Tag: VW

Jul 5, 2017 - 08:16 am

Rolls Royce, VW, Microsoft, AMG, Formula E.

All or nothing: Rolls Royce will not bridge to the electric era via hybrid propulsion but go straight to electric if battery technology allows, said CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös. While he sees the future of motoring in electric drivetrains, esp. those from parent company BMW, he also assumes the firm’s clients would not accept “compromise” in the meantime. In terms of autonomy, RR is literally in the luxurious position, that most of its customers have a chauffeur anyway and thus care little for a self-driving Royce.

VW-GenE-conceptFuture Mobility Days 2017 just happened at Volkswagen in Germany, where the company presented the Gen.E concept that some see as the next-gen electric Golf. There has been no confirmation and little information however, apart form a lightweight platform and a 400km range. The star of the show was supposed to be a mobile robot charging EVs autonomously.
carscoops.com, electrek.co

Buy an EV online: Microsoft Sweden has teamed up with local EV dealer EVEN Electric to find digital paths to the minds and homes of potential electric car drivers. The idea is to set up a website that offers price comparisons but also services around EVs.

Hybrid family from AMG: Mercedes performance label has spawned a new line of hybrid ‘53’ powertrains, starting with the CLS 53. Coupling the novel 320kW 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and a 50kW electric motor, the system is to deliver 370kW combined.

The Tesla way: The Formula E is anything but profitable and burned up a net loss of almost 34m euros at end-July 2016 when costs accelerated. However, the loss is almost half of that a year before and so it looks like the electric racing series could be on track to break even.
reuters.com, telegraph.co.uk

May 29, 2017 - 08:34 am

China, Mahindra, Mercedes, Audi, VW, Hyundai.

ChinaChina delays electric quota: German lobbying seems to have shown success as first details emerge from Foreign Minister Gabriel’s China tour – he speaks of a done deal on e-mobility and talks being “on the right way.” In more concrete terms, this means a delay of the 8% EV quota, which was planned for 2018 but is now most likely to be moved to 2019, according to Handelsblatt. The deal is said to also include transitional arrangements and even the obligation of installing R&D units on Chinese ground may be dispensable. While both the government and carmakers worked together to water down the rules, they were joined by internal forces as their concerns were echoed by Chinese manufacturers. Nonetheless, Beijing’s threat has worked and spurred the likes of Volkswagen and Mercedes to strengthen their JV activity. GM has meanwhile promised at least ten PEV for the Chinese market, while Honda too will use the red giant as testing ground for an electric car from next year.
dw.com, handelsblatt.com (original source, in German)

While the dragon may crouch, the tiger speeds up its electrification as India’s Mahindra lays out its Roadmap EV 2.0. Its electrification plan aims to double EV production capacity already this year and to further invest in electric drivetrains as well as charging infrastructure. Furthermore, Mahindra seeks to offer a three-wheeled EV within the next two months and to launch a bus with space for 32 passengers in about 18 months. Development of a 400km battery is well underway and may bear fruit in the second half of 2019, according to the company which has recently undergone a name change to Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd. to depict its endeavour to offer transport solutions.

Entry level EQ: Mercedes intends to put a new member of its EQ sub brand in the spotlights at the IAA, Autocar learnt. The concept is supposed to preview the future EQ A, Daimler’s entry-level model and pitched to rival the upcoming VW I.D. and BMW i3.

Audi makes electric motors in Hungary: All of Audi’s upcoming EVs will be powered by tech build at the Hungarian factory Győr, Audi’s head in Hungary Peter Kössler said. He added that production is to start in about two weeks already.

VW’s hybrid show cars: The German carmaker caught the audience’s attention at the annual Worthersee GTI meeting by presenting its Golf GTE Variant impulsE as well as the Golf GTI First Decade. The first is a hybrid with upgraded battery capacity (from 8.8 to 18.8kWh), the latter a 404bhp hybrid version of the Golf GTI that is capable of driving solely electric, too.
greencarcongress.com, autoexpress.co.uk, carscoops.com

Hyundai has launched its first electric bus Elec City as planned with a 256kWh battery pack for a said range of 290 km. Production is set for 2018 but price information has not been provided.
theinvestor.co.kr, koreatimes.co.kr

May 22, 2017 - 09:27 am

e.GO Moove, VW, Nissan, Lion E-Mobility, Daimler, Solo.

e.GO-Moover-300x150Autonomous e-shuttle by ZF & e.GO: RWTH Aachen’s e.Go Mobile does it again and this time got ZF on board to bring its latest electric vehicle closer to market. They will set up e.GO Moove as a joint venture to develop and produce autonomous electric vans to transport both cargo and people. A first prototype has been unveiled on campus, where it is in good company – e.Go Mobile has recently presented its electric car e.Go Life supported by Bosch and once came up with the StreetScooter that Deutsche Post DHL took on to commercialise. With ZF and its subsidiary NDivia joining the team, expect e.Go Moove to move on to production and sales soon. The JV will be located in Aachen.

VW must offer 3 EV models in California by 2019, upon request by CARB after diesel gate. The Golden State wants to see an electric crossover and one other model joining the e-Golf. On top, VW must sell at least 35,000 EVs until 2025, all whilst paying its 66m dollar fee to California.
insideevs.com, arb.ca.gov

Leaf to launch in September: Nissan’s new take on the Leaf will be revealed on September, 6th in Tokyo, said Nissan’s chief for North Europe Pierril Pouret. Details have not been provided but more range and autonomy were promised and a tiny teaser picture published.
tu.no (in Norwegian) via insideevs.com, electrek.co (teaser photo)

Skating the last mile: Lion E-Mobility believes an electric skateboard worth a quarter million dollars as it invests in Inboard Technology. The Californian start-up developed its own mini hub motors and a swappable battery that goes into the deck of a skateboard, the M1. Lion hopes to utilise the technology for various last mile mobility devices and will work with the skaters on power pack and sales.

Daimler batteries destined for USA: Viviant has been appointed Daimler’s partner to bring its home energy storage system to the States. Powerwalls made in Germany shall be offered together with Viviant’s own PV solutions, first in California. The move will sure stir Tesla and its SolarCity.
reuters.com, vivintsolar.com, greencarcongress.com

The Solo trike will hit the stores within weeks as Electra Meccanica is only awaiting road approval in Canada and the States. The light weight electric trike is priced at 19,888 Canadian dollars and has been pre-ordered around 500 times. For early 2019, Electra Meccanica announced its electric roadster Tofino.


May 12, 2017 - 08:29 am

Global Power Synergy, Tesla, DOE, BASF, VW.

Petrol dollars for battery factory: Thai oil company PTT sends his subsidiary Global Power Synergy (GPSC) to erect a plant for battery production in Thailand by next year. A technology has been found already as GPSC signed a license agreement with 24M, an A123 spin-off, for their semi-solid electrolyte technology. GPSC thus has the copyright to produce Li-ion batteries in Thailand and Asean countries and hopes to utilise them as back up storage for energy from renewables. However, talks have been held with both Tesla and GM regarding battery back up for their vehicles allegedly.

Tesla delivers details for its solar tiles and says one square foot (0.09 sqm) cost about 22 dollars on average – less than conventional PV systems and including battery backup. Installations are lined up this summer in the States, but clients overseas will have to wait until next year.
bloomberg.com, tesla.com (cost calculator)

Nanoparticles improve fuel cells: Researchers at the DOE’s Ames Laboratory started to make smaller, more efficient intermetallic nanoparticles which also use less platinum for fuel cells. The trick lies in the surface-to-volume ratio and some added zinc.
ameslab.gov, greencarcongress.com

Applications are open for the ‘Science Award Electrochemistry’ from BASF and VW. The award is worth 100,000 euros in total with 40,000 for the winner alone. Researchers may apply until August 18.
Apply via basf.com

May 8, 2017 - 08:22 am

VW, MG, BYD, WKW, Lexus.

volkswagen-vw-id-konzept-300x150VW specifies I.D. production plans: In 2019, the German carmaker is to kick off serial production of its I.D. concept in Zwickau (Saxony), as announced. The Sächsische Zeitung has further details about VW’s first electrified model based on the MEB platform. Thus, the preparations for production will begin by mid-2018, before the lines start to roll in late 2019. However, sales won’t start before 2020. VW calculates with a production investment of 300m euros and an output of 300 I.D.’s daily.
sz-online.de (in German)

MG’s future electric line-up: Within the next few years, the British SAIC brand intends to bring 4 electrified vehicles to the market – in both PHEV version as well as all-electric. Specifically, MG works on two new crossovers, the compact model MG 3 and a replacement for the mid-range sedan MG 6. Top-of-the-end model of its new line-up shall be an electric sports coupe that was recently presented in Shanghai and is to enter production in 2020.

BYD plans to install an industrial park in Yinchuan in order to concentrate production capacities of its electric mobility units. The park shall be developed on 66 hectare and serve to manufacture EVs for both, road and rail traffic. While investment volume amounts to approximately 20bn Yuan (2.6bn euros). Further specifications, e.g. on time schedule, are yet to be delivered.

WKW to invest 1.1bn in Germany: The Chinese supplier is about to raise 1.1bn euros through its subsidiary Delon Automotive in order to install a EV facility in Saxony close to the German-Polish border. The company wants to produce high-end EVs for the European as well as the Chinese market. Details about the time have not been revealed.

Do we see soon a H2-Lexus? Rumour had it, that the next Lexus luxury sedan LS could feature fuel cell tech from Toyota’s Mirai. But a new trademark registration now indicates that rumours transformed to plans. At least, the patent’s title “LS-FC Concept” suggests a concept car may be on the way.
motor1.com, autoguide.com, tsdr.uspto.gov

First BYD bus rolls in L.A. County: Chinese manufacturer BYD has delivered the first model of its fully electrified articulated buses in the States. The 18 metres long vehicle can seat up to 60 people and shall reach up to 275 miles (440 km) thanks to a 547 kWh battery pack. The bus will serve the public transport company AVTA in Los Angeles County and is the pioneer of 13 more ordered BYD buses.

May 2, 2017 - 09:13 am

VW, GAC, eCrafter, Tesla, Hozon Auto.

VW accelerates its electric drive: Volkswagen wants to triple investment into electric motors as CEO Müller intends to further invest up to 9bn euros in this section through 2022, up from 3bn. The effort includes the development of an hybrid drive destined for the U.S. market. However, this doesn’t mean VW is to refocus its entire business. The group also calculates with a budget of another 10bn euros to further develop combustion engine tech in order to comply with new emission regulation.
reuters.com, electrek.co

Industrial park for PEV: GAC has kicked off the installation of a large industrial park dedicated to development and production of EVs and PHEVs in Guangzhou. On 5m square metres, GAC is to erects an R&D centre as well as a plant with an annual capacity of 200,000 electrified cars. The first construction phase shall be concluded by late 2018, with finalisation scheduled for late 2025. GAC has earmarked more than 45bn yuan ($6.52bn) for the park as it shall feature not only smart manufacturing but also the development of an eco town.

Volkswagen-eCrafter-300x150eCrafter to be produced in Poland: After presenting the electric version of its Crafter at last year’s IAA, VW now chose a production facility in Września/Poland. Market entry is still scheduled for the ongoing year, unclear is how many eCrafers are going to be produced.
auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com, wbj.pl

Tesla’s battery update gets cheaper: Updating the 60 kWh version of Tesla’s Model X in order to unlock the full 75 kWh capacity now costs 4,500 dollars. That is 2,000 dollars less than before, but still more than double of what Model S 60 owners pay for the additional 15 kWh. Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk met China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang. No official statement on the talks has been issued but it is likely, they discussed Tesla’s planned production in China.
insideevs.com (battery upgrade), teslarati.com (China)

New EV brand in China: Zhejiang Hezhong New Energy Vehicles introduces a new brand for electric vehicles dubbed Hozon Auto. With the production license granted, the manufacturer is building a plant to initially launch 50,000 cars per year from 2019. Its first model is an SUV with wing doors called “@”. Its resemblance to Tesla’s Model X is striking.

First photo of Tesla Semi: The first teaser picture of the Tesla truck scheduled for September rather creates curiosity than revealing something.
electrek.co, insideevs.com


Apr 13, 2017 - 11:26 am

VW, Audi, Ford, Qoros, MG, General Motors.

VW turns on the light for a threesome as it teases its third I.D. concept ahead of Shanghai. The I.D. Crozz – VW trademarked the name but nothing is official – is a coupe-SUV that will follow on from the I.D. hatch and I.D. Buzz microbus. Rumour had it there might be a fourth I.D. model due in September at the IAA but no update has been given yet. For the I.D. Crozz, VW confirmed an all-wheel drive, which makes a two electric motor set-up likely. As all I.D. models, it will sit on the MEB platform and should manage a range of around 550 km.
autoexpress.co.uk, volkswagen.com

Audi is about lights too, LEDs in this case but not necessarily illuminating. All that is revealed in this latest teaser video is that the carmaker will bring a new e-tron concept to Shanghai. Hopefully, it is not an SUV again this time but maybe the i3 fighter CEO Rupert Stadler recently hinted at rather?!
youtube.com, carscoops.com, motor1.com

Ford ends Focus Electric production: The Focus Electric will not be made in Europe anymore as Ford ends its production at its plant in Saarlouis. The carmaker claims low demand, only 61 units were sold in Europe last year. If someone wishes to buy however, Ford will continue imports from America.
electrive.net, autonews.com

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Qoros plans concrete: The K-EV Concept is Qoros latest study in electric and most of all luxurious driving to debut in Shanghai. The lux limousine utilises the Koenigsegg drive-line also used in the Koenigsegg Regera super hybrid. Market entry for the Qoros K-EV is set for 2019.
auto-motor-und-sport.de, greencarcongress.com

Electric supercar concept: British MG will present its E-Motion in Shanghai, a sports car coupé with an all-electric power source. The SAIC-owned company said the model makes the 100 kph in under four seconds while claiming a range of roughly 500 km. Production is uncertain at this point.
autocar.co.uk, autoexpress.co.uk, carscoops.com

Bolt available nationwide: GM has issued a lease across the US of A for its latest electric car. The price is 329 dollars per month for three years with 3,809 dollars due at signing. The deal is valid until May, 1 for now.
insideevs.com, greencarreports.com

Apr 3, 2017 - 09:53 pm

Genesis, Audi, Thunder Power, Chery, VW, Emflux.

Hyundai-Genesis-G80Genesis to be electrified successively: Hyundai intends to develop electrified models of its luxury brand Genesis from 2019. The news followed the Japanese carmaker’s announcement to work on a platform for electric vehicles only but that will take some time. However, Hyundai is optimistic to launch a first Genesis plug-in hybrid model by 2019 already and to have an all-electric version only two years later by 2021 as well. More details have not been provided though.
electrek.co, motor1.com, reuters.com

Workers call for Audi EV: Audi’s workers council demands to produce electric models not just in Brussels and Neckarsulm but also at the carmaker’s main plant in Ingolstadt. Their request is to make the core factory “fit for the future,” which Audi’s labour leaders obviously see in electrification. As reported, the VW brand selected the smaller site in German Neckarsulm for EV production from 2020 but intends to build the first of three planned EVs in Brussels from 2018.
reuters.com, europe.autonews.com

Thunder Power to produce in Spain: The Taiwanese start-up was on everyone’s lips when it revealed its concept of a 650 km range EV at the IAA in 2015. Now, Thunder Power announced to start the production lines in Ganzhou, China by the end of 2018 in order to supply the Asian market. Furthermore, the company decided to establish R&D in Europe and a new factory in Spanish Catalonia.
www.tpev.com (pdf)

Chery almost triples its capacities: Chery seeks to significantly expand its output as the company is about to open a second assembly in Dezhou, China. First, compact EVs eQ and eQ1 will roll off the lines there at an annual capacity of 100,000 EV. Chery’s first site in Wuhu delivers up to 60,000 EV a year.

Golf GTE to enter UK: Volkswagen’s updated hybrid Golf GTE has become available in the UK with a base price of 30,635 pounds (before incentives). The new model is thus 3,420 GBP cheaper than its predecessor, while the GTE’s powertrain remains unchanged.
electriccarsreport.com, autoexpress.co.uk

Electric motorbike made in India: Start-up Emflux Motors is developing an electric motorcycle to launch next year. The Indian company claims its new “superbike” goes from 0 to 100 kph in 3.5 sec, and charges 80% in 36 min for a range of 200 km. Emflux plans to produce 200 and is currently prototyping.

Mar 24, 2017 - 11:05 am

Chery vs. Daimler, Subaru, VW, Elextra, BMW, Peugeot.

Copy cat in reverse: Chinese Chery has filed a trademark complaint against Daimler’s use of the EQ label for green cars. Chery said it utilises the letter combination eQ since two years for certain new energy vehicles and obviously wishes to continue to do so. The case is now with China’s Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which Chery hopes will bar Mercedes from using the name on the Chinese market.

Subaru’s first EV by 2021: Fuji’ Heavy Industries’ auto division Subaru is readying its first electric car within the next four years, president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga revealed. Its premier plug-in hybrid model however, will not take that long and Subaru plans to launch it by 2018 already – first in the States. This focus may surprise as most carmakers look for growth in China but Yoshinaga believes the Chinese market to be over satiated. Following this westward orientation, Subaru is likely to move away from diesel too, but will keep its boxer engine, only it will be coupled with electric drives in the future.
blick.ch (in German)

VW T-Roc electrified? First images of Volkswagen’s upcoming new T-Roc surfaced together with speculations that the compact SUV may see an electric e-T-Roc and plug-in hybrid T-Roc GTE variant too. Autocar reports that the electric propulsion may be borrowed from smaller Golf models.

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Check out the Elextra from behind and also from the front as new images of the Danish-Swiss supercar emerge. More infos on the electric lux sedan shall follow within the coming months.

BMW launches China PHEV: BMW together with its JV partner Brilliance kicked off the Zinoro 60H for the Chinese market. The SUV PHEV is based on the BMW X1 and drives with 231 hp from the X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance. Electric range is at 60 km. More Zinoro models with (partially) electric propulsion shall follow.

Peugeot revealed some details on its upcoming plug-in hybrid 508. It will incorporate design elements from the Instinct Concept and build on the EMP2 platform. Launch is due by 2018 as expected.

Mar 22, 2017 - 09:54 am

VW, Citroën, Tesla, GM, NextEV, Formula E.

VW has chosen battery supplier: The Germans have moved on from planning to the next stage as the design of the VW I.D. built upon the MEB platform is to be confirmed by August. At the same time, battery suppliers were selected and are under contract already, although it has not been disclosed, who will power Volkswagen’s electric concept/s. Two more electric models are to follow until 2022 of which one will be the I.D. Buzz microbus.

Citroën electrifies further: The French now offer the E-Berlingo Multispace with an electric drive. It is the same motor utilised in the van version of the Berlingo already and offers a range of 170 km. The latest electric car joins Citroën’s EV range consisting of the C-ZERO, E-MEHARI and Berlingo LCV.
greencarcongress.com, autoevolution.com, youtube.com

Demand for Teslas remains high and the company has now started deliveries of its new 100D versions of both the Model S and X in the States. And as it just opened the first showrooms in Korea, cues are forming – there is a 6-month waiting list to test drive the Model S.
insideevs.com (100D), forbes.com (Korea)

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Bolt bargain: Chevy Bolt prices have gone below 25,000 dollars after incentives at some stores, which already started to apply discounts as they seek to move their inventory. Deliveries geared up lately but it remains to be seen if demand will keep up with the pace.
electrek.co, autonews.com

Chinese Google EV: China’s search engine giant Baidu has taken a stake in NextEV and its electric car brand Nio. Baidu had led a financing round that collected over 600m dollars in total.

New blood for Formula E: BMW and DS Performance have been granted manufacturer status through FIA for the Formula E. While Mercedes had secured its entry option earlier, it did not make it (yet) for the 5th season that will run throughout 2018/ 19.
motorsport.com, fiaformulae.com

Feb 24, 2017 - 09:45 am

Tesla, Carlos Ghosn, Renault, Cadillac, VW.

Tesla-Model3-300Tesla growth: The EV maker posted the 4th quarter results and increased its automotive revenue by almost 80 percent to 1.994bn dollars. Still, Tesla not put of the red as net loss stood at 121m dollars. Orders for both the Model S and X grew by 50 percent year-on-year. Also, the Model 3 is underway as planned. Limited production is to start in July before it is ramped up to 5,000 units per week in Q4 2017.
greencarcongress.com, electrek.co, letter to shareholders (pdf)

Ghosn goes as Nissan CEO: Carlos Ghosn will step down as Nissan CEO this April but will remain chairman of Nissan, Mitsubishi and Renault, where he is also CEO. Lifelong Nissan employee Hiroto Saikawa will take over the daily business of the company, while 62 year old Ghosn is to bring Mitsubishi back on track.

EV surprise: Renault says it got a concept packed for Geneva but did not liberate more information than that it is battery-electric. Launch is set at a press conference on March, 7.
carscoops.com, renault.com

An environmental policy paper from Scottish Conservatives suggests free parking for electric cars as well as use of bus and taxi lanes and lists a fond for charging infrastructure. While the plan also includes renewables, the conservatives see nuclear power plants as part of the path to a low carbon economy.
scottishconservatives.com, eveningtimes.co.uk

Cadillac XT3 PHEV? Cadillac’s XT3 is a compact crossover due by 2019 and it looks like it may be electrified. Spy shots show a flap where other GM EVs like the Bolt have their charge connectors. For Cadillac, a PHEV is most likely as the firm knows the technology from its hybrid CT6.

VW e-Golf rated: 201 km or 125 miles is the range of the 2017 electric Volkswagen, according to EPA. It is a 50 percent increase over the previous e-Golf. 19 MPGe combined (28 kWh/100 miles), making it one of the most efficient electric vehicles on the U.S. market, where it will arrive in spring.
greencarcongress.com, electrek.co

Nov 21, 2016 - 08:48 am

UK, VW, Tesla, BYD, Connecticut.

UK subsidies for electric motorbikes: The UK government now supports the purchase of an electric motorbike or scooter with up to 1,500 pounds. At least 2,500 two-wheelers can benefit from the grant, under the condition that they have a range of at least 50 km (30 km for scooters), can go faster than 40 kph and not use any lead acid or silicone lead acid traction batteries.

VW partners with ridesharing service: In light of VW’s attempt to become a mobility provider coined by electric mobility, the carmaker is partnering with Chinese ridesharing service Didi Chuxing. The partners want to offer mobility solutions and also develop further transport systems for Chinese cities.

Converter for Chinese infrastructure: Tesla announced an adaptor, so that its vehicles can also plug in at public chargers in China. It will enable Tesla drivers there to get juice not just at the Supercharger and possibly give them access to federal subsidies for wallboxes.
electrek.co, teslarati.com, bloomberg.com

New deal for BYD: The manufacturer has received an order for 21 of its 7-metre electric buses from the South Korean island of Jeju. It is said to be largest deal ever won by a coach manufacturer in a developed East Asian country and comes just weeks before BYD’s 12-metre e-bus will debut in the country.

Connecticut deepens pockets: The U.S. state has earmarked another 2.7m dollars in subsidies for electric vehicles. Residents, businesses and even municipalities can therefore continue to receive grants ranging from 750 to 5,000 dollars when by a battery-electric, plug-in hybrid or fuel cell vehicle.
fox61.com, nhregister.com

Nov 8, 2016 - 09:55 am

Toyota, VW, BMW, Singulato Motors, SouEastMotors, Workhorse.

New-Toyota-Prius-2016Toyota swings to EV: The Japanese hybrid expert will build electric cars from 2020, Nikkei reports. Toyota will set-up a dedicated team by 2017 to develop a platform for EVs. Batteries with at least a 300 mile range shall be standard with either internal or external support. The move was expected.

15 VW PEV in China: Volkswagen will launch 15 electric and plug-in hybrids for the Chinese market within the decade. They are to be produced locally and are a necessity given China’s fast moving new energy vehicle legislation.

BMW 1series as PHEV? The 2018 BMW 1 series will sit on the new technology platform UKL2. Autozeitung reports that a plug-in hybrid variant dubbed 125xe is “very probable.” It would combine a 136 hp engine with a 65 kW electric drive.
autozeitung.de (in German)

600m dollars for EV? Chinese start-up Singulato Motors may receive 600m dollars of financing, Reuters learnt. The money is for building a facility in Tongling, where 200,000 electric cars shall roll off the lines by 2020. Yet, first models may come as soon as the end of 2017.

Electric microcar from China: The Dear CC EV10 is reminiscent of the Fiat 500 but comes from Chinese SouEastMotors and is electric only. The firm plans to design an EV range for younger buyers and the EV10 will debut later this month on the Guangzhou Auto Show.

Electric pickup: Workhorse is to develop an electric pickup work truck, a draft reveals. The W-15 is set for production by 2018 and is equipped with a range extender that supports a battery from Panasonic. The latter is said to last for 80 miles. Duke Energy and the City of Orlando expressed interest.

Oct 24, 2016 - 08:00 am

NextEV, Lucid Motors, VW, Mahindra, Ford, BMW.

NextEV-SpyshotFirst glimpse of NextEV: NextEV’s electric sports car was spotted in the Nordschleife of Nürburgring, where it appeared for a promo video allegedly. The Chinese firm based in California meanwhile added Jamie Carlson to its ranks as Senior Director of Advanced Technologies. He worked for Tesla and reportedly Apple on self-driving technology before.
youtube.com via autoblog.com, electrek.co (Carlson)

Atieva now Lucid Motors: The other Sino-Californian EV maker underwent a name change, probably to clarify its intentions to launch an autonomous electric car. More images of the latter have been released but remain rather indistinct. The new website is shiny however.
hybridcars.com, insideevs.com, lucidmotors.com

VW presented the Phideon, a sedan exclusive to China, that takes inspiration from the C Coupé GTE concept car unveiled at the Shanghai auto show last year. While luxurious, the PHEV aims at understatement, echoing the climate of reduction currently valued by the Chinese government.
europe.autonews.com, theglobeandmail.com (video)

Mahindra-e2o-plusMahindra 4-door EV: The Indian manufacturer launched the e2o Plus, a four-door electric car now on sale in India. It comes in four variants and a 19 kW electric motor coupled with a 48V battery. The premium trim features a 30 kW drive and 72 V power pack.
indianautosblog.com, fitnhit.com

Ford on green wave: The carmaker trials its Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) technology in Mondeo Hybrids in the UK for two years. The system gathers information on traffic light timings from a roadside unit and then advises the driver on the best speed to avoid stopping at a red light.
carscoops.com, fleetnews.co.uk

In with the new: The BMW i3 has got a bigger battery and long-time electric driver Michael Beinenson is sold. Not only provides the 33 kWh power pack more range than stated, the new trims also include a sun roof and the added weight gives the electric car more stability.

Oct 19, 2016 - 08:38 am

VW, BMW, NanoFlowcell, Hyundai, Ashok Leyland, Corvette.

New VW models? Volkswagen plans to add new electric cars to its line-up, leaked patents reveal. They show an electric sports car as well as a mini-bus. The later resembles the Budd-e, while the sports car is sleek with aerodynamic features and may come with a dual electric motor.
vwvortex.com (leak) via autocar.co.uk

BMW to speed up EVs: BMW is to bring Tesla fighters within three years, Automobile Mag reports. The X3 eDrive with 225 kW motor and 70 kWh battery may launch by 2018, followed by an electrified 3-series a year later. The Model S competitor is due next before the i8 will boast 500 kW in 2022.

NanoFlowcell to be serial? The Quantino sports car by NanoFlowcell may soon be made by an undeclared and non-German manufacturer. The company says it is in talks and that the concept could become a reality within four or five years time under another brand name.

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Hyundai to make EVs in China: New electric, plug-in and fuel-cell models will be built in what is Hyundai’s fourth factory in China. The Japanese plan to tackle the Chinese market and expect its electrified line-up to reach a ten percent market share by the end of the decade.

E-bus made in India: Ashok Leyland presented the Circuit, the first electric bus manufactured entirely in India. Said to be designed for the country’s “road and load conditions,” it has a range of 120 km. India’s government plans to exchange a lot of state buses with electric ones by 2020.
bloombergquint.com, drivespark.com

Get your electric Corvette but quickly as only 75 pieces will be made by Genovation. Pre-orders are open for the 485 kW GXE, which will cost 750,000 dollars. Deliveries shall start by 2019.
carscoops.com, electrek.co

Oct 11, 2016 - 08:54 am

Tesla, VW, Mahindra, Venus Motors, Australia.

Tesla-Model-X-final300Model X starts at 75 kWh: Tesla has scrapped the 60D variant of its electric SUV from its portfolio, only three months after adding it. The base version now is the 75D. The carmaker did not say why it made the changes. Moreover, two colour options have disappeared from the configurator.
electrek.co, insideevs.com

Electric variants for Caddy and T7: According to VW’s head of utility vehicles Eckhard Scholz, the next generation of both cars will be available with electric powertrains. Moreover, first units of VW’s new e-Crafter will be delivered in the second half of 2017.
firmenauto.de (in German)

Mahindra makes plans for China: Indian manufacturer Mahindra Reva is looking for a joint venture partner in order to produce electric vehicles in China, Bloomberg reports, citing Mahindra CEO Arvind Mathew. Whether there are already talks with potential partners was not confirmed.

VW to present Atlas? On October 27th, the carmaker will take the wraps off its new 7-seater for the U.S. market (we reported), which will also be available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. According to Automotive News, the vehicle will be named Atlas. Though that has yet to be confirmed.

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Made in Costa Rica: U.S. niche manufacturer Venus Motors wants to produce EVs in Costa Rica. The company moved from Oregon to the Central American country to make cars for the local market “and beyond.” The Veep, a Jeep-like electric car, will be the first to roll off production lines there.

Australia electrifies lorries: SEA Automotive received over 500,000 Dollars from the local Australian government in Victoria. The money will be used to build electric drivetrains for trucks. Moreover, the drivetrains can be used to retrofit existing diesel-powered models.

Oct 10, 2016 - 07:40 am

ICE ban, China, Tesla, VW, Geely, Uniti, Formula E.

France-noDiesel-butEVsICE stop in Europe: According to German magazine Spiegel, Germany’s Federal Assembly passed a resolution to ban internal combustion engines from 2030. It even called on the EU to pass a directive so that only zero-emission cars “will be approved” across member states. While the resolution has no legislative effect, it should have carmakers worried or at least give them a nudge in the right direction.
spiegel.de (in German), forbes.com

Electric protectionism: German Handelsblatt reports that Beijing’s industrial ministry wants to force Chinese manufacturers to sell more electric and hybrid models. They are said to account for 8 percent of all cars sold by 2018. The ministry also wants at least 70% of all electrified cars sold in China by 2020 to come from local brands.
handelsblatt.com (in German; paid content)

Making room: Tesla submitted a new “master plan” to city of Fremont, California, looking to double the size of the local factory to meet the demand for the Model 3. Twelve new buildings will be added, while the number of employees will grow from now 6,210 to 9,315.
electrek.co, sfchronicle.com (master plan)

Electric bug: Green Car Reports says it learned that Volkswagen is looking to launch an electric generation of its iconic VW Beetle, based on the MEB platform. The information was “overheard” at the Paris Motorshow, where the carmaker presented the I.D. with a rear mounted electric engine.

Geely’s new brand for hybrids (we reported) will be called Lynk & Co and will be officially introduced on October 20th. The planned vehicles will be based on Geely and Volvo’s CMA architecture. The first model could be plug-in hybrid SUV, said to hit the road in 2017.

Crowdfunding success: It took Uniti only 3 hours to reach its crowdfunding goal of 500,000 euros, collecting more than double the amount by Saturday afternoon. The campaign for Sweden’s first electric city car will continue until November 19th. At this pace, the start-up should get at least triple of what it asked for.
digitaljournal.com, fundedbyme.com

Season 3 kickoff: Reigning Formula E champion was able to defend his title in the first season three race in Hong Kong. The Renault e.dams driver took the lead in the second half of the race when his competitor Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) pitted for his mandatory car swap. Overall, a total of 15 of the 20 drivers were able to finish the 45-lap race.
fiaformulae.com, autoweek.com

Oct 6, 2016 - 08:00 am

VW, Changan, Honda, Yamaha, Uniti, Volvo, Bosch.

VW details EV plan for China: As previously announced, the carmaker has formed a joint venture with JAC for the Chinese market. According to China chief Jochem Heinzmann, first EVs will be affordable, be built on a JAC platform and will hit the road under a new brand. VW also wants to build EVs for China with partners SAIC and FAW – but not before 2020 or 2021 and based on its own MEB platform.

Changan chooses LG: The Chinese manufacturer wants to introduce no less than 27 new electric and plug-in hybrid models by 2025. The needed batteries will be produced in the LG Chem facility in Nanjing.
automobil-produktion.de (in German), ihssupplierinsight.com (paid content)

Two-wheeled alliance: Honda and Yamaha want to work together on the development and production of conventional, as well as all-electric scooters for the Japanese market. According to Nikkei, the latter will even sell its scooter production in Taiwan to its new partner.

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Swedish EV draws investors: Uniti, the developer of Sweden’s first electric city car (we reported), kicked off a crowdfunding campaign yesterday. The goal was to raise 500,000 euros in return for about 5 percent of shares. At the time of writing, more than 82 percent of the targeted sum had already been reached.

Luxembourg gets e-bus centre: Volvo Buses there opened its first competence centre outside of Sweden. The centre is to develop electric mobility projects for cities and work closely with universities, government and transportation companies.

Bosch strengthens e-mobility branch: Harald Kröger, who had been working as head of development for electric mobility and electronics at Daimler, will join Bosch come February 1st, where he will head the automotive electronics branch.
wiwo.de (in German)

Sep 27, 2016 - 08:26 am

Nissan, BYD, Chevy, VW, Kia, Audi.

New Nissan EVs? The Leaf might get company soon as Nissan considers to electrify more segments. A small EV with technology from the Renault Zoe is possible, while an electric SUV or crossover may be offered on the European market. Nissan invested 5.4bn dollars in electric cars such as the Leaf and must make sure to satisfy “as many types of customer as possible,” Gareth Dunsmore, head of Nissan’s EV programme in Europe said.

BYD growing in Europe: The IAA saw the Chinese firm present an electric coach for sightseeing and shuttle duties which can travel up to 200 km on one charge. Furthermore, BYD plans to build a production facility for buses in Europe, which will likely be set up in Hungary.

How to order a Chevy Bolt: GM released the Chevy Bolt EV “Ordering Guide” that lists all available options. CCS fast-charging is 750 dollar extra for example. Colours range from metallic to blue and red. There is only one 60 kWh battery option as expected.

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e-Up facelift: The new e-Up has arrived at Volkswagen dealers. The updated electric version is available from 26,900 euro. Both the stadard equipment as well as infotainment functions have been extended, while the range of the small electric car remains the same.

Soul update: Kia is tweaking its Soul crossover range. The design will be updated and a new petrol engine offered. If the Kia Soul EV will be improved, i.e. with longer range, is not yet known.

Audi loses its drive as its head of powertrain development, Stefan Knirsch, stood down following his suspension by the brand. Knirsch is accused of being involved in the Volkswagen diesel scandal.
autocar.co.uk, audi-mediacenter.com

Sep 22, 2016 - 08:06 am

Daimler, MAN, Scania, VW, Hyundai, Audi, Dyson.

Daimler-Urban-eTruckE-mobility goes commercial: Daimler unveiled the Urban e-Truck at the IAA, which can cruise electrically with up to 26t of load on board. Also on display is the third generation Fuso eCanter, which will be launched in a small series by 2017. A year later, Daimler says it will put fully electric buses based on the Citaro into serial production. They will be joined by another fully electric transporter.
automotiveworld.com, daimler.com

More electric commercial vehicles were presented by MAN and Scania in Hanover. MAN’s Lion’s City bendy bus, a study in modular systems, was presented next to the TGE electric truck. An electric bus is to hit the production lines already this year. On display at Scania are both a hybrid truck and bus.
volkswagen-media-services.com, corporate.man.eu (MAN details)

It is Volkswagen’s eCrafter concept, however, that stole the show at the IAA. The transporter boast a 100 kW power output and a 43 kWh battery pack for about 200 km range. Production of the eCrafter is scheduled to begin by mid-2017 but the number will be limited at first.
carscoops.com, automotiveworld.com

Compact H2 bus: Hyundai debuted its H350 Fuel Cell Concept. The hydrogen shuttle is said to last for more than 400 km with a 100 kW power output bringing it up to speed of 150 kph. It has room for 14 passengers but when it could go into service remains unknown.

Audi Q5 almost there: Amidst all the IAA noise, Audi teases its new Q5 set to premier at the Paris Motor Show. A plug-in hybrid variant is a given with an electric version rumoured at least.

Dyson EV ever more likely: Hoover maker Dyson is feeding rumours around an upcoming electric car. The British family firm hired Ian Minards, formerly responsible for product development at Aston Martin, to continue his profession at Dyson.

Sep 15, 2016 - 08:47 am

Mitsubishi, BYD, China, Nissan, VW, Toyota.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV in Paris: On top of the next-generation Outlander PHEV, the Japanese will also show its GT-PHEV SUV concept at the Salon de l’Automobile. The design and technology hint at the brand’s future off-road models. In this case, the combustion engine is supported by three electric motors; on in the front and two in the back.
carscoops.com, motorauthority.com, am-online.com

More electric buses from BYD: The Chinese are investing heavily in their electric bus manufacturing plant in Lancaster, California. The number of employees, its size and capacity will all be tripled over the next three years, when the facility could churn out 1,000 electric buses per year.

Subsidies scandal in China grows: Following new investigations, some 72 companies are accused of receiving subsidies for electric and plug-in hybrid cars they never actually sold. Just a few days ago, 25 companies were in the crossfire (we reported). Meanwhile, investigations continue.

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EV batteries for the home: Nissan and the British battery management supplier Hyperdrive have signed an agreement. The carmaker will supply the latter with the latest battery cell technology, which Hyperdrive will integrate in its mobile and stationary energy storage devices.
autocar.co.uk, hyperdriveinnovation.com

VW EV concept update: The manufacturer will show an electric concept build on the MEB platform in Paris. The EV is said to become available in 2020 and will have a range of 400 km, while future premium models could go 600 km on one charge. And they have already decided on an advertising pitch: “Think new.”

Prius Plug-in premiers in Europe: Toyota will officially introduce its Prius PHEV to the European market at the Paris Auto Show. The Japanese will also display the hybrid C-HR and fuel cell concept FCV Plus. The latter could be used as an environmentally friendly generator and thus shows another aspect of how fuel cell mobility can aide society.
carscoops.com, toyota.eu

Sep 9, 2016 - 08:34 am

How man EVs does it take to save the planet?

According to the International Energy Agency, some 20,000,000 emission free cars will have to be on the road by 2020 worldwide, in order to keep temperatures from rising more than the two degrees agreed upon in Paris. An ambitious goal that the IEA says cannot be reached without major support from the transport sector.

Aug 15, 2016 - 08:05 am

VW + SMA Solar, Ford, Adata, Ford C-Max Energi.

VW to enter energy market? The carmaker says talks with German SMA Solar are at the early stages as VW ponders its entry into the market for stationery energy storage systems. Already, both Daimler and Tesla rely on SMA Solar’s inverters for home storage systems.

Ford FCV research funded: The DoE granted 6 million dollars to Ford and the Los Alamos Laboratory to foster fuel cell research. The funds will be used to develop a lower-cost production system for fuel cells that will ultimately bring FCV prices down.

Electric motors made in Taiwan: Memory chip maker Adata wants to start production of electric motors. Drones could fly with electric drives by the Taiwanese company by 2017 with automotive applications to follow about three years later. Adata says it is in negotiations with two carmakers.

Ford on fire: In Florida, two incidents involving Ford C-Max Energi that caught fire while charging were reported. Both vehicles were plugged into wall socket and it appears the fault lies somewhere along the charge cord or with the charger itself. Ford has denied any responsibility.
wptv.com, insideevs.com

Aug 5, 2016 - 07:57 am

Smart, Tesla, VW, Nissan, Mitsubishi.

E-Smart-2016New Smart ED infos: Daimler is testing the 2017 Smart Fortwo ED in Arizona. The new-gen urbanite features the same drive as the previous one but updates are to enable a range of up to 85 miles at shorter charge times. Furthermore, the sales model will not include battery leasing any longer.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (data in German), greencarreports.com (test report)

Tesla in lose-win situation: The EV maker posts a 293m dollar loss for this second quarter while making 1.3bn dollar revenue, a 33 percent plus. Deliveries stood at a total of 14,402 units, 9,764 of which were Model S. The plan is to send another 50,000 EVs out until the year’s end. Priorities in the future remain the launch of the Model 3, autonomous driving, and ultimately the Model Y. Yet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk pointed to the planned electric van and truck. Production could start 2018 at the earliest.
greencarcongress.com, autoblog.com, shareholder.com, electrek.co (new models)

VW EVs Made in China: More than half of all electric Volkswagen will emerge in China by 2025, board member Jochem Heizmann said. They will stand on three EV platforms, according to VW engineer Matthias Erb. He did not go into details but our guess is the third platform is for electric CV.
welt.de (China, in German), autonews.com (platforms)

Nissan-BladeGlider-2016Radical e-racer preview: Nissan and Williams Engineering presented the BladeGlider concept. This time round, it is a working prototype. Two in-wheel motors in the rear that develop 130 kW each drive the three-seater. Power comes from a high-performance lithium ion battery pack mounted towards the rear of the car.
autocar.co.uk, autoexpress.co.uk

Electric Mitsu crossover? Mitsubishi will debut the XM Concept at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show later this month. Although based on the fully electric eX Concept, it is unclear if the new study will have an electric drive.

Aug 3, 2016 - 08:31 am

Zinoro, Toyota, VW, FOMM, Electra Meccanica, Electric Vehicle Index.

First images of the Zinoro 60H: Being a joint venture between Brilliance and BMW, the Chinese brand’s plug-in SUV definitely shares some DNA with the X1. The Zinoro 60H with 60 km of purely electric range replaces the fully-electric 1E, which was based on the previous generation of the BMW X1.

Prius Plug-in from 34,495 euros? Toyota now offers the next generation of its plug-in hybrid. In the Netherlands, the PHEV with an all-electric range of 35 km will be about 15 percent more expensive than the hybrid version without plug. Whether it will have the same price tag in other EU countries remains to be seen.
insideevs.com, autovisie.nl (in Dutch)

Passat GTE from 36,525 pounds: The Volkswagen hybrid has been priced in the UK. Its 9.9 kWh battery pack is said to store enough energy to push the VW as far as 50 km purely electric. As the Passat GTE qualifies for the 2,500 pound OLEV grant, the starting price even drops to 34,025 pounds.
electriccarsreport.com, carscoops.com

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Getting ready for market introduction: Japanese company FOMM (First One Mile Mobility) wants to introduce its first EV made in Thailand by the end of the year. The four-seater is said to cost the equivalent of 8,625 dollars and its batteries can be charged at home or be replaced at service stations.

Solo is coming: Canadian Electra Meccanica has announced its electric three-wheeler Solo for September 9th. Pricing is said to start at 19,888 Canadian dollars (15,150 USD). The 8,64 kWh Li-ion battery allows for a maximum range of 160 km, while top speed is set at 220 kph.

China takes over production lead: According to the McKinsey Electric Vehicle Index, China is now the most important country in terms or churning out EVs, pushing Japan into second place. Germany still holds the third position, but is said to have the most potential. It could therefore take the lead in the coming five years.
mckinsey.de (in German)

Jul 21, 2016 - 08:50 am

Tesla, Audi, VW, Oslo, Panasonic, Mahindra.

Masterplan, Part 2 revealed: Elon Musk says the EV maker will also focus on creating solar roofs with integrated storage and that it is working on a Tesla Semi and “high passenger density urban transport,” both of which should be unveiled next year. The carmaker will also further develop its fully autonomous technology. Once in place, drivers can add their EV to a Tesla shared fleet that can be summoned by the touch of a button.

Audi-Audi-A7-Sportback-H-Tron-QuattroAudi focuses on H2: CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed that Audi will take over the lead in developing fuel cell technology within the VW Group. When Audi will release its first serial FCV remains unclear. The H-tron quattro concept had been previewed in January. Moreover, Rupert reemphasized the company’s goal that EVs should make up 25 percent of sales in ten years’ time.
t-online.de (in German)

New Golf previewed: The eight generation will hit the road 2019 and also be available as a PHEV and electric variant. Two designs are still in the running, one with a more stretched silhouette, the other with a steeper tailgate. It will also serve as basis for the VW NUVe, also scheduled for 2019.
autobild.de (in German)

Car-free step by step: Oslo has started redesigning the city centre, swapping car parks for food courts and theatres. The goal is to be almost entirely car-free by 2019. That also means that incentives for car owners are being scrapped and public transport improved.
tnp.no via carscoops.com

Panasonic job fair: The company is looking to hire a second wave of people for cell manufacturing at the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. Panasonic currently lists 42 job openings on its site. The job fair will take place on August 10th in Reno and will be Panasonic’s second hiring event in two months.

Mahindra Scorpio becomes hybrid: So far, the Indian offroader was a mild hybrid at most, but will now be fitted with Intelli-Hybrid technology. Features such as recuperation and an electric motor that provides an extra boost are said to lower fuel consumption by 7 percent.

Jul 20, 2016 - 08:43 am

Audi, VW, China, Chechnya, Tesla, Kia.

Audi to Speed Up electrification: Details of Audi’s new roadmap have been leaked ahead of a meeting with managers today. CEO Rupert Stadler will call to “Speed Up” the process of modernisation as Audi will push for electrification, digitalisation and autonomous driving. The sectors will receive one third of the R&D budget, while other divisions must expect to be cut down. Audi aims for electric cars to account for a quarter of its sales by 2025.
reuters.com, europe.autonews.com

VW to make EVs in America: The German carmaker considers to turn facilities in Tennessee and Mexico into electric car factories. Hinrich Woebcken, head of VW’s North American operation did not go into detail, but the move could happen as early as 2020.
boerse-go.de (in German)

No autonomous experiments: The Chinese government warns carmakers to refrain from testing autonomous driving on highways until the regulators have worked out new rules. A draft is ready, yet no date for finalisation has been set. Question is, if this ban concerns Tesla’s Autopilot as well?!

EV batteries made in Chechnya: South Korean Kokam is building a lithium-ion battery plant in the Russia’s so-called federal subject. The facility stands in Tashkala, a suburb of the capital Grozny, and is build with Russian partner ChechenNefteKhimProm. Already next month, a division is to start production with an initial capacity of 30 MWh. It shall eventually go up to an annual output of 125 MWh.
maerkte-weltweit.de (in German)

Please refer: Tesla has renewed its referral programme for the 5th time. The top prize for this new round is a Model X P90D. More intriguing though is the announcement of invites for the next “Unveiling Event” for ten referrals. Maybe it will be the new Roadster or the Model Y?!
electrek.co, insideevs.com

Kia Hybrid arrives in the UK: The Korean’s dedicated hybrid, the Kia Niro, can now be ordered on the isles. Prices start at 21,295 GBP for the basic version.
carscoops.com, fleetnews.co.uk

Jun 13, 2016 - 07:09 am

Mercedes, Geely, air pollution, Tesla, Solar Impulse 2, VW.

Mercedes-GLC-F-Cell-PrototypePlug-in fuel cell hybrid: The Mercedes GLC F-Cell will feature a battery pack that can be charged externally and inductively. It complements two hydrogen tanks with enough hydrogen for 280 miles. The power pack adds another 30 miles of electric driving and makes the GLC the first fuel cell PHEV. Launch is set for next year. 2017 is also to see a face lifted S-Class with a plug-in hybrid variant featuring a 13.5 kWh battery rather than the previous 8.7 kWh. The doubling in capacity is said to last for 30 miles.
autocar.co.uk (GLC), autocar.co.uk (S-class)

London black cabs EU bound: The electric version of the iconic British taxi is seeking its very own Brexit as Geely pitches to Paris, Oslo, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Berlin. The TX5 prototype currently on display in the French capital could hit the Parisian roads already by 2018.
bloomberg.com, europe.autonews.com

Emission excess: Air pollution is still higher than its legal limit in 10 of 28 EU Member States. Data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) names emissions from road transport and agriculture as the worst offenders. Germany exceeded three out of its four emission ceilings in 2014.

Suspension scandal suspended: Tesla has reacted to allegations of a failing Model S suspension and a wilful cover up. The story goes back to one model, which is driven on a dirt road daily, and has been spun further by the owner of the discontinued ‘Tesla Death Watch’ blog. NHTSA has been looking into the matter and has not found a recurring fault so far.
electrek.co, insideevs.com, teslamotors.com

Almost there: The Solar Impulse made it to New York, where it circled the Statue of Liberty on Saturday night. The solar-powered plane is now waiting for favourable weather conditions to start the last leg of its circumvention of the globe, the crossing of the Atlantic.

VW to electrify commercial vehicles: Volkswagen thinks about offering the Caddy and T-series as electric variants but only if the required technology becomes available at a reasonable price point. The Amarok however, is excluded from the modernising effort.
automobilwoche.de (in German)

Jun 9, 2016 - 07:56 am

BYD, Mercedes, Zero, Toyota, Tesla, VW.

BYD dreaming bigger: The Chinese manufacturer says it will deliver 120,000 hybrid and electric vehicles in the second half of this year, double as many as last year. For future growth, BYD looks into building light rail vehicles like trams that could serve in 2nd and 3rd tier Chinese cities within five years.

Plug-in A-class: As Mercedes is readying the new A series set for launch by 2018, German media reports that a plug-in hybrid variant with an electric range of up to 100 km is planned as well. Spy shots show the the new compact Daimler but do not reveal a plug yet.
auto-motor-und-sport.de, autobild.de (both in German),

Zero jubilee: For its tenth birthday, Zero Motorcycles issues the 10th Anniversary Edition DSR limited to 50 units. In a broader promotional effort, buyers of the Zero S, SR, DS, or regular DSR receive a 1,000 dollar gift card through the month of June. Those opting for a Zero FX oder FXS get 650 dollars off.

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Toyota to continue legacy: Supra will indeed be the name of the hybrid sports car the Japanese carmaker jointly develops with BMW. Toyota registered the name in Europe, thus confirming its intentions as previously reported.

Tesla is in and VW is out of the top ten of the most valuable car brands. Toyota retains its pole position, followed by BMW and Mercedes Benz. Tesla ranks as number 10 for the first time and is only overtaken by Porsche. Together with Audi on rank 7, both brands keep VW in the game despite the diesel scandal.
europe.autonews.com, caradvice.com.au

Model X review: Ahead of the UK launch, Autocar got in the new Tesla and finds the electric SUV “dramatic.” While some interior lapses and minor issues with driving comfort are mentioned with British roads in mind, the Ludicrous mode and easy if slow access via Falcon Wing doors work their magic.

Jun 8, 2016 - 08:00 am

VW, Changan, Mercedes, Electra Meccanica, Toyota.

VW fights: Volkswagen is to present six electric concepts by 2018 and four are likely to see the light at the end of a serial production line. Autobild reports of a CUVe, a Coupé Utility Vehicle in two versions, designed to share the market with Tesla’s Model 3. The NUVe however, takes its inspiration from the BMW i3 and will sit next to the e-Golf when it debuts in Paris this fall. And, with the Phaeton discontinued, an electric SUV jointly made with Audi will eventually take its place.
autoguide.com (NUVe), autobild.de (CUVe, in German), autobild.de (Phaeton successor, in German)

34 new energy vehicles by 2025 is Changan’s goal as it reserves 18bn yuan (2.7bn USD) for the development of electric and plug-in hybrid models. The Chinese carmaker hopes to sell two million EV within the next decade, while it turns to Japan for components and Ford for batteries and controls.

Electric SUV by Daimler: Mercedes will bring a concept electric SUV to Paris this year, Autocar has learned. It previews the dedicated electric models the German carmaker already planned and may make it into serial production by 2019.

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Human error: Tesla says it analysed the logs of the Model X crash reported yesterday. The vehicle “was operating correctly under manual control and was never in Autopilot or cruise control” a statement by the EV maker claims. The owner continues to insist the car was at fault.

Solo update: Electra Meccanica is to start production of its low cost electric three-wheeler this July and not this month as previously planned. The range of the Cobin Sparrow inspired EV now stands at 125 miles and the price at 19,888 Caadian dollars (about 15,300 USD).
treehugger.com, ecanadanow.com

Hybrid van: Toyota launches the updated Estima in Japan. The facelift includes the hybrid variant that couples a four-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors that generate 105kW and 50kW.

Found on electrive.com
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