Honda announces ‘Total Electrification in Europe by 2025’, but what does it mean?

Honda had a big announcement at the Geneva Auto Show today, the Japanese automaker said that it is committing to a “total electrification in Europe by 2025′.

But what does it mean exactly? more…

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UPDATE: Tesla Model 3 Imports To China Encounter A Customs Concern

According to recent reports, China has halted Tesla Model 3 in terms of customs clearance.

A new article from Reuters sites Beijing-based global media company — Caixin — in its report that Model 3 deliveries in China are now at a standstill. According to the press report, China has suspended customs clearance for the all-electric Model 3 for “various irregularities, including improper labeling of the vehicles.”

***UPDATE: Seems this potential roadblock is already being cleared. See tweet below:

We hope this “various irregularities” pertaining to the China-bound Model 3 doesn’t have anything to do with actual issues with the car. Fortunately, it seems like more of a “paperwork” issue.

China is well-known to be a solid market for EVs. So, it’s imperative that Tesla makes huge waves in the country. While we’ve read and published plenty of reports surrounding the automaker’s success in Europe, and especially in regards to recent Model 3 deliveries, we haven’t heard much from China. Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives told Reuters:

Selling into China has clear hurdles and this is a reminder of the pitfalls when betting on growth in the region.

The hope is this issue can be smoothed out quickly otherwise it becomes more of a black eye for Tesla and agita for investors.

While the Silicon Valley automaker works to build its Shanghai “Gigafactory 3,” Tesla must import all product, which puts it at a severe disadvantage when compared to numerous and growing EV outfits within the country’s walls. Moreover, local automakers benefit from incentives, which are not yet available to Tesla.

Caixin reportedly made Tesla aware that it must temporarily refrain from selling its Model 3 in the country. The automaker was also told it cannot “use” any Model 3 sedans, even if they’ve already cleared customs, which is very unclear. In addition, Chinese customs agents were informed that they must increase diligence when inspecting these Tesla vehicles.

Based on research by Reuters, 1,171 Model 3 sedans have made their way to China. Of those, some 84 have been officially imported thus far.

Source: Reuters

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Aston Martin reveals Lagonda All-Terrain electric SUV concept

Aston Martin looks to revive the Lagonda brand with electric vehicles starting with the Lagonda All-Terrain electric SUV concept.

At the Geneva Motor Show today, the British automaker unveiled the design of the concept. more…

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See Polestar 2 Electric Car Live In Geneva: Video

We get up close to this Scandinavian response to the Tesla Model 3.

The Polestar 2 has just made its Geneva Motor Show debut. Last week, we got lots of details about the mid-size fastback from Volvo’s electric sub-brand, but there’s no substitute for having people crawling over a vehicle to help us judge its proportions and scale. In the video above, we get some of that as we watch the car get mobbed by auto journos on its big press day. If that’s not enough, don’t worry, we have more below.

As the video quickly reminds us, the Polestar 2 features two electric motors serving up an all-wheel-drive system with over 400 horsepower (408 hp, to be exact), and 487 pound-feet of torque. This helps it scoot from 0-to-60 mph in 5 seconds, though as we’ve said, the team is targeting a quicker 4.7 second time for production.

Motor 1’s Clint Simone also points out the car’s Android-based infotainment operating system allows for native adoption of apps like Google Assistant and Google Maps. As we can see, the screen appears to function with pretty decent speed, though this is something we are keen to test when the 2 reaches stores.

Technical aspects aside, the video allows us to get a better idea of the car’s proportions. Despite being around 3 inches shorter and 5 inches narrower than the Tesla Model 3, the Scandinavian design uses its high shoulders and hood height to convey a certain substantialness.

For another perspective, we’ve embedded another similarly short video below of a gray example also on display. We get a bit better look at the details of the front end in this clip and a look at the dash from a back-seat perspective. The commentator talks a bit about the interior finish of the car and seems to like it, though mentions she is still on the fence regarding whether it lives up to its considerable price tag. In the U.S., the Polestar 2 Launch Edition will retail for $63,000.

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Tesla Model S Shooting Brake Shows Up In Geneva

Once again, we get a look at the Tesla Model S shooting brake.

Just a few weeks ago, we learned that the Tesla Model S shooting brake (or station wagon), designed by London-based Niels van Roij would be making its way to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Well, it has arrived in all its metallic green glory. Interestingly, however, RemetzCar was supposed to build some 20 or so of these variants, but those plans are no longer a reality.

Since the initial plans, the company has closed its doors. This means that in order for multiple copies to take form, designer van Roij needs a coach builder. At any rate, the finished product is on display for all eyes to view in Switzerland.

Perhaps showcasing the unique variant in Geneva is a way to get prospective manufacturers or wealthy car collectors with investment pursuits to bite? We really have no way of knowing what the future plans may be. Nonetheless, we still find this project pretty incredible in more ways than one.

As you may remember, the design employed modifications to the rear half of the car, though the front half and powertrain remain consistent with the Model S in its traditional form. Check out the latest live images below.

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We’ve included RemetzCar’s earlier press release below:


Developed and built by renowned coach builder RemetzCar
Commissioned by a Dutch shooting brake collector
Designed by Niels van Roij Design, London
Series of 20 units planned

Dutch RemetzCar revealed their full electric custom built shooting brake today. Based on the Tesla Model S, the shooting brake was commissioned by Dutch collectioneur Floris de Raadt, who is an avid fan of shooting brakes and has owned several one-of-a-kind shooting brakes. Mr. de Raadt is also an early adopter of full electric driving since 2008. RemetzCar earlier developed the exclusive Tesla Model S Hearse, building upon their extensive experience converting cars with and aluminium structure and body, like the Audi A8. Dutch designer Niels van Roij, who runs an independent automotive design firm in the United Kingdom was responsible for the Shooting Brake design. The project was supported by Dutch premium tyre manufacturer Vredestein.

Mr. de Raadt explains: “The idea was to translate my Tesla Model S into a dynamic and sporty yet elegant Shooting Brake, rather than creating a car with maximum luggage space. Niels van Roij Design developed several options for the conversion, focusing on premium design combined with limited conversion costs: thus making coach building available for a larger group of connoisseurs. Our favourite was the option called ‘Bold Chrome’, featuring remarkable high gloss chrome window trims emphasizing the bold

RemetzCar’s craftsmen translated the Niels van Roij Design sketches into the actual car, leaving the full core structure of the car as well as the crumple zones intact. RemetzCar also a developed a completely new tailgate, featuring a rear spoiler with hidden rear window wiper and brake light. To give the car an even more bold stance also from a front view, Niels van Roij Design added a chrome trim that runs from the A-pillars all the way along the roofline and around the panoramic roof. Finally, the team developed a unique colour, based on De Raadt’s wishes. The green metallic with a twist of gold gives the Model SB an elegant yet striking appearance.

Right after the reveal, the owner will make a tour through various countries in Europe, showing the car to prospects and media outlets. It will have its public premiere at the International Concours d’Élégance Paleis Het Loo, held from 29 June to 1 July 2018 in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Fiat’s Centoventi is a highly customizable concept EV with up to 311 miles of range

Fiat is debuting its new Concept Centoventi at the Geneva Motor Show. An extremely customizable concept EV, the Centoventi would offer consumers the chance to change nearly everything about the car, from exterior to interior to battery range.


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Transphorm’s latest GaN transistor passes automotive qualification

Semiconductor provider Transphorm has announced that its third-generation high-voltage gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistor (FET) has passed AEC-Q101 stress tests for automotive-grade discrete semiconductors. The transistor targets EV applications including on-board chargers, DC-DC converters, and DC-AC inverter systems.

Transphorm’s new FET, the TP65H035WSQA, performed at 175° C during AEC-Q101 qualification testing, which the company says will give design engineers ample thermal headroom when developing power systems. In addition to AEC-Q101 qualification, the FET is also JEDEC-certified.

“Proving device quality and reliability is perhaps the most critical factor influencing customer confidence in high-voltage GaN FETs – particularly in the automotive and electric vehicle markets,” said Transphorm’s Philip Zuk. “To that end, we ensure that our GaN maintains its performance and reliability even in real-world conditions that may be far harsher than what mission profiles call for. As shown by the published reliability data, our JEDEC-qualified Gen III platform has a Field Failure FIT rate of 3, which is in line with that of silicon carbide. It’s this high reliability level that allowed Transphorm to release a Gen III automotive FET at 175 degrees Celsius.”


Source: Transphorm

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

ŠKODA’s funky electric two-wheeler takes DNA from electric cars, bikes, scooters & motorcycles

While most of the impressive new EVs being debuted right now at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show are cars, there are still a few interesting two-wheelers.

But if you think ŠKODA’s new electric two-wheeler concept is an e-bike, then think again. The ŠKODA KLEMENT is part electric car, part e-bike, and part electric scooter/motorcycle all in one!


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OXIS Energy to build lithium-sulfur battery plant in Brazil

Battery manufacturer OXIS Energy will establish a plant in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for the mass production of its lithium-sulfur (Li-S) cells to be used for aviation, defense, and EV applications. The construction of the plant was funded by Codemge Participacoes, a public company in Belo Horizonte, for $60 million.

The plant will aim to produce 5 million Li-S cells per year by the mid 2020s. Phase 1 of the plant, to be completed in 2022, will aim for a capacity of 2 million cells per year. The cells have a theoretical specific energy of 2,600 Wh/kg, though so far OXIS has achieved only 400 Wh/kg. The company is targeting 500 Wh/kg for 2019.

OXIS will pursue two types of Ultra Light Li-S cells, each with a nominal voltage of 2.1 V and capacity of 20 Ah. The first, a high-energy-density cell with over 500 Wh/kg, will be used for small electric aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and high-altitude pseudo-satellites. The second, a high-power cell with over 400 Wh/kg, will be used for EV applications and electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft.

“The decision made by Codemge to invest alongside OXIS to develop and build the first ever lithium-sulfur cell technology manufacturing plant is of great significance to the widespread adoption of pure electric vehicles for worldwide consumption,” said OXIS CEO Huw Hampson-Jones.


Source: OXIS Energy via Green Car Congress

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine