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China will open up car market to foreign automakers that offer EVs

There’s good news for international carmakers as the Chinese government recently announced that they have scrapped protectionist rules that don’t allow foreign automakers to set up businesses in China. With this change, the People’s Republic will be opening up its auto market in 2020.

Right now, part of the regulations are that to avoid hefty taxes to sell cars in China, foreign carmakers have to start open ventures with local firms and they must not own more than 50 percent of the Chinese counterpart.

These measures were actually introduced back in 1994. The Chinese government sought to promote Chinese companies, but at the same time, limit the influence of the already successful Western firms, which saw that the Chinese market has a huge potential for them.

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MAN introduces new eTGE fully electric van for zero-emission commercial needs

Count an all-electric van as one of the MAN SE’s upcoming offerings this year. The well-known truck maker is joining the ranks of manufacturers offering a zero-emission solution to commercial customers with the electric version of its TGE van – the new MAN eTGE.

One may easily mistake the MAN eTGE as the Volkswagen e-Crafter. This isn't surprising since its diesel version -- the TGE – is essentially a twin of the VW Crafter. Thus, the MAN eTGE shares its DNA and basic architecture with the e-Crafter. However, compared to its e-Crafter twin, the eTGE is less powerful and offers lesser electric range. Nonetheless, MAN says the eTGE is just right for its target market, which already includes of Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Norway and the Netherlands. Customers could avail of this electric light commercial vehicle at a price of around €69,500.

The new MAN eTGE is powered by a permanently excited synchronous motor that could deliver 100 kW of output and 290 Nm of instant torque. Getting its juice from a rechargeable battery with a power capacity of 36 kWh, the electric motor allows the eTGE to go as fast as 90 km/h (56 mph). However, this energy capacity is just enough to allow the eTGE to go as far as 160 km (100 miles), which is mainly dependent on the load of this all-electric van. MAN eTGE has a permitted total weight of 3.5 or 4.25 tons as well as a maximum load of between 950 kg to 1,700 kg, depending on the configuration.

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Buick Enspire EV Concept boasts 550hp and 370-mile range

Buick has yet to officially unveil the newest Enspire Concept in China but it gave everyone a juicy preview ahead of its scheduled debut on April 25 in Beijing. The concept not only looks great, but it also features an electric powertrain that gives it an output of 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts) and that allows for a 370 mile (596 kilometers) range. According to Buick, their estimated sprint time for the Enspire would be four seconds to hit 60 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour).

Buick used the Enspire to show off their take on its existing design language. Up front, you will notice a broad grille and there are skinny, chrome spears that incorporate the LED headlights. Each corner of the vehicle’s face is dominated by big intakes. There are smooth contours on both the side and the rear of the vehicle, contrasted with the trendy floating roof. To match the front, there’s a strip of LED taillights that stretch all the way across the back.

“Surround skyline” is what Buick calls the cabin’s theme. However, as you can see, they have only provided one photo here so we don’t really have a good look at the interior. Although from that image alone, we can tell that it is quite a high tech place. It features theatre-type seating that gives the Enspire a bright and spacious interior. Some of its cutting edge technologies include an OLED display screen and an intelligent augmented reality technology based head-up display.

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An electrified Rolls-Royce Phantom is probable due to rising demand in China

It is inevitable that there will soon be a fully electric Rolls-Royce vehicle. But it seems that a Rolls-Royce with an electric powertrain will arrive earlier than everyone thinks. We heard that the automaker anticipates releasing the first one within several years. It’s also likely that it will be launched first in China as this is where most of the demand for this type of vehicle comes from.

Head of electric powertrains for the BMW Group, Stefan Juraschek, mentioned to Automotive News that they are looking into electrifying. He also said that to penetrate the Chinese market, automakers will have to think of electrifying different models.

Having said all that, Juraschek also stated that there has not been a final decision made for this yet, and it simply is just an idea. However, other executives have given more concrete statements about the model’s chances. If you recall, CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos said last year that “electrification is the way forward.”

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Tesla surprised the automotive world in November 2017 when it unveiled a new electric car that could go from zero to 60 mph in an astonishing 1.9 seconds. Now, Rimac Automobili is pulling off a better surprise by unveiling a new electric car that could achieve the sprint in an awe-inspiring 1.85 seconds. Let us all welcome the new Rimac C_Two hypercar.

Rimac unveiled this new electric hypercar creation at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, implicitly announcing itself as true challenger to Tesla. The carmaker essentially created some noise when it introduced the Rimac Concept One coupe. As per Rimac’s Web site, the Concept One boasts of 1,224 hp (918 kW) of max output and 1,600 Nm of instant torque. This power allows the Concept One to sprint from nil to 62 mph in just 2 seconds. Compared to the Tesla Roadster, the Rimac Concept One is a slow machine, but the Croatian carmaker was just getting started.

The new C_Two could be considered as the next stage of evolution for Rimac in terms of electric car development. It is superior compared to the Concept One in many aspects, including power and performance. Just like the Concept One, the C-Two makes use of four electric motors. However, the power output and torque levels of the motors in the C-Two are much higher, at 1,914 hp (1,408 kW) and 2,300 Nm, as backed by a 120-kWh capacity battery pack with 6,960 cells.

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Cupra is marking its independence as a new brand under Spanish carmaker Seat with the introduction of the new Cupra e-Racer. Riding on strong sales in 2017, Seat is hoping to ride on the momentum by presenting the new Cupra e-Racer and a number of new creations at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.

Touted by the carmaker as the first 100-percent electric racing touring car in the world, the new Cupra e-Racer will be one of the main attractions at the Cupra booth during the show. With the ability to deliver 300 kW (402 hp) of continuous power output, peaking at around 500 kW (679 hp), the new Cupra e-Racer could be considered as a true motorsport car.

A small sneak preview was provided by Luca de Meo, president of Seat, for the new Cupra e-Racer and other new vehicles during a web videoconference just prior to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The preview was brief and void of many details, but it was good enough to spice up the thrill before the Spanish carmaker officially reveals the new Cupra e-Racer in Geneva in the coming days.

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The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is ready to hit the market with its new look and its zero emissions package. For them to be able to cater to a wider market, the automaker decided that they would offer the Kona with two powertrains, with different outputs, ranges, and prices.

For instance, the base model features an electric motor that offers 133 horsepower (99 kilowatts) and 291 pound feet (395 Newton metres) of torque. This one comes equipped with a small 39.2 kWh battery pack that could offer a maximum range of 300 kilometers (186 miles) in the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles test procedure (WLTP). This procedure is supposedly more relevant than the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

Meanwhile, the top of the range Kona Electric was given as much as 201 horsepower (150 kilowatts) but with the same torque as the base model. This comes from the 64 kWh battery, which allows it to drive with a range of up to 470 kilometers (292 miles) as per WLTP.

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Earlier this week, the second generation FE design finally made its public debut. Aside from that, we also got an idea of how the final stage of FIA’s technical roadmap will increase battery and powertrain performance to go together with its striking new chassis.

The new car is said to have an extra output of 50 kilowatts (67 bhp) compared to the current model. This means that it will increase to 250 kilowatts (335 bhp) if the reports are accurate.

Furthermore, the current limit of the car which is at around 225 kilometers per hour (140 miles per hour) can even be improved to 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour) with the new performance boost together with the low drag philosophy of the new car, said Di Grassi to Motorsport.com.

Read the entire article Series champ Lucas di Grassi claims new Formula E is capable of over 300 km/h

We have all heard of Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X engine technology, even if it has not gone on sale yet. And despite that, the Japanese automaker has already begun a new major internal combustion project, which they are calling the Skyactiv 3. What they plan for this is to boost the powerplant’s thermal efficient to around 56 percent, and this will deliver a well to wheel emissions on par with an EV, says Automotive News.

This claim by Mazda was made based on the carbon dioxide emissions from producing electricity for charging an electric vehicle versus pumping oil out of the ground to turn this into gasoline.

However, the main issue with this calculation is that there are a number of ways to produce electricity, and each way produces a different amount of carbon dioxide. For instance, it will definitely be cleaner to get power from renewable resources rather than getting power from a region with a coal-fired powerplant.

Read the entire article Mazda asserts Skyactiv 3 or Skyactiv-X will be cleaner or at least at par with an EV

Tesla has just updated their online configurator for the Model 3, adding a number of new updates, and it seems like the $35,000 base model will arrive sooner than we expect to see it.

A couple of months back, we heard about all the issues regarding the Model 3’s production. And finally, Tesla is starting to deliver some of these vehicles. As a matter of fact, the automaker has already added the $35,000 base model as an option for “Early 2018” in their website. But knowing Tesla, early 2018 probably really means mid to late 2018 - though it still got us a bit excited.

If you are one of the lucky ones that received the invite to configure your Model 3, you would be able to get it for $49,000 instead of $44,000. But why, you ask? That is because Tesla is giving it a Long Range battery that costs $9,000. The Premium Upgrades package is also currently mandatory, adding another $5,000 to its price tag.

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Chinese brand Byton officially unveiled the production version of its Byton Concept during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. With this, the brand hopes to soon enter the U.S. market.

For those unfamiliar with the company, Byton was launched as a new brand of China-based Future Mobility Corp. last year. Its current CEO is Carsten Breitfeld, who was previously the i vehicle program lead of BMW.

The production version presented during the 2018 CES shows an exterior that has been styled with subtle design cues that give one the impression of being inspired by Land Rover and Nissan. The interior however is a different story. While most standard models have an infotainment and instrument cluster, Byton’s offering instead has a single-pane that goes through the whole length of its dashboard. Mounted on the center of the steering is an 8-inch tablet. Meanwhile, the seats have the ability to rotate as much as 12 degrees inward.

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Two months ago, there were reports about Tesla Semi sales as it skyrocketed just a few weeks after being launched in the United States. Huge companies like J.B. Hunt, Walmart, Loblaws and Meijer had placed their reservations on the all-electric truck, as well as some other international companies. Also, the largest reservation that has been made was for 125 units (by none other than UPS).

Furthermore, Tesla received a total of around 140 pre-orders from the companies that ordered from them. And now, that number has probably doubled or tripled. The electric car maker promises to begin deliveries for the first batch of orders starting in late 2019.

Other companies that made reservations late last year include Sysco, DHL Supply Chain, Mecca & Son Trucking, Fercam, European based Girteka Logistics, Ryder and some others.

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There is a lot going on within Aston Martin. Its CEO, Andy Palmer, has a full plate, to say the least. Despite that, he recently just announced that they are planning to deliver a high performance electric vehicle that could go up against the next generation Tesla Roadster.

Palmer also says that it is possible for them to develop an electric vehicle that is smaller and faster than the Vantage, when Auto Express asked about that matter. Furthermore, when asked about challenges involved in making electric vehicles, such as the battery, Palmer responds by saying that Aston Martin is an expert when it comes to making electric vehicles, and the main factors that they need to take account of include elements like “weight, aerodynamic drag, and rolling resistance”.

He then added that developing electric vehicles will put them at an advantage over other brands like Tesla that promises a lightweight roadster. He reasons that it would be because of the fact that they are already masters at building these components.

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It appears that the Volkswagen e-Golf is doing really well. A couple of weeks ago, they announced that the production of the e-Golf with increased range will have to be doubled because of its strong demand. One major factor is the move by several automakers to offer rebates for drivers who get rid of their old cars in exchange for environmentally friendly cars, which is a good move - not just for the car manufacturer, but also for the environment.

To meet the rising demand, the German automaker will have to switch from single-shift operation to 2 shifts at their Transparent Factory Dresden so that output can be increased from 35 units per day to 70 cars daily. If you add that up, that will give you a total of 2,100 per month as opposed to the original figure of 1,050 only. The increase is said to be gradual with the additional shift to begin only in March 2018.

The e-Golf, as we know, comes equipped with a 35.8 kWh battery that is capable of reaching 125 miles (201 kilometers) EPA. That is a huge improvement (83 miles / 134 kilometers) from the previous version that comes with a 24.2 kWh battery.

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Today, Volvo has a pretty complete range of new SUVs. These models vary from the largest XC90 to the smallest model which is the XC40. At the top of the range is the S90 along with the V90. Now, it is time for them to update the smaller cars in its lineup, and we mean their sedans and crossovers. In fact, the company is already testing for the new S60 and V60, and according to Auto Express, Volvo executives exactly know what they want from the new V40.

Starting with the V40 hatchback, the next generation model will now sit on a CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform just like that of the XC40. They will be built on the same wheelbase too. Apart from that, Volvo thinks that both vehicles can share a number of components, such as their powertrains and infotainment systems.

When Volvo launches the V40, it will initially be equipped with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Aside from this, a plug-in hybrid may be available from the beginning too, if not later on towards its life cycle. In Europe, a diesel option will be available too following a fully electric version later on.

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Morgan Motor Company said that the Electric 3 Wheeler will begin production in 2018. Once it goes on sale, it will showcase traditional craftsmanship combined with the latest in EV technology.

Powering this model is an electric motor, as well as batteries, both of which are manufactured by Frazer-Nash Energy Systems. In fact, it is this partnership with Frazer-Nash that allowed Morgan to finally begin production of the EV3.

When the EV3 is officially released, it will become the first ever electric vehicle from Morgan. It will also be the first model from Morgan to have body construction that features composite panels. Indeed, this latest three-wheeler offering from Morgan offers a number of firsts for the brand.

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McLaren Automotive has created its first-ever supercar prototype powered fully by electricity. This was confirmed by none other Dan Parry-Williams, the company’s very own Engineering Design Director, in an interview with UK’s Autocar. Not only did Parry-Williams confirm the story but he also provided extra details with regards to the prototype.

In the same interview, Parry-Williams said that the company already has a pure EV and one of the reasons is that the company wanted to know what it took to be able to offer excellent driver engagement in a purely electric world. He added that it has been quite a journey for the company to go from here to there as it relates to the company’s products.

The biggest issue though, Parry-Williams disclosed, continued to be related to the battery technology. This is because a high performance race car would need a large amount of energy. He explained that when it comes to an electric supercar, the batteries are typically drained after only 30 minutes running on the track. Companies in the business of developing batteries still have to address the issue of driving the car at constant high speed.

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Audi has not been silent about its plans to offer full electric vehicles starting 2020. Earlier, this year, Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler revealed plans to release an electric SUV, a compact EV and electric sports car. Now, a recent report revealed that this new electric sports car already has a name – the Audi E-Tron GT.

This was announced by Peter Mertens, a member of the Audi management board, during an interview with Auto Motor Und Sport. The new electric sports car will be a battery-powered all-electric unit that will be underpinned by the same platform that would underpin the upcoming Porsche Mission E, which is also an electric sports car in the making. This architecture is the so-called Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which is to some extent the luxury version of the MEB platform of the VW Group. Around 60 percent of the vehicles underpinned by PPE would be Audi models, while the rest would be Porsche units.

Porsche has promised to deliver its first all-electric sports car by 2019, while Mertens indicated that Audi will release the E-Tron GT in 2022. Of course, the final production version of the Mission E would contain design elements that would make it easily recognizable as a Porsche. The same would be true for Audi’s upcoming electric sports car; the E-Tron GT would don distinctive design and styling elements that would make it effortlessly identifiable as an Audi. The E-Tron GT is expected to borrow a number design cues from Audi’s newer concept cars like the Q8 as well as from Audi’s other EVs like the outgoing R8 E-Tron.

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It’s Star Wars fever once again, and the second installation of the trilogy sequel -- “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” -- is finally hitting theaters. Avid fans of the franchise would love to know that a limited edition Renault Zoe will soon arrive with Star Wars special touches. In partnership with Star Wars, Renault is unleashing the force with the new 2018 Renault Zoe Star Wars Limited Edition electric vehicle.

Just like Anakin Skywalker and Ben Solo becoming Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, respectively, the best-selling EV in Europe has transformed into the Renault Zoe Star Wars special edition. Interestingly, the Zoe Star Wars isn't the first vehicle from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance to use the force. Just last year, Nissan’s mid-size crossover merged into the world of the Jedi by becoming the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars limited edition. That marked the first time that a carmaker officially partnered with the Star Wars franchise. The partnership now continues, but with Nissan’s alliance partner Renault.

To enter the world of the Jedi, the Renault Zoe Star Wars features an exterior covered with a number of decals related to the franchise. For instance, the bonnet, roof and boot of the Renault Zoe Star Wars sport decals starring Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon star ship. Specific Star Wars badging can be found on the front fenders just below the A-pillar, as well as on the door sills.

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Audi Sport is known for creating high performance versions of some Audi vehicles, with a focus on higher levels of sportiness. So far, its high-performance creations are all powered by conventional engines. But with Audi in the process of releasing three electric vehicles by the end of the decade and electrifying its fleet, Audi Sport is following suit by introducing electrified high performance cars starting 2020.

Plans to introduce electrified performance cars were confirmed by no other than the outgoing chief executive officer of Audi Sport, Stephan Winkelmann, during the launch of the new Audi RS4. Winkelmann, who used to be the top honcho of Lamborghini, is leaving Audi’s high-performance arm to become the CEO of Bugatti. Audi, Bugatti and Lamborghini are part of the Volkswagen Group, which recently launched the Roadmap E program that calls for the creation of 80 new EVs – spread among group brands – by 2025.

According to Winkelmann, Audi Sport is planning to create more high-performance models derived from Audi’s sport utility vehicles. As such, there is a great chance that SUVs would be Audi Sport’s first EVs, to be followed by other vehicles. All of these new electrified vehicles will allow Audi Sport to be more revolutionary and less evolutionary, Winkelmann remarked.

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