Trump fuel-economy proposal writes off rising global temperatures

Smokestacks pollution air qualityIt’s not that the Trump administration doesn’t believe in climate change. It just doesn’t want to do anything about it. In a 500-page draft environmental impact statement concerning the EPA’s and NHTSA’s joint proposal to roll back fuel-economy and emissions regulations, the NHTSA reports that it expects global temperatures to rise by 7 degrees…
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Mazda Flips Rotary Engine, Shrinks It Down For Range Extender

The compact, single-rotor engine sounds exactly like revived rotary that a Mazda exec is teasing.

A new patent from Mazda has the Japanese automaker describing a way to mount a rotary engine on its side for better packaging as an electric vehicle’s range extender. The company registered for the patent in Japan on August 31, 2018, and the Japan Patent Office published it on September 19, 2018.

The way Mazda sees it, the Wankel rotary engine‘s compact size is perfect to function as a range-extender. For even better packaging, the company wants to mount the powerplant horizontally under the rear cargo floor. However, an inherent issue with the Wankel is that it requires a small amount of oil injection into the combustion chamber in order to lubricate the spinning rotor. This patent describes what Mazda’s engineers believe is the best way to orient the oil injector for this layout.

The engineers create an angled, L-shaped passage for the oil injector (see the figures 31, 31a, 80, 81, and 82 in the image below). From this position, the lubrication shoots down diagonally (figure 88) and covers the entire inner wall (figure 64) of the combustion chamber to grease the corner of the rotor as it moves past.

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Mazda says that putting the oil injector at the top of the chamber and have it shoot downward would also work. However, this setup would make the powerplant longer vertically, which is what the company is trying to avoid so as to maximize rear cargo space.

In March 2018, Martijn ten Brink, Vice President of Sales and Customer Service for Europe, confirmed that the company intended to revive the rotary as an optional range extender for an upcoming vehicle. Like the powerplant described in this patent, ten Brink said the engine had a single-rotor layout and no turbocharger. He indicated the mill would sit as low as possible for a better center of gravity and be “as big as a shoebox.”

Source: Japan Patent Office via Ipforce via T’s Media

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Sweet! Transform Segway Into Speedy Electric Go-kart That Can Drift

We can honestly say we’re jealous. We want one of these for our kids … or really just for ourselves!

For a mere $1,149 (early-bird pricing, which may be $1,450 at launch ) you can convert your again Segway into a crazy fast, electric Go-kart that has the potential to burn rubber and drift. And, you can get it by November, just in time for early holiday shopping. The Segway was expected to garner huge popularity early on, due to its self-balancing nature and uniqueness. However, many agreed that it was overpriced and the company released it at an inopportune time.

Nonetheless, there are still plenty of people that own one – which, in many cases, likely sits in a garage or basement and gets little use – and several parks, recreation, and tour companies own fleets of these interesting EVs. We reported a few years back that Ninebot acquired Segway after being hit up with a lawsuit. Now, Ninebot is working to repurpose the personal transportation craft via an upgrade kit. We can only imagine that people will get much more use out of their Segway in this capacity.

The newly imagined EV is powered by a 310-Wh battery and controlled with a kneebar. The new kit gets you a seat, front wheels, a steering wheel, a front bumper, and brakes. Autoblog reports that the newly available vehicle offers three different driving modes. So, if we had the opportunity to take it for a spin, we’d opt for Sportive, which has a top speed of 15 mph. Meanwhile, it tackles a 0-12-mph sprint in just two seconds. Put your young child in it and you can set it to Novice or Standard, which aren’t quite so potent.

Either way, you’re looking at 12.4 miles of range and a 3.5-hour charging time. Based on data that we’ve previously published, many people could handle their daily commute in this tiny beast (although that’s probably not the best-laid plans in most areas) … but still! If you did live in an area with work close to home and a safe route to use your newly adapted drift buggy for travels, it’s important to note that it could handle a payload of some 220 pounds.

In order to make this all happen, the company set up and Indiegogo campaign to raise the additional $20k it needs to move forward. But, the interest must be huge since almost $375,000 has already come in.

Video Description via Longham Technology on YouTube:

Ninebot Gokart Transform Your Segway to A Roadster

The Coolest E-Gokart with Innovated Tech: Transform Segway into A Speedy, Drifting Motorsport.

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Tesla achieves Model 3 production goal for record quarter with 2 days still to go

Tesla had quite the ambitious Model 3 production goal for this quarter and it was hard to believe it was achievable after months of delays.

Now Electrek has learned that Tesla already achieved the goal for a new record production with two days still to go before the end of the quarter. more…

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In August, More Than 92,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Were Sold In China

August 2018 was the second best month ever for plug-in car sales in China

Plug-in electric cars reached a record 5.2% market share in August, as sales hit nearly 93,000 (up 62% year-over-year). The other major factor is that China was responsible for almost half of global plug-in car sales.

During the first eight months of the year, sales exceeded 545,000 at an average market share of 3.1%.

Not the BYD Yuan, as in July, but BYD Tang was the top-selling model in August with 5,043 sales. The second-generation of the SUV, equipped with 20 kWh or 24 kWh batteries, is now at #16 YTD and with a chance to beat the previous monthly record of 5,503 set by first-generation in 2015. BYD Yuan promoted on #19 with not own record of 4,487 sales last month.

Ranking leader BAIC EC-Series attracted 3,028 sales – far from its best times, but probably enough to to bring victory to December.

The other strong result comes from the Geely Emgrand EV (4,647), Chery eQ (4,613) and JAC iEV S/E (4,450).

Tesla apparently sold less than 200 Model X, while the NIO 1,296 ES8.

Plug-in electric car sales in China – August 2018

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Volvo To Begin Sales Of Battery Electric Trucks In U.S. In 2020

First electric Volvo trucks to be demonstrated in California in 2019.

Volvo Trucks is going to electrify its trucks (under Volvo brand and other brands of the group). The first models – the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric – are currently demonstrated in Europe and will go on sale in 2019.

In North America, sales will begin a year later, in 2020, but first demonstration projects in California are envisioned for 2019.

According to press release, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded $44.8 million to California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project.

Under Volvo LIGHTS, Volvo Trucks, together with partners. will deploy eight multi-configuration battery Class 8 electric demonstration units (GVW +15 tons), and an additional 15 precommercial and commercial units, throughout California’s South Coast Air Basin.

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“The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded $44.8 million to SCAQMD for the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project. The Volvo LIGHTS project will involve 16 partners, and transform freight operations at the facilities of two of the United States’ top trucking fleets. Volvo LIGHTS is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.

“This is yet another important step towards our vision zero emissions. We are convinced that electrified truck transport will be a key driver of sustainable transports, and we’re proud to contribute the Volvo Group’s expertise to this innovative public-private partnership,” said Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks.

The demonstration units will be based on the technology currently being used in the Volvo FE Electric, which Volvo Trucks presented in May and will begin selling in Europe in 2019.

“This is an excellent opportunity to show the end-to-end potential of electrification,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President of Volvo Trucks North America. “From solar energy harvesting at our customer locations, to electric vehicle uptime services, to potential second uses for batteries, this project will provide invaluable experience and data for the whole value chain.”

Volvo FE Electric – powertrain with two motors and 2-spead transmission

A variety of smart technologies will be used – including remote diagnostics, geofencing, and the company’s web-based service management platform – to monitor all truck performance aspects of the project, and maximize vehicle uptime.

The Volvo LIGHTS project is an example of the new forms of public-private partnerships that electrification of truck transport will allow, as regions target improved air quality, reduced traffic noise, and reduced congestion during peak hours – because operations can be carried out quietly and without tail-pipe exhaust emissions early in the morning or late at night.


  • Volvo Trucks will deploy eight multi-configuration battery Class 8 electric demonstration units (GVW +15 tons), and an additional 15 precommercial and commercial units, throughout California’s South Coast Air Basin.
  • The project will also integrate non-truck battery-electric equipment, non-proprietary chargers, and solar energy production equipment.
  • The project will reduce an estimated 3.57 tons of criteria pollutants (defined air pollutants) and 3,020 tons of greenhouse gases annually.”

Volvo Trucks – Press conference from IAA 2018

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2019 BMW i3, i3 REx, i3s & i3s REx: Full Specs

2019 BMW i3 – all the numbers in one tidy post.

Since the new 2019 BMW i3 was officially announced and it will be available in four versions – i3, i3 REx, i3s and i3s REx – here we gathered technical spec numbers for comparison. The main change is new battery cells (120 Ah versus previous 90 Ah), which in total stores 42.2 kWh (compared 33.2 kWh) within the same footprint.

The question is whether there still will be customers willing to buy the range-extender option as the new i3 will be able to go some 246 km (153 miles) in real-world driving.

Sales in Europe should begin in November/December.

2019 BMW i3/i3s spec:

  • 42.2 kWh battery
  • 8 modules with 12 cells each (120 Ah lithium-ion cells)
  • Typical range 260 km (162 miles), expected EPA result of around 246 km (153 miles)
  • WLTP range : 285-310 km (177-193 miles) / 270-285 km (168-177 miles)
  • NEDC range : 359 km (223 miles) / 330-345 km (205-214 miles)
  • electric motors: 125 kW / 135 kW
  • 0-60 mph: 7.2 seconds / 6.8 seconds
  • 0-100 km/h: 7.3 seconds / 6.9 seconds
  • 80-120 km/h: 5.1 seconds / 4.3 seconds
  • on-board charger: 7.4 kW single-phase or 11 kW three-phase
  • DC fast charging: 0-80% in 42 minutes at 50 kW

New 2019 BMW i3/i3s (42.2 kWh; 120 Ah)

  • Typical: 260 km (162 miles)
  • Expected EPA: around 246 km (153 miles)
  • WLTP: 285-310 km (177-193 miles) / 270-285 km (168-177 miles)
  • NEDC: 359 km (223 miles) / 330-345 km (205-214 miles)

Outgoing BMW i3/i3s (33.2 kWh; 90 Ah)

  • Typical: 200 km (124 miles)
  • EPA: 183 km (114 miles) / 172 km (107 miles)
  • WLTP: 235-255 km (146-158 miles) / 235-245 km (146-152 miles)
  • NEDC: 290-300 km (180-186 miles) / 280 km (174 miles)

BMW i3 (21.6 kWh; 60 Ah)

  • Typical: 130-160 km (81-99 miles)
  • EPA: 130 km (81 miles) / N/A
  • WLTP: N/A
  • NEDC: 190 km (118 miles) / N/A
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Tesla Readies Australia For Model 3: New Service & Delivery Centers

While the Tesla Model 3 is not yet selling overseas, the automaker is getting prepped.

The huge popularity of the Tesla Model 3 has seemingly taken the attention off other Tesla efforts and especially the company’s global impact. Though the Silicon Valley automaker has been up against production hell and now delivery hell – and it appears that North American Model 3 deliveries have put a hold on just about everything else – work is still underway abroad, and Australia is surely no exception.

Tesla has made a big impact in Oz as of late, mostly due to the success of its colossal Powerpack installation. However, the Model 3 has already proven wildly popular in the land down under. As we recently reported, huge lines formed when the car officially debuted there just last week.

Now, Tesla has announced that it will open a new service and delivery center in Alexandria. The new center will be the second in Sydney, an area where many Tesla owners reside. It seems the automaker is trying to get ahead of delivery logistics hell overseas before it becomes a problem. On top of the new facility, Tesla is also now offering mobile service for owners in  Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. A Tesla spokesperson told The Driven:

The launch of mobile servicing, the new Service and Delivery centre in Alexandria and our expanding Supercharger network are all essential as Tesla moves towards the release of Model 3 in 2019.

The introduction of mobile servicing in Australia is part of Tesla’s efforts to double our global mobile service fleet throughout 2018.

The Model 3 was previously revealed in Australia and customers were told that it will arrive in mid-to-late 2019 with an approximate starting price of $57,000 USD ($77,500 Australian), which after taxes would be in the mid-$80,000 price range in Australia.

Source: The Driven


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Range: 310 miles; 136/123 mpg-e. Still maintaining a long waiting list as production ramps up slowly, the new compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a smaller and cheaper, but no less stylish, alternative, to the fledgling automaker’s popular Model S. This estimate is for a Model 3 with the “optional” (at $9,000) long-range battery, which is as of this writing still the only configuration available. The standard battery, which is expected to become available later in 2018, is estimated to run for 220 miles on a charge.

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Tesla Model 3 at Atascadero, CA Supercharging station (via Mark F!)

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Smart Reveals Forease Electric Concept

Smart celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new electric concept.

At the upcoming Paris Motor Show, smart will present a new all-electric concept – the forease. It’s based on the standard-production smart EQ fortwo cabrio, but refers to the Crossblade concept from 2002 and Forspeed concept from 2011.

We can’t tell you much (no specs released) about the smart forease, so instead, we’ll just repeat after smart: “The smart forease makes it clear that electric cars for use in the city will be anything but boring.”

Since 2017 on, smart has been selling only battery-electric cars in U.S., Canada and Norway. From 2020, BEVs (fortwo and forfour) will become the only choice in all of Europe, too.

Soon after than, smart will ditch the conventional internal-combustion engine worldwide and become an all-electric brand.

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Press release:

smart forease: As uncompromising and fresh as the brand

Stuttgart/Paris. smart celebrates its 20 anniversary at the Paris Motor Show (4 to 14 October) with a show car that interprets and embodies urban driving fun in a refreshing way. The smart forease is extroverted and offers an uncomplicated solution for urban mobility. Seated under the open sky, the driver is at the centre of the hustle and bustle of the city, in which, thanks to the electric drive, they can freely participate. The openness and minimalistic style are a tribute to the pioneering smart concept vehicles “crossblade” (2001) and “forspeed” (2011).

Everyone knows that smart is practical. That smart is cool will be made clear to visitors at the Paris Motor Show by the smart forease show car. Reduced to the essential, it is uncompromisingly open, pays no heed to convention and is, of course, powered by an electric powertrain. It takes up the original motto of smart, reduce to the max, with a twinkle in its eye, standing for the authentic urban mobility that continues to be the underlying concept behind the brand.

Both the smart brand and the smart forease stand for emotionality, lifestyle and attitude. The vehicle owes its unconventional beauty to the opening of the interior to its environment, the absence of a roof and the shorter windscreen. With its radiant, dramatic metallic-white and colour accents in “stream green”, the smart forease promises a carefree driving experience, freed from convention, yet in harmony with its surroundings.

“The smart forease embodies a refreshingly simple form of driving fun in the city, standing for urban electric mobility without compromise – because, if in doubt, smart always opts for a consistent approach. The result is a sustainable driving experience built on freedom,” says Katrin Adt, new Head of smart from October.

“The smart forease is proof that smart thinks unconventionally. Its design is reduced and pure,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Daimler AG. “The smart forease is a statement of urbanity and individual style. It has the coolness of the metropolis and demonstrates a truly free spirit.”

The design: uncompromisingly open based on the smart EQ fortwo cabrio

The designers bring the smart brand aesthetic to life with the smart forease, creating a light-heartedness that results from the unconventional approach typical of smart (ease by being unconventional): unconventional beauty, lightness and energy (energizing lightness) are achieved by reduction to the essential (clever reduction).

Like the concept vehicles “crossblade” (2001) and “forspeed” (2011) before it, the smart forease pays no heed to the convention that a car generally has a roof. It is open to the sun’s rays and the wind, allowing its passengers to enjoy a liberated and pure driving experience. The shorter windscreen offers little resistance to the headwind.

The smart forease cleverly focuses on what is essential for urban driving enjoyment. Its manoeuvrability and relaxed openness exert a liberating and invigorating effect on the occupants. Safety comes courtesy of the two domes behind the seats.

The door handles, which are seamlessly recessed in the door, make for an elegant touch. The smart forease has a paint finish in effect-rich metallic-white. This offers a subtle contrast with the matt-silver Tridion cell and the brilliant “stream green” accents both inside and outside. Some of these are instantly noticeable, such as the contrasting green decorative seams on the upholstery, the green border around the media interface and the “stream green” contrast surfaces on the sides of the seats. Others become apparent at second glance from certain angles, such as the green honeycomb look inside the air vents plus further details on the headlamps and wheels.

The open vehicle concept produces a link between exterior and interior, the entire play of colour being at all times in evidence. The interior therefore contributes to the exterior impact of the vehicle. This is also reflected in technical details in the interior. A particular feature is the two round displays in place of centre air vents in the instrument panel – as if there were not already enough fresh air! The displays can be used, for example, to present content from the “ready to” app, which allows the driver to share their smart with friends or to monitor its functions. The speakers of the audio system, which provide a perfect sound for listening to music or making phone calls, are visibly integrated in the rear wall of the cockpit, emphasising the car’s cool, playful character.

The smart forease is based on the standard-production smart EQ fortwo cabrio and can therefore be driven. It is a tribute to the two earlier concept vehicles crossblade (2001) and forspeed (2011).

It also affords a preview of the electric future of the smart brand. smart is the first automotive brand with its sights set on a systematic switch from the combustion engine to the electric drive: since 2017, smart has been selling only electric vehicles in the USA, Canada and Norway. From 2020, it will be marketing only battery-electric cars in Europe, too. The rest of the World is due to follow soon after. The smart forease makes it clear that electric cars for use in the city will be anything but boring.

2002: smart crossblade for total openness

This is an area where only few concept vehicles have succeeded: unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2001, the “Crossblade” show car met with such an overwhelming response that smart decided to go into series production with it. From 2002, a small batch of 2000 units was characterised by total openness. The smart crossblade had no doors, roof or windscreen. Its driver was able to drive through the countryside under open skies with the wind in their face for an incomparable driving experience. A narrow, tinted wind deflector, extending across the cockpit area, was all there was to counteract the headwind.

2011: smart forspeed is open and electric

Ten years after the crossblade, smart unveiled another open concept vehicle. The smart forspeed was not intended for series production, but as a radical forerunner of the smart electric drive, which was to come out just a few months later. The forspeed combined contemporary urban mobility with the typical smart fun factor. With no roof or side windows, the two-seater featured a low-profile wind deflector instead of a windscreen in the style of a classic propeller aircraft. The result was an incomparable fresh air experience. Further driving pleasure was guaranteed by the responsive, further-developed electric drive with boost function.

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Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus Launches New Electric Truck

Volkswagen e-Delivery is scheduled for 2020.

Volkswagen e-Delivery is another all-electric truck presented at the 2018 IAA. It’s developed in Brazil by Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, which is part of TRATON (Volkswagen Truck & Bus AG), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG.

The truck is in early stage of tests and the production is expected to begin in 2020 – just in time to fulfill orders for up to 1,600 electric truck in Brazil. According to the press release, range is 200 km (124 miles).

Volkswagen e-Delivery spec:

  • lithium-ion-nickel-manganese-cobalt cells (NMC)
  • 200 km (124 miles) of range
  • 260 kW of power and 2,150 Nm of torque (on the wheels)
  • charging to 30% possible in 15 minutes, 100% in 3 hours

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e-Delivery with a powerful drive

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“With dimensions suitable for use in urban areas, as well as functions for convenience, connectivity, safety, low operating costs and energy efficiency, our e-Delivery helps to make the concept of efficient and intelligent cities with rational and productive freight transport a reality,” says Roberto Cortes, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, which is part of the TRATON GROUP. The Brazilians have developed a new powertrain and battery pack for the electric truck. Among other things, this increases the range of the e-Delivery to more than 200 kilometers. The new settings for the battery banks, which share lithium-ion-nickel-manganese-cobalt cells (NMC), ensure high performance. The battery also has a quick-charging mode which reaches 30 percent capacity in 15 minutes and 100 percent in three hours. Thanks to the new powertrain, the e-Delivery achieves an output of up to 260 kilowatts with a maximum torque of 2,150 nanometers.

Also new is the truck’s modular configuration, which makes flexible assembly possible and provides more space for batteries. The vehicle is divided into three parts: a front module with the cabin and additional functions, a middle module with the batteries, and the rear module with the powertrain. The modules are independent of each other, so that the various components and designs can be easily combined for other electric vehicles as well.

The model presented at the IAA has also been improved with respect to its intelligent systems. Pneumatic suspension and a smart payload reading system, for example, synchronize the load and electricity consumption in the eco-drive mode. The brake has three regeneration stages. This enables up to 30 percent of the power to be recuperated during braking. This energy is used to charge the battery. The regenerative brake engages before the pneumatic brake. The entire system can be adjusted according to the charging status or the driver’s preferences. Systems such as the air compressors, air conditioning, steering and water pump are controlled independently of each other, thus optimizing their electricity consumption. Axles, chassis, wheels and tires retain their traditional features and their robustness in the new Delivery line. They share platform components with the diesel vehicle family. Synergies and scaling can therefore reduce costs.

Another new from Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus at IAA is the Volksbus e-Flex, a flexible architecture for the electrification that enables to produce all-electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and range-exended EVs (REEV):

Volksbus e-Flex: Versatile drive

The Volksbus e-Flex is the second important innovation by Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus at the IAA. For this, the automotive manufacturer has developed a flexible architecture for the electrification of this vehicle. The concept can be applied to any of the brand’s vehicles. The special feature: All the variants of electric mobility can be found in a single model. It works with battery electric vehicles (BEV), hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and range extended electric vehicles (REEV). The performance is the same, regardless of how the batteries are charged.

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