Tag: Subaru

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:27 pm

CharIN moves ahead on truck charging standard

The CCS initiative CharIN has just announced 15 new members, including the car manufacturers SAIC, Suzuki and Subaru. The CharIN Steering Committee has also pushed the development of the planned CCS-compliant connector for the rapid charging of electric commercial vehicles with at least 2 MW.

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Jun 6, 2019 - 01:13 pm

Toyota and Subaru develop new electric platform

Toyota and Subaru have agreed to develop a joint BEV platform. In addition, the two Japanese manufacturers intend to jointly develop a purely battery-electric SUV model in the C segment that will be sold under both brands.

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Jan 16, 2019 - 04:32 pm

Boeing uses Japanese know-how for electric aircraft

Boeing will work with Japanese companies, universities and the government to develop technologies for next-generation lightweight electric aircraft. Partners include GS Yuasa for battery development and Sinfonia Technology and Tamagawa Seiki for the aeroplane’s engines.

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Nov 20, 2018 - 04:46 pm

Subaru launches first PHEV in the US (gallery)

Subaru is advancing into electrification and has chosen the U.S. to launch their first ever plug-in hybrid vehicle. The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has a humble range of 27 km (17 miles) and the carmaker praises the smooth system.

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Jul 9, 2018 - 04:20 pm

Japan forms ECLAIR consortium for electric aircrafts

Japan set up a new consortium called ECLAIR for Electrification Challenge for Aircraft – electric planes in other words. Members include the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as well as industrial heavyweights from Mitsubishi over Kawasaki to Subaru.

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Feb 9, 2018 - 09:01 pm

Subaru to use Prius technology for new PHEV

Subarus first plug-in hybrid, which is scheduled to be released in the USA in 2018, is set to utilize technology from a partnership with Toyota. According to Subarus U.S. Chief, Takeshi Tachimori, the majority of the tech inside the new PHEV comes from the Prius. 

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Sep 11, 2017 - 08:52 am

Byton, Nissan, Subaru, the Netherlands, Ford.

Future Mobility Corp launches EV brand: Byton is the name the Foxconn and Tencent backed start-up chose to market its electric cars not only in China but also in the States and Europe. Built in the People’s Republic under the lead of former BMWi man Carsten Breitfeld, the first Byton will be an electric SUV destined to debut at next year’s CES (we reported). Teaser images reveal a massive display measuring over a metre. FMC’s future line-up will also include a sedan and a seven seater from 2022.
reuters.com, electrek.co, byton.com

Leaf production worldwide: Nissan wants to involve all three plants in the production of the 2018 Leaf and the lines will run on full capacity in Sunderland, UK and Smyrna, Tennessee by the end of 2017. The two sites join Nissan’s Oppama Plant in Japan, where production has commenced.
insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com

Subaru to quit diesel: There won’t be any more diesel in Subaru’s lineup from 2020 in Europe, reports Nikkei. Instead the Japanese carmaker wants to focus on electrification and said it would be too difficult to develop a diesel engine that would comply with EU standards.
nikkei.com

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Clean air court ruling: The Dutch government must come up with a plan to clean the air to comply with EU regulations, the court in The Hague ruled. The lawsuit had been filed by Milieudefensie, an environmental organisation argueing the concentration of particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide in the air exceed EU standards in some places in the Netherlands.
nltimes.nl

Hybrid versions of all models of Ford’s premium brand Lincoln will hit the States by 2022, reports Reuters quoting three inside sources. An official announcement may be made in early October when Ford CEO Jim Hackett wants to update investors on his strategy.
reuters.com

May 24, 2017 - 08:40 am

BMW, Subaru, Sweden, Hydrogen Production.

BMW-5er-PHEV-300x150BMW to increase R&D spending: The German carmaker bets on in-house innovation and wants to increase its budget for development to account for about 6 percent of sales this year, up from 5.5% in 2016. The money is to flow into electrification, autonomy and dealing with CO2 emissions, CFO Nicolas Peter informed. If sales develop as planned, R&D spending will amount to about 5bn euros in 2017.
reuters.com, bmwblog.com

Japan increases e-mobility investments as well with Subaru being the latest to jump on board the electric train. Bloomberg suggests an EV is in the cards as it looks at increase R&D spending. The latter is a trend in Japan, where all seven carmakers including Suzuki intend to raise their stakes considerably.
bloomberg.com (Subaru), asia.nikkei.com (the big 7)

Sweden to foster EV research? The Nordic nation is considering to build a test centre for electric cars in a bid to bring manufacturers and researchers closer together. The initiative is governmental but already representatives for Volvo and Scania met this week in Gothenburg with several universities to discuss the plan. A research institute has now been tasked to study the feasibility of such a test bed.
xinhuanet.com

Low emission H2 production: Researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation launched a 2-year project that aims to produce hydrogen without generating emissions at the same time. Funding stands at 2.5m USD through Toyota, Hyundai and others.
hydrogenfuelnews.com, wardsauto.com

Mar 24, 2017 - 11:05 am

Chery vs. Daimler, Subaru, VW, Elextra, BMW, Peugeot.

Copy cat in reverse: Chinese Chery has filed a trademark complaint against Daimler’s use of the EQ label for green cars. Chery said it utilises the letter combination eQ since two years for certain new energy vehicles and obviously wishes to continue to do so. The case is now with China’s Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which Chery hopes will bar Mercedes from using the name on the Chinese market.
reuters.com

Subaru’s first EV by 2021: Fuji’ Heavy Industries’ auto division Subaru is readying its first electric car within the next four years, president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga revealed. Its premier plug-in hybrid model however, will not take that long and Subaru plans to launch it by 2018 already – first in the States. This focus may surprise as most carmakers look for growth in China but Yoshinaga believes the Chinese market to be over satiated. Following this westward orientation, Subaru is likely to move away from diesel too, but will keep its boxer engine, only it will be coupled with electric drives in the future.
blick.ch (in German)

VW T-Roc electrified? First images of Volkswagen’s upcoming new T-Roc surfaced together with speculations that the compact SUV may see an electric e-T-Roc and plug-in hybrid T-Roc GTE variant too. Autocar reports that the electric propulsion may be borrowed from smaller Golf models.
autocar.co.uk

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Check out the Elextra from behind and also from the front as new images of the Danish-Swiss supercar emerge. More infos on the electric lux sedan shall follow within the coming months.
motor1.com

BMW launches China PHEV: BMW together with its JV partner Brilliance kicked off the Zinoro 60H for the Chinese market. The SUV PHEV is based on the BMW X1 and drives with 231 hp from the X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance. Electric range is at 60 km. More Zinoro models with (partially) electric propulsion shall follow.
carnewschina.com

Peugeot revealed some details on its upcoming plug-in hybrid 508. It will incorporate design elements from the Instinct Concept and build on the EMP2 platform. Launch is due by 2018 as expected.
autoexpress.co.uk

Jan 24, 2017 - 09:50 am

China, Subaru, BYD, Scotland, Mitsubishi, Kia.

Subsidy update from China: According to Reuters, the Chinese government has published a new list of electric and hybrid cars eligible for subsidies. It contains 185 models so far and will be amended at a later date. It now also includes cars with batteries from LG Chem and Samsung SDI, which were excluded in 2016.
reuters.com

01_Subaru_XV_2._Generation_Genfer_Autosalon_300x150pxSubaru XV as hybrid: Subaru will premier its second generation XV at the Geneva Motor Show. So far, the XV is only offered as a hybrid in Japan and the U.S., but will now also debut in Europe. The platform, on which the XV is based, would also allow for a pure EV model.
autocar.co.uk

BYD increases output: The Chinese manufacturer wants to increase production of electric and hybrid vehicles this year in order to cut cost. The reason is that the Chinese government has lowered subsidies by about 20 percent. A loss that the company now needs to compensate by slashing production cost by about 5-10 percent.
chinadaily.com.cn

Scotland to ban combustion engines? To reach the country’s CO2 reduction goals, a new strategy paper suggests setting up an energy task force that will ban all diesel and petrol cars from cities by 2025. The government is expected to publish the draft next week. To what point the energy task force will be mentioned remains to be seen.
dailyrecord.co.uk

New Outlander priced: Mitsubishi UK now offers the new generation of the plug-in variant starting at 34,749 pounds (before the 2,500 pound subsidy). The new model comes with an “EV Priority Mode” and shorter charging times.
electriccarsreport.com

Kia Niro Hybrid gets price tag: The car will start at 22,890 dollars in the U.S. and will already roll to dealerships there in the first three months of 2017. Pricing for higher trim levels nor the destination charged were announced so far.
hybridcars.com

Oct 5, 2016 - 09:29 am

Fisker, Geely, Toyota, Romania, Subaru, Audi.

Henrik Fisker plugs in – again: Following the bust of his Fisker Karma, the automotive designer wants to try his luck with his new company Fisker Inc., and will present an all-electric premium car in second half of 2017. Thanks to a newly developed battery pack, range is set at 650 km. A more affordable EV will follow, and is also said to offer more range than competitors.
bloomberg.com

Geely brand for hybrids? According to Forbes, the Chinese manufacturer wants to launch an “affordable premium” brand for cars with hybrid or plug-in hybrid technology in Europe and the U.S. Details will be released in the coming weeks.
forbes.com

Prius Prime priced: The plug-in hybrid version of Toyota’s best-seller will start from 27,950 dollars including delivery fees. And U.S. buyers also qualify for a 4,500 dollar rebate. Green Car Reports already took the new model for a spin and hails Toyota’s choice to programme the PHEV so that it will run on battery-power only, if there is any charge left.
insideevs.com, autoblog.com, greencarreports.com (test drive)

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Inexpensive EV from Romania: A Belgian investor wants to start producing small electric cars in Romania from spring 2017. A first prototype was now presented. The three-wheeled EV seats two, weighs 150 kg and is said to run 100 km on one charge.
digi24.ro (in Romanian with video) via romania-insider.com

Out for Crosstek Hybrid: Subaru will stop offering the hybrid variant of its XV Crosstek from next year, as demand has just been too low. And it’s not surprising. The standard Crosstek actually offered a better mpg rating in the city and the same on the motorway, as the hybrid variant. Only the latter was almost 5,000 dollars more expensive.
autoblog.com, carsdirect.com

Audi opens Mexico facility: The carmaker has opened the production plant for it Q5 in Mexico, where it will also produce the hybrid variant of the SUV. Contrary to earlier rumours, a fully electric version is not planned for now.
reuters.com

Aug 15, 2016 - 08:07 am

Volkswagen, StreetScooter, Tesla, Subaru, WM Motor.

VW’s New Urban Vehicles: Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess outlines the carmakers electrification. By 2018, an electric compact sedan the size of a Golf and a range between 400 – 600 km will be launched by the end of 2018. A close to production prototype is to debut in Paris later this year. Using the same platform as the small NUV, a coupé, SUV, a van, and a limousine will complete the electric line-up.
wiwo.de (in German)

StreetScooter-PostDeutsche Post to sell EV: The electric StreetScooter van will become available on the open market next year. Deutsche Post DHL will soon start mass production in Aachen, where up to 10,000 delivery vehicles will then be made annually. The car has a range between 50 – 80 km.
reuters.com

Tesla with 100 kWh: The P100D version of the Model S and Model X has been officially approved to be sold in Europe. The listed range for the 100 kWh power pack is 380 miles, NEDC based.
blog.kenteken.tv via insideevs.com, electrek.co

Subaru EV by 2021? The brand’s first electric crossover will hit the American shores by 2021, a Japanese newspaper reports. The Subaru crossover will be based on either the Forester or the Outback that ride on a new platform, which accommodates for all sorts of motors.
autonews.com, carscoops.com, electrek.co

Smart, small, and cheap: WM Motor is another start-up betting on the Chinese EV market. A production facility in Zhejiang province will churn out compact electric cars to be offered at competitive prices. Three models are set to launch by 2018 and WM Motor hopes to produce 100,000 EV a year.
reuters.com

Jul 29, 2016 - 08:26 am

Bristol Cars, VDL, Chevy Bolt, Lada, Subaru, South Korea.

Bristol-Cars-BulletBristol Cars’ electric plans: With Bullet, the British manufacturer has presented its first model in 12 years. The roadster is powered by a V8 but is said to be the last petrol-powered car before making way for high-tech range extender models with technology adopted from the transport company Frazer Nash.
autocar.co.uk, autoexpress.co.uk

VDL presents electric bus: The 9.9-metre-long electric bus Citea LLE 99 Electric can now be ordered and features a 150 kW electric motor and 180 kWh battery pack. On top of being able to plug in, the bus can also be fast-charged with up to 270 kW via an overhead pantograph, says VDL.
vdlbuscoach.com

Chevy Bolt to arrives 2016: The all-electric Chevy Bolt will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the last quarter of 2016, Alan Batey, head of GM North America now confirmed. Official numbers of how many units will be available have not been released, but observers expect about 30,000 per year.
detroitnews.com

Lada electrified: Russian manufacturer AvtoAZ has presented a Lada prototype with an electric drivetrain. The Vesta EV is said to have a range of 170 km, but it is not clear when it will arrive on the market. And the carmaker aims for a sales price of 35,000 euros – five times as much as the petrol variant.
sputniknews.com, bizzenergytoday.com (in German)

Hybrid SUV from Subaru: The Japanese brand is now excepting orders for its XV Hybrid tS in its home market. The compact SUV with a 110 kw hybrid drivetrain is said to arrive at dealerships this autumn and sell for about 29,700 dollars.
greencarcongress.com, fhi.co.jp

South Korea extends subsidies: Until the end of 2019, buyers of fuel cell vehicles qualify for a 3,557 dollar tax break. Fleets that are made up of at least 50 percent electric cars receive a 30 percent tax cut.
koreaherald.com

Mar 24, 2016 - 09:24 am

Toyota, Citroen, Tesla, Mercedes, BMW, Subaru.

Toyota-Prius-PrimeRange doubled: The new Toyota Prius Plug-In-Hybrid is officially here and goes under the name of Prime. Its 8.8 kWh battery delievers enough power for a said electric range of 22 miles, twice as long as the previous Prius PHEV. The plug-in hybrid can drive with up to 84 kph in all-electric mode and will go on sale this autumn.
reuters.com, insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com

Beach buggy pricing: Citroen is taking orders in France for the E-Méhari. Prices for the fun vehicle start at 25,000 euros before incentives (6,300 euros) and without battery. The latter must be leased for 79 euros a month and comes from Bolloré’s BlueSolutions. Citroen hopes to sell 1,000 units a year.
ccfa.fr (in French) via insideevs.com

Price increase for Model S? Tesla’s basic model might become more expensive next month, says the web’s rumour mill. The price increase could be driven by new features, a facelift or maybe the planned battery upgrade. Quite a few people would probably happily pay more for a 100 kWh power pack.
teslarati.com, electrek.co

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Daimler readies PHEV: The Mercedes GLC Coupé premiers at the New York Auto Show. It will eventually be offered in a plug-in hybrid version, but only in Europe, not in the States. The PHEV will feature a combined output of 320 hp and an electric range of 30 kilometres.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk

3 series plug-in pricing: BMW announces prices of its 330e iPerformance in the USA. The basic version starts at 44,695 dollars and dealers will receive the 3-series PHEV this summer.
autoblog.com, electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com

New Subaru platform: The next-gen Impreza is the first model that sits on Subaru’s Global Platform. The new structure will also host the WRX STi, which is expected to be a performance hybrid featuring AWD with the electric drive powering the rear wheels. Combined output was given at 320 hp.
autocar.co.uk

Mar 11, 2016 - 09:43 am

EV noise, Audi, Zhiche Auto, Subaru, Liechtenstein, Honda.

UN makes noise: A new regulation by the UN’s World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations requires hybrid and electric vehicles to audibly indicate their otherwise silent approach. At speeds of up to 10 kph, a noise with 50db is obligatory, sounds of 56db signal speeds of up to 20 kph and 47db are the norm for when in reverse. The suggested tone is a retro-futuristic humming.
carbuyer.co.uk, unece.org, unece.org (sound suggestion, audio file)

Third electric Audi? The German carmaker plans an electric trio, as the Q6 and Q4 e-tron will be joined by the C e-tron, reporter Georg Kacher suggests. The coupé will sit above the Audi A8 and will thus be rather luxurious. Market entry is supposedly set for the end of the decade.
autobild.de (in German)

Zhiche-Auto-EVChinese electric SUV: Zhiche Auto presented a state-of-the-art SUV. The yet to be named EV is connected, drives automatically, and features wing doors, as well as a bumper grill that can display simple messages (digital bumper stickers). Market entry in limited numbers is set for 2017 in China.
carnewschina.com

Subaru sports hybrid: A new hybrid sports coupé is in the making at Subaru, Car & Driver reports quoting insiders. Two electric front drives coupled with a mid-engine will allegedly boast a combined 330 hp. Everything is still at the prototype stage, which is why no more details are known.
caranddriver.com

EV incentives: Liechtenstein launched a scheme that grants 3,000 CHF (3,045 dollars) to those wishing to buy a purely electric vehicle. The programme will initially support the purchase of 50 EVs (which are also exempt from vehicle tax) and can be extended if demand takes off. The scheme was launched by LIFE Climate Foundation and Liechtensteinische Kraftwerke.
liechtenstein-business.li

Honda FCV home launch: Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell is on sale in Japan. Prices start at 7.66m yen (about 68,000 dollars). Honda targets companies and authorities to lease the FCV and hopes to sell about 200 units of the 750-km-range car in 2016. A very limited number of vehicles is destined for export.
electriccarsreport.com, worldcarfans.com

Dec 8, 2015 - 09:28 am

Hyundai, Volvo, Subaru, Audi, Toyota.

Hyundai-Ioniq-TeaserHyundai teases multi-powertrain car: The Ioniq will be the first vehicle ever available with three different electric drivetrains – all-electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. Hyundai now confirmed the name, also releasing a teaser image showing a sleek new design. The car will launch in South Korea in January, followed by its European presentation at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
koreatimes.co.kr, autocar.co.uk

Volvo hints at S90 coupé: Speaking to the Swedish carmaker at the S90 launch in Gothenberg, Auto Express reports that Volvo may be looking to introduce a coupé variant of the S90 in 2020. The magazine predicts that it would then also be available with as a T8 plug-in hybrid and maybe even as a pure EV, as Volvo previously suggested an all-electric car by 2019.
autoexpress.co.uk

Subaru hybridises sports car: The Japanese carmaker will offer its WRX STI with a hybrid drivetrain from 2017, Motoring has learned. It will also test a plug-in variant, which could go on sale by 2018.
motoring.com.au

Audi Q7 e-tron reviewed: According to Ryan Borroff, it could be the “the best hybrid yet at fulfilling the promise of greener motoring,” due to its Predictive Efficiency technology, which maximizes use of the electric motor. Still, “the driving experience is a little cold.” Because hybrid or not, it remains a 4×4.
express.co.uk

Toyota G’s: The Japanese carmaker took the wraps off the Noah G’s and Voxy G’s concepts ahead of the 2016 Tokyo Motor Show. Both “souped-up minivans” can be ordered with a hybrid drive. Specifics about performance or fuel consumption have not yet been released.
worldcarfans.com

Nov 6, 2015 - 09:24 am

Paragon, Subaru, Umicore, Efficient Drivetrains.

Paragon plant in China: The factory in Kunshan will initially focus on air quality sensors. The company’s sub-brand Voltabox will assemble battery systems for Chinese electric (commercial) vehicles from Q1 2016. The proprietary lithium ion battery cells will be produced exclusively for its sub-brand Voltabox by a specialist manufacturer in China.
globenewswire.com

Subaru plans carefully: The manufacturer will introduce its first plug-in hybrid by 2018, but will sell it only where emission regulation requires it. Fuel cells are a future option as well, German paper Die Welt reports. In general, Subaru intends to cap its sales at 1m vehicles annually to keep its niche position.
autonews.com, welt.de (FCV, in German)

Share transfer: Umicore wants to sell all of its shares of beLife, a producer of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode material, to its joint venture partner Prayon. The latter just recently formed a JV with Chinese Pulead to manufacture and sell lithium iron phosphate (LFP).
greencarcongress.com

Plug-in truck: Efficient Drivetrains presents a new plug-in truck with 40 miles of electric range. The retrofitted Class-4 JAC truck also runs on Compressed Natural Gas to increase range to a total of 300 miles and was realised together with Greenkraft, CALSTART and the California Energy Commission.
insideevs.com

Oct 8, 2015 - 08:14 am

LeTV, BMW, Subaru, VW, Kia, Honda.

Aston Martin for LeTV: The Chinese internet service plans to build an electric sports car together with Aston Martin. The Brits join BAIC as well as other partners like China Unicom in LeTV’s bid to develop EVs for the Chinese market. First outings are set for early next year (we reported continuously).
motoroids.com, cardekho.com

BMW-X5-xDrive40eBMW hybrids debut in Asia: Both the BMW 330e and the Active Tourer 225xe plug-in hybrids will be shown in Asia for the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show. Both feature hybrid technology taken from the i-series. Turn to the other side of the Pacific, where the X5 xDrive40e PHEV has just started arriving at U.S dealerships. Prices start from 62,100 dollars.
bmwblog.com (Tokyo debuts), insideevs.com (X5)

Subaru hybrid: Fuji’s automotive division will present the hybrid SUV concept Viziv Future in Tokyo later this month. Subaru’s Viziv is believed to preview the next-gen XV Crosstrek. The electric motor drives the rear wheels, while the front is propelled by a turbocharged gasoline engine.
greencarcongress.com, motorauthority.com, worldcarfans.com

VW loyalty bonus: To appease U.S. customers whose loyalty has been shaken by “dieselgate,” VW now offers its very own incentive. Existing VW owners buying a new hybrid or petrol Volkswagen receive a 2,000-dollar rebate. The offer stands until November, 2.
autoweek.com, carsdirect.com, greencarreports.com

Soul expansion: Kia started selling its Soul EV in four more states in the USA. The cubist electric car is now available in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland following its launch in six other states including Georgia, Texas, and Washington earlier this year.
greencarcongress.com, automotive-business-review.com

Honda recalls 6,786 Accord hybrids in the States as they might switch to fail-safe EV mode unexpectedly, limiting the speed to 40 mph. The problem is due to a flawed battery cell voltage sensor.
autoblog.com

Sep 24, 2015 - 09:45 am

Volkswagen, Govecs, CleanSpace, Tesla, ZF, Subaru.

Winterkorn resigns: Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned, saying he would he would “accept responsibility” for the “irregularities that have been found in diesel engines.” He and the supervisory board insist that he had no knowledge of manipulated emission values. Porsche CEO Matthias Müller and Herbert Diess are being discussed as successors.
wsj.com

Delivery trike: Govecs and Danish utility Trefor jointly developed the TRIPL. The electric trike can carry up to 200 kg or 750 l, as the transport module can be adapted. With a top speed of 45 kph, the electric three-wheeler can serve within a range of up to 100 km. It will premiere at the Post Expo in Paris.
pz.vibrio.de (in German), fyens.dk (with picture, in Danish)

Movement for air quality: Formula E and former team boss Lord Paul Drayson are promoting the CleanSpace movement. It lets people join an app that monitors air pollution levels and also registers miles cleanly travelled, i.e. walked or cycled.
electricautosport.com, our.clean.space

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Tesla update: The Californians have released the software update v7.0 to selected Model S drivers. The upgrade enables them to loosen their grip on the steering wheel at least a little, as the update includes the ‘Autosteer’ as well as ‘Autopark’ function.
hybridcars.com

E-Mobility division: German supplier ZF is considering to establish a fifth division solely dedicated to electric mobility in Schweinfurt. However, no decision has been made yet.
schwaebische.de (in German)

Leaked: The 2016 Subaru XV, called Subaru Crosstrek in the U.S., received a little makeover, as pictures in a Japanese brochure reveal. The hybrid version remains a little more costly than the conventional car.
indianautosblog.com

Jun 22, 2015 - 08:25 am

Porsche, Subaru, BMW, Morgan, Continental, USA.

Porsche-918-SpyderPorsche completes production of 918 Spyder: The final Porsche 918 Spyder has rolled off the production line at the Zuffenhausen facility, marking the end of a 21-month production period. The plug-in hybrid super sports car had debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010 and was already sold out since September of last year.
electriccarsreport.com, autoblog.com, greencarcongress.com

Subaru announces new Impreza Sport Hybrid: The hybrid model will go on sale in Japan on July 10th, starting at 2,635,200 yen (20,350 dollars). The 150 hp machine combines a DOHC 2-liter boxer engine and a 10 kW electric motor. The Impreza Sport Hybrid is rated at 48 mpg.
autoevolution.com

BMW prices X5 plug-in: The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e will start at 63,095 dollars when in arrives at U.S. dealerships in a few months, making it the second most expensive X5 model. The plug-in hybrid SUV offers a total system output of 308 hp and an all-electric range of 13 miles.
washingtonpost.com, insideevs.com, electriccarsreport.com

Morgan presents EV3 Concept: Morgan will debut an electric concept car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The EV3 Concept is based on the company’s Three Wheeler and is powered by a 75kW electric motor at the rear wheel. The all-electric Morgan is set to go into production towards the end of 2016.
evo.co.uk, autoblog.com, carscoops.com

Continental cuts jobs in Germany: The automotive supplier announced that it will have to cut jobs at its Gifhorn production facility in Germany, where it produces electric motors for the Renault Kangoo Z.E. Moreover, Continental says it might have to stop the production in Germany altogether, unless it can sign a new deal with Renault for the Kangoo or another product very soon.
wiwo.de (in German)

Slashing U.S. emissions: The EPA and NHTSA have proposed tighter emission standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Model years 2021-2027 would therefore need to achieve 24 percent lower CO2 emissions than 2018 models, which could cut overall emissions by around 1 billion metric tons and mean that even the utility vehicle sector would need to (partially) electrify.
greencarcongress.com, reuters.com, nhtsa.gov

May 26, 2015 - 08:42 am

Formula E, Toyota, Subaru, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Tuk Tuk Factory.

Formula-E-BerlinBerlin ePrix: Jerome D’Ambrosio (Dragon) took first place at the 8th round of the electric racing series, after the initial winner Lucas di Grassi was disqualified due to a modified front wing and front wheel faring. Thanks to the loud music, beer and great weather, the event felt much like a party. The stands were packed with 21,000 visitors as di Grassi took the lead by more than ten seconds during the race.
autosport.com, www.fiaformulae.com, youtube.com (highlights)

Hybrid sports car from Toyota? According to media reports, Toyota wants to unveil a three-seater sports car with a hybrid drivetrain at the Toyota Motor Show. The yet nameless car is said to be inspired by the Caterham Seven and Ariel Atom and could go into serial production in 2018.
motoring.com.au, worldcarfans.com, digitaltrends.com

Subaru announces second hybrid: Following the XV Crosstrek Hybird, the Impreza Sport Hybrid announced for this summer is the second Subaru hybrid model for the Japanese market. Technical details about the model and whether it will be offered outside of Japan are still unknown.
torquenews.com, leftlanenews.com

Hyundai Sonata PHEV details: The Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid combines a 154 hp petrol engine, a 50 kW electric motor, and a 9.8 kWh battery, allowing for an electrical range of 24 miles. The plug-in hybrid will be available in ten U.S. states this autumn. When it will arrive in Europe was not announced.
plugincars.com, hybridcars.com

The last first-gen Chevy Volt has rolled off the assembly line in GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant. The next-generation Volt can already be ordered in California starting this Thursday, and the first cars here will be delivered starting in August. Customers in other states will have to wait until November.
topspeed.com (first generation), insideevs.com (second generation)

Tuk-tuks made USA: Amsterdam-based Tuk Tuk Factory has signed a deal with eTuk USA to allow the latter to produce and sell electric versions of its three-wheeled vehicles. If Americans will embrace tuk-tuks remains to be seen. Denver already has a tuk-tuk shuttle service that has not been received with open arms.
autoblog.com, philly.com

May 27, 2014 - 08:36 am

TransPower, Japanese combustion engine collaboration.

TransPower-engineAll-electric short-haul: TransPower wants to electrify the short-haul drayage market. Its ElecTruck drive system includes dual electric motors, a modular 270 kWh Li-ion battery, and a five speed transmission. Eight of these heavy weights will be put into drayage service at the Ports of LA and Long Beach, California, by the end of the year.
chargedevs.com

All for one, one for all: Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Daihatsu have announced an alliance to improve fuel economy of future combustion engines. The Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines is aiming to bring the efficiency up to 50%. Even the EV-loving Japanese seem to think that combustion engines will not be pushed off the streets anytime soon.
autoblog.com

May 12, 2014 - 08:28 am

Fiat, Subaru, Hybrid SUVs, Porsche, Cadillac.

500e recall: Chrysler Group has issued the second recall for its electric Fiat 500e compliance car. Over time, coolant could seep into the power inverter module and cause a short-circuit followed by power loss. 4,151 cars are affected and will have their inverter module replaced.
insideevs.com

Plug-in hybrid from Subaru: Subaru announced a new plug-in hybrid in order to meet U.S. zero emissions vehicle regulations taking effect in 2018. The vehicle will be based on Toyota’s hybrid technology and chances are it will be a new seven-seat SUV, replacing the aging Tribeca.
autonews.com via autoblog.com

No big hybrids: The bigger the car, the more a hybrid engine can help improve mileage. Nevertheless, big hybrids are having a hard time in the States. Giants like the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS hybrids have already been discontinued there.
usatoday.com via green.autoblog.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Porsche loves hybrid: With the Panamera Turbo S, 911 Turbo S, Macan S and GT4 expected to get a partly-electric heart soon, it is safe to say that Porsche has jumped on the hybrid bandwagon for good. For more details on these desirable sports cars, check out the links below.
wot.motortrend.com via autoweek.com, autoblog.com

Luxurious ELR: The New York Times finally got their hands on the Cadillac ELR. The review is rather detailed and comes with a video. The general verdict is positive, with the only real downer being the car’s 82,135-dollar price tag.
nytimes.com

Apr 25, 2014 - 08:35 am

Volvo, Subaru, Toyota, Tesla, Yamaha.

Volvo turns it up: The Swedish carmaker will increase production at its Gothenburg facility from currently 200,000 to 300,000 units a year due to the introduction of the XC90 which will also be offered as plug-in hybrid and fully electric at some point (we reported). Furthermore, Volvo introduced the V60 PHEV as sporty R-design version to be launched in August this year.
wsj.com, volvocars.com (production), greencarcongress.com (R-design)

Subaru might bring back electric: Due to tightening rules for carbon emissions in the USA as of 2018, Subaru is considering to bring back plug-ins. If the models will be fully electric or hybrid has not been specified so far.
leftlanenews.com, just-auto.com

Cash on the hood: Toyota’s RAV4 EV is having a hard time in California to compete with lower priced or better EVs. To meet its sales target of 2,600 units, the Japanese have come up with a special deal. Until 5th May, lease drivers will get incentives of up to 16,500 dollars. Buyers however, only get 2,500 dollars.
greencarreports.com, transportevolved.com

Tesla is hiring workers for a new site in Lathrop, California. The carmaker has been granted building permits to modify a former Chrysler facility it has leased. So far Tesla is not giving any details on what this site will be for but is currently looking for 32 professionals.
bloomberg.com

Electric Yamahas: Presented in Tokyo as concepts, Yamaha now wants to build its PES1 and PED1. Production is set to start in 2016 but no details on the specifications have yet emerged.
visordown.com, autoblog.com

Apr 2, 2014 - 08:40 am

Li-Tec Battery, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Renault, Detroit Electric.

Evonik bows out: Daimler will take over all of Evonik’s shares held in the two joint ventures Li-Tec Battery GmbH (50.1%) and Deutsche ACCUmotive (10%). This makes Daimler the sole owner of the companies, set up back in 2008. The sales price has been kept secret.
greencarcongress.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, bloomberg.com

New Subaru SUV plug-in? Based on insider information, “Motor Trend” reports that the Viziv-2 concept shown in Geneva will go into series production. The plan is for the SUV plug-in diesel hybrid to replace the Tribeca.
motortrend.com, autoblog.com

Outlander PHEV on sale in the UK: The plug-in hybrid will be available starting at 28,249 pounds (46,988 dollars), after a 5,000 pound (8,316 USD) governmental rebate. Meaning it costs exactly the same as Mitsubishi’s automatic Outlander GX3 diesel.
fleetnews.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com

Hannover, Messe, April, 2014, Fachbesucher

Renault rents battery for less: Monthly rates for batteries for the Twizy and Zoe have been cut significantly in Germany. For the Twizy, battery pricing now starts at 30 euros (41 dollars) per month, compared to 50 euros (69 dollars) before. The rental for the Zoe battery has been dropped from 79 (109 dollars) euros to 49 euros (68 dollars) per month. That the Zoe will be sold with the battery included, however, will remain a unique deal only available to customers in Norway (we reported).
renault-presse.de (in German), transportevolved.com (Norway)

Not very patriotic: Detroit Electric’s E-Roadster SP:01 will not build in Detroit and not in Plymouth, as announced earlier. Instead, production will kick off in the Netherlands later this year. If Detroit Electric manages to sell 999 units, it also plans an electric Limousine.
detroitnews.com, greencarreports.com

Mar 5, 2014 - 10:10 am

QUANT e, Subaru, Kia, Formula E.

QUANT-eQUANT e unveiled: The long awaited electric sport limousine features four motors (one per wheel) with a total power output of 644 kW enabling a top speed of over 380 kph (236 mph). The nanoFLOWCELL technology gives the vehicle a range of 600 kilometres (373 miles). A manufacturing prototype should be ready by the end of the year and commercialisation is planned for 2015.
insideevs.com, technologicvehicles.com (with promotional video)

Subaru torque vectoring: The new version of the Subaru Viziv concept is equipped with an all-wheel-drive and three electric motors. One works in combination with the 1.6-litre diesel engine to power the front wheels, while the other two drive the rear of the plug-in hybrid, allowing for different levels of torque to be applied to each back wheel.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Kia shows 48 V hybrid: The Korean carmaker unveiled it all-new mild hybrid system with a 48 volt lead-carbon battery at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Other than li-ion batteries, this technology requires no active cooling and is more easily recyclable, Kia developers say.
greencarcongress.com, puregreencars.com

Formula E car gets ready: The fully electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car completed its 1,000th test-kilometre without any problem. The 200 kW battery also passed the trial. Further tests will take a closer look at the Michelin tires used, before the racer is ready for its first official competition in Beijing in September.
green-motors.de (description of tests; in German), fiaformulae.com

Feb 24, 2014 - 09:32 am

Hyundai, Subaru, Nissan, Toyota.

Hyundai-IntradoHyundai H2 concept leaked: Images of the ‘Intrado’ concept emerged ahead of its debut at this year’s Auto Salon in Geneva. Apparently, Hyundai is determined to take hydrogen on to the next level. The drivetrain, based on ix35′s Fuel Cell (called Tucson overseas), is said to offer a range of 600 kilometres.
indianautosblog.com, autoblog.com

Viziv 2 to come: Subaru released a teaser image of its updated Viziv Concept which debuted in Geneva last year. The new version will again be unveiled at the Auto Salon and while details are not yet known, it is most likely to come with the same setup of all-wheel drive hybrid with CVT.
motorauthority.com, autoblog.com

Electric revelations by Nissan: Also in Geneva next month, will the arrow-shaped electric sports car BladeGlider have its first European appearance. Furthermore, the Japanese carmaker will present the production version of its e-NV200 which will go on sale in May. A modified version of the transporter will be offered as a people carrier under the name Evalia.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, greencarcongress.com

Service issues: Owner’s of Toyota’s RAV4 EV are currently venting their anger in online forums. Their complaints range from a lack of Toyota workshops actually qualified to maintain the electric car to technical problems concerning the ECU gateway supplied by Tesla. With the RAV4 EV being a Toyota product and Tesla only a supplier, customers can not expect support from Tesla’s service centres either.
plugincars.com

Review Subaru XV Crosstrek: It is the first hybrid by the Japanese carmaker and as thus welcomed by Matt Keegan as an attempt to go green. He is however not entirely sold (yet) as “fuel economy disappoints and seating comfort falls short.” Keegan remains hopeful though for future improvements.
autotrends.org

Feb 4, 2014 - 09:36 am

Volkswagen, Brammo, Kia, Mitsubishi, Subaru.

Polo plug-in hybrid: Volkswagen has just confirmed plans to introduce the city car as PHEV as well as CNG powered version as early as next year. VW’s small plug-in will use the ‘TwinDrive system,’ which can be combined with either petrol or diesel engines. VW made it clear though that the Polo drivetrain will be different from the plug-in drive of the upcoming Golf GTE.
autocar.co.uk

Brammo-Empulse-2014Brammo Empulse updated: The 2014 models of the Empulse and Empulse R electric motorcycles are now 4.5 kg less heavy, which leads to improved handling and performance figures. The refined all-electric motorbikes will become available during 2014 with prices starting at 16,995 dollars.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

Kia Soul EV fully exposed: The production version of the Korean electric car has been caught on camera before its official debut at the Chicago Auto Show. The Soul EV has the Kia typical ‘Tiger Nose’ but comes with accents in friendly blue and has a closed-off grille, which is actually bigger as on the standard soul. An electric range of over 120 miles speaks of tiger-like strength.
green.autoblog.com, transportevolved.com

Mitsubishi concepts in Geneva: The Japanese carmaker will show its studies of SUV plug-in hybrids GC-PHEV and XR-PHEV for the first time in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Both concepts debuted at Tokyo Motor Show in November last year.
tagesanzeiger.ch (In German)

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: The editors of ‘Green Packs’ took a closer look at Subaru’s hybrid SUV that comes with a 3.4 hp electric motor powered by a 13.5kWh nickel-metal hydride battery to support the boxer petrol engine. According to Green Packs, the new hybrid could be a leap to the future for Subaru and help in reaching out to new customers.
greenpacks.org

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2019/09/28/charin-moves-ahead-on-truck-charging-standard/
28.09.2019 22:18