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BMW, Daimler, Ford, VW Team Up on Pan-European Fast-Charge Network

System will “reduce charging times significantly” and simplify long-distance travel.

by on Nov.03, 2017

The Ionity chargers will use a common plug and deliver enough power to slash charging times.

Four of Europe’s largest automakers are teaming up to create a network of fast-charging stations across Europe, a move they believe will play “an essential role” in increasing the appeal of battery-electric vehicles by making long-distance travel quick and easy.

The new venture, Ionity, will open 20 high-power charging stations in Austria, Germany and Norway by the end of this year, spaced out at 75-mile intervals along major roads. The goal is to have about 400 of the Level 3 and 4 chargers in place by 2020.

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“The first pan-European (high-power charging) network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles,” said Ionity CEO Michael Hajesch, adding that a critical goal is “to facilitate long-distance travel” by making it possible to charge up quickly, much as motorists currently can do while driving vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

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Lincoln Considering Option of Electrifying Entire Line-up

Detroit luxury brand’s battery plans “evolving.”

by on Sep.08, 2017

The new Navigator is expected to get a hybrid drive system it will share with the Ford F-150.

Lincoln is looking at the possibility of joining an expanding list of automotive brands that will offer some form of electrification on all of their vehicles.

With tough new emissions and mileages standards going into effect in all of the world’s major markets, automakers are struggling to find ways to improve the efficiency of their vehicles, and that’s expected to lead to more and more hybrids, plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehicles over the coming decade. Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover, two high-line brands once owned by Ford have said they are preparing to offer some form of battery-based drive on all models, whether as standard as optional fair, and others are moving in that direction.

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Among them: Ford’s only remaining luxury brand, Lincoln. A report by the Reuters news service Thursday indicated the once-powerful marque will also offer some form of battery power on 100% of its models by 2022, though two sources have told TheDetroitBureau.com that this strategy has not yet been locked in place.

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BMW Offers Sportier Take with Gen-2 i3 City Car

Sportier i3s version added for 2018.

by on Aug.28, 2017

The mid-cycle update of the BMW i3 will be paired with a more sporty i3s version for 2018.

The coming year could be a big one for the battery-car market. Manufacturers are starting to roll out what promises to be a flood of new choices by the end of the decade. And while the spotlight seems to be centered on the new Tesla Model 3, buyers will have a number of options to choose from for 2018, including an all-new version of the BMW i3 city car.

Make that versions – plural – as the Bavarian maker is not only rolling out the second-generation i3 but adding a sportier version that it has dubbed the i3s. While primarily designed for urban living, both variants will offer the option of adding a range-extending two-cylinder gasoline engine for the occasional, longer trip out into the suburbs.

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First introduced in the 2014 model-year, the BMW i3 has won a range of awards, most notably being named World Urban Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show last spring. But it’s going to be facing a lot more competition in the near future, notably from products like the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt EV, both of which offer more than twice the range of the i3 in pure electric mode.

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Volvo Going All Electric or Hybrid on Future Models

Transition to begin in 2019.

by on Jul.05, 2017

Volvo unveiled an all-electric version of its CMA platform at the Shanghai Motor Show.

Volvo is plugging into electric propulsion in a big way, the Swedish-based automaker announcing today that all new models coming after 2019 will use some form of electric propulsion, whether hybrid, plug-in or pure battery-electric.

The announcement follows Volvo’s decision last month to have its Polestar division shift focus to high-performance electric vehicles. But it also underscores the growing emphasis on electrification by luxury automakers, in general, BMW planning to reveal a pure battery-electric version of its iconic 3-Series sedan at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, while Daimler said today it is investing over $700 million in battery-car operations in China.

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“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson said in a statement announcing the decision by the high-line automaker owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely.

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Going for Maximum Plaid: New Tesla Roadster Could Break the 2-Second Barrier

Reborn two-seater still “some years away.”

by on Jun.14, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, shown with the original battery-powered Roadster.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made no secret about plans to bring back the brand’s original model, the Roadster. He’s also hinted for some time that there’s a performance mode in the works that would go a step beyond the current Ludicrous Mode found on both the Models S and X.

But could Maximum Plaid deliver what, not all that long ago, seemed impossible to achieve without strapping on a pair of rockets? According to at least one report, the highest-performance version of the upcoming Tesla Roadster could hit 60 mph in less than 2 seconds.

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Tesla currently is in a spitting match with Dodge, both claiming bragging rights for the world’s fastest factory-built vehicles: the Model S and the new Dodge Challenger Demon launching from 0 to 60 in about 2.3 seconds. With its high-torque electric motors, the Tesla Roadster could lay down numbers that would be difficult for an internal combustion-powered vehicle ever to beat.

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Nissan Offers Tease of All-New 2018 LEAF EV.

“Big step up" with longer range, less quirky design.

by on May.18, 2017

Nissan teases the new Leaf's design by showing off the new EV's far less quirky headlights.

Nissan is starting to spotlight the upcoming launch of its completely redesigned Leaf battery-electric vehicle.

Make that headlight the new EV. What the second-largest Japanese makers calls a “first glimpse at the next-generation Leaf” zeroes on the new BEVs twin lamps. With an LED light bar for running lights, what appear to be twin LED headlamps look far more conventional than the bubble lights found on the current Nissan Leaf.

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No surprise, Nissan is expected to make the 2018 remake a bit less quirky than the gen-one Leaf, although it will remain visually distinct from the rest of the maker’s line-up. “It’s definitely a big step up from the current car,” a high-level Nissan official tells TheDetroitBureau.com.

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Karma Finally Ready to Deliver 1st Revero Plug-in

Reborn Fisker debuts with first-ever TV spot.

by on May.03, 2017

The first Karma Revero plug-ins will be delivered to buyers in California and Florida this month.

Better late than never, it seems, for the Karma Revero.

The reborn version of the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports sedan is finally being delivered to its first customers this month after an unexpected delay. And Karma Automotive, which bought the assets of Fisker out of bankruptcy, is marking the rebirth with the car’s first-ever television commercial.

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“The spot marks the rebirth of one of the most honored silhouettes in automotive history,” said Karma Chief Revenue Officer Jim Taylor, of the ad that aired on CBS during the U.S. Open Polo Championship. “We felt this moment in time deserved to be recognized.”

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Honda Set to Unveil All-Electric, Plug-in Versions of Clarity at NY Auto Show

New models complement Clarity fuel-cell model.

by on Mar.09, 2017

Honda teases the three versions of the Clarity model it will show off at the 2017 NYIAS.

The first version of the new Honda Clarity has only just gone on sale but Honda is already rolling out two other variants.

With the Clarity FCV, Honda became the third automaker to launch a fuel-cell vehicle in the U.S. market last year. Now, it says, it will debut both the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and the Clarity Electric at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. All three models are based off the same, unique midsize platform, and all are equipped to carry five passengers.

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Honda boasts Clarity will be “the first vehicle series to offer customers an expanded array of electrified vehicle choices with fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains.” But other makers are also working up multi-use platforms, including both Hyundai and its Korean sibling Kia.

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Faraday Wants to Redefine the Future with Debut of FF91

Even the best laid plans can go astray.

by on Jan.04, 2017

The Faraday Future FF91 makes its debut during a well-attended event in Las Vegas.

The Future doesn’t always go as planned. Just ask YT Jia, the Chinese billionaire investor backing Faraday Future. That’s the California-based start-up that pulled the wraps off its new battery-electric supercar during a splashy, two-hour presentation in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

Intentionally looking like it rolled off the set of a science fiction film, Faraday’s new FF91 battery-powered crossover certainly sounds impressive. It boasts more than 1,000 horsepower – enough to launch from 0 to 60 in less than 2.5 seconds. Yet it can also deliver an estimated 378 miles per charge. It also has the ability to drive hands-free, thanks to an array of radar, laser and other sensors. And, with a touch of button will let you get out and then go look for a parking spot on its own.

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“It’s a vehicle that doesn’t require any sacrifice,” declared Pete Savagian, Faraday’s director of propulsion engineering. “Never has it been more convenient to drive completely electric.”

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Major Automakers Team Up on Ultra-Fast EV Charging Project

System could deliver 300+ miles range in 10 minutes.

by on Dec.01, 2016

A Level 4 charger could give a long-range vehicle a "fill-up" in 10 minutes or less.

Another barrier to electrification is about to fall, thanks to a new coalition pairing BMW, Daimler, Ford and the various Volkswagen AG brands.

The automakers have signed a preliminary agreement that would begin rolling out a network of ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations across Europe – setting the stage for the adoption of similar Level 4 technology in the U.S., as well. The chargers will deliver 350 kilowatts of direct current, or roughly 2.5 times the jolt of the Superchargers Tesla is deploying across much of North America.

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The new system would leapfrog other Level 3 chargers just beginning to come online in many parts of the world. More importantly, they would allow a vehicle like the new, 200-mile Chevrolet Bolt (or the European version sold through Opel) to get a full charge in 10 minutes or less.

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