Tag: Qoros

Aug 31, 2017 - 11:04 am

Mini, Honda, Citroen, BYD, Porsche, Qoros.

First production EV by Mini: BMW’s small car subsidiary reveals the design of its premier production electric car, which is to debut at the IAA. The Mini Electric Concept does in fact look just like a conventional Mini, apart from some small details. While the brand has not specified any technology, it is likely that the BMW i3 system will also power the electric Mini, so output would be at 130 kW with a 94 Ah battery that lasts for about 300 kilometres.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk, bmwgroup.com

Honda’s EV concept for the IAA: It will be the first electric Honda to hit the European shores once ready but for now, the carmaker has prepared a concept for the Frankfurt show. The Honda Urban EV Concept also provides the backdrop for more information on Honda’s eMobility strategy for Europe. Also on display will be a prototype CR-V Hybrid.
carscoops.com, greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

E-Mehari special edition: Citroen want to make an “entrée” at the IAA and asked fashion designer Courrèges to dress up its electric crossover as a special edition. Black is the colour of this EV season it appears, together with a strict hard top and some hidden features. 61 such electric Mehari will be made.
motor1.com, carscoops.com

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BYD to enter Nigeria: Electric cars are to arrive by 2018 in Nigeria, as imports first. However, BYD sees potential in Africa’s most populous state and wants to establish EV assembly there together with local firm Enigus Enfinity from 2020.
naij.com, dailytrust.com.ng

Porsche’s revamped Cayenne due to debut at the IAA has been revealed with the order books open. However, the plug-in hybrid variant will only arrive at a later date.
autocar.co.uk, europe.autonews.com, porsche.de

Qoros retouches luxury EV: First revealed this April, Qoros has given its K-EV Concept a refresh, optically at least. The 640 kW electric drive remains unchanged and will make it into the small production run planned to commence by 2019.

Apr 21, 2017 - 07:43 am

Honda, Porsche, Qoros, Hybrid Kinetic, GM, Iconiq Motors.

Honda-CR-V-HybridHonda hurries electrification: The Japanese carmaker is just as eager to fulfil China’s upcoming EV quotas as is VW and so Honda announced a pure BEV for China as early as next year. While China COO Yasuhide Mizuno had no details, he also promised a plug-in hybrid SUV for 2018 in Shanghai, two years earlier than initially planned. An FCV was mentioned too, hence it is likely to see the Clarity in all its new energy vehicle variants making an entry into China rather sooner than later. For now, Honda debuted the CR-V Hybrid at the Auto Shanghai. Regular market entry is scheduled for later this year.
asia.nikkei.com, automotiveworld.com (CR-V Hybrid)

Porsche will not stay a stranger to electrification either it appears as CEO Oliver Blume spoke of expansion beyond the Mission E in Shanghai. Next to more all-electric models, the PHEV line-up could be extended as well – all in a bid to obey Chinese regulators, although Blume insisted to “find the technology as such interesting” for Porsche’s sporty drive.

K is for Koenigsegg that delivers the power for Qoros four-door supercar which has taken its place among the Shanghai debutantes. The Qoros K-EV utilises four electric drives that add up to 640 kW. A small series may be produced by 2019.
autocar.co.uk, caranddriver.com

Two turbine SUVs: The Hybrid Kinetic Group makes use of its EV concept with a micro turbine range extender it only recently presented in Geneva. The latest two models can now be seen in Shanghai and both SUV, the K550 as well as the K750, were designed by Pininfarina. As with the H600, both boast a 1,000 km range thanks to their revolving extra power source.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com

Chevy plug-in concept: Two years after GM’s attempt to Find New Roads (FNR) in hybrid technology, Chevrolet brings the FNR-X to Shanghai. The SUV features scissor doors and a plug-in hybrid drive but is again just a concept.
motor1.com, motorauthority.com

Electric mini-van: If the Iconiq 7 will become what its name suggests remains to be seen but the Iconiq Motors manufacturer has concrete production plans for its six-seater EV. Starting with 15,000 units in 2019, production is to scale up rapidly with 110,000 MPVs planned in 2025. The design was developed by W Motors with the platform and driveline coming from Magna in large parts. Plus, the electric van shall be autonomous by 2023.

Apr 13, 2017 - 11:26 am

VW, Audi, Ford, Qoros, MG, General Motors.

VW turns on the light for a threesome as it teases its third I.D. concept ahead of Shanghai. The I.D. Crozz – VW trademarked the name but nothing is official – is a coupe-SUV that will follow on from the I.D. hatch and I.D. Buzz microbus. Rumour had it there might be a fourth I.D. model due in September at the IAA but no update has been given yet. For the I.D. Crozz, VW confirmed an all-wheel drive, which makes a two electric motor set-up likely. As all I.D. models, it will sit on the MEB platform and should manage a range of around 550 km.
autoexpress.co.uk, volkswagen.com

Audi is about lights too, LEDs in this case but not necessarily illuminating. All that is revealed in this latest teaser video is that the carmaker will bring a new e-tron concept to Shanghai. Hopefully, it is not an SUV again this time but maybe the i3 fighter CEO Rupert Stadler recently hinted at rather?!
youtube.com, carscoops.com, motor1.com

Ford ends Focus Electric production: The Focus Electric will not be made in Europe anymore as Ford ends its production at its plant in Saarlouis. The carmaker claims low demand, only 61 units were sold in Europe last year. If someone wishes to buy however, Ford will continue imports from America.
electrive.net, autonews.com

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Qoros plans concrete: The K-EV Concept is Qoros latest study in electric and most of all luxurious driving to debut in Shanghai. The lux limousine utilises the Koenigsegg drive-line also used in the Koenigsegg Regera super hybrid. Market entry for the Qoros K-EV is set for 2019.
auto-motor-und-sport.de, greencarcongress.com

Electric supercar concept: British MG will present its E-Motion in Shanghai, a sports car coupé with an all-electric power source. The SAIC-owned company said the model makes the 100 kph in under four seconds while claiming a range of roughly 500 km. Production is uncertain at this point.
autocar.co.uk, autoexpress.co.uk, carscoops.com

Bolt available nationwide: GM has issued a lease across the US of A for its latest electric car. The price is 329 dollars per month for three years with 3,809 dollars due at signing. The deal is valid until May, 1 for now.
insideevs.com, greencarreports.com


Apr 7, 2017 - 07:43 am

Kreisel Electric, Ford, Nio, Lucid Motors, Qoros, Bollinger.

Porsche-910e-Kreisel-300pxKreisel electrifies Porsche: German manufacturer Kreisel Electric and cooperation partner EVEX have converted a Porsche 910 into an electrified super car. The Kreisel EVEX 910e goes above 300 kph, accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in 2.5 seconds and is even street legal and available in a limited edition. The super cars 53 kWh power pack allows supposedly a range of 350 km. The electric Porsche will debut at the Techno Classica. Price point: 1m euros.

Ford’s electrification strategy for China: Until 2025 Ford intends to electrify 70 percent of its line-up in the world’s biggest car market. The Mondeo PHEV which will be produced in China with joint venture partner Changan will be the starting point in 2018. Within the next 5 years an all-electric sport-utility with 450 km range shall follow (also in North America and Europe). Furthermore, Ford wants to start the production lines for electric drive systems in China by 2020.
reuters.com, media.ford.com

Nio and Changan united: In Nio (formerly Next EV) Changan has found another JV partner willing to manufacture EVs in China. Under the name of Yangtze River Automobile New Energy Industry Development, both companies seek to start production in Wuhan. At Shanghai’s Auto Salon, Nio plans to present not less than 11 vehicles such as an electric SUV – their first model for the Chinese market – its Formula E racer, electric hyper car EP9 and concept vehicle Eve.
carnewschina.com (joint venture, electric SUV), green-motors.de (Shanghai show)

Cash injection for Lucid Motors: EV start-up Lucid Motors seeks to fundraise 700m USD for its projected plant in Arizona. The factory shall be completed in three phases with production start scheduled for 2019. The Silicon Valley based company intends to start with an annual output of up to 10,000 EVs but plans to reach up to 130,000 electric vehicles per year eventually.
fool.com via electrek.co, autoblog.com, bizjournals.com

Qoros’ concept sports car: The Chinese manufacturer permits a first glance at the concept car 9 QlectriQ, a co-production with Koenigsegg that is soon to be revealed in Shanghai. The all-electric model is claimed to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 3 seconds and to make 500 km on one charge.
carnewschina.com, motor1.com

First prototype of Bollinger: U.S. start-up Bollinger Motors announced an electric “Sport Utility Truck” with AWD not long ago. Now, the company provided first photos of the chassis together with the promise to present the complete EV this year before going serial in 2018.
electrek.co, electriccarsreport.com, prnewswire.com

Feb 10, 2016 - 09:26 am

Volkswagen, General Motors, Porsche, Qoros, Sevcon, Apple.

Electric statement: Volkswagen’s rumoured economy EV is becoming more concrete. Engineers are working on a dedicated electric car of the likes of the BMW i3. It will be the first to serially use the MEB platform, boast a range of more than 500 km (311 miles) and connectivity features, and most likely launch by 2019. VW CEO Müller has promised 20 electric or plug-in hybrid cars in the line-up by 2020.

Chevy-Volt-2015-TeaserSharing to earn: General Motors considers sharing the Volt’s powertrain technology with other carmakers. A licensing model could create a win-win situation, as it enables smaller companies to electrify, while GM itself hopes to put some development cost of the Voltec system back its pockets.
worldcarfans.com, autoblog.com

Mission E launch: Porsche has started development of its electric model under the official codename J1. The all-electric sports car is due by 2020. The team is headed by Stefan Weckbach.

Qoros en route to electrification: The Chinese will present an electric car at the Auto China this April. Based on the Qoros 5, the model is set to enter the Chinese market as EV or PHEV in the coming 12 to 18 months. Meanwhile, the firm plans to open an R&D centre in Israel to build an electric smart car.

Controller meets charger: British Sevcon, maker of motor controllers for electric and hybrid vehicles, has acquired Italian Bassi. The latter manufactures fast-charging technology, which Sevcon thinks is “highly complementary” to its own products and will eliminate interoperability issues.

Employee poaching: Another Apple employee makes a move for Tesla, as Andrew Graham joins the Autopilot developers to add his sensor expertise. Graham follows Jim Keller who recently took the job as vice-president for autonomous hardware development.

Jan 28, 2016 - 08:59 am

Audi, Kia, Tesla, Qoros, Lexus, Toyota.

Audi-A3-etron-300Audi A3 as triple hybrid: The next generation of the A3 will be available as two plug-in hybrid (211 and 252 hp) and a mild hybrid variant by 2018, German Autobild reports. Audi is also thinking about issuing a purely electric model, but only if it would beat the then upgraded BMW i3 in terms of performance.
autobild.de (in German)

Soul with more range: New spy shots of the upcoming Kia Soul EV reveal new lights and air intakes. It is also expected that technological advances will increase its current range of 132 miles, but details have yet to be released. The facelifted model is due by 2018.

Tesla truck? CEO Elon Musk said during an interview with CNN in Hong Kong that a Tesla pick-up is “sort of a logical thing to do in the future.” He did refuse to give any details though.
electrek.co (with video)

Qoros electrification: Chinese Qoros plans to launch a new model which will either be a PHEV or fully electric by mid-2017. It will be the prequel for a whole new platform for hybrid and electric cars set to launch by 2020. A business unit with a focus on electrified models has already been established.

Lexus RC300h review: Stephen Dobie took Lexus’ hybrid coupé for a spin and offers some comparison to rivalling models. The RC300h “is at its most in town driving” in terms of fuel savings, but since it is a hybrid without a plug, it does not offer much all-electric driving capability.

RAV4 Hybrid review: The updated Toyota hybrid has been reviewed by Richard Webber, who finds it difficult to get the electric motor working alone. Acceleration however is pretty impressive. Yet, the interior and general driving is a bit basic but the RAV4 was never intended to be driven hard.


Jan 11, 2016 - 08:59 am

Guillaume Sicard, Qoros.

Guillaume-Sicard“This is the right time to venture into the electric cars segment in India. There are a lot of financial impacts, and this technology is expensive, which means the government needs to put some incentives in place to support this technology. We are in discussions and the government is very proactive on this.”

Guillaume Sicard, president of Nissan India, says the carmaker wants to bring EV and hybrid technologies to India. This comes as India is working on cutting down on pollution.

Qoros100“Qoros will target new opportunities being created by the secular shift towards ultra-low and zero emission vehicles, low environmental impact technologies, the growth of alternative forms of car usage and ownership and the application of self-drive technologies in the field of personal transportation.”

Chinese-Israeli carmaker Qoros wants to “shake up” its own company as it believes the auto industry will be shaken up in the coming years. Qoros will therefore set up a separate business unit for new energy vehicles called NEV (we reported).

Jan 7, 2016 - 10:04 am

Chevy Bolt, Tesla, Qoros, Kia, Lexus.

Chevy-Bolt-ProductionEV for the masses: GM just unveiled its Chevy Bolt a few hours ago. The 200 mile (320 km) range had been announced previously, but now we also know that the Bolt will sell for 30,000 dollars after (7,500 USD) in the U.S.. A price tag said to appeal to the masses. The EV will go on sale at the end of the year and will feature lots of driving assistants and maximum connectivity to appeal to the younger generations.
fortune.com, wfla.com media.chevrolet.com

Changes in the Tesla lineup: Tesla will from now on only offer the 3,000 dollar upgrade from 85 to 90 kWh for the all-wheel version of its Model S. The rear drive version will only be available with a 70 or 85 kWh battery pack.
electrek.co, cnet.com

Qoros-PremierenQoros electrified: The Chinese manufacturer cannot seem to get a foot in the door as a conventional carmaker and wants to form a business unit just for electric cars. Also, CEO Phil Murtaugh will leave the company due to “personal reasons.”
ft.com, autonews.com

Self-driving Kia: Kia has set up a sub-brand for its autonomous driving technologies called ‘Drive Wise.’ The carmaker wants to introduce partially self-driving cars by 2020 and fully autonomous technologies by 2030. Meanwhile, Andrew English test ‘drove’ the autonomous Kia Soul, pondering questions about the responsibility and role of the person in the driver’s seat.
autocar.co.uk (Drive Wise), telegraph.co.uk (Kia Soul)

Driving the new Lexus RX450h: Autocar got to test the 2016 Lexus RX450h on British roads and was not sold on the idea, saying the “RX450h feels as soulless now as the original RX400h did a decade ago.” Also, the hybrid’s fuel-economy is only “acceptable.”

Nov 24, 2015 - 09:04 am

BMW, Qoros, Porsche, Volvo, Mercedes.

BMW’s EV portfolio update: According to German magazine auto motor und sport, the new i3 with increased range will be available by 2018. Older models will be retrofitted, while the carmaker may continue to offer a variant with the old battery pack for a lower base price. With the i8 Spyder, BMW will also offer the i8 with a new body variant. The BMW i5 is to arrive 2020.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

E-SUV from Qoros? The Chinese carmaker says it wants to add an all-electric offroad vehicle to its portfolio, which according to Qoros boss Phil Murtaugh could already become available in January. He unfortunately did not announce any further details.

911 spy shots: Autocar has published first images of the next generation Porsche 911, which will hit dealerships sometime in 2018/2019 and will be available as a hybrid. It looks nearly the same from the outside. Only the extended wheel arches hint at the additional electric motor. Porsche also considers an all-electric version.

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Volvo S90 to arrive in January: The Swedish carmaker will officially lift the veil of its limousine at the Detroit Motor Show. The vehicle features a similar powertrain to the XC90 SUV and is said to also be available with the latter’s 290 kW plug-in hybrid technology.

Porsche wins WEC drivers’ title: Drivers Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard und Brendon Hartley climbed the podium in Bahrain. The number 17 Porsche 919 Hybrid had a series of mechanical issues during the race, still coming in fifth. The sister Porsche finished first, knocking the Audi team off its top spot and securing Porsche the overall win.
evo.co.uk, autoweek.com, gtpurelyporsche.com

Longer Mercedes for China: At the Auto Guangzhou, the German carmaker presented the long-wheelbase version of the plug-in hybrid S 500 and C 350 e for the Chinese market. The Mercedes C 350 e will be the first Mercedes plug-in to be produced in China.
automotiveworld.com, daimler.com

Apr 22, 2015 - 08:33 am

Shanghai-GM, Zinoro, Geely, Qiantu Qiche, Qoros, Zotye, Chery.

GM sizes up China: Shanghai-GM, the joint venture between GM and SAIC, says it plans to invest 100 billion yuan (16bn dollars) between 2016 and 2020 to develop new vehicles. The carmaker wants to revamp or build ten new models each year, among them plug-in hybrids.

New EV by BMW JV: BMW and Brilliance have presented the Concept Next, an all-electric SUV. While details are scarce, the EV is believed to be based on the X3 size-wise and possibly powered by the same drive already used for the Zinoro 1E.
carscoops.com, motoroids.com

Geely eyes Europe: The Chinese manufacturer is pondering a small SUV to hit Chinese showrooms in 2017. It could come to Europe a year later and would here also be offered as a plug-in hybrid variant.

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Sports EV from China: Qiantu Qiche unveiled an electric sports car at the Auto Shanghai that can claim a truly unique design perspective. The K50 Event! (sic!) is set to launch in 2016 in China and will cost around 700.000 yuan or 113.000 dollars. 294 kW and 650 Nm are given as performance data and the EV claims a range of 200 kilometres.

Hybrid Qoros concept debuts: In Shanghai, Qoros unveiled the 2 PHEV Concept which features one turbo engine coupled with two electric motors at the rear. The plug-in hybrid comes with inductive charging technology and a charging “probe” that unfolds at the touch of a button.
autoblog.com, electriccarsreport.com

New Chinese EVs: The Smart-like Zotye E01 with a Tesla-like touchscreen has been unveiled in Shanghai as expected. However, it is now called Zotye Zhima E30 EV. Also on display in Shanghai is the Chery Arrizo 3 EV with a said range of up to 300 kilometres in eco mode.
carnewschina.com (Zotye), autoevolution.com (Chery)

Apr 15, 2015 - 08:45 am

Zinoro, Qoros, Volvo, Efficient Drivetrains, Lamborghini.

New Zinoro EV: The Chinese joint venture by BMW and Brilliance is teasing their upcoming study Next Concept, which will premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show next week. Just like the Zinoro 1 E, this concept will be powered by an electric drivetrain. More details will be released at the trade show.

Qoros SUV with plug: The Chinese brand will present a subcompact SUV concept in Shanghai, which will be equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The car will apparently be able to charge inductively and feature an automated charging arm which automatically connects to specialized chargers.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (charging details in German); tradearabia.com

Volvo-XC90Volvo becomes even more luxurious: The Swedes will debut their plug-in hybrid XC90 Excellence in Shanghai, a more luxurious variant of the SUV. Instead of seven seats, this version only has four, which feature massage and ventilation functions as well as an increased legroom. The Volvo XC90 Excellence will also be equipped with folding tables and a refrigerator.
electriccarsreport.com, indianautosblog.com

Plug-in SUV for Asia: U.S. drivetrain specialist Efficient Drivetrains introduces a plug-in hybrid SUV for Asian markets, with an all-electric range of 50 kilometres. The PHEV is said to be especially affordable, but the exact price has yet to be announced.
greencarcongress.com, businesswire.com

No Lamborghini hybrid: CEO Stephan Winklemann denied production plans for the Asterion concept shown in Paris last year. He says that the plug-in hybrid sports car is for technology demonstrations only and will not go into serial production. Too bad.

Apr 28, 2014 - 08:40 am

Mia Electric, Qoros, Peugeot, Denza, Toyota, Lexus.

Mia Electric revival? Apparently, four parties are interested in taking over the bankrupt French electric car manufacturer. The battery producer E4V as well as NSD2 and the 4H Holding all expressed their interest. Furthermore, a group of German companies bid for Mia Electric as ‘Mia Generation.’ Offers can be handed in until May, 5th at the commercial court of the Poitou-Charentes region, France.
afp.com, avem.fr (both in French), emobilitaetonline.de (in German)

Qoros to become electric: In an exclusive interview with the German Wirtschaftswoche, Qoros CEO Volker Steinwascher announced plans to export the brand to Germany by 2016. Furthermore, Qoros is working on an SUV which could be turned into a hybrid or electric version at a later date.
wiwo.de (in German)

Peugeot electric bicycles: Anthony Ingram took his chance at a Peugeot press event in France to take a trip into the world of pedal-powered electric two-wheelers. He found that Peugeots’s AE21 and CE21 offered a very different riding experience, while using similar technology and concluded it is worth to “shop around” before buying a pedelec.

DenzaDenza to remain in China: In an interview with the German daily Die Welt, CEO Arno Röhringer specified the strategy for Daimler’s and BYD’s electric model. The Denza will be launched by September in Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai before being rolled out in other mega cities like Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Tianjin. The car will remain in China however, and will not come to Europe as it has been specifically developed for its land of origin.
welt.de (in German)

Meet the new Prius: Or at least take a look at this rendering by ‘Car Sensor’ that shows how the next generation could look like. The new 2016 model of the hybrid classic is expected to come out next year and will be built on Toyota’s TNGA platform.

Quick spin: Steven J. Ewing had high hopes when trying the Lexus CT 200h F Sport as he thought that the “added dose of sportiness” could only mean more fun. However, after taking the hybrid for a ride, the concept just did not “make a whole lot of sense” to Ewing anymore.

Found on electrive.com
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