Acciona, Vanda Electrics.
Click tip: After being the first completing the Dakar Rally with an electric vehicle last January (we reported), the Spanish Acciona team now enters the Italian Baja: a FIA World Cup round for Cross Country Rallies.
electricautosport.com (with video)
Video tip: In this latest episode, Fully Charged stakes a look at the Dendrobium electric hypercar by Vanda Electrics from Singapore.
youtube.com via electriccarsreport.com
Vanda Electrics, Airbus, Nikola Motor, Mayflower.
Giving a glimpse: Vanda Electrics from Singapore is showing first teaser images of its electric sports car, developed together with Williams Advanced Engineering. The Dendrobium will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. As reported, the company plans a small production series of 10 to 20 units in 2018.
Flying taxi: Airbus CEO Tom Enders confirmed that first test flights with the all-electric and autonomous Vahana (we reported) are scheduled for this year. Next to the single-seat flying taxi, Airbus also plans on setting up a drone delivery service called Skyways and at a later date, the flying taxis service CityAirbus that can carry more than one person and will also be all-electric and autonomous.
Nikola Motor update: The first 5,000 units of the fuel cell truck will be built by company Fitzgerald Glider Kits in Tennessee. Thompson Machinery and Ryder Systems will be in charge of sales and distribution. Meanwhile, Nikola Motor wants to invest 1bn dollars in a new research and development centre, as well as its own production line that could churn out 50,000 fuel cell trucks per year. Nikola says it will pick a location by mid-2018.
Futuristic celebration of the past: For the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing the Atlantic, another vessel will set sail from Plymouth to New England in 2020. Only this one will be fully autonomously and will get its energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydrogen.
Data tracking, Audi, Atieva, Vanda Electrics, Toyota.
Big Brother is tracking you: Soon all movements of electric and hybrid vehicles in China will be monitored by the government in real time. Data collected would include position, state-of-charge, drive mode as well as driver profiles, outlines a detailed draft. Beijing claims to serve the public interest as it would use the information to determine EV hotspots and to place charging posts accordingly. Also, drivers of plug-in hybrid vehicles mainly using the combustion engine would have to pay back subsidies.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Audi to get cozy: A change of strategy is ripe at the VW brand in an effort to cut cost. New premium models will be developed together with Porsche and Bentley and also Volkswagen in the future, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said. The first joint model will be the next-gen A8, conceptualised as electric car.
spiegel.de (in German)
Tesla look-alike: Californian-Chinese start-up Atieva plans to unveil its first electric sedan this December. On pictures, the Atvus looks a lot like a Model S but will boast similar power Atieva demonstrated in its Edna van. The search for a factory in the U.S. continues meanwhile.
NextEV found a factory in Silicon Valley. On 85,000 sqm, the EV start-up will develop software and plans to employ 400 people. NextEV has acquired a license to test autonomous driving on Californian roads and is on course to build its own electric vehicle.
Mini-series supercar: The electric sportscar Vanda Dendrobium by Singaporean Vanda Electrics and Williams Advanced Engineering will make its debut in Geneva next year. Production date is set 18 months later but no more than 20 units of the 1,100 kW EV will be made.
Prius for India: Toyota will start offering the latest version of best-selling hybrid in India in early 2017. There, it will likely launch with nickel-metal battery only and will initially serve as technology demonstrator rather than the sales driver it is in the rest of the world.
Vanda Electrics, OmniSteer, Google, Panasonic.
Supercar from Singapore: Vanda Electrics teamed up with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop an electric supercar. Dubbed Dendrobium, the racer is set to launch in Geneva next year. Equipped with a light battery pack, the EV aims to go from 0 – 100 km in under three seconds. The first model alone has a budget of 10m dollars and Vanda Electrics plans to also include an electric truck and e-bike in its line-up.
Autonomy unlimited: The newly launched OmniSteer aims to increase manoeuvrability of electric cars with in-wheel motors. KIT, Schaeffler, Paravan and Hella will jointly look into concepts and prototypes until 2018. The project is funded with 3.4m euros from Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research.
Complete autonomy: Google is testing wireless charging systems for its driverless cars, documents from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal. Inductive charging technology comes from Hevo Power and Momentum Dynamics. Also, the company will include Kirkland, Washington, in its extended test run of its autonomous electric pods.
spectrum.ieee.org (wireless), automotive-business-review.com (Kirkland)
Panasonic production in China: The Japanese firm has entered in a JV with Dalian Levear Electric, as it is looking to set up production of automotive batteries in China. Assemblage will begin by 2017, with power packs are destined for “eco-friendly” vehicles, meaning electric and hybrid cars.