Hyundai’s new FCV: The Koreans have presented their latest fuel cell SUV in Seoul, which will hit the shelves by 2018. The FCV comes with 120kW while range is given at 580 kilometres. In total, Hyundai and Kia have lined up 31 electrified models until 2020 – eight all-electric ones, eleven PHEV, two FCV as well as ten simple hybrids.
koreaherald.com, koreatimes.co.kr, paultan.org
Audi is running the e-Tron for real as these first spy shots from testing reveal. Launch is set for 2018 and the electric SUV will be the German carmakers first attempt to compete with the likes of the Tesla Model X or Jaguar I-Pace. The e-Tron range is said to be 500 kilometres.
200m dollars for Future Mobility: A start-up led by former BMWi Manager Carsten Breitfeld and already backed by Foxconn and Tencent has generated another 200m dollars in a new round of funding. Future Mobility Corp (FMC) wants to use the money for R&D mainly and has scheduled its first model, an SUV, for next year’s CES. Once it launches by 2019, it is to cost 300,000 Yuan (45.000 dollars) and FMC plans two more models until 2022.
Mercedes’ diesel scrappage scheme is now available to buyers in the UK. Those willing to swap their old diesel guzzler for a hybrid or even the new electric Smart will receive a 1,000 (Smart) or 2,000 pounds throughout 2017.
Mazda cleans its act: Mazda is working on new petrol engines labelled Skyactiv-X, which are supposedly more fuel efficient. Comes 2021, the motor may also work in combination with an electric drive, Autocar learnt. An all-electric Mazda model may hit the road even sooner though, 2019 that is, and it may include a range extender too.
The New Smart ED is off to a rough start in the States as the EPA gave it a range of a combined 58 miles only. That is 10 miles less than the previous Smart Fortwo Electric Drive despite the battery having stayed the same. So it must be an issue related to weight and/or aerodynamics.
BYD sold 11,207 PEV in July in its home market, thus keeping up its record-setting course. The company even slightly improved on June’s result and is up 11 percent year-over-year.
Expect an electric McLaren: The Ultimate Series will soon include an all-electric model, an insider told Autocar, though the production run will be most limited. Still, McLaren is stepping further into electric terrain and is also planning to equip the next-gen 570 and 720 with hybrid drives from 2020 or latest 2021. The Brits have also been selected to supply the Formula E with batteries from season 5 (we reported).
A Dyson electric car is increasingly likely given that the hoover maker just sucked in another Aston Martin manager. David Wyer follows former product developer Ian Minards to Dyson, where Wyer will take care of sales. Dyson wants to invest 1 billion pounds in battery development by 2020 reportedly and has already received a 16m pound grant through the British government.
5 hybrid ferries for Norway: Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) just scored its biggest order to date as Fjord1 wants to retrofit five ferries with the Odin’s Eye hybrid system. Each of the 111 metre-long vessels can carry up to 120 cars and are to serve between Hareid-Sulesund and Magerholm-Sykkylven.
UQM Technologies found a European OEM to conduct a pilot trial of its fully electric drivetrain PowerPhase DT. The unnamed bus producer will be running two of the DT systems for evaluation with the long term goal of an all-electric transit bus production program.
“I haven’t abandoned the target. It’s simply that we must do more, otherwise we won’t reach the goal.”
“Why things are dragging on is not down to us.”
Says Sixt CEO Erich Sixt when asked if (or when) Car2Go and DriveNow may fuse their car sharing offers. The move has long been on the table but has lately been submerged by the recent allegations of collusion among German carmakers.
Coup starts in Paris: 600 electric scooters can now be shared in the French capital via Bosch’s Coup subsidy as planned. It is the second coup in Europe after the company had launched and expanded its fleet in Berlin, where a 1,000 two-wheelers free float through the inner city at the moment. As in Berlin with Emmy, Coup is up against a competitor that has been there first. In Paris it is Cityscoot but Coup says it would like to appeal to a more feminine clientele and the scooters are pretty cute indeed. Half an hour costs 4 euros, one euro more than in the capital of cheap but chique, Berlin.
facebook.com, challenges.fr (in French)
Munich airport to go climate-neutral: 2030 shall be the year when Munich’s airport manages or rather avoids CO2 emissions – apart from those from planes. In order to get there, authorities have published a plan that also outlines the electrification of the fleet. 121 ICEs shall be replaced with electric vehicles within the next three years, while more charging stations are to be installed as well.
sueddeutsche.de (in German), munich-airport.de (plan as pdf, e-mobility p. 20, in German)
Charge points in London: More than 150 new EV charge points will be installed across Richmond, after the council received 285,000 pounds from London’s Go Ultra Low City funding. The funding is also to provide residential charge points and the council has already started to install lamp post charging.
Charging in Denver: Over the next two years, Denver, Colorado will get 300 EV charging stations. The city oversees the installation and is also looking at changes in the building code to encourage installation of more charging stations near new apartments. Money paid by Volkswagen after diesel-gate will help fund Denver’s effort.
Click tip: Route Monkey finally released its EV journey planner for the web, where MyRouteMonkey, combines real-world data on vehicle range with the locations of suitable charge points.
Reading tip: Imperial College London and utility Drax found that EV emissions fell by 10 percent through green energy sources compared with last year, and is up to a third of what it was five years ago.
North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) got a a new government and so the seat of the minister of ecology went from the Green party to the Conservatives (CDU), who refused though to take over the car as well. While the former minister happily drove a Tesla Model S 90, the CDU finds the range to be below 300 km at times and thus too short and opted for a new hybrid Daimler instead.
The post van is here: Deutsche Post DHL and Ford have officially launched the StreetScooter Work XL. Its base is the Ford Transit equipped with a custom-made electric drive and chassis so that the post also likes to call it their own personal ‘e-van’. Being essentially bigger than even the latest StreetScooter Work L, it features a modular battery system delivering 30 kWh to 90 kWh for a range of between 80 km and 200 km. A pre-series of 150 pieces is to see the light of the day before the year’s end, followed by another 2,500 units in 2018. While the e-vans will first be utilised by DHL, the firm said it may sell to third parties and also showed approval of partner Ford, with who it may cooperate further in the future. On top, a second StreetScooter facility is planned with the location to be specified next month.
dpdhl.com (Work XL), electriccarsreport.com (spec), reuters.com (further cooperation, new facility)
EU sales quota for PEV likely: Despite denial from Brussels, diplomats and sources close to the issue say an EV sales quota is “increasingly likely” and may come as soon as 2025 or 2030. The German Ministry for the Environment even went on public record saying it expects such a proposal by the EU Commission by autumn. Clearly, the climate among EU officials has heated up and calls for enforceable targets as well as constructive cooperation from carmakers are becoming ever louder. A minimum fleet quota would likely include plug-in hybrids not just EVs though and the EU said it is committed to technological neutrality in general.
climatechangenews.com, reuters.com (German Ministry of Environment)
1.7bn for EV development: BAIC’s subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV) that specialises in EVs only has gathered 1.67 billion dollars in its latest round of financing. The money will be used to come up with the new models while expanding production capacities. Reportedly, Daimler holds a minority stake of BJEV since this June.
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Nikola goes off-road: As its fuel cell truck is open for reservation already, Nikola Motors is looking to catch new customers with a quad dubbed UTV, for utility “task” or “terrain” vehicle, or Nikola Zero officially. It sits four under the roll cage and boasts four motors, one in each wheel. The battery comes in three versions, 75, 100, and 125 kWh. Prices shall start at 35,000 dollars with reservations taken from January 2018 through a new Nikola unit called Nikola Powersports.
trucks.com, cloudfront.net (spec, pdf)
Chery seeks to charm the European market with the introduction of a plug-in family and some simply hybrid cousins. The first model to hit our shores will be a compact SUV due to debut at the IAA. Furthermore, the Chinese firm wants to set up distribution as well as an R&D centre in Europe.
FF to quit FE? Rumour has it that Faraday Future will leave the electric racing series due to its on-going financial difficulties, The Verge reports. A final decision has yet to be made but could mean a premature end for a manufacturer that only entered the Formula E last year as Dragon Racing’s technical partner.
Tesla scored 45 percent of all EV sales that happened in the States during January throughout June this year and thus clearly dominates the market. The Model S convinced 29% of the American buyers, while 16% favoured the Model X. But also the Chevy Bolt secured 16% of EV sales and 15% of buyers liked the Nissan Leaf best.
Electric touring car series? The Formula E may see a support series as early as the 2018/19 season with touring cars complementing the electric racing series. A plan is about to be finalised, Motorsport has learnt, and details from promoter Formula E Holdings could come as soon as October. To date it is unclear if it would involve one or multiple manufacturers and how to fit it into the tight race schedule.
Pods made in Britain are to support South Korea at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. British Westfield Sports Cars has received an order for five of the driverless electric pods for initial testing with a plan to order a further 195. The project is worth 30m pounds if it goes ahead as planned and Westfield is already testing its pods for six in Birmingham and Coventry as well.
Bi-directional onboard charger: Hyundai Mobis has ventured into the world of V2G with the presentation of its bi-directional onboard charger (OBC) that allows to turn an electric car into a power source. The Korean supplier expects the vehicle-to-everything (V2X) market to grow to 30 trillion won (26.7bn dollars) by 2025.
Strong pedelec motors: Chinese e-bike drive maker Bafang will bring stronger mid-motors for electric bicycles to the Eurobike show. Bafang’s M500 has the usual 250 Watt, while the M600 aims at the speed pedelec market with 350 and 500 Watt. Integrated batteries will be on display as well.
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“The problem is that we are in a situation where managers worth millions, at Volkswagen, at Daimler, have slept through the future and did not invest where they should have.”
Martin Schulz, leader of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Merkel’s main opponent in the September election on the state of the German car industry – cautiously put. Schulz also supports an EV sales quota.
“This joint project will be Europe’s largest manufacturer of emission-free, medium-sized e-vans, and it doesn’t come a moment too soon.”
Ford’s Steven Armstrong on the new e-van the carmaker developed together with Deutsche Post/DHL (also see News above). With both partners being so enthusiastic, it looks like the time to scale up electric deliveries has finally come.
Nissan rolls in Florence with a fleet of 67 electric Leafs. That is almost the entire electric taxi fleet of the Italian tourist haven, where city officials had issued 70 e-cab licenses last year. Florence’s cabbies are not the only ones convinced by the Nissan Leaf though and the Japanese company claims electric taxi fleets in Madrid and Amsterdam that are about a 100 EV strong. Back in Florence, Renault reportedly found favour with the city in 2015 already when it delivered 70 EVs for public service.
Electric buses for fortress: Gorinchem, a historical fortress in the Netherlands, has taken delivery of two Citea LLE-99 Electric buses from VDL Bus & Coach to enter the city’s public services. Provider Arriva has had previous experiences with electric transport as it ordered 12 e-buses from Venlo before.
On the other side of the world three electrified buses will try to avoid koala bears on the roads of Canberra. The Australian capital has ordered two electric and one hybrid buses from Carbridge and Volvo. The contract is worth 900,000 dollars but for now it is just a 12 month trial.
Airport electrification: San José’s aviation hub has secured 3.2m dollars from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to purchase six electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. Raleigh Airport too managed to tap into the FAA 162.4m dollar infrastructure pot and will use its share of 1.6m to buy four EVs plus charging equipment.
Tesla home charging: Those ordering a Tesla may now also get a home charging solution installed as the EV maker is launching its ‘Home Charging Installation Program’ in selected markets in the States. The option in the configurator include a simple 240-volt outlet or a hardwired Tesla Wall Connector.
New Flyer is making progress on its mega deal that saw the company secure an order over a total of 525 hybrid buses. The firm is now advancing production of 105 Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid transit buses for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).
Reading tip I: Times like these call for good news such as the U.S. The Senate Committee on Appropriations not only rejecting Trump’s proposed clean-energy cuts but raising the DoE’s budget by four billion dollars with a 38:1 vote instead.
Patent applications can be lofty but this one tackles the very real problem of little things miraculously falling into that small but no less deep abyss between the driver’s seat and centre console. So Toyota’s ‘under seat capture device’ invents a chute that effectively allows any item that falls to slide into one central compartment directly under the seats. Neat.
E-truck market accelerates: Only days after presenting its electric van V8070, Chanje already found an exclusive distribution partner. Ryder, one of the biggest fleet managers in the States, will take over sales and services for the start-up founded by Tesla and FF managers and wants to deploy the vans to its fleet partners. Leases will include deals and one-off rentals to customers who want to try out the electric trucks with pricing to be released over the next two months.
VW I.D. Crozz is to get real: Volkwagen’s I.D. Crozz concept will be next in line for serial production once the I.D. is out, Autoblog has learnt and thus confirms previous reports. The I.D. Crozz will thus become VW’s second electric car based on the MEB platform and is set for launch by 2020 or 2021. For the States though, the crossover will be the first model as the I.D. is not destined to hit the U.S. market. The I.D. Buzz however, VW’s take on its camper classic, may have not see its rollout before 2025.
Electric Audi A3? Next year will see the introduction of Audi’s 2017 A3 and it looks like there will be a PHEV and EV variant too. The latter owes its existence to China’s planned EV sales quota and will be powered by the same technology the VW mothership utilises in the e-Golf.
Range Rover PHEVs: JLR wants to offer plug-in hybrid versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport from early next year. The PHEV comes with a 150 kW electric motor coupled with an 299 hp engine. The same motor shall later drive the Jaguar F-Pace, XF and XJ as well.
Tesla has set foot into Taiwan and seems determined to leave a mark. The Taiwan headquarters in Taipei City combine administration, education, experience, service and the showroom in one.
Mitsubishi is on its way to Iran where it will introduce the Outlander PHEV as early as autumn now that sanctions have been lifted. The plug-in hybrid will be built in Japan and shipped to Iran.
Hyundai and Kia sold 2.5 times more hybrid and electric cars this year, when sales reached 141,681 units as of the end of July. The Koreans counted conventional hybrids, PHEVs, BEVs and FCEVs and the eco-friendly total is already 10 percent more than for the whole of last year.
Sweden’s Gigafactory seeks progress: NorthVolt is looking for finance to move on with its plans for a cell factory in Sweden and a new round for investors is to start this autumn. This time, former Tesla manager Peter Carlsson seeks 100m euros for his new endeavour projected to cost a total of 4bn euros. While the facility is to be build in stages (we reported), the search for locations has become more focussed with Västerås close to Stockholm and Skellefteå in North Sweden being most likely.
The future is in the air: The DeLorean is best known for its role in “Back to the future” so it is easy to forget, that the basis is an actual car with real people behind. Like the nephew of John DeLorean, Paul DeLorean, who plans to build a VTOL with DeLorean Aerospace. The DR-7 is to sit two and aims for a top speed of 380 kph and 200 km range – all electric, not nuclear. Prototype testing is due by 2018.
Alkaline battery: Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and Ionic Materials unveiled a solid-state alkaline battery design that they hope could be cheaper and safer than lithium-ion batteries, esp. for the aviation industry. However, a factory and commercialisation are years away.
High pressure: Hexagon Composites says it will receive a development award worth more than 10m dollars to develop compressed hydrogen cylinders for new fuel cell electric vehicle models. The contract is targeted to run until 2020 and executed together with unnamed OEMs.
“I don’t want to name an exact year, but it’s the right approach.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making a cautious concession to those that want to ban diesel since the election looms and amid the widening emissions scandal. She named Britain and France as examples.
“Now that the first employee deliveries have been made, we are forecasting Model 3 volume in Q3 of 1,500 units.”
Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas sees the output in Fremont as positive and also adjusted the forecast for 2018 to 120,000 EVs, up from 90k previously.
10,000 EVs for Indian officials: State-run firm Energy Efficiency Service Ltd (EESL) wants to procure 10,000 electric cars and 4,000 chargers for coal, mines, power and new and renewable energy ministries as well as for providing them on rent to other departments.
New Zealand funds electrification: 15 projects for charging infrastructure and the switch of trucks, buses and vans to electric power have been granted a total of 3m dollars through the NZ government. At the same time, another round of funding opened, again floating 3m dollars. Applications are welcome until the end of September.
Another electric double-decker has arrived on the Isles where York has now become the first UK city outside London to trial a fully electric double decker bus. The Optare ‘Metrodecker EV’ joins a fleet of electric singe-decker buses already operating on the city’s Park & Ride system.
Electric mail delivery: The Isle of Man Post Office has taken delivery of the first three of six Nissan e-NV200. The electric vans are part of a pilot and if they prove suitable for island roads, more will be introduced quickly.
Sleep and charge: All 13 Warner Leisure Hotels across England and Wales now offer electric vehicle charging points developed by Rolec. Hotel guests will charge free but the charge points’ software also allows paid-for charging.
Click tip: Tesla may not need to promote its cars but its energy offering is another matter. A Model X is currently towing the ‘Tiny House’ across Australia to demonstrate how renewable energy can be used for homes. The not so tiny trailer includes a configurator for home owners.
Reading tip: 58 out of 85 American Smart dealers have decided to quit all sales and offer service only after Daimler announced it would offer nothing but electric Smarts in the States. The 27 remaining dealerships can be found in states with favourable EV policies.