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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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. Weiterlesen
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).