Tesla narrowly misses a record-breaking quarter
The American electric car manufacturer Tesla wanted to break its record of 90,700 vehicles delivered in the second quarter. However, Tesla is likely to miss the target by a narrow margin. Apparently, Tesla’s head of production, Peter Hochholdinger, has also left the Californian electric car company.
BYD opens montage factory for e-buses in Canada
BYD has opened its first Canadian electric bus assembly plant. The approximately 14,000 square metre plant in Newmarket near Toronto will initially assemble buses for the Toronto Transit Commission, which has ordered ten electric buses with an option for a further 30.
Proterra launches energy ecosystem
US heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer Proterra has just launched Proterra Energy fleet solutions, a suite of turnkey options for electric fleets. The ecosystem includes design, build, financing, operations, maintenance and energy optimization for charging infrastructure.
Infiniti plans 2020 withdrawal from Western Europe
Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti will withdraw from Western Europe at the beginning of 2020. According to the manufacturer, it intends to focus instead on growth markets, particularly China and North America. Western Europe will therefore no longer play a role in the brand’s planned electrical offensive.
Roaming North America via ChargePoint & FLO networks
ChargePoint is making good on their promise to grow their charging network. They do so through cooperation and their latest partner is FLO. The two networks together enable electric car drivers to roam in the USA and Canada using 33,000 public charge points.
Efficient Drivetrains launches electric drive for school buses
Efficient Drivetrains (EDI) is making its EDI PowerDrive 4000ev available in North America. It is suited for Type-A school buses and comes as a kit for easy electrification. With 26M students, the U.S. school bus fleet is bigger than commercial buses, trains, and air travel services combined.
Tesla speeding up Model 3 orders – online at least
The Tesla Model 3 configurator is live in North America meaning anyone can order without having to reserve. What surprises most though are the delivery times shown to new buyers: 2 – 4 months for the Model 3 Performance and 3 – 5 months for the dual motor electric car.
Polestar appoints Gregor Hembrough to lead in the USA
Volvo’s all-electric performance brand Polestar is driving their global expansion. A new subsidiary in the States has found a new leader. Gregor Hembrough is to lead Polestar Automotive USA Inc. building on 25 years of experience in the automotive industry.
Tesla urges Model 3 holders to put capital where mouth is
When closing a critical quarter, the pressure was on Tesla to present numbers that speak of potential profitability. The company thus urged Model 3 reservation holders in North America to configure their car Bloomberg suggests. But there are more substantial numbers too.
EPA confirms range of the new Nissan Leaf
The next-gen Nissan Leaf has received its official range rating from the EPA. Their measurement confirms Nissan’s own data and positions the electric car in the medium-range EV sector. On top, Nissan released a new configurator.
France funds U.S. climate scientists
French president Macron puts the money where his mouth is as he pledges to grant millions to U.S. scientists working on climate change. Such foreign aid had become vital since Trump is in open denial and wants to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
Hyundai is cooking a supercar – possibly hybrid
Hyundai wants to build a high performance sports car that will be electrified strongly, if not fully. Speaking at the CES in Vegas, executives placed the new model under the luxury label Genesis, which is to become increasingly electric from 2019.
Workhorse W-15 now available to everyone
American Workhorse has opened the order books so that anyone that fancies an electric pick-up truck may reserve. Each name entered calls for a 1,000 dollar deposit and Workhorse hopes to start deliveries by late 2018.
Nissan EVs to literally think ahead (video)
Nissan EVs may soon think men with the machine rather than machine versus human as the Japanese want to bring B2V technology to the CES. B2V means brain-to-vehicle and could signify a whole new phase of autonomous and connected driving.
ICE ban in California comes 2040
The Golden State has set its course on climate action and the latest proposal requests to put a halt on all sales of gas guzzlers from 2040 onwards. Chances are for the zero-emission legislation to be passed into law.
Faraday Future is running a ghost operation
The future of EV start-up Faraday is increasingly bleak. Reports from its facility in California say it is deserted and devoid of equipment. On the Chinese end of things, FF’s top investor has been put on a debt blacklist.
North America, Germany, PSA, Iran, Tesla, Toyota, Ford.
North American climate partnership: The “Three Amigos” namely Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama, and Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto have agreed to 50 percent clean power generation by 2025. The plan includes accelerated adoption of electric vehicles, i.e. in government fleets as well as the alignment of emission standards and regulations.
Fossil free transport by 2030? Germany’s roads may bear mostly electric cars comes 2030, according to the Climate Protection Plan 2050. The leaked draft requires fossil-fuel emissions cuts of 45 percent for cars and 54 percent for trucks by then. Otherwise the government’s target to reduce carbon emissions by 95 percent by 2050 as was defined at the Paris climate talks will not be met.
PSA’s Push to Pass is becoming more clear as Citroën announces it would roll out an electric model by 2019 to be followed by a larger C-segment EV a year later. In total, the French firm reportedly plans to launch seven plug-in hybrids and four electric cars by 2021.
EVs made in Iran with LG: Iranian carmaker Iran Khodro is in negotiations with LG International to develop electric vehicles for the former Persian empire. The Koreans would supply batteries, charging stations, and other components while Khodro would build up to 60,000 vehicles by 2023.
Elon Musk called out: CtW Investment Group that holds 200,000 Tesla shares demanded a more independent board as it asks to separate the chairman and CEO roles to cut Musk’s dominance. The call comes in the wake of the proposed SolarCity deal.
Recalls widen: Toyota expands yesterday’s recall now calling on another 2,87m vehicles to return to the garage for faulty fuel emissions controls, including the Auris, Corolla, Prius and Lexus CT200h. Ford is running a few recalls as well with one affecting 900 Focus Electric.
abc13.com (Toyota), cnet.com (Ford)
Peugeot, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, North America.
Peugeot 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.
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).