VW presents I.D. R Pikes Peak this weekend
Coming Sunday, VW will be presenting the I.D. R Pikes Peak to the public, before the testing program begins a day later for the electric sports car. This was announced by VW, who also included a new image of the electric super car.
Alonso starting for Toyota in Le Mans
Fernando Alonso will not only be racing as a Formula 1 driver this year, but will also be starting in the endurance racing series WEC. He will be driving for Toyota in the hybrid class LMP1 and is set to race in almost all races for Toyota, including the season highlight in Le Mans.
Volkswagen, Audi, Mini, Pikes Peak, Hyundai.
VW e-scooter: The German carmaker is planning an electric trike dubbed City Surfer, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said in an interview with German Bild. The LEV will weigh less than 20 kilos, have a range of about 20 kilometres and cost less than a 1,000 euros. Market entry is set for the second half of 2016. Meanwhile, Winterkorn confirmed that the rumoured 1,500 hp Bugatti will indeed be a hybrid (we reported).
bild.de (City Surfer, in German with pictures), themotorreport.com.au (Bugatti)
Audi A4 without e-tron? Audi presented the next-gen A4 for the first time but did not announce a PHEV as part of the motor line-up, even though media expected an A4 e-tron. German Heise Autos still believes a hybrid variant will come at a later date. First, the Audi Q5 PHEV will take the road.
puregreencars.com, heise.de (Q5, in German)
Mini Superleggera with i8 drive? Despite Mini denying production plans of its Superleggera concept, the rumour mill will not stop. Autocar reports that the classy convertible might be powered by a motor similar to that of the BMW i8 and expects a definite decision about production in November.
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Optimised production of battery casings: The new project of the leading edge cluster Electric Mobility South-West “OptiFeLio” is dedicated to reducing production costs in the manufacturing of cell casings for pouch and prism cells. Already existing production methods are being upgraded.
Pikes Peak electrified: Drive eO’s 1,020-kW electric racer took the first place in this weekend’s hill climb race. The Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One came in second, making the dominance of electric vehicles perfect. Only one gas guzzler climbed onto the podium.
transportevolved.com, hybridcars.com, youtube.com (video out of the winning hill climber)
Hyundai’s hopes on hydrogen: Hyundai’s fuel cell manager Kim Sae Hoon sees the future in FCVs. He says fuel cell batteries can be incorporated into vehicles of all sizes because they are easily scaled and are thus more competitive. But the technology needs more time to penetrate the market.
Formula E, Pikes Peak, EV practice guide, Events.
Reading tip: There will be a lot going in the world of electric mobility this weekend. The last two rounds of the Formula E will take place in London and megawatt cars will battle at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Here, you can brush up on some of the basics.
electricautosport.com (Formula E), electricautosport.com (Pikes Peak)
Download tip: LowCVP has published a guide called “Local Measures to Encourage the Uptake of Low Emission Vehicles – Good Practice Guide” in the UK, to help local authorities encourage EV take-up.
fleetworld.co.uk, lowcvp.org.uk (practice guide, PDF)
Upcoming events: FIA Formula E Championship – Round 10 & 11 (June 27-28; London, UK) ++ Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (June 22-28; Colorado Springs, USA) ++ Intelligent Mobility (July 01-02; London, UK)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar