FAA legalises ultralight Hoverbike for real
At the start of 2017, we told you about a hoverbike called Scorpion. Back then the company from Russia was ahead of the game of flying cars, although their VTOL is more of a hovering jet ski. Nonetheless, at least they had a flying prototype and have since advanced.
Partisan Motors presents electric SUV made for Putin
You can try to enter a market longterm or go in there with a bang, which is what Partisan Motors is trying to do. Their first electric SUV is called Partisan One and has been designed with a pretty particular client in mind – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Curling with cars.
In icy Russia curling fans have put a new spin on their game as they used tiny Oka cars instead of stones. It is unlikely the new sport will sweep away the wider public with excitement but it may offer a fun chance to put ICEs on the back burner, esp. in the Nordics.
BMW, Tesla, Changan, Russia, Beiqi Foton Motors.
BMW to electrify 3-Series: The new BMW 3-Series will hit the road in 2018 and will also be available as a PHEV – namely a new version of the 330e with a bigger battery and more range. Auto Express now reports that there could also be a purely electric version called eDrive, sporting a 90 kWh battery and about 480 km of range. But we probably won’t get to see the EV before 2020 – if at all.
BMW i3 gets bigger battery: The Bavarian manufacturer now offers a bigger battery for its EV. The retrofit will cost 7,000 euros when the old one is traded in. electrive has learned that the three-phase charger will not be offered with the conversion.
faz.net (in German)
Tesla drops RVG: Since July 1st, Tesla no longer offers its resale value guarantee, saying it wants to keep interest rates low and offer a more attractive financing model. Meanwhile, the EV maker confirmed a second crash while the Autopilot was activated, but says the system wasn’t used properly as the driver did not have his hands on the wheel in more than two minutes. No one was hurt.
theverge.com, electrek.co (resale), bbc.com (crash)
EVs from China: Changan is kicking off its planned EV offensive and wants to introduce four new electric and hybrid models before the end of the year – the Eado PHEV, Benni EV, Auchan EV and Eulove EV will be based on existing models and can all go as much as 200 km on one charge.
Russia pushes emobility: The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has given green light for tax-free imports of EVs, making them about 15 percent cheaper in Russia. The measure will be in effect from September 2016 to the end of August 2017. Russia is also working on an incentive package for EVs for 2025 that could include reduced road toll, free parking in cities and making it easier for utilities to set up chargers.
Chinese-German electric van: Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturer Beiqi Foton Motor announced the launch of its connected electric transporter van Toano EV in Munich yesterday. It is being developed in Stuttgart and shows Beiqi’s commitment to high-end technologies. A picture seems to suggest a cooperation with SAP and Continental, but details are still rare.
Volkswagen, Icona, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Kandi, Russia.
VW to electrify China: Volkswagen has laid out a three-step strategy to electrify the Chinese market by investing 4bn euros per year. In the current phase, plug-in hybrid and electric models are being imported. Next, PHEVs will be produced directly in China, starting with the Audi A6. The last phase will see VW models based on the MQB platform be built in China before 2020. At the same time, the MEB platform will be developed together with JV partners SAIV and FAW. Overall, China will see up to 15 VW PHEV and EV models within the next three to five years.
Iconic concept: Italian Icona presents an electric city car study dubbed Neo. Inspired by Shanghai’s asymmetric architecture, the Neo sits four people. Weighing only 720 kg and with 21 kW in-wheel motors, Icona says the car will have a top speed of 75 mph and a city range of 93 miles.
Hybrid Jeep: Fiat Chrysler confirmed plans to hybridise the upcoming Jeep Wrangler. However, the 2018 model will only be a mild-hybrid, while a full hybrid can only be expected by 2022. FCA does not act out of conviction, admitting that it simply has to meet regulations.
Bagging it: Toyota USA is recalling about 5,000 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h built in 2016, due to faulty airbags for the driver’s knee. If found faulty, Lexus will replace the airbags free of charge.
Breaking ground: Kandi has started the construction of a new facility in Haikou in Hainan province. Once finished, the site will have an annual production capacity of up to 100,000 electric vehicles.
Putin pushes for EV: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin urged the country’s car industry to modernise by pushing production towards electric cars by 2025. At the moment, there is no import tariff on electric cars. Still, there use is not widespread in the vast country.
Hungary, Green H2, Sogrid, Russia.
Redistribution: Hungary will invest 7 billion forint (25m dollars) from carbon credit sales in electric mobility. The government plans to install 150 charging stations over the coming months, while also buying electric cars for its own use. Private buyers there can expect EV tax incentives.
Green H2 supply chain: Toyota, Toshiba, and other Japanese partners have set up a trial for a carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain in Japan. Wind power will be used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen through electrolysis. The four year project is set to start April 2016.
Smart grid trial: French research project ‘Sogrid’ enters the testing stage in Toulouse. Until summer 2016, some 1,000 residents will be connected to the smart grid via a chip using the new PLC protocol, designed to transmit digital information on the grid. The project aims to introduce an international communication standard for intelligent grids that could also integrate electric vehicles.
metering.com, usine-digitale.fr (in French)
EV readiness ordered: A decree by Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medwedew calls for all gas station owners in the oil-rich country to provide EV charging stations at their facilities by November 1st of next year. So far, there are only about 500 EVs roaming the streets of Russia.
Putin drives elecric.
The Yo-mobil project that was to develop hybrid cars for Russia might have been declared as dead, but now presents an all-electric car that somehow looks a lot like the BMW i3. Four units have already been built and one has been sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Some Russian government employees might have been reminded of times not so long ago, when Industry Minister Denis Manturov handed in a draft to limit the procurement of imported cars by state institutions. His proposal is meant to support the domestic car industry and the state’s pocket in the face of a falling rouble. So from now on it is bye-bye Benz and ‘Privét’ Lada!
There might be certain drawbacks to being a dustman in Russian winter but these two garbage collectors surely are making the best of it. Just hold on tight and surf! Maybe their American colleauges could learn a thing or two to get through the current spell of arctic cold.
Massachusetts, NRG eVgo, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia.
Massachusetts plans massive investments in its Clean Vehicle Project. The initiative includes the construction of new public charging stations and the introduction of more than 200 vehicles powered by alternative fuels in private and public fleets. Furthermore, eight electric school busses with V2G capability are planned to put in service. Overall grants are 15.5 million USD (11.4 million euros).
Free charging when flying: NRG eVgo offers free electric car charging at their new Park & Charge point located at Los Angeles Airport (LAX), USA. Coupons can be downloaded until February 16 and are redeemable until March 31.
electriccarsreport.com, hybridcars.com, evgonetwork.com (Coupon)
Duty free EV imports: The Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia will exempt electric cars from import duties. The removal of the 19 percent import tax will stay in place from February 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015. It is believed that this will increase the import of EVs at least tenfold.