BMW, Aston Martin, Tesla, London Taxi, Recalls, Mission Motorcycles.
BMW i5 plot thickens: BMW CEO Harald Krüger announced a new model joining the ranks of the electric i-series “soon,” as he spoke to German weekly Zeit. It will be bigger than the i3 and has been spoken of as i5 previously. Furthermore, the i3 will come with longer range next year.
handelsblatt.com (in German)
Aston Martin RapidE: The British carmaker officially unveiled a prototype of its adumbrated electric sedan. Already by 2017, the RapidE Concept could launch boasting 735 kW, especially with the help of investor ChinaEquity. Even Chinese president Xi Jinping graced the electric revelation.
autoexpress.co.uk, europe-autonews.com (ChinaEquity), youtube.com
Fall from grace? Consumer Reports used to be one of Tesla’s biggest supporters. Yet, it has taken back its unreserved recommendation following a survey among 1,400 Model S drivers, who said reliability does not match performance. Nonetheless, 97 percent of all buyers would buy a Tesla again.
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Electrified black cab: London Taxi Company of Coventry has revealed its TX5 plug-in hybrid. As the company is owned by Chinese Geely, president Xi Jinping stopped by for the presentation. Set for launch in 2017, Geely plans to produce around 36,000 units, also for export (we reported).
Double recall: BMW is asking 923 i3 in the USA to return to the garage due to possibly faulty passenger airbags that will be replaced. At the same time, Toyota recalls 6.5 million cars worldwide, among them also models which are offered as hybrids, as it needs to fix a defect in the power window switch.
bmwblog.com, autoblog.com (BMW), auto-motor-sport.de, reuters.com (Toyota)
Has Apple played a part in the end of Mission Motorcycles? Potentially yes, although indirectly, Reuters suggests. Before bankruptcy, quite a few top engineers had left the electric motorbike builder for Apple. Mission Motorcycles had to give up last month (we reported).
Tesla, Beijing Automotive, VW, Lit Motors, MonoTracer, Honda, Recalls.
No more Model S P85: In order to decrease production delays, Tesla announced that the number of options and variants for the Model S will be cut down. “We’re not taking additional orders for the P85. We’re only doing the P85D and we’re cancelling green and brown as colors,” Elon Musk stated.
slashgear.com, files.shareholder.com (p. 3), seekingalpha.com (registration required)
Another EV from China: Starting next year, Beijing Automotive wants to start serial produce of its first electric car, the Sehnbao EV. It comes with a 37.5 kWh battery pack from SK Innovation. A total of 50 Sehnbao electric vehicles will be used for official transportation at next week’s APEC meeting in Beijing.
FAW-Volkswagen starts building China factory: Once completed in 2017, 300,000 vehicles will be produced at the Qingdao production site. According to local media reports, Audi could also use it to build its Q series for the Chinese market: PHEV variants for the Q5 and Q7 have already been confirmed.
C1 update: The California start-up Lit Motors is still working on its gyroscopic car-bike combo, meaning it will not go into serial production at the end of the year as previously announced. But to keep things interesting, the company presents a video of its newest prototype.
End of the MonoTracer? Via Facebook, Peraves CEO Roger Riedener announced that the Swiss company is “in liquidation.” Peraves’ E-Tracer has a range of 300 km, but the business model for it was unsustainable. But it doesn´t have to be the end: “Giving up is not in my dictionary,” Riedener wrote.
2015 Civic Hybrid launches in U.S.: The 2015 Honda is now available at dealerships in the country, starting at 24,735 dollars. Together with the natural gas version, the Civic Hybrid was recognized as one of the top ten greenest cars in the U.S.
Hybrid recalls: Toyota is recalling nearly 6,000 units of the Camry, Avalon and their hybrid versions in the U.S., due to possible loss of steering control. Infiniti is asking more than 14,000 units of the Q50 and Q70 hybrid sedans sold globally back to the lot, due to software problems that could cause stall-like conditions, as well as problems with the transmission housing.
reuters.com (Toyota), autoblog.com (Infiniti)