Half of Porsche’s line-up electrified by 2023? In less than six years, Porsche intends to make half of its overall sales with electric powered models, Manager Magazin has learnt. One or two years after its debut EV Mission E due by 2019, the German carmaker wants to launch an electric crossover coupe and from 2022 the next-gen Macan will be available solely with electric power. Besides that, Porsche obviously plans to abandon diesel vehicles earlier than expected.
Fresh impressions of the upcoming Leaf: New photos have emerged that show the next-gen Nissan Leaf better than ever before including the interior. Nissan has scheduled the official presentation for September, 6 and wants to bring the updated bestseller into the stores before the year’s end.
New head for Autopilot: Just half a year after Tesla convinced Chris Lattner to lead its Autopilot team, the former Apple expert has left again. His successor is Andrej Karpathy, who comes from Elon Musk’s OpenAI and now joins Tesla as Director of AI and Autopilot Vision.
Toyota’s new Camry: Later this summer, Toyota wants to launch the eight generation of its Camry that is particularly popular in the States. The new model sits on the TNGA platform just as the present Prius and will again be offered as hybrid version for a base price of 27,800 USD.
Tesla Model 3 in HD: Those that cannot wait for the official presentation of Tesla’s new model in July, now got the option to check 29 top quality photos of a Model 3 trio recently spotted. Some of the pictures show also the interior space in quite fine resolution.
imgur.com via insideevs.com
More than 100,000 Tesla Model S have been sold in the States, according to a report of Inside EVs. However, the online portal states that the figures include some estimates.
ZF integrates electric drive in rear axle: The ‘Vision Zero Vehicle’ is ZF’s take on future mobility. The concept relies on a 150 kW electric axle drive with the entire propulsion system integrated into the rear axle called mSTARS. That construct simplifies electrification of existing platforms.
Electric truck project launched: Porsche Leipzig is testing an all-electric truck in its logistics network. The trial is part of the research project eJIT of Porsche Leipzig, IAV GmbH, Schnellecke Logistics, Volkswagen Sachsen and the Saxony Automotive Supplier Network. They all seek to know more about electric truck use under real work conditions. A second electric powered truck shall be tested by Volkswagen Sachsen from August.
South Korea to enter Hyperloop: 320 km in 30 minutes is what South Korea’s government wants after it signed a contract with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) in order to realise what Elon Musk had in mind when he thought about vacuum tube transportation. The first line shall go live by 2021 to connect Seoul and Busan.
Passenger catapult: Hyper Chariot wants to be 6 x faster than the Hyperloop. Its engineers intend to catapult passengers in car-sized capsules through airless tubes, reaching top speeds around 6,400 kph. Ticket for this futuristic vision shall even be available for competitive prices.
“Toyota is mulling the right timing to provide electric vehicles, considering what kind of cars will be most realistic for our consumers.”
HEV and PHEV are what Shinzo Abe, executive general manager at Toyota, calls the future of green cars. Still the Japanese auto giant stays open towards producing all-electric cars, at least if it that is what consumers demand.
“If a company is making 98% of their profits from gas vehicles, they’re hard pressed to say ‘Buy this electric version of our truck, don’t buy the gas version.”
Workhorse CEO Steve Burns argues, the idea of an electrified pick-up has to come from market incumbents and cannot be expected from the big auto industry players.
Charging at service stations by law: Great Britain wants to oblige service station providers to install EV charging points. This claim is part of a new law for electrified and autonomous vehicles, announced during the course of the traditional “Queen’s Speech” in parliament.
Big deal for Tritium: The Australian quick charging manufacturer says to have won a tender of utility Stromnetz Hamburg. Tritium has until October to supply 52 units of its quick-charger Vefill, that provides a 11kW AC output and is compatible with CHAdeMO and CCS.
Autonomous EV sharing by Renault-Nissan: The Franco-Japanese alliance wants to build up ride sharing services with self-driving EVs. Ogi Redzic, head of Renault-Nissan’s Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services division said, this new business line shall kick-off “certainly within 10 years.”
Volvo’s biggest electric bus order to date has been handed in by Swedish Malmö. The city ordered 13 Volvo 7900 Electric that shall roll on Malmö’s streets by late 2018. According to Volvo, this is the biggest individual order for the 7900 Electric it ever received.
Europe’s biggest cargo bike sharing: Green Moves Rheinland, a subsidiary of eco energy provider Naturstrom, wants to kick-off the biggest rental programme for electric cargo bikes in Europe, namely in Cologne. Donk-EE will be presented at June, 28 with further details to follow only afterwards.
presseportal.de (in German)
Click tip: All 14 teams of the eTourEurope have reached their target city Salzburg safe and sound. After 3,600 kilometres Team Czechoslovakia won in its Tesla Model S. Congratulations!
Video tip: During the Berlin ePrix, the audience saw the autonomous prototype Devbot in action. Roborace’s latest video shows a complete Tempelhof round from the Devbot cockpit perspective.
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Bruno Vezzoli is the man who completed the challenge to cross the English Channel in a flying car called Pegasus. A video of the adventure shows that the vehicle pretty much resembles a beach buggy with paraglider and propeller.
mirror.co.uk (with video)
Polestar to go it alone and electric: Electrification plans for Volvos performance brand are no longer rumours, but got officially confirmed and defy expectations. Polestar shall become an independent EV brand and thus offer electrified sports cars under its own logo. Volvo’s head of design, Thomas Ingenlath has signed as CEO already. Further details about upcoming products and strategies shall be published in autumn but Volvo is not entirely out of the game of course as they claim “synergies” but with room for wide ranging bespoke solutions.
autocar.co.uk, europe.autonews.com, media.volvocars.com
Audi’s second EV from Brussels: The German carmaker has chosen its Belgian site to produce its fully electric e-tron Sportback alongside the crossover e-tron. The latter will run off the production lines in Brussels a year earlier, meaning from 2018.
Thousands of Model 3 deliveries in July? Model 3 production kick-off is approaching and it looks like Tesla is significantly accelerating preparations in order to reach large quantities fast. Insiders say several thousand Model 3 vehicles could be delivered before July’s end.
model3ownersclub.com via insideevs.com
Details about electric Smart’s cabrio: Following the electrified versions of Fortwo und Forfour, Smart plans to place the Fortwo Cabrio on the market next month. In Germany, pricing starts from 25,200 euros but that base price drops to 20,820 euros if you take the environmental bonus into account.
Chevy Bolt earns top ratings at safety test: The American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has put the Chevrolet Bolt through an extensive safety test and gave it top ratings in all of its five categories. According to the IIHS report, the only weakness is the Bolt’s headlight.
electrek.co (with videos)
Tesla starts deliveries in Korea: With a kick-off event in Seoul, Tesla has officially begun to deliver its electric cars in South Korea. Also the first Supercharger has been erected in Seoul, along with 35 destination chargers. Another 14 fast-chargers are scheduled to arrive in other major cities soon.
Exactly 901.2 kilometres on one charge is the distance Steven Peeters and Joeri Cools managed to travel with their Tesla Model S P100D, thus setting a new range record. To get that far however, they had to restrain themselves from going faster than 40 kph on a set track in Belgium.
silver-lining.be via electrek.co
Bosch pedelec innovations: 2018 sees Bosch eBike Systems with new inventions, the most groundbreaking being an ABS for electric bicycles and a 500 Wh frame-integrated battery called PowerTube. Furthermore, the Active Line receives an update that essentially makes for a finer tuned, that is less pushy pedal-assist and a 25 percent smaller motor size. On top, the Plus version will sit between the Active and Performance line in terms of peak power.
No 2170 cells for Model S and X: Production of the new 2170 format battery cells for Tesla’s Model 3 has started in the company’s Gigafactory 1, as announced. Rumours suggesting these cells could also be deployed in the Model S and X however, have been denied by Elon Musk immediately on Twitter, saying there are no plans to change these models’ cell format.
Qualcomm to invest in battery safety: Out of strategic reasons, tech company Qualcomm invests in U.S. based Amionx. The latter has patented a tech system called Safe Core that was developed through a project with the U.S. energy department. It prevents lithium-ion batteries from catching fire.
Michelin’s envisions tyre future: With its concept called Visionary, Michelin presents the idea of an airless tyre born through a 3D printer. It shall be virtually connected to the driver and equipped with a biodegradable surface that can be renewed and adjusted through 3D printing.
“Legislation will be introduced to ensure the United Kingdom remains a world leader in new industries, including electric cars.”
This is Queen Elizabeth II herself. Her Queen’s Speech in front of UK parliament underlined the importance of innovative technologies, mentioning EVs in particular.
“Many people tend to think of Tesla as just a luxury or performance brand — they kind of put us in that category forever — but that isn’t the mission statement, that’s not what we’re actually trying to do.”
London’s traffic to be emission-free by 2050: London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has introduced an ambitious roadmap that includes the aim to reach zero emission transport in the British capital by 2050. This objective does not just apply to the city centre but to the whole of London. Cabs and rental cars must practically be all-electric from 2033 and buses be powered exclusively electric from 2037 in order to reach that target. Three years later, the roadmap schedules the creation of a zero emission zone in the inner city before finally extending this zone to span the greater London by 2050.
fleetnews.co.uk, cleanenergynews.co.uk, consultations.tfl.gov.uk
30 StreetScooter for Munich: After Hamburg, Cologne, Bonn and Stuttgart, Deutsche Post DHL started to gradually electrify its package delivery fleet in the Bavarian capital, too. The company is about to deploy 30 all-electric units of the biggest StreetScooter model ‘Work L’ with a loading capacity of 8 cubic metres in two districts. The new Munich fleet will thus become the biggest electrified Deutsche Post fleet so far and shall expand even further in the future.
electrive.net (in German)
Maven Gig in San Francisco: GM expands its on-demand EV service to San Francisco. Initially started in San Diego, Los Angeles will be up later this year. For 300 dollars per week, Maven Gig members can rent a Chevrolet Bolt EV with unlimited miles and free charging.
V2G ready? The University of California San Diego and NUVVE want to test wether Californian EV drivers are open for V2G transactions. Owners will be paid as soon as the grid operator uses energy from their cars. The California Energy Commission supports the research with 7.9m dollars.
More ZEVs on British Columbia’s roads is the aim of Canada’s Liberals, who promise to spend 50m dollars over five years to add more than 4,300 EV charging stations. However the party faces a confidence vote next month, so it is unclear whether the minority government can follow its aim.
Video tip I: Audi is about to leave the FIA World Endurance Championship to join the Formula E. In “The Change-Over” ad, the carmaker emphasises its reorientation from hybrid to all-electric racers.
youtube.com via carscoops.com
Video tip II: BMW UK has launched a new commercial for its i3 that shows the benefits of driving an electric car in London. There are a bunch of good purchasing arguments of course.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Off-road vehicles are said to be extraordinary safe. This thesis has been contradicted by an accident in London, when a Toyota Prius collided with a Mercedes Benz Brabus G500, weighing twice as much. After the crash, one of both cars was upside down. Guess which…
Tesla’s China factory ready for realisation? The Californian EV maker is allegedly close to sign an agreement with the city of Shanghai in order to build a Tesla plant in the Lingang development zone. Bloomberg quotes insiders, stating the deal may be done before the week’s end. With the negotiations being private, it remains unclear, who may become Tesla’s joint venture partner required to be allowed to produce in China. Chinese internet giant Tencent only recently accumulated a 5 percent stake in Tesla but their role is likely to help with communications if anything. Once Tesla starts producing in China, the 25 percent import tax would become obsolete.
Hyundai gears up FCV: 3,600 units may be made of Hyundai’s new fuel cell serial model based on the FE Fuel Cell Concept presented at the Geneva Auto Salon. If insiders are right, that represents a significant increase compared to the predecessor ix35 Fuel Cell that sold less than 1,000 times to date. Hyundai’s motivation could be to surpass Toyota’s Mirai FCV, which has found almost 3,000 buyers.
GAC with concrete strategy: Seven new EV and PHEV models are set for launch before the year’s end, says GAC, thus manifesting previous announcements. The Chinese company wants to electrify 20 percent of the total sales volume of 1m cars by 2020. It also set sight on entering the States by 2019.
Mahindra doubles its investment into e-mobility as it earmarks up to 12bn rupees (167m euros) for its electric transport division. Mahindra Electric is then to provide electric propulsions to Mahindra and other OEMs. A new factory in Chakan to produce EVs and to install battery packs is underway as well.
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First photos of Kia Stonic: Ahead of its official debut at the IAA in September, pictures of Kia’s Stonic have appeared online. Like the recently unveiled Kona, the Korean compact crossover shall have an electric powered twin from launch.
Phat market entry: 20 mph is the top speed of a new electric scooter supposed to go 30 to 50 miles on a single charge. Made by Arizona start-up Phat Scooters, the battery sits flush under the deck. Pre-orders are possible from this week onwards.
Skoda’s beach buggy concept: The carmaker has trainees create their own model since 2014 and this time the 22 students put an electric beach buggy on Skoda’s Citigo base. The two-seater has neither roof nor doors, but an electric motor with 60 kW that is probably from the VW e-Up.
German-Spanish cooperation: Spanish bus maker UNVI has gathered three component manufacturers in order to create electric buses made for sightseeing. BMZ is on board to build the batteries, Ziehl-Abegg for the drivetrain and SAV Studio to integrate the whole system. The shuttles shall transport up to 74 tourists and reach a range of 120 km. The first open top double-decker is planned to roll off the lines before the year’s end.
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Electric passenger plane: Eviation Aircraft unveiled a fully electric prototype of a light aircraft for six to nine passengers. An impressive range of 965 km is planned for the premium version Alice ER, while Alice may fly for about 550 km on a charge. With launch scheduled for 2018, commercial flights could start by 2021. First conversations with regional airlines have taken place already, states the Israeli start-up, that is also working on an unmanned variant called Orca.
Energy-autonomous yacht: Dutch Soel Yachts and Naval DC developed an electric catamaran called SoelCat 12, capable to generate all energy for its propulsion system through its own solar roof. The 120 kW battery alone lasts for six hours of shipping at 8 knots. The first vessel is under construction in New Zealand for 600,000 dollars and shall serve for tours with up to 24 passengers.
“For things like Supercharger, we are actively talking to other car makers and we are trying to figure out a structure to work with them.”
CTO JB Straubel says, Tesla continues to consider opening up its Supercharger network to other OEMs just as CEO Elon Musk had said for years. But now that other EVs gear up for charge rates of 100 kW+ this option seems fresh on the table.
“You can very well imagine that at some point we will have an electric supercar.”
Peter Mertens, head of development at Audi, is aware that the e-tron line-up is missing a representative electric powered supercar yet but he seems keen on filling this gap.
Street debut of Lohr’s electric shuttle: Le Cristal has entered a real field trial in Strasbourg, a year after French Lohr Group had put its self-driving shuttle in Berlin on display for the first time. In France, the bus pod will carry delegates of the ITS European Congress from the railway station to the event and back this week as planned. If the need arises, the compact electric bus can link with up to four of its kind to form a sort of free floating tram.
rtl.fr, voituredufutur.blogspot.de, lohr.fr (all in French)
Pittsburgh to electrify its fleet: Employees of the city of Pittsburgh will soon take charge of the first two Ford Focus EVs and Chevrolet Bolts as local government wants to replace all its gas guzzlers until 2030. Four charging stations have been ordered as well, one for each car.
Tesla took another step in its battle with states that bar the EV maker from direct sales as a judge approves a dealer license gained in Arizona. From now on, the company can operate its existing “galleries” as full stores. Texas, Connecticut and Michigan remain opposed to Tesla’s business model.
Charging infrastructure for Malaysia: Within the next two years, PRG Holdings intends to install between 20 and 30 EV charging stations in its own property developments in Malaysia together with Sunsuria. So far the group owns six charging stations in the island state.
Reading tip: The first fatal crash of a Tesla driver using the autopilot created a stir last year. Only now an official report by NTSB states, that the man had ignored the system’s repeated optic as well as acoustic warnings to keep his hands on the steering wheel.
Click tip: FIA has finalised the Formula E calendar for the next season that will kick-off on December, 2 in Hong Kong. New cities include Santiago, Sao Paulo and Rome and while the German race is sure going to take place on May, 19, the battle of location is still on between Berlin and Munich.