Co-Creator Says Keep Your Eyes On BYTON

Watch This Space: BYTON

Individualism in shared mobility; They can coexist and it’s about time…

Recently, the most colorful bikes I’ve ever seen have bloomed like flowers in the world’s densest cities including in my city, San Diego.

Millions of colorful urban flowers planted in soils of asphalt…all a fantastic color, however all the same generic hue. The post-bloom, unfortunately, has been an unsustainable apocalyptic hell of discarded industrial bikes for San Diego and other cities to deal with. We must do better.

A dead flower enriches and nourishes the soil onto which it falls. Let’s learn that fundamental lesson from nature.

Are we headed towards a “generic transportation hell” so to speak in our fast past race towards shared mobility? Dystopian, wasteful, longer commutes, more congestion, more vehicle trips? Queue Johnny Cab in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall. I think my head just exploded.

The answer as always is yes…or…no. It depends on our decisions and how we use the technology.

10 years ago in 2008, three years before the J1772 plug standard was implemented and six years before BMWi sold it’s first electric car, a fortunate small group of us began collaborating with BMW in the BMW MINI-E Field Trials. In my case, three of the BMW Mini-E’s entered service in the city of Encinitas Ca.

Our endeavor in 2008, automotive, civic, and personal was singular. To usher in electric mobility and all its benefits…and to make it stick this time. My personal reasons driving my BMW Mini-E named SUNGAS, was because I was locked in a quest to see if I could sustainably drive on the sunshine harvested from my roof powering both our home and electric cars in the garage.

If I could, then others…Today over 125,000 San Diego households power their home and/or cars by sunshine.

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Last month I traveled to Munich Germany at the invitation and expense of BYTON. I was invited as a “Co-Creator” a group of 15-20 individuals from all over the world, two of us from the USA including my fellow pioneer and visionary from the prehistoric days, Tom Moloughney. As I traveled to Munich my mind was racing with equal parts of past lessons learned and anticipation of listening and learning from the other co-creators and the BYTON team.

What surprised me greatly was that for BYTON, electric, shared, and connected was a given. Move on.

The two-day BYTON Co-Creator workshop singularly explored the field concerning the value of time and optimizing utilization in an ever-increasing autonomous vehicle. User not driver, shared not owned, helpful not hurtful.

Not so much about horsepower or 0-60 times, range, or torque and certainly not about electric drive, but about precious time and meaningful social connections that in the past the car has ripped us apart from. Can the vehicle be used differently when autonomous? What does that look like? How will it benefit the driver? How will it benefit our community? How will it enrich a person’s life? How will it give you more time and improve your time while on the road commuting?

Let’s be real, in a perfect world, a staircase commute or a brief commute is the best, but as our cities get denser and as our population increases around these cities, the trend of longer commutes at stop and go speeds is, unfortunately, going to increase for many. Uggh!

Good land use planning along with a local jobs-housing balance can reduce vehicle miles traveled. New modes of mobility connecting seamlessly with each other and a greater appreciation and valuation of time spent with loved ones or on a personal hobby, or in your community, will also help shorten commutes.

However, we all make decisions and not the same decisions. Nor do we all value the same intangibles. Thankfully we’re all not the same.

Driving in a car can be an awful – repetitious – stress inducing behavior. A prison of sorts that separates us as an individual in a metal box from others. A solitary confinement.

Driving can also be enjoyable. The future, and prevailing thoughts and actions from mobility companies like BYTON, can be extremely helpful, sort of an eraser on a blackboard of past automotive sins.

Clear the air, reduce congestion, make our cities better, give us valuable time by letting us be productive while commuting and partner with nature on as many levels as possible. This is the future I’m excited about.

In my view, BYTON is the smart mobility company talking about this, about five years from now, about what we value most as humans, each other.

Watch this space. I hope to be able to share with you future progress reports as a BYTON Co Creator of a better, not worse transportation future for our cities and for ourselves.

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Tesla misses Model 3 production goal of 6,000 units per week, but on track for overall Q3 goal

Tesla has been aiming for a production rate of 6,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of August and an overall production of 50,000 to 55,000 Model 3 vehicles throughout the third quarter.

Electrek has learned that the automaker missed the 6,000 unit production rate goal, but Tesla is nonetheless on track for its overall third quarter goal. more…

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Formula E develops new off-road Extreme E racing series

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race car dynamic debut during 2018 Formula E Berlin ePrixFormula E, the first all-electric worldwide racing series, plans to expand beyond street racing to remote parts of the planet with a new series. Called Extreme E, the new series would use SUV-like race cars to tackle the wilds of lands such as the Arctic and the Himalayas. Formula E CEO and founder Alejandro Agag confirmed the new series to…
Source: Hybrid and Electric Car News and Reviews Conducts Car Seat Test On Tesla Model 3 says despite the Tesla Model 3’s “dazzling design and technological wizardry,” it’s ordinary as far as car seats are concerned.

We should be clear here that the word “ordinary” is not used to say that the Tesla Model 3 is a bad choice for car seats. In fact, is simply saying that the car is “normal,” much like many other family sedans when it comes to car seat tests.

According to testing, the Model 3 fits two car seats in the second row. A previous video that we shared shows a family with three children in car seats in the second row (above). This really comes down to what brand and size the seats are. Like many vehicles of this size, you’ll likely be able to get three seats in the Tesla, so it’s up to you. However, we’d feel much safer going with Cars’ recommendation of two car seats since the publication has years of experience with testing.

The test results are as follows:


  • Rear-facing convertible, grade A: This seat had ample room and it was easier to connect to the Latch anchors with the convertible’s chunkier connectors than it was with the infant seat’s thin, hooklike connectors.


  • Latch, grade B: The two sets of lower anchors aren’t set too deeply into the seat bight, but the upholstery is stiff so accessing the anchor required a bit of muscle to connect when installing the infant seat with its skinnier, hooklike connectors. With the convertible seat’s thicker, more rigid connectors, it wasn’t a problem. The three tethers on the rear shelf are clearly marked for easy connection.
  • Infant, grade B: This seat had ample room, but we needed to use a bit of muscle to connect to the Latch anchors.
    Forward-facing convertible, grade B: This seat installed easily, but the fixed head restraint pushed the car seat forward on the seatback, which is not ideal. It should be flush against the seatback.
  • Booster, grade B: The fixed head restraint didn’t interfere with how the booster fit on the seat. The buckles are flush with the seat-bottom cushion, however, which could make them tough for kids to find and use.

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These car seat tests are performed using a Graco TurboBooster seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat, and a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat. Follow the link below for more information related to the grading scale and methodology.



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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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Curtiss Motorcycles Unveils “V8” Electric Zeus

A modern-day V8 will all of the power and none of the gas

Curtiss Motorcycles is a fascinating beast. The company originally named Confederate Motorcycles recently changed its branding and adopted “Curtiss”, a name rich with history. The company has also announced that it will be dropping gasoline engines to focus its energy on electric bikes. On the same train of thought, Curtiss is bringing back something from the original company’s past, with a little modern touch: an electric V8.

WEIRD FROM WEIRDTOWN: Video: Curtiss Motorcycles Wants You to Do It

Long story short: in the early 1900s, Curtiss built a motorcycle fitted with a monstrous V8 engine. Forward 100 years: the V8 is making a comeback, but this time, in the shape of a battery. The architecture is similar to the Curtiss Zeus’ E-Twin, introduced earlier this year. However, it’s Zeus’ wife, Hera, that will be getting the royal treatment in electric motors. Hera is the new addition to Curtiss’ godly lineup.

“With Hera, we set out to create the world’s most luxurious motorcycle. Featuring the world’s first V8 battery architecture, an ultra-powerful, yet refined, E-Twin motor, and a 66-inch wheelbase, Hera will occupy a class all her own, ” Curtiss Motorcycles CEO Matt Chambers told Electrek.

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The eight cylinders are in reality lithium-ion batteries that replicate the engine layout of the 1907 Curtiss V8. The “engine” will span the length of the bike and tucked right under the seat, the design suggests the presence of a belt drive. The Hera is still in the early stages of its development so no official figures have been released but Curtiss promises record-setting speeds.

THE MISTER: Curtiss Motorcycles’ Fully-Electric Zeus Prototype

In comparison, the Zeus is powered by two electric motors for a combined output of 170 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. The Zeus’ electric powertrain is signed by another known name of the e-bike industry, Zero.

Hera had a reputation for being a feisty goddess and if Curtiss’ promise of power becomes reality, the motorcycle will be true to its mythological character.

Source: electrek

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Sila Nanotechnologies Raises $70 Million To Scale Next-Gen Batteries

Sila Nanotechnologies secured financing to scale the next-generation of battery materials

Sila Nanotechnologies, the company that develops silicon-dominant anode materials that replaces conventional graphite electrodes (recently also in partnership with BMW), raised $70 million in Series D funding.

The latest investment round was led by Sutter Hill Ventures. Among new investors is the Next47, the Siemens-backed global venture firm, and Amperex Technology Limited (ATL).

Sila Nanotechnologies already raised $125 million since its inception in 2011, and hopefully it will now be able to increase energy density of lithium-ion batteries.

“To hit the future targets of multiple industries, Sila Nano understood that significant advancements in lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology were necessary. The company is focused on developing and now commercializing the next generation of battery materials. Their first products are a family of silicon-dominant anode materials that replace conventional graphite electrodes entirely. Developed for cost-effective production within current cell manufacturing processes, these materials work today and enable high cycle life, ultra-low swelling, and high energy density in next generation battery cells.”

Mike Speiser, Managing Director, Sutter Hill Ventures said:

“Changes in battery chemistry are generational, and Sila Nano is bringing the next one to market. Sila has solved the hard scientific and engineering problems and is ready to rapidly scale up manufacturing to meet the enormous demand for better batteries. We back companies that solve big problems that are worth solving, and Sila is a great example of that. Dramatically better batteries will change the landscape of what’s possible for the phone in your pocket, the cars on the road, and the entire grid infrastructure.”

T.J. Rylander Partner at Next47 said:

“Batteries are a key component in the future of mobility and electrification, but the current technology can’t keep up,” said . “Future progress in everything from wearables and smart devices to industrial IoT and electric transportation depend on improvements in energy density and cycle life. Sila has demonstrated that they have the right technology and the right team to meet these demands.”

Gene Berdichevsky, CEO of Sila Nano said:

“We have spent the past seven years diligently developing critical new materials to improve battery storage capacity. With the chemistry proven we are now moving into a new phase of market application and manufacturing at industry scale. “We are incredibly gratified to be supported by a group of investors from finance and industry who recognize the opportunity, understand the science and share our vision.”

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Podcast: A Weekend At The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance With Modern Mobility Provider Byton

Byton Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2018After spending three days with the Byton team in Monterey, California, at the world famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, I talked to the team in detail on behalf of CleanTechnica about their upcoming M-Byte, which included a ride in the 85% ready prototype. You will also hear what other people had to say about the car. I was recovering a cold … but notice that not even that stops me from talking!
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Grab To Add 200 Electric Cars In Singapore

Grab purchases 200 EVs and partners with SP Group charging operator in Singapore

Singapore-based Grab, a provider of on-demand transportation and a mobile payments platform intends to add 200 electric cars with DC-fast charging capability to its fleet. The first model is the Hyundai IONIQ Electric, although it’s not said that it will be the only model.

The first cars will enter service from early 2019. At the same time, Grab starts a strategic partnership with fast charging network SP Group (SP), which by 2020 plans to install 500 AC and DC charging points in Singapore.

As Grab provides a platform for taxi drivers, it hopes that those who sign up to use EVs, will be able to replace conventional cars by using DC fast chargers, but also improve earnings by up to 25%.

Grab and SP will also use the data to study EV usage patterns and behaviours to improve the accessibility and utilization of EV charging stations.

“Driver-partners on this new model will enjoy preferential EV charging rates from SP, at all their charging stations island-wide. With the cost benefits offered by EVs, they can expect to earn up to 25% more in daily income compared to those on a regular petrol vehicle and up to 20% more daily income compared to a hybrid vehicle.”

“Grab and SP will study EV usage patterns and behaviours to improve the accessibility and utilisation of EV charging stations. SP plans to install its charging points in convenient locations, many within close-proximity to coffee-shops and food outlets. This will allow Grab driver-partners to match their charging time with meal and driving breaks.”

“Specific details on pricing of charging facilities and EV models will be disclosed towards the end of the year when SP Group is expected to set up the first 30 charging points.

New EV fleet to hit the roads in 2019

With a sporty style and spacious interior that will appeal to Grab driver-partners, the new EV model boasts an estimated range of 400km per charge. Driver-partners only need approximately 40 minutes at SP’s high-speed DC charging points for a full day’s worth of driving on the Grab platform. In addition, some of SP Group’s venue partners will offer discounted parking to EV drivers using SP’s charging network. This partnership provides Grab driver-partners with greater time and cost savings, maximising their daily income.

Grab today operates the largest network of environmentally friendly vehicles such as EVs and hybrid vehicles in Southeast Asia and plans to further expand its electric mobility fleet.

Grab and SP Group believe in the impact of EVs on improving the overall health and liveability of cities. With a pervasive charging network and growing investments in EV, Singapore is one step closer to meeting its sustainability goals.”

Lim Kell Jay, Head of Grab Singapore said:

“We have heard from our driver-partners that a faster charge time and longer EV driving range are important considerations for them when making the switch to EVs. We have taken their feedback on board and have negotiated the best deals to bring them concrete savings and the best vehicle model to cater to their driving needs. We are proud and happy to partner with SP, which has a long history of serving Singaporeans. With SP joining our consortium of EV partners, Grab is in a unique position to help drive a cleaner, greener Singapore by encouraging more of our drivers to adopt EVs. Grab operates the largest electric and hybrid vehicle fleet in Southeast Asia today, and we are committed to delivering the benefits from EVs to more of our driver-partners,”.

Mr Goh Chee Kiong, Head, Strategic Development, SP Group said:

“We are pleased to enable the success of Grab’s electrification efforts through our plans to launch Singapore’s largest public electric vehicle charging network. The pervasive fast-charging network will provide Grab’s EV drivers with convenience and speed in charging their vehicles, while helping them to achieve energy and cost savings. This will accelerate the wider adoption of EVs in Singapore and support the nation’s efforts to reduce our carbon footprint,”.

Commenting on the partnership, Grab driver-partner Jason Ryan, said:

“This new partnership will give me access to more charging locations island-wide, allowing me flexibility to plan my day. I am also excited to try out the new fast-charging EVs which will let me maximise my time on the road and increase my overall income.”

Source: Grab via Green Car Congress

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Pininfarina Confirms Electric Hypercar Launch For 2020

Given the Italian coachbuilder’s past, the hypercar should be a beauty.

Pininfarina is generally more famous for its gorgeous designs rather than creating its own vehicles from the ground up, but under the ownership of Mahindra & Mahindra, the Italian coachbuilder looks to become an EV-focused automaker. An electric hypercar arriving in 2020 could be the firm’s first model under this new initiative, and more products will arrive later.

Related – Pininfarina Teases Pure Electric K350 Crossover Concept

Mahindra’s backing will allow Pininfarina to design, engineer, and manufacture its own models, according to The Business Standard. The brand will focus on creating high performance and luxury electric models. The vehicles’ EV tech will take advantage of Mahindra’s knowledge from participating in Formula E racing, too.

Pininfarina has been hinting toward building its own models throughout much of the year. “My father’s dream was to build a car company and his father’s dream was also to build a car company,” CEO Paulo Pininfarina said at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. “Now I plan for that dream to come true.”

Mahindra purchased Pininfarina for $185 million in 2015. Since then, the Italian firm has supplemented penning supercars with showing off concepts for a variety of electric vehicles. The two most recent of them are K350 SUV and H500 sedan show cars. However, the earlier HK GT (pictured above) is likely the best preview so far of what Pininfarina might have in mind for its new supercar. It features a sleek, flowing shape and a pair of massive gullwing doors that allow entry to both rows of seats – although engineering this element for a production model might be a challenge. The HK GT uses four electric motors with a total of 1,073 horsepower (800 kilowatts) that can accelerate the coupe to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 2.7 seconds. Pininfarina equips the concept with a relatively small 38-kilowatt-hour battery but imagines offering a turbine, hydrogen fuel cell, or combustion engine as possible range extenders.

A rumor from 2017 indicated that Mahindra wanted to sell electric vehicles under the Pininfarina brand in the United States and China. “Competing in the U.S. is like the old Frank Sinatra song that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere,” Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra said at the time. “So when you sell cars in the U.S., it forces you to be the most competitive.”

Source: The Business Standard

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2018 Pebble Beach Recap: Electric Domination

The Electricity Was Not Only in the Air

Every August all eyes turn to Monterey and Pebble Beach Week to celebrate and view the most exquisite automobiles from all over the globe.  Nowhere else on earth can such an excellent collection of cars from every year and marque be seen.

In the last few years, Pebble Beach has also become the favorite place for automakers to show off their latest work in electrified cars.  What started off as a trickle a few years ago has become a torrent of a new EVs, new manufacturers and new technologies.  Clean Fleet Report was there the entire week, and here are the new BEVs and PHEVs we found at Pebble Beach EV Week.

*Editor’s Note: Our thanks go out to Gary Lieber and Clean Fleet Report for sharing this exclusive coverage with our readers. Check out Clean Fleet Report here.


Audi introduced a new all-electric BEV supercar concept named the Audi PB 18 E-tron, which gives us hints at the next iteration of their current Audi R8 supercar.

Audi E-tron

Audi showed what may be its new electric flagship

The PB-18 presents Audi’s vision of a pure electric supercar that is comfortable on both a city street and on a race track.  The body is a mix of aluminum-carbon and multi-material composites that ensures a lightweight, high-strength structure.  Powered by three electric motors, one driving the front wheels and two in the rear resulting in Quattro mode.  This combination provides up to 612 pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque that can provide 0-60 mph times of under 2 seconds, an acceleration that is only slightly slower than Audi’s LMP1 race cars.

Power is supplied by an onboard 95 kWh liquid-cooled solid-state battery that on a full charge gives the car a range of 310 miles.  Charging is compatible with 800-volt DCFC SAE chargers. Fully recharging the PB18 takes only about 15 minutes.

Audi E-tron

The Audi E-tron interior looked ready to race

The interior of the PB-18 is unique in that while it is a two-seat vehicle, the passenger seat folds away, and the driver’s seat, controls, and instruments can be moved to the center of the car, giving the driver command of the vehicle in a race seating arrangement.

Despite its racing capabilities, the PB-18 can act like a two-seat GT with a generous 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space and plenty of range.  If the PB-18 concept makes it into production, look for it in the 2020 timeframe as a replacement for the ICE powered Audi R8 supercar. Expect more news from Audi about its electric vehicle intentions with the September 17th world introduction of the Audi E-tron SUV, Audi’s first pure BEV vehicle.


The Bentley Bentayga SUV now has a plug-in hybrid version.  In the last three years, this bespoke SUV has established itself as the pinnacle of luxury in an SUV, and the introduction of the hybrid version keeps in at that forefront.  The Bentayga’s PHEV version powertrain is identical to the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, which shares its platform with the Bentayga. A V-6 drives the front and rear wheels coupled with a 134-horsepower (hp) electric motor driving the rear wheels providing a total of 455-hp and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. A 14.1 kWh battery gives the Bentayga about 20 miles of pure electric range. Look for the Bentayga E-Hybrid to be available in spring of 2019.

Bentley Bentayga PHEV

Even Bentleys will plug in


A newcomer to the BEV space, Byton is a well-funded Chinese premium vehicle brand.  With design, R&D and manufacturing facilities in Nanjing, China; Munich, Germany; and Silicon Valley, Byton is aspiring to build the next generation of intelligent electric vehicles.

Byton interior

The Byton EV uses the whole dash as a display

At Pebble Beach, Byton displayed the first two vehicles its pipeline.  The M-Byte, an all-electric SUV, is the furthest along with pre-production test vehicles on public roads in China, the U.S. and Europe.  The M-Byte promises to be a truly connected vehicle with a massive wall-to-wall front screen, Level 3 autonomous services, a 325-mile range and high-speed DCFC charging.

Byton also gave a glimpse of its second vehicle, the K-Byte, a four-door all-electric sedan with a $45,000 price tag.  The K-Byte aims to take Level 4 autonomous services to production reality.  Level 4 is defined as the state where the car can operate without human input or oversight, but only under specific conditions.  Byton has a goal of 2020 for delivery of this BEV.

Both the M-Byte and K-Byte will come in either two-wheel drive with a 71 kWh battery and 272-hp electric motor, or an all-wheel-drive performance model with a 95 kWh battery and dual motors totaling 476 hp.  Expected ranges for the two versions is about 200 and 260 EPA-measured miles.


While not a household name, Genovation is a bespoken BEV manufacturer based in Rockville, Maryland. Starting with a C6 Corvette Grand Sport, Genovation removes

Genovation EV Corvette

Putting the electricity into a Corvette body

the ICE motor and replaces it with dual electric motors coupled to either a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic and rebrands the car as the Genovation GXE.  With a 65 kWh battery good for 130 miles, the GXE has 800 hp, 700 lb.-ft. of torque, available from zero to redline for a top speed of 220 mph.  The body is massaged aerodynamically with a new front and rear fascia, and well as underbody smoothing.  The GXE is a real hairy-chested supercar in the American tradition, but 100 percent electric.  A first-generation version of the GXE currently holds the world record for the top speed in an electric vehicle of 209 mph.


Jaguar recently introduced the I-Pace all-electric SUV with first deliveries coming up in the 4th quarter of 2018.  It’s a very promising vehicle and the first of many BEV SUVs expected in the next two years.

At the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Jaguar took a bone stock I-Pace onto the WeatherTech Laguna Seca racetrack and promptly set a new lap record for a stock production electric vehicle of 1:48:18. A Tesla Roadster established the previous BEV Laguna Seca record of 1:49:02, and a Model 3 turned in the fastest lap for a BEV sedan of 1:57:50.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar’s setting records and preparing to deliver

Racing BEVs has been problematic for early Teslas with the cars going into limp mode because of overheating after a few laps, but the I-Pace ran into none of those issues.  The I-Pace may be a turning point for BEVs, where battery overheating during performance track driving becomes much less of a concern.

Expect to see this record challenged as more and more BEVs become available with performance packages.

Jaguar also displayed their E-type Roadster electric conversion that will now be available from Jaguar Land Rover Classic Work. Rimac, a manufacturer of bespoke electric supercars, provides the propulsion and battery system.  Two options are available, either a wholly re-manufactured E-type with the electric conversion or, for current owners of 1961 through 1975 E-Type Jags, a convertion to electric propulsion.

The conversion replaces the six-cylinder E-type ICE with a 295-hp electric motor powered by a 40 kWh battery, providing a range of about 170 miles.  The battery, motor and electronics conversion fit where the original engine and gearbox were and makes the E-Type about 100 pounds lighter.


MB unveiled a concept show car at Pebble Beach, the EQ Silver Arrow.  The single-seat EQ Silver Arrow pays homage to the successful record-breaking W-125 Mercedes land speed record car from 1937.  That car set the public road land speed record of 268.9 mph in 1937 on the A5 autobahn, a record that stood until 2017.  While this car will probably never see production, it is raising attention to Mercedes’ launch of its new BEV brand EQ on September 4th.  Mercedes will announce its first fully electric SUV, the EQC.  Expect this SUV to be equipped with a 400 hp electric motor system and a 70 kWh battery that will provide 0-60 MPH in under five seconds and have an estimated 310-mile range.

Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow

Another Arrow in Mercedes’ quiver


A new electric performance brand from Volvo Car Group, Polestar, made its North American Debut at Pebble Beach.  Its first vehicle, the Polestar 1, is a low-volume electric performance plug-in hybrid GT.  Based on the Volvo S60 T8’s supercharged/turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with inline electric motor, the Polestar 1 adds two rear axle electric motors and a 34 kWh battery that gives 65 EPA-measured miles of pure electric range and a total of 600 hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque.  The body of the Polestar 1 is a combination of carbon fiber and aluminum.  Polestar will produce only 1,500 Polestar 1s, with only 500 of them coming to the US.  The Polestar 1 will sell for $150,000 (200 are already reserved) with deliveries starting spring 2019. The next two Polestar vehicles on the drawing boards will be full battery electric vehicles with more mainstream pricing.

Volvo Polestar 1

Volvo’s Polestar performance electric comes to the U.S.


The Porsche Taycan, previously known as the Mission E, made its North American debut at Pebble Beach.  Porsche North America has started taking deposits for the four-door pure electric GT for delivery beginning in 2019.  The dual-motor BEV is expected to have 600 hp and about 310 EPA miles of range.  The Taycan has a modest (for BEV supercar standards) 0-60 mph acceleration of 3.5 seconds and 0-120 mph in 12 seconds.  It features an 800-volt charging system that will add 250 miles of range in just 15 minutes. The Taycan is now in pilot production testing with over 100 vehicles worldwide.

Porsche Taycan

Porsche gets serious about EVs

Rimac Automobili

Croatian BEV manufacturer Rimac sits at the top tiers in the rarified world of bespoke hyper-EVs.  It also is one of the leading BEV engineering firms with a client roster reading like the who’s who of the BEV world.  Rimac is an engineering partner to the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar, Renault, Koenigsegg, Seat, Siemens and Brembo.  Recently, Porsche/VW took a 10 percent ownership in Rimac, mainly for its BEV engineering expertise.


You can have the first or last one available

At Pebble Beach, Rimac announced its third Hyper-EV, the California Edition Rimac C_Two.  The C_Two has four electric motors, one each driving the wheels and delivering 1,888 hp and 1,700 lb.-ft. of torque, giving it that ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.85 seconds with a top speed of 258 mph.  With its 120 kWh battery, it’s good for 404 miles on a single charge if driven at the posted speed limits.  Of course, the Rimac C_Two has all the latest ADAS and will be Level 4 autonomous capable.  If this is the kind of car you are looking for, you better act fast, as only two examples are available, each costing north of $2 million.


At Pebble Beach, Volkswagen showed off its next Atlas CUV, the Atlas Cross Sport.  Based on The Volkswagen MQB architecture that has given us everything from the Golf and Tiguan to the three-row Atlas.  The Atlas Cross Sport will be VWs first four-door PHEV/HEV crossover, borrowing the GTE PHEV technology from the Golf, but mating it with a 3.6-liter V6 FSI powerplant along with front and rear electric motors.  The gas motor is good for 276 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, combined with the front electric motor producing 53 hp/162 lb.-ft. of torque and the rear making 113 hp/199 lb.-ft. of torque, plus a six-speed DSG transmission and all-wheel drive.  While the drivetrain is the same for the PHEV and the HEV, the PHEV adds an 18 kWh battery good for about 26 miles of electric-only driving, while the HEV version has only a 2 kWh battery good for just about 1.5 miles of range.  Like the Golf GTE, there is a variety of driving modes. including performance, which utilizes the maximum power of all of the motors to produce a 0-60 mph at about five seconds.  An “off-road” mode is also available.

Volkswagen Cross Sport

VW plugs in the Atlas

The Cross Sport has an impressive looking interior that is entirely digital.  It will have all of the latest ADAS features combined with the innovative GTE technology. Built at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, the Cross Sport will join the eight-passenger Atlas.   Look for it in 2019.

Surely next year’s show will be even more electrifying!

Source: Electric Vehicle News