Nikola unveils European fuel cell trucks & ‘Reckless’ EV
Nikola Motor presented its fuel cell trucks Nikola Two for the USA and Nikola Tre for Europe at a customer event. Besides, a jet-ski and an off-road vehicle went on display, but Nikola relies on rechargeable batteries instead of fuel cells for these EVs.Weiterlesen
Hydrogen JV HysetCo launches in Paris region
Air Liquide, Idex, Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) and Toyota have launched a joint venture called HysetCo to develop hydrogen mobility in the Paris region. It will also serve Hype, the fleet of fuel cell taxis, launched in 2015 during the COP21 and operated in Paris.Weiterlesen
Nikola to release BEV version of their H² trucks
Nikola Motor announced battery electric variants for their hydrogen trucks Nikola Two and Nikola Tre, which will be offered in addition to the fuel cell versions. There will be three battery capacities to choose from: 500 kWh, 750 kWh and 1,000 kWh.Weiterlesen
Nikola CEO makes job offers to laid-off Tesla workers
The recently announced renewed job cuts by Tesla have prompted the US startup Nikola Motor, specialising in fuel cell trucks, to make a special job offer: Nikola CEO Trevor Milton offers affected Tesla employees a job perspective in his company in a LinkedIn article.Weiterlesen
Nikola Motor presents fuel cell truck exclusive for Europe
Hydrogen truck maker Nikola Motor has a “thing” for Europe. The Nikola Tre is a fuel cell truck made for the continent exclusively. Norway will be the first testbed from 2020 before Nikola will set up both FCV production and a hydrogen network in Europe.Weiterlesen
Nel planning new 360 MW electrolyser plant
The Norwegian manufacturer Nel is planning the construction of what they claim to become the world’s largest electrolyser factory with an annual capacity of 360 MW. The facility is directly related to the major order that Nel received from the U.S. startup Nikola Motor.Weiterlesen
Nikola Motor raises $100M for fuel cell trucks in a week
Nikola Motor says they raised over 100 million dollars in just one week. The current round of funding for $200 million is ongoing and will be oversubscribed, says CEO Trevor Milton, if the trend continues. The money is to help Nikola launch and scale its two fuel cell trucks in 2020.Weiterlesen
Anheuser-Busch orders 800 H2 trucks from Nikola Motor
Nikola Motor has received a large order from the US beer magnate mostly known for their Budweiser. Nikola will deliver up to 800 fuel cell trucks, which will be integrated into the Anheuser-Busch fleet as of 2020.Weiterlesen
Nikola Motor sues Tesla over design patent violation
Nikola Motor has filed a lawsuit against Tesla claiming the Semi electric truck to be “substantially” similar to Nikola Motor’s own design of a fuel cell electric semi truck. In the filing, the infringement is estimated to be worth a loss of 2 billion dollars to Nikola. Tesla denies the allegations.Weiterlesen
Nikola Motor to refund prepayments for reserved trucks
US startup Nikola Motor has announced they will refund all deposits for the pre-orders of their electrified trucks within the next 60 days, without the pre-order applicants losing their place in the production line. It is a show of strength.Weiterlesen
Nikola plans $1bn plant to make fuel cell trucks in Arizona
Nikola Motor announced plans to set up shop in Arizona to make its H2 semi truck. A new factory will be build close to Phoenix from 2019 with production to start 2 years later. The start-up earmarked 1 billion dollars and says it will create 2,000 jobs.Weiterlesen
Nikola Motor presents production-ready electric quad
Nikola Motor has launched the Nikola NZT previously known as Nikola Zero. The all-electric UTV has a range of 240 kilometres and shall hit the shelves in early 2019 with production to start late next year.Weiterlesen
Nel is going to erect 16 H2 stations for Nikola Motor
Nikola Motor has chosen Norwegian Nel ASA as exclusive supplier of components for 16 hydrogen stations. As reported, the U.S. start-up plans to launch a hydrogen-fuel-cell electric truck by 2020 – the Nikola One.Weiterlesen
Nikola Motor, Hyundai Ioniq.
Video tip: Jodi Lai takes this review of the Hyundai Ioniq as an occassion to bust five myths about electrified cars starting with range and availability of charging stations.
youtube.com via hybridcars.com
Vanda Electrics, Airbus, Nikola Motor, Mayflower.
Giving a glimpse: Vanda Electrics from Singapore is showing first teaser images of its electric sports car, developed together with Williams Advanced Engineering. The Dendrobium will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. As reported, the company plans a small production series of 10 to 20 units in 2018.
Flying taxi: Airbus CEO Tom Enders confirmed that first test flights with the all-electric and autonomous Vahana (we reported) are scheduled for this year. Next to the single-seat flying taxi, Airbus also plans on setting up a drone delivery service called Skyways and at a later date, the flying taxis service CityAirbus that can carry more than one person and will also be all-electric and autonomous.
Nikola Motor update: The first 5,000 units of the fuel cell truck will be built by company Fitzgerald Glider Kits in Tennessee. Thompson Machinery and Ryder Systems will be in charge of sales and distribution. Meanwhile, Nikola Motor wants to invest 1bn dollars in a new research and development centre, as well as its own production line that could churn out 50,000 fuel cell trucks per year. Nikola says it will pick a location by mid-2018.
Futuristic celebration of the past: For the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing the Atlantic, another vessel will set sail from Plymouth to New England in 2020. Only this one will be fully autonomously and will get its energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydrogen.
Nikola Motor, Girfalco, Tesla, CarTube.
Nikola Motor unveils hydrogen-electric truck: The Nikola One prototype features a 320 kWh battery pack an fuel cell drivetrain and will be available from 2020. It has a total output of 735 kW and is said to go up to 1,900 km on one charge. Nikola will offer a leasing option that will include unlimited hydrogen fuel, guarantee, and servicing for 72 months. Moreover, the company pledged to install more than 350 H2 fuelling stations in the U.S. and Canada from 2018, and already announced a smaller non-sleeper cab version called Nikola Two.
insideevs.com, electrek.co, youtube.com (video)
Three-wheeler from Canada: Girfalco has officially presented its Azkarra S (we reported). The electric car boasts 225 kW and will go from 0 to 100 kph in just 2.5 seconds, supposedly making it one of the five fastest production cars. Top speed is set at 240 kph, while the three-wheeler will go 200 km on one charge. Pre-orders will be accepted from January.
Dropping battery prices: Considering the price of the Powerwall 2 and estimated cost per warranted kWh, electrek tries to figure out, how much the cost/kWh for Tesla cars must be. About six months ago, the carmaker said it reached “less than 190 dollars per kWh,” now it could already be at 120 dollars.
New Underground: A new concept called CarTubes by PLP Architecture puts vehicles in London under ground. It’s essentially a subterranean conveyer belt. No matter if you are in a taxi or your own car, you must book a time slot, saying where they want to start and get off. According to its designers, it would not only cut congestion and emissions, but also travel time.
Audi, Nikola Motors, Quiantu Motors, Pinifarina, Tesla, hybrids.
Audi confirms Tesla-fighter: Autocar reports that Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has given the green light for the A9 e-tron, said to go head to head with the Model S. Just like the Audi Q6 e-tron SUV, the saloon will be powered by three electric motors and go 500 km on one charge. It is equipped with level four autonomous driving technology and will be offered with an 11kW inductive charging option. The A9 is expected to go on sale by 2020, which raises the question at which point Audi plans to take on Model 3.
Betting on fuel cells: Instead of going battery-electric, Nikola Motor will offer its planned truck with a fuel cell in the U.S. and Canada. The technology allows for a range of 1,200 miles. The manufacturer wants to produce the necessary H2 itself and set up 50 filling stations by 2020. The originally planned BEV version will still be available on other markets.
Quiantu Motor aims for the States: The Chinese manufacturer is to begin trial production of its K50 electric sports car next month, as it prepares to grab its share of the U.S. market. A few dozen of the 400 hp two-seat roadster (we reported) will be build, before ramping up production to a few thousand cars.
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From concept to production: The in Geneva presented Pinifarina H2 Speed Concept (we reported) is actually headed for production, though only ten units will be build. The drivetrain will be similar to one presented for the concept. A first prototype is said to be ready to roll by early 2017, while the production cars will arrive about a year later. The selling price: about 2.5m dollars.
autonews.com, autoweek.com, autoblog.com
Tesla rebate: With Tesla cranking up battery capacity of its Model S and X, some buyers have reportedly received discounts of up to 30,000 dollars on the ‘smaller’ P90D version. Especially the versions with the Ludicrous upgrade seem to be getting a smaller price tag. Meanwhile, media reports that the EV maker will open a store in Luxembourg in September.
electrek.co (discount), wort.lu(Luxembourg)
Hybrids for India: Toyota wants to offer its new generation Prius in India from the end of this year. Hyundai is looking to follow that same strategy. Next to its mild hybrids, the Korean will also make its Ioniq available there starting next year.
drivespark.com (Toyota), oncars.in (Hyundai)
Zinoro, Daimler, Nikola Motor, Tesla Model X, Volvo, Toyota.
New Zinoro-Model: The Chinese joint venture by BMW and Brillance presented the Zinoro 60H, a plug-in hybrid SUV based on the BMW X1 with a long wheel base. The 60H boasts 151 hp and has an all-electric range of 60 km. A fully electric version is allegedly in the cards.
Daimler expands hybrid offering: Mercedes will launch its seventh and eighth PHEV this year, namely the GLC Coupé 350 e 4MATIC and the E 350 e. The latter will feature the automatic drivetrain 9G-Tronic and the newest generation electric motor. Moreover, the E 350 e will have a towing capacity of up to 2,100 kilos.
E-truck a success: Some 7,000 chargeable pre-orders worth more than 2.3bn dollars of the announced Nikola One have already been placed, says the manufacturer. And that, even though all people have seen so far is a rendering of the electric truck, as it won’t be presented until December. The Nikola One is fitted with a natural gas range extender, giving it a range of 2.000 km.
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Future ahead – e-mobil BW shows e-mobility competence in Canada: At the renowned 29th Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS) in Montréal, e-mobil BW will be presenting Baden-Württemberg’s electric mobility capabilities at the German Pavilion and as part of the conference programme. As one of the hosts of the EVS30, e-mobil BW will also be inviting international experts to visit Stuttgart in 2017. www.e-mobilbw.de (PDF)
Blinded by the light: Because Tesla Model X drivers in the U.S. complained that the sun shield of the SUV’s panorama windshield is not sufficient, the EV maker is supplying larger ones free of charge. Whether the offer is also available outside the U.S. is not clear.
Polestar power for Volvo plug-in: The Swede’s Polestar Performance Optimisation will also be available for the plug-in hybrid version of the XC90 from August, making it “the most powerful Volvo ever.” For 1,200 euros, the PHEV’s output can be increased to 421 hp and 680 Nm torque with a software update.
The cheapest: Starting at just 26,990 Australian dollars, the new Toyota Corolla hybrid is the most affordable on the Australian market. It is the Japanese’s fifth hybrid, joining the Prius, Prius c and v, as well as the Toyota Camry.
Nikola Motors, BYD, Magna, Tesla, FDG Electric Vehicle, Seat.
Power of ideas: Another Tesla-inspired U.S. company opens the order books for its first electric vehicles. Nikola Motor will launch a 1,500 kW electric truck called Nikola One, and a 382 kW electric quad with the code name Nikola Zero. The truck’s 320 kWh battery is charged via a gas turbine, while the four-seater’s battery is said to last for 125 miles. First working prototypes are to be shown later this year.
More electric trucks come from BYD that just presented a full range of heavy-duty electric vehicles with four new types. The T5, T7, T9, and the Step Van deliver ranges from 100 – 155 miles on one charge and feature V2G functionality, as well as regenerative braking. They will be produced in Lancaster, California, and can be used for i.e. hauling, freezing, and mail delivery.
Made in Austria: Toyota and BMW will have Magna build their joint hybrid sports car from 2018, Austrian Kleine Zeitung reports. 60,000 units of the Z4 successor (aka Supra) will be produced in Graz. Toyota is Magna’s first Asian customer and the Japanese will reportedly deliver the 400 hp hybrid system.
kleinezeitung.at (in German)
Tesla progresses: According to Elon Musk, the design of Model 3’s will be finalised by the end of June. Meanwhile, suppliers have to have their parts ready for delivery by July 1st, 2017. Furthermore, the EV maker introduced a ‘Growth Team,’ tasked with developing strategies to, well, grow the firm.
teslarati.com (design), electrek.co (deadline), electrek.co (growth)
State-build EV: FDG Electric Vehicles has entered into a cooperation agreement with Chinese Guizhou province. In a joint venture, they are to construct a production facility designed to annually build up to 150,000 electric vehicles annually. The project costs about 170m dollars but no timeline has been published.
Seat unplugged: There will be no hybrid or electric models in the line-up of VW’s Spanish subsidiary anytime soon. Despite the technology being readily available within the corporation, Seat believes it to be too expensive for its youthful target group. The argument seems anachronistic.