ACCEL: Rolls-Royce engineers aim to build faster e-aircraft
Engineers from Rolls-Royce and their partners have set themselves the goal of developing the world’s fastest electric aircraft as part of the ACCEL (Accelerating the Electrification of Flight) project. The model is expected to reach 480 km/hand take off for the first time in 2020.
Rolls-Royce presents Li-ion battery for ships
Rolls-Royce is launching a lithium-ion based energy storage system for ships. This is the first time the British propulsion specialist will deliver batteries to fit their drives as such units were previously supplied by an external party. The SAVe Energy system is modular.
Aston Martin & RR both envisioning luxurious air taxis
Aston Martin presents the Vision Volante Concept, a study of a premium VTOL with hybrid propulsion. Whether the three-seater will ever take-off on a mass scale is uncertain. Yet Aston is on to something as Rolls-Royce also issued their version of an air taxi.
Rolls-Royce to look into supercap technology
Rolls-Royce has signed a collaboration agreement with Superdielectrics, a UK startup that has been working on novel polymers. Together they want to create what they call “very high energy storage technology,” in other words, supercapacitors.
Details about BMW’s future electric line-up
BMW has skipped its plans for an electric i5 and i9 but seeks to replace the latter through a smaller but spacious i7. That is at least what Georg Kacher says, known as insider to the branch. Moreover, the BMW i3 shall get a successor called iX1.
100-seater hybrid aircraft to take-off in 2020
Airbus, Siemens and Rolls Royce announce a hybrid airplane ready to take-off in 2020, thus bringing the dream of electric flying in close proximity. The E-Fan X will fly regional routes first and serve to propel electric aviation.
Rolls Royce, VW, Microsoft, AMG, Formula E.
All or nothing: Rolls Royce will not bridge to the electric era via hybrid propulsion but go straight to electric if battery technology allows, said CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös. While he sees the future of motoring in electric drivetrains, esp. those from parent company BMW, he also assumes the firm’s clients would not accept “compromise” in the meantime. In terms of autonomy, RR is literally in the luxurious position, that most of its customers have a chauffeur anyway and thus care little for a self-driving Royce.
Future Mobility Days 2017 just happened at Volkswagen in Germany, where the company presented the Gen.E concept that some see as the next-gen electric Golf. There has been no confirmation and little information however, apart form a lightweight platform and a 400km range. The star of the show was supposed to be a mobile robot charging EVs autonomously.
Buy an EV online: Microsoft Sweden has teamed up with local EV dealer EVEN Electric to find digital paths to the minds and homes of potential electric car drivers. The idea is to set up a website that offers price comparisons but also services around EVs.
Hybrid family from AMG: Mercedes performance label has spawned a new line of hybrid ‘53’ powertrains, starting with the CLS 53. Coupling the novel 320kW 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and a 50kW electric motor, the system is to deliver 370kW combined.
The Tesla way: The Formula E is anything but profitable and burned up a net loss of almost 34m euros at end-July 2016 when costs accelerated. However, the loss is almost half of that a year before and so it looks like the electric racing series could be on track to break even.
Volkswagen, Toyota, Charge, Rolls-Royce, EV Fleet.
VW crisis: Volkswagen will ask Porsche CEO Matthias Müller to take over Winterkorn’s job, insiders told Reuters. Meanwhile, more heads are to roll as ‘Dieselgate’ widens. Research and development chiefs of Audi and Porsche, Ulrich Hackenberg and Wolfgang Hatz, will be removed by the supervisory board.
Prius details leaked: Japanese site Minkara says that according to a leaked staff manual, at least on higher-level models of the 2016 Toyota Prius will feature an electric AWD. Furthermore, Toyota Racing Development has readied sportive components like spoilers for the next-gen bestseller.
greencarreports.com, indianautosblog.com (AWD), motor1.com (TRD)
Funds for e-truck: British-based Charge is developing powertrains for trucks and buses that weigh between 2.5 and 26 tonnes. It just received 20m pounds (30m dollars) in funding from Russian businessman Denis Sverdlov, who says Charge is also holding talks with vehicle makers.
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Rolls-Royce on water: MTU presents its first hybrid propulsion system for yachts. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce. It also offers bespoke E-Drive system solutions to boat owners.
Ready to fly: EV Fleet from North Carolina almost finished preparations for bringing its electric lightweight pick-up called Condor to market. The CEO expects sales to kick off in February of next year and says there are 12,000 orders waiting.
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Rolls-Royce, Citroën, London Taxi, Ford, Chrysler, BYD, Formula E.
It is official, Rolls-Royce will build a luxury SUV, following customer demand. A launch in 2017 is likely, as is a plug-in hybrid variant, Auto Express reports. The portal expects prices to start at 250,000 GBP (385,000 dollars) – it is a Royce after all.
Berlingo Electric facelift: Citroën has issued pictures showing the new Berlingo which is to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model will again be offered with an electric drive, that powers the mini van with 49 kW. Range is out at about 106 miles.
The electric cab for London is to go-ahead as the London Taxi Company will build a 300-million-dollar facility close to Coventry. The Geely subsidiary plans to launch an all-electric cab by 2018 and will also host R&D and sales at the British site.
Ford to cut prices: Both the Fusion Hybrid und Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will become 900 dollars cheaper once the model year 2016 starts. New prices are set at 25,675 dollars for the Fusion Hybrid S and 33,900 dollars for the Fusion Energi SE Luxury.
Spy shots: Chrysler’s new Town & Country Minivan, which is to come as a plug-in hybrid as well, has been spotted heavily camouflaged. Also, another PHEV has been caught on camera, the BYD Yuan.
autoblog.com (Chrysler), carnewschina.com (BYD)
Formula E double-header: The London race of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship has received planning approval to be held within the grounds of Battersea Park. The final in London will see not one but two races (June, 27 & 28). Hence, the Formula E season now includes eleven dates.
Going out in style.
A British funeral parlour is now offering a special ride to the final resting place – a converted Rolls-Royce Phantom. Sounds like a classy way to make your final journey and leave a lasting final impression.
A team of ten 5 to 6-year old kids was invited over to Rolls-Royce headquarters to build their own electric race car to compete in the Formula Goblin race by the Greenpower Education Trust. Team March got the price for “Best Bodywork” though the tiny e-racer was obviously realised with the help of grown-up engineers who left their mark (RR).
Rolls-Royce, Formula E, Honda, Toyota, BMW, Holden.
Rolls-Royce to become electric: The first plug-in hybrid of the luxurious brand is said to come within the next three years, most possibly in the Phantom model. Because the 102EX electric Phantom demonstrator was well received back in 2011, the carmaker is also discussing an all-electric version.
autocar.co.uk (plug-in hybrid) via greencarreports.com, autoexpress.co.uk (electric)
Formula E cars delivered: As the electric racing series opened its new HQ at Donington Park, UK, the first ten Spark-Renault SRT_01E were handed over to the teams. Pre-season testing though will only begin in July. At the same time, FIA named French EDF as official technical supplier.
autosport.com (race cars), fia.com (EDF)
Second best: The Honda Accord has succeeded the Toyota Prius as California’s best-selling car in the first quarter of 2014. Toyota had held the pole position for two years but failed to match Honda’s 15,611 Accords by inches as the Prius “only” sold 15,318 times.
Spy shots: New pictures of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer seem to confirm that the German carmaker is indeed working on getting the plug-in hybrid study ready for production. The test model bears a sticker identifying it as “Hybrid Test Vehicle.”
Australian EV, almost: The Holden Commodore sold in Australia, also known as Vauxhall VXR8 (UK) or Chevy SS (USA), is combustion engine only but had actually been planned as EV. Shortly before its completion though, partners like Futuris, Better Place, GE Finance or Bosch pulled out for various reasons, leaving Holden as importer without an EV. The last remaining partner, Axiflux, is holding out looking for partners Down Under still. Anyone?!