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EU Wants To Reduce New Car Emissions By A Third By 2030 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ACEA, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 11 10th, 2017


EU regulators have announced their proposal to introduce a CO2 emissions reduction target by 30 percent for new cars and vans by 2030 while offering incentives to carmakers selling zero- and low-emission vehicles over a certain benchmark.

The proposal also sets a 15% lower target for 2025 than that of 2021 in order to ensure that carmakers will start investing as early as possible.

At the same time, the European Union plans to support the industry by offering 800 million euros ($927.7 million) for the establishment of an EV charging infrastructure as well as 200 million euros ($232.3 million) for battery development.

To help carmakers reach such an aggressive target, EU will offer credits to those who will sell enough zero- and low-emission vehicles in order to offset their overall fleet emissions. Regulators are expected to set a certain benchmark for the number of zero- and low-emission vehicles later on, in order for the incentives to be eligible. EU identifies low-emissions vehicles as those producing less than 50g/km of C02, which are mainly plug-in hybrids.

The proposal was met with criticism from the European Automotive Manufacturers Association (ACEA) which said that the 30% reduction target is “overly challenging”, proposing instead a 20% reduction by 2030 which is “achievable at a high, but acceptable, cost”.

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BMW Bringing New Electrified Model At LA Show, Likely The i8 Roadster 9
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 6-Series GT, BMW Concepts, BMW i8, BMW M3, BMW M5, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, LA Auto Show, new cars, PHEV, Reports on 11 9th, 2017


BMW seems to have put an end to reports surrounding the time and place of the i8 Roadster’s presentation by announcing a new electrified model for the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Part of the brand’s commitment to offer 25 green cars by 2025, with 12 of those models to have zero-emission powertrains, the new BMW i8 Roadster will be based on its facelifted coupe sibling, bar the folding soft top.

Technically, it will remain identical to the regular i8, but it has been suggested that its battery capacity might double, from 7.1 to 14kWh. This means that the current electric range will be significantly improved, likely rising from 23 miles (37km), to over 40 miles (64km). Moreover, the entire powertrain is believed to be slightly updated as well, making a combined output of near 400hp.

Joining the i8 Roadster on the showroom floor will be the BMW i Vision Dynamics, an electric four-door Grand Coupe that can accelerate from 0 to 60mph (96km/h) in 4.0 seconds, and reach a top speed of 120mph (193km/h), while boasting a range of 373 miles (600km).

The MINI Electric Concept will also celebrate its North American premier in LA, alongside the BMW i3s. Other vehicles made by the BMW Group set to shine under the spotlight in the City of Angels are the newly-unveiled M3 CS, 8-Series Concept, X7 iPerformance Concept, M5, and 6-Series Gran Turismo, which is offered locally from $69,700, in the 640i xDrive specification.

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Move Over Tesla, BMW’s Working On An EV With A 435 Mile Range 7
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, Electric Vehicles, PHEV on 11 7th, 2017


BMW has announced its fifth-generation of storage and powertrain technologies will provide electric vehicles with up to 700 km (435 miles) of range.

The company was coy on specifics but said the powertrain improvements will also benefit plug-in hybrids. BMW believes the upcoming system will enable them to travel up to 100 km (62 miles) on electricity alone. This would be a massive improvement over today’s technology as the 530e iPerformance only has an electric range of 50 km (31 miles).

The improvements are part of BMW’s Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT which calls for the automaker to offer 25 models, across all of its brands, with either an electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain.

As part of the company’s electric push, BMW will build a production version of the i Vision Dynamics concept which recently debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW CEO Harald Krüger noted “we are electrifying the very heart of the BMW brand” and said “we will build this model at our Munich plant, thereby highlighting Germany’s importance as a location for electric mobility.”

In the near future, the BMW Group plans to launch approximately forty new and updated models during the “current and the following year.” A number of these launches will occur in the upper-premium segment that includes vehicles such as the 8-Series and X7.

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VW Says Plug-In Hybrid Don’t Make Sense In America, Won’t Offer Any 4
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, VW on 11 4th, 2017


Volkswagen is gearing up to launch an assortment of electric vehicles including the ID Buzz and ID Crozz but a new report is indicating the company will eschew plug-in hybrids.

According to Car and Driver, Volkswagen doesn’t intend to offer any plug-in hybrids in the United States. The report goes on to suggest the company might not even offer them in Europe either.

The move could prove risky as plug-in hybrids offer some of the benefits of electric vehicles without the necessity of always having to be recharged. This makes them ideal for long distance travel as they can operate on electricity alone for short periods of time before using a conventional engine to power the vehicle on longer trips.

In an interview with the magazine, Volkswagen brand boss Herbert Diess said “For America, plug-in hybrids don’t make a lot of sense for the upstream emissions and they’re just not incentivized by the tax schemes.” Diess went on to say plug-in hybrids make sense in markets such as China but he’s not convinced they’re a good fit for European customers.

For the time being, Volkswagen will focus on electric vehicles and Diess thinks they will be cheaper and easier to build than most people realize. As he explained, “You always have, in your product range, more profitable cars and less profitable cars. We will already achieve with the first car – the ID Hatch – the same profit range we achieve with the Polo.” He went on to say he’s okay with the slim profit margins even though they aren’t great.

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New Audi Q8 Sounds Awfully Quiet On The Nurburgring 3
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi Q8, Audi Scoops, Audi Videos, PHEV, Scoops, video on 11 3rd, 2017


Audi is getting ready to put an end to the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe segment domination by working on their very own “SAV” or coupe crossover, dubbed the Q8.

Caught on the Nurburgring, this prototype continues to keep its camo vinyl wraps on almost its entire body, unlike the one scooped last month that was more eager to reveal some of its lines, most of which come from the Q8 Concept shown in Detroit earlier this year.

But while its exterior is inspired by the show car, inside, the new Audi Q8 resembles to the latest A8 flagship saloon, as it benefits from the same pair of touchscreen displays. The rest of the cabin is adorned with aluminum glossy black trims, and we also expect plenty of soft touch materials, meant to elevate its premium stance.

Audi’s MLB platform is the foundation stone for the new sports crossover, which uses aluminum and carbon fiber, and allows it to get a variety of powertrains. The rumor-mill has it adopting the tri-turbo 4.0-liter V8 diesel engine from the SQ7, a 48-volt PHEV making almost 470hp in the SQ8, and a twin-turbo V8 gasoline-powered unit that’s expected to be used in the RS version.

The automaker continues to keep the official reveal date close to its chest, but it’s expected to come out sometime next year, as a 2019MY.

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Bentley Bentayga Plugs Into Porsche’s Cayenne S E-Hybrid Powertrain 1
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, Bentley Scoops, Bentley Videos, PHEV, Scoops, video on 11 1st, 2017


The greenest version of the Bentley Bentayga will use, as you'd expect, a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and it was spied testing on and around the Nurburgring.
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Bentley Bentayga Plugs Into Porsche’s Cayenne S E-Hybrid Powertrain 1
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, Bentley Scoops, Bentley Videos, PHEV, Scoops, video on 11 1st, 2017


The greenest version of the Bentley Bentayga will use, as you'd expect, a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and it was spied testing on and around the Nurburgring.
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BMW Slaps M Performance Parts On 740e Plug-In Hybrid For SEMA 31
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW M, Hybrids, PHEV, SEMA show on 10 31st, 2017


With this year's SEMA Show already full of sporty BMWs, it made sense for the flagship 7-Series to get in on the action, showing up with M Performance and BMW Individual upgrades.
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Mercedes-AMG Project One Dazzles The Crowds In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hydrogen, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG Project One, Mercedes Concept, Mercedes GLC, PHEV, Smart Concepts, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


Mercedes-Benz and AMG are providing a glimpse into the future of mobility with a range of premieres shown for the first time on the Asian continent.
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Mercedes-AMG Project One Dazzles The Crowds In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hydrogen, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG Project One, Mercedes Concept, Mercedes GLC, PHEV, Smart Concepts, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


Mercedes-Benz and AMG are providing a glimpse into the future of mobility with a range of premieres shown for the first time on the Asian continent.
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Hyundai Highlights Its New Smart Stream Powertrains, Promises More PHEVs And EVs 24
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Hyundai, Hyundai Videos, PHEV, video on 10 24th, 2017


The Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled its new powertrain strategy at an international conference in South Korea.
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Oil Exec Says Electric Vehicles Won’t Have A Significant Impact For Decades 24
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports on 10 24th, 2017


A number of companies have recently embraced electrification and electric vehicles but the fact remains that most people drive vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.
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Mitsubishi Unveils New 3 Year Plan, Will Launch 6 All-New Vehicles 18
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Mitsubishi, PHEV on 10 18th, 2017


Mitsubishi has unveiled its new "Drive for Growth" plan which calls on the automaker to launch several new models and increase investments into research and development.
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Electrified All-New BMW 3-Series Prototype Spotted, Interior Visible Again 17
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW Scoops, Hybrids, PHEV, Scoops on 10 17th, 2017


This marks our second look at the all-new BMW 3-Series' cabin, and it comes via a plug-in hybrid prototype, which is actually a first.
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Polestar 1 Officially Revealed As A 600HP Hybrid Coupe With 93 Miles Of EV Range 17
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Galleries, Hybrids, new cars, PHEV, Polestar, Polestar One on 10 17th, 2017


The new Polestar One is finally out, with the company releasing all the details on their new halo model during a special event in Shanghai.
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