Mitsubishi installs used PHEV batteries in stationary system
Mitsubishi intends to equip its Okazaki plant with a photovoltaic system and a storage system with used batteries from the Outlander PHEV. The storage system should have a maximum capacity of 1 MWh.Weiterlesen
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hits UK market
Mitsubishi’s new Outlander PHEV Reflex commercial vehicle has gone on sale in the UK. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Reflex Commercial is also eligible for the UK government’s Plug-In Van Grant, a discount of £7,642, resulting in an on-the-road CV price of £24,298 (excluding VAT).Weiterlesen
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Indonesia backs EVs with state utility PLN
The state-owned utility company PLN has signed memorandums of understanding with 20 companies to push EV adoption in Indonesia. 13 of the companies are set to provide support with the installing charging stations, six companies will help build the vehicles and one company aims to develop their own charger.Weiterlesen
Mercedes says Citan successor will be electric van
Mercedes-Benz continues its commitment in the small van segment and has therefore decided on the successor to the Citan city delivery van – this time including a fully electric version. The vehicle will again be built in cooperation with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.Weiterlesen
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Nissan questions Renault alliance after Ghosn scandal
Following the arrest of top executive Carlos Ghosn, Nissan wants to put the alliance with Renault to the test. Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa hinted as much when calling the business “not equal”. Still, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi are prepared to meet and the French state wants its say as well.Weiterlesen
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi acquires stake in Enevate
The alliance of manufacturers Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, has invested in the Californian battery startup Enevate via its venture capital subsidiary Alliance Ventures. The amount of the strategic investment is not known.Weiterlesen
Fiat Chrysler & Mitsubishi to sell GAC BEV
Toyota and Honda will not be alone in selling electrified versions of the compact SUV Trumpchi GS4 by GAC under their own name. Now both Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi, who are also both also partners with GAC in China, plan to follow the same strategy.Weiterlesen
Mitsubishi & GAC making a $20,000 electric SUV
Mitsubishi and GAC jointly kick-off production of their first electric SUV in the Chinese town of Changsha. The Eupheme EV offers a range of 410 kilometres according to the manufacturer GMMC, yet it is the base price after subsidies that will ultimately sway the consumers.Weiterlesen
Suzuki & Mitsubishi quit selling diesel cars in Europe
With Suzuki and Mitsubishi two more carmakers from Japan discontinue their diesel lineup in Europe. Suzuki say they will stop selling diesel on the continent before the year’s end. Mitsubishi considers doing the same but starting in key markets such as UK and Germany and possibly France.Weiterlesen
Japan forms ECLAIR consortium for electric aircrafts
Japan set up a new consortium called ECLAIR for Electrification Challenge for Aircraft – electric planes in other words. Members include the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as well as industrial heavyweights from Mitsubishi over Kawasaki to Subaru.Weiterlesen
Sweden: Plug-in car share hits record-high in June
Sales of plug-in hybrid and electric cars in Sweden have reached a record high this June. This increased the annual plug-in share of the total market feasibly so far this year.Weiterlesen
Electric rally car from Sweden based on Mitsubishi Mirage
Swedish MPart AB is working on a pure electric version of their rally racer based on a Mitsubishi Mirage. The Mirage R5e will feature two electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear for a combined 250 kW. More details are to follow.Weiterlesen
Mitsubishi creates Hyper Energy Station in Japan
Mitsubishi is setting up a charging network at its dealerships in Japan, which will not only receive renewable energy via solar panels, but will also stabilize and support the local electrical grid – even in the case of a natural disaster or power shortages.Weiterlesen
Hitachi, Mitsubishi & Engie drive V2G project forward
Hitachi, Mitsubishi and the French utility Engie have introduced a new project which will use electric cars as an energy buffer for office buildings in what they call a V2B model. Testing is taking place in the Dutch city of Zaandam.Weiterlesen
Mitsubishi presents new Outlander PHEV and SUV concept
In Geneva, Mitsubishi is set to show off the new version of their best-selling Outlander PHEV this March. In addition, they will also present an all new electric SUV study, the-Evolution Concept car.Weiterlesen
Nissan announces more details of Alliance 2022 BEVs
Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have made their 12 planned BEVs a little more concrete. Nissan will have four fully electric vehicles under their brand, while Infiniti will run another two before 2022.Weiterlesen
Mitsubishi cracks 100,000 sales with Outlander PHEV
Four years after its launch in October 2013, Mitsubishi announces that its Outlander PHEV has passed the milestone of 100,000 sales in Europe. The plug-in hybrid now accounts for more than 10% of the European sales in Mitsubishi.Weiterlesen
Electric mini Renault for Asia – and other world regions
The French already have a prototype of the small and cheap electric car the alliance of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi plans to launch in China. CEO Carlos Ghosn mentioned test rides in an interview recently.Weiterlesen
Mitsubishi, Magna, BOLT, Tesla, Nissan, Changan.
Mitsubishi to electrify its core model range: The Japanese carmaker has launched a three-year roadmap called “Drive for Growth” to improve its performance in terms of volume, revenues and profitability. As part of this plan, Mitsubishi intends to provide electrified solutions for each and every of its core models from 2020 on. The company also confirms plans to create an EV kei car. Further details have not yet been given.
Magna’s electric drivetrains made in China: The car supplier teams up with SAIC subsidiary Huayu Automotive Systems to create a JV for electric drivetrains at Chinese territory. The new company shall focus at the domestic market and already gained its first customer order: According to Magna, a not closer specified German carmaker ordered the company’s electric-drive powertrain system. The newly founded JV represents Magna’s first e-drive business in China.
Electric scooter capable to send text messages: Dutch start-up BOLT Mobility has raised 3m euros through a crowd funding strategy in order to create its electric scooter called AppScooter. The vehicle with a range of up to 400 km and a base price of 2,990 euros convinced more than 2,000 investors. What is special about it, is that it provides a big touchscreen, 4G internet connection and smartphone connectivity, enabling e.g. automated text and phone call responses. Market launch is scheduled for 2018.
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Conflict resolution at Tesla subsidiary: The employees of Tesla-owned manufacturer Grohmann Automation successfully fought for an improved salary structure and job guarantees until 2022. Thus, the German subsidiary’s stuff gets a salary increase of roughly 30 percent, starting with the current month. However, Tesla is not willing to join the branch’s collective agreement as it was requested by Germany’s largest union, IG Metall. But the new salary structure represents now anyway more or less the tariff level.
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Nissan shows e-NV200 Fridge Concept: At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will put its e-NV200 Fridge Concept on display, an utility van to transport chilled foods. The electric vehicle is designed to meet urban requirements and features an additional battery pack to power a refrigeration unit. While the vehicles lithium-ion battery provides 24 kWh, the refrigeration equivalent comes with 12 kWh.
Changan to produce solely EVs by 2025: Within the next 8 years, Chinese car manufacturer Changan will transform into a pure EV maker, according the company’s own information. In order to do so, the Chinese want to create three NEV platforms and invest a total of 100bn Yuan (12bn euros) into its electrification strategy.
Toyota, Mitsubishi, Akasol.
Toyota readies FC truck for real world: 6,500 kilometres of testing lay behind Toyota’s fuel cell truck six months after its inception and the Japanese are now preparing for more real-life practice in California. Project Portal is to start to deliver goods from the ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles to warehouses and rail yards, thus racking up about 320 km a day. As the study progresses, longer haul routes will be introduced. The Class 8 truck utilises two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12 kWh battery.
More Mirai as in future comes from Mitsubishi, that wants to bring the EMIRAI 4 concept to Tokyo. More than a proclaimed futuristic outlook has not been revealed though.
Modular battery system: Akasol will presents its roof-mounted battery system for buses at the upcoming Busworld Europe and said two German OEMs agreed to install it on 10,000 vehicles over the years to come. This order is why Akasol is looking to expand with two new facilities to open shortly.
Nissan, Porsche, Mitsubishi, SAIC Europe, Ford, Electra Meccanica.
Nissan Leaf as Nismo: A sporty makeover awaits the Leaf as Nissan has prepared a Nismo concept due to meet the eyes of the world in Tokyo later this month. Well, some pictures are in circulation already but nothing is known about production plans or an eventual on sale date. What is Nismo about the Leaf is mainly the racy exterior and a chique interior while technology is essentially the same apart from a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance tires, and a custom-tuned computer that delivers instant acceleration at all speeds.
Porsche is putting its Mission E up against some Tesla cars to make testing as close to real life as possible. Spy shots shows the luxurious electric cruisers close to Porsche’s production plant. The Mission E however, still carries a Panamera chassis including an exhaust pipe, fake in this case.
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Official images preview another concept destined for Tokyo, Mitsubishi’s electric SUV Coupé that was first sighted some days ago. The latest tease is accompanied by some details such as the e-Evolution Concept’s three electric drives that work together as an AWD. Two power the rear axle while the remaining furthers propulsion at the front.
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New player on e-van market: The electric truck business is brewing in Europe and SAIC decided to add its Maxus EV80 to the mix. Distribution will be handled by SAIC Mobility Europe that asked Maske Fleet to offer the electric transporter to corporate clients in Germany and Austria. On top, fleets in France and Benelux, will be able to get the Maxus EV80 that has a range of 200 kilometres and a maximum payload of 950 kilos. Other markets are to follow soon.
As Ford is increasing its electrification effort reportedly, some more numbers have been put behind the promises. On top of the previously announced 4.5bn dollar investment, Ford is also reducing ICE capital expenditures by one-third and redeploying that capital into electric drives.
Designed in Canada, made in China: Canadian start-up Electra Meccanica has found a partner for the manufacture of its electric Solo trike in China There, Zongshen Industrial Group has agreed to build 75,000 units in the period from 2018 to 2020.
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