BMW, Proterra, Toroidion, Slovakia.
Is BMW planning its own Model 3? The many reservations for the new Tesla seem to have inspired BMW to get its own electric limousine. It will be based on the carmaker’s 3-series and will therefore not sport a distinct design and carbon fibre chassis, like the i-models. For some, it’s an indication that the previous approach to an electric line-up has failed. As reported yesterday, an electric X4 and Mini Cooper are also in the cards.
dw.com, autocar.co.uk, handelsblatt.com (fee required)
Bigger battery for C Evolution: The BMW C Evolution is now fitted with the new generation battery cells that are also used in the i3, allowing the 35 kW scooter to go 160 km on one charge. The A1 driving license version in Europe with an output of 11 kW and a top speed of 120 kph will also remain.
560 km range: Proterra presented the Catalyst E2, an all-electric bus with a larger battery that can therefore service destinations outside cities. Capacity is set at around 600 kWh, allowing the bus to go up to 560 km on one charge. The manufacturer has delivered more than 300 electric buses to its home market North America to date.
insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com
The 1,000 kW Toroidion is coming: The Finnish super car is apparently already in the final stages of the development phase. Based on the in 2015 presented 1MW Concept (we reported), the manufacturer plans a small series of 75 units per year. Moreover, the Toroidion team and Mika Salo are already preparing to take part in the 24h of Le Mans.
Slovakia plans EV incentives: Electric cars are to account for 31 percent of car sales by 2030, which is why the government is planning a series on measures to help the market. These include direct subsidies and tax relieves, scrapping registration fees and allowing for a shorter depreciation period for companies, implementing zero emission zones and the promise to install one charger for every 10 EVs sold.
Video tip I: Hyundai has kicked off its global campaign called “The Car Triathlon Powered by Pure Energy.” The carmaker wants to promote its electric line-up, made up of the Tucson Fuel Cell, Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Plug-in Hybrid.
youtube.com via automotiveworld.com
Video tip II: Toroidion has released a first promotional video of its electric supercar, the 1 MW Concept. The Finnish sportscar features two electric motors with each 200 kW in the front and two with each 300 kW in the back.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Audi, Peugeot, Chevrolet, Toroidion, Spain, Germany & Netherlands.
New Audi PHEVs: At the Auto Shanghai, the German carmaker will present the A6 L e-tron, a plug-in hybrid version of the long wheelbase A6 developed for the Chinese market. Audi will also reveal the Prologue Allroad concept with a 734 hp plug-in hybrid drive and Audi’s wireless charging AWC.
worldcarfans.com (A6), autoblog.com (Prologue)
Strong Peugeot hybrid: The French carmaker will bring a new concept car to Shanghai. The Peugeot 308 R Hybrid combines a 270-hp engine with two electric motors, delivering 85 kW each. Together, the trio has the power of 500 hp and 730 Nm.
Chevy doubles its electrifying efforts as it brings not only the Bolt EV to the Auto Shanghai but also a new concept. The FNR (for “Find New Roads”) has been dubbed as an all-electric vehicle to showcase autonomous driving and can also be charged wirelessly.
1MW Concept unveiled: Finnish carmaker Toroidion has presented its super sports car at the Top Marques show in Monaco. As expected, the 1MW Concept indeed has 1,000 kW of power, hence the name, and is said to come with exchangeable batteries.
EV stickers in Spain: Spanish Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) is mailing stickers to owners of electric and plug-in hybrid cars which will designate them to make use of certain privileges like the use of bus lanes or free parking. The privileges vary depending on the municipality.
euroweeklynews.com; dgt.es (in Spanish)
From A to B: The new project ‘From Amsterdam to Berlin’ has been introduced at Hanover Fair and connects Dutch and German businesses in a quest to promote electric transport. Together, the companies plan to appear on trade shows while also joining marketing and sales efforts.
com-bi-nation.de (in German)
Toroidion, Toyota, UQM Technologies.
Electric supercar from Finland: The yet unknown Finnish carmaker Toroidion has announced plans to unveil an all-electric super sports car concept in April at the Top Marques car show in Monaco, which is specialized in luxury vehicles. Preliminary details about the “Toroidion 1MW concept” claim that it has received its name as a reference to its power output of no less than one megawatt (1,000 kW).
Toyota ramps up battery recycling: The carmaker announced that it plans to expand its battery collecting service throughout Europe. Toyota Motor Europe aims to ramp up its current 91 percent collection rate for used hybrid batteries to a full 100 percent. To support this, Toyota has extended its current battery recycling agreements with two companies in France and Belgium until 2018.
Converted electric trucks for Seoul: UQM Technologies has entered a business relationship with the South Korean electric vehicle manufacturer Power Plaza to provide its PowerPhase Pro 100 electric motor and controller systems. Power Plaza is working with the Seoul city government and other key partners on a program to convert diesel trucks to electric vehicles.