Opel/Vauxhall to reissue iconic Monza as electric car
Opel is looking to rekindle their sportier spirit once more as they suggest to release the Monza as a purely electric crossover model. Positioned above the Insignia, the electric Monza would use PSA’s planned eVMP architecture.Weiterlesen
PSA building chargers for European employees
The French automotive group PSA has announced that it will establish charging infrastructures for its employees at all European locations. By the end of 2021, almost 500 charging stations are to be installed at 49 Group sites in twelve countries.Weiterlesen
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First drive review: Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro-e & Zafira-e-Life
Opel, known as Vauxhall in the UK, will electrify all light commercial vehicles by 2021. Enough for us to take a look at the all-electric van Vivaro-e and its passenger car variant, the Zafira-e. Our editor had a short test drive with both vehicles in Germany.Weiterlesen
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Vauxhall Vivaro-e available to order in UK
Opel known as Vauxhall here has officially opened the order books for the electric van Vivaro-e. Customers can reserve the right-hand-drive versions from now on and expect deliveries in October. The zero-emission transporter qualifies for the plug-in van grant.Weiterlesen
British Gas orders a thousand Vivaro-e with Vauxhall
The Opel sister brand Vauxhall has received an order from British Gas for 1,000 fully electric vans, the Vivaro-e. According to the manufacturer, this is the largest commercial order for electric vehicles in the UK to date.Weiterlesen
Opel reveals the Mokka Electric with new brand design
Opel has unveiled its new Mokka Electric, which will be the brand’s first model to be available in an all-electric version right from the market launch. There are no surprises with the drive system, but there are some surprises with the electric car’s design.Weiterlesen
Punch Powertrain & PSA form new joint venture
The PSA Group and the Belgian transmission manufacturer Punch Powertrain have signed an agreement to set up a second joint venture and expand their strategic partnership in the field of electrification. This will focus on transmissions for HEV and PHEVs – also for other manufacturers.Weiterlesen
Pod Point is PSA’s new charger supplier in UK
Groupe PSA has named Pod Point as its exclusive charge point supplier for its business in the UK. Electric cars from Peugeot, Vauxhall, DS Automobile, and Citroën will be offered alongside chargers from Pod Point following the signing of a two-year deal.Weiterlesen
PSA: Saragossa plant to include battery pack assembly
From 2020 onwards, PSA will include the production of battery packs for electric and hybrid cars at its Figueruelas plant near Saragossa. The French automakers will also start producing purely electric cars in 2020 in all its Spanish plants Figueruelas, Vigo and Madrid.Weiterlesen
Grandland X and Corsa-e UK pricing revealed
Vauxhall’s Grandland X Hybrid4, which will be arriving in showrooms in January, is now available for order starting at £35,590 in the UK. The fully electric Corsa-e has not been officially confirmed, but has been reported to start at £26,790 after the UK government grant.Weiterlesen
Peugeot Boxer and Citroën Jumper with electric drive
At the Birmingham Commercial Vehicle Show, the French PSA Group is currently offering a preview of future electric versions of the large Peugeot Boxer and Citroën Jumper vans, which are to be offered with two battery versions.Weiterlesen
Opel GT X Experimental highlighting electric future
Opel-Vauxhall presents a new concept EV. The GT X Experimental is a compact SUV, that is more than an experiment. Opel aims to electrify its entire line-up by 2024 and this latest fully-electric study is showing off how these future plug-ins may look like.Weiterlesen
JV of PSA and Nidec to tackle market for electric motors
The PSA group prepares the implementation of a 220m euro joint venture together with Japanese company Nidec. Both partners seek to produce electric motors for BEVs as well as HEVs at a site close to Paris.Weiterlesen
Opel/Vauxhall to electrify all of its carlines
PSA subsidiary Opel has revealed its roadmap “Pace”, a strategy plan that shall guarantee Opel’s return to profitability by 2020. Most important from an electric mobility viewpoint is Opel’s intention to offer all of its European carlines additionally with either electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrains by 2024.Weiterlesen
Vauxhall got a lot of attention for a Corsa equipped with the latest self-driving technology by making it look like it was not automated. Instead, a dog took the driver’s seat of the actually self parking vehicle. Choosing #ParallelBarking sure is AdvancedAdvertising!
Opel/Vauxhall, Toyota, BYD, Cadillac, Nissan, Lexus.
Corsa EV to come? Green Car Reports is treading the rumour mill, reporting that the 200-mile-range Chevy, probably the Sonic, will also be imported to Europe in the form of the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa EV. The Chevy EV could be unveiled at NAIAS in 2016.
New hybrid crossover by Toyota: The Japanese carmaker is currently scaling up its production facility in Turkey to accommodate for new SUVs. The hybrid crossover will be based on the concept C-HR presented in Paris earlier this month and will also come as a petrol variant.
New BYD e-bus: At the APTA Expo in Houston, Texas, BYD presented yet another electric bus. The ‘Lancaster’ measures 18 metres and can transport up to 120 passengers for over 170 miles on one charge. The Chinese also displayed a 12-metre e-bus, currently in service in California.
greencarcongress.com, automotive-business-review.com (with picture)
Cadillac CT6 spy shots: New pictures of the upcoming Cadillac luxury sedan show a heavily camouflaged CT6 testing in snowy and pretty chilly conditions. The CT6 is designed to take on the S-Class by the end of 2015, and will also be available as plug-in hybrid (we reported).
tflcar.com, insideevs.com (with video)
Nissan sets out to take France in a stride, starting its own “scrappage scheme.” Buyers of the Leaf and e-NV200 receive a 3,700 euro rebate if their purchase replaces a diesel that is ten years or older. That brings the Leaf to the price level of a Renault Zoe and is clearly a move designed to make the partners more equal.
lepoint.fr (in French)
Lexus NX300h reviewed: Technologic Vehicles drove the hybrid crossover, finding its handling “exemplary” and braking well-balanced. Over the 300 kilometres driven, fuel consumption dropped below 7 litres per 100 km.
Audi, StreetScooter, Vauxhall, Mando Footloose, Japan.
Audi energy: Since Germany has a liberalised energy market, Audi in cooperation with LichtBlick SE can offer every buyer of its A3 e-tron a clean electricity package. The electricity comes solely from hydro-electric power stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the package not only includes the plug-in hybrid’s energy needs but also the supply of the owners homes.
StreetScooter launch: The electric delivery van by the German university RWTH Aachen will be industrialised in the third quarter of 2013. The first utility vehicle called Work will be exclusively distributed by Spijkstaal Elektro B.V. in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Germany, StreetScooter vehicles are currently used by Deutsche Post for deliveries for which they were initially developed for.
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Low price Ampera: Vauxhall dealer Pentagon is offering GM’s electric car with range extender from 22,995 pounds (38,200 dollars). That is 10,000 pounds less than listed but already includes the 5,000 grant from the UK government. Interestingly, this puts the plug-in Ampera in the price range of the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion starting at 21,270 pounds (35,300 dollars).
E-bike for traveller: The chainless e-bike Mando Footloose by Haller Meister made its retail debut at consumer electronics shop Capi at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. The retailer wants to support sales with large-scale promotions. Luckily, home delivery will be available as e-bikes are not allowed on planes due to li-ion battery regulations.
Sales in Japan: Here are the numbers for the electric and hybrid vehicle sales in Japan of the year 2013: Toyota again came in first with sales of 1,280,235 units, accounting for about 83% of Japan’s hybrid and EV market. Honda on the other hand reported a decline on sales of 19%, whereas Mitsubishi was able to kick-off its Outlander plug-in with 20,026 units.