Nissan to offer electric drive for all new cars in Japan

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Nissan Motor will sell electric-drive versions of all new and redesigned models to hit the Japanese market starting in fiscal 2020 as it shifts further away from gasoline power under tighter emissions rules, Nikkei has learned.

The automaker will roll out an electric sport utility vehicle as early as the second half of 2020 and an electric version of its mainstay Dayz minicar in 2021.

Nissan will also offer hybrid versions of the Kicks SUV, which comes to Japan this summer, and of the Note subcompact. The X-Trail SUV will also be offered as a hybrid when redesigned next year. These hybrids will use the company’s proprietary e-Power system.

A quarter of Nissan’s new-vehicle sales in Japan in fiscal 2018 consisted of the Leaf electric car or e-Power hybrids. It aims to expand this share to 50% in fiscal 2022. […]

Video » The Winner’s Curse » Why can’t Formula E drivers win back-to-back races?

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Some people call Formula E the most unpredictable sport on the planet – and with good reason! Over the past eight races there has been eight different winners. But something strange has occurred after most of the victories, with the winner tending to struggle in the next race, and nobody winning back-to-back races since season 4. Is there a curse? Are voodoo dolls being made of our drivers? Or is there a more logical explanation?

By the end of 2021, BMW will be offering five all-electric EVs. By the end of 2023, they may have a new BMW 7 Series, with an all-electric option

BMW i4 Concept

BMW i4 Concept

The BMW Group reports it is living up to its commitment to reduce CO2 levels for its European new car registrations. They also report they are increasing their number of all-electric and plug-in hybrid drivetrains.

Oliver Zipse, chairman of the board, confirmed that the flagship Series 7 sedan will be offered as an all-electric model.

BMW Group News Release »

By the end of 2021, the company intends to have more than one million vehicles with all-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrains on the roads. At that stage, the BMW Group will offer five all-electric series production vehicles. Alongside the BMW i3, demand for which increased for the sixth year in succession, production of the all-electric MINI Cooper SE was commenced at the Oxford plant (UK) towards the end of 2019. The BMW iX3 will go into production this year at the plant in Shenyang, China, followed in 2021 by the BMW iNEXT in Dingolfing, Germany, and the BMW i4 at the Munich plant – all of which will be equipped with fifth-generation electric drivetrain technology.

The next generation of the BMW 7 Series will mark a new milestone. The BMW brand’s flagship vehicle also offers customers the “Power of Choice” and is set be available with four different types of drivetrain: as a highly efficient diesel- or petrol-driven car, as an electrified plug-in hybrid and, for the first time, as an all-electric BEV model, which will also be equipped with a fifth-generation electric drivetrain. Offering such a comprehensive range is a clear expression of the BMW Group’s aspiration to enable every customer to choose the technology best suited to realise sustainable mobility.

By 2023, the BMW Group will already have 25 electrified models on the roads – more than half of them all-electric. The key to achieving this objective is having intelligent vehicle architectures that, with the aid of a highly flexible production system, enable a model to be powered fully electrically, as a plug-in hybrid or with a combustion engine. With these prerequisites in place, the company is in an ideal position to meet demand in each relevant market segment and offer its customers a genuine power of choice between the various drive types. By 2021, demand for electrified vehicles is predicted to double compared to 2019. The BMW Group then expects to see a steep growth curve up to 2025, with sales of electrified vehicles growing on average by more than 30 percent p.a. […]

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Air pollution and CO2 levels fall significantly during Coronavirus pandemic forced slowdown

Matt McGrath, BBC »

Emissions of carbon monoxide, mainly due to cars and trucks, have fallen by around 50% for a couple of days this week according to researchers at Columbia University.

They have also found that there was a 5-10% drop in CO2 over New York and a solid drop in methane as well.

“New York has had exceptionally high carbon monoxide numbers for the last year and a half,” said Prof Róisín Commane, from Columbia University, who carried out the New York air monitoring work.

“And this is the cleanest I have ever seen it. It’s is less than half of what we normally see in March.” […]

Video » The Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle » At US$30,000 it’s way overpriced, yet amazing » Is it worth it? » Electrek’s review

Micah Toll, Electrek »

When it comes to performance, Harley wasn’t messing around. The 78kW (105hp) motor is more than you’ll ever need. In Sport Mode, the acceleration is outrageous, blasting you to 60 mph (96 km/h) in around 3 seconds. Though “blasting” isn’t the right word, actually. In fact, it’s almost eerie how smooth it is. I almost felt like the speedometer on the digital screen was lying to me because the launch feels so…. calm. So relaxed. It felt like I couldn’t possibly have reached these speeds so quickly, so calmly. One moment I’m waiting at rest for the on-ramp light to turn green. Three seconds later I’m at highway speed. And it feels like not much happened in between. One second I’ve got two feet on the ground. The next second is a gentle blur.

I didn’t reach the bike’s top speed of 110 mph (177 km/h), but I went faster than I ever planned to (and faster than I should probably admit). And considering how much the bike still wanted to give, I have no doubt that the electronically limited 110 mph top speed is attainable. Not that anyone would ever really need it. […]


Unique Nottingham 30-day ‘try before you buy’ electric vehicle loan project

The following from a DriveElectric blog post about one of their programs.

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DriveElectric has managed the EV trials for the Nottingham ULEV Experience including providing the vehicles, booking the 30-day loans, providing a handover about the vehicles and charging, being available throughout the trial to answer any queries, and even arranging insurance if required.

The vehicle fleet included some of the very latest EVs such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro, which are long-range EVs, capable of between 250-300 miles per charge, and these vehicles proved to be the cars that were most in demand. A total of 52 organisations in Nottingham have enjoyed 72 EV loans over the last 18 months, with 20 EVs being adopted as a result so far.

As well as businesses, public sector organisations can be successful ULEV early adopters for a range of reasons, including due to the driving cycles of their fleets often being ideally suited to electric vehicles. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is one example of such an organisation, which trialled EV loans from the ULEV Experience. The project provided Renault Kangoo and Nissan e-NV200 electric vans for a month to allow the Transport and Logistics team to assess the suitability of the vehicles.

Following the trial, positive feedback was received about the larger Nissan e-NV200 van in particular. As well as the electric vans having zero emissions, lower whole-life costs, and being suitable for the required duties, employees preferred the driving experience of the EVs. The Trust now operates two Nissan e-NV200s and based on running these vehicles to date, 40 vans could be swapped to EVs. […]

The Norwegian Automobile Federation conducted a winter test of 20 EVs and concluded they have a range loss of close to 20 percent in winter conditions and charge slower

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The Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) has tested the range and charge time of popular electric vehicles in winter conditions. 20 vehicles were driven until they stopped completely and shut down, to measure their real world range.

  • EVs don’t suddenly shut down when they run out of power. Drivers are given several warnings and can maintain regular speed until the very last miles.
  • EVs on average lose 20 percent of their range in colder climate.
  • EVs charge more slowly in cold temperatures.


NAF collected 20 of the best-selling electric car models you can buy from Norwegian dealerships as of January 2020.

The test focused on range, consumption and charging time. To test all the cars equally, the test drive was performed without preheating of neither cabin nor battery. All cars drove the same route on the same day, with similar style of driving, and climate control settings.

The test route consisted of city driving, highways and country roads in speeds from 60 kmh (37 mph) to 110 kmh (68 mph). All the cars had one climb through a mountain pass. The longest running cars climbed two mountain passes.

Cars tested »

See the full results of the test at the NAF site, including test results for each individual car.

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Gustavo Henrique Ruffo at InsideEVs provides his views »

The tests started in Oslo and ended in Hafjell, which is normally a 200 km (124 mi) journey, but the evaluation extended that route to 482 km (300 mi) to cope with the cars with more range. They went through city and highway driving and at least a mountain pass. Speeds ranged from 60 km/h (37 mph) to 110 km/h (68 mph). The idea was to run the EVs until the battery was completely discharged.

NAF also performed a charging test from around 10 percent to a minimum of 80 percent of charge. It was conducted at -2ºC (28.4ºF), and all cars were driving for at least two hours to ensure their batteries were warm.

The first thing the association discovered was that the tested EVs present around 18.5 percent less range than their manufacturers state on WLTP. The worst one was in this was the Opel Ampera-e, a car that you are more used to calling Chevy Bolt. With a WLTP range of 423 km, it managed to run only 296.9 km, or 29.81 percent less.  […]

Mercedes-Benz is adding new plug-in hybrids across their lineup as they step up their efforts to help reduce CO2 emissions and meet stringent EU targets

CLA Coupé, CLA Shooting Brake, and GLA now with EQ Power

CLA Coupé, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA now with EQ Power

Mercedes is expanding its low-emission plug-in hybrids with its compact CLA coupe, CLA Shooting Brake station wagon, and GLA SUV

Mercedes-Benz News Release »

Mercedes‑Benz Cars is continually increasing its range of plug-in hybrids under the EQ Power label. With the CLA 250 e Coupé (combined fuel consumption 1.5-1.4 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 35-31 g/km, combined electrical consumption 15.1-15.0 kWh/100 km)1, CLA 250 e Shooting Brake (combined fuel consumption 1.6-1.4 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 37-33 g/km, combined electrical consumption 15.4-14.8 kWh/100 km)[1] and GLA 250 e (combined fuel consumption 1.8-1.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 42-38 g/km, combined electrical consumption 16.1-15.5 kWh/100 km)[2], Mercedes-Benz is completing the range of EQ Power models in the compact-car family with the third-generationhybrid drive system. The new models can be ordered in spring of this year, with the market launch following just a few weeks later. […]

More » Electric Cars Report, Green Car Congress

Updated March 18, 2020

Mercedes are also adding seven plug-in hybrid versions of their E-class Saloon and Estate.

Automotive News »

Mercedes’ parent Daimler aims to cut its CO2 emissions by 20 percent to comply with the EU’s CO2 reduction goals that came into effect this year. “We are within striking distance of meeting the target,” CEO Ola Kallenius said.

“By the end of 2020, we want to double our sales of mild hybrids and quadruple the share of xEVs [plug-in vehicles],” Kallenius told reporters on a Web call in place of interviews planned for the canceled Geneva auto show.

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Road and Track » The Model Y proves that Tesla has learned a lot

Mack Hogan, Road and Track »

It’s a Model 3 SUV.

That means it’s incredibly quick, hitting 60 in 3.5 seconds. It keeps Tesla‘s Autopilot system which is a competent driver assist, though we must note that—though Tesla has said it will be capable of functioning as a fully autonomous RoboTaxi—the vehicle is not self-driving and should not be treated as such. But other key Tesla advantages, like the Supercharger network and a competitor-besting max range of 316 miles, cement it as one of the most practical EVs.

None of that is particularly new. But Tesla didn’t need new; Tesla was already ahead in key areas. By scaling back its ambitions, it’s been able to deliver a product on time, which delivers everything customers expected, and hopefully won’t have the quality concerns of more novel products. It’s not the most exciting product the company has built, but it shows that Tesla is slowly maturing. […]



Joplin, Missouri offers Tesla land and incentives in their bid for the factory that will build the behemoth Cybertruck (that won’t fit in most people’s garage or underground parking)

Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla Cybertruck

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