Tata Motors unveils the Tigor EV
Indian manufacturer Tata Motors unveiled the Tigor EV, which is the company’s second electric car in the passenger vehicle segment following the Nexon EV. Tata Motors has opened online and dealership bookings at Rs 21,000 and sales will launch on August 31.
Tata Motors unveils electric truck
The Indian automobile manufacturer just presented India’s first own commercial electric truck, the Tata Ultra T.7. The 2+1 seated intermediate truck is not yet ready for market launch, as the vendor reaction is reportedly being studied first.
Tata Motors launches Nexon EV and ecosystem
Tata Motors has launched the Nexon EV in India and confirmed three other new electric cars coming in the next 24 months. The Indian Group is looking beyond EV manufacturing to include battery manufacture, charging infrastructure and building a battery recycling plant.
Tata unveils India’s first electric SUV
The Indian manufacturer Tata Motors has introduced the electric version of its SUV model Nexon for the domestic market, which has a range of more than 300 kilometers and can be pre-ordered immediately. The market launch is planned for next month.
Study: German carmakers have catching up to do
According to the latest CAM ‘Electromobility Report’, in which 212 series innovations in e-mobility have been evaluated by 30 car manufacturers over the past five years, German automobile manufacturers still have catching up to do.
Tata to set up 100 EV charging stations in Maharashtra
The energy arm of India’s steely giant, Tata Power plans to install 100 electric car charging stations in the state of Maharashtra. The charge stops are to support electric vehicle adoption in India and are not the only initiative in the region that is home to Mumbai.
Range rage in India
The EV popularization scheme in India is off to a slow start. The government in Delhi reportedly ordered hundreds of electric cars from Tata and Mahindra but officials are refusing to use them, the reason being range.
Tata Motors announced electrification of current models
The Indian car manufacturer Tata Motors announced that they are working on electrifying the majority of their current lineup. Currently, Tata only offers a single fully electric passenger car; the Tigor. Next they plan to release an electric version of the Tiago.
Tata Motors shows electric sedan concept EVision
Tata Motors brought its EVision concept to Geneva, a prototype of an electric-powered sedan, featuring two motors and promising a range of not less than 450 km. A serial version of the sedan could roll off the production lines by 2020.
Tata Motors, Cologne, Edinburgh, Wirecard.
India to buy 10,000 EVs: The Indian government in Delhi decided to turn to local Tata Motors to supply 10,000 electric cars following its successful bid in a tender that saw Mahindra and Nissan partake as well. The new EV will be used to replace government cars over the next four to five years but can only mark a starting point given that India’s official fleet incorporates about half a million vehicles. Tata Motors will supply the EVs in two phases to the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a branch of the Ministry of Power, that expects the first 500 units this November. To fulfil the contract, Tata wants to start producing the compact sedan Tigor with electric motor at its Sanand plant in Gujarat.
economictimes.indiatimes.com, reuters.com, indiatimes.com (Tigor)
Biggest H2 bus order to date: 30 fuel cell buses and two hydrogen filling stations worth a total funding of 13m euros have been granted to Cologne’s public transport agency RKV through the federal programme NOW. It will pay 7.4m euros with the other 5.6m euros coming through the EU’s JIVE project. Once the buses will go into service by 2019, RKV will operate one of the biggest fuel cell bus fleets in Europe, especially as there is an option for another ten such vehicles.
rvk.de (in German)
Electric buses roam Edinburgh since bus operator Lothian Buses has put its first electric coaches into service on October 1. The six buses run through the Scottish city’s central air quality management area. Lothian Buses ordered six Street Air buses from Wrightbus for worth 2·7m pounds. These are fitted with 300 kWh batteries that will be charged overnight. There will be five more electric buses added to the fleet next year when the Service 1 will become the first fully electric route.
Park, charge and pay: Wirecard, a digital payment solutions provider has linked up with evopark to connect their services. In the future they hope to also offer payment for EV charging services.
NEVS, SHW Automotive, Volkswagen, Tesla, Toyota, Tata Motors.
NEVS gets green light: Saab successor National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has received government permission to manufacture electric vehicles in China. The factory in Tianjin is said to open its doors late 2017 and churn out 200,000 EVs per year. NEVS is the first company with international investors allowed to produce in China. At the end of 2015, NEVS had already bagged a billion-dollar deal for 250,000 EVs with Panda New Energy (we reported).
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, nevs.com
Trumped? As reported, SHW lost a deal 100m euro deal to deliver electrical ax ear pumps to “the world’s leading manufacturer of all-electric vehicles,” presumably Tesla. The deal breaker was said to be compatibility with vehicle requirements, but it could also have been political. U.S. President Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to focus on local production. And, after all, Elon Musk does belong to Trump’s team of advisors.
MEB completed: Auto News reports that Volkswagen has completed its modular architecture platform MEB. The first model to be built on the latter will be the 2020 VW I.D., followed by an electric SUV, of which the manufacture will premiere a first concept in April. Skoda is also planning five electric models by 2025, while Seat must still decide whether to kick off its electric future with hybrids or BEVs. Audi’s first all-electric SUV as well as the Porsche Mission E will not be built on the platform.
Hidden symbols Did you know that Tesla’s logo is not just a T? It’s also the cross section of an electric motor, as Elon Musk now revealed. Meanwhile, for the upcoming Model 3, the carmaker now replaced the three horizontal stripes with the actual number 3.
electrek.co (Tesla logo), insideevs.com (Model 3)
Supra update: Autocar reports that the new hybrid variant of the Toyota Supra, which is being developed together with BMW, will launch under the Gazoo performance brand in 2018. Other hybrids could then also be marketed under the brand in the future.
Small electric car: Tata Motors is apparently thinking about launching an all-electric version of its subcompact car Nano. The concept was already shown at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2010.
Atieva, Tesla, Harley, Tomahawk, Tata Motors, Hyundai.
First Atieva EV from 2018: The California start-up by former Tesla managers wants to launch an electric sedan in the premium segment in 2018, followed by two electric crossover models in 2020 and 2021. The company will choose a location for its factory before the end of the year and says that it already has two candidates on its short list.
Tesla works with Nordstrom: The EV maker will kick off a pilot project for the presentation of its cars in LA this weekend that includes test drives at the department store Nordstrom. Moreover, Tesla is trying for a permit to directly sell to customers at the 121 Nordstrom locations across the U.S. and Canada. Meanwhile, the first Model X have arrived in Europe.
fastcompany.com (Nordstrom), electrek.co (Model X)
Waiting for better batteries: The first all-electric Harley-Davidson will hit the market within five years, meaning seven years after the LiveWire concept was first presented. The reason is range. 80 km are just not enough, according to Harley. A serial version will go at least double that distance on one charge.
Tomahawk on camera: Inside EVs has published a series of detailed pictures of the Dubuc Tomahawk electric sports car, for which the company recently started a crowdfunding campaign (we reported). The supercar’s official presentation is scheduled for next year.
New city EV from India: Tata Motors seems to be working on an electric version of its tiny car Nano. A testing vehicles with charger connection was sighted just recently.
Hyundai to produce in China: The Korean will launch in Sonata Hybrid in China, producing the midsized sedan locally for the first time. It will also boast a China-specific design and is said to only be the first of a planned line-up of eco-friendly cars for China.
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Total buys into the future: French oil and gas company Total has acquired battery maker Saft for 1.1bn dollars, as it moves to invest in clean energy. The friendly take-over was quickly approved by the Saft board. Not unsurprisingly, considering that Total paid a 38 percent premium.
Two new FCVs for England: Riversimple plans to launch two more fuel cell vehicles in the form of a four-seater and a van. The British-based company that recently introduced the Rasa FCV for testing, has employed Fiat 500 designer Chris Reitz for its latest hydrogen concepts. Both the sedan and the van look sleek, taking inspiration from the Rasa. Riversimple is currently looking for crowdfunding to bring its ideas to life.
autocar.co.uk, gizmag.com, riversimple.sharein.com (crowdfunding)
Zoe production to increase: Renault is gearing up production of its compact electric car and looks to churn out 35,000 units this year. That is almost double of last year’s Zoe production of 20,000 units, but the French carmaker says the amount is still below its initial expectations for the EV.
Tesla range to increase: There is a new battery in town as Tesla now offers the Model S with a 75 kWh power pack. In fact, the same pack already sits in the 70 kWh version but is limited electronically. To unlock the battery’s full potential, Tesla asks for an additional 3,000 dollars.
Audi A5 PHEV: The German carmaker previewed its A5 Sportback coupé. This time round, it will also be issued as a diesel-electric hybrid with the electric motor pushing the rear wheels.
autobild.de (in German)
EV for India: Tata Motors is working on a purely electric car together with tech companies. Designed to suit the Indian market, the system will be used in both passenger and commercial vehicles and might even make it into the luxury segment. After all, Tata owns Jaguar Land Rover.
Double-decker, Tata Motors, Hubject, Air New Zealand, ClipperCreek.
Electric double-decker launch: London now has its first electric double-decker bus. Built by BYD, the model will be joined by another four to serve on two routes in the British capital. It can travel 306 km carrying 81 passengers and needs 4 hours to recharge at the depot overnight. If all works well, the vehicle could potentially prove a “great solution for a large part” of the London bus fleet, TfL said.
channelnewsasia.com, standard.co.uk (video)
Hybrid buses for Mumbai: Tata Motors bags a contract for the delivery of 25 hybrid buses for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The buses are expected to run fully electric for 30 to 35 percent of the operations in India.
Network within a network: Hubject introduces its eHub solution together with Swisscom. It enables businesses, associations and project syndicates to operate their own charging networks within the intercharge framework. Solution would thus become integrated instead of isolated.
Airline electrifies: Air New Zealand purchases 36 BMW i3, 28 Renault Kangoo Z.E. and 12 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for its ground operations. By the end of this year, all 76 vehicles shall be in service with EV charging infrastructure already being set up.
Fast-charging: ClipperCreek presents its 5.8 kW fast-charging station. The LCS-30 is for Level 2 charging and comes for both plug-in and hardwired installations that cost 515 and 499 dollars.
Ontario, UC Berkeley, Tata Motors, FedEx.
Next level EV incentives: Canadian province Ontario has topped up its EV and PHEV incentive scheme. Buyers now get 6,000 – 10,000 dollars instead of 5 – 8,000. EVs with high battery capacity are eligible for another 3,000 dollars, plus another thousand dollars for five-seaters. If the EV cost more than 75,000 dollars, however, the state will pay only 3,000 dollars under the so-called Tesla clause.
cbc.ca, citynews.ca, insideevs.com
Meanwhile, Ontario’s Oxford County applied to add 16 EV charging stations, as the Oxford Electric Vehicle Accessibility Plan has been accepted. Four stations will be Level 3 for extra fast-charging, while the remaining 12 stations will be Level 2.
Controlled charge: UC Berkeley has received 1.5m dollars from the California Energy Commission to develop the OpenVBOSS (Open Vehicle and Building Operation System Services) software platform. It can control charging and grid load in residential and small commercial settings using open-source, open-software communication.
Hybrid and electric bus focus: Indian Tata Motors has developed its first CNG hybrid electric bus. The 12-metre bus is set for launch this year already in India. An electric bus is in the cards as well. The company says it will focus future developments on hybrid and electric buses next to premium trucks and LCV.
Electric deliveries: FedEx Express added two Nissan e-NV 200 vans to its fleet in Tokyo. It is the first time the mail company delivers electrically in Japan. An EV charger has been installed at Shinsuna station.
Tesla, Japan, Tata Motors, Turkey, Romania, GLM.
Tesla earns perfect score: Consumer Reports has given Tesla’s Model S P85D a more than perfect score of 103 points on a 100-point scale, saying that the high-performance electric sedan broke CR’s ratings system and “performed better than any other car ever has.” The rating comes about two years after Consumer Reports gave the base version of the Model S a near perfect score of 99 points.
greencarreports.com, cnbc.com, consumerreports.org
Japan to extend EV incentives? The Japanese government is considering extending tax breaks for environmentally friendly vehicles by one year through the end of March 2017. Customers who purchase electric and hybrid cars by the end of March next year, could be given a tax break of between 50 and 75 percent in the following year, with the degree of tax breaks depending on fuel efficiency.
Range-extended EV from India? Tata Motors may launch its Megapixel car in January of next year. The Megapixel range-extended electric vehicle concept was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012 and has four independent electric motors, powering each wheel.
Turkey pushes EV production: The Scientific and Technological Research Council has completed three prototypes of the planned electric and hybrid cars from Turkey, which will now be tested. A fourth prototype will be completed within the next few months.
EV subsidies in Romania: The Romanian government has increased voucher values for electric cars. Buyers of all-electric cars will now receive vouchers of 20,000 RON (5,071 dollars) instead of 12,000 RON, while plug-in hybrid cars will benefit from a 5,000 RON subsidy (1,268 dollars).
GLM closes new funding round: Japanese Green Lord Motors (GLM) says it has raised 1.7bn yen (14m dollars) for its Tommykaira ZZ electric sports car. The investment will be used to expand domestic sales operations and to develop a left-hand drive version for foreign markets.
japantimes.co.jp, techinasia.com, businessgreen.com
Koenigsegg Regera, Renault Zoe, Goodyear, Tata Motors.
More than 1500 hp, 0-248 mph in under 20 seconds – meet the Koenigsegg Regera, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The hybrid system of this Swedish hyper sports car combines a V8-engine with three electric motors which sign for 515 kW alone. The battery system comes from Rimac and is said to be the world’s most power-dense to date. However, only 80 units of the super hybrid will be built.
gtspirit.com, techeblog.com, pistonheads.com, electricautosport.com (Rimac battery)
Zoe gets increased range: Renault has issued an upgrade for the Zoe which boosts its range by about 30 km to 240 kilometres. Inside the new Zoe, a more compact and lighter electric motor called R240 together with an optimised electronic management system are said to work wonders. The motor also features a new Caméléon system which allows faster charging at home (3 kW and 11 kW).
insideevs.com, transportevolved.com, autovolt-magazine.com
Tires reloaded: Goodyear showcases a concept tire in Geneva that produces energy – the BH03 transforms heat created when it rolls into electrical energy. However, the concept tire will not get to market anytime soon but will serve as a base for future innovations.
Concept EV from India: Tata Motors brought the ConnectNext concept to Geneva. The five-seater electric car comes without a B-pillar for flexibility on the inside while boasting technologies like screens for the rear passengers or cameras instead of mirrors.
indianautosblog.com, tatamotors.com (pdf)
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Mitsubishi to show PHEV concept: The Japanese manufacturer will present a yet unnamed compact SUV plug-in hybrid concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. For now, Mitsubishi released two teaser images, prompting speculations that the concept might preview the new ASX.
Electric Mini? Together with Toyota, BMW wants to introduce a smaller version of the Mini called Minor, which might also be fitted with an electric drivetrain, according to Georg Kacher. Moreover, the 2016 Mini Countryman could feature a plug-in hybrid variant and the Superleggera is earmarked for early 2018.
automobilemag.com, autobild.de (in German)
No roads to Rome: The Italian capital has banned private cars within the ‘fascia verde’ (green belt) this coming Sunday, in an effort to curb pollution. Electric cars and carsharing vehicles will be allowed in the city, as well as petrol and diesel Euro 5 cars. The move will be repeated on 22nd of February.
Waiting for the Outlander PHEV: Instead of launching the plug-in SUV early 2016 as previously announced, it will not debut in the U.S. until Q2 of 2016. No official reason has been given, but Mitsubishi might want to wait to see what competitors put out there first to make its final adjustments.
Electric minivan for China: Car News China shows first images of the minivan Xin Longma Kaiteng EX80, which will be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April and go on sale in China in the second half of the year. An all-electric variant is also planned.
Electric delivery truck: India’s Tata Motors will issue an all-electric version of its most popular light truck Ace in the next financial year. With a top speed of around 50 km/h, it will be much slower than its diesel cousins. Other technical details have not been announced yet.