Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘ev news’

Tesla Deliveries Miss Mark as Year Ends – But Production Up

Launch of updated Autopilot takes blame.

by on Jan.04, 2017

Tesla fell short of its goal of delivering 80,000 vehicles in in 2016, but only narrowly as it produced nearly 77,000 vehicles.

Tesla ended 2016 with some good news … and some bad.

The California EV maker said it delivered a total of 76,230 vehicles last year, but it still fell short of its goal of handing customers the keys to 80,000 vehicles for the year. That said, production was up a full 64% in 2016, in part due to the ramp-up of the all-new Model X battery-SUV.

EV News!

Put the blame for the sales shortfall on the updated Tesla Autopilot system. Since October, Tesla has been adding a variety of new sensors to both the Model X and the Model S sedan to give those cars advanced, semi-autonomous capabilities. But the changeover caused initial problems slowing production early in the fourth quarter. (more…)

Tesla Reaches New Deal with Panasonic

Musk hints at higher kW superchargers coming soon.

by on Dec.28, 2016

Tesla owners can now be charged an "idling fee" if they leave their vehicle in a charging stall after its fully charged.

As Tesla charges ahead with construction of its Gigafactory in the Nevada desert, it got a bit of welcome news: Panasonic Corp. is investing $256 million into its production facility.

However, it’s the plant in Buffalo, New York, where Tesla makes photovoltaic cells and modules, not the Gigafactory. The investment isn’t much of a surprise really as the two companies have been partners for years, including in the factory just outside of Reno.

Subscribe Now!

In this case, the California-based company is making a long-term purchase commitment from Panasonic as part of the deal, in addition to providing factory space and infrastructure. (more…)

VW Set to Debut Battery Microbus at NAIAS

BUDD-e gets a new I.D.

by on Dec.22, 2016

Could Volkswagen be charged up to bring back the Microbus? This suggests maybe.

For those still hoping to see Volkswagen finally bring back the iconic Microbus, you might want to keep an eye on what the German maker is unveiling at the North American International Auto Show next month. A close look at these three teaser images suggests we’ll be seeing a new perspective on the original minivan.

For now, VW isn’t saying much, other than noting that the concept is an alternate take on the Golf-sized battery-electric I.D. hatchback that made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September. And it could provide a hint of what’s to come as VW prepares to launch more than two dozen new battery-cars during the next decade.

Auto Show News!

“The concept vehicle forges links between the legendary origins of the Volkswagen brand and its electrifying future,” explains a somewhat cryptic news release. “Like the I.D., this concept is also based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), and so it shows the potential and bandwidth of the MEB.” (more…)

Three California Drivers Take Delivery of First Chevrolet Bolt EVs

Initial sales limited to California market.

by on Dec.13, 2016

Customers Bobby Edmonds (l to r), William “Bill” Mattos and Steve Henry take delivery of the first three 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EVs Tuesday

The first three Chevrolet Bolt EVs have been delivered to retail customers in California, marking the start of sales of the market’s first long-range, relatively affordable battery-electric vehicles.

Industry experts believe that the Bolt could usher in a new era in which battery-cars finally start appealing to mainstream, rather than just green-minded, buyers by delivering range comparable to conventional, gas-powered vehicles without a hefty price premium. Chevy hits market as much as a year ahead of similar offerings coming from manufacturers including Tesla, Volkswagen and Nissan.

Breaking News!

“The range and technology attracted me to the Bolt EV,” said Bobby Edmonds, a software developer from suburban San Francisco, who is replacing his BMW i3 with the Chevy Bolt. “It’s also a great-looking, roomy vehicle and I love the fact it’s from an American brand. I look forward to the longer drives I can make compared to the i3 that I owned.” (more…)

Despite Financial Problems, Faraday Still Set to Debut 1st Model at CES

New teaser offers closer look at what is expected to be EV SUV.

by on Dec.08, 2016

Faraday Future plans to go full speed ahead with its new sport-ute concept, which it will show at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show.

Despite financial problems serious enough to put on hold construction of its new Las Vegas factory, battery-car start-up Faraday Future plans to go ahead with the unveiling of its first production model at the Consumer Electronics Show four weeks from now.

The California-based, Chinese-backed Faraday made its official debut at CES last January, but the exotic sports car it revealed at that splashy Las Vegas event is expected to be replaced by a more conventional-looking electric SUV.

Subscribe Now!

A teaser image released this week by Faraday shows the nose of the production car, appearing to fill in some of the missing details from a short video the company put out in October showing a camouflage SUV blasting around a desert race track. (more…)

Start-Up Lucid Set to Build Arizona EV Plant

The list of electric-car wannabes continues to grow.

by on Nov.30, 2016

Lucid's prototype may seem a little tame compared to its EV-making competition, but it will get a complete redesign, officials claim.

Yet another electric vehicle wannabe has announced it will enter the still-small U.S. market, Lucid Motors revealing plans for a new assembly plant based in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona.

Construction on the $700 million factory is set to begin early next year, the company – originally called Atieva – promising to have its first vehicles on the road in 2018. As Lucid, it would join a growing procession of electric vehicle manufacturers, both start-ups like Tesla Motors and traditional auto companies like General Motors, vying for what is still a miniscule part of the American automotive market.

EV News!

Whether demand will absorb all the new comers is far from certain and could be strongly impacted by the as yet-uncertain energy policies of the incoming Trump Administration which could relax or even eliminate upcoming auto mileage rules that are promoting developing of alternate propulsion technologies. (more…)

This Car, From a Brand You’ve Never Heard of, May Soon be One of the World’s Fastest – and It’s Electric

NIO EP9 hypercar expected to deliver 1,341 hp; launch from 0 to 60 n 2.7 seconds.

by on Nov.22, 2016

The NIO EP9 from NextEV will do 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.7 seconds and tackled the Nurburgring in just over 7 minutes.

Electric cars are fuel efficient but far from fun to drive, right? Well, if Tesla already hasn’t convinced you otherwise, you might want to check out the new NIO EP9.

You’ve almost certainly never heard of NIO. It’s a sub-brand just launched by China’s NextEV, and it’s intent on making quite a splash when it comes to market with this gull-winged hypercar. Preliminary tests reveal a prototype has already lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in a blistering 7 minutes 5 seconds – one of the fastest times ever clocked there, and a solid record for a battery-electric vehicle.

Subscribe Now!

If you’re not standing on the throttle all the time, the EP9 will manage to travel as much as 265 miles on a charge, according to NIO, and you can reportedly top off the battery in as little as 45 minutes. In an interesting twist, the company also claims the twin battery packs can be swapped out for fresh ones in just eight minutes. (more…)

Will Trump Unplug EVs?

U.S. could lose lead in battery-car market.

by on Nov.21, 2016

The Jaguar I-Pace is making its debut appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

It certainly doesn’t look like your typical Jaguar. Indeed, its cab-forward proportions are decidedly different from most vehicles on the market today. That’s because the Jaguar I-Pace Concept making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week was designed specifically to take advantage of its electric propulsion system — with its batteries and motors below the floor that translates into a much larger cabin than you’d normally expect.

Jaguar is just one of the many automakers displaying new battery-based vehicles at the L.A. Auto Show. There’s the next-generation Fortwo Electric Drive, the new Volkswagen e-Golf, which gets a 50% bump in range, and the pure electric version of the Hyundai Ioniq. Chevrolet is not only showing off the production version of the Bolt battery-electric vehicle, but also the numerous awards it collected last week, including Green Car of the Year and Motor Trend Car of the Year.

Subscribe Now!

With dozens of new hybrids, plug-ins and battery-electric vehicles set to debut between now and 2020 it might seem to be a golden era for battery-based vehicles. But some observers wonder whether the push to electrify the automobile might suddenly be short-circuited by the election of Donald Trump, a man who has repeatedly denied climate change, declaring that global warming is a “hoax” created by the Chinese.

(more…)

Chinese-Funded Faraday Future Denies Halting Work on Las Vegas Assembly Plant

Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting admits his resources are stretched thin.

by on Nov.17, 2016

Officials dig in at the May groundbreaking ceremony for the new Faraday Future plant outside Las Vegas.

The ambitious Chinese automotive start-up Faraday Future may be running into serious financial problems forcing it to halt construction of a $1 billion assembly plant near Las Vegas.

But then again, maybe it isn’t, the automaker telling a Chinese newspaper that work on the factory continues.

Subscribe for Free!

Faraday made its official debut last January during a splashy event at the Consumer Electronics Show. The company recently said it will reveal its first production model at the next CES less than two months from now. Meanwhile, it has been working on a sprawling assembly plant in the Nevada desert that it promised would create as many as 4,500 jobs. (more…)

I-Pace Just First Step in Jaguar Electrification Plans

As much as 40 to 50% of its models could soon be battery-based.

by on Nov.16, 2016

Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, estimates that as much as 50% of Jaguar Land Rover's sales will be battery electric vehicles.

It took only a matter of minutes for the first buyer to reserve one of the new Jaguar I-Pace battery-electric vehicles, clicking on the “I Want” button added to the British maker’s website following the debut of a concept version at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

That was reassuring news for Jaguar’s top management team which authorized the costly development project that will see the production version of the I-Pace roll into showrooms in 2018. And the electric SUV is likely to be only the first in a wave of new battery-based models for both Jaguar and its sibling Land Rover brand, according to CEO Ralf Speth.

Subscribe for Free!

As much as “40 to 50%” of the Jaguar Land Rover line-up could use hybrid, plug-in or full battery-electric propulsion by 2020, Speth hinted during a conversation with a handful of journalists at the L.A. Auto Show. And while he declined to discuss specific plans, he acknowledged that the company did not develop the unique platform underpinning the I-Pace just for one product. (more…)