Electric version of Korando to be SsangYongs first EV
The first electric model by the Korean manufacturer SsangYong will be an electric version of their new Korando, which will go on sale next year with a combustion motor. The debut of the EV version will take place in 2020.Weiterlesen
Mahindra & SsangYong to use LG battery cell technology
Mahindra has signed a contract with LG Chem to supply batteries for the electric vehicles currently under development by Mahindra and SsanYong. They plan to use lithium ion batteries on the basis of NMC (Nickel, Mangan, Cobalt), as well as new concepts.Weiterlesen
SsangYong to show electric SUV e-SIV in Geneva (gallery)
SsangYong will showcase its e-SIV electric SUV concept at the Geneva salon this March. The e-SIV serves the Koreans to illustrate its future approach towards electric vehicles, connectivity and autonomous driving.Weiterlesen
EU, Spain, SsangYong, Mahindra, Zotye, Arcimoto, Toyota.
EU plans plug-in opportunities: European energy ministers agree, new and newly refurbished buildings must feature EV charging stations from 2025. If the FAZ report is accurate, the ministers mostly followed the EU commission’s previous proposal that called for residential buildings with more than ten parking stalls to at least put in place the necessary wiring for EV chargers. Parking in commercial buildings must offer one charging opportunity and put wires at every third spot although small enterprises might be exempt from that rule. However, for the draft to become law, both the EU Parliament as well as the Council of Ministers must consent first.
electrive.net via faz.net (both in German)
E-mobility receives a “si¡” in Spain, where the government decided to continue its Movea funding scheme. Another 14.26m euros have been earmarked for EV incentives such as 5,500 euros per electric car given it got a list price below 32,000 euros. Charging infrastructure is facilitated with 1,000 euros when installing an AC charger and 15,000 euros can be claimed for each fast-charging station.
hibridosyelectricos.com (in Spanish)
Indo-Korean EV cooperation: Korean SsangYong Motor is working on an electric SUV with its Indian owner Mahindra. Together they aim for 300 km range and a launch by 2020. It will be the first fruit of the recently announced partnership in which both vied to spend 1bn dollars for joint EV development.
Zotye EV label: Chinese Zotye has created a brand likely dedicated to its electric offering. Junma, officially Chongqing Junma New Energy Vehicle Company suggests a focus on electric and plug-in hybrids made in Chongqing but no more details have been published so far.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)
Arcimoto’s low cost e-trike is ready to hit the market but all that is missing is cash. So the start-up decided to file for an IPO and hopes to find 9.3m dollars at the stock market to finalise and ultimately produce the electric three-wheeler. The SRK Generation 8 EV can already be pre-ordered online and aims at the lower market segment at a price point of 11,900 dollars.
Rejuvenating Aqua: Toyota gives its Aqua hybrid a make over in Japan. Known as Prius C off the islands, its drive remains but is to become a little more efficient. The model however now includes a crossover variant for the first time.
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Jaguar, SsangYong, Faraday Future, Tesla, Guangzhou Auto, ELI.
Jaguar looks to produce locally: The British carmaker says it wants to make the UK a global centre for battery research and development, as well as set up EV production facilities to meet further demand. The recently revealed I-Pace will initially be built by Magna Steyr in Austria (we reported), but as Jaguar Land Rover will reportedly offer electrified variants for half of its portfolio, it could move production to its home turf.
autocar.co.uk, telegraph.co.uk, autonews.com
SsangYong looks to electrify line-up: According UK boss Paul Williams, the South Korean carmaker will electrify a number of its current models in the coming four years, possibly even in cooperation with a bigger brand. While hybridisation is part of the plan, electrification is the long-term focus. SsangYong is meanwhile testing the electric version of its Tivoli
FF pushes back release date: As work at its production facility in Nevada has come to a halt (we reported), Faraday Future will apparently need to delay the launch of its first EV. The reason for the financial difficulties seems to be that financier LeEco, who is also working on an electric car, may have overreached in terms of funds and timing.
Newcomers: Forbes highlights five electric models from China that were unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show last week. The Changan BenBen, normally a popular petrol-powered mini car got an electric drivetrain, while Dongfeng presented its compact sedan Fengxing Jingyi S50 EV with 250 km range. The Trumpchi GS4 EV, a new SUV from Guangzhou Auto, can also go 240 km on one charge. The show also saw the presentation on a new electric van and light commercial truck.
News from Tesla: Following the first showroom inside a Nordstrom department store in LA (we reported) the carmaker now opened a second one in Charlotte, North Carolina. Meanwhile, in Germany, all Tesla Model S versions now qualify for federal subsidies, as the base price is less than 60,000 euros and bigger batteries or more performance are just “add-ons.”
charlotteobserver.com (showroom), manager-magazin.de (Germany; in German)
ELI hits the road: The small electric transporter was developed by Austrian SFL Technologies, who is ready to kick start production in January. At first, the company will manufacture 1,000 units that it won’t sell, but rent out completed with a comprehensive service package.
steiermark.orf.at (in German)
Tesla, SEAT, Ssangyong, Nissan.
Full autonomy for all: Elon Musk revealed the “unexpected,” saying that all new Tesla will have the hardware for autonomous driving (level 5) and that a fully auotnomous trip from i.e. LA to New York will be possible by the end of next year. The upgrade includes a total of eight cameras, better ultrasonic sensors that let the car “see” as far as 500 metres, and a 40 times more powerful onboard computer. To use it, drivers will need to pay an extra 8,000 dollars, or 5,000 dollars for a four-camera option.
Model 3 sold out: The first 12 months of production of Tesla’s upcoming affordable EV are sold out. Any orders made from now on will see delivery not before mid-2018. For all other orders, the initial date set for sending them remains the end of 2017.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com, electrek.co
Seat to electrify by 2020: Electric cars slowly reach the lower price segments as the VW brand will introduce an electrified car by 2020. It will either be an electric version of the Mii or a plug-in hybrid Leon – both more or less exist already as VW e-Up! and Golf GTE. Seat’s last option is to develop a novel bespoke electric vehicle based on the MEB platform.
Eco quota in Korea? South Korea’s government may introduce a supply quota for EV and PHEV to force domestic carmakers to sell more of their eco-friendly models at home. Currently, Hyundai and Co. prioritise deliveries to markets overseas due to subsidies.
Ssangyong in China: Together with Shaanxi Automobile Group the Korean founded a JV to build cars in China. A new facility is planned for 2019, where electric cars for the Chinese market are to be produced under a separate label.
As good as new: Nissan started its used Leaf campaign that offers financing and warranties in the UK. A 2nd hand Nissan EV with 24 kWh battery is available from 175 GBP per month and includes home charging as well as free fast-charging three times a week.
BMW, Audi, SsangYong, NextEV, Opel.
Another battery upgrade for the i3? Under pressure from the competition, BMW will again upgrade the battery pack of its i3 in 2018, German Auto Motor und Sport has learned. Due to better cell chemistry, the EV will then go 450 km on one charge according to NECD.
welt.de, automobil-produktion.de (articles in German)
Audi pulls the plug: The carmaker has stopped the production of its R8 e-tron sportscar, after building less than 100 units. Auto Motor und Sport meanwhile reports that following the electric SUV announced for 2018, Audi plans a Tesla Model S fighter one year later, as well as two smaller electric cars after that.
caranddriver.com (R8 e-tron), auto-motor-und-sport.de (new Audi; in German)
5-series with plug arrives in March: BMW has lifted the curtain on its seventh generation of its 5-series, said to arrive at dealerships in February 2017. The plug-in hybrid version 530e iPerformance will follow in March and boast 185 kW, as well as an all-electric range of 45 km.
E-SsangYong from 2019? The next generation of the Korando will include an all-electric variant, according to Dutch AutoRAI. The SsangYong SUV will then have a range of 300 km (NECD).
autorai.nl (in Dutch) via carscoops.com
Megawatt EV caught on camera: First photos on NextEV’s electric supercar have emerged online. The official presentation of the EV that boast more than 1 MW is scheduled for the 21st of November in London.
Opel opens new engine testing facility: The 210m euro Global Propulsion Center is located at Opel headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Opel continues to work closely with GM facilities in the field of electric drivetrains.
Fiat-Chrysler, VW, Nissan, SsangYong, Porsche, Solar Impulse 2.
Fiat mulls electric mobility: Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne seems now ready to consider a fully electric vehicle in his line-up. “I think that to use one of our potential cars as an experiment in this area is interesting,” he said. A small city car for the European market and a Tesla-fighter in the form of an electric Maserati are apparently in the pipeline.
Bye-bye diesel: Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller is questioning the technology and whether the company “should invest more money in further developing the diesel,” he told German Handelsblatt. Peter Mertens from Volvo is asking himself that same question, saying that the Swedes will have to “think twice or three times about it,” since electric mobility could be financially competitive in the next two years. A new era might be upon us.
spiegel.de (Volkswagen; in German), automobil-produktion.de (Volvo; in German)
Cheap EV for China: Nissan and Dongfeng will launch an affordable electric model in the country this summer. It is said to be 30 percent less expensive than the Venucia e30, the Chinese variant of the Nissan Leaf. According to Nikkei, thanks to subsidise, the newcomer will cost just as much as a petrol-car.
E-SsangYong update: First specs about the just recently announced EV from South Korea have been released. The E-XIV 300 will apparently boast a 150 kWh electric drivetrain, which could be supplied by BMW. LG will deliver the 43 kWh battery pack that will hold enough energy for 300 km on one charge. A range extender is also up for discussion.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)
Hybrid Porsche wins Le Mans: The Germans drove to the top place on the podium in their 919 Hybrid during the 24-hour race in north-western France. It long looked as though Toyota might be victorious, until the Japanese needed to stop just minutes before the end of the race, due to a technical defect.
Solar Impulse 2 takes on Atlantic: The solar-powered airplane has begun its most difficult leg of its circumnavigation of the world. Taking off from the New York, the Solar Impulse 2 will cross the Atlantic on its way back to Europe. The flight will take four days and nights, after which the plane will set down in Seville, Spain.
SsangYong, McLaren, Tesla, Toyota, BMW, MEV.
Electric crossover from Korea: SsangYong is working on a new crossover, it seems. Not much is known about the project codenamed C300. But it seems certain that the model will be available with an all-electric drivetrain from 2019.
McLaren to chase Mission E: Just like Porsche, the British carmaker wants to launch an all-electric super sports car. Auto Express quotes insiders as saying that the EV will be part of the range-topping Ultimate Series, but will not be the successor to the P1 – that will not be here for another seven years.
Model X arrives in China: According to China Daily, Tesla will launch its all-electric SUV in the country sooner than originally planned. The Model X will become available at the end of this month instead early 2017. Moreover, the paper reports that Tesla has signed a deal with Beijing to set up its operative headquarters in the Chinese capital.
C-HR to arrive in December: Toyota’s compact SUV will hit the road in Japan before the end of the year. The European and North American markets will follow. The hybrid variant combines a 72kW combustion engine an 53 kW electric motor that power the front axle.
Updated i8 caught on camera? It seems that the prototype of the facelifted BMW i8 set to launch late 2017, could not escape the cameras. The PHEV is said to boast 10 percent more power and increased all-electric range (we reported).
Very compact EV: My Electric Vehicle (MEV) presented its new four-seater, said to go 150 km on a single charge. The tiny car is only 2.5 metres short and 1.4 metres wide. Its electric motor boasts 4 kW, enabling the EV to reach a maximum speed of 45 kph. How much it will cost was not announced.
motor.es (in Spanish)
Lexus, Ssangyong, BYD, Formula E, Mercedes, LichtBlick.
Performance hybrid debut: Lexus will show the LC 500h in Geneva next month. The second version of the luxurious hybrid is close to production, and order books are expected to open later this year. Details are scarce, but Lexus says the LC 500h, which is based on the LF-LC concept, will see improved performance and efficiency. Total output is rumoured at 345 kW.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, worldcarfans.com
Electric Ssangyong SUV: The Korean carmaker aims to increase its presence in Europe. It will show the SUV concept SIV 2 in Geneva, which will be available a mild-hybrid first. A plug-in hybrid, as well as a fully electric version could follow shortly after production start in 2018, Autocar presumes.
Chinese in Korea: BYD will launch two electric models in South Korea this year. The 80 kWh e6400 targets consumers, while the electric bus K9 aims for commercial applications. Competition comes from German carmakers, as the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 740e, BMW 330e, Mercedes S500 PHEV, and Audi A3 e-tron are all set to launch in Korea as well.
autonews.gasgoo.com (BYD), businesskorea.co.kr (Germans)
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Formula E stays in Berlin: The German capital will welcome the electric racing series again in May this year, as a new course through the city centre has been found. The original track at Tempelhof airport is unavailable, since the location is currently being used as a shelter for refugees from Syria (we reported).
Convertible Mercedes PHEV: The latest C class variant comes topless to Geneva. Mercedes not only loses the roof, but will also introduce a hybrid drive. The electric drive is expected to deliver an all-electric range of up to 50 km, which should make for nice and quiet cruising when the sun is out.
Decentralised energy: German green utility LichtBlick launches its IT platform for digital energy management outside Germany. Called SchwarmDirigent (SwarmConductor), the system enables connection and optimisation of renewable energy sources and storage like EVs. A team of 40 people is negotiating or already working with partners in South-East Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
presseportal.de (in German)
Peugeot, Toyota, Renault, SsangYong, IAA pictures.
Peugeot shows Fractal: The French carmaker officially took the wraps off the electric coupé concept. The 150kW EV features a 30 kWh battery pack, allowing it to go 450 km on one charge. And while this vehicle will never make it to production, Peugeot says that it provides a glimpse of what an electric coupé for the city could look like in the future.
autoevolution.com, worldcarfans.com, driving.co.uk
Toyota officially unveiled its RAV4 hybrid SUV in Frankfurt, the manufacturer’s first hybrid compact SUV in the C-segment in Europe. It features a 2.5 litre engine and electric motor, while the all-wheel-drive variant comes with a second electric motor in the rear. The European version of the SUV emits 115g of CO2 per km.
Renault previews diesel-hybrid: The new Mégane lineup is said to include a ‘Hybrid Assist’ diesel come 2017. The 2016 model was presented at the IAA in Frankfurt, sporting the carmaker’s latest design theme and features some neat extra, such as a Bose sound system and massaging driver’s seat.
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Electrify or hybridise? Mazda cannot seem to decide whether to fully electrify or stick with hybrids. According to CEA Masamichi Kogai, the carmaker is currently testing customers’ reaction to an all-electric Mazda 2 and Mazda 3 hybrid in Japan. Depending on the outcome, the entire product lineup could be fitted with new drivetrains.
News from South Korea: Company SsangYong showed its new concepts XAV-Adventure and XLV-Air in Frankfurt. The former is available with a 1.6 litre petrol or diesel engine, as well as an electric motor (13 hp) at the front and two more (40 hp) in the rear.
Get the picture: We already reported the details of IAA novelties ahead of the tradeshow. Now, there are pictures of the new Nissan Leaf with 30 kWh battery, the new Toyota Prius and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, as well as the Bentley Bentayaga, Bentley’s first SUV that will be available as a hybrid variant, and Borgward BX7, which will also come as a PHEV.
Chevrolet, SsangYong, Kia, Tesla, Lexus, Hyundai.
Chevy Bolt might need a new name: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has again suspended GM’s claim for the Bolt trademark. The name is already registered by Yamaha since 2012, however the two companies had come to an agreement. This time round, it is a company called Bolt Custom Trucks that stands in the way of baptising GM’s new EV.
Jeep rival by SsangYong? The Korean brand is thinking about issueing a Jeep Wrangler rival based on the XAV Concept shown at the Seoul motor show this April, insiders told Autocar. A production version could use the concept’s plug-in hybrid system. SsangYong is aiming to enter the US market.
Kia Niro spotted: Kia´s Niro has been filmed testing at the Nürburgring. Heavy camouflage makes it hard to guess what is under the hood but the Niro is believed to come as a hybrid-only model before also being offered as a plug-in. More substantial revelations are expected to follow in 2016.
Model X close to Nissan Leaf? At least in this recently surfaced spy shots which show Tesla’s new model next to the Japanese EV. The two of them do display a few similarities indeed, although it is hard to make out if their size is similar due to changing perspectives.
Lexus LS facelift: After just trademarking the LS500h, a Japanese magazine shows a covered-up prototype of the car. It is believed the shown model is basically a preview of a facelifted 2017 Lexus LS, which could thus receive a new hybrid variant between the LS460 and LS600h.
Selected Sonata reviews: Brad Berman has scanned the web to gather first drive experiences of Hyundai’s latest plug-in hybrid. His effort results in a mixed portrait of the Sonata PHEV with reviewers differing on how smooth the switch from electric to gas-driven power actually is.
Hyundai, SsangYong, Toyota, Aoxin, Tesla.
Diesel hybrid by Hyundai: The Korean carmaker brought not only the new Tuscon to Geneva, but also two hybrid concepts: a Tucson plug-in diesel-hybrid and a 48-Volt hybrid. If and when the new Tuscon will be offered as FCV remains unknown, until then the ix35 Fuel Cell will be continued (we reported).
SsangYong reveals range-extended concept: At the Geneva Motor Show, the SsangYong Tivoli EVR is on display. The Korean concept combines an electric drive (95 kW) with a small combustion engine and a 25-kWh Li-ion battery. The all-electric range is set at 130 kilometres (80 miles).
The future is coming to Europe: Toyota has announced to launch its Mirai fuel cell model in Europe by this September. Due to hydrogen infrastructure development, sales will begin in Germany, Denmark, and Great Britain. The initial price is 66,000 euros excl. VAT and the Mirai will be also be available to lease, but only 50 to 100 Mirai units are set to be delivered to Europe annually in 2015 and 2016.
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Chinese Tesla copycat? An electric sedan is set to hit the Chinese market in the second half of 2015. The Aoxin Ibis is said to offer up to 460 kilometres (285 miles) of range and while the logo reminds one of Tesla, the EV itself does not so much. Three electric motors are driving the rear wheels with 135 kW.
Tesla AWD in Europe: Tesla delivered the first units of its Model S 85D and P85D to Europe. The AWD models were already presented in the Norwegian capital Oslo and in the Swiss city of Interlaken.
twitter.com, youtube.com (launch in Norway), youtube.com (launch in Switzerland)
Ssangyong, Toyota, Formula E, Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes.
Ssangyong surprises in Seoul where it is displaying an electric version of the Korando that comes with range extender. However, the SUV is not more than a study and will serve as research vehicle mainly as the infrastructure in South Korea cannot accommodate for series electric vehicles yet. The research was being carried out with the support of the government.
Toyota FCEV ahead of schedule: The Japanese car maker will start production of its fuel cell vehicle by mid-december and start delivering the first units immediately afterwards. The price is said to be about eight million yen (roughly 78,000 dollars) but Toyota believes it will be able to cut the price by 50% by the end of the decade.
japantimes.co.jp, nbcnews.com, greencarreports.com
Formula E without Drayson? It looks like Lord Paul Drayson will hand over his place in the Formula E to a team led by former Maserati and Ferrari GT boss Claudio Berro and ex Formula 1 racer Jarno Trulli. Apparently negotiations are still on-going but no explanation has been made so far on why Drayson might back off.
VW delivers XL-1: The first customer for Volkswagen’s ultra-efficient XL-1 is from Berlin. He picked up the car at VW’s transparent factory (Gläserne Manufaktur) in Dresden. The plug-in, which is actually built at VW’s Osnabrück plant, is limited to 250 units and exact prices remain a secret.
First BMW i8 delivered: Eight selected customers have already received their plug-in hybrid sportscars at a pre-launch event in Munich. With that, BMW has just managed to be the first car maker actually delivering a vehicle with laser lights, a title Audi recently tried to claim for itself.
Poor man’s Tesla? This is the question raised by Susan Carpenter when reviewing the electric Mercedes B-class. Not only makes the company a “compelling case for EVs” but also got the details right and thus offers “the most luxurious EV experience” one can get if a Model S is not in your budget, finds Carpenter.
Kia, Porsche, SsangYong, Italdesign Giugiaro, Tier 3, QuaZZar.
European Kia Soul EV debut: Having its market launch in autumn this year, Kia has revealed the production version of its first EV in Geneva yesterday. With 200 kilometres of range, CHAdeMO fast-charging capabilities (80% in 20 minutes) and a new individual ventilation system, the electric Soul has the potential to become the next successful EV.
Ready to hit the track: Porsche unveiled its 500 hp 919 hybrid race car the 2014 Geneva Motor Show (we reported). It features a 2.0-litre V4 engine and two energy recovery systems. The first collects heat energy from exhaust gases, the other kinetic energy from braking. The energy can either be stored in the battery or send to the front wheels.
SsangYong presents hybrid SUV: The Korean carmaker’s XLV concept seats seven and is powered by a 48 V hybrid system that combines a 1.6-litre diesel engine with a 10 kW electric motor. The energy is provided by a 500 Wh li-ion battery.
The Clipper comes: Italdesign Giugiaro, the VW Group design house, unveiled its MPV concept in Geneva. It seats six and features two 110 kW electric motors – one in the front, one in the back of the car. Giugiaro claims the Clipper MPV can travel up to 540 kilometres (336 miles) on a single charge.
U.S. tightens emission standards: As of 2017, stricter vehicle emission standards known as Tier 3 will be put in place and apply to all light-duty as well as some heavy-duty vehicles. In line with the new rules, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides will have to be cut by 80 percent.
Electric scooter by Vespa: The QuaZZar looks retro on the outside, but features a 3 kW electric motor on the inside and can reach up to 65 kph (40 mph). It is said to have a maximum range of 80 kilometres (50 miles).
More carmakers join e-bike trend: Kia shows the prototype in Geneva of what will be available as an electric mountain as well as an electric city bicycle. Qooros, on the other hand, shows an electric hybrid bike which is based on the GreyP G-12 developed by Rimac.
newfleet.de (Kia; in German), technologicvehicles.com (Qooros)
BMW, Mahindra, Mitsubishi, SsangYong, Lexus.
Plug-in BMW 3 series: Apparently BMW is testing a plug-in version of its 3 series in Sweden, spy shots revealed. The car is marked with ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ and has a second fuel cap. Autoblog assumes that the test car could use the same eDrive drivetrain which has been seen before in the X5 prototype. Taken that the X5 comes with a range of 20 miles, the lighter 3 series will probably have at least 30 miles in all-electric mode.
autoblog.com, auozeitung.de (In German)
Details of the Halo: The Mahindra Halo with its 140 hp might not be the most powerful car, it is however fairly lightweight and said to reach 62 mph in under 8 seconds. On the biggest battery it will have a range of 125 miles and reach a top speed of 100 mph. Mahindra is planning to bring the sleek sports car into production after its market feasibility for Europe and India has been studied. At this point, pricing is aimed at 48,000 to 56,000 dollars.
Hybrid triple: Mitsubishi will present its three hybrid concepts seen in Tokyo also in Geneva next month (we reported). Now, more details on the proposed drivetrains have emerged: While the SUV studies GC-PHEV and XR-PHEV will be plug-in hybrids, the Crossover AR showcases a mild hybrid drive assisted with a ‘low output’ motor powered by a 28 Volt li-ion battery.
themalaymailonline.com, autobild.de (In German)
SsangYong’s hybrid concept: The Korean carmaker has published renderings of its hybrid XLV Concept to be presented at Geneva. ‘XLV’ is short for ‘eXciting smart Lifestyle Vehicle’ and said to come as a diesel-hybrid with seven seats.
Luxurious Lexus: Damion Smy put the latest version of the Lexus GS300h Luxury to the test and finds that the car indeed lives up to its name. Smy calls the drive “majestic” and the interior “spacious and comfortable.” Only the throttle behaviour is “disappointing,” still Smy concludes the Lexus to be a very serious competitor for BMW’s 5 series, especially as it offers “a lot of car for the money.” Speaking of money: German Autobild has just recently rated the GS 300h best car of its class in terms of depreciation.
carmagazine.co.uk, newfleet.de (In German)