PSA and Opel/Vauxhall agree on mid-term future
Ten months after French PSA has taken over Opel, they have come to an agreement regarding the Opel facilities in Germany. The Eisennach factory will start making the Grandland X including a PHEV version from mid-2019. Further investments into R&D are planned as well.Weiterlesen
France signs contract with car manufacturers & suppliers
The French government has signed a strategic contract with several French automobile manufacturers and suppliers to help prepare the market for “technological disruptions” such as electrification and autonomous driving.Weiterlesen
JV for electric motors of PSA and Nidec complete
French PSA Group and Japan’s Nidec have finalised their planned joint venture. Together they will develop and sell motors for all-electric as well as hybrid vehicles. The new company called Nidec PSA emotors that both own 50 percent of is based at Carrières-sous-Poissy close to Paris.Weiterlesen
PSA selects partner for mild-hybrid technology
French PSA has selected Punch Powertrain to supply its transmission systems by 2022 as part of the group’s electrification push. Their transmission will equip mild-hybrid vehicles and the partners are discussing an extension of their cooperation.Weiterlesen
Every car from PSA brand DS to be electrified by 2025
DS, the performance label under the wings of French PSA, will start offering hybrid and electric models only from 2025. This means any new car launched after that will either have a hybrid or electric drive or be offered in both variants. DS had announced the news amidst the whooshing racers at the e-Prix in […]Weiterlesen
IONITY negotiating with Volvo, FCA, PSA, Jaguar and Tesla
IONITY, the high power charging cooperation between BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen, along with subsidiaries Audi and Porsche, is negotiating with other potent partners such as utilities and even Tesla, who maybe interested in joining.Weiterlesen
PSA “enthusiastically supports” Battery Airbus in Europe
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares throws his weight behind the ‘Battery Airbus’ for Europe as proposed by the EU Commission. He believes it crucial to operate independently from Asian suppliers but has yet to find the industry’s support.Weiterlesen
PSA joins forces with BMW’s Digital Charging Solutions
PSA is going to cooperate with BMW subsidiary Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) to provide Peugeot and Citroën customers access to currently 6,360 charging stations throughout France, among them 460 fast-charging terminals.Weiterlesen
100 percent of PSA’s line-up to be electrified by 2025
The French group wants each and every of its 40 models to have either an electric or hybrid sibling by 2025. That is what CEO Carlos Tavares just made public. First electrified models are to roll off the lines by 2019.Weiterlesen
Citroën introduces new E-Mehari (Video)
The French carmaker reveales the new E-Mehari, which is based on the limited edition model ‘Styled by Courrèges’ presented at the IAA last year. Apart from an electric powertrain, the four-seat cabrio gets thus a strict hard top as well as windows at the sides and the back.Weiterlesen
PSA develops light electrified three-wheeler for EU-LIVE
The EU-LIVE project for ‘Efficient Urban Light Vehicles’ presents its first result, a three-wheeler that can run both electrically or as a plug-in hybrid. The design was led by PSA.Weiterlesen
JV of PSA and Nidec to tackle market for electric motors
The PSA group prepares the implementation of a 220m euro joint venture together with Japanese company Nidec. Both partners seek to produce electric motors for BEVs as well as HEVs at a site close to Paris.Weiterlesen
Opel/Vauxhall to electrify all of its carlines
PSA subsidiary Opel has revealed its roadmap “Pace”, a strategy plan that shall guarantee Opel’s return to profitability by 2020. Most important from an electric mobility viewpoint is Opel’s intention to offer all of its European carlines additionally with either electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrains by 2024.Weiterlesen
PSA, Tesla, Denza, Nio, Innogy, Formula E.
PSA to launch 3 EVs until 2020: The French group has revealed details about its electrification strategy in the upcoming years. By 2019, PSA intends to launch all-electric versions of its best-selling model, the Peugeot 208, and of its upcoming DS 3 Crossback. An EV version of the Peugeot 2008 shall follow in 2020. To gain a stronger position in the PHEV market, PSA plans to introduce hybrid versions of the DS 7 Crossback, the Peugeot 3008 and 5008, the Citroen C5 Aircross and Opel’s respectively Vauxhall’s Grandland X, too. The first PHEV compact crossover built on the company’s EMP2 platform will be the above mentioned DS 7 Crossback in 2019.
Tesla stops Model S 75 sales: Since yesterday, the cheapest option of the Model S is not available anymore – most probably to further distinguish the luxury sedan from the new Model 3. From now on, the Model S base version will no longer be a rear-wheel drive, but an all-wheel drive model with 75 or 100 kWh battery pack and pricing starting at 74,500 dollars (before 69,500 USD). Thus, the Model 3 is going to be the only EV in Tesla’s line-up with a rear-wheel drive motor.
Denza to broaden its EV line-up? Wang Chuanfu, CEO of Chinese manufacturer BYD, says he is currently discussing with Daimler additional investments in their Chinese JV. The aim is to launch new electric vehicle models through their common brand Denza. Further details have not yet been released.
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Tech data about Nio’s electric SUV: When start-up Nio presented its electric SUV ES8 in April, technical specifications were not provided. Now CarNewsChina publishes data gained through a leaked spec sheet: Thus, the seven-seater comes with a total output of 240 kW and 420 Nm torque, a 67 kWh battery pack shall enable a NEFZ range of 355 km. Production kick-off is scheduled for late-2017.
Innogy’s investment plans: German RWE subsidy Innogy publishes details about its company strategy until 2025. Among others, it intends to put 1,2bn euros in the growing markets of electric mobility, photovoltaics and broadband until 2019. Within its electric mobility business unit, Innogy says it currently operates 5,800 charging points in more than 20 countries and to offer the “complete package”: from developing, installation and operation of charging stations to their maintenance and accounting.
Formula E travels to 4 new cities: The calendar for the Formula E’s next season is featuring four historic new events: in Zurich, Rome, Santiago de Chile and São Paulo. The Zurich race marks the first circuit racing in Switzerland since it was banned in 1955. The season starts with a double-header event in Hong Kong early December.
Andy Palmer, Al Gore
“In 2040 there won’t be a pure combustion car, because hybridisation and plug-in hybridisation will be there with room to spare. I genuinely believe plug-in hybrids will represent 40% of the mix even by 2030, so this 2040 ban would be late.”
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer shares his thoughts about the UK’s plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2040, pointing out that the new legislation would have no effect on future trends anyway.
“We have the solutions now. Solar electricity, wind electricity, batteries in electric vehicles and soon electricity from renewable sources are going to be cheaper all over the world than fossil fuels. So we’re going to win this.”
Former vice president Al Gore has not lost his optimism after President Donald Trump’s recent withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. According to him, there are lots of approaches to battle global warming.
PSA, Africa, Tesla, Porsche, Solid-State.
PSA wants to dive into sustainable mobility in Africa and has just agreed to work with five universities in Morocco. Two American and one French university are on board as well and operate branches in the North African country already. For PSA it is the 18th so-called OpenLab with others active in Brazil, China and France. The researchers’ agenda lists electric vehicles, renewable energy as well as future logistics and they got four years to progress and to take advantage of PSA’s network.
Three more U.S. Gigafactories: The next few years might witness the rise of two to three more Gigafactories in the States, said Elon Musk during an interview with the National Governors Association. His statement was well placed given that Tesla is currently scouting locations and wants to take a decision before the year’s end, so this is the call on states to put out favourable conditions.
Goodbye WEC? Porsche ponders its exit from the WEC series after winning it three times in a row. If the VW brand follows Audi indeed, it would leave Toyota as sole contender in the hybrid LMP1 category. Porsche will decide this July and is also looking at the Formula E or making motors for the Formula 1.
Novel solid electrolyte: Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have found a low-cost, scalable approach for solid-state batteries. The team substituted germanium in the solid electrolyte for two more readily available elements: tin and silicon.
Tesla, PSA, Beijing, JLR, Honda, GM.
Model 3 debut with limited choice: Tesla will activate the online configurator for the Model 3 by the end of July. Design choices will be limited however to a choice of colour and wheel size as the firm wants to avoid problems it had with the Model X debut. At the time, the Californians had difficulties to quickly reach large quantities, due to a lot of configuration possibilities.
teslarati.com, electrek.co, tesla.com (video of shareholder meeting)
PSA to invest in China: 500m euros will flow into the China JV between the French car manufacturer and its partner Changan this year. Their target is to launch one new DS model per year in China starting in 2018, and to offer both PHEV and EV versions of their luxury label from 2019.
Beijing has used up its NEV quota for the private sector this year already. Local government had limited the number of licence plates to 51,000 in 2017 and with all of those gone, it looks like new buyers must be patient until 2018 – if the city government does not readjust the quota in the meantime.
Jaguar to electrify extensively: Each and every Jaguar Land Rover will be offered as both EV and PHEV by 2025, Hanno Kirner, responsible for the company’s strategy, revealed to German Tagesspiegel. Starting with the I-Pace due in 2018 for a price of around 80,000 euros, Jaguar wants to get half way through the electrification of it main line-up within three years. Kirner further pointed to the Formula E as both a platform for learning and audience engagement. For JLR it is the first season with Team Panasonic Jaguar Racing.
Nothing but electric for Honda’s NSX? According to Honda’s head of R&D Sekino Yosuke, the next-gen hybrid sports car NSX could come equipped with four electric motors. Honda is just testing fitting tech in the 1,000 bhp Pikes Peak race car, the NSX-inspired Acura EV concept.
Chevy Bolt now U.S.-wide: General Motors slightly accelerates market entry of its all-electric Bolt in the States as it opens the order books nationwide. The Bolt will now arrive in the newly included states in August, one month earlier than originally planned.
Fuel Cell Stacks, PSA, Paul Scherrer Institute, NREL.
Scaling up fuel cell production: EU Digiman programme wants to fully automate mass production of fuel cell stacks for the car industry. Headed by fuel cell manufacturer Intelligent Energy, the 3.5m euro project shall provide a blueprint for a robust platform designed to deliver more than 50,000 fuel cell stacks annually by 2020. Toyota is the project’s automotive partner.
greencarcongress.com, businessgreen.com, fuelcellsworks.com
PSA initiates field trial: The French group kicked-off the research project GridMotion together with Direct Energie, Enel, Nuvve, Proxiserve and the Technical University of Denmark. They aim to explore potential energy savings by implementing smart charging and discharging strategies for real-life EVs. Thus, the project team is still looking for participants, who live in France and drive a Peugeot or Citroën with construction date January 2015 or younger.
Slowing battery ageing: Based on X-rays, scientists of the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute show how lithium-sulfur compounds change within a Li-S-battery and lower its capacity. But once they added quartz powder the battery’s performance improved by 25 to 30%.
greencarcongress.com, sciencedaily.com, psi.ch
An exclusive license agreement was forged by the NREL and Forge Nano, in order to commercialise its patented Li-ion battery materials and systems for high-stress environments. The tech bases on the encapsulation of materials with solid electrolyte coatings.
Volvo, PSA, Volkswagen, Opel, Foxconn, Spain.
First details on Volvo EV: A 400 km range is a must, said Volvo about the first all-electric model due in 2019. If the EV will be dedicatedly electric or rather build upon an existing model is a question for the coming months. The price will be between 35,000 to 40,000 dollars.
PSA pushes for 80% electrification by 2023: No less than 27 of all 34 planned new models by Peugeot, Citroën and DS shall have a hybrid or electric variant by 2023, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares announced. That would be 80 percent of the French groups line-up and a considerate expansion of electrification. Previously, PSA had just seven PHEV and four EV lined up until 2021.
ccfa.fr (in French) via insideevs.com
VW begins battery research: Volkswagen has decided to start R&D for battery cells at its Salzgitter facility and has recruited the first employees already. The move is part of the so-called Zukunftspakt (pact for future), designed to make the carmaker future-safe with a focus on e-mobility. It is likely to include battery mass production in Germany as well, at least that is what VW’s mighty workers’ council pushes for. A pilot production is in the making.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
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Deloitte paves the way for eMobility: Deloitte Italy has approached Alphabet to consult them in analysing their existing fleet. The Electrification Potential Analysis unveiled the possibility to replace 33% of its combustion engine vehicles with EVs, resulting in a 9.1% reduction in CO2 emissions. www.alphabet.com/AlphaElectricDeloitte
Opel has confirmed the Ampera-E’s delivery schedule for Europe as was previously planned. The first Ampera-e will arrive in May in Norway. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann took to Twitter to spread the news – Tesla style – but has so far failed to answer numerous comments asking for a more detailed plan with regards to Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands …
Foxconn to build e-motorcycle: Chinese Evoke Motorcycles has hooked up with iPhone supplier Foxconn to develop an affordable electric motorbike. Orders for the Urban S Smart are written now at a price of 9,400 dollars each. The 9 kWh battery is made by Samsung and supplies a 19 kW electric drive.
electrek.co, motofire.com, evokemotorcycles.com
Car bans in Spain: Both Barcelona and Madrid are looking to clean up their air. In the case of the Catalan capital, cars older than 20 years will be banned from entering its vicinity from 2019. Madrid may go a step further as it discusses an EV-only city centre by 2025.
EV-Box, Shell, ChargePoint, PSA, U Drive.
4,000 chargers in Rotterdam: ENGIE Services and EV-Box are said to install 4,000 chargers in region of Rotterdam by 2018, some 1,800 will be erected in the city itself. EV-Box already won a similar deal earlier this year (we reported) to set up 4,000 chargers in Amsterdam.
duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl (in Dutch), ev-box.com
Is Shell going EV? According to the Guardian, the oil company is looking to set up EV chargers at its petrol stations in the UK from 2017. Moreover, Shell asked the government about its plans to install roads with inductive charging technology. Further details or how many chargers will be installed are still under wraps.
95 fast-chargers along the coasts: BMW, VW and ChargePoint have completed their project setting up fast-chargers along the East and West Coast in the U.S. Placed 50 km apart, the 24 kW stations are said to make it easier for EV drivers to go long distance.
theverge.com, greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com
PSA-Carsharing in LA? The joint carsharing scheme that PSA and Bolloré announced last year (we reported) is taking shape. According to PSA CEO Carlo Tavares, talks with numerous cities are still ongoing, with LA being a top choice.
lesechos.fr (in French) via fortune.com
U Drive goes into second round: The programme from the University of Utah is designed to help staff and students go EV or PHEV, sponsoring up to 20 percent of the lease or purchasing price. All who live or work in the Salt Lake City region qualify.
PSA, EuroLiion, hydrogen, Xtrac.
PSA tests REx from Israel: The French manufacturer is looking into adding range and financially supports Israeli start-up Aquarius Engines in its quest to develop an especially efficient and small combustion engine as generator for batteries. PSA is already testing the technology in its cars.
Better, cheaper batteries have been developed as part of the EU-funded project EuroLiion. The Li-ion battery packs for electric cars have an energy density of about 200 Wh/kg, a silicon anode, novel low-cost salts, and a modified iron or manganese/nickel-based cathode.
Support for H2 technology: The U.S. Department of Energy has earmarked 14m dollars for innovative hydrogen technologies. Especially high-temperature water splitting, advanced compression, and thermal insulation technologies are being funded. Moreover, the DOE has set up a B2B platform for H2 technologies called HFCNexus.
Transmission for electric motor: Xtrac introduced a new gearbox family. The P1227 is compatible with electric motors from BorgWarner, GKN, and YASA, who all worked on the development together with Xtrac. The transmission system’s dual electric motors allow for inherent torque vectoring.