Tag: Suzuki

Jul 22, 2015 - 08:16 am

Mia Electric, BMW, Toyota, Suzuki, Tesla, Apple.

Mia-ElectricMuch ado about Mia: An anonymous buyer purchased all of Mia Electric’s assets for just 800,000 euros. The French EV maker had previously been bought by a consortium for 1.3 million euros, but the sale was declared void. The court suspected a fraudulent buyback by former Mia boss Michelle Boos.
automobile-propre.com (in French)

Hybrid double: Motoring says it has additional details about BMW’s and Toyota’s joint sportscar project “Silk Road.” Quoting insiders, the site reports that both sports cars will be based on the BMW i8 platform, and contrary to previous reports, will both feature plug-in hybrid technology, which will be provided by Toyota and not BMW.

Prius plug-in with 35 mile range? Referencing inside information, Green Car Reports writes that the next generation of the Prius plug-in hybrid will be able to drive electric for 30 to 35 miles on one charge. The new Prius will become available this year, with the PHEV variant to follow about one year later.

Hybrid two-wheeler from Suzuki? If we believe its recently filed patent, the Japanese manufacturer is working on a motorcycle featuring a hybrid drivetrain and semi-automatic transmission. According to the description, the bike could also drive purely electric.
motorcycle.com, indiancarsbikes.in

Tesla goes with silicon: In its newly announced 90 kWh battery pack, Tesla will also use silicon for the anode of the Li-ion battery cells, allowing for more capacity without increasing battery size. Moreover, Tesla believes it will be able to increase the range of its EV models by 5 to 10 percent every two years.
qz.com, forbes.com

iCar rumour update: Media reports that Apple hired Doug Betts, the former head of global quality at Fiat Chrysler and an expert in auto manufacturing. That of course fuels rumours that Apple wants to build its own EVs in the future.
appleinsider.com, venturebeat.com

Mar 27, 2015 - 09:48 am

Toyota, Suzuki, Honda, Mercedes, E-Mobility index, BMW, China.

Japan pushes for hybrids: Toyota will present the RAV4 Hybrid at the New York Auto Show next week. Furthermore, the Japanese corporation is planning to push domestic hybrid sales, i.e. by offering the new Prius plug-in with an all-electric range of 60 kilometres, Nikkei reports. Additionally, hybrid versions of Suzuki’s Impreza and Honda’s Odyssey are believed to appear this year.
nikkei.com, hybridcars.com (RAV4 Hybrid)

New plug-in Mercedes: Daimler will present the M-class’ successor at the New York Auto Show. The new model called GLE will also be offered as plug-in hybrid, GLE 500 e 4Matic, this summer. The PHEV combines a V6 engine with 333 hp and an 85-kW electric drive. In the U.S., it will go on sale this autumn.
greencarcongress.com, greencarreports.com

New e-mobility index: The latest “E-mobility index” by Roland Berger for Q1 2015 has analyzed the seven major automotive nations’ performance in the electromobility segment in terms of technology, industry, and market. The U.S. remains the lead market, selling some 120,000 PEVs in the past twelve months. The Chinese market has seen the biggest growth, more than doubling its sales last year.
rolandberger.com, fka.de (download form)


BMW i8 in Korea: BMW has launched its plug-in hybrid sports car in Seoul. It is priced at 199.9 million won (181,562 USD) in South Korea, where BMW also erected 200 charging stations last year.

Micro EVs from China: CarNewsChina was at the Shandong EV Expo and found a bunch of small electric vehicles like the Mengde Microcar and the QY5021. Clearly the most quirky is the mini pick up with cargo bay called Zhongqi Xiaomi Cute Pickup Truck. Cute it is, indeed.
Mengde Microcar, Wanda QY5021, Zhongqi Xiaomi Cute Pickup Truck (all on carnewschina.com)

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:01 am

Toyota, Suzuki, Japan, Tesla, Raiooo, Lightning Motorcycles.

Toyota recall: In the U.S., the Japanese carmaker is asking a total of 112,500 Toyotas back into the garage. Among them are 110,000 Camry and Highlander, including the hybrid variants. The recall is due to a possible failure with the electric power steering. Furthermore, all 2,500 RAV4 EV are recalled to repair components supplied by Tesla, as a software issue might cause the EVs to shift to ‘neutral.’
nasdaq.com, jalopnik.com, just-auto.com

Suzuki to hybridise: The next Swift is scheduled to arrive next year and a hybrid version is likely. Furthermore, the Japanese carmaker is said to put its two mild hybrid concepts iK-2 and iM-4 that were presented in Geneva, into serial production by 2016.
indianautosblog.com (Swift), indianautosblog.com (iK-2 & iM-4)

Data instead of fees: Japan’s industry ministry announced its plan to waive expressway fees for 40,000 EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles from May until the end of 2015. In exchange, drivers are expected to deliver data on expressway use and charging habits to consider where to install EV charging stations.


Tesla update: The Californian carmaker is to expand its guaranteed resale value program for the Model S around the world. After the U.S. and Europe (we reported yesterday), Australia and Japan are now included too, leaving only China and Hong Kong to wait a little longer.

Whohoo, the Raiooo: This electric cargo trike has been designed by graduates and professors from Polytechnic Institute of Viana Do Castelo. The Raiooo is made in Portugal, using natural materials like cork, wood and leather, and sports a front-hub motor. Manufacturers wanted!
treehugger.com (with video)

The Lightning LS-218 is well, fast as lightning, as the electric motorcycle holds the speed record of 218 mph for production bikes. No wonder that riding this electric speed machine was “one of the most extreme experiences” in the life of GizMag reviewer Loz Blain. In his words: “This thing is capital-F Fast.”


Mar 6, 2015 - 09:28 am

Suzuki, Softcar, DoE, Shimano.

Suzuki-iK2-ConceptSuzuki hybridises, mildly: The Japanese showed two concepts in Geneva. The iK-2 is said to sit just above the Swift while the iM-4 is a mini SUV measuring less than four metres. Both feature a mild-hybrid system called SHVS. The iK-2 however, might soon be offered as a petrol-electric hybrid.
autoexpress.co.uk, indianautosblog.com (iK-2), indianautosblog.com (iM-4)

Recyclable electric racer: Swiss Softcar shows the Aventor at the Geneva Motor Show. The electric race car is made of fully recyclable materials. On top of it, it is extra light as the three-wheeler weighs only 280 kilos, the four-wheeled version adds another 70 kg (350 kg in total.)

35 million dollars for fuel cells: The US Department for Energy (DoE) has readied to grant another 35 million dollars for fuel cell and hydrogen projects. Eligible is anything from research and development schemes to demonstration and deployment projects for fuel cell technology and hydrogen infrastructure.
greencarcongress.com, energy.gov

Shimano’s next STEP: The Japanese updated their pedelec system. The second generation of the Step e-bike group will feature full automatic shifting, faster charging on and off the bike, and now also comes in matte black. While not confirmed, new product pictures also show a battery claiming 500 Wh capacity instead of the previous 418 Wh.
bike-eu.com, elektrobike-online.com (battery in German)

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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.

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.

Apr 17, 2014 - 08:11 am

Suzuki, MG, NIMS/SEU, Battery research.

Suzuki to save some fuel: The Japanese maker of small cars has announced plans to introduce ‘gas-electric hybrid technology,’ but it won’t be more than a mild hybrid. Suzuki hopes however, to go full-hybrid sometime in the future.

MG-dynamo-EVAnniversary EV: MG is celebrating its 90th birthday by showing a concept of an electric car. The MG Dynamo has been created at the parent company’s HQ (SAIC) in Longbridge and is currently on display at SMMT’s offices in Westminster, UK. The concept has been developed to help the company understand Europe’s demand for a pure electric small MG.

High quality fuel cells: The Japanese National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and the Chinese Southeast University (SEU) signed a memorandum of understanding to design new platinum-free electro-catalysts based on graphene for premium fuel-cell electrodes.

The devil is in the detail: New research on lithium-iron-phosphate batteries suggests, that scientists might have been wrong to use the Butler-Volmer equation all along. Instead, cell performance might be dependent on the speed electrons move between the electrode and its carbon coating.
scientificamerican.com, green.autoblog.com


Mar 27, 2014 - 09:56 am

USA, Suzuki, Renault, Tesla.

Yet another EV boost? The Obama administration proposed to increase the tax break for EVs and other alternative vehicles from 7,500 to 10,000 dollars. However, this would only benefit cars cheaper than 45,000 dollars and therefore not the Model S.
detroitnews.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Swift to sweep over India? Apparently, the Indian government has big plans for Maruti Suzuki’s latest plug-in hybrid, the ‘Swift Range Extender,’ which was designed in India but uses parts from Japan. How many Swift plug-ins will be ordered is not disclosed yet, due to the upcoming elections, but details are set to be revealed at the start of the new financial year 2014/15.
autocarpro.in, indianautosblog.com

Connecting Austria: Renault finally offers the so-called emergency cable to Austrian drivers of its electric Zoe. With the cable it is now possible to recharge the car at standard household outlets. The ‘Green Up’ package costs an extra 600 euros and allows for slow charging with ten or 14 A. For maximum safety, Renaults recommends to have an extra socket (with fuse and RCD) installed, commissioned by Alpine Energie.
oekonews.at (in German)

DC wars: Referring to recent statements, it becomes obvious that not everybody is happy about the fact that Tesla is pushing forward by using its own proprietary DC charging system. Both Managers from Daimler and car supplier Bosch would have liked Tesla to adopt existing standards.

Found on electrive.com
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