Tag: VL Automotive

May 8, 2014 - 08:26 am

Proterra, Tesla, McLaren, ContiTech, VL Automotive, Tokyo.

Light-weight e-bus: Proterra presented its new 40-foot all-electric transit bus at the American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference this week. The Proterra Solution weighs less than any other transit bus available today, says the company.
greencarcongress.com

Tesla Q1 results: Along with its report for the first quarter of 2014, Tesla Motors released some interesting details. It built 7,535 Model S and builds 700 vehicles a week. In June, the UK will get their first right-hand Model S, followed by Japan and Hong Kong. In 2014, we will see at least 200 new Superchargers, the first Model X prototypes and the groundbreaking of the Gigafactory.
greencarreports.com, files.shareholder.com (shareholder letter)

For the racetrack: Rumours say that McLaren considers building a limited number of a track-only version of its super hybrid, the McLaren P1. It would follow Ferrari’s LaFerrari XX, which is said to have lapped the Nürburgring in just 6:35 recently.
autoguide.com

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The chain is dead: ContiTech acquires electric bike specialist Benchmark Drives. Since 2012, both companies have been developing and selling the belt-driven Conti Drive Systems. ContiTech aims to boost sales and convince manufacturers “once and for all, to use the timing belt instead of the conventional chain.”
pressebox.com

Unlikely merger: VL Automotive, the company that plans to convert hybrid Fiskers into V8 sports cars, has merged with WM Greentech, a company originally founded to import low-speed electric vehicles from China. What will Bob Lutz, father of the Chevy Volt, chairman of Via Motors and co-owner of VL Automotive come up with next?
transportevolved.com, green.autoblog.com

Japanese FCV for Olympians: For the Olympic Games in 2020, Tokyo plans to use fuel-cell vehicles to shuttle the 15,000 athletes and exhibit the country’s advanced technologies. With Honda and Toyota bringing their first mass-produced H2 cars to the market by 2015, and having scheduled some 100 filling stations, this should be a no-brainer.
the-japan-news.com

Jan 29, 2014 - 09:28 am

1,000 Fisker Karma to be de-electrified.

VL Automotive is expecting to turn as much as 1,000 Fisker Karma into Destinos by removing the PHEV drivetrain and replacing it with a supercharged V8 with 638 hp. A lot of Karma owners show huge interest in having their plug-in hybrids de-electrified, says Gilbert Villarreal, manufacturing engineer at VL Automotive.
autonews.com

Jan 20, 2014 - 09:40 am

Nissan, Mercedes, Fisker, Mitsubishi, VL Automotive.

Nissan to expand its e-car offering: At the Detroit Auto Show design chief Shiro Nakamura confirmed plans for an exclusive sports-car, which would probably incorporate technologies from the BladeGlider or ESFLOW concept. He also announced a “cheap city commuter type unique EV” below the Nissan Leaf.
motorauthority.com, greencarreports.com, electric-vehiclenews.com

Mercedes-C-classMercedes S500 Plug-In: In Detroit, Thomas Weber, Daimler’s chief of R&D, said that the luxury PHEV with its electric range of 30 kilometres will work well in urban areas. Sales start in Europe by the end of 2014, followed by the US in 2015. The future C-class plug-in (photo) will likely go “closer to 50 kilometres.”
greencarreports.com, green.autoblog.com

Date for Fisker auction set: On the 12th of February, 2014, China’s Wanxiang Group will be up against Hybrid Tech Holdings in a closed auction in New York. Hybrid has said its initial bid for the remains of Fisker would be worth 55 million dollars.
reuters.com, green.autoblog.com

Outlander PHEV granted: The Mitsubishi PHEV is eligible for the UK Government’s Plug in Car Grant of 5,000 pounds (8,200 dollars), the Office for Low Emission Vehicles confirmed. The Outlander is one of few hybrids qualifying, as it can be driven all-electrically at more than 70 mph over a sizeable distance.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

VL Destino deliveries: While the latest ‘Red Concept’ currently on display at NAIAS will never go into production, the first nine Fisker Karma conversions have been sold and are about to be delivered. If a V8 version of the Tesla Model S would sell as good? Bob Lutz might think so.
nytimes.com, detroitnews.com, green.autoblog.com

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Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2014/05/08/proterra-tesla-mclaren-contitech-vl-automotive-tokyo/
08.05.2014 08:12