Tag: Mission Motorcycles

Jul 28, 2017 - 08:07 am

Mike O’Brien, Henrik Fisker

Mike-O-Brien_100x100px“Our biggest problem with Ioniq is we don’t have enough of them. I think our only problem right now is insufficient supply.”

Mike O’Brien, VP of product, corporate and digital planning for Hyundai Motor America, when asked if Ioniq sales were slow (4,881 units through June), points to a problem of supply rather than demand, esp. for the EV variant.

henrik-fisker“My lesson learned there is that we need to make 100 percent sure of the battery technology that we launch with, which is why we chose LG Chem.”

This is Henrik Fisker, who blames parts of his previous downfall on A123 Systems, which supplied batteries for the Karma before filing for bankruptcy in 2012. With LG Chem he went for the safe option.

Oct 22, 2015 - 08:30 am

BMW, Aston Martin, Tesla, London Taxi, Recalls, Mission Motorcycles.

BMW i5 plot thickens: BMW CEO Harald Krüger announced a new model joining the ranks of the electric i-series “soon,” as he spoke to German weekly Zeit. It will be bigger than the i3 and has been spoken of as i5 previously. Furthermore, the i3 will come with longer range next year.
handelsblatt.com (in German)

Aston Martin RapidE: The British carmaker officially unveiled a prototype of its adumbrated electric sedan. Already by 2017, the RapidE Concept could launch boasting 735 kW, especially with the help of investor ChinaEquity. Even Chinese president Xi Jinping graced the electric revelation.
autoexpress.co.uk, europe-autonews.com (ChinaEquity), youtube.com

Fall from grace? Consumer Reports used to be one of Tesla’s biggest supporters. Yet, it has taken back its unreserved recommendation following a survey among 1,400 Model S drivers, who said reliability does not match performance. Nonetheless, 97 percent of all buyers would buy a Tesla again.
consumerreports.org, forbes.com

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Electrified black cab: London Taxi Company of Coventry has revealed its TX5 plug-in hybrid. As the company is owned by Chinese Geely, president Xi Jinping stopped by for the presentation. Set for launch in 2017, Geely plans to produce around 36,000 units, also for export (we reported).

Double recall: BMW is asking 923 i3 in the USA to return to the garage due to possibly faulty passenger airbags that will be replaced. At the same time, Toyota recalls 6.5 million cars worldwide, among them also models which are offered as hybrids, as it needs to fix a defect in the power window switch.
bmwblog.com, autoblog.com (BMW), auto-motor-sport.de, reuters.com (Toyota)

Has Apple played a part in the end of Mission Motorcycles? Potentially yes, although indirectly, Reuters suggests. Before bankruptcy, quite a few top engineers had left the electric motorbike builder for Apple. Mission Motorcycles had to give up last month (we reported).

Sep 16, 2015 - 08:20 am

Thunder Power, Artega, Nissan, Toyota, Bugatti, Mission Motorcycles.

Thunder Power lifts curtain: The Taiwanese company officially introduced its Tesla-fighter concept in Frankfurt. There will be two variants of the electric vehicle – one with 230 kW and the other with 320 kW under the hood. Both will be able to go 650 km on one charge. Market launch in Europe is scheduled for 2017, followed by China in 2018. The U.S. will have to wait a while longer before seeing the EV hit the road.

Sports car Scalo: Artega hopes to make a comeback with the Scalo, an electric version of the company’s late GT, which had caused it to go bankrupt. This time, the petrol engine was replaced by two electric motors with a combined peak power of 390 kW. The car is said to have a range of up to 400 km, while maximum speed is set at 250 kph. The Scalo will only be built to order.
autogespot.co.za, autoweek.nl (in Dutch), autobild.de (in German)

Nissan crossover concept: The Japanese presented the Gripz Concept at the IAA Tuesday, equipped with the ‘Pure Drive’ e-Power hybrid system. A petrol engine powers the electric motor also used in the Nissan Leaf. The sporty four-door crossover is said to be great for everyday routes, as well as fun to ride on the weekend.
carscoops.com, netcarshow.com

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Toyota-premiere in Frankfurt: The manufacturer took the wraps off its updated version of the C-HR hybrid concept, nearly one year after showing a first glimpse at the Paris Motor Show. The production car will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show early next year, with sales to kick off in the second half of 2016.
worldcarfans.com, indianautosblog.com

Bugatti previews Veyron’s successor: Bugatti showed its newest vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show, dubbed the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo. The car is essentially a real life version of the car in the PlayStation Gran Turismo videogame, but is said to strongly influence the planned hybrid sportscar Chiron. Meanwhile, this concept car will sell for around 2.6m dollars.
motoring.com.au, indianautosblog.com

Failed Mission: Manufacturer Mission Motorcycles is bankrupt. Considering the past year, this may not come as a surprise. Instead of beginning to sell it electric motorcycles in September of last year, the company underwent corporate restructuring and a name change, saying it wanted to venture into the automotive market. It was even hit with a lawsuit by one of its co-founders earlier in 2014.


Found on electrive.com
28.07.2017 08:11