Tag: Rimac

Aug 1, 2016 - 08:58 am

Old EV patent, Rimac.

Reading tip: The blog Paleofuture has found an article about a patent for an electric car charged via overhead wire in a Scientific America edition from 1889. It’s definitely worth a read.

Video tip: Rimac thanks the Croatian Ministry of Defence with this video, as they were allowed to use an exclusive runway to test the Rimac concept One. With a top speed of 354 kph (220 mph), drivers needed a bit of a straight stretch of road for testing.
youtube.com via carscoops.com

Jun 23, 2016 - 09:07 am

BMW, eHighway, Faraday Future, Rimac.

BMW i home energy storage: The Bavarian’s i division announced a stationary energy storage system for the home at the EVS 29 in Canada. Just like Tesla and Mercedes, BMW uses high-voltage batteries from the i3 and could also incorporate second-life batteries.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com

eHighwayeHighway launched: The world’s first eHighway kicked off in Sweden. Two kilometres of the E16 motorway north of Stockholm have been fitted with a Siemens overhead contact system for trucks. It will fuel two hybrid trucks from Scania that were especially conceived for the two-year testing phase.
greencarcongress.com, siemens.com

Faraday allowed to drive autonomously: The California ministry of transport has approved autonomous test drives for Faraday Future’s electric racer. Later this year, the company hopes to also test the EV on public roads before launching the model in the U.S. next near.

Rimac to the top: Rimac will take part in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is an updated version of its E-Runner Concept One. The electric racer is fitted with four electric motors and boast a whopping 1.1 MW (1,475 hp) of power.
gizmag.com, rimac-automobili.com

Mar 3, 2016 - 09:22 am

Rimac, Toyota, Tesla, Bugatti, Gigafactory, India.

Rimac-Concept-SRimac Two: The Croatian brought a second EV to Geneva as previously suggested. The Concept_S is even more powerful than the Concept One, boasting 1,018 kW and AWD. The 82 kWh battery should last for a race or two – top speed stands at 365 kph – and the carbon model is also lighter than the original Rimac.
autoblog.com, electricautosport.com, hybridcars.com

Quirky Toyota: The Japanese carmaker’s latest hybrid seems to pay homage to the film Mad Max. The Kikai sits three people and all inner workings of the microcar are clearly visible – even for the driver, who can watch the wheels turn at his/her feet. Careful though, there is no autopilot mode yet.
technologicvehicles.com, toyota.co.uk

Model X ready for Europe: Tesla has opened the configurator for European buyers of the ‘Signature’ edition and thus reveals pricing. Prices vary from country to country but are considerably higher (around 172,000 dollars) than in the U.S., due to VAT applied on the continent.

For the few: The Chiron debuted in Geneva as anticipated. Its price of about 2.6m dollars could be a hurdle for some, but Bugatti says it received about 150 orders for the super hybrid. The Veyron successor sports 1,479 hp and a top speed of 261 mph despite weighing 2 tons. Production of 500 units is set for autumn.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk

Strike: Gigafactory construction came to a halt, as about 100 workers refused to continue working in protest of out-of-state employees hired by Tesla contractor Brycon Corp. The EV maker has denied the allegations and says the majority of workers are from Nevada.
autoblog.com, bloomberg.com

SUV tax: The Indian government plans to levy a 4 percent tax on cars that are longer than 4 metres and have a high engine capacity. Trikes, as well as electric and hybrid vehicles and FCV are exempt.

– Number of the Day –

Proterra buses logged more than 2 million electrical miles in the U.S.. The milestone was reached during revenue service by 63 electric buses in 9 different states. Proterra plans to double its production capacity this year.



Feb 24, 2016 - 09:18 am

VW, Bee Bee, Rimac, ICAO, Tesla, Ather Energy.

VW to take on the Prius? According to German Auto Bild, Volkswagen is working on its own Prius-fighter. Scheduled for 2018, the XL3 will get its own body design, while adopting some elements from the XL1. The hybrid will boast 140 hp, a 25 kW electric motor and a small battery that allows only for a short all-electric range. Pricing will start at 30,000 euros.

Bee-Bee-XSVintage EV from France: French manufacturer Bee Bee Automotive presented its vintage looking electric car. The Bee-Bee XS weighs a mere 660 kg and sports a 20 kW electric motor. The 7.2 kWh or 9.6 kWh battery pack allow for a range of 80 or 120 km. Thanks to subsidies in France, the car will start at 21,180 euros, battery included.
avere-france.org (in French)

Rimac update: The Croatian EV maker will present a series production version of its Concept One in Geneva, while saying that it will build only vehicles for now. CEO Mate Rimac also hinted in an interview that he could be taking a second model to Geneva, but did not give any details.
carscoops.com (Concept One), total-croatia-news.com (Interview)

No battery on board: Starting in April, anything containing a Li-ion battery will no longer be allowed in the cargo hold of a passenger plane. The International Civil Aviation Organisation says the risk of the battery catching fire is too great. That only applies to commercial shipments, however. Nothing changes for passengers.
theguardian.com, cbsnews.com

Tesla expands team: The EV maker signed on Karim Bousta as new Vice President of Global Services. Bousta previously held an executive position at General Electric and worked for Symantec.

New electric scooter: Bengaluru-based Ather Energy introduced its S340 electric two-wheeler. The so-called smart scooter comes with a touchscreen dashboard, fast-charging capabilities, a top speed of 72 kph and a range of 60 km. Moreover, the company wants to set up its own infrastructure.
indiatoday.intoday.in, business-standard.com

Sep 18, 2015 - 09:47 am

Rimac, Ford, Tesla, Honeywell.

Rimac-GreypRimac Greyp update: Rimac presented the Greyp G12S, a further developed version of its electric super bike. When in ‘Street’ mode, its 1.5 kWh battery provides enough power to go 120 km on one charge. The bike even comes with regenerative braking technology.
gizmag.com, greyp.com

Ford gets smartwatch app: Drivers of electric and hybrid Fords can soon get information about range or charging status with a flick of their wrist. They can also locate or unlock doors via the smartwatch app – much like with the app for BMW’s electric cars.
ubergizmo.com, theverge.com

Local lithium: Tesla could get part of its needed lithium from a mine near the Gigafactory in Nevada. At least Canadian mining company Pure Energy Minerals says that it has signed a deal of that nature with the carmaker.

Honeywell to showcase developments: The developer of automotive turbochargers says it is working on several applications involving electric boosting, which it says, will play a major role in electrification. Honeywell’s electric air compressor for fuel cells, for example, increases clean air supply in smaller engines, thus improving fuel economy.

Jul 17, 2015 - 08:18 am

Rimac, CIAM, SK, Renault, Magna, Getrag, Kettering University, Hella.

FormulaE-RacecarThe race for a better battery for the Formula E is on, and Williams might get some competition from Rimac, ElectricAutosport reports. So far, the British engineering company is the sole supplier, but the electric racing series is looking for someone building stronger batteries to be used during seasons 3 and 4.

SK seeks access to China: The battery maker intends to grow its electric vehicle business in China by buying into the Chinese CIAM Group in exchange for selling off its SK (Chongqing) Lithium Battery Material Company. CIAM shares would enable SK to sell more EV batteries in China.

New motor line for Zoe and Twizy: Renault is introducing new trim levels for both the Twizy and Zoe in the UK to streamline its offering. The move serves to include the new electric motor known as the R240. It increases range and is more compact.

Magna to acquire Getrag: The two companies signed a sales agreement for approximately 1.75 billion euros (1.9bn dollars). Getrag is the world’s largest (by volume) OEM-independent supplier of automotive transmissions, including hybrid systems.

Less conversion, more charge: A research team from Kettering University is working with Hella on a new level 2 charger that offers 97 percent efficiency (+3%) and features a 2- instead of 3-stage design. A prototype can be expected in October.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Thursday was ELIX Wireless’ 10 kW wireless charging solution, using the company’s patented Magneto-Dynamic Coupling (MDC) technology.


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Jun 22, 2015 - 08:21 am

New York, Rimac Automobili.

Reading tip: Starting next Monday, the city of New York will ban cars from park drives in Central Park north of 72nd street on weekdays, as well as in Prospect Park in Brooklyn one week later. Cars are already prohibited to enter the parks on weekends. The idea is to create safe zones for bicyclists and pedestrians and for kids to play in.

Video tip: Rimac Automobili recently tested the Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One, the racing car with 1.1 MW under the hood, on the dyno. Nobuhiro Tajima will be taking this “monster” to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2015.
youtube.com via electriccarsreport.com

Jun 2, 2015 - 09:07 am

Hitachi Chemicals, Rimac, LG Chem, KTH & Stanford.

Hitachi Chemicals is planning to set up an US plant for battery materials in 2018, spending about 10 billion yen (83m USD). The Japanese company already supplies anode materials for batteries in the Nissan Leaf and hopes to also supply Tesla’s and Panasonic’s joint Gigafactory in the future.
insideevs.com, nikkei.com

1,100 kilowatts for Pikes Peak: Now it´s official: Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima teams up with Rimac on a megawatt Pikes Peak racer. The Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One is powered by four independent electric motors, giving the car a total power of over 1,1 MW and a maximum torque of 1500 Nm.
electricautosport.com, rimac-automobili.com

Chinese bus manufacturers are betting on batteries by LG Chem, the Korean company reports. Nanjing Golden Dragon Bus and Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle will use the LG batteries in their large- and small-sized electric city buses. LG Chem said its battery factory in the Chinese city of Nanjing will begin operating next year.
electric-vehiclenews.com, koreatimes.co.kr

Batteries from wood pulp is what researchers from Sweden and the U.S. cooked up in their laboratories. The new wood-based aerogel material can be used for three-dimensional structures and stores significantly more power in less space than conventional batteries. According to the researchers, the aerogel batteries could be used in electric car bodies.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was the Tesla Model X, which was recentley spotted in California next to a Nissan Leaf.

May 27, 2015 - 08:52 am

Audi, Rimac, Formula E, Shell Eco-Marathon Europe.

Audi-R8-2015Audi autonomously and electric: Audi presents the R8 e-tron piloted driving concept at CES Asia. While the EV is essentially the same that was shown in Geneva earlier this year (two electric drives with 170 kW and a said range of 450 km), the current model is able to drive autonomously.
electriccarsreport.com, autoblog.com

Battle of Megawatts: Croatian Rimac Automobili is working on an all-electric racer said to deliver more than 1,000 kW, Electric Autosport reports. It is designed to compete at this year’s ‘Pikes Peak International Hill Climb’, where the EV will meet its Latvian megawatt counterpart: the eO PP03 by Drive eO. Rimac allegedly chose Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima to make a run for victory.

One battery for all? At least until the fifth season of the Formula E begins in 2018/19, CEO Alejandro Agag advises the teams to collectively develop an improved battery. This would keep costs down while ensuring technological advances and longer races at the same time.

863 km per kWh is the new efficiency benchmark and was claimed by the TUFast Eco Team of the TU Munich at the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe in the BEV prototype category. The winning FCV prototype came from the Eco-Runner Team from the TU Delft which delivered a range of 1,227 km/m3.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Tuesday was the Mitsubishi i-MiEV featuring a range extender by VW (unofficially) which surely is not the cleanest but truly among the most creative solutions to fight range anxiety.

Nov 18, 2014 - 09:13 am

Rimac secures investment.

Substantial 10 million euros (12.5m dollars) have been secured by Rimac Automobili in its Series A investment round from three main investors. The Croatian supercar maker is now ready to increase production capability for its Concept_One sports EV as well as developing more models.
electricautosport.com, rimac-automobili.com

Jul 25, 2014 - 08:34 am

Super wheelchair.

Technology transfer can come in many forms and this one is especially beneficial. Croatian Rimac has adapted the battery from its Concept_One supercar to be used in wheelchairs. With the new technology, the range went up from 10 km to 60 km, the battery weighs ten kilos less and lives 10x longer, thus enabling the user to roll for longer, lighter and better.

Jun 2, 2014 - 08:52 am

McLaren, BMW, Rimac, Berlin, Beijing, Tesla.

McLaren electrifies: The CEO of the British sports car manufacturer, Mike Flewitt, announced that within ten years’ time, “all models will be hybrids,” and that he even plays with the thought of offering an all-electric model. Meanwhile, rumour has it that McLaren will present the P13 in Geneva 2015, an entry level sports car for about 210,000 dollars.
edmunds.com, autoblog.com

BMW all-electric in China: President of BMW China, Karsten Engel, says the i3 will go on sale in September. It will join the Zinoro E1, an all-electric car built by BMW’s Chinese joint venture Brilliance, which can only be rented at the moment. When asked about his plans for China, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer only said that the carmaker is talking about broadening the Zinoro offer.
uk.reuters.com (i3 start China), automobil-produktion.de (Reithofer, in German)

Rimac to become reality: The Croatian electric super sports car Concept One is getting closer to small scale production, as Colombian investor Frank Kanayet Yepes will be joined by three more investors from Asia. The combined investment comes to about 13 million euros (17.7m dollars)

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Berlin-Beijing connection: To commemorate the 20-year-partnership between the German and the Chinese capital, Berlin’s mayor Klaus Wowereit visited Beijing, trying to encourage more investment. Furthermore, the two cities will work together in the field of charging infrastructure, as both strive to be exemplary in their countries.
tagesspiegel.de (e-mobility, in German), globalpost.com

BMW i8 to launch in India: The plug-in hybrid is set to enter the Indian market at the end of this year. The Bavarian carmaker sees potential for the i8 in urban centres like Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. BMW India also plans to increase its dealer network from the current 12 to a total of 50 outlets.
indianautosblog.com (i8), indianautosblog.com (dealers)

Tesla pricing for Australia: The Californian announced its prices of the Model S for Down Under. The Model S 60 starts at 91,400 Australian dollars, while the performance P85 will be available from 119,900 dollars. The midrange Model S 85 will be available starting at 103,400 dollars.

Apr 29, 2014 - 08:28 am

BMW, Mercedes, Rimac, Phoenix Motorcars.

BMW talks future: Only after presenting the i8 to the press, the Bavarian carmaker is already thinking about new models in the i-series like a stretched i3 or a van or even an i3 coupé. The BMW i8 might be turned into a roadster already this summer too.
automobilwoche.de (in German)

B-class ED pricing: With 41,450 dollars, the new electric Mercedes B-class will cost almost exactly the same as the BMW i3 when it comes to selected dealerships in some US states this summer. Nationwide availability is announced for early 2015.

More money for Croatian super car: Rimac, known for its Concept One electric sports car is about to receive another eight million euros (11m dollars) funding from two investors. For the future, the electric car and drivetrain manufacturer is looking at building less expensive cars while it aims at selling a couple of hundred units of its G-12 electric motorcycle already this year.

The ‘real’ experience: BMW i has just started a new online campaign to promote electric driving. As part of it, the company asked 107 people to test drive the i3 while filming their experiences.
press.bmwgroup.com, thebmwi3experience.com (campaign)

Phoenix rising from the ashes? It looks like the company from California has survived its 2009 bankruptcy and is back to further develop its electric shuttle bus with 14 seats. If this e-bus will still sit on the same platform as the original concept which was based on a Ford is not yet known.
green.autoblog.com, phoenixmotorcars.com

Feb 21, 2014 - 09:53 am

BMW, Volkswagen, Fisker, Rimac.

BMW-X5-eDriveBMW X5 eDrive by 2015: The German carmaker released details of its first plug-in hybrid which will incorporate elements from the i-series. The eDrive adds 70 kW which enables the X5 to drive electrically at speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour. In French Miramas, journalists could take the BMW for a spin. Its debut is scheduled for November in Los Angeles.
autoweek.com, greencarcongress.com

Plug-in VW Golf GTE: With less than two weeks left until the start of the Geneva Motor Show, VW released more details on its next plug-in hybrid. The bad news first: The VW Golf GTE is not scheduled to be sold on the U.S. market yet.
hybridcars.com, autoweek.com

Diluted Fisker: Wanxiang announced its plan to team up with VL Automotive to offer the Karma also as a VL Destino with V8 engine. Furthermore, production will move from Finland to VL Automotive’s plant in Michigan soon. 1,000 Karmas, respectively Destinos are said to be build within the coming 18 months (we reported).
reuters.com via greencarreports.com

Small scale production supercar: The electric Rimac Concept One is scheduled to become a reality by 2015. The Croatian company plans to build only 88 of the cars which are said to boost 800 kW and have a range of 500 kilometres. May the race for the few specimen begin!
insideevs.com, kompulsa.com

Jan 28, 2014 - 09:53 am

Audi, Hyundai/Kia, Rimac, McLaren, BYD, Ryno.

Audi plans electric attack: The German carmaker is aiming to go head-to-head with Tesla with the launch of the all-electric Q8 in 2017. Internally known as Tesla-fighter, the Audi Q8 e-tron’s super batteries are said to give it a range of up to 700 km (about 430 mi). Furthermore, Audi plans to introduce PHEV versions of the A4, A6, A7, A8 as well as Q5, Q6, Q7 with a range of 65 km (40 mi) by 2016.
autobild.de (In German), ecomento.com

Plug-in hybrids for Korea: Hyundai will release PHEV versions of its Sonata LF and Kia K5 (known as Optima in Europe) next year. These will be the first Hyundai plug-in hybrids for its domestic market. The all-electric Kia Soul EV is set to launch later this year.
eco-business.com, greencarreports.com

All-electric super car: The Concept One by Rimac has turned many heads since its first appearance at the German IAA in 2011. CNN takes a closer look at the Croatian company and talked to its founder and designer Mate Rimac. Meanwhile Rimac is working on another head-turner: the Greyp electric bike.
edition.cnn.com, greyp-bikes.com

P1 on-track review: McLaren’s introduced its P1 hybrid in Bahrain where Steve Sutcliffe of ‘Autocar’ tested the racer in its “natural environment” – on a race track. Fans have to let go of all hopes though, as all 375 pieces are sold and will not be reissued, according to McLaren.
autocar.co.uk (Video review), technologicvehicles.com, automobilwoche.de (In German)

BYD dynasties: The Chinese car maker has now secured rights for another twelve names of Chinese emperors. Following the Qin, the Tang is scheduled for next year. If all the remaining eleven dynasties will inspire new hybrid cars is yet open to speculation.

Super Segway: The Ryno one-wheeled electric motorbike looks as if it is straight from the future. It operates like a segway with the rider leaning forward to speed up and vice versa. While the Ryno is street-legal, it only goes as fast as 10 mph with a range of ten miles. We still think it looks like great fun!

Found on electrive.com
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