Hyundai, Min'an, EU, McLaren, Slovakia, Techrules.
Hyundai bets on EV market in the U.S.: Including the Ioniq, the South Korean brand wants to launch no less than 14 electric and hybrid models in the U.S. by 2020. According to CEO Dave Zuchowski, the plans include four BEVs and PHEVs each, as well as a fuel cell vehicle. Asked about President-elect Donald Trump, the Hyundai boss didn’t want to speculate on possible changes on the U.S. market.
China approves fifth EV start-up: Min’an is the first joint venture to get the government’s green light after China said this summer that all EV production must be approved. A first model is to hit the road in 2018. The company’s plant will start with a production capacity of 50,000 units per year, which will later be tripled.
EU funds electric bin lorry: As part of the LIFE programme, the EU Commission will invest around 223m euros in low-emission pilot projects. Part of the cash as been earmarked for electric mobility undertakings, such as a lorry bin with an electric and fuel cell drivetrain in Belgium.
europa.eu, europa.eu (all projects)
McLaren plans second hybrid hypercar: The hybrid GT codenamed BP23 was inspired by McLaren’s F1, though the three-seater is said to be more comfortable. Insiders believe the new hybrid addition will boast a total of 515 kW.
Slovakia pushes EVs: The announced subsidies programme has now been finalised, and the government will grant buyers up to 5,000 euros for battery-electric and up to 3,000 euros for plug-in hybrid cars. A total of 5m euros have been earmarked for the scheme, which will not be extended once cash runs out.
cleantechnica.com, data.greenway.sk (funding details)
Supercar unveiling: Techrules announced the serial version of its GT96 supercar with turbine range-extender for the Geneva Motor Show next spring. The car is said to go 2,000 km on one charge. 25 units a year will roll off production lines from 2017. A street-legal and a track version are planned.
BMW, Proterra, Toroidion, Slovakia.
Is BMW planning its own Model 3? The many reservations for the new Tesla seem to have inspired BMW to get its own electric limousine. It will be based on the carmaker’s 3-series and will therefore not sport a distinct design and carbon fibre chassis, like the i-models. For some, it’s an indication that the previous approach to an electric line-up has failed. As reported yesterday, an electric X4 and Mini Cooper are also in the cards.
dw.com, autocar.co.uk, handelsblatt.com (fee required)
Bigger battery for C Evolution: The BMW C Evolution is now fitted with the new generation battery cells that are also used in the i3, allowing the 35 kW scooter to go 160 km on one charge. The A1 driving license version in Europe with an output of 11 kW and a top speed of 120 kph will also remain.
560 km range: Proterra presented the Catalyst E2, an all-electric bus with a larger battery that can therefore service destinations outside cities. Capacity is set at around 600 kWh, allowing the bus to go up to 560 km on one charge. The manufacturer has delivered more than 300 electric buses to its home market North America to date.
insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com
The 1,000 kW Toroidion is coming: The Finnish super car is apparently already in the final stages of the development phase. Based on the in 2015 presented 1MW Concept (we reported), the manufacturer plans a small series of 75 units per year. Moreover, the Toroidion team and Mika Salo are already preparing to take part in the 24h of Le Mans.
Slovakia plans EV incentives: Electric cars are to account for 31 percent of car sales by 2030, which is why the government is planning a series on measures to help the market. These include direct subsidies and tax relieves, scrapping registration fees and allowing for a shorter depreciation period for companies, implementing zero emission zones and the promise to install one charger for every 10 EVs sold.