A workable electric bike-scooter folding to A3 size
Xiaomi Himo H1 electric bicycle has a moped-mode, an electric bike mode and a pedal mode and can fold up to the size of an A3 piece of paper. This very light (13 kg) electric moped/e-bike sports the symbol of the “Transformers” film and TV animation series on its folding frame. It’s a pop-culture weird, […]Weiterlesen
Lucid Motors, Fisker, energy fund, Xiaomi, Rivian Automotive, Tesla.
Lucid Motors update: The carmaker will take the wraps of its first and all-electric model with an output of 735 kW tomorrow (Wednesday), as well as the planned 100 or 130 kWh battery packs by Samsung. The latter will allow for a range of 480 and 640 kilometres. The EV can be bought through a direct-to-consumer model similar to Tesla stores. Lucid plans to sell 10,000 units per year.
New photo of Fisker EMotion: Following teaser photos showing the front, designer and eponym Henrik Fisker gives a glimpse at his EV’s rear design. And it really is a nice-looking car, said to launch next year. An innovative graphene-based battery is said to allow the EMotion to go 400 miles on one charge.
Funding energy and transportation innovation: A group of the well to do, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, are backing a 1bn dollar energy fund. Over the next 20 years, the money will be used to fund risky pilot schemes and technology projects that help reduce carbon emissions, such as energy storage or innovative ideas in the field of transportation.
Affordable electric scooter: Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is extending its two-wheeled product portfolio. Its newest addition, the Mi Electric Scooter, is a foldable, electric scooter with a top speed of 25 kph and 30 kilometre range. The price has been set at 290 dollars.
Rivian to join EV production circle? Michigan-based manufacturer Rivian Automotive wants to invest up to 175m dollars in a former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois, by 2024. According to insiders, the company wants to build an electric car with autonomous features. The plant is said to re-open its doors in about five years.
Biggest Tesla store in Europe: The carmaker opened its newest location in Western London last Friday. Located at a busy roundabout, it provides much space to promote the Model S and Model X, as well as the newest additions to the company’s energy branch.
BMW, Tesla, Skoda, Porsche, Xiaomi, Electra Meccanica.
Brand new BMWi models: BMW has given an update on its future strategy, in which e-mobility plays a major role. A new electric model will be introduced at the beginning of the next decade, called the BWM i Next – which will also be the first offspring of the project i2.0that focuses more on connected and automated driving. Other plug-in hybrids will follow, while research for a fuel cell vehicle continues. Furthermore, there will be a new roadster version of the i8 by 2018, and most imporntantly, the i3 will be upgraded with a 50 percent bigger battery and revised design in the second half of this year. It should be availble in four variants with a small or larger battery and with or without range extender.
Model 3 launch: The invites for Tesla’s big day have been sent, as the EV maker gears up to present its economy model in LA on March 31st. There will be 800 guests, 650 of them Tesla drivers, chosen via lottery. Once the wraps have come off the Model 3, online sales will open on that same day at 8:30 p.m. (PST).
Skoda electrifies: The VW brand will launch its first electric car by 2020 or 2021. Sitting on the MEB platform, engineers aim for 300+ miles, 15-minute charging time and a price below a comparative gas guzzler. This could therefore be VW’s very own Bolt or Model 3. The Superb PHEV will hit the stores already by 2019.
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Naked Porsche prototypes (almost): The German luxury car manufacturer has no less than three upgrades undergoing testing and savvy photographers have spotted the Cayenne, Panamera and 911 only slightly camouflaged. All three will be available as PHEV.
carscoops.com (Cayenne), carscoops.com (Panamera), autocar.co.uk (911)
Smart e-bike: Chinese smartphone firm Xiaomi is venturing into the pedelec field and is expected to launch a smart electric bike within the next month. Priced at about 450 – 550 dollars, the pedal-assisted bike will join a growing portfolio that includes a Segway-styled scooter, as well as cycle sub brands.
Solo sneak-peak: Electra Meccanica looks well on target for production of its planned electric trike, the Solo. As the name suggests, it seats one person and first specs speak of 87 mph top speed, a 100 mile range and most astonishingly, a price around 15,000 dollars.
Xiaomi, Ford, Toyota, BMW i, Continental, Beijing Auto.
Xiaomi rumours: China’s plans to allow new players to enter the electric vehicles sector seems to bear its first fruits. According to local reports, mobile phone maker Xiaomi plans to enter the EV business and could be working with Tesla on electric cars to be produced in China.
chinatopix.com, techinasia.com, wantchinatimes.com
Hybridising the F-150? According to Ford’s head of development Raj Nair, the company is working on a hybrid drivetrain for its beloved pick-up. Nair added that it’s too early to talk about drivetrain details or when the hybrid F-150 might debut.
Prius priced: In the UK, pricing for the updated seven-seater Prius+ will start at 26,995 pounds, meaning the entry-level price increased by 850 pounds. First deliveries are scheduled for January. In the U.S., the 2015 Toyota Prius c will be available starting at 19,540 dollars.
autocar.co.uk (UK), toyota.com (USA)
Flexible Mobility programme: BMW had kicked off its initiative in the U.S. back in October, allowing i3 drivers to loan a petrol vehicle when needed. The reason the news only surfaces now is the lack of an official announcement, as well as low participation by local dealers.
Continental has started production of its Conti Drive System for e-bikes. It replaces the chain and supports the use of torque sensors to ensure an optimized interaction between pedal and motor power. Starting next spring, the system will be installed “in a wide range” of e-bikes.
New China-made EV: Next week, Beijing Auto will introduce its electric Senova EV200 on the Chinese market. The car supposedly has a range of 240 km and will be available starting at 130.000 Renminbi Yuan (21,000 USD) after incentives.