020.
greencarcongress.com, europe.autonews.com, daimler.com (drivetrain details)

Electric truck from VDL: Dutch manufacturer VDL is a little quicker than Mercedes and wants to offer a 37t truck for short-radius distribution in cities by 2017. Moreover, it says it will use locally developed and manufactured battery technology.
ed.nl (in Dutch) via primemovermag.com.au

Electric Jaguar duo? According to insider George Kacher from Automobile Magazine, the British carmaker is working on two electric vehicles – a sedan and an SUV. They are both allegedly being built by Austrian company Magma and will hit the road in 2019. The goal is to produce 30,000 electric sedans and 50,000 electric SUV per year.

British luxury EV: The unveiling of a new electric sports car from the UK at the luxury trade fair Top Marques 2017 in Monaco has already been announced. The Keating Berus is said to get an all-electric offshoot with around 300 kW. No further details are known.

Seoul gets even more generous: The city’s government announced that it will increase subsidies for electric vehicles. Private buyers as well as companies will thus receive an extra 2m won, which is just shy of 1,800 dollars per EV bought.

New Mahindra Reva EV? It looks as though the carmaker wants to launch two new electric models this year, though no details have been given price. The plans may surprise, as India is not exactly a soaring EV market. Only 753 electric cars were sold there in 2015.

Jul 27, 2016 - 08:10 am

Horizon, Mercedes, Apple, Tesla.

Horizon update: The EU Commission has published its list of grant opportunities as part of the Horizon 2020 programme. “Green Vehicles” will thus benefit from 133m euros in 2017, including 20m euros for the “development of a new generation of cells and their integration in competitive batteries.”

Starred electric truck: Mercedes will present its “urban eTruck” concept in Stuttgart today. The all-electric heavy-duty truck can lug up to 25 tons. We are not allowed to tell you more just yet, but you can follow the live-stream starting at 10:30 a.m. CET.
mercedes-benz.com (live-stream from 10:30 a.m. CET)

New momentum for Apple: The company’s former executive Apple Watch project leader Bob Mansfield is taking over the electric car project “Titan.” Mansfield would therefore take over form Steve Zadesky, who left the IT giant in January (we reported).
autoblog.com; electrek.co

Tesla and Mobileye end cooperation: The Israeli company announced the end of its partnership with the EV maker. Whether it has something to do with the fatal car crash involving the Autopilot is not clear.
it-times.de, electrek.co

Jul 19, 2016 - 08:14 am

Mercedes, Ontario, Supercharger, Duke Energy, Toyota.

Future bus put to test: Mercedes presented its autonomous CityPilot Bus in Amsterdam. The vehicle drove itself over 20 km at an average speed of 70 kph. Stops for imaginary passengers were part of the demo. The bus avoided collisions with cars and pedestrians in its separate lane successfully. Daimler plans to go into serial production by 2020. An electric version is likely but as of yet unconfirmed.

Charging Canada: Ontario province will set up a network of 500 new EV charging stations, including 84 fast-charging stops. The chargers shall be installed at stores and offices by March 2017. The 24m dollar programme includes partners like McDonald’s and Ikea or the airport.

Supercharging Canada is Tesla who just installed another two of its fast-charging stations in Montreal and Magog in Québec. Those join the existing nine Superchargers in Eastern Canada.

1.5m dollar public charging programme: Duke Energy aims to increase the number of public charging stations in North Carolina by 30 percent. The firm offers cities and towns 1.5m dollars. 500,000 dollars go into the installation of charging stations for electric buses. Deadline for applications is September, 1.
greencarcongress.com, Apply for public charger, Apply for buses

Rent a Prius: Hertz Mexico adds Toyota’s hybrid bestseller to its rental line-up. The 2016 Toyota Prius is available at all stations in Mexico City as part of Hertz’ Green Collection scheme.

Jul 14, 2016 - 08:29 am

Tesla, Mercedes, Apple, Porsche, electric bus, Solar Impulse 2.

Tesla-Model-X-final300Cheaper Model X: Just like the Model S (we reported), Tesla’s Model X is now available with a smaller, 60 kWh battery pack. The new base version, the Model X 60D, starts 74,00 dollars, about 9,000 dollars less than the next step up, the 75D variant.
autoblog.com, insideevs.com, electriccarsreport.com

Electric Mercedes revealed: But don’t get your hopes up, this is no electric car for going the distance nor will it take on Tesla. Golf cart Garia is equipped with a 3 kW electric motor, can go up to 80 km on one charge and has a maximum speed of 30 kph. Better to start small than never.
paultan.org, motoringresearch.com, emercedesbenz.com

Could Apple buy the Formula 1? Apparently, the two are in serious talks about a takeover and the F1 is officially for sale. A takeover would give Apple also a seat at the table with FIA, who is also in charge of the Formula E – possibly a perfect setting to introduce the secret ‘Project Titan’ or Apple Car to the track.
trustedreviews.com, joesaward.wordpress.com

Spyder recall: Porsche is calling the hybrid Spyder 918 back to the shop, as two different seatbelt screw could have been mixed up during assembly. This is the Spyder’s second recall. But with all of 918 units, it’s more an embarrassment than a hassle.

E-bus production in Asia: Chinese electric bus manufacturer Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors wants to set up an assembly plant in Thailand that will serve as a production base for ASEAN countries. Some 10,000 EVs are to be built there the first year. The Thai government is looking into the proposal.

Fly high: As reported, the Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Cairo yesterday – but not without flying a short victory lap over the pyramids. This is the crew’s 16 stop during its global circumvention and the last before heading back to Abu Dhabi from where the plane originally took off last year.
bbc.com, theguardian.com

Jun 13, 2016 - 07:09 am

Mercedes, Geely, air pollution, Tesla, Solar Impulse 2, VW.

Mercedes-GLC-F-Cell-PrototypePlug-in fuel cell hybrid: The Mercedes GLC F-Cell will feature a battery pack that can be charged externally and inductively. It complements two hydrogen tanks with enough hydrogen for 280 miles. The power pack adds another 30 miles of electric driving and makes the GLC the first fuel cell PHEV. Launch is set for next year. 2017 is also to see a face lifted S-Class with a plug-in hybrid variant featuring a 13.5 kWh battery rather than the previous 8.7 kWh. The doubling in capacity is said to last for 30 miles.
autocar.co.uk (GLC), autocar.co.uk (S-class)

London black cabs EU bound: The electric version of the iconic British taxi is seeking its very own Brexit as Geely pitches to Paris, Oslo, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Berlin. The TX5 prototype currently on display in the French capital could hit the Parisian roads already by 2018.
bloomberg.com, europe.autonews.com

Emission excess: Air pollution is still higher than its legal limit in 10 of 28 EU Member States. Data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) names emissions from road transport and agriculture as the worst offenders. Germany exceeded three out of its four emission ceilings in 2014.

Suspension scandal suspended: Tesla has reacted to allegations of a failing Model S suspension and a wilful cover up. The story goes back to one model, which is driven on a dirt road daily, and has been spun further by the owner of the discontinued ‘Tesla Death Watch’ blog. NHTSA has been looking into the matter and has not found a recurring fault so far.
electrek.co, insideevs.com, teslamotors.com

Almost there: The Solar Impulse made it to New York, where it circled the Statue of Liberty on Saturday night. The solar-powered plane is now waiting for favourable weather conditions to start the last leg of its circumvention of the globe, the crossing of the Atlantic.

VW to electrify commercial vehicles: Volkswagen thinks about offering the Caddy and T-series as electric variants but only if the required technology becomes available at a reasonable price point. The Amarok however, is excluded from the modernising effort.
automobilwoche.de (in German)

Jun 10, 2016 - 08:13 am

Tesla, Mercedes, GAC, Faraday Future, Felipe Massa.

Cheaper Model S: Tesla reintroduces the base version Model S with a 60 kWh battery that starts from 66,000 dollars. In actual fact the power pack holds 75 kWh but is software-limited to offer a range of about 210 miles. To unleash the full capacity electronically, another 9,000 dollars occur. Meanwhile, the first Model X will be delivered in Europe later this month.
electrek.co, greencarcongress.com, twitter.com (Model X)

Positive H2 prognosis: A 4-digit number of FCV a year Mercedes reckons to sell once the GLC Fuel Cell launches by 2017. The estimate was made by Harald Kröger, head of electric drive development at Daimler, who refrained from stating a price.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

EV facility by GAC: Chinese Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor (GAC Motor) is to build a factory in Xinjiang already this year to produce cars and EVs under its Trumpchi brand. Initial annual production is set for 50,000 units but once the plant is fully operational up to 200,000 vehicles may roll off the lines.

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Faraday Future has hired the former Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci, who headed Ferrari North America and Ferrari Asia Pacific last. It is unclear which role he will play at the Californian start-up. He will be in good company however as FF just recently poached professionals from both Ford and Tesla.

It is a maybe: Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa can well imagine to move into the electric racing series. As he currently drives for Williams, who happens to be building the drivetrain for the Jaguar Formula E entry next year, his move might come sooner rather than later.

Jun 9, 2016 - 07:56 am

BYD, Mercedes, Zero, Toyota, Tesla, VW.

BYD dreaming bigger: The Chinese manufacturer says it will deliver 120,000 hybrid and electric vehicles in the second half of this year, double as many as last year. For future growth, BYD looks into building light rail vehicles like trams that could serve in 2nd and 3rd tier Chinese cities within five years.

Plug-in A-class: As Mercedes is readying the new A series set for launch by 2018, German media reports that a plug-in hybrid variant with an electric range of up to 100 km is planned as well. Spy shots show the the new compact Daimler but do not reveal a plug yet.
auto-motor-und-sport.de, autobild.de (both in German),

Zero jubilee: For its tenth birthday, Zero Motorcycles issues the 10th Anniversary Edition DSR limited to 50 units. In a broader promotional effort, buyers of the Zero S, SR, DS, or regular DSR receive a 1,000 dollar gift card through the month of June. Those opting for a Zero FX oder FXS get 650 dollars off.

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Toyota to continue legacy: Supra will indeed be the name of the hybrid sports car the Japanese carmaker jointly develops with BMW. Toyota registered the name in Europe, thus confirming its intentions as previously reported.

Tesla is in and VW is out of the top ten of the most valuable car brands. Toyota retains its pole position, followed by BMW and Mercedes Benz. Tesla ranks as number 10 for the first time and is only overtaken by Porsche. Together with Audi on rank 7, both brands keep VW in the game despite the diesel scandal.
europe.autonews.com, caradvice.com.au

Model X review: Ahead of the UK launch, Autocar got in the new Tesla and finds the electric SUV “dramatic.” While some interior lapses and minor issues with driving comfort are mentioned with British roads in mind, the Ludicrous mode and easy if slow access via Falcon Wing doors work their magic.

Jun 8, 2016 - 08:00 am

VW, Changan, Mercedes, Electra Meccanica, Toyota.

VW fights: Volkswagen is to present six electric concepts by 2018 and four are likely to see the light at the end of a serial production line. Autobild reports of a CUVe, a Coupé Utility Vehicle in two versions, designed to share the market with Tesla’s Model 3. The NUVe however, takes its inspiration from the BMW i3 and will sit next to the e-Golf when it debuts in Paris this fall. And, with the Phaeton discontinued, an electric SUV jointly made with Audi will eventually take its place.
autoguide.com (NUVe), autobild.de (CUVe, in German), autobild.de (Phaeton successor, in German)

34 new energy vehicles by 2025 is Changan’s goal as it reserves 18bn yuan (2.7bn USD) for the development of electric and plug-in hybrid models. The Chinese carmaker hopes to sell two million EV within the next decade, while it turns to Japan for components and Ford for batteries and controls.

Electric SUV by Daimler: Mercedes will bring a concept electric SUV to Paris this year, Autocar has learned. It previews the dedicated electric models the German carmaker already planned and may make it into serial production by 2019.

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Human error: Tesla says it analysed the logs of the Model X crash reported yesterday. The vehicle “was operating correctly under manual control and was never in Autopilot or cruise control” a statement by the EV maker claims. The owner continues to insist the car was at fault.

Solo update: Electra Meccanica is to start production of its low cost electric three-wheeler this July and not this month as previously planned. The range of the Cobin Sparrow inspired EV now stands at 125 miles and the price at 19,888 Caadian dollars (about 15,300 USD).
treehugger.com, ecanadanow.com

Hybrid van: Toyota launches the updated Estima in Japan. The facelift includes the hybrid variant that couples a four-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors that generate 105kW and 50kW.

May 23, 2016 - 08:39 am

VW, Mercedes, Geely, NextEV, JAC, rimOnO, Formula E.

VW-Budd-eVW voices EV plan: The Volkswagen Group has officially announced their electric vehicle sales targets, planning to reach 1m sales by 2025. That means nearly one out of every ten vehicles sold by VW, Audi, and Porsche could be a hybrid or electric.
automobilewoche.de (in German)

Coming up from Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz is accelerating plans for new EVs, planning four new electric models by the end of 2020. Using the newly developed MEA platform, it plans two sedans based on the C-Class and S-Class, and two SUVs similar to the GLA and GLC. As reported, the fuel cell version of the GLC will launch next year.

London cabs go green: Chinese Geely Group has sold 400m dollars’ worth of green bonds to develop hybrid vehicles for its London Taxi Company. The manufacturer will move to a new factory in Coventry, UK, to begin working on a prototype of a plug-in variant of the TX5 taxi. Commercial sales of the new taxis are set for the fourth quarter of 2017.
telegraph.co.uk, bloomberg.com

JAC and NextEV make a deal: Chinese JAC Group and NextEV have signed a non-exclusive agreement to manufacture 50,000 electric and hybrid vehicles per year. The first model could be a high-end electric vehicle to be released in 2018.

rimOnO prototype: Japanese automaker rimOnO showed off their new electric personal mobility vehicle in Tokyo last week. The two-seater rimOnO is 2 m long and 1 m wide, and is equipped with in-wheel motors. The car looks slightly like an inflatable dinghy, as the body is made from soft material.

Buemi takes Berlin: Sebastien Buemi took first place at the Formula E race in Berlin, marking his third win of the season. He is now behind Lucas di Grassi by just one point. The championship will conclude in London on July 2nd and 3rd.
motorsport.com, fiaformulae.com, youtube.com (video)

May 18, 2016 - 08:16 am

Mercedes, NextEV, Corvette, Renault Samsung, Mitsubishi, Tesla.

Mercedes-F015-Luxury-in-MotionMercedes eco sub-brand? Daimler could create a label for its electric offering, similar to BMW’s i-series, says Mercedes head of design Ola Källenius. Yet, the manufacturer will first focus on expanding the actual electric offerings like the Smart ED and the B-class first, rather than rebranding them. Especially as electrification will eventually “affect the whole portfolio,” according to Källenius.

NextEV is near: The Chinese electric hyper car is set to launch “somewhere in Europe” this year, but will be offered in China first. NextEV will compete with the likes of LaFerrari. But CEO Martin Leach, formerly Ford’s head of product development, stresses that the firm will aim for a “wider range of models.”

Corvette electrifies: GM is readying the mid-engine C8 Corvette to debut in Detroit in 2018. The news also spurs expectations to see the hybrid E-Ray Corvette by Chevrolet with an electric front-wheel motor by the end of the decade. GM has already trademarked the term.

Electric light CV: Renault Samsung Motors will build an electric light commercial vehicle with a targeted range of 250 km and will form a consortium with small local companies for the development. However, it could take at least four years until we see an electric truck, Renault projects.

Mitsubishi scandal widens: Emissions of the Outlander PHEV 2013 must be readjusted slightly as the carmaker used a lighter vehicle than legally required for fuel economy tests. The revelation comes amidst Mitsubishi’s confession that it submitted false emission data for most of its models over years.

The bigger picture: Tesla has been accused of paying workers building their paint shop only 5 dollars an hour. In fact, Tesla hired specialist firm Eisenmann, which in turn hired a subcontractor to recruit cheap foreign labour. While Tesla is not at fault legally, it says that does not escape moral obligation and will look into the issue.
electrek.co, mercurynews.com (accusatory article), teslamotors.com (Tesla’s statement)

Mar 31, 2016 - 07:45 am

Netherlands, China, Mercedes, Karma, BMW, Energica.

All electric Netherlands: A motion in the Netherlands passed earlier this week to ensure that only all-electric cars will be sold from 2025. The cabinet is now creating an action plan. This development seems to be the result of an energy agreement signed in 2013, as well as a pledge made at the Paris UN Conference on Climate Change.

China cutting subsidies: Bloomberg quotes inside sources confirming that the Chinese government intends to cut the amount of electric bus subsidies, and also impose a price ceiling on qualifying passenger vehicles. Electric bus incentives will be cut by an average of 32 percent, and passenger vehicles priced at more than 53,800 dollars will no longer qualify for subsidies.

Electric B-Class: The new Mercedes B-Class will be coming to market in 2017, while the electric version will only follow in 2019. The company is replacing the Tesla powertrain of the last B-Class with their own recently developed technology. No hybrid or plug-in hybrid versions will be made available.
auto-motor-und-sports.de (in German)

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Good Karma: Luxury automotive Karma will be back in production by the end of the year. The company formerly known as Fisker Automotive is currently setting up a factory in Costa Mesa, California. New electric cells will be used for the battery pack, but the electric system and basic design will remain the same as the 2012 Karma. Only 100 to 150 units will be produced.

BMW X1 spotted: The new generation of the X1 SUV has been spotted while testing in northern Europe. The car will borrow its PHEV powertrain from the 225xe Active Tourer and will be formally introduced later this year.

Eva Roadster: Italian electric bike manufacturer Energica is taking pre-orders for their new Eva roadster. The bike is a more practical incarnation of their original Ego superbike. The 2016 Eva will be equipped for fast charging, requiring some 30 minutes to reach 85 percent. Retail price starts at 34,544 dollars. Delivery dates have not yet been announced.

Nevs deal: The National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) has signed a deal with the Chinese State Grid Electric Vehicle Service. It outlines intentions to cooperate on research and develop and a non-specific agreement for Nevs to supply their partner with electric cars. Electric minibuses and other special vehicles will likely be supplied by New Long Ma.

Mar 24, 2016 - 09:24 am

Toyota, Citroen, Tesla, Mercedes, BMW, Subaru.

Toyota-Prius-PrimeRange doubled: The new Toyota Prius Plug-In-Hybrid is officially here and goes under the name of Prime. Its 8.8 kWh battery delievers enough power for a said electric range of 22 miles, twice as long as the previous Prius PHEV. The plug-in hybrid can drive with up to 84 kph in all-electric mode and will go on sale this autumn.
reuters.com, insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com

Beach buggy pricing: Citroen is taking orders in France for the E-Méhari. Prices for the fun vehicle start at 25,000 euros before incentives (6,300 euros) and without battery. The latter must be leased for 79 euros a month and comes from Bolloré’s BlueSolutions. Citroen hopes to sell 1,000 units a year.
ccfa.fr (in French) via insideevs.com

Price increase for Model S? Tesla’s basic model might become more expensive next month, says the web’s rumour mill. The price increase could be driven by new features, a facelift or maybe the planned battery upgrade. Quite a few people would probably happily pay more for a 100 kWh power pack.
teslarati.com, electrek.co

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Daimler readies PHEV: The Mercedes GLC Coupé premiers at the New York Auto Show. It will eventually be offered in a plug-in hybrid version, but only in Europe, not in the States. The PHEV will feature a combined output of 320 hp and an electric range of 30 kilometres.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk

3 series plug-in pricing: BMW announces prices of its 330e iPerformance in the USA. The basic version starts at 44,695 dollars and dealers will receive the 3-series PHEV this summer.
autoblog.com, electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com

New Subaru platform: The next-gen Impreza is the first model that sits on Subaru’s Global Platform. The new structure will also host the WRX STi, which is expected to be a performance hybrid featuring AWD with the electric drive powering the rear wheels. Combined output was given at 320 hp.

Mar 22, 2016 - 08:50 am

Tesla Model 3, Hyundai, General Motors, Mercedes, Edison Destiny.

How to get a Model 3: Tesla released information on the reservation procedure for its Model 3. A deposit of 1,000 dollars or euros and pounds respectively earns a place on the waiting list and can be done in store or online. Tesla owners will get priority while orders will be fulfilled by region, starting in the U.S. followed by Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and markets with right-hand drive.
electrek.co, insideevs.com, teslamotors.com

ix35 Fuel Cell successor: Hyundai readies a new FCV for market entry already by next year, Autocar learns. The ix35 FCV successor would target consumers and with a production run of 10,000 – 15,000 units over a four year period, “as many as possible” shall make it to the UK, Hyundai says.

GM gears for growth in China: General Motors announces its 5-year strategy for Asia, where it plans to issue ten hybrid and electric cars before the decade’s end. Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and Baojun are the brands GM wants to push electrically with models like the Caddy CT6 PHEV.
autocarpro.in, greencarcongress.com

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Daimler pick-up plug-in? Mercedes is eyeing the pick-up truck market as it prepares to show a 4×4 concept in Paris this October. Auto Express reports, the new model could come under the name of X-class and might even be a hybrid.

Mysterious EV brand? Edison Destiny claims to be “building yesterday’s future tomorrow” but has produced nothing more than a teaser website so far. Yet, its name does ring bells and strongly suggest that here another EV maker named after an inventor might get ready to roll.
edisondestiny.com via digitaltrends.com

Mar 14, 2016 - 10:29 am

Peugeot, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, North America.

Peugeot-FractalPeugeot raises the ante: Peugeot’s Head of Brand Strategy & Product Planning, Jérôme Micheron, told Dutch AutoRAI that the carmaker plans to launch a dedicated EV in the next three years, as well as a plug-in hybrid variant. A fuel cell model is not yet in the cards, as it is simply still too early for the technology.
autoevolution.com, autorai.nl (NL)

BMW i3 goes the distance: The new and improved version of the BMW i3 with a range of 290 km according to NEDC (120 to 125 miles EPA) could go into production as early as this July, Inside EVs reports quoting insiders. According to information obtained electrive.com, the next-generation i3 will also have more power – though it might not actually need it.

Modernising Porsche: Porsche says that all its models will be available as a hybrid variant, starting with the 911 that will be fitted with an electric engine. Meanwhile, Bloomberg writes that the luxury carmaker is pondering which battery to choose for its Mission E – Panasonic or Bosch.
autoblog.com, bloomberg.com

Wireless S-Class: From summer 2017, the next generation of the Mercedes S-Class will be developed in cooperation with BMW and will be available with an inductive charging system from BRUSA. That’s according to AutoExpress, referring to statements made by Jochen Strenkert, who is responsible for hybrid drives at Mercedes. Based on electrive.com information, the BMW 7-series could feature the same technology.

Statement from the White House: In a joint statement, the U.S. and Canada have outlined the countries’ commitments to tackle climate change. That includes i.e. accelerating the development and integration of electric vehicles. The goal is to reduce emissions by 40-45 percent by 2025 compared to 2012).

Feb 26, 2016 - 09:26 am

Audi, China, Tesla, Citroen, Chevy, Mercedes.

Audi-Q7-e-TronOrder books for Q7 e-tron open: From Tuesday, the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI can be ordered for a base price of 80,500 euros. The first models of the diesel-plug-in will be delivered this summer. Audi is one of the first manufactures to combine diesel engine and electric motor. Fuel consumption is currently given at 1.7 litres/100 km.
carscoops.com, automotiveworld.com, audi-mediacenter.com

China pushes electrification: China wants to step up funding initiatives for alternative energy vehicles, especially for EVs and hybrids. Instead of the current 30 percent, 50 percent of new purchases for public fleets now need to be (partly) electric. The country also wants to see more electric buses and taxis hit the road, while using private capital to further develop charging infrastructure.
reuters.com, bloomberg.com

Tesla roadside assistance: If one of its luxury EVs breaks down at the side of the road, Tesla will now it 500 instead of the previous 50 miles. But that should no longer matter for Tesla drivers in New York. The EV maker now opened a showroom and service centre in Brooklyn.
insideevs.com (towing), businessinsider.de (New York)

Electric and fashionable: Citroën will show its electric Méhari in Geneva from Tuesday, after the EV was first presented in Paris in 2015 (we reported). For all who want something more stylish, the carmaker is taking along the Méhari concept car, for which Citroën partnered with couture house Courrèges. So expect something fashionable.
leblogauto.com, theautomobilist.fr (Artikels in French)

Volt rolls in: U.S. car dealers are beginning to take delivery of the first 2017 Chevy Volt, the first model year to be offered across the United States. Also, GM is offering financial incentives across the board, like 1,000 dollars cash back when buying a new Volt or a nationwide 2,300 dollars discount on the lease. Some offers could expire on Monday.
greencarreports.com, carsdirect.com

E-Class for off road: The Mercedes estate will also be offered as an all-terrain variant from October, featuring all-drive and some new body parts to hide the estate look. Moreover, it will be available with the same engines as other E-Class models, meaning there is a possibility of a plug-in variant.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com

Feb 22, 2016 - 09:41 am

BYD, Lexus, Tesla, Terra Motors, Mercedes.

BYD-QinBYD’s new Song: BYD will bring an all-electric and a plug-in version of their SUV Song to market this year – one out of ten new alternative energy cars in the pipelines for 2016. An all-electric Qin and PHEV Yuan will also hit the road. Moreover, BYD is to invest in a new battery production line in Shenzhen, China, which will officially open its doors in 2018.

Fuel cell Lexus: Lexus will show the LF-FC (Lexus Future-Flagship Car/Fuel Cell) Concept in Geneva next week. It is said to preview the hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain vehicle planned for 2020, and also shows Lexus’ commitment to follow in the footsteps of parent company Toyota in including FCVs in their line-up.
automotiveworld.com, autoexpress.co.uk

Duty free imports: The Malaysian government will allow for the duty free import of 100 Tesla Model S, with hopes of promoting electric cars in the country. However, the imported cars will be used solely for demonstrations, and purchase may be restricted to government-linked companies.

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The latest from Terra: Terra Motors has unveiled their newest e-rickshaw model, the Y4 Alfa. It seats up to five people and is outfitted with Terra’s self-developed battery. The latter has a lifespan of 18 months and can travel up to 100 km on one charge.

Tesla gets domain name: Tesla finally gets to use tesla.com, a domain name that was registered in 1992—but even not by the EV maker. The company’s webpage can currently be found at teslamotors.com, but since Tesla is branching out into fields like home energy storage, being able to use the more general domain name had been a priority for years.

E Class spotted: The upcoming Mercedes E Class has been spotted nearly undisguised, as only some plastic sheet was used to cover the rear. The sedan will go on sale in September, possibly also as a plug-in hybrid. The system would boast a combined 279 hp and allow for an all-electric range of 18.6 miles.

Feb 16, 2016 - 09:03 am

Lexus, Ssangyong, BYD, Formula E, Mercedes, LichtBlick.

Performance hybrid debut: Lexus will show the LC 500h in Geneva next month. The second version of the luxurious hybrid is close to production, and order books are expected to open later this year. Details are scarce, but Lexus says the LC 500h, which is based on the LF-LC concept, will see improved performance and efficiency. Total output is rumoured at 345 kW.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, worldcarfans.com

Electric Ssangyong SUV: The Korean carmaker aims to increase its presence in Europe. It will show the SUV concept SIV 2 in Geneva, which will be available a mild-hybrid first. A plug-in hybrid, as well as a fully electric version could follow shortly after production start in 2018, Autocar presumes.

Chinese in Korea: BYD will launch two electric models in South Korea this year. The 80 kWh e6400 targets consumers, while the electric bus K9 aims for commercial applications. Competition comes from German carmakers, as the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 740e, BMW 330e, Mercedes S500 PHEV, and Audi A3 e-tron are all set to launch in Korea as well.
autonews.gasgoo.com (BYD), businesskorea.co.kr (Germans)

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Formula E stays in Berlin: The German capital will welcome the electric racing series again in May this year, as a new course through the city centre has been found. The original track at Tempelhof airport is unavailable, since the location is currently being used as a shelter for refugees from Syria (we reported).
electricautosport.com, fiaformulae.com

Convertible Mercedes PHEV: The latest C class variant comes topless to Geneva. Mercedes not only loses the roof, but will also introduce a hybrid drive. The electric drive is expected to deliver an all-electric range of up to 50 km, which should make for nice and quiet cruising when the sun is out.

Decentralised energy: German green utility LichtBlick launches its IT platform for digital energy management outside Germany. Called SchwarmDirigent (SwarmConductor), the system enables connection and optimisation of renewable energy sources and storage like EVs. A team of 40 people is negotiating or already working with partners in South-East Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
presseportal.de (in German)

Jan 25, 2016 - 09:03 am

BMW, Wanxiang, Faraday Future, Honda, Mercedes, Local Motors.

BMW-i3-Smart-HomeBMW enters power storage market: The move was already suggested when BMW announced its joint venture with Viessmann. German WirtschaftsWoche now reports that the carmaker will definitely begin selling new and used i3 batteries to power homes this year. Moreover, the batteries will not need to be modified to be used as storage in combination with a photovoltaic system.
handelsblatt.com, wiwo.de (in German)

Wanxiang invests: The Chinese company says that in the coming ten years, it wants to pour some 200bn yuan (30bn dollars) in the research and development of electric cars and buses, as well as batteries and other components for electric vehicles. The goal is the decrease battery prices by two thirds in three years, while doubling production.

FF gets cash injection: Faraday Future will officially receive 215.9m dollars in subsidies for its electric car factory in Nevada. Construction is said to begin at the end of the months, with the production site scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2017.

Honda Clarity FC priced: In the U.S., the fuel cell vehicle will be available from 60,000 dollars and can be leased for less than 500 dollars per month, the Japanese carmaker announced. The Clarity Fuel Cell will hit the road in California this year already and can initially be leased only.
carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com, electriccarsreport.com

Made in Thailand: Mercedes announced that it will begin producing its S500e and C350e plug-in hybrids in its factory in Thailand. The production site has a capacity of 19,000 units per year, but currently only produces 4,500, including three of the carmaker’s hybrid models.

Local Motors gets wings: Airbus is investing 150m dollars in the U.S. company known for its 3-D printed electric vehicles. According to Airbus, the vehicle model and especially the speed of production could be interesting to the aerospace industry as well.
wsj.com, geekwire.com

Jan 22, 2016 - 08:38 am

Clean car clash.

California is an EV heaven and it looks like it is getting a little crowded. An autonomous Nissan Leaf crashed into a parked Toyota Prius in San Francisco. The technology did not come from Nissan, and the best part was that the crash occurred after the human driver took over the steering wheel. Great save!

Jan 21, 2016 - 09:55 am

Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Tesla, BMW.

Double range for Mercedes’ PHEV: Daimler will increase the range of its plug-in hybrids with new battery technology inspired by the S-Class. Head of development Thomas Weber estimates the next generation to “overcome the 30 km to 50 km hurdle and then the next generation after that will be 80-100 km when they run as pure electric cars.” Mercedes calls the system Power eDrive.
motoring.com.au via greencarreports.com

Audi-e-tron-quattro-concept-Exterior-Sketch-300Audi gears up e-mobility production: The Brussels facility will serially produce the electric SUV by 2018. The production site will also be the site of Audi’s own battery assembly line. The power packs will give the all-electric model a range of up to 500 km.
electriccarsreport.com, audi-mediacenter.com

BEV division at VW: Volkswagen restructured to clearly differentiate between different types of vehicles. Products fall either into the ‘Small,’ ‘Compact,’ ‘Mid-/Fullsize’ or ‘Battery Electric Vehicle’ division. VW CEO Herbert Diess hopes to thus break old structures and create synergies between departments, which are led by experts.
automobilwoche.de (in German)

Tesla is suing German company Hoerbinger, the original maker of the ‘falcon wing’ doors. The Californians blame the latter for the delay in Model X productions caused by a last-minute change of suppliers. Hoerbinger, on the other hand, is calling on Tesla to pay 3m dollars in damages due to a breach of contract.
wsj.com, autonews.com

BMW i8 Spyder on back burner: A convertible BMW i8 can only be expected by 2017 or even 2018, as the German carmaker prioritises other models. A BMW insider also confirmed that there will not be another i-series model this year.
motoring.com.au, worldcarfans.com, insideevs.com

The Model X rolls on tires by Pirelli. Engineers from both companies worked together to make the Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico fit the requirements of Tesla’s second EV, such as high acceleration rates. The Model X has the option of 20″ or 22″ wheels.
gummibereifung.de (Pirelli, in German), teslarati.com (Model X tires specs)

Jan 19, 2016 - 09:40 am

Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Hyundai, Peugeot.

Mercedes fuel cell SUV: Daimler R&D chief Dr. Thomas Weber says the company will launch a production fuel cell version of its GLC next year, Autocar reports. The GLC F-Cell will be made available for lease or sale for about 70,000 dollars. Weber also confirmed that the “Tesla-fighter” scheduled for 2018, will have a range of 250 – 300 miles.
autocar.co.uk via greencarcongress.com

BMW-i3BMW to boost i3 range: The 2017 model year of the all-electric BMW will see its range increase by 50 percent. Ian Robertson, head of BMW sales and marketing, further told Automotive News that the battery will be improved to put the i3 “into a much more usable range.”
autonews.com (paid content)

Intense incentive debate: Following the proposal to dedicate 2bn euros to foster electric transport in Germany, the coalition government is divided over the question of EV incentives. While Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel wishes to see a 5,000 euro subsidy for the purchase of an electric car, some conservatives, including the minister of transport, are against it. The debate continues.
greencarreports.com, autoworldnews.com, automobil-produktion.de (debate in German)

Hyundai Ioniq on-sale: The Korean carmaker is following up fast on its dedicated hybrid, which launched on the domestic market already. The all-electric and hybrid versions are scheduled to arrive in the U.S, and Germany in the third quarter of this year, with the Ioniq PHEV to follow shortly after.
koreaherald.com, auto-medienportal.net (in German)

Honda hybrid: As of next month, Honda will offer a petrol-hybrid powertrain option for the Odyssey exclusively for the Japanese market. The Sport Hybrid system may then also be made available in the 2017 model for the U.S., where the van would go head to head with Chrysler’s Pacifica.

Peugeot 3008 spotted: The 2017 version of the compact SUV has been photographed during winter testing. Heavy camouflage concealed if it is a plug-in hybrid, as was previously suggested. Certain is only that if there will be a hybrid variant, it will be a petrol-powered one, as the diesel hybrid version is discontinued already.

Jan 15, 2016 - 11:41 am

Hyundai, Mercedes, Cadillac, Tesla, Lexus, Infiniti.

Hyundai-IONIQ-HybridThe Ioniq arrives: Hyundai presented its first dedicated hybrid. Its power pack is strictly lithium-ion and the sedan can be operated fully electrically at speeds of up to 120 kph. A plug-in hybrid, as well as an electric version will be presented in Geneva in March. The hybrid Ioniq is now on sale in South Korea and Hyundai aims to sell 30,000 units worldwide this year. By 2017, it expects to push sales to 70,000.
english.yonhapnews.co.kr, insideevs.com, indianautosblog.com, youtube.com

Mercedes confirms Tesla-fighter: Board members Thomas Weber and Ola Kallenius confirmed that a Tesla-fighter is set to arrive by 2018. Weber went even further, saying the industry must “be prepared for more to come later.” We are certainly ready if Daimler is.

Cadillac PHEV built in China: The CT6 PHEV will be produced in China, despite also being destined for the U.S., Cadillac announced. The combustion engine variant will continue to be manufactured domestically. GM expects the market for plug-in vehicles to grow stronger in China rather than in the U.S.
bloomberg.com, chinabusinessnews.com, hybridcars.com

Model X production: If Tesla kept up its production rhythm over the holidays, the first regular Model X should now be rolling off production lines. The EV maker had started with 1,000 units of its Signature series and will now have to work through the backlog of over 22,000 Model X reservations.

Luxury Lexus extended: Toyota’s shiny sister unveiled its latest coupé in Detroit. The LC 500 is based on the LC-LF concept which will reportedly soon be available as a hybrid version called LC 500h.
thedetroitbureau.com, motorauthority.com

Infiniti update: The Japanese brand updated both the Q50 and QX60. Rather than giving them a facelift, Infiniti increased motor efficiency. The new Q50 comes with a 360 hp hybrid powertrain and an one-motor, two-clutch control, while the QX60 is now available with a hybrid set-up.
carscoops.com (Q50), carscoops.com (QX60)

Jan 12, 2016 - 10:02 am

Chrysler, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Volvo, Mercedes.

Chrysler plug-in minivan: NAIAS saw the debut of Chrysler’s Van Pacifica. The plug-in hybrid variant will be able to drive about 30 miles all-electric, powered by its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. The PHEV is expected to arrive in the second half of this year.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com, forbes.com

Bolt EV specs: Chevrolet has released more details of its 200-mile electric car. The Bolt’s lithium-ion battery pack holds 60 kWh, while the electric motor powers the front wheels with up to 150 kW for a top speed of 91 mph. A full recharge might take up to 9 hours, but Chevy claims the built-in 7.2-kW charger is able to charge 50 miles in less than 2 hours.
detroitnews.com, greencarreports.com, insideevs.com

Bigger battery for e-Golf? New cells are to increase the range of Volkswagen’s electric classic by 30 percent, Volkmar Tanneberger, head of electronic development, said at CES. The current e-Golf has a range of 83 miles, while the new power pack would push it to 108 miles, well in range of the new Nissan Leaf. No word yet on when the update is due.

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Volvo S90 Hybrid debut: The Swedes in Chinese hands launched their 2017 S90 in Detroit. All variants will be available from the get go, including the plug-in hybrid version. It features the same drivetrain as the XC90 SUV.

Mercedes E-Class on display: Daimler presented its new E-Class in Detroit. The now even bigger sedan will become available as a diesel and petrol variant from April, with the PHEV E 350e to follow shortly after. The hybrid Mercedes is expected to have an electric range of 19 miles.
autocar.co.uk, insideevs.com

Jan 5, 2016 - 09:36 am

India, Faraday Future, Mercedes, EcoCar.

EV batteries for India: The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) are working together to develop an affordable EV battery for Indian manufacturers. The goal is to reduce the cost to about one tenth of currently imported battery prices. A first prototype is to be revealed in about a year.
indiatimes.com, thehindubusinessline.com

Faraday departure ahead of premiere: Even before the California start-up could show off its futuristic EV, it lost a vital part of its core team. The from SpaceX headhunted battery architect Porter Harris has left the company.
bloomberg.com, manager-magazin.de

S-class recall: Mercedes is calling 52 units of the S550 plug-in hybrid back to the shop in the United States. There seems to a be a problem with the onboard charger.

Camaro with plug: Ohio State University’s EcoCar team is turning a Chevrolet Camaro into a plug-in hybrid with an electric range of up to 40 miles. This is the third year that teams from 16 universities are going head to head in retrofitting cars with electric powertrains. Ohio State has won the EcoCar competition for the past two years.

Found on electrive.com
30.09.2016 08:11