Tag: Mini

Feb 14, 2018 - 04:28 pm

BMW wants to sell 140,000 plug-ins throughout 2018

The BMW Group delivered over 100,000 electric and plug-in vehicles in 2017 and is thus targeting 140,000 electrified vehicles this year. In some markets sales of PEVs accounted for 10 – 25 percent of all BMW sales. PEV deliveries in January increased by over a third.




Aug 31, 2017 - 11:04 am

Mini, Honda, Citroen, BYD, Porsche, Qoros.

First production EV by Mini: BMW’s small car subsidiary reveals the design of its premier production electric car, which is to debut at the IAA. The Mini Electric Concept does in fact look just like a conventional Mini, apart from some small details. While the brand has not specified any technology, it is likely that the BMW i3 system will also power the electric Mini, so output would be at 130 kW with a 94 Ah battery that lasts for about 300 kilometres.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk, bmwgroup.com

Honda’s EV concept for the IAA: It will be the first electric Honda to hit the European shores once ready but for now, the carmaker has prepared a concept for the Frankfurt show. The Honda Urban EV Concept also provides the backdrop for more information on Honda’s eMobility strategy for Europe. Also on display will be a prototype CR-V Hybrid.
carscoops.com, greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

E-Mehari special edition: Citroen want to make an “entrée” at the IAA and asked fashion designer Courrèges to dress up its electric crossover as a special edition. Black is the colour of this EV season it appears, together with a strict hard top and some hidden features. 61 such electric Mehari will be made.
motor1.com, carscoops.com

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BYD to enter Nigeria: Electric cars are to arrive by 2018 in Nigeria, as imports first. However, BYD sees potential in Africa’s most populous state and wants to establish EV assembly there together with local firm Enigus Enfinity from 2020.
naij.com, dailytrust.com.ng

Porsche’s revamped Cayenne due to debut at the IAA has been revealed with the order books open. However, the plug-in hybrid variant will only arrive at a later date.
autocar.co.uk, europe.autonews.com, porsche.de

Qoros retouches luxury EV: First revealed this April, Qoros has given its K-EV Concept a refresh, optically at least. The 640 kW electric drive remains unchanged and will make it into the small production run planned to commence by 2019.

Aug 1, 2017 - 08:18 am

Andy Palmer, Al Gore

Andy-Palmer-Nissan“In 2040 there won’t be a pure combustion car, because hybridisation and plug-in hybridisation will be there with room to spare. I genuinely believe plug-in hybrids will represent 40% of the mix even by 2030, so this 2040 ban would be late.”

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer shares his thoughts about the UK’s plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2040, pointing out that the new legislation would have no effect on future trends anyway.

anonym“We have the solutions now. Solar electricity, wind electricity, batteries in electric vehicles and soon electricity from renewable sources are going to be cheaper all over the world than fossil fuels. So we’re going to win this.”

Former vice president Al Gore has not lost his optimism after President Donald Trump’s recent withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. According to him, there are lots of approaches to battle global warming.


May 11, 2017 - 09:56 pm

Renault, Ford, Mahindra, Opel, Kiepe Electric, Mini.

Renault-ZoeRenault expects EV price parity: After Volkswagen and BMW, the French follow suit in their prediction of a drastic decrease in costs for electric vehicles thanks to better battery technology. Renault’s leading EV figure, Gilles Normand, said that the Zoe will reach price parity with small combustion-engined cars by the beginning of the next decade. Already, sales of the little EV have increased by 90 percent between 2016 and 2017. For the C-segment, prices will equalise around 2025, according to Normand.

Ford’s electrified cars may grow into a whole line-up of no less than 13 models by 2022, plans uncovered by Autocar suggest. Ford trademarked the Energi label for such electrified vehicles as the C-MAX in its plug-in hybrid version. Plus, there will be other PHEVs like the F-150, Mustang as well as the Transit Custom and an all-electric SUV (we reported). Next in line may be the Kuga and Explorer.

Mahindra to electrify all models: The Indian carmaker decided that all new platforms are to offer options for electrification from the start, including light commercial vehicles. The move will enable Mahindra to easier electrify each and every model in the future.

Ampera-e pricing NL: Opel released prices for its Ampera-e aka the Chevy Bolt in the Netherlands, where it will be offered from 40,995 euros. Deliveries are to start early next year via 28 selected Opel dealers, the so-called Ampera-e-Agents.
opel.nl (in Dutch)

Kiepe Electric is the new name for the recently acquired Vossloh Kiepe now owned by Knorr Bremse. The subsidiary will concentrate on systems for electrification in the bus and rail sector.

As Mini readies the Countryman plug-in hybrid version for its official outing at the end of June reportedly, some journalist got the chance to take it for a first ride. Impressions are good but be warned that its electric range revolves around 30 rather than said 42 kilometres.
autocar.co.uk, autoexpress.co.uk

Mar 22, 2017 - 06:26 pm

BMW launches second wave of electrification.

BMW CEO Harald Krüger at the annual press conference in Munich announced not only “the biggest model offensive ever” but also affirmed the carmakers commitment to electric mobility. “There is no way back,” he said. And thus, all brands and series will be electrified.

Mar 6, 2017 - 12:32 pm

Faraday Future, BYD, Mini, Volkswagen, Range Rover, Lucid.

Faraday-Future-FF91-CES-1500x750-300x150Faraday Future kept its ground in the desert of Nevada and said its “1bn dollar investment in the region over the next few years has never changed.” Contrary to previous reports, the plant will not be scaled back but instead include an additional facility to produce the FF91. There have been delays, but the EV start up announced it has entered Phase 2 of constructions after the earth has been moved.
automobil-produktion.de (in German), ff.com

BYD to build e-trucks in USA: Works to expand BYD’s facility in Californian Lancaster have started as planned. The Chinese manufacturer will not only build electric buses but electric trucks there as well. The firm said it sold 150 electric trucks in the USA in just two years and its all-electric line-up covers a range of applications from vans and refrigerated trucks over garbage collection EVs to tractors.
cleantechnica.com, trucks.com

Mini PHEV pricing: BMW issued the price for the plug-in hybrid Countryman. The hybrid-electric variant will cost from 31,585 GBP in the UK, where launch is due this June. The new Countryman is the largest Mini model yet and thus on par with other the C-segment cars like the VW Golf or Audi Q3.
autocar.co.uk, automotiveworld.com

I.D. Buzz to debut in Europe: Volkswagen will bring the I.D. Buzz concept to Geneva to display it in front of an European audience for the first time. The electric minibus study had its actual debut in Detroit but still VW has not set an actual date for market entry. At least a new video gets the buzz going.
volkswagen-media-services.com, youtube.com

Velar in full view: Jaguar Land Rover took the veils off its SUV and also reveals some details. Still it remains unclear if the Velar will be electrified in any form, although CEO Ralf Speth has at least considered a hybrid variant. Maybe JLR will tell us more in Geneva, once the Velar had its debut.
autonews.com, landrover.com

Exclusive Launch Edition: First buyers of the Lucid Air must prepare to pay 165,000 dollars for the electric sedan a recent promotion event revealed. EV maker Lucid Motors targets sales of 255 in its first year once the Air with its 1,000 hp system and 130 kWh battery hits the market by 2019.
insideevs.com, fastcompany.com

Feb 28, 2017 - 10:15 am

Peugeot, Seat, China, Mini, Bentley, Tesla, FF.

Peugeot-Instinct-ConceptPeugeot plug-in concept: The French will bring the Instinct Concept to Geneva, a study that embodies Peugeot’s vision of autonomous and connected driving. The future is at least partially electric – the concept is equipped with a 300 hp plug-in hybrid system.
autocar.co.uk, autonews.com

Seat’s first electric car has been revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as planned. It is indeed the Mii that utilises VW e-Up technology. While the first models will serve as shared electric cars for employees in Spain, rumour has it the Mii EV may hit the market by 2019.
autocar.co.uk, youtube.com

High-level lobbying: Initially, China wanted to force automakers to shift 8 percent of their production to electric and hybrid vehicles in 2018. This may now be moved to 2019 and the percentage possibly lowered. Germany had followed complaints by makers like Volkswagen, whose electrification remains slow but was echoed by Chinese manufacturers. Details of the new rules are currently being worked out in China.

Mini to leave Britain? As a “hard Brexit” becomes more likely, BMW ponders to move production of the electric Mini from Oxford to Leipzig or Regensburg, Handelsblatt has learnt. The Germans may also tap Dutch Nedcar, which already builds two Mini models for BMW.

E-SUV by Bentley: The British luxury brand sees a market for a smaller SUV just below the Bentayga and considers making it all-electric, according to head of technology Rolf Frech. But such a Bentley EV would kick off no sooner than by 2020 and only after planned PHEV variants.

Tesla and FF appoint new CFOs: Tesla’s CFO Jason Wheeler will abandon his post in April to be replaced by former CFO Deepak Ahuja. Wheeler is off to work on public policies, a bold move in the current political climate. Over at Faraday Future, Stefan Krause, former executive at BMW and Deutsche Bank, is to take care of finances at the new EV maker and will have a lot to sort out.
manager-magazin.de (FF, in German), electrek.co (Tesla)

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.

Mini production location uncertain: Because of Brexit, the plan to build the 2019 all-electric Mini in Oxford remains in limbo. It could therefore be manufactured near Nedcar in the Netherlands instead.

Tesla kicks off in Portugal: The Model S and X can now be ordered in Portugal, with first deliveries expected in the second quarter of 2017. Tesla opened a headquarter in Lisbon and says it will also open a store and service centre there. The first Superchargers are scheduled for the second half of this year.
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

Jan 19, 2017 - 09:36 am

Hydrogen council, Mini, Gigafactory, Tesla, JSW, Porsche.

Pushing FCVs: The World Economic Forum saw the introduction of a new hydrogen council. Companies such as BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Air Liquide, Linde, Shell and Total will work together to help fuel cell technology take off. During the launch event, members confirmed their intent to invest even more than the current 1.4bn euros per year in further development and commercialisation of hydrogen and fuel cell technology.
greencarcongress.com, .autonews.com, daimler.com

mini-cooper-s-e-countryman-phev-2017-01-300x150pxMini presented its Countryman in detail, announcing that it will launch in Europe in February. The Plug-in-Hybrid drivetrain of the Mini Copper S E Countryman ALL4 combines a 100 kW petrol engine and 65 kW electric motors and can drive fully electric at speeds of up to 125 kph. The all-electric range is set at 40 km. While Mini has no listed a price, the Countryman PHEV was shown with a price tag of 36,000 euros at the Brussels Motor Show.
bmwgroup.com, automobile-propre.com (price; in French)

Gigafactory production: It’s not a secret that Tesla wants to produce components other than battery cells at the Gigafactory, but those plans are finally shaping up. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said Tesla will invest another 350m dollars in the production site and create 550 new jobs, as the EV maker will being building electric motors and drivetrains for its Model 3 there.
electrek.co, teslarati.com

Tesla recall: The carmaker is calling all Tesla Model S build in 2012 back to the shop to replace possibly faulty Takata airbags. While only U.S. build cars are concerned, Tesla extended the recall worldwide on a voluntary basis. A recall for Model S from 2013 to 2016 could follow. All cars produced after the end of 2016 are not concerned, Tesla says.
teslarati.com, tesla.com

JSW update: The Indian company wants to venture into the electric car market from 2020 (we reported) and initially said it would purchase batteries externally. Now, JSW is considering building batteries themselves as part of a joint venture. Moreover, the son of JSW CEO Sajjan Jindal wants to open his own company selling electric two-wheelers.

Driving the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Autocar calls it “better in almost every measurable way” than its predecessor, saying it is “absolutely lovely” to drive in electric mode. Still, the tester misses a bit of that Porsche feel when driving it, saying it “appeals more to the head than the heart.”

Nov 18, 2016 - 09:04 am

Volkswagen, SolarCity, Jaguar Land Rover, Buick, Mini, Toyota.

VW-eGolf-2017Facelifted e-Golf unveiled: VW now presented the e-Golf’s overhauled design and technology. With 100 kW, the new version boasts more power and the 35.8 kWh battery pack (up from 24.2 kWh) allows for a real 200 km of range. Pricing will stay the same. Meanwhile, the carmaker confirmed that it moved EV production to the glass-walled manufacturing site in Dresden.
autocar.co.uk (e-Golf), automobil-produktion.de (Dresden; in German)

Shareholders approve SolarCity takeover: Shareholders from both companies have given the green light for the merger, worth about 2bn dollars. The deal therefore cleared the last and final hurdle and the transaction will be completed in the coming days.
businessinsider.de, marketwatch.com, techcrunch.com

JLR electrifies 50% of its fleet: Jaguar Land Rover wants to offer electric models for half of its portfolio by 2020. That includes battery-powered cars, as well as plug-in and mild hybrids. The carmaker is staying away from fuel cell technology, because of its poor energy efficiency.
autocar.co.uk, ibtimes.co.uk

First images of the Buick PHEV: The plug-in hybrid study was not supposed to be unveiled until the Guangzhou Auto Show, but first images a camouflaged Buick Velite have now been leaked. They show a striking similarity to the Opel Astra.

Mini-Countryman-Plug-in-Hybrid-2017Curtain call for plug-in Countryman: Under the long title “Cooper S E Countryman ALL4,” Mini now officially presented the brand’s first electrified model. It shares a 165 kW drivetrain with the BMW 225x and will hit the road in February. According to CEO Peter Schwarzenbach, an all-electric Mini is in the pipeline for 2019 and will be based on an existing model.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com (Countryman), autocar.co.uk (E-Mini)

New Toyota unit for EVs: To follow through with the recently announced fully electric addition to its portfolio, the Japanese has set up a small in-house think tank. It includes only four people – one from Toyota, and one each from Toyota Industries, Aisin Seiki and Denso. Together, they are charged with developing innovative and quick solutions.
reuters.com, toyota.co.jp

Oct 18, 2016 - 08:15 am

Mini, Audi, Tesla, China, Changan, California.

Plug-in Countryman gears up: Mini presented a near to ready plug-in variant of its SUV. The technology is not new, as it uses the same 68 kW electric drive mounted in the rear as the BMW 225xe Plug-in Hybrid. The battery allows for up to 50 km of pure electric driving. A production-ready version will be presented at the LA Auto Show in November.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, bmwgroup.com

Audi-e-tron-quattro_300x150pxAudi’s e-SUV named: The electric SUV planned for 2018 will be called “e-tron,” which had previously been used as an addition for other Audis with a plug. The “e-tron” will be Audi’s first series produced EV. Latter models like a compact car and limousine said to hit the road before 2020, will again bear the previous nomenclature.
autocar.co.uk, motorauthority.com

Tesla announcement postponed: Tesla CEO Elon Musk had promised us something “unexpected” for Tuesday, but pushed back the mystery revelation by a day, as it “needs refinement.” Meanwhile, job postings for the Gigafactory show that Tesla will also produce Model 3 drive systems there. And following the final takeover of SolarCity, Tesla will extend it partnership with Panasonic to make solar cells and modules at its factory in New York state.
twitter.com, electrek.co (announcement), insideevs.com (drive system), forbes.com (Panasonic)

China regulates cheap EVs: So far, EVs with a maximum speed of less than 100 kph had few rules to follow and were therefore often unsafe and fitted with environmentally unfriendly lead batteries. The Chinese government is now looking to put technical regulations in place that cars have to meet in order to be registered.

New EVs for China: Changan wants to launch an all-electric variant of its popular seven-seater Ounuo in 2017, which will be less expensive than the current top model. New EVs from DearCC, a new SouEast brand, will be even cheaper. They are aimed at young buyers and will be presented in November.
carnewschina.com (Changan), carnewschina.com (DearCC)

Additional EV benefits in California: According to the proposed Electric Vehicle Credit Act, California EV drivers could get up to 250 dollars in charging benefits from their employer without being taxed, if they commute to work in an EV. Any car with a 4 kWh or bigger battery pack, as well as two- and three-wheelers with 2.5 kWh can qualify.
electrek.co, autoblog.com

Sep 2, 2016 - 08:11 am

Last request.

Last request: Tesla rarely makes exceptions when it comes to its waiting list. But when they learned that a man who has cancer and probably not much longer to live wanted to absolutely own a Tesla, they gave him the top spot.

Jul 18, 2016 - 08:07 am

Samsung, BMW, Denmark, MAN, Mini, Tesla.

Samsung to invest in BYD? The Korean electronics giant has been “actively pushing talks” to buy a stake in the Chinese EV maker, Bloomberg reports. Samsung could acquire four percent of BYD for about 400m dollars allegedly, but the sum has not been disclosed and negotiations are on-going. The Koreans hope to bolster their semiconductor business for cars with the move.

BMW740le-300x150BMW 7 PHEV launch: The German carmaker has released details on the electrified 7 series. The upcoming plug-in hybrids will be available in both short- and long-wheelbase variants. Prices for the 740e iPerformance start at 90,095 dollars in the USA, where the 7 series PHEV is to launch next month.
autoblog.com, greencarcongress.com

Import ban for ICE? Denmark’s young green party Alternativet has proposed to stop the import of diesel and petrol vehicles into the country by 2025. EV privileges like the exemption from the registration tax shall accompany the ban but so far it has been met with opposition from lobbyists.

MAN to enter electric bus business: Truck and bus builder MAN will start serial production of fully electric buses by 2019 with first pilot fleets launching a year earlier. The move is based on the assumption that 20 percent of public transport will run electrically by 2020.
busplaner.de (in German)

Hybrid Countryman spotted: Mini’s slightly roomier PHEV was photographed charging in the country in heavy camouflage. The plug-in hybrid Countryman is expected to hit civilisation by 2019 and it looks like it will become yet bigger and bolder.

Elon makes us wait: The Tesla CEO announced on Twitter that he would first focus on the SpaceX launch and “post [the] Tesla (master) product plan afterwards.” The Falcon is now on its way, so we remain at the edge of our seats. Meanwhile, German federal state Saxony is hoping to lure in Tesla to build a European Gigafactory in the town of Kamenz.
mdr.de (Saxony; in German)

Jul 11, 2016 - 09:00 am

Tesla, Porsche, Mini, BMW, Toyota, Milltex Engineers.

Tesla_RoadsterRoadster batteries arrive: Tesla has begun delivering their 3.0 Roadster batteries. The limited 29,000 dollar upgrades were first announced in 2014, and will continue to roll out slowly, up to five per week, due to limited production capacity. With the new battery pack, Tesla’s first EV will be able to travel about 340 miles on one charge.

New Porsche factory: Porsche has dedicated a plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen to producing eight-cylinder engines that will later also be used to build the company’s first all-electric sports car. The factory includes a photovoltaic system that generates up to 242,500 kWh per year.
automotiveworld.com, greencarcongress.com

Mini plug-in-hybrid: Images of Mini’s upcoming Mini Cooper Countryman SE show that the model has a more subdued appearance than usual. The planned PHEV will hit showrooms in 2017 and will be presented at the LA Auto Show in November of that year.
autogazette.de (in German)

Toyota, BMW share powertrain: Following a collaboration between Toyota and BMW, the new Toyota Supra concept will share the chassis and hybrid powertrain of the next BMW Z4 sports car – petrol engines from BMW will drive the rear, while the front will be powered by Toyota’s electric motors. Both cars will feature a lithium-ion battery pack.

Tesla updates investigation: While it had been reported that German authorities were investigating the California EV maker for not properly notifying authorities about updating driving assistance software, a German Transport Ministry representative now stated that they are clarifying technical issues and nothing more.

Crowdfunded e-bike: The first Indian crowdfunded electric bike, the Spero from Milltex Engineers, has been unveiled. It is powered by a 48V battery that supports 100km of range on a single charge. The company hopes to sell 150,000 units from August 2016 until March 2017.

Jun 23, 2016 - 09:09 am

Mini, Daimler, Tesla, Mitsubishi, BAIC, Energica.

Pictures of first plug-in Mini: MotoringFile released first images of the Mini Countryman E, the brand’s first PHEV. The drivetrain combines 100 kW combustion engine in the front and 65 kW electric motor in the back. The 7.7 kWh battery pack stores enough energy for an all-electric range of 38 km. The Countryman E could be presented in September and launch early 2017.

New Daimler brand? The manufacture recently announced the launch of four new electric Mercedes models. Now it seems that it could offer these under a new brand for electric mobility, German Handelsblatt reports. Another possibility is introducing a Mercedes sub-brand for EVs, like BMW did with BMW i.
handelsblatt.com, electrek.co

Tesla to buy SolarCity: The EV maker has made an offer to take over Elon Musk’s other start-up – the solar energy provider SolarCity. For Musk, the deal was “obvious,” as he wants to create the first vertically integrated energy company that offers everything from EVs, to solar panels and energy storage.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com, teslamotors.com

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Good deal: Until September 28th, Mitsubishi makes customers in UK a special offer for its Outlander PHEV, offering a 2,500 pound finance deposit contribution and zero percent APR. The plug-in hybrid SUV also qualifies for the 2,500 pound plug-in grant and is exempt from road tax.
am-online.com, mitsubishi-cars.co.uk

New electric SUV from BAIC: An unknown mini SUV from BAIC with a fully electric drive has been caught on camera. It is said to launch in China before the end of the year.

Energica with new location: The electric motorbike manufacturer opened its new headquarters in Soliera, in the Italian province of Modena. It combines factory, showroom and even a museum on the company’s history.

Apr 20, 2016 - 08:58 am

Paice, Mini, Buick, Future Mobility, VW.

VW Group sued over patent rights: After already going after Ford and Hyundai-Kia for patent rights for hybrid technologies, Baltimore-based company Paice is suing VW, Audi, and Porsche for patent infringement. According to Bloomberg, Paice wants to stop all imports of the group’s hybrid cars to the U.S. and pocket a licence fee.

Mini to plug in? The in 2011 presented Mini Rocketman concept could make it to serial production as an EV after all, Autocar reports, quoting Mini product chief Ralph Mahler. So far, the production platform has been missing, but could be developed relatively cheaply, as EV components need less space than those for cars with combustion engines.

Hybrid strategy in China: SAIC-GM presented the Buick LaCrosse Hybrid. The hybrid drivetrain in based on the Chevy Malibu Hybrid. Moreover, the joint venture will from now on market all electrified Buick models under the name “Buick Blue.” A total of ten hybrid Buick vehicles are said to hit the road in China in the next five years.
greencarcongress.com, gmauthority.com

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Personnel turnover: According to Bloomberg, EV start-up Future Mobility, which is financially supported by Chinese company Foxconn, has snatched Dirk Abendroth, Benoit Jacob and Henrik Wenders from BMW i. Meanwhile, Electrek reports that Apple poached Chris Porritt, previously Tesla’s head of development.
bloomberg.com (Future Mobility), electrek.co (Apple)

Crossblue spotted: The seven-seater was spotted testing in Arizona, USA. The SUV will most likely go on sale in the U.S. at the end of 2017 and will also be available as a hybrid. Other than the concept car presented three years ago, the hybrid drive will not feature a diesel, but a petrol motor.

Next-gen Lexus preview: Lexus is teasing the new generation of its IS series, which it will officially unveil at the Beijing Auto Show next week. Though no details have been given, we expect another hybrid version. After all, the current model also comes partially electrified.
carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com

Feb 23, 2016 - 09:30 am

Hyundai, Volkswagen, Mini, Arash.

Hyundai-Ioniq-ElectricE-Ioniq with small price tag: Hyundai released the first official image of its Ioniq Electric and confirms that the variant will feature only a 28 kWh battery pack, allowing for a range of 105 miles. The South Korean automaker instead hopes to attract buyers with a reasonably low price tag of less than 33,000 dollars.

e-Up! gets makeover: From later this summer, the small VW will sport some new design changes, as well as be available in more colours and with more connectivity features. If the electric version will boast any changes under the hood is still unclear. The carmaker will also show a Polo SUV concept in Geneva that features the interior design previously debuted in the BUDD-e concept in Las Vegas.
autocar.co.uk, youtube.com (video e-Up!), carscoops.com (SUV)

Mini plugs in: BMW AG board member Peter Schwarzenbauern confirmed that the brand wants to add a plug-in hybrid car to its portfolio in the next two years. Which model that could be was not announced. An electric vehicle is also in the pipelines, but depends on further development of battery technology.

Arash on takeover course: The English sports car manufacturer announced its hybrid AF10 supercar for the Geneva Auto Show. Its four electric motors and 2,080 hp knock the competition out of the water. The vehicle can be ordered for a little over 1.5m dollars.
carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com

VW EVs made in USA? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may consider making Volkswagen build electric cars in the U.S. to make up for the diesel scandal. The carmaker would also have to help set up charging infrastructure. Elon Musk recently suggested a similar ‘punishment.’
bloomberg.com, autoblog.com

Jan 8, 2016 - 09:44 am

Hyundai, Chevrolet, Mellow Boards, Mini, Baojun E100.

Hyundai-Ioniq-rearHyundai Ioniq update: Hyundai has released first images of its Ioniq, which will be available as an EV and a hybrid with and without plug. The hybrid will be powered by a 1.6 litre and 105 hp petrol engine, combined with a 32 kW electric motor. Pricing in South Korea is said to start at just 22.9m won (19,127 USD). The Hyundai will premier in Geneva and New York in March.
autocar.co.uk, indianautosblog.com

Chevy Bolt overview: Following the unveiling of Chevrolet’s new EV at the CES in Las Vegas yesterday, here are the official presentation video, specs and more pictures to scroll through. The Bolt will go on sale at the end of the year and will feature lots of driving assistants and maximum connectivity to appeal to younger generations.
youtube.com (official video), chevrolet.com (official website), forbes.com (photos)

Mellow Boards gets cash injection: The Hamburg-based start-up (we reported) has received 1.5m euros from TQ Systems, securing enough financing until the start of production. Mellow Boards says it will most likely be able to stay on schedule, with deliveries said to start in September.
Source: info per mail

Mini with plug? According to German Auto Motor und Sport, the new Mini Countryman will be available from the end of the year. A plug-in variant is to follow at a later date, but will have an all-electric range of a mere 34 km.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

Baojun E100 spy shots: The small city EV said to premier at the Beijing Auto Show in April, was caught on camera. The Baojun E100 will then launch in China in October, have a range of 100 km an top speed of 100 kph. And it apparently comes with a takeout tablet on the dashboard.

Sep 17, 2015 - 07:36 am

Smart, Mercedes, PSA, Porsche, Opel, Mini.

New electric Smart to use Renault tech: At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Daimler and Renault-Nissan announced that they will further strengthen their partnership. Under the new agreement, the upcoming all-electric versions of the Smart Fortwo and Smart Forfour, which will go on sale late 2016, will use a modified version of Renault’s electric motor currently used in the Zoe. The battery of the new Smart EVs will be produced by Daimler’s subsidiary Deutsche Accumotive in Kamenz, Germany.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, renault.com

Mercedes confirms Tesla competitor: Speaking to Automotive News, Daimler’s head of product development, Thomas Weber, confirmed plans to develop an all-electric model to compete with Tesla. Weber said that Mercedes-Benz plans to begin selling an electric vehicle with a range of 400 to 500 kilometers (250 to 310 miles) by possibly 2018.
autonews.com, autoguide.com

PSA goes all-electric: Peugeot-Citroën will develop an electric vehicle, set to launch in 2020. For it, the carmaker will be working together with its Chinese Dongfeng Motor, says PSA’s Gilles Le Borgne, while continuing its cooperation with Mitsubishi on current-generation EVs.
reuters.com, autonews.com

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Will Porsche challenge Tesla? Porsche has yet to decide if its electric Mission E concept will go into production. According to Porsche CEO Matthias Müller, a decision will be made this autumn and the production version of the all-electric Porsche could hit showrooms by the end of the decade.
wirtschaftsblatt.at (in German)

Opel EV confirmed: General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced that GM’s European subsidiaries Opel (Germany) and Vauxhall (Britain) will introduce 29 new models by 2020, including an electric vehicle. Barra added that GM will also introduce a new electric vehicle in Europe, which will not be based on the Chevrolet Bolt.

No electric Mini: A new all-electric Mini is “a possibility, but not in the near future,” Ralph Mahler, head of the brand’s product management, said at the Frankfurt Motor Show. He went on explaining that Mini currently sees only one European market with high demand for EVs – Norway.

Jul 17, 2015 - 08:20 am

Faraday Future, Mini, Hyundai, Tesla, Audi, Bolloré.

Faraday-FutureBrave new future: Faraday Future wants take on Tesla and have an EV with the highest energy density by 2017. While production has not been set up yet, FF hired some 200 people, including high level EV experts. Nick Sampson, Tesla’s former chief engineer, has been taken on as product designer together with Richard Kim, who was responsible for the BMW i8 and i3 concept designs. Silva Hiti, former lead powertrain at Chevy Volt is to do the same for FF and Page Beermann, former Creative Director at BMW, will be responsible for the exterior design. FF’s websites shows the company is not just working on electrification, but also on maximum digitalisation. It seems, the first Tesla-fighter may not be “made in Germany” after all.
motortrend.com, venturebeat.com, hollywoodreporter.com, faradayfuture.com

Mini Superleggra: Autocar followed up on the car’s progress. Mini CEO Peter Schwarzenbauer says the company is “working hard” to bring the concept on the streets by possibly 2019. It could then also come as a PHEV, featuring the same drivetrain as the BMW 2er Active Tourer.

Prius fighter spotted: Hyundai is working on a dedicated hybrid, which might be presented at IAA this year. New photos show a heavily camouflaged hatchback but unveil a charging port close to the driver’s front door, unmasking it as a plug-in hybrid.

Model X in China: Tesla plans to offer its upcoming SUV in China in the first half of 2016, after launching it in the U.S. already this quarter. Furthermore, the Californian EV maker plans to open five to six new service centres in big Chinese cities by the end of this year.

Audi in Australia: The German carmaker launched the A3 e-tron Down Under. The plug-in hybrid is available at Audi dealerships in Australia, priced from 62,490 Australian dollars. The package includes a 230-volt, high-output 16-amp single phase power outlet for home charging.

EVs on the internet: It seems, there is little one cannot buy on Amazon. Now Bolloré is offering its Bluecar and Bluesummer via the online retailer at a reduced price of 25 to 31 percent. Unfortunately, the deal is only available for “Premium” Amazon customers and only those, living in Metropolitan France.
automobile-propre.com (in French)

Jun 30, 2015 - 08:18 am

Volkswagen, Audi, Mini, Pikes Peak, Hyundai.

VW e-scooter: The German carmaker is planning an electric trike dubbed City Surfer, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said in an interview with German Bild. The LEV will weigh less than 20 kilos, have a range of about 20 kilometres and cost less than a 1,000 euros. Market entry is set for the second half of 2016. Meanwhile, Winterkorn confirmed that the rumoured 1,500 hp Bugatti will indeed be a hybrid (we reported).
bild.de (City Surfer, in German with pictures), themotorreport.com.au (Bugatti)

Audi A4 without e-tron? Audi presented the next-gen A4 for the first time but did not announce a PHEV as part of the motor line-up, even though media expected an A4 e-tron. German Heise Autos still believes a hybrid variant will come at a later date. First, the Audi Q5 PHEV will take the road.
puregreencars.com, heise.de (Q5, in German)

Mini Superleggera with i8 drive? Despite Mini denying production plans of its Superleggera concept, the rumour mill will not stop. Autocar reports that the classy convertible might be powered by a motor similar to that of the BMW i8 and expects a definite decision about production in November.

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Pikes Peak electrified: Drive eO’s 1,020-kW electric racer took the first place in this weekend’s hill climb race. The Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One came in second, making the dominance of electric vehicles perfect. Only one gas guzzler climbed onto the podium.
transportevolved.com, hybridcars.com, youtube.com (video out of the winning hill climber)

Hyundai’s hopes on hydrogen: Hyundai’s fuel cell manager Kim Sae Hoon sees the future in FCVs. He says fuel cell batteries can be incorporated into vehicles of all sizes because they are easily scaled and are thus more competitive. But the technology needs more time to penetrate the market.

Mar 20, 2015 - 09:56 am

Tesla, BMW i, Kia, Mini, BYD, Terra Motors.

Tesla software update 6.2: The promised end for range anxiety is basically a combination of optimised routing and a range alarm. The new software stays connected to Tesla’s charging infrastructure and warns the driver, when range drops below what is needed to get to the next Supercharger or Destination Charger. Things like elevation changes, weather and occupied chargers are taken into account.
transportevolved.com, insideevs.com, jalopnik.com

BMW i future: German Manager Magazin reports that the BMW i9 could become available by around 2020. Before, BMW i will introduce the next-gen i3 with a 300+ kilometre range. In subsequent years, every middle and large sized BMW model will be offered as plug-in or all-electric variant.
manager-magazin.de (in German)

Kia shows new Optima: The Koreans have released first design sketches of their new Optima, which will be presented at the New York Auto Show in April. The new Optima will also be available as a station wagon, previewed in Geneva earlier this month. A hybrid and a new plug-in hybrid powertrain is likely.


Electric Mini in the pipeline: Head of the Mini brand Peter Schwarzenbauer confirmed that an all-electric Mini is the works, but did not give any further details yet. He also made clear that there will be no Mini Minor and that a production version of the Superleggera is not certain yet.
motoring.com.au, motorauthority.com

BYD teams up in Thailand: Trading company Loxley will be selling electric cars and buses under the BYD brand in Thailand, starting with the K9 bus and e6 passenger car. Loxley plans on selling a combined 200 units within two years and is eyeing the possibility of setting up an assembly plant for EVs.
thaivisa.com, bangkokpost.com

Terra Motors reveals e-bike: The company presented its S750, which is said to be the first e-bike designed by a Japanese company. The e-bike has a top speed of roughly 25 mph and a 31-mile range.
electricvehiclesresearch.com, digitaltrends.com

Mar 18, 2015 - 09:56 am

Nissan, Germany, Mini, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen.

Nissan BladeGlider axed: The arrow-shaped electric racer was scheduled for launch in 2017. Nissan now says the BladeGlider project is “not among the immediate priorities,” delaying it indefinitely while waiting for the right time and opportunity.
autocar.co.uk, transportevolved.com

E-mobility initiative stopped: Germany’s attempt to foster electric mobility has yet again come to a screeching halt, as the federal government scrapped a plan to offer corporate tax breaks. State governments did not back Chancellor Merkel since they would have been affected by tax shortfalls.

Mini Superleggera to go serial: By 2018, the stylish Mini roadster will go into production, Car Magazine reports. While initially shown as an electric concept, the serial Superleggera will be in line with the brand’s current motor offering and thus not be available as an EV.


Thai Mercedes production: Daimler announced the production start of the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid at its Thonburi facility in Thailand this year. The same factory already rolls out the BlueTEC Hybrid versions of W212 E-Class and the W222 S-Class.

VW big in China: VW CEO Martin Winterkorn hopes his company will sell a six-digit number of EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles in China by 2020. Volkswagen plans to introduce 20 new models by 2018, while continuously opening more production facilities in what the company describes as its largest market.

Feb 4, 2015 - 10:03 am

France, Hyundai, Toyota, Formula E, Phil Etro EV, Mini.

French electric mobility measures: Energy Minister Ségolène Royal and Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron have announced five measures to foster e-mobility in France, including a 30 percent tax credit for charging stations as well as the standardisation and installation of public charging infrastructure. Furthermore, the buying incentive of 6,300 euros (7,229 USD) for EVs and 4,000 euros (4,590 USD) for plug-in hybrids will be continued in 2015.
emobilitaetonline.de (in German), boursier.com (in French)

Hyundai-Tucson-FCVHyundai will continue the ix35 as Tucson in Europe and present the successor model at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Hyundai has already revealed the first sketch of the 2016 Tucson, but technical details remain scarce. However, a fuel cell version is likely to be included in the new range again.
indianautosblog.com, fleetnews.co.uk

New GT-R indeed a hybrid: Nissan´s head of design Shiro Nakamura has confirmed what everyone secretly hoped for: the new generation Nissan GT-R will be offered with a hybrid drivetrain, he told Topgear. Unfortunately, the new model will not hit the markets until “2018 at the earliest”.

Formula E deal with Moscow confirmed: As we reported yesterday, the Russian capital will host an ePrix, so expect to see the electric racers speeding through Moscow adjacent to the Kremlin on the 6th of June. Because of the new race in Moscow, the Berlin race was rescheduled to the 23rd of May.
electricautosport.com, autovolt-magazine.com (Moscow), tagesspiegel.de (Berlin, in German)

Philippines’ first electric motorcycle: The manufacturer Phil Etro EV has developed the first Philippine electric motorcycle and plans to produce 2,000 units of the Agila this year with 200 scheduled for the first quarter. The Agila can take up to 7 persons (Asian-style, probably) and a load of 350 kg.

Hybrid Mini spy shot: New pictures show a Mini Countryman testing in a wintry tundra. Despite being in camouflage, letters on the door identify it as “Hybrid Test Vehicle” thus making a plug-in hybrid more than likely. The new Countryman is believed to use the hybrid system of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.
autoguide.com, autoblog.com, hybridcars.com

Jan 28, 2015 - 09:33 am

Mitsubishi, Mini, Rome, Xin Longma, Tata Motors.

Mitsubishi-SUV-PHEV-Genf2015Mitsubishi to show PHEV concept: The Japanese manufacturer will present a yet unnamed compact SUV plug-in hybrid concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. For now, Mitsubishi released two teaser images, prompting speculations that the concept might preview the new ASX.
greencarcongress.com, carmagazine.co.uk

Electric Mini? Together with Toyota, BMW wants to introduce a smaller version of the Mini called Minor, which might also be fitted with an electric drivetrain, according to Georg Kacher. Moreover, the 2016 Mini Countryman could feature a plug-in hybrid variant and the Superleggera is earmarked for early 2018.
automobilemag.com, autobild.de (in German)

No roads to Rome: The Italian capital has banned private cars within the ‘fascia verde’ (green belt) this coming Sunday, in an effort to curb pollution. Electric cars and carsharing vehicles will be allowed in the city, as well as petrol and diesel Euro 5 cars. The move will be repeated on 22nd of February.

Waiting for the Outlander PHEV: Instead of launching the plug-in SUV early 2016 as previously announced, it will not debut in the U.S. until Q2 of 2016. No official reason has been given, but Mitsubishi might want to wait to see what competitors put out there first to make its final adjustments.
greencarreports.com, transportevolved.com

Electric minivan for China: Car News China shows first images of the minivan Xin Longma Kaiteng EX80, which will be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April and go on sale in China in the second half of the year. An all-electric variant is also planned.

Electric delivery truck: India’s Tata Motors will issue an all-electric version of its most popular light truck Ace in the next financial year. With a top speed of around 50 km/h, it will be much slower than its diesel cousins. Other technical details have not been announced yet.

Dec 12, 2014 - 09:15 am

Tesla Fighters, Aston Martin, Mini, Prodeco, Saab, Tesla, Mercedes.

Tesla-Model-XGerman Tesla fighters: Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche plan to take over the electric luxury segment by 2018, German Auto Bild reports in its print edition and in an online report by its employee Georg Kacher. Under a program known internally as Ecoluxe, Mercedes is planning four new electric models to be built in a new plant. According to the reports, Porsche is working on the all-electric 717 with a range of 500 kilometers. BMW will issue the i5 while Audi is going to start with the Q6 e-tron.
presseportal.de (Autobild teaser in German) automobilemag.com (Details in Englisch)

Aston Martin hybrids? The British carmaker is preparing to generate between 100 million and 150 million pounds by issuing new shares or bonds, Reuters reports exclusively. The money is intended for new models including hybrids as part of a recovery strategy until 2020.

Vision to become true: Apparently, Mini is planning to create a production version of its electric roadster concept Superleggera Vision as patent drawings have surfaced on the world wide web. However, the sketches show a slightly less extravagant EV.
autoevolution.com, motorward.com

PayMeOn to acquire Prodeco: Already a minority holder, PayMeOn now signed a letter of intent to fully take over the American e-bike manufacturer Prodeco. Its e-bikes are mainly throttle-operated although a pedal-assisted version for the European market debuted at this year’s Eurobike show.

Grace period for Saab: The Swedish district court dealing with the restructuring of Saab-owner NEVS has granted the process another three months. NEVS now has time until March 2 2015 to reorganise its business. All 19 creditors apart from one have agreed.

Tesla goes big in Canada: Last week, the Californian carmaker opened a 45,000-square-foot Tesla Store in Montreal. It is the biggest outlet of all 60 stores in North America to date.
montrealgazette.com, cbc.ca

Review C300 BlueTEC Hybrid: Alex Grant takes Mercedes’ diesel-electric hybrid on the road and finds it to be a true hybrid not only by engine but by built, too. The system works effectively in both the city and on the motorway, but will not make a “a big dent in overall running costs,” Grant thinks.

Dec 4, 2014 - 09:37 am

It fits!

A Chinese student has set a new record – in parallel parking. Han Yue drifted a Mini into a parking gap that’s only 8 cm longer than the vehicle. That’s reason enough for an entry in the book of Guinness World Records.

Found on electrive.com
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