The Japanese carmaker Subaru is making some changes at the top. Atsushi Osaki will replace current Subaru CEO Tomomi Nakamura in June 2023. According to the carmaker, the change at the top comes as Subaru moves toward electrification.
Toyota is reportedly considering a massive increase in production of its BEV model bZ4X and its offshoot Subaru Solterra. According to an agency report, their production of currently just over 1,000 cars per month could be increased by six or even twelve times – but not immediately.
The US electric car subscription service Autonomy has ordered 22,790 electric cars worth around 1.2 billion dollars. The provider, which until now has specialised mainly in Tesla models, has ordered a total of 45 different vehicle models from 17 carmakers – including Tesla again.
Subaru presented two fully electric concept vehicles at the Tokyo Auto Salon: The 800 kW STI E-RA Concept race car and the Solterra STI Concept, a sportier version of Subaru’s first electric production model, the Solterra.
Subaru has now officially unveiled its first electric model, the Solterra. The electric SUV shares the platform and technology with Toyota’s first BEV model, the bZ4X, and is scheduled for market launch in Japan, the USA, Canada, Europe and China from mid-2022.
Toyota presented the Toyota bZ4X Concept at Auto Shanghai, providing a preview of the Japanese brand’s first battery-electric vehicle. The study, developed by Toyota together with Subaru, is expected to go into series production in mid-2022.
According to media reports, the first electric model of Subaru will be called Evoltis and will have its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2021. The electric SUV will be based on the electric vehicle platform developed by Subaru together with Toyota.
Subaru has defined its future technological focus with regard to emissions reduction. The Japanese company has confirmed its commitment to All-Wheel-Drive vehicles and Boxer type engines, while promising that, for example, by 2035 at the latest, all vehicles of the brand are to be equipped with either purely electric or hybrid drives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four additional manufacturers are about to get involved in the EV Common Architecture Spirit, a Japanese JV recently created by Toyota, Mazda and Denso to jointly develop electric vehicle technologies.
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
BMW 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
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
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
Subaru 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
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)
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
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)
Deutsche 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
Bristol 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
Range 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
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