Tag: Skoda

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:25 am

Volvo, Nissan, Skoda, Tesla, Hyundai, China.

volvo-xc90-phev-hybrid-300x150px100 kWh Volvo EV by 2019: The Swedes offer details on their electrification. Mats Anderson, Volvo’s head of Electric Propulsion Systems introduced the Modular Electrification Platform (MEP). It fits electric drives from 100 – 450 kW and battery packs as large as 100 kWh. Expect such Volvo EV by 2019 and mild-hybrids the same year. Anderson also had a few news on PHEV. A 3-cylinder variant with 55 kW motor is due next year. Its 9.7 kWh battery takes both CCS and CHAdeMO.

Nissan’s Leaf has a whole new look fresh spy shots reveal. While the little bestseller is too shy to let go of the mask just yet, glimpses manifest design elements carried over from the 2015 IDS Concept.

Two Skoda EV? The VW up! is electrified already but may grow more EV twigs on the Volkswagen family tree. The Seat Mii is up for electrification by 2019 and Autobild reports that Skoda will make the Citigo electric, too. It will not stay a single child for long but may be joined by and electric compact SUV, a cousin of the Audi Q4.
autobild.de (E-Citigo), autobild.de (E-SUV), in German

EV makers to expand: Electric cars are on course to cross new frontiers. Tesla has set eyes on India and hopes to make it there this summer, tweeted Elon Musk. Renault is on electric mission in Israel, while Hyundai travelled south until the Ioniq docked in New Zealand.
twitter.com (Tesla), hamodia.com (Renault), stuff.co.nz (Hyundai)

Made for China: While Hyundai has postponed the Sonata launch last week due to China’s protection of its home market (we reported) the Koreans are not to give up to access to the biggest single market yet. Their Beijing facility is tasked to make an electric variant of the Avante, or Elantra, with Chinese built batteries. Production will start in the second half of this year as on-sale is set at the start of 2018. In domestic matters, Beijing just approved two more new energy vehicle projects. Manufacturers Fujian Yudo New Energy Automobile and National New Energy Vehicle gear up to make 115,000 fully electric cars. Investment stands at 6.15 billion yuan (896.5m dollars).
koreajoongangdaily.joins.com (Hyundai), xinhuanet.com (domestic)

Oct 31, 2016 - 09:38 am

Tesla, Solarcity, Skoda, China, UK, Audi, Faraday Future.

Tesla-Solarcity-SolardachTesla presents solar roof and Powerwall 2.0: The newly unveiled and rather subtle solar roof tiles from Tesla and SolarCity not only collect sunlight, but are said to outlast, provide better insulation and cost less than regular shingles. They will be available from summer 2017 (after the merger?). Meanwhile, the new Tesla Powerwall 2.0 offers 13.5 kWh of storage – almost double the capacity than the previous version – and will be available for 5,500 dollars incl. the inverter from December.
insideevs.com, techcrunch.com, youtube.com (presentation video)

E-Skoda in 2019: Skoda wants to launch its electric SUV in 2019, Autocar reports – one year earlier than previously planned. Also, a PHEV variant of the Suberb will become available in 2019, while plug-in versions of the Octavia and Kodiaq are also in the pipelines.

China bets on HEVs: After pushing electric and plug-in hybrid cars, the Chinese government is increasingly promoting pure hybrids as well. They are said to make up 8 percent of sales by 2020 and 25 % by 2030, Bloomberg reports, citing a government strategy paper.

UK expands subsidies: The British government increased funding available for electrified utility vehicles to 4m pounds. So far, subsidies had only been available for electric and plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes. Now, even heavy trucks qualify for up to 20,000 pounds in funding.
edie.net, fleetworld.co.uk, gov.uk

Audi A6 get plug: Audi kicked off production of its A6 in China. The new model is being manufactured at the FAW-Volkswagen plant in Changchun in the north-east of the country. It is Audi’s first PHEV made in China.

Troubles to launch? Six top managers allegedly left Faraday Future in the past months, while doubts about the start-up’s solvency continue to be raised. FF meanwhile teased its first series model (camouflaged) in a new video.
jalopnik.com (managers), latimes.com (solvency), youtube.com (teaser video)

Jun 27, 2016 - 08:15 am

Audi, RWTH Aachen, BAIC, Skoda, Volkswagen, Bentley.

Audi-e-tron-quattro-concept-Exterior-Sketch-300Audi’s electric plans: Audi expects between 25 and 30 percent of their vehicles sold to be electric by 2025, according to German Manager Magazin. That would mean roughly 700,000 vehicles annually. The manufacturer will continue, however, to source battery cells from Korean companies LG and Samsung.
manager-magazine.de (in German)

Prototypes from RWTH Aachen: Following the success of their StreetScooter, students at the RWTH Aachen have prototyped another electric vehicle. The e.GO Life will cost just 12,500 euros, and 100 pre-series vehicles will be made available in 2017. They expect to begin full production in 2018 and then produce up to 10,000 units.
ego-ad.com, wdr.de (in German)

BAIC increases funds: Chinese automaker BAIC BJEV has invested 3bn yuan (452m dollar) in the construction of operations and R&D, including centres based in Italy and Japan. Further funds will support the creation of yearly four to six new models. The company will also be providing electric vehicles for Uber.
autonews.gasgoo.com, autonews.gasgoo.com

Electric Skoda: Skoda plans to launch their first electric vehicle in 2020. The SUV is based on Volkswagen’s new MEB battery-electric platform, has a target range of 300 miles and a 15-minute charging time. By placing the batteries in the floor the new SUV will also have space for three rows of seats. The PHEV variants of the Superb and Kodiaq will launch one year earlier.

Jetta hybrid pulled: Volkswagen Group plans to drop their Jetta Hybrid in 2017 in the U.S., due to low interest from consumer. While it was sold 5,655 times in 2013, only 277 units left dealerships since the beginning of this year. The Jetta was the company’s only remaining hybrid offered in the U.S.

Bentley Continental GT spotted: The next-generation Bentley Continental GT has been spotted. Photos of the car were snapped during testing, as it prepares for the 2018 release date.


Jun 2, 2016 - 09:23 am

Faraday Future, Tesla, Paris, Skoda, Nissan.

Faraday-FutureFaraday Future to build second facility: The electric carmaker has gotten the green light to set up its second factory in the city of Vallejo, California (we reported). The production site will be developed on an old Navy shipyard that has not been used since the late 90s. The details will be negotiated over the next six months.
abc10.com, latimes.com

Rear shunt: A Swiss driver had to learn the hard way that it is wise tokeep your hands on the wheel and foot on the brake, even when driving a Tesla with Autopilot. The EV hit a truck that was parked on the left lane of a motorway. Tesla also continues to tell drivers to be ready to take over, as the system is not perfect yet.
fortune.com, electrek.co

Paris tightens driving bans: From July, only cars first registered after 1996 and motorbikes that were registered after June 1st, 1999, will be allowed to drive in the city on weekdays. Paris will also issue pollution badges to easily identify polluters. About 10 percent of Paris’ cars will be affected. As always, EVs have nothing to worry about.
cnet.com, treehugger.com

Skoda eyes U.S.: The carmaker has registered different model names in the U.S., including the Superb (we reported), which will become available as a plug-in hybrid from 2019. A purely electric Skoda is in the cards for 2020/2021.

Nissan powered by the sun: The carmaker commissioned a solar plant at its factory in Sunderland, UK, its largest production site in Europe and home to the Nissan Leaf. The 19,000 solar panels have a combined capacity of 4.75 MW. Together with ten wind turbines on site, it meets 7% of the battery plant’s energy needs.

Apr 14, 2016 - 07:32 am

Toyota, Youzu Interactive, Alta Green Motors, Skoda, Zero FX.

EV for Gen-Z: Toyota and Clemson University have teamed up to create the uBox, an electric car aimed at the upcoming generation of car buyers, Generation-Z. The EV includes an emission-free stationary energy source and a unique pultrusion technique to support a curved glass roof. Several parts can be personalised with 3D printing technology.

Betting on games: Chinese mobile game developer Youzu Interactive is partnering with an electric vehicle producer in anticipation of self-driving cars. By building relationships with producers now, they hope to guarantee the chance to create games, video and content that will be featured in future automobiles.

Brazilian electric: Alta Green Motors plans to develop electric vehicles in Brazil. What started as a project to create recharging stations turned into the new car, Liggo. The first prototype is expected by the end of 2016, and the dynamic chassis model can be adapted for other types of vehicles, and they have already designed a mini kart, as well as a vehicle for the physically handicapped.


Skoda SUV: Skoda’s new SUV was revealed in Prague, with the official unveiling still set for this fall at the Paris Motor Show. The car, likely dubbed Kodiaq, will also be available as a plug-in hybrid, though it will not be part of the launch range.

Toyota tyres: Yokohama tyres will be official equipment for the upcoming Toyota Prius. The BluEarth E70 will appear in Europe, Japan and Oceania, and the BluEarth S34 all-season tyres in North America. Other regions will feature the Aspec A349. Several other brands have also received approval to provide original equipment, including Sumitomo Rubber in Japan.

Off-roading: The Zero FX electric motorcycle is put to test off-road. The bike proved great for zipping around on main roads and going briefly off-road, though it differed greatly in feel from the traditional bike. It was also incredibly quiet compared to traditional motorcycles.

Apr 1, 2016 - 08:03 am

Tesla, Daimler, Renault-Nissan, Skoda, Mexcio, Volvo, Mercedes.

The Model 3 unveiled: After much ado, Elon Musk finally took the wraps off the Model 3 in California. The smaller version of the Model S is said to have an EPA rating of 215 miles and will cost (as promised) 35,000 dollars. The base version of the EV will go from 0 to 60 mph in under 6 seconds, while there are versions “that can go much faster.” Autopilot hardware also comes standard, as do supercharging capabilities, even though Musk did not mention whether fast-charging will cost extra. 115,000 units were reserved on March 31st, before the Model 3 had even been unveiled. Production is said to start late 2017, and Musk said that he feels “fairly confident” that deliveries will begin at the end of next year.
youtube.com (Presentation), theverge.com (with video), latimes.com, wired.com, businessinsider.de

Mercedes meets Renault-Nissan: Renault-Nissan and Mercedes producer Daimler plan to expand their partnership, the Handelsblatt reports. The two companies have been working together since 2008, but the new alliance could mean collaboration on electric cars. The carmakers plan to jointly operate a factory in Mexico, and also take additional stakes in each other’s businesses.

Skoda expands: As part of a memorandum of understanding with Chinese joint venture partner SAIC Volkswagen. Skoda plans to expand their model range and technologies, and will invest 2bn euros in research and development in the next five years. The Czech automaker hopes to introduce two new SUV variants and one crossover utility vehicle in China.

Bans in Mexico: Due to smog, Mexico City is limiting private and federal car usage in the city. Cars will be banned one day every week, as well as one Saturday each month. This follows a level 1 smog alert last month.

Volvo priced: The luxury Volvo XC90 Excellence will cost 106,000 dollars in U.S. This is a huge increase from the XC90 at 44,945 dollars, and the T8 Twin-Engine model at 69,095 dollars. The Excellence will be offered only as a plug-in hybrid. A limited number will be made available in the U.S., as it is primarily designed for the Chinese market.

Mercedes moves production: Mercedes anticipates further capacity shifts from their South African Daimler production plants to East London. By the end of the year, the Mercedes-Benz C350e, their second plug-in model, will be produced at the East London plant. Investment specifically for the C350e has not yet been finalized, but officials describe the plant as capable of integrating work on hybrid vehicles.


Mar 17, 2016 - 10:03 am

BMW, Tesla, Skoda, Porsche, Xiaomi, Electra Meccanica.


Brand new BMWi models: BMW has given an update on its future strategy, in which e-mobility plays a major role. A new electric model will be introduced at the beginning of the next decade, called the BWM i Next – which will also be the first offspring of the project i2.0that focuses more on connected and automated driving. Other plug-in hybrids will follow, while research for a fuel cell vehicle continues. Furthermore, there will be a new roadster version of the i8 by 2018, and most imporntantly, the i3 will be upgraded with a 50 percent bigger battery and revised design in the second half of this year. It should be availble in four variants with a small or larger battery and with or without range extender.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com

Model 3 launch: The invites for Tesla’s big day have been sent, as the EV maker gears up to present its economy model in LA on March 31st. There will be 800 guests, 650 of them Tesla drivers, chosen via lottery. Once the wraps have come off the Model 3, online sales will open on that same day at 8:30 p.m. (PST).
insideevs.com, slashgear.com

Skoda electrifies: The VW brand will launch its first electric car by 2020 or 2021. Sitting on the MEB platform, engineers aim for 300+ miles, 15-minute charging time and a price below a comparative gas guzzler. This could therefore be VW’s very own Bolt or Model 3. The Superb PHEV will hit the stores already by 2019.

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Naked Porsche prototypes (almost): The German luxury car manufacturer has no less than three upgrades undergoing testing and savvy photographers have spotted the Cayenne, Panamera and 911 only slightly camouflaged. All three will be available as PHEV.
carscoops.com (Cayenne), carscoops.com (Panamera), autocar.co.uk (911)

Smart e-bike: Chinese smartphone firm Xiaomi is venturing into the pedelec field and is expected to launch a smart electric bike within the next month. Priced at about 450 – 550 dollars, the pedal-assisted bike will join a growing portfolio that includes a Segway-styled scooter, as well as cycle sub brands.

Solo sneak-peak: Electra Meccanica looks well on target for production of its planned electric trike, the Solo. As the name suggests, it seats one person and first specs speak of 87 mph top speed, a 100 mile range and most astonishingly, a price around 15,000 dollars.

Mar 2, 2016 - 09:21 am

Skoda, Volkswagen, Borgward, McLaren, Bradshaw, Renault.

Skoda-Vision-SVision for real: Skoda officially presents the Vision concept SUV at the Motor Show that reportedly foregoes the Kodiak set for launch in autumn. According to Automobil Produktion, a serial PHEV version will follow by 2019, as well as an electric model a little later.
carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com, automobil-produktion.de (in German)

VW luxury PHEV: Volkswagen and SAIC created the Phideon limousine exclusively for the Chinese market, where it will go into production this autumn. It is currently being shown in Geneva and comes with function previously not available in any VW. The German carmakers says a plug-in hybrid is planned as well.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com

Borgward awakens: The revived brand that made its debut at the IAA last year, brings two new plug-ins to Geneva. Both the BX5 and BX6 TS are at pre-production stage and would be positioned below the bigger BX7. The SUV BX5 plug-in hybrid drive boasts 258 hp, while the sportier BX6 PHEV has 422 hp. Pure electric models will be a future option for Europe. Borgward further considers where to set up production in Germany and will announce a decision before the end of the year.
carscoops.com, paultan.org, prnewswire.com

McLaren charges ahead: The British race car marker plans 15 new models by 2022, half of them hybrid, Autocar reports. The rare P1 will be reissued and might race on purely electric power come 2023 – that is, if the ‘not-so-secret’ hyper car McLaren is currently working on proves a success as BEV.

Road-ready electric UV range: British Bradshaw reveals a line-up of electric vehicles with body options that range from last mile delivery to pick-ups and shuttle buses. Maximum speed is 25mph with a payload of up to 900 kg. The 50-mile range can be extended by simply swapping the battery.

Scenic hybrid confirmed: Renault is showing the fourth-gen Scenic in Geneva. The French confirmed that the MPV will indeed be offered as diesel-hybrid as expected.
autocar.co.uk, prnewswire.com

Feb 18, 2016 - 09:37 am

Skoda, Tesla, Riversimple Engineering, Chrysler, Hyundai.

Skoda-ViosionSSkoda envisions an SUV that will reportedly come as a PHEV to Geneva. The VisionS concept features an electric drive on each axle and a system output of 165 kW for 50 km range.
carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com

Zero-interest Tesla loans: The EV maker offers Chinese buyers a zero-interest loan for financing the Model S with 90 kWh battery pack to celebrate the new year of the fire monkey. In the U.S., Tesla revived its referral programme, now offering the chance to win a Model X or a Space X tour.
electrek.co (China), electrek.co (USA)

Compact FCV update: As Riversimple Engineering just presented its compact Rasa fuel cell city car, new details emerge. Range for the production-ready prototype is given at 300 miles on 1.5 kg of hydrogen, while supercaps store extra energy from KERS. Serial production is set for 2018.
autocar.co.uk, theengineer.co.uk

Chrysler EV? The new Pacifica debuted in Detroit, where GM also announced a PHEV version. Now a camouflaged Pacifica was spotted bearing an EV batch. Is there an electric Chrysler in the making?

First drive: Hilton Holloway put a Korean version of the hybrid Ioniq to the test and is convinced by its “simplicity” and effortlessness in a “refined” sense that is true to spec and targeted market.

Feb 3, 2016 - 09:21 am

Nissan, Harmony Futeng, Formual E, Kiira, Skoda, GM.

Leaf deliveries halted: Nissan has stopped deliveries of the 2016 Leaf in Europe, Transport Evolved reports. The reason seems to be a problem with the new NissanConnect EV telematics system. Apparently, the system keeps rebooting itself unexpectedly. Nissan is trying to fix the issue, but has not set a date for resuming deliveries yet.

EV expertise in the Far East: Harmony Futeng Internet and Intelligent Electric Vehicle Company has hired Carsten Breitfeld, formerly head of development for the BMW i8, as its new CEO. He is backed by COO Daniel Kirchert, who gathered experience at Nissan-Dongfeng and BMW-Brilliance in China. Harmony Futeng is the EV expenditure of Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, Tencent and Harmony Auto.
reuters.com, chinadaily.com.cn

Formula E take over: Chinese newcomer NEXTEV seeks to become a more dominant owner of Team China Racing (TCR), Motorsport learned. Rumour has it also that Polish Robert Kubica, formerly Formula 1, is looking for his chance to enter the electric racing series.
motorsport.com (NextEV), autobild.de (Robert Kubica, in German)

Solar bus from Uganda: Kiira Motors presented the prototype of Africa’s first solar-powered bus. The Kayoola sits 35 and one of its two batteries can be charged by solar panels on the roof. The Ugandan manufacturer is currently looking for partners to start serial production.
bbc.com, newvision.co.ug, afkinsider.com

Skoda SUV preview: The Skoda outlined its VisionS concept with a few design sketches ahead of its debut in Geneva. The study is believed to be the prequel to manufacturer’s upcoming SUV allegedly named Kodiak. Launch is set for late 2017 and the Kodiak will also be available as a PHEV.

2017 Volt rolling off lines: General Motors has started production of the updated Chevrolet Volt. First deliveries of the electric car will begin in a few weeks’ time.

Dec 22, 2015 - 09:02 am

Hyundai, Mahindra, Tesla, Alta Motors, Lexus, Skoda.

Hyundai-IoniqNaked Ioniq: The Hyundai was caught on camera completely undisguised. The vehicle, which will be available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a purely electric car, was set to be unveiled at the auto show in South Korea next month and will go head to head with the Toyota Prius. The all-electric variant could rival the Nissan Leaf.

Electric cars from India: Indian manufacturer Mahindra wants to introduce an electric variant of its Verito and Maxximo in February, using an enhanced version of the drivetrain used in the e2o. India-based Tata Motors also announced that amid falling battery prices, it will focus more on electric and hybrid vehicles in the future.
business-standard.com (Mahindra), business-standard.com (Tata Motors)

Tesla update: According to the LA Times, the EV pioneer received another 39m dollars in the form of sales tax incentives from the California government. Tesla will therefore be exempt from paying sales tax on certain equipment for the next three years. Meanwhile, the manufacturer announced that Tesla drivers can now listen to the music streaming service Spotify in their car free of charge.
latimes.com (incentives), telegraph.co.uk (Spotify)

First RedShift delivered: California start-up Alta Motors has begun handing over the keys to its all-electric RedShift motorcycles, a line of electric Motorcross MX and Supermoto SM. The lucky customers Eric Gauthier and Jeannine Smith also live in California. By the way, the company is hiring for an array of positions.
electric-vehiclenews.cobusinesswire.comaltamotors.co (jobs)

Lexus based on Prius: The next generation of the compact hybrid Lexus CT 200h is said to arrive in 2017 and will be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) – the same basis used for the 2016 Toyota Prius.

A snowman called Kodiak: The new Skoda seven-seat crossover SUV will be dubbed Kodiak, after being previously known under the project name ‘Snowman.’ A plug-in hybrid version is in the cards. The vehicle will celebrate its premier at the Salon d’Auto in Paris next year.

Dec 3, 2015 - 09:00 am

Volvo, Chevy Bolt, Maserati, Skoda, Arrinera.

Volvo-S90Swedish flagship sedan revealed: Volvo took the wraps off the all-new S90 premium sedan, which will make its public debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January. The S90 is based on the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) first used by the XC90 and will likely feature the same powertrains, including the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid with a total power output of around 400 hp.
autoblog.com, carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk

Chevy Bolt caught undisguised: Chevrolet’s upcoming Bolt EV has been spied fully uncovered at a photo shoot ahead of its official debut at the CES in January. It looks like the final production version is quite significantly different from the concept car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.
autoblog.com, greencarreports.com

Maserati plugs in: The Italian luxury carmaker will launch its first-ever SUV Levante in 2016, according to Autocar. Plug-in hybrid drivetrains will be offered in the Levante, Ghibli and Quattroporte from late 2017 or early 2018, with appearances in the Alfieri and Granturismo replacement likely.

Skoda SUV launch scheduled: Skoda’s seven-seat SUV, tentatively named Snowman, will make its official debut at next year’s Paris Motor Show and will hit the streets by the end of 2016. According to German Auto Bild, Skoda also plans to roll out a plug-in hybrid version.
worldcarfans.com; autobild.de (in German)

Hybrid supercar from Poland: The Polish company Arrinera SA is working on a sports car named Hussarya GT4, which will be presented next month at the Autosport International in Birmingham. A hybrid version called Hussarya 33 with a total system output of as much as 1,000 hp is also in the cards.
auto.oe24.at, wirtschaftsblatt.at (both in German)

Sep 22, 2015 - 09:17 am

Apple, Volkswagen, Skoda, BMW, Porsche.

Only four years till the iCar? According to the Wall Street Journal, the IT company stepped things up a notch and will triple the now 600 person strong development team. Moreover, it set a target ship date for 2019. Apple will first present an all-electric car before adding self-driving technology. The Guardian reports that the company recently met with officials from California to discuss autonomous car regulations.
wsj.com, theguardian.com

VW caught cheating: Volkswagen has admitted to systematically cheating on U.S. air pollution tests for years by selling diesel versions of VW and Audi cars with software that masks the car’s true emissions during testing. The confession comes two days after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused the carmaker of purposefully manipulating emissions tests for almost 500,000 vehicles. Volkswagen shares fell over 20 percent on Monday, as the carmaker could face up to 18bn dollars in fines.
usatoday.com, nytimes.com, forbes.com

Skoda has EV plans: The Czech carmaker is reportedly working on a number of electrified models. According to Business Car Manager, a plug-in hybrid version of the Superb will be launched in 2018, followed by a PHEV variant of the next-gen Fabia, as well as an all-electric city car by 2020.

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BMW plug-in outlook: BMW will likely launch two PHEV versions of its next-gen 5 Series in 2017, Spanish motor.es reports. In addition to the basic version 530e, BMW reportedly also plans the 540e with a 258-hp four-cylinder and a 70-kW electric motor, as well as an inductive charging system.
motor.es (in Spanish) via insideevs.com

Porsche wins again: Round five of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship was once again dominated by Porsche. The 919 Hybrid achieved its third win in a row after its victories in Le Mans and Nürburgring this season.
lemanslive.com, porsche.com

Aug 17, 2015 - 07:09 am

Tesla, Acura, Skoda, Iran, Bugatti, Bintelli.

Increased stock offering: Tesla plans to raise about 642.5 million dollars through a share sale, above the 500 million the electric car maker announced last week. The company will actually offer 2.7 million instead of 2,1 million shares to raise additional cash for the ongoing work on the Gigafactory and the development of its Model 3. Elon Musk plans to invest 20 million of his own money in the stock offering.

Honda-NSX-2016NSX production delayed again: Originally scheduled to start production this fall, Acura revealed that production of its hybrid supercar NSX is now scheduled to begin in spring 2016, although “trial production” has already started. Automobile reports that the main reason for the delay is the decision to add two turbochargers to the V6, which was made midway through development.
automobilemag.com, autoblog.com

Skoda SUV takes shape: The Czech carmaker is planning to launch its SUV model next year, German Auto Bild reports. The Skoda Snowman will be set on VW´s MQB platform and will be offered with five or seven seats. According to the report, Skoda also plans to launch a plug-in hybrid version.
autobild.de (in German)

Iranian EV subsidies? After the lifting of sanctions, Iran plans to invest in green technologies. Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar indicated that the country may introduce subsidies for purchases of electric and hybrid cars and create areas in major city centers where only eco-cars are allowed. In addition, Iran wants to attract especially Japanese automakers to build plants in the country.

Bugatti Chiron spied: The hybrid Bugatti Veyron successor Chiron, which is said to come with 1,500 hp, was recently spotted at the Los Angeles International Airport. Meanhwhile, the production-spec body of Bentley’s SUV Bentayga has been leaked online as a scale model ahead of its official debut at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show. A plug-in hybrid variant of the Bentayga has been confirmed for 2017.
motoring.com.au (Bugatti), motorauthority.com (Bentley)

Bintelli expands: Bintelli, manufacturer of citEcar electric vehicles as well as exclusive U.S. distributor for Bintelli and Adly Scooters, recently opened its new headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina. The new facilities include Bintelli’s production lines, R&D, sales team and warehouse.

May 5, 2015 - 08:30 am

PSA, Skoda, Chevrolet, KTM, Solar Impulse 2, Larte Design.

citroen-c-zero-2011New PSA EVs: The next generation of electric Peugeot and Citroen small cars can be expected by 2020, CEO Carlos Tavares announced. As PSA is developing the new models from scratch, the EVs are said to be cheaper and have more range than current models that are based on Mitsubishi’s iOn and C-Zero. Furthermore, PSA is working on its first plug-in hybrid to debut in 2019. While the “architectural aspects” of the PHEV are set, the choice of battery technology is still being discussed.

Skoda EV to arrive sooner than expected? Apparently, Skoda will offer an electric version of its Citigo by 2018 or 2019, German Auto Bild suggests. The small EV would have a 200-km range at a price of 15,000 euros. A plug-in hybrid variant of the Superb is scheduled for 2018.
autobild.de (in German)

Pricing for the new Volt: The next-gen Chevrolet Volt will be sold in U.S. starting at 33,995 dollars before federal and state incentives, meaning the new Volt will cost 1,200 dollars less than the current model. The car will go into production this August and will hit dealerships shortly after.
transportevolved.com, greencarcongress.com

Road-ready e-motorcycle: KTM launched the third member of its Freeride family of electric motorbikes. The Freeride E-SM is designed for tarmac use and the electric drive delivers a peak output of 16kW and 42Nm. The bike will be available in Europe already this month.

The Solar Impulse crew is about to embark on the most challenging leg of its sun-powered flight, as they are about to take off from China for a non-stop flight to Hawaii. The 8,500 kilometre (5,270 mile) flight across the Pacific is expected to take five to six days – with only one pilot.
news.yahoo.com, cleantechnica.com

900 hp Tesla? Russian tuner Larte Design plans to increase the output of the Model S P85D to 900 hp, giving it a 29 percent power boost. Still, Larte claims the extra strength would not deplete the battery any faster than usually. Obviously, a new body kit and more sound are part of the package.

Nov 14, 2014 - 09:25 am

Skoda, Kiira Motors, Audi, Ford, Ecocruise, Ferrari.

Skoda plug-ins in 2016: A Czech newspaper reports that the Volkswagen subsidiary plans to build plug-in hybrids at its plant in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic, under reference to a company application to expand its production site. Starting in 2016, the manufacturer allegedly plans to produce 250 Skoda Superb PHEV per day, followed by the Octavia plug-in hybrid in 2017.

Kiira-EV-SMACKHybrid cars from Africa: Uganda-based Kiira Motors presents its plug-in hybrid Kiira EV SMACK, a further developed version of the Kiira EV built by students from Makerere University in 2011. Starting in 2018, some 300 units of the PHEV are planned to be produced every month.
newvision.co.ug, theinsider.ug

Audi Q7 spy shots: Ahead of its official presentation at the NAIAS in January, a barely camouflaged Audi Q7 was caught on camera during test drives. The new model will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid variant next year (we reported).

Electrified ATVs: Ford is selling its F-150 SVT Raptor electric in the U.S., a small EV with a top speed of of 25 mph and a range of 30 miles. The price is more impressive, as it sells for 25,000 dollars. With its 8,500 dollar price tag, the Cruser Sport by Ecocruise is not only cheaper, it also has a range of 60 miles.
greencarreports.com (Ford), bbc.com (Ecocruise)

LaFerrari XX in the starting blocks: According to Top Gear, the 1,500 hp race track version of the hybrid supercar LaFerrari will be unveiled in Abu Dhabi in December. Apparently, only a small number of the LaFerrari XX will be build.

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Skoda, QUANT e, BMW, Nissan, Lexus.

Skoda plug-in to come? The new Skoda Superb will be offered as a plug-in hybrid by 2016, AutoExpress reports. The insider information further specified that the Skoda will use the technology of the VW Passat, which would be a 154 hp gasoline engine coupled with a 75 kW electric drive.

QUANT-eQUANT e gets approval: The electric sports limousine has been approved by TÜV Süd in Munich for use on European roads. It uses NanoFlowcell technology by a small company of the same name, which is now working on the homologation for the series production.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

The BMW i8 is set to arrive on the British Isle this Saturday after its launch in Germany last month. In the UK, the hybrid sports car is priced from 94,845 pounds, including a 5,000-pound government grant. The i8’s petrol engine is made at the BMW Hams Hall facility in Birmingham.

REX to BEV ratio: George Betak from InsideEvs attempted to find out how many of the i3s sold in the U.S. come with the range extender. Based on serial numbers, he estimates a 3:2 ration between the i3 with range extender and without. But sales of the all-electric version are on the rise.

Nissan to electrify Puerto Rico: The Japanese apparently have begun selling the Leaf on the Caribbean island which is an unincorporated territory of the States. The Leaf is the first EV to be sold in Puerto Rico and will start at a price of 33,480 dollars. But thanks to a new law, all import tariffs will be reimbursed.
elnuevodia.com (in Spanish) via hybridcars.com

Lexus NX 300h review: John Voelcker drove Toyota’s latest luxury offering in the U.S. and found it to be the “least hybrid-feeling hybrid” he has driven lately. According to Voelcker this has been achieved by effective noise suppression and giving the acceleration a more “natural feel.”

Found on electrive.com
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