Pininfarina in talks for new electric platform
Automobili Pininfarina is planning a full series of further electric models, such as an SUV and a sedan, to follow its fully-electric super sports car Battista presented in March. According to the CEO, the brand now wants to develop a platform for these models.Weiterlesen
New China startup Grove bets on fuel cell cars to share
Grove wants to do things differently to its domestic competitors in China by making fuel cell vehicles its core business. For development, the new company has turned to Italy’s Pininfarina and is currently presenting two concepts at Auto Shanghai.Weiterlesen
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Karma reveals next Revero & GT Coupe + EV concept
Karma Automotive has introduced the latest Revero GT, formerly known as Fisker Karma. The now stronger hybrid is slated for launch in the US later this year, followed by Europe in 2020 and China in 2021. Also on show: the Pininfarina GT Coupé and an all-electric roadster concept.Weiterlesen
Pininfarina christens its e-sportscar ‘Battista’
The Automobili Pininfarina e-super sports car – previously known as PF0 – will now bear the name Battista and celebrate its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. In the meantime competitor Lotus is following suit with its own fully electric super sports car.Weiterlesen
Pininfarina will build max. 100 PF0 hypercars
There are new design concepts and details to the electric luxury hypercar planned by Pininfarina, that is planned to go into production in 2020. It will be sold in a small series of around 100 and will bear the name PF0. The company also added some new faces to their board.Weiterlesen
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Pininfarina presents H500 and E-SUV K350 in Beijing
Pininfarina and the Hybrid Kinetic Group have presented two more jointly developed concept cars at the Beijing Motor Show. As previous studies, the two new concepts, a SUV and a sedan, combine their electric drives with a micro turbine range extender.Weiterlesen
Pininfarina turning into prestige EV manufacturer
Italy’s design studio Pininfarina is turning into an electric carmaker, drawing from the money of owner Mahindra and its experience from designing for the Formula E. The newly created European brand, Automobili Pininfarina, will cater for the premium segment.Weiterlesen
Mahindra intends to electrify almost all passenger cars
The car maker’s electrification plans are obviously more extensive than previously known. According to the FactorDaily, the Indian company want to launch all-electric variants of almost all of its passenger cars.Weiterlesen
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Toyota reveals brand new concept: The i-TRIL is an electric and autonomous city car. As was teased before, it features a one-plus-two seating layout as well as ‘Active Lean’ technology known from the i-Road, but the butterfly doors are news. The study also has self-driving technology, so much of it in fact, that it has no pedals. Control is applied through “drive-by-wire technology” instead, which is operated through devices similar to game controllers for the right and left hand. The electric drive sits in the rear and the i-Tril is said to have a range about 300 km. It is a little bigger than the Renault Twizy but different from its French competitor, that is very much alive, the i-Tril may hit the road from 2030 only.
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Volvo reveals new XC60: It is Volvo’s second take on its best-selling premium SUV and this new generation is led by the PHEV variant just like the latest XC90 series. The top of the range XC60 Twin Engine delivers 407 hp and the SUV boasts to the brim with semi-autonomous and safety technology. Production is scheduled for mid-April in Sweden.
Electric Skoda confirmed: The first idea of how the electric future may look like for the Czech VW subsidiary will be presented this April in Shanghai, Auto Express reports quoting Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier. Details remain scarce.
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Lexus premiers LS 500h: The latest luxury sedan of Toyota’s premium brand was presented at the Motor Show. It utilises the Multi Stage Hybrid System and thus couples a V6 engine with two electric drives. On sale date is set before the year’s end in Europe.
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Ioniq line-up complete: Hyundai revealed the last member of the Ioniq range, the plug-in hybrid in Geneva. It combines a 105 hp engine with a 45 kW electric drive. The 8,9 kWh battery lasts for about 63 km electric driving and the Ioniq PHEV is to enter Europe this July.
Pininfarina’s turbine hybrid sedan it develops for Hybrid Kinetic Group reportedly, is on display in Geneva. The H600 Concept features a micro turbine as range extender that propels the range to 1,000 km. The hybrid powertrain has 800 hp with electric drives accounting for 600 kW. The collaboration with the new Hong Kong-based EV company is worth over 63m euros for Mahindra’s Pininfarina.
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Silent gliding in Venice: Electric tourist boats can now be hired in Venice. The Italian city teamed up with a tourist boat operator and shipyard to design the “Scossa,” an electric boat that carries around 40 passengers. Its electric propulsion comes from Siemens and more vessels are planned.
Pininfarina to develop an EV: The Mahindra group-owned automotive design firm Pininfarina has closed a deal worth 65m euros with Hong-Kong listed Hybrid Kinetic Group for developing an electric car. Pininfarina will support the project from design to physical validation for series production.
SAIC research in Israel: Chinese SAIC wants to set-up an R&D centre for future technologies like electric mobility, car sharing and automation in Israel and plans to employ 50 people there.
Effective H2 storage: Researchers from the USA and Thailand used confined nanoparticles to improve hydrogen storage in a solid-state system with high-capacity lithium nitride. If put into practice, it may enable faster fuelling of fuel cell vehicles in the future.
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250 mile EV by Hyundai: The Koreans are about to raise the stakes in the EV range game. A 250 mile EV is planned for 2020 and is preceded by a 200 mile model due by 2018, Autoblog learns from Byung Ki Ahn, Hyundai’s director of the eco-vehicle performance development group. Together with the Ioniq EV that is expected with 110 miles of range later this year, Hyundai-Kia is clearly gearing up for its plan to launch 26 (partially) electric models by 2020.
Trade-off: Nissan may sell its 41 percent stake in automotive supplier Calsonic Kansei to use the proceeds to foster EV and AI development. More than 100 billion yen (913m dollars) could be raised and a first round of bits will be solicited in June. Calsonic Kansei products focus on conventional cars.
When India meets Italy: Formula E racing technology may be transferred to the road as Pininfarina is to design an electric sports car with Mahindra. The Indian carmaker had acquired the Italian design house last year and hopes to utilise it to offer what it calls an “art to part service” to other manufacturers.
Schaeffler shifts to e-mobility: The firm will double its global capacities in the electric mobility sector as during the next five years the total number of employees is to grow to 2,400. Schaeffler also restructured the Hybrid Drives unit, which Andreas Englisch oversees since April.
Customisable i8: BMW offers a range of fancy colours to choose from for buyers of their sporty hybrid in the UK. Prices start at 5,495 GBP and the palette for the i8 includes Speed Yellow, Solar Orange, or Twilight Purple Pearl among others. Extra sparkle will be added on request.
Scenic mild-hybrid: Renault presents the overhauled Grand Scénic, which is to arrive as Energy dCi 110 Hybrid Assist with a 48 V mild-hybrid system at the end of this year.
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Hydrogen racer: Pininfarina surprised in Geneva, showing its H2 Speed concept. It is fuelled by a light-weight hydrogen fuel cell that powers two electric motors by Green GT with race specification. The Italian car design firm claims its creation to be between a “competition prototype and a production supercar.” It definitely has been styled throughout, including the sound.
Electric racer: The teaser becomes reality, as Giugiaro unveiled its all-electric GTZero concept in Geneva. Very. Three electric drives have a combined output of 360 kW, gearing up for a top speed of 155 mph. The carbon frame keeps it light enough for a 300 mile range.
Daimler battery production: Daimler invests 500m euros in its subsidiary Accumotive to triple its battery assembly capacity and build a second factory in Saxony, Germany. Construction will start in autumn, with operations set to begin already in summer 2017.
Google car crash: The self-driving capabilities of the internet firms EVs have proven faulty for the first time, as a Google car brushed a public bus at a crossing. Both, the car and its human driver apparently assumed the bus would let them back into the lane. Welcome to the world of everyday driving.