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.

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.,,

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.

19.07.2017 - 08:29

Porsche, Volvo, Tesla, Mercedes, Lucid, LION E-Mobility.

Porsche-Mission-EPorsche first to discontinue diesel?: The premium brand may exit diesel, surely in an attempt to put some distance between its label and the treacherous mothership Volkswagen. Additionally, Porsche is currently pouring a billion euros into its Stuttgart plant to accommodate for the Mission E production with employees even foregoing parts of their regular pay rises temporarily. A decision on the engine line-up however, will only be made at the end of the decade and depends on EV sales and the effect of the electrification strategy that includes PHEV and the e-Macan. Together with Audi, the brand further plans to share a custom platform codenamed PPE to save money on components. To top it up, Porsche’s high-power charging tech has only recently been revealed and awaits its (inter?) national roll-out.

All-electric compact Volvo? An XC20 is in the making in Sweden and designed to complement the SUV range with a small model below the XC40 by 2019, Auto Bild reports. The XC20 shall sit on a modified platform already used by both Volvo and Geely’s Lynk & Co so it is very likely that this one will come electric only and in line with the latest electrification strategy.

Murdoch son on Tesla board: After shareholders had called for a board less familiar to Elon Musk, the EV maker hired two new directors, both with powerful bonds to media enterprises. Namely they are James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and CEO 21st Century Fox as well as Linda Johnson Rice who heads the Johnson Publishing Company. On a more productive note details on the Model 3 launch have been released. It will take place on July 28, at 7pm in Fremont, that is 4am in Europe and broadcasted via live stream. (board), (Model 3)

Sprinter spotted in Spain: Mercedes’ next-gen van has been caught testing in Spain but was still covered. An electric version is planned as well and will reportedly be made in Düsseldorf.

Lucid is playing for money and time: The EV start-up from California has turned to the big guys such as Morgan Stanley and Ford as it continues to seek financing for its first electric sedan and a production plant planned in Arizona. Ford however turned an offer to buy Lucid Motors down as it is undergoing a 100-day review of its own operations. Lucid Motors now set the start of production by 2019, a year later than initially announced. It’s Air EV is up for speed records though.

LION E-Mobility in the States: Swiss Holding LION E-Mobility has set up a subsidiary with head quarters in New York City. Under CEO Roland Bopp it will offer electric storage solutions and engineering services to suppliers and other transport sectors as well as.

14.07.2017 - 08:49

Mercedes, DoE, GM, Volvo, Ricardo.

Mercedes strengthens EV activities at home: After an intense struggle between Daimler’s management and the works council, the Untertürkheim site will become home to Mercedes’ fourth battery production as well as a hotspot for electric drives and components with more than 250 jobs to be generated. Apart from batteries, the agreement includes assemblage of powertrain modules for EVs of the EQ brand and the creation of a “project house eATS” in order to gain additional know-how for the next-gen electric drive systems. Finally, the ‘E-Technikum‘ agreed on in the first stage of negotiations, shall significantly expand to form a competence centre for electric mobility.,,

The DoE raises 19.4m dollars to support 22 research projects, among them activities of Mercedes-Benz and GM. Both look into Li-sulfur batteries. Key topics are advanced battery tech, lightweight materials, engine emission control technologies and energy efficient mobility systems (EEMS).

Hybrid wheel loader by Volvo: Supported by the California Energy Commission, Volvo presented a prototype of its LX1 hybrid wheel loader that shall have 50% better fuel efficiency while doing the work of an even larger wheel loader. The new model couples a much smaller diesel engine (3 litre instead of 13 litre) with electric motors and hydraulics and a battery energy storage system.

Ricardo’s new EV battery control tech: The British supplier draws attention to its new BMS for EVs that is said to be adaptable to a broad range of applications. Partly developed in the frame of a Li-sulfur project, the BMS shall optimise the performance of cell chemistries.,

13.07.2017 - 08:39

Tesla, Ulrich Kranz, Hyundai, Dacia, Blue Bird, Volvo.

Tesla-Model3-No1-300x150Tesla service push: 100 new service centres, 350 extra vans, and 1,400 additional technicians are going to triple Tesla’s service network ahead of the Model 3 launch. The service centres’ locations will be based on reservation concentration in certain markets and shops shall operate up to 40 lanes to speed up maintenance. The EV maker was quick to state though that most issues can be solved through over-the-air updates and remote diagnostics, followed up by a mobile technician on home service duty.,

BMW i3 maker to join FF: Ulrich Kranz, former chief of BMWi and maker of the Bavarians’ first electric car is to become head of technology at Faraday Future, Manager Magazin has learnt. He thus takes over development and design of the company’s EVs and will meet an old colleague in Stefan Krause, long-time financial director at BMW and Faraday’s CFO since March. As the start-up is backed by financially stricken LeEco, it just announced to discontinue construction of its 1bn dollar facility in Nevada, so there is a lot to think about for the experienced strategists. (in German)

Hyundai speeds up its FCV and wants to reveal its serial H2 model this August, six month earlier than planned. The fuel cell car is based on the FE Fuel Cell Concept presented in Geneva and shall be able to reach a range of 580km with Hyundai’s own H2 tech. On-sale is scheduled for early 2018.

Dacia to electrify: Renault’s Romanian subsidiary intends to build cars with alternative drive in the near future, including an EV. That is at least what a Renault manager from Romania hinted at but not without pointing out that affordability will remain a decisive factor for Dacia’s reputation throughout.,

Blue Bird brought a bright bus to the STN Tradeshow. The Micro Bird G5 Electric school bus is based on a Ford E450 and got a 100 mile range. The second model is a proper American school bus with battery capacities of 100-150 kWh for 100 miles and V2G technology. Production is set by 2018.,

Volvo to spice up its XC60 plug-in: The carmaker’s top version T8 will be available as more powerful Polestar model later this summer at a 1,200 euros more than the current T8. The performance update includes additional 14hp and 40Nm of torque, but has no influence on the 45 km electric range.,

06.07.2017 - 08:17

Volvo, Daimler + BAIC, Einride, Torqeedo, Hyundai.

Volvo-Plug-in-Cars-300x150All to be electrified at Volvo: From 2019 every Volvo will be electrified to a varying degree. Starting with the mild-hybrid as new base motor, plug-ins and all-electric variants will complete the palette. Five pure EVs can be expected by 2021 with three running under Geely’s Swedish flagship and the other two bearing the Polestar label. The latter is about to be remodelled as electric brand under the guidance of Volvo’s former head of design, Thomas Ingenlath (we reported). With the new strategy under way, ICE will see a phase out that is likely to be completed by 2023 following Volvo’s five-year product lifecycle.,,

Daimler and BAIC expand their JV operation with 5bn yuan (735m USD) to flow into EV production in China by 2020 including the infrastructure. A three-digit million euro sum of that investment is destined to build a new battery factory by Beijing Benz Automotive Co. (BBAC) in the People’s Republic.

Hybrid autonomous system: Swedish Einride has unveiled its first full-scale prototype. The T-Pod is a remote-controlled electric truck and with a cabin for a driver missing, it looks futuristic, or a bit odd. It can transport 15 euro pallets and travel 124 miles on one charge. Charging stations are being worked on as well and Einride hopes to have a first full version of the T-Pod ready by autumn.

BMW batteries take to life on sea as Torqeedo is using i3 power packs for energy storage in its Deep Blue electric drive systems for motorboats. The batteries are new and not recycled though and come with the full capacity of 30.5 kWh.

On sale Hyundai PHEV: British drivers will get their hands on the Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid this month. It is priced from 24,995 pounds, including the £2,500 Plug-In Car Grant.

Straddling bus a fraud: Police in China have arrested 32 people for illegal fundraising for a scrapped project to create a “straddling bus“. The idea to lift commuters above congestion caught a lot of attention but was finally scrapped shortly after the first test run of the TEB-1, or Transit Elevated Bus.,

03.07.2017 - 08:35

SF Motors, Fisker, Nissan, BMW i, Mahindra, Volvo.

Redemption of sorts: The Hummer gives way to electric cars and where AM General once made that quasi-tanks for “civilians” like Arnold Schwarzenegger, SF Motors is to take over. The subsidiary of Chongqing Sokon Industry Group bought the plant in South Bend, Indiana for 110m dollars and will keep on most of the 400+ strong workforce as well. It is the third acquisition in the States for the Chinese firm after it also set up shop in California as well as Michigan (we reported). While SF Motors is advised by Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard, an actual electric vehicle has yet to emerge.

Fisker-EMotionFisker has opened the order books online in the meantime and 2,000 dollars guarantee a reservation. Careful though, real prices start from 129,500 dollars so the cap at two reservations per person seem a bit of a luxury problem. The EMotion’s official presentation is set on August, 17 and a new video allows for a detailed preview.,, (video)

Nissan blows the cover of its new Leaf and has confirmed the date for its official launch: September, 5 or 6 considering the time difference to Japan. A new image emerged to tease the occasion, this time showing a blue grille and some chrome but mostly the Nissan badge.,

Manufacturing network: BMW i Ventures took a stake in Xometry, an on-demand platform for product designers, engineers and procurement managers to find production facilities nationwide. Launched in 2014, the start-up now claims to have 5,000 customers.

Electric SUV by Mahindra: The Indian carmaker is working on a production version of its XUV Aero concept, following positive reception at various shows earlier this year. A near-to-production model can be expected at Auto Expo 2018 with market entry set for later that year or early 2019.,

Gaming got serious as Volvo Cars and Swedish supplier Autoliv cooperate with Nvidia, known for its graphics technology in computer games. The U.S. firm shall now turn that expertise into AI-based software for self-driving vehicles, which Volvo plans to introduce by 2021.

19.05.2017 - 08:40

Oslo, Opel Ampera-e, UK, Rheinmetall, Volvo, Asahi Kasei, GLM.

Tesla-Taxi-MunichElectric cabs only in Oslo? Norway’s capital may be next to move towards a diesel-free future as Oslo wants to eject all diesel taxis and allow electric ones only, Taxi Times reports. The cleanse could start by 2022 with the city council’s decision due by 2018 and a group for the transformation process been established already. It would be a regional regulation made possible by the Norwegian government’s decision to leave taxi transport rules to municipalities. (in German), (in Norwegian)

Meanwhile, Norwegian civilians are taking deliveries of the Ampera-e aka the Chevy Bolt. Opel chose Norway’s national holiday to serve the first three customers and said there are another 4,000 orders awaiting fulfilment.

Policy pledge on pollution: With the General Election in the UK on the horizon, opposition parties rush to swing voters and thus the Liberal Democrat manifesto promises a ban on sales of diesel cars from 2025. It is part of the party’s Green Transport Act, which also wants to increase electrification.,

Rheinmetall enters e-mobility: An order worth 100m dollars has reached mobility and military supplier Rheinmetall, which is to deliver electric motor housings over the next seven years. The commission comes from an unnamed but “globally operating German carmaker” who is to utilise the casings for cars build for the Chinese market. Consequently, production will take place at Rheinmetall’s Chinese subsidiary KPSNC in Shanghai from mid-2018.

Volvo opens order book: The second-gen Volvo XC60 is now available in the USA, where it will hit the shelves this autumn. Prices for the top line T8 Twin Engine with a 400 hp PHEV system start from 52,900 dollars.

Campaign concept vehicle: Japanese Asahi Kasei and GLM have come up with a three-seat electric SUV. The 225 kW concepts builds on GLM’s EV platform but will most likely never roll off a production line. Asahi Kasei rather sees the electric car as a vehicle to presents its materials and tech to OEMs.

19.05.2017 - 08:45

Qualcomm, Volvo, AK Steel, myFC.

Renault-Qualcomm-FABRICDynamic charging at 20 kW: Wireless charging of moving electric vehicles has just been demonstrated by Qualcomm as part of the EU backed FABRIC project. The company said its Halo technology delivered up 20 kW to two Renault Kangoo ZE on the 100m test track. They also managed to refuel both vehicles at the same time on the same stretch. Another partner of the 9m euro project, Vedecom, is now to perform further safety tests. FABRIC is to continue through December 2017 with 25 organisations from nine EU countries going d’accord.

Compact electric excavator: Volvo Construction Equipment presents the EX2 prototype, an electric excavator said to be ten times more efficient than its conventional equivalent. Plus, he emits only a tenth of the noise obviously but so far, the EX2 is just a concept machine., (video)

Next-gen steel: 1.8 million dollars have been awarded to AK Steel through the DOE to develop electrical steels for hybrid and electric vehicle motors. The three year project is part of the Next Generation Electric Machines (NGEM) programme and has motor maker Regal Beloit Corporation on board as well.,

Twice the range for any EV is the aim of Swedish fuel cell maker myFC for its Lamina Range Extender. Commercial tests are scheduled for 2018 and myFC says the REx based on its own fuel cell and the patented JAQ fuel and hopes it will combine both worlds of hydrogen and batteries.

18.05.2017 - 08:10

Volvo, Toyota, Daimler, Elextra, Zero Motorcycles, Audi.

volvo-xc90-phev-hybrid-300x150pxVolvo to scrap diesel: The Swedish brand will no longer invest in the development of new diesel engines, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said in an interview with FAZ. He reasoned that the cost of reducing nitrogen oxide emissions is becoming too expensive but added that the technology would have a role to play until at least 2023 and later told Reuters that no firm decision is imminent. While Samuelsson may be careful, Volvo has long decided to invest in electrification and committed to offering a PHEV variant for each of its models., (original source, in German)

Toyota to produce batteries in USA? With a move to Li-ion technology and away from NiMH batteries upon Toyota, its subsidiary Primearth EV Energy said there are plans to set up a plant in the States. While the project is still in discussion, Toyota does want to produce its own batteries for both hybrids and electric cars and is also concerned about shipping the packs from Japan. Until such a production facility would be set up however, Primeearth is to expand its capacities in Japan, while Toyota will source batteries for its Li-ion Prius PHEV from Panasonic until 2020 at least.

Daimler gets behind e-buses: A fully electric version of the Citaro bus is due to premier by 2018, Daimler confirmed at the Global Public Transport Summit in Montreal. Prototype testing is well underway and the German corporation has also instructed the Mobility Solutions unit of Daimler Buses to offer advice on e-mobility to public transport providers.,

In-depth details of the Danish-Swiss supercar Elextra emerged and tell of two electric drives that deliver up to 500 kW to all four wheels. The 0 – 100 sprint is a 2.3 sec leap and the design team hopes for a range of 600 km. A 100 pieces small series is to start by 2019 for half a million euros each and will be build in Stuttgart – just at the doorstep of Elextra’s most likely rival, the Porsche Mission E.

Don’t Wait For Washington: Zero Motorcycles promises buyers of its electric two-wheelers to take over the 10 percent Federal tax credit if the Government fails to revive the programme by the end of the year. It offers buyers up to 1,869 dollars cash back if they buy an electric motorcycle.

Price increase: Audi raised the price of its A3 Sportback e-tron by 600 dollars to arrive at a starting price of 39,500 dollars in the States. At least one gets a slightly more lux trim, too.,

10.05.2017 - 10:07

BMW, NEVS, Tesla, Volvo, Tata, Mitsubishi.

BMW-iNextBMWi on price par with ICE: BMW wants to sell its electric vehicles at a similar price to comparable gasoline-powered cars comes 2020, Bimmertoday reports from a symposium in Vienna. In order to lower costs, the Bavarians bet on nickel manganese cobalt batteries and a highly flexible architecture to enable an output range of 90 to 250 kW. Meanwhile the BMWBlog reports that the future iNext, due by 2021, will be a crossover similar to Jaguar’s I-Pace. It focuses on autonomy starting at level 3 but with the capability to allow for level 5, which essentially is full-autonomy, i.e. hands and eyes off. (in German), (iNext)

See the first Saab EV 9-3: Saab’s parent company NEVS is readying its the production version of its all-electric 9-3 to launch this June at the CES Asia in Shanghai. First spy shots already emerged and show a very Saab-like EV. Apart from the electric version with 300 km range, there may also be a 9-3 hybrid. The first 150,000 electric Saabs have reportedly been sold to Chinese Panda New Energy already. (with photos)

Tesla rethinks line-up: After teasing its upcoming electric truck Semi recently, Tesla added a few details. The Semi will utilise many Model 3 components, e.g. the electric motor, in order to enable high gross margins. Meanwhile, Elon Musk doubts his idea of an electric mini bus programme for future sharing services. His judgement builds on his previous prediction that in a fully autonomous environment, shared electric cars will essentially make large parts of public transport redundant. (Semi), (mini bus)

Volvo’s first EV is going to be a compact model, specified R&D leader Henrik Green. It will be based on the compact car platform CMA and have the size of Volvo’s 40 series. Launch is set for 2019.

Tata to electrify its Nano? After the Indian carmaker introduced its sub-brand Tamo with a sports car in Geneva, it wants to add an electrified small car to the line-up, reports Autocar India. Tata’s Nano could thus get an electrified twin, earlier photos of a corresponding prototype suggest.

Mitsubishi training certified: The Japanese group designed a three-day course to provide its UK dealer network with the tech knowledge required to work with hybrid and electric vehicles. The carmaker cooperated with the IMI to elevate the course to an industry-recognised qualification.

28.04.2017 - 08:30

London, Hamburg, Pod Point, Volvo, Tesla.

London found its taxi fast-chargers: As the battery-powered black cabs will soon hit London’s roads, extending the quick charging net throughout the city has become a must. 18m GBP have been raised for this purpose and Transport for London has officially named five companies, which won the tender to install and operate this charging infrastructure. The winners are Fastned, Chargemaster, BluepointLondon, Centrica Consortium and the Electricity Supply Board (ESB). 75 taxi charging stations shall be erected by the end of the year and up to 300 by 2020.,,

1,000 electric buses until 2030? Since September 2016, Hamburg’s transportation agencies are cooperating with MAN as from 2020 they seek to replace buses in their fleet solely through electric powered models (we reported). Agency Hochbahn now announced it will deploy ten of them already in the on-going year and 20 more by 2018. Until 2030, Hochbahn intends to electrify its complete fleet, namely 1,000 vehicles. (in German)

Shop and charge: UK’s charging infrastructure provider Pod Point enters into a cooperation with real estate service provider Savills in order to equip the group’s retail parks and shopping centres with EV charging stations. The project shall be developed throughout the country.

Volvo buses cooperates with Heliox: Gothenburg sees its first charging station for electric buses based on the OppCharge interface, allowing buses and stations from different manufacturers to match. Initiators have been Volvo Buses and Heliox, which operates 20 such stations in Scandinavia.

Ride-sharing with Tesla quartet: Florida’s Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) has leased four Model X crossovers in order to build up a ride-sharing service. The business is based in the University of South Florida area and part of HART”s HyperLink programme.

26.04.2017 - 11:37

Supercharger, YPF, Ford, ABB, Volvo, Zap-Map, California.

Details to Supercharger expansion: Ahead of the Model 3 market entry, Tesla confirmed officially that the total number of Superchargers worldwide shall rise from today 5,400 to more than 10,000 by the end of the year. In the same period, the amount of Destination Chargers is to climb from 9,000 to 15,000. Interestingly, renderings show, that the EV maker may not only extend its network by building more Superchargers, but is also looking into larger locations. They would gather more Superchargers under roofs with solar tiles and could also have some sort of a waiting room, or “customer centre” – in short, they may become the pit stops of the future.
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To not become obsolete through firms like Tesla just yet, Argentina’s state-owned Oil company YPF intends to equip 200 petrol stations with charging points for electric cars. The installation of initially 110 charging points is to start by mid-2017 at stops between Buenos Aires and La Plata.

Ford fleet in London: Ford selected five fleet operators to start its earlier announced pilot programme in London. For 12 months, the car maker will provide 20 Transit Custom PHEV to see how plug-in hybrids could support the capital’s target to clear the air. Its rather potent partners are Transport for London, Metropolitan Police, British Gas, Clancy Plant, and Addison Lee.,,

ABB and Volvo do it again and this time it is British Harrogate that will see Swedish electric buses powered by Swiss charging equipment. The fleet will operated by Transdev Blazefield from 2018. ABB will deliver three charging stations and an electricity substation for installation at a bus station.

Zap-Map’s updated app: UK’s EV charging platform Zap-Map enables EV drivers to locate charging points through an app that the company now spiced up once more. Version 3.0 includes real-time data from across the GeniePoint and Source London networks.

44 EVs to charge simultaneously: Californian’s city of Fremont that is home to Tesla now hosts one of the largest EV charging sites in the Bay Area. Operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), 44 electric cars can charge at 22 stations simultaneously. The project’s inauguration is part of a pilot programme.

18.04.2017 - 08:48

Tesla, Hyundai, Honda, Bentley, Volvo, Jeep.

Tesla model update: Elon Musk has kept Twitter busy these days as he pronounced the Semi-Truck ready for presentation this September. Together with plans for a pick-up within the next 24 months and ideas like the Model Y or the mini-bus being kept afloat, the Tesla count has risen to eight EVs in total by now. While half are at concept stage at the most, the Tesla boss has confirmed the unveiling of the final production Model 3 this July.
Semi-Truck, Model 3 July, All 8 models,

Hyundai H2 lux SUV in NYC: Genesis has taken off the veil of its GV80 fuel cell concept at the New York International Auto Show. The Korean premium brand’s SUV carries Hyundai’s hydrogen technology under the hood but as part of a plug-in set-up.,,

Clarity: Honda has made its green car trio complete at the New York show, where it revealed its the plug-in hybrid and electric variants alongside the already available Clarity Fuel Cell. Together they shall bring Honda sales of 75,000 Clarity vehicles in the first four model years in the States alone.,

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Bentley to borrow from Porsche? It looks like the Mission E may not be exclusive to just one VW luxury brand but could make it into an electric Bentley, too. While the Brits have not made any definite announcement, they did eye the tech Porsche is currently developing for its electric model, Automotive News reports. After all, a sporty drive would suit the two-seater EXP 12 Speed 6e EV Concept Bentley just displayed in Geneva and Volkswagen is looking into synergies wherever it can. via

Sino-Swedish synergies are also what Volvo seeks for its first ever EV. The Geely-owned carmaker said it will utilise the same factory in Chinese Luqiao, that shall also make Lync’s 01 and the Volvo XC40. The Swedes aim for a price below 40,000 dollars, hence the production abroad that is to start by 2019. The outreach is global however and Shanghai will show if the electric model will indeed be build from the ground up as has been suggested.,,

Jeep teases electrification: In the run-up to Shanghai, Jeep has released first sketches of what may be called the Yuntu EV in both China and the rest of the world. The SUV is a plug-in hybrid and the first attempt by the off-road brand to go electric, at least a little bit.,

20.03.2017 - 10:02

Voltia, Mazda, Volvo, Bonfiglioli.

Citroën-based electric van: Voltia (formerly Greenway) has a new model in its line-up, the Citroën Jumper custom built as K3 L3H3. The electric K3 van is offered with three battery options, 40, 60, and 90 kWh, and joins the electric Nissan van. (pdf),

Mazda is on track with its rotary range extender as updated patents show. The first concept came two years ago in form of the Mazda 2 RE Range Extender that was an electric Mazda with a 330cc rotary engine. But the Japanese carmaker has further developed the idea which now includes an engine start-and-stop system. It looks like previous reports were accurate, that suggested we could expect a rotary range extender by 2019 as well as Mazda PHEV.,

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Quarry work reloaded: Volvo Construction Equipment presented its autonomous and electric load carrier concept. The HX2 prototype is part of an electric site research project that seeks up to 95% reduction in carbon emissions and up to 25% lower TCO.

In-wheel drive for hybrid loader: Motor maker Bonfiglioli has a new wheel-traction drive, it developed for Swedish Huddig. It uses the 610 X in its hybrid backhoe loader that is able to control each 30 kW electric drive in each wheel independently.

14.03.2017 - 10:23

Volvo, PSA, Volkswagen, Opel, Foxconn, Spain.

First details on Volvo EV: A 400 km range is a must, said Volvo about the first all-electric model due in 2019. If the EV will be dedicatedly electric or rather build upon an existing model is a question for the coming months. The price will be between 35,000 to 40,000 dollars.

PSA pushes for 80% electrification by 2023: No less than 27 of all 34 planned new models by Peugeot, Citroën and DS shall have a hybrid or electric variant by 2023, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares announced. That would be 80 percent of the French groups line-up and a considerate expansion of electrification. Previously, PSA had just seven PHEV and four EV lined up until 2021. (in French) via

VW begins battery research: Volkswagen has decided to start R&D for battery cells at its Salzgitter facility and has recruited the first employees already. The move is part of the so-called Zukunftspakt (pact for future), designed to make the carmaker future-safe with a focus on e-mobility. It is likely to include battery mass production in Germany as well, at least that is what VW’s mighty workers’ council pushes for. A pilot production is in the making. (in German)

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Opel has confirmed the Ampera-E’s delivery schedule for Europe as was previously planned. The first Ampera-e will arrive in May in Norway. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann took to Twitter to spread the news – Tesla style – but has so far failed to answer numerous comments asking for a more detailed plan with regards to Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands …,

Foxconn to build e-motorcycle: Chinese Evoke Motorcycles has hooked up with iPhone supplier Foxconn to develop an affordable electric motorbike. Orders for the Urban S Smart are written now at a price of 9,400 dollars each. The 9 kWh battery is made by Samsung and supplies a 19 kW electric drive.,,

Car bans in Spain: Both Barcelona and Madrid are looking to clean up their air. In the case of the Catalan capital, cars older than 20 years will be banned from entering its vicinity from 2019. Madrid may go a step further as it discusses an EV-only city centre by 2025.
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13.03.2017 - 15:07

London, Volvo, Porterville, Scoot Networks.

First Low Emission Bus Zone: London has launched its first Low Emission Bus Zone, that bans the dirtiest buses from one of the UK capital’s pollution hot spots. Different from other measure such as the congestion charge zone, the LEBZ targets the city’s outer boroughs. In the case of Putney High Street, it means the 145 buses on seven designated routes in the area have to meet tighter minimum levels for nitrogen oxide. A further 11 zones are due to be introduced by 2020 with two more zones to come into effect from this October.,

Volvo’s first custom EV charging station: The Swedish brand selected AeroVironment to develop an EV charging stations specifically for Volvo. It will incorporate customer design and branding and shall be wall-mounted but charge three times faster than standard home chargers.

E-bus order from Porterville: The city of Porterville, California, chose GreenPower Motor Company from Canada to supply ten electric transit buses. The 9m dollar order includes 11 charging systems and an option for 20 more GreenPower EV350 40 models. The funds were granted from CARB’s Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Pilot Programme.,

Scoot Networks expands: The LEV sharing service from San Francisco wants to launch in other cities in Europe, Latin America and Asia and has already named first partners such as Mahindra for its GenZe e-scooter and Renault for the Twizy. The fleet of various light-electric vehicles is managed via the new Scoot MOS platform.

09.03.2017 - 08:51

Toyota, Volvo, Skoda, Lexus, Hyundai, Pininfarina.

Toyota-i-TRIL-300x150Toyota reveals brand new concept: The i-TRIL is an electric and autonomous city car. As was teased before, it features a one-plus-two seating layout as well as ‘Active Lean’ technology known from the i-Road, but the butterfly doors are news. The study also has self-driving technology, so much of it in fact, that it has no pedals. Control is applied through “drive-by-wire technology” instead, which is operated through devices similar to game controllers for the right and left hand. The electric drive sits in the rear and the i-Tril is said to have a range about 300 km. It is a little bigger than the Renault Twizy but different from its French competitor, that is very much alive, the i-Tril may hit the road from 2030 only.,,

Volvo reveals new XC60: It is Volvo’s second take on its best-selling premium SUV and this new generation is led by the PHEV variant just like the latest XC90 series. The top of the range XC60 Twin Engine delivers 407 hp and the SUV boasts to the brim with semi-autonomous and safety technology. Production is scheduled for mid-April in Sweden.,

Electric Skoda confirmed: The first idea of how the electric future may look like for the Czech VW subsidiary will be presented this April in Shanghai, Auto Express reports quoting Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier. Details remain scarce.

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Lexus premiers LS 500h: The latest luxury sedan of Toyota’s premium brand was presented at the Motor Show. It utilises the Multi Stage Hybrid System and thus couples a V6 engine with two electric drives. On sale date is set before the year’s end in Europe.,,

Ioniq line-up complete: Hyundai revealed the last member of the Ioniq range, the plug-in hybrid in Geneva. It combines a 105 hp engine with a 45 kW electric drive. The 8,9 kWh battery lasts for about 63 km electric driving and the Ioniq PHEV is to enter Europe this July.

Pininfarina’s turbine hybrid sedan it develops for Hybrid Kinetic Group reportedly, is on display in Geneva. The H600 Concept features a micro turbine as range extender that propels the range to 1,000 km. The hybrid powertrain has 800 hp with electric drives accounting for 600 kW. The collaboration with the new Hong Kong-based EV company is worth over 63m euros for Mahindra’s Pininfarina.,

09.03.2017 - 08:14

Model X vs Volvo.

It is not a drag race in the original sense that Tesla videographer Bjørn Nyland shows us here but a rather real-life application for the Model X. The electric AWD SUV came to the rescue of a stranded Volvo, which it towed all the way up through the snow on a hill in Norway. via

01.03.2017 - 17:53

Volvo, NextEV, Renault, Nissan, Roborace.

Volvo tests first hybrid truck: The latest Volvo Concept Truck is the firm’s first hybrid truck developed for long haul applications. 30 percent of the time it may run on electric power thus saving about 10% of fuel and emissions. The I-See assistance analyses the topography and controls the hybrid system accordingly, i.e. it decides which propulsion, diesel or electric, is most efficient and when to best use recuperated energy. The latter is recovered when driving downhill, or when braking.,

The world’s fastest electric car just set another record, two actually. This time, NextEV sent its Nio EP9 hyper car on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Not only did it set a lap record with a driver but made another fast round without a driver, too.,,

First autonomous Zoe and Leaf: Nissan has started real-world testing autonomous Leafs in London after trials in Japan and USA. The Leaf uses ProPilot technology that enables single lane autonomous driving on motorways. At the same time, Renault-Nissan announced its cooperation with French transport provider Transdev to develop self-driving mobility services. Research will include tests with autonomous Zoes on the avenues of Paris. (Leaf in London), (Zoe in Paris)

A racer rather than a real-word application is the Robocar, which Roborace presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The final version for the Formula E features 4 electric motor with 300 kW each and has a top speed of 320 kph with a 540 kWh battery.,,

27.02.2017 - 23:09

Porsche, Volvo, Tesla, Briggs, Yudo, France.

Porsche-Panamera-Turbo-S-E-Hybrid-300x150Stronger Porsche Panamera PHEV: The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is the second hybrid variant of the Panamera range. Its 680 PS make it the strongest PHEV in the range, second only to the 918 Spyder. Battery capacity is 14,1 kWh, and this Porsche reaches a top speed of 310 kph.,

Volvo performance PHEV? Over in Sweden, Volvo thinks about power hybrid versions of the S90 and V90 under the Polestar label. Launch would be no sooner than 2018 and the plug-in hybrids may utilise an optimised T8 system.

The Model 3 takes shape: Tesla plans to offer online configuration of its economy EV in 3 – 4 months, according to Elon Musk. He hinted that the entry version will have a battery with less than 60 kWh but a heads-up display. Employees will get the first Model 3 as part of the ‘Founders Series’ – a chance to rule out early issues surely. (configurators, founders series), (display, battery sizes)

BAC to electrify: British Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) plans a 1m pound hybrid racer that aims at a market usually shared between the likes of LaFerrari or the McLaren P1. The brothers Briggs also said they will electrify their Mono one-seater, which may turn into a full EV.,

New Chinese EV maker: China got a new EV brand called Yudo and it already got approval from the rulers in Beijing. Its first model will be an electric SUV with a range of 350 km but Yudo says it is also working on a more compact EV as well as a crossover.

Pedelec assist in France: French citizens may claim 200 euros from the government when they buy an electric bike. The new incentive is valid until January, 31 2018 and excludes only lead acid batteries and bikes with more than 3 kW power – both cases are unlikely., (decree in French)

13.02.2017 - 11:17

Volvo, Nissan, Skoda, Tesla, Hyundai, China.

volvo-xc90-phev-hybrid-300x150px100 kWh Volvo EV by 2019: The Swedes offer details on their electrification. Mats Anderson, Volvo’s head of Electric Propulsion Systems introduced the Modular Electrification Platform (MEP). It fits electric drives from 100 – 450 kW and battery packs as large as 100 kWh. Expect such Volvo EV by 2019 and mild-hybrids the same year. Anderson also had a few news on PHEV. A 3-cylinder variant with 55 kW motor is due next year. Its 9.7 kWh battery takes both CCS and CHAdeMO.

Nissan’s Leaf has a whole new look fresh spy shots reveal. While the little bestseller is too shy to let go of the mask just yet, glimpses manifest design elements carried over from the 2015 IDS Concept.

Two Skoda EV? The VW up! is electrified already but may grow more EV twigs on the Volkswagen family tree. The Seat Mii is up for electrification by 2019 and Autobild reports that Skoda will make the Citigo electric, too. It will not stay a single child for long but may be joined by and electric compact SUV, a cousin of the Audi Q4. (E-Citigo), (E-SUV), in German

EV makers to expand: Electric cars are on course to cross new frontiers. Tesla has set eyes on India and hopes to make it there this summer, tweeted Elon Musk. Renault is on electric mission in Israel, while Hyundai travelled south until the Ioniq docked in New Zealand. (Tesla), (Renault), (Hyundai)

Made for China: While Hyundai has postponed the Sonata launch last week due to China’s protection of its home market (we reported) the Koreans are not to give up to access to the biggest single market yet. Their Beijing facility is tasked to make an electric variant of the Avante, or Elantra, with Chinese built batteries. Production will start in the second half of this year as on-sale is set at the start of 2018. In domestic matters, Beijing just approved two more new energy vehicle projects. Manufacturers Fujian Yudo New Energy Automobile and National New Energy Vehicle gear up to make 115,000 fully electric cars. Investment stands at 6.15 billion yuan (896.5m dollars). (Hyundai), (domestic)

13.02.2017 - 11:07

Ubitricity, Volvo + ABB, New York, BMW, EVOLVE.

London lanterns turn charge point: Ubitricity has arrived in the British capital, where its lamp post chargers have gone on trial. The Berlin start-up’s technology uses mobile meters that enables EV drivers to plug into a charge post. In cooperation with UK Power Networks, three street lamps are ready to share their grid connection in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.,

America second for e-buses: While Volvo and ABB cooperate successfully in Europe already, they are to enter the U.S. market with their electric buses and charging system. Volvo subsidiary Nova will aid entry. As in Europe, the OppCharge interface will be used, that enables cross-maker cooperation.,

Three millions for PEV: New York state earmarked three million dollars for communities that look to invest in electric or hybrid vehicles, including trucks. All models on the market are eligible for funding and both municipalities and rural electricity cooperatives that receive low-cost hydropower can apply.

BMW strengthens its USA business namely within its 360° Electric scheme. Home charging for PHEV and EV owners is to get simpler with a new service that lists BMW compatible home charging stations and installation partners on the platform delivered together with local QMerit.

Evolving e-mobility: Project EVOLVE has three years to advance EVs in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. The American Lung Association planned more than 200 events this spring with test rides in electric cars from Ford, GM and Nissan.

25.01.2017 - 08:26

Volvo, Mitsubishi, Alstom, SHW Automotive, Okinawa Electric Scooters.

volvo-xc90-phev-hybrid-300x150pxSwedish EV offensive? Volvo seems to be planning a whole series of electric car models. At least that’s what the designations P5, P6, P8, P9, and P10 suggest, which Volvo recently trademarked in Europe. Each of the applications are for “vehicles and conveyances; Electric vehicles” and suggest that just like Volvo’s XC90 PHEV bears the designation T8, future electric models could bear the P. Of course that’s all speculation.,,

New Mitsubishi SUV: The Japanese announced the world premiere of its new compact SUV for the Geneva Motor Show. While Mitsubishi is keeping details about the drivetrain under wraps, a product presentation from last year suggests a PHEV variant.,

Alstom invests in EasyMile: Alstom invested 14m euros in company EasyMile, maker of the autonomous electric shuttle EZ10. The two companies agreed to join their know-how to develop integrated solutions for public transport in cities. It seems the next rail transport giant realises that autonomous shuttles should not be underestimated.

SHW Automotive loses big order: The Aalen-based supplier says it lost a 100m euro deal it was awarded last year (we reported). It had been named system supplier of electrical ax gear pumps to the unnamed “the world’s leading manufacturer of all-electric vehicles” – many speculated Tesla. But it seems that the pumps are not compatible with the vehicle’s requirements. SHW Automotive will now take legal action.,,

E-power on two wheels: India has a new supplier of electric two-wheelers. Company Okinawa Electric Scooters just unveiled its first electric scooter Ridge, adding that it will launch two more models before the end of the year. Apparently, electric motorbikes are also on the agenda.

17.01.2017 - 09:28

Zapinamo, Volvo, Solaris, China, Green Energy.

UK funds fast-charging tests: UK start-up Zapinamo received 2.2m pounds in government funding, in order to work with Warwick University, Iveco, and Farmdrop to test fast-charging with up to 400 kW for electric utility vehicles.,

Delivery contract: Volvo received an order for four hybrid buses form the city of Värmamo in southern Sweden. Adding the four Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid to the fleet will electrify the city’s entire public transport system.

Solaris conquers North: Finish city Tampere commissioned four all-electric buses from Solaris. The latter has now sold more than 100 electric buses in i.e. Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Spain and Sweden – now adding Finland to its list.

Ultimate charging offensive: Tianjin will soon be a mecca for electric mobility. The Chinese city wants to increase the number of charge points from now around 2,000 to 90,000 by 2020. Surely, there will then always be place to plug in.

Time of day tariff: Green Energy is now the first utility in the UK that offers residential customers a time of day tariff for EV charging. Using smart meter technology, the company encourages EV drivers to plug in when demand and prices are lower.

12.12.2016 - 09:26

VDL, France, Volvo, Fortum, ChargePoint, ReachNow.

Europe’s biggest e-bus fleet: As previously announced, the 43 VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses began operations in the Dutch cities of Eindhoven and Helmond over the weekend. Charging infrastructure will also be provided by VDL. It is already the largest all-electric bus fleet in Europe and the Nordbrabant region wants to electrify its entire public transport offering by 2025.,

Charging along motorways: The French motorway association ASFA announced that a total of 200 fast-chargers will be installed along major expressways by 2017, essentially giving EV drivers a place to plug in every 80 kilometres. Moreover, the energy available will be 100 percent renewable. (in German), (in French)

Volvo unveils hybrid double-decker bus: The Volvo B5LHC Double Deck Electric Hybrid, which will hit the road in London next year. The top deck is provided by Wrightbus. The new double-decker can go around seven kilometres on electricity alone and has room for a maximum of 87 passengers. (in German)

Back-up battery: Fortum has opened a charging facility in Oslo, featuring 100 chargers with 22 kW, as well as two DC CHAdeMO and CCS chargers. It is also fitted with a battery reserve said balance power loads in order not to put any strain on the grid.

Putting ChargePoint on the map: Apple added more than 30,000 EV charging stations from ChargePoint to its own Apple Maps system. The icons also include links to initiate charging, as well hours of operations and pricing.

Reaching NYC: BMW’s new carsharing scheme ReachNow has arrived in the Big Apple. Residents of two luxury apartment buildings can now share four electric BMW i3, as well as two BMW 3-Series sedans. Two ChargePoint charges are already available at the location, with BMW installing a third place to plug in.

07.11.2016 - 09:59

Tesla, Jaguar, GM, Volvo, Oil Companies, DS.

Tesla-Model-S-100DModel S P90D discontinued: Tesla has removed the P90D option for both the Model S and X, leaving only the P100D but with ludicrous speed included. At the same time, a new glass roof has been added to the configurator, which removes the crossbar over the car’s B-pillar. On Twitter, Elon Musk hinted that for the Model 3 a roof with solar cells will “probably” become available.,, (solar roof)

Jaguar enters electrification: Jaguar says it will bring its first electric car to debut at the L.A. Auto Show, which starts at Nov, 18. That is about all the company has said so far.

Chevy Bolt in production: GM has officially started production of the Chevy Bolt EV at the GM facility in Orion Township, Michigan. So far the hatchback is on a slow production line but it is the beginning.,

Volvo to go with LG Electronics? The Swedish brand will supposedly work with Korean LG Chem to co-develop its autonomous and electric models in the future. The link has been established by industry insiders following a visit of Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson at LG’s campus in South Korea.

No redemption: The 10 biggest oil companies have announced a 1bn dollar fund to reduce their climate change guilt. Different from what was expected, it will not include renewables but focus on reducing leaks of natural gas, capturing and store emissions when gas is burned to produce electricity, and increasing the fuel efficiency of vehicles. So, they pay each other to keep business running as usual.

No more diesel-electric: The DS 5 Hybrid has been withdrawn from sale in Great Britain because it accounted for only 3 percent of the total DS 5 volume this year. This only applies on the isles.

03.11.2016 - 09:48

Volvo, Toyota, Mazda, Tesla, Volkswagen, Oil companies.

Volvo-S90Volvo flagship is electric and Chinese: Geely’s Swedish prodigy presents two new S90 variants, the Excellence and a long version for China. Both will be offered as plug-in hybrid, while the Excellence will in fact be PHEV only. Volvo also announced a change of strategy as production will be largely outsourced to China, from where global demand shall be fulfilled henceforth.,

Toyota and Mazda EV? Both carmakers from Japan are in talks over closer cooperation in at least ten sectors, Mazda’s Executive Vice President Akira Marumoto revealed. One field may be electric cars but no definite statement has been issued yet.

Tesla news merger: Both the Model S and Model X are now available in Ireland. Also, Tesla conjured up suport for its merger with SolarCity as it points out financial benefits in a detailed blog post. Glas used in the Tesla Solar Roof will also feature in the Model 3. (Ireland), (merger), (glas)

Hybrid double decker: Volvo presents a hybrid double decker bus. The B5LHC Double Deck Electric Hybrid has a more powerful motor and stronger battery rated at 19kWh compared to Volvo’s 7900 standard version. The double decker sits 87 passengers and is open to charge at any opportunity.,

VW to exit rally sport: After Audi said goodbye to the WEC, Volkswagen is to quit the world rallying championship at the end of season 2017 as well. Again, the move is part of the carmakers cost-cutting exercise following the home made diesel fraud.,

Redemption fund: Seven oil mayors including Saudi Aramco, BP, Total, and Shell are joining forces to set up an investment fund for renewables as they seek to keep profiting despite the destruction they help create. The group belongs the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) and will announce details on Friday.