Hyundai, Aston Martin, NextEV, JMC, ZEV Alliance.
Taking shape: Hyundai teases its Prius fighter Ioniq further, releasing two more photos. The electric triple – the Ioniq will be offered as EV, PHEV and hybrid – will reportedly hit the market in Korea next month already. The European premiere is most likely set for Geneva in March 2016.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com
Sino-British EV? The LeTV and Aston Martin cooperation might take the shape of a British-built China EV, Autocar predicts, quoting an inside source. The internet company’s first electric car may be build in the carmaker’s Gaydon facility. An official statement only speaks of “manufacturing consultation on new electric vehicles,” however.
Sino-American EV: NextEV hired Padmasree Warrior, former head of technology at Cisco Systems, to lead the start-up’s U.S. operations as it takes on Tesla. The Chinese firm also counts ex Ford Managers Martin Leach among its ranks and has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Munich and San Jose.
Simply Sino EV: Four electric and hybrid models by JMC are to arrive on the Chinese market next year. The local manufacturer already launched the purely electric E100 in China and plans to annually produce 60,000 – 70,000 EV by 2020.
British Columbia joined the ZEV Alliance that aims for all emission free cars by 2050. After Quebec, BC is the second Canadian province to sign up. It has a network of a 1,000 EV charging stations and an incentive scheme in place since 2011. But with only 2,000 units on the road, EV uptake is still far from reaching critical mass.
Hybrid pick up: Ford CEO Mark Fields revealed in an interview that the F-Series will be available as a hybrid variant before the end of the decade. The partially electrified pick up is one of the brand’s initiatives that also include electric bicycles and ride hailing and carsharing services.
npr.org via hybridcars.com
France, Belgium, ZEV Alliance, BMW, Volvo, Nur Majan.
Mass market EV challenge: At the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Paris, French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has come up with an ambitious challenge for carmakers: She announced a global competition to be launched next year which aims to create a small electric car that will sell for under 7,000 euros and that “may not look like traditional electric cars.” Anyone interested?
EV subsidies in Belgium: Starting in January 2016, the Flemish regional government will pay private buyers of electric cars an one-off bonus of up to 5,000 euros, which is intended to help increase the number of EVs in the Belgian province to 60,000 by 2020. Flanders also plans to install about 5,000 charging stations by the end of this decade.
deredactie.be (in German), annemieturtelboom.be (in Dutch)
ZEV Alliance: The Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Alliance was officially launched on the sidelines of the COP21 summit in Paris. 13 international members including the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and California signed a commitment to promote cleaner motoring and slash transport emissions, which also includes an agreement to make all passenger vehicle sales zero emission vehicles by 2050.
Fighting climate change: BMW announced that it has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to fight climate change by taking action. The carmaker will invest 2.7m dollars in a public private partnership with DoE’s Argonne National Laboratory to significantly improve the performance of EV batteries and deploy nearly 350 fuel cell-powered material handling vehicles at its South Carolina facility.
Volvo hybrid update: Volvo will publicly unveil the plug-in hybrid version of its new S90 premium sedan at Detroit Motor Show in January. The Swedish carmaker will likely also launch high-performance Polestar versions of its S90 and the upcoming V90 station wagon, including hybrid derivatives.
greencarcongress.com (Detroit), autocar.co.uk (Polestar)
Arab super EV: Commercial production of Oman’s first electric car Nur Majan is scheduled to start in 2018 and the company plans to produce about 1,000 cars per year. The carbon fibre electric supercar comes with solar panels on the roof and is said to have a range of up to 600 km on a single charge.
Fastned, China, ZEV Alliance, Electric Circuit.
300-kW charging: Dutch Fastned is preparing for faster charging at 300-kW, ensuring that all its locations have grid connections with at least 630 kVa available. FastNed operates 38 station in the Netherlands but aims to install a new one every week.
Tough love: China’s central government is reinforcing its push for electrification, urging local governments to comply with the 30 percent rule, meaning more than 30% of new cars purchased should be new-energy vehicles. Failure to comply will result in the reduction of fuel and operating expenses.
Growing alliance: The International ZEV Alliance, which aims to promote electric vehicles worldwide, has eight new members. In Europe, Norway and the UK pledged allegiance, while U.S. states Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont also signed up.
Dine & Charge: The Electric Circuit and dining chain St-Hubert agreed to install ten new EV fast-charging stations in partnership with Nissan Canada. All will be located in the Quebec province.
SAIC-GM-Wuling, Suzuki, Lexus, ZEV Alliance, Volkswagen.
Construction of China EV factory kicks off: The SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture has begun building a factory for electric and hybrid vehicles in the Chinese southwestern province of Guangxi. The facility will have an annual capacity of 200,000 units. The JV has invested 470m dollars in the project.
Suzuki goes hybrid: The carmaker announced that it will introduce its first fully hybrid vehicle as early as December as part of the Solio family. So far, Suzuki has only manufactured mild-hybrids, many of them variants of their small line-up cars.
Lexus premiere: The fourth-generation of the Lexus RX will celebrate its European premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It features a newly developed hybrid drivetrain, as well as new safety and drive assist systems. Lexus calls it the best Lexus SUV to date.
auto-medienportal.net, pressebox.de (articles in German)
Electric alliance: The U.S. state of California, Canadian Quebec and the Netherlands have founded the International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance (ZEV Alliance). They want to promote EV uptake, innovation and investments, and create international awareness. Other countries and regions are asked to join their cause.
Volkswagen hits the track: Its logo has been added to the livery of the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Formula E team, as the latter and Volkswagen signed a strategic partnership. Off the track, ABT Sportsline and VW have already enjoyed a long standing collaboration.
First test drive in the new Volt: A Chevy enthusiast posted a first review of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt on GM-Volt.com. One cool new feature is the wireless charging port for mobile phones and the car’s driving performance was also “incredible.” Conclusion: the car “improved in nearly every way.”