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Formula E excitement intensifies in late 2018 with arrival of Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series

Soon, production-based electric cars could now race against each other on the circuits against the background of the FIA Formula E Championship, which is considered as the pinnacle of electric vehicle motorsports in the world. However, this new all-electric series will only be exclusive to Jaguar’s I-PACE race cars, as launched by Jaguar Racing.

Dubbed as the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, this new all-electric race series is the first international championship in the world for production-based electric cars. As the support series for the Formula E Championship, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will be held on the same city circuits on the same weekend schedules. Just like the Formula E Championship, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be a 10-race series to be held in cities like Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Rome and Sao Paolo.

The first event of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will commence in late 2018, or at the start of season five of the Formula E. To note, Jaguar became the first premium manufacturer to take part in the FIA Formula E Championship in 2016.

Read the entire article Formula E excitement intensifies in late 2018 with arrival of Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series

Patent filing reveals possible mobile battery-swapping stations for Tesla vehicles

Tesla Motors may soon revive its plans to offer battery swapping services using a new approach. This comes as the carmaker was discovered to have filed a patent months ago with the United States Patent & Trademark Office for a new technique in swapping batteries in its electric vehicles.

Unlike conventional vehicles or even fuel-cell units, electric cars -- like those offered by Tesla Motors – take at least 30 minutes through a supercharger to have their batteries charged considerably. A battery pack typically employs electrochemical cells to store and provide electricity to the vehicle system. Even Tesla admitted in its patent filing that the process of charging electrochemical cells usually takes some amount of time. On the other hand, refilling a conventional or a fuel cell vehicle takes at least five minutes.

To address such a gap between recharging and refilling times, Tesla had come up with an innovative yet simple solution – to swap the empty battery pack with a fully recharged unit. In concept, doing so would result to a fully recharged electric vehicle in a matter of minutes, instead of waiting for at least half an hour to recharge a battery pack up to 70 percent to 80 percent of its capacity. Tesla designed its vehicles so that an empty battery pack could be replaced with a completely charged one, thereby replenishing the vehicle’s power supply.

Read the entire article Patent filing reveals possible mobile battery-swapping stations for Tesla vehicles

2017 IAA: Honda goes retro with its enchanting Urban EV concept

Honda is showcasing the retro-inspired EV concept in Germany’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show which will last until September 24. The retro styled city car, which is also the Japanese car brand’s first production EV for the European market, is featuring a funky design with two rounded headlights akin to the hatchbacks from the seventies and eighties.

Beyond the wide-eyed front fascia and small dimensions comes a deep muscular stance that not only provides the Urban EV with sporty driving capability but also make it more stable for its size. If compared with the Honda Jazz supermini, the Urban concept will come out 100m shorter with its current length of 3,895mm.

Inside, the cabin features a wind screen with some thin A-pillars for better visibility and a couple of bench seats to make room for up to four occupants. There is also a large dashboard with wood veneer as well as a screen that wraps around the dash that goes throughout the hatchback’s two main doors. The main display provides specific information about the EV’s energy consumption, battery life and range status while the wrap around screen on both side of the doors work as the vehicle’s side mirrors with the help of the digital camera.

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Bentley scraps sub-Bentayga SUV, instead confirms plan to build electric sports car

We recently heard that Italian automakers, Ferrari and Lamborghini, are not so keen on building an all-electric sports car just yet. On the contrary, Bentley has just confirmed that there will be an electric sports car coming from their end.

The Bentley Bentayga is currently one of the most powerful SUVs out there - being the fastest and most luxurious SUVs on the market today. The British automaker hoped for it to be a best-selling model, but with a hefty $229,000 price tag, it isn’t that easy to sell. In 2017, Bentley has sold under 700 units in the United States. With this track record, Bentley has decided to back on its plan to develop more SUVs.

In an interview of Bentley by Autocar, the automaker said that they will be developing a sports car instead of a sub-Bentayga SUV. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that it will be completely electric, just like the EXP12 Speed 6e concept that was presented at Geneva earlier this year. Once finished, it will be the luxury automaker’s fifth model in the lineup.

Read the entire article Bentley scraps sub-Bentayga SUV, instead confirms plan to build electric sports car

Volkswagen today announces the official pricing of the e-Golf plus more details about the equipment for each trim available. The updated 2017 model year, which is set to go on sale today, will come with a base price of $31,315 including $820 destination charges. The trim levels are SE, Limited and SEL Premium. The higher-spec Limited Edition trim goes by the price of $33,795 while the SEL Premium sells for about $36,995. As before, purchasing a new Volkswagen e-Golf comes with up to $7,500 federal tax credit.

The new version now gets a boosted range of around 83 to 125m from the new 35.8kWh battery pack instead of the 24.2-kWh from the previous e-Golf. Additionally, the 7.2kW charger now comes as standard on the SE, which will only take less than 6 hours to recharge with the use of a 240V charging station. Otherwise, customers can also have the optionally available DC fast charging unit (on the SE variant) for an additional price of $995. Within one hour, the DC fast charger can replenish the EV's battery by up to 80%.

While the previous model can offer highly efficient fuel returns, with the new battery’s increased energy capacity and improved battery chemistry, the new e-Golf now also has better fuel economy. To compare, the 2017 VW e-Golf’s fuel returns are now 126 mpg for the city, 111 mpg for the highway and 119 mpg for the combined cycle. The 2016 MY e-Golf on the other hand only puts a total of 126 mpg, 105 mpg and 116 mpg in the same order.

Read the entire article VW releases 2017 e-Golf with boosted range but with higher price tag

We have already reached a generation wherein automakers are making the switch from gasoline engine cars to hybrid and all electric vehicles. So far, the trend is for automakers to gradually transition their range to accommodate electric vehicles. That’s why it is significant news when automakers say that they’re not looking into electrifying their models.

While Porsche and Bentley are joining the norm by developing sports cars, it seems like Ferrari and Lamborghini have no plans of doing so, and they have just confirmed it, according to Automotive News. Both Italian automakers do not believe that electrification is the future of supercars, but they do believe that hybrid options are.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Michael Leiters, Chief Technology Officer of Ferrari, said in an interview with Automotive News that it will take a lot more time, effort and innovation to get the same performance, and more importantly the driving pleasure of what we have today with the non-electrified models. It will not be that easy to replicate the performance and ease that we have now.

Read the entire article Ferrari and Lamborghini still not keen on producing electric sports cars

Brabus has unveiled the Ultimate E Concept in Germany, an extremely styled Smart ForTwo Coupe equipped with a transverse electric motor, a type of layout in which the electric motor is installed right behind the vehicle’s rear axle.

The environment friendly city car is wearing the Brabus Widestar body kit, a sporty package exclusively developed for Brabus Ultimate models featuring wide fenders, Monoblock Y Wheels and 18-inch wide base tires. Currently on exhibit at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Ultimate E concept in bright yellow body paint has also received a specially developed Brabus suspension and aerodynamic parts such as the wind-tunnel developed spoiler with rear diffuser and rocker panels also aerodynamically enhanced using the same technology.

Inside, the bespoke interior shows an aluminum brake lever, shift knob, stainless steel pedals while the fine leather upholstery comes in blue Brabus Mastik leather material. This breathable and velvety soft leather with honeycomb quilting pattern has been wrapped throughout the dashboard, C-pillars and A-pillars as well as across the two door panels and the two main seats.

Read the entire article 201 hp Brabus Ultimate E Concept debuts at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

From 2020 onwards, Jaguar and Land Rover will offer an electrified version of each of the models in their range. So far, they have released two new concepts to kick off the switch they will be making in the future. Not only do the examples look fashionable, but they are also electrified. During the JLR Tech Festival, Jaguar came out with an all-electric E-Type together with an autonomous EV concept that informs us how the future will look by the year 2040.

It was JLR’s CEO Dr Ralf Speth who first announced their electrification plans, one of which is to introduce a portfolio of electrified products that include fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles. The first electrified model that they will release will be the fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace, which should head to dealerships by next year. They are one of the newest companies to commit to a future of electric drive, after Volvo’s announcement earlier this summer.

One of the two models they introduced is the E-Type Zero Concept. According to the automaker, this model could make classic models future-proof by making them produce zero emissions. This allows classic car fans to still drive old models despite the environmental issues and legislation.

Read the entire article Jaguar gives 2040 preview with E-Type and Future-Type concepts seen at Tech Fest

Just like any other automaker that aims to debut its most exciting models at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz seeks to tickle everyone’s imagination. It has now given us a teaser of the EQ A Concept, just a few days after teasing us with the Project One hypercar. During this month’s motor show, Mercedes-Benz will showcase the Project One together with models with the EQ nameplate. The “EQ” name was patented back in 2016, the same year that we saw the Generation EQ at Paris.

The Mercedes-Benz EQ A Concept, as you can see in the photo, is like a minimized version of the larger EQ - an electric hatchback. Also, the EQ A looks a lot closer to production compared to the SUV concept that we saw before it. It’s not like we have seen all angles of the vehicle in the photos, but we can kind of tell. So far, the EQ A’s headlights, grille, and diffuser look like something that you will see in a production car. The one thing that we may not see in on is the LED strip around the grille.

Since this is just a teaser, of course Mercedes-Benz will share with us very limited information about it as well. One thing we know for sure that has been confirmed is that it will be a “small electric vehicle”, which will most likely be a hatchback. During the upcoming motor show, the updated EQ (which is also larger) will join the EQ A as it goes on stage. Both models will feature similar designs and proportions, and may possibly even share the same platform.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz teases EQ A Concept for 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Finally, Mini is going electric, at least through a design study. Mini will be introducing the new MINI Electric Concept at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Dominating the city landscape is nothing new for Mini. After all, the carmaker has been known for its own concept of urban mobility that’s injected with the customary go-kart feeling. However, the Mini Electric Concept brings these attributes to a whole new level.

The concept treats urban mobility as a good platform from which it could launch its electric capabilities, as electrified vehicles are often suitable for short travels within the city because of their shorter range.

Read the entire article MINI Electric Concept introduced ahead of 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

The idea of sourcing electricity from solar energy to power and operate vehicles is nothing new. We have seen cars mounted with solar panels, but they don’t seem to look appealing and also appear to be bulky. Likewise, installing solar panels on a car might greatly reduce the vehicle’s aesthetic value. However, integrating solar cells into panoramic glass roofs could be a very good idea.

This is the strategy conceptualized by German premium carmaker Audi and Chinese partner Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited, as represented by American subsidiary Alta Devices. The endeavor – dubbed as the Audi/Hanergy Thin Film Solar Cell Research and Development Project -- plans to integrate Alta Devices’ thin-film solar cells into panoramic glass roofs of Audi’s electric vehicles, which mean that these models won't have to sacrifice aesthetics to gain an unlimited source of energy – unlike mounted solar panels. Interestingly, the project plans to cover almost the entire surface of the panoramic roof with solar cells.

Then, the electricity generated by these thin-film solar cells will be sent to the EV’s electrical system. This electricity could power up the vehicle’s air-conditioning system or even its seat heaters. As a result, the EVs become more efficient and experience a considerable increase in its electric range. To note, the integrated thin-film solar cells aren’t meant to fully power the whole vehicle, especially its propulsion system. Instead, the integrated thin-film solar cells are expected to extend the range of Audi’s EV.

Read the entire article Audi partners with Hanergy to integrate thin-film solar cells into glass roof of its EV models

Hyundai Motor Group – including both Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors – has disclosed a wide-ranging plan to introduce 31 environment-friendly models in a new development roadmap that aims to ultimately create a cleaner environment through these eco-friendly vehicles.

While previewing its next generation fuel cell vehicle, Hyundai announced its eco-vehicle development roadmap that entails a multi-pronged approach. This means that Hyundai won't focus its efforts on just one type of eco-friendly vehicle, but will create a lineup that offers various powertrain options like fuel cell, hybrid drive and electric.

Hyundai is pursuing this 2020 plan in response to the growing demand for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles around the world. As part of this road map, Hyundai will continue pursuing hydrogen fuel cell technology and will exert more efforts to strengthen its leadership in this area. The South Korean carmaker plans to achieve this by putting more focus on improving r&d works to further boost the performance and durability of FCEVs. Likewise, r&d will focus on making the fuel cell technology smaller and cheaper to allow it to be installed in smaller sedans.

Read the entire article Hyundai will introduce the Genesis luxury EV in 2021

Police cars, especially those doing rounds patrolling the streets and chasing criminals, should be both quick and fast. After all, police officers don’t want the one they’re chasing in a hot pursuit operation to evade the law. But could an electric vehicle, like the Tesla Model S, do such an arduous job? The police force in Luxembourg confidently believes that Tesla’s fully electric sedan is up to the task.

According to RTL news, the Grand-Ducale police of Luxembourg has already confirmed that they have ordered two Tesla Model S sedans to be employed as patrol cars. The purchase of the new electrified cars from Tesla is actually part of a program being implemented by the Ministry of Sustainable Development to adopt electric cars as the government’s primary mode of transport.

Furthermore, the police force won't be the only government employees to be riding on electric cars as Luxembourg is also reportedly planning to acquire electric vehicles for use by administrative employees.

Read the entire article Luxembourg police goes electric with purchase of 2 Tesla Model S as patrol cars

McLaren has already shown some interest in electrifying their models. And initially, we thought that they will just use hybrid systems to use across their current lineup. Nevertheless, we have learned that they are actually planning something much bigger and one that’s quite unexpected.

Not so long ago, McLaren unveiled the 720S which changed the image of the British automaker. As we know, it will have a more upscale look, a stronger engine, and a lighter chassis. But this is just the beginning of the company’s transition to brighter future. It has been reported that the company has been developing a pure electric sports car which will be released in a few years, confirming what was rumoured last June.

Autocar reports that the electric sports car will have a performance similar to that of the 675LT, and will be one of McLaren’s range-topping Ultimate Series of vehicles like the P1. Since it is still under development, there is still no schedule as to when the model will come out. But it’s likely to arrive after the P15 and BP23, which are scheduled to both make their debut in 2018. The P15 will be the second Ultimate Series model after the P1 that had already been sold out.

Read the entire article McLaren plans an electric sports car that will be like the 675LT

General Motors’ presence in China just got more electrifying as the carmaker – through its SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture – recently officially unveiled the Baojun E100. Considered as the brand’s first fully electric vehicle in China, the Baojun E100 comes in a very compact package and is offered in a very compact price.

At first glance, an onlooker may mistake the Baojun E100 as Chinese version of the smart ForTwo or the Scion iQ. But after a closer look, it becomes apparent that the design language is very different while the horse logo mounted on the front end of the E100 quickly tells us that it isn’t a smart or a Scion.

Long and wide enough to accommodate up to two adults in a comfortable manner, the E100 is indeed a compact unit, even with its height of 1,670 mm. Featuring a wheelbase that measures 1,600 mm, the new Baojun E100 has a turning radius of 3.7 meters, allowing the full electric car to maneuver into and from tight spaces without considerable problems.

Read the entire article GM’s Chinese joint venture launches pure-electric Baojun E100 in China at just $5,300

This month, a new patent was registered by Nissan Malaysia's patent office under the name "Terra". This patent suggests that a new electric SUV/CUV by the Japanese automaker may be on its way. Just after the company announced the Nissan LEAF, we hear about the Terra, so we are thinking that this might be the five-door hatchback model that the company will be developing next.

This is because back in 2012, Nissan had already presented a concept they called the Terra at the Paris Motor Show. This was a hydrogen fuel cell concept that carried a Nissan LEAF powertrain. Now that there's a patent for it, people are assuming that the Nissan Terra will be an all-electric model, similar to the Nissan LEAF. But it might get a second electric motor on the rear to make it an all-wheel drive setup. The fact that Nissan is sharing development costs between several vehicles is quite smart. That’s what they’re doing for their electric vehicles including the LEAF, the e-NV200, and most likely the Terra EV.

You may be wondering why the patent was registered in Malaysia, instead of a country that's closer to the brand like Japan or the US. This is probably because large companies like Nissan want to avoid making too much noise about their strategies. That’s why they didn’t file the application at a nearer or larger patent office. Too bad Autocar was able to track the registry almost instantly.

Read the entire article Nissan registers the name 'Terra' at Malaysian patent office

Last July 28, Elon Musk held a special event for the first 30 customers of the Tesla Model 3. The Model 3 is the company’s first mass-produced vehicle and is also their most affordable model. The reason why only 30 units were delivered that day is because production is currently moving slow for the Californian automaker. However, they did say that production will hike up exponentially. But even after saying that, car owners who order one today won’t get their Model 3 until 12 to 18 months after.

Here is the thing, not everybody is that patient or can wait that long for a car to be delivered to their garage, so a lot of these people cancelled their pre-orders. As of now, there have been around 63,000 cancellations that were made by customers, according to Elon Musk as he revealed this during their quarterly earning call. All in all, reservations for the Tesla Model 3 have gone down from 518,000 to 455,000.

Musk further added that the cancellations were recorded in the span of over a year. Having said that, Tesla does not seem to be very much affected by the cancellations. In fact, the company feels more relieved probably because there is less pressure put on them. Musk even compared themselves to a restaurant, saying that if people queue up for a hamburger when there is already an hour and a half wait, there’s really no reason to attract more customers.

Read the entire article Tesla Model 3 cancellations exceed 63,000 units but Musk thinks it is inconsequential

The UK’s largest and busiest airport, Heathrow, is trying to promote the use of environmentally friendly vehicles. Currently, there are about 8,000 vehicles that are licensed to drive around Heathrow, and the airport wants to swap all those vehicles for electric and plug-in hybrids by the end of year 2020. They have already begun this year as they brought in 17 units of the Nissan LEAF to add to the fleet.

Out of the 17 cars, 12 vehicles are allotted to security and baggage, while the remaining ones will be used as pool cars. Heathrow is practicing this so that they could begin minimizing the emission that their fleets are releasing.

By having the initiative to do this, Heathrow airport is hoping that a lot of other companies, large or small, as well as individuals will be encouraged to do the same thing. That is to switch to zero-emission vehicles to save the environment. The airport is one of the best means to influence people as it is a high-traffic zone and these cars will be noticed more.

Read the entire article Nissan LEAF leads Heathrow Airport’s plan to minimize emissions

Tesla was able to keep its promise of offering the Model 3 for the affordable starting price of $35,000, but there’s a treat available for those who want more features and have money to spare. In fact, the top-of-the-line Model 3 costs just $59,500. This is quite a relief for those who find the entry level Model S’ $69,500 too high-priced.

The Standard Model 3, which packs about 220 miles of range, boasts a 130mph top speed and the ability to take only 5.6 seconds to sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour. On charging, the base model gets at least 130 miles of range per 30 minutes using Tesla’s Supercharger while the 240V home outlet with 32A gives about 30 miles of range per hour.

Since the most affordable model won’t be ready until the following year, Tesla buyers for the meantime might need to shift their attention to the Long Range trim option that sells for about $44,000. The slightly higher price can be attributed to its 300 miles of range, 5.1 seconds quicker acceleration and 140mph top speed. More than that, the Long Range also gets to charge faster than the base model with up to 37 miles of range per hour on a 240V home charger and 170 miles of range per 30 minutes on a 480V charging station.

Read the entire article Top-ranging Tesla Model 3 is not bad at all for $59,500

The persistent trend in the automotive industry remains to be the shift to electric-powered models. While most brands are developing new products to achieving that end, customers and enthusiasts have been accustomed to hearing the word “delay” associated with Maserati.

All that is about to change with the recent announcement of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Maserati’s parent company, outlining its green program. None other than CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed during a conference call with investors that at least 50% of the corporation’s range will be electrified, in one way or another, by the year 2022.

CEO Marchionne, who intends to retire by 2019, declared that given the fate of diesel in the Europe market, the issue has become mandatory. He said further that there will be no choice but to implement some degree of electrification when it comes to gas engines.

Read the entire article Maserati aims to build only EVs and hybrids starting 2019
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