GM, Honda, Karma, ZAP, Jonway, Formula E.
Launching the Volt: The first units of the new-generation Chevrolet Volt will be delivered to customers in the U.S. this week. Video adverts will underline the launch and GM aims to pitch the Volt openly against the Nissan Leaf – less range – and Toyota’s Prius using “old” NiMH batteries.
insideevs.com, hybridcars.com, adage.com
Japanese hybrid coupé: Honda’s roadster S2000 might soon see a hybrid successor. Apparently, the new coupé could feature a 300-hp hybrid system coupling an electric drive and fuel-saving turbo by 2018, Auto Express reports. Pricing is believed to be around 75,000 dollars.
Fisker becomes Karma: Fisker is now called Karma Automotive. The name change comes complete with a new logo and website. While it makes sense to move away from past owners and notions of failure attached to it, we wonder what the new Fisker Karma due by 2016 will actually be called – Karma Karma?
insideevs.com, autoblog.com, karmaautomotive.com (new website)
Honda update: The Japanese just unveiled the design of the Neowing Concept (we reported yesterday) ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. On top of the hybrid trike, Honda will also have the electric scooter EV-Cub at its booth. A first picture has just been released.
New city EV for China: ZAP and Jonway Auto launched its new model E-3D SUV at a dealership meeting. “3D” stands for the compact SUV’s three doors. Range is estimated at 200 km. While primarily designed for the Chinese market, European type approval is underway already.
Formula E updated: The new rules regarding driver changes, admission and more have ultimately been approved. Additionally, the season calendar has been updated and Michelin will continue to be the sole tire supplier for the electric race cars until the end of season 5 (2018/19).
U.S. sales, ZAP, Tokyo, South Yorkshire.
Is it time for a new Volt? At least that is what the U.S. sales figures for June could stand for. While the Nissan Leaf with 2,347 units is in its sixteenth straight month of record sales, Chevy only sold 1,777 Volts, which is 34% down from the 2,698 sales in June 2013. Still, last month was the strongest of this year for the Volt so far.
ZAP finds bulk buyer in China: The California-based EV manufacturer has signed a strategic partnership, as well as a purchase agreement with China’s Xinri Electric Vehicle Company. The latter wants to sell 1,000 of ZAP’s URBEE via its distribution network in China – per month!
Japan to charge its capital: Starting in December, companies Mitsui Fudosan and NEC Corporation will install 125 charging points at the Tokyo Midtown, which is one of the most recognised high-rises in the Japanese capital. It is home to numerous apartments, offices, as well as shops and even hotels.
Venson Automotive to electrify South Yorkshire: The company is helping some 80 businesses in that part of the UK to switch from gas to green, encouraging employees to lease electric vehicles for their commute to and from work. The scheme is supported by Sheffield City Council and could be adopted by others is successful.
Hydrogen-XT, ZAP, Albany, ClipperCreek.
Small is smart: Texan start-up Hydrogen-XT is rethinking hydrogen fuelling infrastructure and wants to offer small, inexpensive fuelling outlets that produce hydrogen from natural gas. The offering is complemented by an app that locates stations according to a customer’s need. Hydrogen-XT’s patent is pending.
EV conversion cooperation: Californian ZAP has entered a strategic partnership with Lishen. The Chinese will supply financing and batteries for the electrification of several thousand vehicles. Apparently, ZAP is in negotiation with a fleet operator willing to convert its entire fleet to EVs.
Charge and fly: Albany International Airport has opened six charging stations at their long-term parking lot. The charge points are part of New York’s ‘Charge NY’ initiative and will be free to use in the first two years.
Cheap charging station: ClipperCreek presents a Level 2, 240V EV charging station for 395 dollars. The LCS-20 is now available for immediate delivery and the first Level 2 electric vehicle charging station to stay below the 400-dollar-mark.
ZAP, Jonway Auto.
From China come 25,000 orders of the Sparkee and Urbee EVs by Zap and its subsidiary Jonway. According to the company, the orders are “committed” and will be dealt with throughout the course of this year by a newly set up ‘super dealer company.’
Renault, Volkswagen, Tesla, Toyota, Zap.
No electric Twingo? In Geneva, a Renault represensatitive crushed hopes for an electric version of the small car, saying that no Twingo Z.E. is planned so far, even though the Twingo shares its platform with the next-gen Smart.
VW drivetrains from China: German magazine ‘auto motor und sport’ reports that Volkswagen engineers in Foshan are working on electric motors for the Delta brand. The motors could also be used in plug-in Volkswagens built in the Chinese facility. A decision will be made in April.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
Tesla cheaper in Europe: At launch, the starting price for the Model S in Germany was at 72,000 euros (99,800 dollars) but has just been lowered to 65,000 euros (90,100 dollars) without any notice. The same accounts for other countries. Tesla never officially lowered the price, nor commented it.
teslamotors.com via green-motors.de (in German)
Toyota dominates hybrid: Sales of hybrid models from Toyota and Lexus in Europe amounted to 156,863 units in 2013, up 43% compared to 2012. On the continent, almost every third model of the Japanese carmaker is a hybrid (28%).
Zap for China: The Californian Zap hast just announced that it will launch the Sparkee on the Chinese market. The small commuter EV will be sold by Jonway Auto, Zap’s subsidiary in Zhejiang. The Sparkee is available with two battery options – lead acid or lithium and priced between 7,000 and 12,000 dollars.