17.11.2017 - 16:21

Tesla gives Audi a piggyback

Approximately 7.3 seconds are passing until the Audi TT (construction year 2000) accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h. Tesla enthusiast Bjørn Nyland felt pity and put the tired Audi on a trailer – and fixed it to its powerful Tesla Model X…

17.11.2017 - 16:23

New Tesla Roadster to hit the stores by 2020

During Tesla’s semi truck event, CEO Elon Musk had a surprise up his sleeve — a new version of the Tesla Roadster. The base model will start at 200,000 Dollars. Interested parties can place their deposits today. It can seat four and travel 620 miles (1,000 km) on a single charge.

20.10.2017 - 09:53

Mitsubishi, Magna, BOLT, Tesla, Nissan, Changan.

Mitsubishi to electrify its core model range: The Japanese carmaker has launched a three-year roadmap called “Drive for Growth” to improve its performance in terms of volume, revenues and profitability. As part of this plan, Mitsubishi intends to provide electrified solutions for each and every of its core models from 2020 on. The company also confirms plans to create an EV kei car. Further details have not yet been given.

Magna’s electric drivetrains made in China: The car supplier teams up with SAIC subsidiary Huayu Automotive Systems to create a JV for electric drivetrains at Chinese territory. The new company shall focus at the domestic market and already gained its first customer order: According to Magna, a not closer specified German carmaker ordered the company’s electric-drive powertrain system. The newly founded JV represents Magna’s first e-drive business in China.

Electric scooter capable to send text messages: Dutch start-up BOLT Mobility has raised 3m euros through a crowd funding strategy in order to create its electric scooter called AppScooter. The vehicle with a range of up to 400 km and a base price of 2,990 euros convinced more than 2,000 investors. What is special about it, is that it provides a big touchscreen, 4G internet connection and smartphone connectivity, enabling e.g. automated text and phone call responses. Market launch is scheduled for 2018.,

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Conflict resolution at Tesla subsidiary: The employees of Tesla-owned manufacturer Grohmann Automation successfully fought for an improved salary structure and job guarantees until 2022. Thus, the German subsidiary’s stuff gets a salary increase of roughly 30 percent, starting with the current month. However, Tesla is not willing to join the branch’s collective agreement as it was requested by Germany’s largest union, IG Metall. But the new salary structure represents now anyway more or less the tariff level.,,

Nissan shows e-NV200 Fridge Concept: At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will put its e-NV200 Fridge Concept on display, an utility van to transport chilled foods. The electric vehicle is designed to meet urban requirements and features an additional battery pack to power a refrigeration unit. While the vehicles lithium-ion battery provides 24 kWh, the refrigeration equivalent comes with 12 kWh.

Changan to produce solely EVs by 2025: Within the next 8 years, Chinese car manufacturer Changan will transform into a pure EV maker, according the company’s own information. In order to do so, the Chinese want to create three NEV platforms and invest a total of 100bn Yuan (12bn euros) into its electrification strategy.,

19.10.2017 - 09:25

Toyota, Polestar, Nissan, Tesla, Zero Motorcycles, Van Hool.

Fine fuel cell concepts: Toyota will showcase hydrogen concepts at its home run in Tokyo this November. One is the Fine Comfort Ride, itself a carrier of not only fuel cell technology but autonomous driving capability as well. Its drives sit in the wheels and a load of hydrogen is said to last for a 1,000 kilometres while the sleek mini van can transport up to six persons. Also on display in Japan’s capital will be the Sora, Toyota’s first ever fuel cell bus that is set to go on sale next year. More than a 100 Sora are also booked to chauffeur visitors during the 2020 Olympics around Tokyo and will likely leave a lasting impression with their LED lights and stereoscopic shape., (Fine-Comfort Ride),, (Sora)

Polestar part 2: 640 million euros have been freed by Geely and Volvo to bolster their electric Polestar label. And that is only for the first phase which includes setting up production in Chengdu China. Five all-electric models are scheduled for launch throughout 2021, following the Polestar 1 PHEV (we reported).,

Is this the Leaf SUV? Could be, after all it is expected to make an entrance at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. A short teaser film evokes a sense of silhouette but is otherwise dubbed to outline “the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.” via,

No credits for Model 3: Supercharging was never supposed to be free for those opting for the economy Tesla or at least not entirely. Turns out, that fast-charging will cost from day one as the annual credit of 400 kWh Model S and X users get nowadays won’t apply to the Model 3. The credit translates to about 4 – 5 full charges or 1,500 kilometres so future Model 3 drivers better hope for that new CCS plug we mentioned a few days ago.

Faster charging and more range are the two outstanding features of Zero Motorcycles’ 2018 series. Batteries now come with 10 percent more capacity and there is the option for a range-extending Power Tank that can deliver a city range of more than 200 miles. New too is the 6kW Charge Tank that increases charging time at a standard household outlet sixfold.,

Van Hool goes exquisite with its first 24 metre electric bus powered by IMC technology from Kiepe Electric. The EXQUI.CITY T that is on show at the Busworld in Belgium can thus hook on the overhead wire where available but also roam freely on battery power.,

19.10.2017 - 09:35

EV Sales in China.

In China 398,000 NEVs that includes PHEV have been sold throughout September this year. Last month alone saw an almost 80 percent rise, with the total growing 37.7% compared with 2016. China targets sales of 700,000 NEV before the year’s end.

18.10.2017 - 08:56

Polestar, Tesla, Daimler, Mazda, Navya, Cummins.

Polestar 1 arrives: Volvo revealed the first model of its now wholly electrified label Polestar, which is taking the lead in the Swedes’ e-offensive. The Polestar 1 is a Grand Tourer Coupé for four. Driven by the 600 hp plug-in hybrid system, it boasts an electric range of 150 kilometres, which places it almost in the realm of a range-extended EV. No wonder the premium model forebodes the upcoming all-electric Polestar 2, designed to rival Tesla’s Model 3. A purely electric SUV, the Polestar 3, has been lined-out too. But first things first and so the Polestar 1 mass production will commence in China from 2019.,,

News from production hell: Tesla is experiencing massive problems as it tries to bring Fremont up to volume production speed reportedly. The reasons however appear manifold and rumours range from the EV maker simply having overestimated its abilities to more concrete difficulties with welding the steel chassis of the Model 3 (the Model S and X are made of alloy). Some light has been shed by an Oppenheimer analyst, who puts the blame on a “small number of suppliers failing to deliver on time.” Bear in mind though that he is a shareholder himself. More noteworthy info was deliberated by Tesla supplier Polytec, that said Tesla may start making the Model 3 in Europe at Magna in Austria. (welding issue), (supplier issue), (move to Magna)

Daimler to split up three-way: The German corporation is looking to reorganise itself and at the moment three companies are likely: one for Mercedes-Benz cars and vans, another trucks and buses, and a third for financial services. The decision is far from final though as neither managers nor the board or shareholders have approved the plan yet. Ultimately the split would make it easier for Daimler to sell of parts of its business and the carmaker reasons such changes would help to adapt to a fast-paced environment. In any case, seeing such changes through is likely to take years of both planning and negotiations with stakeholders although Daimler aims at 2019.,

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Mazda is going ahead with its range-extending rotary engine of which first plans appeared in March this year. Mazda’s head of engine design, Mitsuo Hitomi now confirmed that the rotary will be utilised for the brand’s premier EV due by 2019. It will the sit side by side the all-electric variant.

Navya teases the world debut of another autonomous EV set at November, 7. The French have not handed out much information but it is likely to be based on the existing shuttle Arma, maybe a bigger brother this time.,

Cummins acquires Brammo: Their first electric truck has not been in this world longer than two months and Cummins already progresses on the path to electrification. It has now taken over Brammo, formerly known for electric motorcycles and now specialising in batteries.,,

17.10.2017 - 13:04

Tesla, Toyota, China, BMW, Hyundai, Volvo Buses.

Clouds over Tesla: Hundreds of employees have been laid off in Fremont and elsewhere after a performance review. While Tesla would not comment on actual numbers, estimates range between 200 and 1,000 people to have been fired with former workers claiming that those who attempted to unionise were targeted. The EV maker denied the allegation, and referred to the dismissal being business as usual for its overall workforce of 33,000. It may also be a reaction to massive problems with Model 3 production (we reported). On top, Tesla had issued a recall of 11,000 Model X recently.,,

Future mobility with AI: Toyota expands its Concept-i series with two more vehicles, this time targeting urban traffic including pedestrians. Build on the four-wheeled Toyota Concept-i first shown at the CES, Tokyo will see the premier of the Concept-i Ride, a small two-seater. And there is more. The Concept-i Walk is a mini scooter with three-wheels designed to roll on walkways. All three concepts come with what Toyota calls its AI Agent, able to engage with the driver. It reads facial expressions for example and also monitors social media and in-car conversations to “guess” the owners preferences and to start a dialogue itself. Do you recall Kit?,

This is it: China’s EV sales quota is out since September and details reveal a scoring system, which will take effect from 2019. The scores will take into account both the overall fleet fuel consumption as well as the sales of new energy vehicles of those manufacturers making at least 30,000 vehicles a year. In terms of EVs and plug-in hybrids, manufacturers must sell enough NEVs to accumulate credits higher than 10 percent of their traditional vehicle output by 2019, and 12 percent by 2020. Each electric car counts with 4.4 points, while a PHEV will be good for 2 credits. Those over achieving may sell those credits to manufacturers that did not manage to comply with the quota in order to offset the emission of their conventional fleet similar to the system in California. The other score for average fuel consumption of ICEs is calculated based on the number of conventional cars produced.

BMW is definitely getting ready for the EV quota as Great Wall now confirmed rumoured talks with the German carmaker. Together they want to produce electric vehicles for the Chinese market, under the Mini brand in this case.,

Choice of battery for Kona: A report from Norway speaks of two battery options for the upcoming all-electric version of Hyundai’s Kona. The standard 39.2 is topped by the bigger 64.2 kWh pack that is said to last for more than 500 kilometres. The 150 kW drive of the compact SUV comes from LG and is already at work in the Chevy Bolt. (in Norwegian) via

Volvo updates its bestselling electric bus 7900 E, that now comes with an additional battery option. Capacity thus reaches from 150 over 200 to 250 kW, increasing the range to up to 200 kilometres. Another range-extending feature is the new option to not only charge the bus via pantograph and the OppCharge protocol but to plug it into any CCS charging outlet, when the coach is parked at the depot for example. The new Volvo 7900 Electric will make its debut at the Busworld in Belgium this weekend.

17.10.2017 - 13:51

Tesla, Hubject, Los Angeles, Q-Park.

Dual charge port by Tesla: The Californians have unveiled a dual connector charge port system to support more than one charging standard on the Model S and X. In Europe and China, Tesla usually uses the Mennekes plug (Type 2) but has now added the second charge port featuring China’s new GB standard. This points to a CCS plug coming to Europe soon, given Tesla reacts to the standardization efforts that have been undertaken in a similar fashion and the EV maker had joined CharIn last year.

Hubject is hungry for more and announced its expansion to the States and China. The shareholers are on board and have freed some more millions of euro. In the U.S. the charging network provider has already established a subsidiary, Hubject Inc. which is now to be build up and find partners. The move into China is in preparation as you read and Hubject hopes to set up “a comprehensive digital charging network in cooperation with local providers and operators.”

EV sharing in LA: Los Angeles got its first all-electric car-sharing service using Tesla Model X thanks to Green Commuter. The operator leases EVs to vanpoolers during commuting hours and to car-share users or companies for fleet replacement the rest of the time. The Model X are available to the public through the Green Commuter app.

Reserve a place to charge and park cheaper is the offer Q-Park is flagging to members of the UK’s Polar charging network. The 20 percent discount applies on parking in city centres across the UK and Ireland when drivers pre-book online. Meanwhile, Polar has just installed its 300th unit on the Isles, according to operator Chargemaster.
parking, 300 chargers (both Chargemaster)

16.10.2017 - 08:47

Slovenia, Norway, GM, Daihatsu, Yamaha, Tesla.

Also Slovenia to ban combustion-powered cars: The next European government specifies a deadline for diesel- and petrol-powered vehicles: By 2030, Slovenia wants to limit registration permission to cars with CO2 emissions of less than 50 grams per kilometre – what currently just applies to EVs and PHEVs. Already by 2025, newly registered cars will have to stay under 100 grams of CO2 per kilometre. Simultaneously, the country’s EV charging infrastructure shall grow significantly – from currently 227 stations to 1,200 units in 2020, to 7,000 in 2025 and finally to 22,300 in 2030.,

Tesla cars to get more costly in Norway? The country’s government intends to partly cut its generous EV subsidies, according to media reports. The draft 2018 budget proposes modifications regarding the exemption from motor vehicle registration tax as well as revising discounts in taxation of company cars. The new rules would particularly affect EVs with more than two tonnes, thus mainly Tesla: Its Model X could soon cost 70,000 krones (approximately 7,500 euros) more. However, Norway’s minority government is dependent on other parties to realise its plans., (in Norwegian)

Pam Fletcher heads GM’s EV business: General Motors has chosen Pamela Fletcher to be in charge of the company’s worldwide EV portfolio. Her new position of vice president, Global Electric Vehicle Programs, has been newly created. Fletcher has a lot of experience in GM’s management units, most recently she was executive chief engineer for Electrified Vehicles and New Technologies. Just recently, General Motors introduced its electrification initiative that includes 20 EVs by 2023,

Daihatsu presents electrified concept cars: The Japanese carmaker has published first pictures of several interesting concepts that it will put on display at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. While the DN Pro Cargo is an utility vehicle with an all-electric drivetrain, the compact SUV DN Trec and the DN Compagno are hybrid-powered. Especially the DN Compagno draws attention as it represents a reinterpretation of the Daihatsu Compagno, launched in 1963.

Yamaha’s EV spectrum: Electrified bikes, scooters, motorcycles and even a car concept – Yamaha will show a broad range of low-emission vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show. Additionally, the Japanese manufacturer has announced a so-called Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW), a mixture between a car and a motorcycle with electric drivetrain and additional range extender. Further details, also about the company’s car concept have not yet been provided.

Tesla recalls 11,000 Model X cars: Due to problems with the second-row seats, Tesla voluntarily recalls approximately 11,000 models produced between 28th of October 2016 and 16th of August 2017. According to the Californian EV maker, some cables are not correctly tightened, so that seats could move forward during a car accident. However, Tesla estimates that this problem occurs in just 3 percent of all recalled cases.,

09.10.2017 - 21:21

Renault, Volvo, Tesla, Toyota, Honda, BYD.

Renault takes the lead in the electrification strategy of the Alliance with Mitsubishi and Nissan as 8 out of 12 EV planned will come from the French by 2022. Renault’s Drive the Future plan in fact outlines 20 electrified models due within the next five years, including said eight all-electric cars. During the same period, the Group also wants to cut its diesel offering by 50 percent and reduce it to one family from currently three diesel engines. In terms of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, they will share a dedicated EV platform across the B to D segments with a first electric SUV coming first to China before spreading to other markets.,,

Volvo got ready for pole position as it circulates a piece of the puzzle that is to reveal its first electric car under the Polestar label. The Swedes only recently turned their performance division into an all-electric brand and now want to make a grand entry on October, 17. While the image is literally missing a few pieces, Autocar imagines a coupé bearing a 600 hp plug-in hybrid drive.

Tesla delays the Semi truck once more now setting the release for November, 16, rather than the end of October. It is the second delay reportedly and Elon Musk on Twitter referred to the production bottleneck caused by the Model 3, which has taken priority. Quote: “We are deep in production hell.”,

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Toyota with two new hybrid concepts: As the Tokyo Motor Show awaits later this month, Toyota announced a double debut or hybrid home run. First pictures show the GR HV Sports Concept and the roomy SUV Tj Cruiser. Details will only follow once the fair has begun., (GR HV), (Tj Cruiser)

Honda organises electrification: Honda is to shut down its Samaya facility in Japan to be able to accommodate for EV making at a more modern facility in Yorii, Japan from March 2022. The latter shall become the heart and soul of Honda’s global electrification.,,

BYD expansion complete: The Chinese carmaker has succeeded in tripling production capacity at its Lancaster facility in California. BYD can now build up to 1,5000 electric buses here a year, ten times as many as four years ago.,,

05.10.2017 - 08:00

Nissan, JLR, Tesla, Ford, Israel, Suzuki.

Nissan presents launch edition: The next-gen Leaf finally reached Europe. The Japanese carmaker chose Oslo to introduce its updated EV to the audience and to also announce a launch edition called „2.ZERO Edition“, fully equipped e.g. with the driver assistance system ProPILOT and Nissan’s new e-pedal. Pricing for the special version starts at 34,950 euros (in contrast to the new Leaf’s basis price of 31,950 euros), first deliveries are scheduled for early 2018.

JLR electrifies Range Rover Sport: For the first time, Jaguar Land Rover adds a PHEV to its line-up: The Range Rover Sport family will get a new plug-in hybrid member called P400e. The new model couples a 300 PS gasoline engine with a 85kW electric motor and a 13.1 kWh battery, reaching a maximum range of 50km in an electric-only modus. The UK order books are open by now. Pricing starts at 70,800 pounds with first sales planned in the beginning of 2018.,,

First spy shot of Tesla’s truck: Several websites have published a photo showing Tesla’s electric truck Semi for the first time more or less completely. The picture has been taken at a circuit in California where the EV maker regularly tests its vehicles. The truck’s official presentation is due at October, 26th, after having been once postponed.,

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Ford to reconsider EV strategy for China? The American carmaker is about to realign its EV business, shifting together with its JV partner Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC) further towards electric transporters and trucks, according to Reuters. Main reasons are the impending ban of combustion-powered cars in China and the fact that no other foreign manufacturer has yet put detailed plans on the table to enter the potentially lucrative Chinese electric utility vehicle market.

Israel continues „green taxation“: The country’s government agreed on keeping its lower purchase tax rate on electrified vehicles until at least late 2019. Instead of a 83 percent tax rate, HEVs and PHEVs are taxed at 30 percent, fully electric cars just at 10 percent. The reductions are valid since 2009 and serve as incentives for the country’s population.

JV trio to get another partner? After Toyota, Mazda and Denso have founded a Japanese EV alliance based in Nagoya, Suzuki seems to be interested to join the JV, too. At least that is what Kyodo News reports referring to sources that do not want to be named. Suzuki has a major presence in India but faces more and more problems to meet tightening emission standards around the world.

05.10.2017 - 08:48

VW e-Golf, Tesla Model 3.

Video tip I: What is Jonny Smith’s judgment about the new VW e-Golf? In the latest edition of Fully Charged he extensively tests the electric-powered Volkswagen.

Video tip II: New video clips of OCDetailing unveil „hidden features“ of Tesla’s Model 3 – one focusses on exterior, another one on interior features.

28.09.2017 - 08:08

France, Tesla Model S.

Reading tip: With 20bn euros, the French government wants to boost the country’s energy transition within the upcoming five years. The growth of renewable energies shall be supported with 7bn, the switch to cleaner vehicles with 4bn euros. The latter is combined with the ambitious aim to get rid of 10m gas guzzlers by 2022.

Video tip: 12 finalists, but just one winner: This video clip demonstrates how Tesla’s Model S P100D dominated the “World’s Greatest Drag Race” by Motor Trend.

27.09.2017 - 08:03

Porsche, Tesla, Coda, Navistar, VW, Renault.

Porsche extends its PHEV range, adding the Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid to its line-up. The new model version couples a 4.0-litre V8 engine with an electric motor, reaching a system output of 500 kW. In full EV mode, the car manages up to 140 km/h and a distance of 49 km. However, with its combined hybrid power it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h. Porsche says it just opened its order books. In Germany, pricing of the Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid will start from 188.592 euros.,,

Tesla Model S solely with all-wheel drive: The Californian EV maker has put its announcement into practise, cancelled the Model S 75 from its line-up and thus made the all-wheel drive version with 75 or 100 kWh battery pack its new base model. Future Model S owners have to pay now at least 74,500 dollars in the U.S. or for example 73,170 euros in Germany (environmental bonus included).,

Coda successor looks for investors: Since Mullen presented its 700e based on the EV sedan of 2013 bankrupt declared manufacturer Coda, it has got very calm around the project for almost 3 years. But now, Mullen Technologies returns into the news, announcing the plan to generate 500m U.S. dollars to finance the production of an all-new 2018 700e and to build a battery factory, on top.,

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Electric truck made by VW and Navistar: U.S. utility vehicle manufacturer Navistar says it intends to develop an electric medium-duty truck in cooperation with Volkswagen Truck & Bus. The model shall enter Navistar’s core markets in the States and Canada in late 2019 or early 2020.,

VW registers “I.D. Streetmate”: The German car manufacturer has applied for the “I.D. Streetmate” trademark, fuelling rumours that this name could be the label of a future I.D. family member. As reported, VW develops several fully-electrified I.D. models based on the MEB platform with the first one to be launched in 2020. So far, VW officially introduced the well-known trio I.D., I.D. Cross und I.D. Buzz. However, a picture of unclear origin recently showed two further models.

Zoe and Kangoo Z.E. to enter Australian market: Renault will introduce its Zoe and Kangoo Z.E. to Australia, where the choice between EVs is still very limited. The Zoe will cost 44,470 dollars, while the Kangoo Z.E. will be available for 45,990 dollars. However, both EVs won’t appear in showrooms, instead they are going to hit the road through direct sales to businesses and government departments only.,,

26.09.2017 - 10:52

Tesla Supercharger Shanghai, BMW.

Click tip: In Shanghai, Tesla is currently erecting its biggest Supercharger site worldwide. The Lilacs International Commercial Centre will host not less than 50 Supercharger stalls – that are 10 more than the next biggest Supercharger station known to date.

Video tip: BMW has released a new video clip, introducing its inductive charging system. As reported, the system shall be optionally offered for BMW’s 530e iPerformance by 2018.

25.09.2017 - 08:44

PSA, Tesla, Denza, Nio, Innogy, Formula E.

PSA to launch 3 EVs until 2020: The French group has revealed details about its electrification strategy in the upcoming years. By 2019, PSA intends to launch all-electric versions of its best-selling model, the Peugeot 208, and of its upcoming DS 3 Crossback. An EV version of the Peugeot 2008 shall follow in 2020. To gain a stronger position in the PHEV market, PSA plans to introduce hybrid versions of the DS 7 Crossback, the Peugeot 3008 and 5008, the Citroen C5 Aircross and Opel’s respectively Vauxhall’s Grandland X, too. The first PHEV compact crossover built on the company’s EMP2 platform will be the above mentioned DS 7 Crossback in 2019.

Tesla stops Model S 75 sales: Since yesterday, the cheapest option of the Model S is not available anymore – most probably to further distinguish the luxury sedan from the new Model 3. From now on, the Model S base version will no longer be a rear-wheel drive, but an all-wheel drive model with 75 or 100 kWh battery pack and pricing starting at 74,500 dollars (before 69,500 USD). Thus, the Model 3 is going to be the only EV in Tesla’s line-up with a rear-wheel drive motor.

Denza to broaden its EV line-up? Wang Chuanfu, CEO of Chinese manufacturer BYD, says he is currently discussing with Daimler additional investments in their Chinese JV. The aim is to launch new electric vehicle models through their common brand Denza. Further details have not yet been released.</a

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Tech data about Nio’s electric SUV: When start-up Nio presented its electric SUV ES8 in April, technical specifications were not provided. Now CarNewsChina publishes data gained through a leaked spec sheet: Thus, the seven-seater comes with a total output of 240 kW and 420 Nm torque, a 67 kWh battery pack shall enable a NEFZ range of 355 km. Production kick-off is scheduled for late-2017.

Innogy’s investment plans: German RWE subsidy Innogy publishes details about its company strategy until 2025. Among others, it intends to put 1,2bn euros in the growing markets of electric mobility, photovoltaics and broadband until 2019. Within its electric mobility business unit, Innogy says it currently operates 5,800 charging points in more than 20 countries and to offer the “complete package”: from developing, installation and operation of charging stations to their maintenance and accounting.

Formula E travels to 4 new cities: The calendar for the Formula E’s next season is featuring four historic new events: in Zurich, Rome, Santiago de Chile and São Paulo. The Zurich race marks the first circuit racing in Switzerland since it was banned in 1955. The season starts with a double-header event in Hong Kong early December.

22.09.2017 - 08:19

Infiniti, Mahindra, Volvo, Toyota, Tacita, Tesla.

Dedicated EV by Infiniti: Nissan got electrification in its veins and it will pump up its premium arm by 2019 when Infiniti plans to launch its first electric model. Rather than building on an existing one or even on a Nissan platform though, it shall be an all new model and a sleek and powerful one on top. Debut is set for Detroit next year. Infiniti showed an electric concept back in 2012 and also electrified Pebble Beach this year (we reported).

EV brand by Mahindra and Pininfarina? The Indian conglomerate may engage its Pininfarina subsidiary in setting up an all-electric label to target the premium segment. Multiple models could emerge over the next 3 – 5 years, effectively turning the design house that used to sign responsible for Ferrari into an EV manufacturer to catch up with Tesla.

Volvo presents XC40: The new compact SUV has made it into the Swedes’ line-up and is the first to utilise the CMA platform, which builds the base for all following 40 series Volvo. This includes the plug-in versions although these are not offered at this initial launch of the XC40. Volvo has not given a precise on-sale date for the EV and PHEV in Europe but it is certain, they will come. Fancy stuff like a smartphone compartment with inductive charging is included in all variants.,,

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Toyota pushes for performance and has created a new label called GR for Gazoo Racing. The first GR versions will hit Japan before they reach European markets at a later date. As Toyota announced recently, its wants to offer its hybrod bestsellers in two variants, one efficient the other powerful, so expect to see a Prius GR soon.,

Electric motorbike from Italy: Tacita has brought its T-Cruise to the AIMExpo in the States. The electric motorcycle is offered in three battery variants (7.5 – 27 kWh) with the highest lasting for a cruise of up 270 km. Prices start at 11,000 dollars in the USA.

Tesla understatement: The EPA has rated the long range version of the Model 3 and attests 537 km, more than the manufacturer’s estimate of 500 km. Tesla may have understated the range on purpose in order to distinguish the economy model more clearly from the Model S.

20.09.2017 - 09:46

Porsche, Tesla, EV100, China, Electra Meccanica, Mahindra.

Porsche Mission E for 90,000 euros? The serial version of Porsche’s Mission E is to hit the stores by end-2019 with pricing being comparable with the entry-level Panamera, thus around 90.000 euros. This is at least what the Car Magazine reports, referring to Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. According to him, the Mission E will come with different power output motors and eventually also with varying bodystyles in the long run.

Tesla’s next stock price all-time high: The EV company’s stock price has climbed to 387 US-dollars, leading to a market capitalisation of almost 65 bn USD. Most probably, this development is due to the upcoming Model 3 production ramp up and deliveries: While so far, 1,500 units have been given to employees and company insiders, in October deliveries are supposed to start to regular reservation holders. As reported, Tesla intends to increase production output to 20.000 Model 3 units per month by December.

Multinationals team up: 10 worldwide operating company groups have founded an initiative called EV100 to encourage global business commitments on electric transport. Together, Deutsche Post DHL, Vattenfall, Baidu, Ikea, Metro, NP, LeasePlan, PG&E, Unilever and the airport Heathrow want to send a strong market signal by e.g. seeking to switch to EV fleets and to install EV infrastructure for employees and clients until 2030.

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New China alliance for EVs & Co: Internet giant Tencent has signed a strategic partnership with Chinese car manufacturer GAC as both seek to develop internet-connected cars and to explore investment into other business areas, among others also in the creation of EVs and PHEVs. Tencent also holds a 5 percent share in Tesla.

Electra Meccanica sees high demand: Canadian manufacturer Electra Meccanica has registered 579 retail orders for its electric trike Solo whose large-scale production kick-off is scheduled for first half of 2018. On top, 102 orders have been received for the electric roadster Tofino, due in 2019. Taking also letters of intent into consideration, the company says orders amount to 19,845 Solos and 24,202 Tofinos.

Mahindra’s new electric versions: Mahindra Electric is about to invest 3 to 4m rupees (45,000 to 62,000 dollars) in order to create electric versions of the Scorpio and the XUV500. Currently, the company is looking for cooperation to develop EV tech components. Prices for both electric versions are probable to be higher than for the existing diesel models. Further details have not yet been revealed.,,

19.09.2017 - 07:53

Continental, Chevy Bolt, Hinkley, Tesla.

Urban Bee hive by Conti: Described as “industrious worker bee for the urban mobility of the future”, the BEE is a compact electric car with wide ranging autonomy. Short for “Balanced Economy and Ecology mobility concept”, IAA visitors can experience it in virtual reality only but Continental hopes that many of the two-seaters could navigate tomorrow’s mega cities using swarm intelligence.

Driving all alone: The autonomous Chevy Bolt is ready for mass production, reports GM’s Cruise Automation division that just released the third generation of the autonomous experiment. While jurisdiction may say otherwise, once full self-driving will get the go, GM’s lines are ready to roll. (the engineers),

All-electric yacht: Powered by the same battery that propel BMW’s i3, Hinkley’s luxury vessel Dasher uses two of the power packs. Each drives a 59 kW electric motor and when driven at the cruising speed of 10 mph, a range of 40 miles is possible. The price range though is undisclosed.,,

The battery swap is not dead at least not on paper which Tesla filed to the patent authorities back in May. The concept describes a battery swap technology to deploy out of a trailer. Rather than being automated, this one mentions engineers and up to 15 minutes per swap.,

19.09.2017 - 07:49

Urban Supercharger, Model 3.

Video tip: Shortly after its presentation Tesla’s Urban Supercharger is in operation and on film already. Made for dense cities and charging at a slower rate, it mainly looks more compact. via

Research tip: Check out Autolist’s full analysis of the Model 3 depreciation curve that we quoted briefly here before. It also has an infographic of actual consumer appreciation for Tesla’s latest EV.

15.09.2017 - 11:46

Honda, Tesla, Daimler, Owl, Bentley, Mercedes.

Honda accelerates electrification: Each and every new Honda model launched in Europe will offer some form of electrification, be it it hybrid or all-electric. The hybrid Honda CR-V marks the start next year, followed by the Urban EV (we reported). The Japanese carmaker wants to make two thirds of its sales from electrified models by 2030 but aims to reach this target 5 years earlier in Europe.,,

Tesla decelerates for once and has rescheduled the presentation of its Semi truck. Initially due this month, it will now be shown on Onctober, 26 in Hawthorne, California. Taking a time out as well is Tesla VP Diarmuid O’Connell, who decided to depart after eleven years to spend more time with his family.,, (O’Connell)

Daimler’s all-electric truck however has just launched and the first four FUSO e-Canter have taken up their work at NGOs based in New York City. Serial production is on and 500 units shall be delivered to clients in the U.S., Europe and Japan over the next two years before production is to seriously scale up.

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Why would you name a racer Owl? Because you want to underscore its silent flight, well drive, as is the case with Aspark’s Owl that has seen the light of day at the IAA. With a carbon body it weighs just 850 kilos and is allegedly fast too, going from 0 – 100 in less than two seconds powered by a 320 kW two motor system and supercaps. Order on request from 2019.,

Bentley confirms plug-in plans: There is an electric sports car cooking that will utilise Porsche’s Mission E platform, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer confirmed. A first concept appeared in Geneva this year where the EXP 12 Speed 6e wowed a crowd. Expect production to commence by the end of the decade but first there will be three Bentley PHEV, namely the Bentayga, Continental and Flying Spur.

Luxury PHEV: Mercedes positions the S 560 e as the S 500 e’s successor at the IAA. The novel plug-in hybrid drive allows for electric cruising over 50 kilometres and offers 90 kW plus the 270 kW of the engine. It is the 8th model in Daimler’s plug-in line-up, only an on sale date is missing.,,

15.09.2017 - 11:03

BMW i Vision Dynamics, Supercharger, Events,

Video tip I: BMW’s i Vision Dynamics is nothing but a vision, at least serial production will not commence before 2021 because battery technology will not last for 600 km sooner, explains BMW’s chief developer. (video interview)

Video tip II: One finds Tesla fans more often in China lately, where the EV maker handed over the mic to its clients. 1,000 Supercharger shall come to the People’s Republic before the year’s end. via

Events for the upcoming week: IAA (Sept 14-24; Frankfurt am Main, Germany) ++ Urban Green Infrastructure (Sept 20-21; Malmö, Sweden) ++ International Congress for Battery Recycling (Sept 20-22; Lisbon, Portugal) ++ Hydrogen for Clean Transport Conference (Sept 22; Brussels, Belgium) ++ You can find a complete list of events at

12.09.2017 - 07:36

CATL, GKN, Nidec, Tesla.

CATL to start Gigafactory: The Chinese supplier wants to enter the battery market as early as January 2018 when a new facility in Liyang will take up its work. The first phase already aims at an annual capacity of 10 GWh. This shall increase gradually until output reaches 36 GWh, just like Tesla’s Gigafactory. The cells will be assembled by cooperation partner SAIC that could soon supply enough packs for up to 300,000 EVs a year. CATL, that also delivers cells for the BMW i3, was the world’s third largest battery maker in 2016 with an output of 6.8 GWh. (in German)

Electric drive: GKN Driveline is about to construct a new manufacturing facility in Tokoname City, Japan. It will replace an older plant, and has become necessary to meet increasing demand for AWD and eDrive systems. GKN will break ground this month and targets completion by mid-2018.,

Another e-drive from Japan is presented by Nidec that has developed a lightweight motor system for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. It combines a gearbox, an inverter and a motor with a proprietary cooling system and has an output of 40 to 150 kW to cater for various vehicles.

Lonesome ranger: 400,000 miles driven with almost no battery degradation. What sounds like one of those Tesla milestones has actually been hit by a single Chevy Volt driven by a GM employee. Note though that the electric miles count 141,795 only.

12.09.2017 - 07:13

Tesla rescue vehicle

The EV maker went the extra mile to support Tesla drivers fleeing hurricane Irma as it roared across Florida. Tesla set free the 15 kWh reserve capacity in all 60 kWh models via over the air software update. If it saved anybody is unknown but the move sure caught the public eye.,,

11.09.2017 - 08:08

Model 3 spotted in Europe.

A year earlier than expected, a Tesla Model 3 could be seen in the old world, close to the Tesla assembly in Dutch Tilburg so maybe the homologation has started. Already, or just in time one could say, given that it is a lengthy process and orders have been placed.

05.09.2017 - 07:49

Swatch, EC Power, JAC, Baidu, Tesla.

Swatch batteries to come in 2018: After delays, the announced Super-battery for EVs made by Swatch shall finally roll off the production lines in the upcoming year. It is supposed to provide 30 percent increase in capacity compared to the Gigafactory product. The delay is due to the company’s target to still improve and optimise the cathode of the battery, according to Swatch CEO Nick Hayek.

U.S. battery tech for Chinese EVs: The Winter Olympic Games in 2022 in Beijing shall see 10,000 electric-powered service cars and buses, equipped with cell tech developed by Pennsylvania State University spin-off EC Power. Its so called all-climate battery (ACB) is said to be performing even with temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius. The battery packs are supposed to be produced by EC Power’s licensees MGL in China.

Autonomous EVs by JAC and Baidu? Chinese search engine giant Baidu teams up with manufacturer JAC, in order to kick-off serial production of autonomous cars by 2019. It’s likely that they go for new energy vehicles, maybe even for fully electrified cars.

Tesla kicks-off solar cell production: In the EV maker’s solar plant in Buffalo, called Gigafactory 2, the first cells for Tesla’s solar panels roll off the lines. Tesla and Panasonic target an annual production capacity of 1 GW by 2019, in the long term even 2 GW, according to a new statement of Tesla Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel.

01.09.2017 - 09:22

ChargePoint Services, London, Tesla, Colorado.

Gas to charge: British ChargePoint Services (not U.S. ChargePoint) and Motor Fuel Group (MFG) have signed a partnership deal for the roll-out of EV charging across their UK network that spans 413 petrol stations. Not only did MFG included all its stations in the deal but will also install DC fast-charging with 50 kW or more. Given the less than 1,000 DC stops in the UK, this means almost a 50 percent increase.,

Green taxi ranks in Central London: The City of London is looking at new taxi stands reserved for electric cabs. The planning proposals are due to be updated this October but it is safe to say that cabbies switching to fully electric may soon have some prime spots to charge and wait for clients.

Tesla to go to Tyrol: Austria’s third largest state may soon welcome Tesla on its pastures as the EV maker is looking to open a workshop and store in Thaur near Innsbruck. While nothing has been made official yet, the hunt for employees is on and the future landlord confirmed that talks took place. (in German)

69m from the VW diesel-gate settlement in the States will go to Colorado and the state plans to invest into EV incentives for businesses and the government and also charging infrastructure. 18m alone will also buy about 36 electric or alt fuel public transit buses. The plans are still being discussed.

01.09.2017 - 09:40

Tesla, Mercedes-AMG.

Reading tip: A new highway was part of Tesla’s deal with Nevada when they chose Sparks for their first Gigafactory. Now the EV maker brought a Model 3 to inaugurate the ‘game changer’ highway.,

Video tip: Lewis Hamilton took over the steering wheel in Mercedes-AMG F1-powered hypercar to shoot a short teaser video prior to its debut at the IAA.,

31.08.2017 - 11:33

Model S Taxi.

No less than 400,000 electric kilometres has this Model S of Finnish taxi driver Ari Nyyssönen managed. Bought in 2014, he has finally exchanged the motor and battery pack but said the latter kept about 93% of its original driving range and showed little signs of degradation.