20% Of Car Buyers In UK Say Next Vehicle Will Be Hybrid / Electric

Just 12 percent will go for diesel power, thanks to media coverage of how dirty it really is and government policy.

More than one-fifth of UK car buyers say they will switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle when they come to replace their car, according to new research.

A study of more than 20,000 people by AA Cars found that 22 percent said they would dump petrol or diesel for lower-emission alternative fuels, despite the fact that just two percent of motorists currently run a hybrid or electric vehicle (EV).

The used car website also found that searches for second-hand hybrids and EVs are up 470 percent since 2014.

However, the company says the sudden shift in consumer attitudes may be partly down to the uncertainty surrounding diesel.

Fewer than one in eight respondents (12 percent) said they would choose diesel power for their next car, with 56 percent saying government policy has put them off the fuel. Negative media coverage of diesel was also seen as a deterrent by almost six in 10 (58 percent) of those surveyed.

Diesel fuel gauge in a car

Unsurprisingly, a massive 92 percent of diesel drivers said they wanted more clarity from the government regarding diesel vehicle policy – a need AA Cars said was “further cemented” by the fact that 24 percent of respondents “mistakenly” believe modern diesel engines are as harmful to the environment as older ones.

James Fairclough, CEO of AA Cars said: “The appetite for electric and hybrid vehicles has increased significantly over the last few years, which is in no small part due to big technological leaps forward in the space.

“These advances mean vehicles can travel further on a single charge, charge points are an increasingly common sight across the country and manufacturers are designing more attractive models all the time. These are all contributing to the warming public opinion of environmentally friendly cars.

“The government has been keeping an eye on this increasing take-up and is now withdrawing grants for plug-in hybrids and reducing existing grants for pure electric vehicles. The implication is that mounting enthusiasm for non-traditionally fuelled cars won’t be dampened by removing financial incentives from the government.

“The outlook for diesel cars appears less positive, though, as our research reflects a mixture of misconception and uncertainty among traditional diesel drivers. As it stands, the used car market is following a similar trajectory to the new car market, with an uplift in searches for used green vehicles and a decrease in searches for diesel cars.

“Drivers are clearly crying out for a sense of clarity on diesel cars. A fair voice would help to demonstrate that modern diesels can be clean and fuel-efficient but also bolster the place of green vehicles in the car industry – this isn’t a zero-sum game.

“The pervasive feeling of uncertainty around the role of diesels is distorting and confusing the market for buyers and sellers.”

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Euro NCAP Releases Tesla Model S Autopilot Video: Stops For Object

So much for Tesla vehicles not “seeing” or stopping for stationary objects.

Hopefully, we’ll have much more information soon regarding European NCAP automated testing for the Tesla Model S and other Tesla vehicles. For now, NCAP has released a preliminary video. A link is supplied to look at further details, but sadly, it requires a login, which InsideEVs doesn’t have access to. Nonetheless, one of the most important controversies surrounding Tesla Autopilot is tested and revealed.

We don’t know for sure what has changed and why this test is so much different from those initiated in the past, but clearly, the Tesla Model S “sees” the stationary car and alerts the driver and initiates automatic emergency braking. This is a huge step for Tesla vehicles — and for all vehicles for that matter — since the current/previous technology in almost every current vehicle was not programmed to stop in such situations.

Tesla Model S Achieves 5-Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating (Images + Graphics + Video)

When we are able to access the more detailed data and/or have more information to share, we’ll update this article or provide a new article with additional details.

Video Description via Euro NCAP on YouTube:

Euro NCAP 2018 Automated Testing: Tesla Model S Autopilot

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BMW i4 Arriving In 2021 To Rival Tesla Electric Sedans

It will be the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s electric brother.

In March this year, during the Geneva Motor Show, BMW confirmed it will put into production the i Vision Dynamics concept. Essentially, the model will become the electric brother of the 4 Series Gran Coupe and will be manufactured in Munich, Germany.

According to a new report from AutoExpress, the production version of the study will become the i4 electric vehicle in 2021, when it will debut to fill the gap between the i3 and i8. At the Paris Motor Show earlier this month, the British magazine had the chance to talk to company boss Harald Kruger about BMW’s electric plans and he confirmed the i4 will be launched shortly after the iX3 and iNEXT electric crossovers.

“We have already over 300,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids on the road and more are on the way,” Kruger explained. “In 2019 we’ll launch the Mini Electric. In 2020 the BMW iX3 will come. Then in 2021 we will launch the BMW iNEXT and the i4, so by that year we will have five core electric vehicles on the ground. This underlines our strong commitment to future mobility.”

Based on the manufacturer’s CLAR modular architecture, designed to accommodate gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and pure-electric powertrains, the i4 will basically be part of the 4 Series Gran Coupe lineup and will feature a more conventional design compared to the i3 and i8.

BMW i Vision Dynamics official image

“Yes, you could put it that way. The vehicles will be closer to the cars we have already in market. Look at the iX3; it’s really an i but it’s also an X3. Look at the i4 and you’ll see it’s clearly an i but it’s close to a car whose name may begin with 4,” design director Adrian van Hooydonk added.

The i4 will be aimed at Tesla’s Model 3 and Model S sedans in terms of range. BMW predicts the stylish four-door vehicle will be able to travel up to 375 miles (600 kilometers) between two charges, while the iNEXT will be “on top of that.”

Source: AutoExpress

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Sensata Technologies acquires GIGAVAC for $233 million

Gigavac Contactor HX241 group

Industrial sensor specialist Sensata Technologies (NYSE:ST) has reached an agreement to acquire privately-held electrification solution provider GIGAVAC for $233 million.

Sensata is expanding its positions in electrical protection, thermal management and regenerative braking. The addition of GIGAVAC’s portfolio will enable Sensata to tap into the market for high-voltage contactors, which are critical components of both EVs and charging stations.

GIGAVAC’s contactors are designed to provide safe operation at extremely high current levels, and are well-positioned to enable fast charging.

GIGAVAC has over 270 employees, and expects to record $80 million in revenue for 2018. Its products are used by more than 1,500 customers in the automotive, battery storage, industrial, heavy vehicle and off-road markets. Some of these overlap with Sensata’s global customer base.

Sensata intends to maintain GIGAVAC’s existing employee base and its headquarters in Carpinteria, California.

“Over the past four months, we have significantly strengthened Sensata’s overall portfolio by divesting our lower-growth valves business, and acquiring a fast-growing, highly differentiated business in GIGAVAC,” said Martha Sullivan, CEO of Sensata. “The acquisition of GIGAVAC immediately increases Sensata’s content and capabilities for electrification. As we expand GIGAVAC’s customer reach, we expect to accelerate growth as the industry moves toward a more electrified fleet.”


MORE: A closer look at contactors


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2020 BMW i4, Google Maps chargers, Jaguar I-Pace efficiency, Tesla factory: Today's Car News

Mazda Kai concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor ShowTesla acquires land in Shanghai. Jaguar releases MPGe and range numbers for its new I-Pace electric crossover. Google Maps adds electric-car charging locations. And BMW reveals details of its upcoming electric i4. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla announced it has now acquired the land in Shanghai to build its long-awaited second…
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New Tire Uses Tree Resin To Keep Your Electric Car Rolling

Yes, electric cars should have exclusive tires, and Hankook is already on board.

Electric cars are different in many ways. Yet, automakers that strive to garner success in the segment hope to prove that they are much the same as ICE cars in so many ways. While that’s true — despite the lower ownership costs, quiet operation, instant acceleration, and convenience of fueling at home — in some cases, continual upgrading and revamping to available equipment make a huge difference.

Efficiency is key for EVs. While it’s also a thing for ICE cars, few shoppers take much notice. When it comes to EV adoption and range anxiety issues, anything that can be done to curtail that is warranted. In addition, while electric cars are notoriously quiet, you sure do hear the road noise at high speeds since there is no loud engine masking it. Moreover, the instant electric torque tends to wear on tires more quickly.

Welcome the right tires for your EV and you’ll not only enjoy longer range, but also not have to deal with excess road noise. As Medium points out, automakers like Tesla and Chevrolet put tons of time and effort into testing these cars to assure that range is of the utmost, cabin noise is deadened, and the tires will actually last.

The publication goes on to say that Goodyear, among others, have already come out with EV tires that hope to combat all of the above. Moreover, Hankook has just released a competing, revolutionary tire that is specifically designed for electric vehicles. In order to be not only EV-friendly but also environmentally conscious, the Hankook Kinergy AS EV uses vegetable oil resin that is better on wet roads, deals with high torque well, and improves handling and braking, not to mention the fact that it is shown to increase range.

Source: Wired

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BMW i4 to be more ‘conventional looking’, upcoming electric car rendered

BMW’s electrification effort has been questioned by many EV enthusiasts due to the giant gap between model launch and the arguably weird design of the BMW i3.

With the upcoming launch of the BMW i4, the German automaker says that it will be more ‘conventional looking’ as Auto Express delivers renders of the car. more…

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Chevy Bolt vs Volt: Which Electric Car Is Best For You?

If you aren’t sure about the difference between a Chevy Bolt and Volt, you’re not alone.

The decision by General Motors to give the company’s two plug-in electric vehicles such similar names was bound to create confusion. “Did you say Bolt or Volt?” is a common refrain among EV shoppers.

To add more confusion, mainstream consumers are uncertain about the differences between a hybrid like the Volt and an electric vehicle like the Bolt. But it’s precisely this technological distinction that distinguishes the two vehicles, as follows:

  • The Chevrolet Bolt (with a B) is a pure electric vehicle. The only source of the Bolt’s propulsion is an electric motor. To “fuel” a Bolt, you plug it in to charge its battery pack. You never go to the gas station because the Bolt doesn’t have an engine, gas tank, or a tailpipe.
  • The Chevrolet Volt (with a V) is a plug-in hybrid. It has two power plants. The Volt uses both a battery to power an electric motor and a gas tank to power an internal combustion engine. Sometimes the Volt works and feels like an electric car and other times it functions as a regular gasoline vehicle. Volt drivers plug in their cars on most days but only visit a gas station a few times a year.

Drivers of the Chevrolet Volt almost never go to a gas station. But the gas engine is available for long trips.

Both cars are among the most efficient vehicles on the road. For practical purposes, the big difference between the two vehicles is the size of their battery packs. In this case, size does matter. The battery pack size is the main factor that determines how far you can go on electrons. While the Bolt has a much larger battery pack and can go nearly 240 miles on a charge, when its battery is depleted, you have to stop and recharge. On the other hand, when the electric juice runs out on a Volt after about 50 miles, the onboard gasoline engine fires up and runs until you have a convenient opportunity to plug it back in.

How Far Can You Go on Electricity?

The Chevy Bolt’s 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack provides an estimated 238 miles of range.

Bolt: The Bolt can store an ample 60 kilowatt-hours of energy. It has an EPA-estimated driving range of 238 miles on a single charge. Considering that American commuters, on average, drive about 40 miles per day, the Bolt can provide several days of service before needing to be charged. Nonetheless, most Bolt drivers plug in every night before they go to sleep so they can wake up the next morning with a full battery pack capable of those 238 miles of driving.

The EPA rates the Bolt’s efficiency at the equivalent of 119 miles per gallon, in combined city/highway driving. But the most important number to consider is its 238-mile range, which is extraordinary for an affordable electric car that only costs around $30,000 after the federal government’s $7,500 tax credit is considered.

The Volt’s 18.4 kilowatt-hour pack stores enough to cover more than 50 miles of driving purely on electricity.

Volt: At 18.4 kilowatt-hours, the Volt’s battery pack is pipsqueak compared to what’s in the Bolt. That’s the point. With a plug-in hybrid like the Volt, the idea is to provide just enough energy storage for a single day’s needs, and then to rely on gasoline for road trips. The Volt is estimated by the EPA to travel 53 miles purely on electricity. After that, the Volt uses gasoline from an 8.9-gallon tank to power a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The Volt’s total combined driving range of electricity and gasoline is 420 miles.

The Volt’s EPA combined city/highway efficiency rating is the equivalent of 106 miles per gallon. That’s when the Volt is operating as an electric car. When the 18.4 kilowatt-hour battery is depleted, and the car starts working like a conventional no-plug hybrid, its efficiency falls to 42 mpg, which is still quite thrifty on fuel.

Winner: Chevy Bolt
The Bolt’s 238 miles of driving range beats the Volt’s 53 miles.

Which Car Is More Fun To Drive?

The Chevy Bolt reaches 60 miles per hour in about 6.5 seconds.

Bolt: Many consumers don’t realize electric cars are very quick off the line. The Bolt sprints from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a brisk 6.5 seconds. It completes a quarter-mile in about 15 seconds. The Bolt’s top speed is governed to 91 miles per hour. The EV’s powertrain provides 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque via a one-speed automatic transmission.

With the heavy battery pack positioned beneath the cabin floor, the Bolt has a lower center of gravity than the Volt, which gives the car a solid feel. When you shift the Bolt into Sport mode, it adds even more driving excitement. And there’s a Low gear setting that maximizes the regenerative braking so the car slows down to a stop without needing to use the brake pedal. The combination of Sport mode and Low create both an enjoyable and efficient driving experience.

The 0-60 mph performance of the Volt is about 7.5 seconds.

Volt: Car publications, such as Edmunds and MotorTrend, peg the Volt’s zero-to-60 performance at about 7.5 seconds. Its 101-horsepower, 1.5-liter engine and its pair of electric motors combine to produce 149 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque.

The second-generation Volt, which was introduced in 2016, operates more like a traditional hybrid than the first-gen model, finding the best combination of electric and gas power for maximum efficiency and performance, depending on the driver’s inputs and road conditions. Even when the battery is depleted, the Volt could pull power from the electric motor to exclusively operate the car under 15 miles per hour. Similarly, the gas engine could contribute torque when power is needed, even though the battery pack is not yet depleted. The Volt’s driving manners are also hybrid-like because it uses a smooth continuously-variable transmission (CVT), whereas the Bolt deploys a more responsive single-speed all-electric transmission.

Winner: Chevy Bolt
The Bolt reaches 60 mph about one second faster than the Volt.

Charging Times for The Bolt and Volt

Using a quick charger, the Bolt can add 90 miles of range in about 30 minutes.

Bolt: Plugging in an electric car takes about 10 seconds. After you pull into your garage or driveway, you simply reach for the connector from a wall-mounted 240-volt charging unit and place it in the Bolt’s inlet on the driver-side front panel. This assumes that you have access to a home charging station, which commonly costs a few hundred dollars to purchase and install. With the Bolt’s 7.2-kilowatt onboard charger, you can add about 25 miles of driving range in one hour. When charging at home, the cost for the equivalent of a gallon of gas is about one dollar, although it varies depending on where you live.

The Bolt has a big, 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack. On the rare days when you arrive home on an empty battery, it would take a full overnight charge of eight to nine hours to restore all 238 miles of driving range. But in a typical day of driving of about 40 miles, it takes less than two hours to restore the full supply of energy. It’s possible – but not advisable – to rely on a regular 110-volt charge that only adds about four miles of driving range per hour.

Chevy also offers an optional $750 fast-charging port for the Bolt. This could be helpful for road trips because it allows you to add about 90 miles of range in around 30 minutes from certain types of public chargers. The fast charger can be extremely helpful for a trip of 300 to 400 miles. But even with the fast-charging port, road trips require planning a route with highway-based charging stations that use the CCS standard.

The 2019 Volt has a 7.2-kW charger that fully charges the car in about 2.5 hours.

Volt: The beauty of a plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt is that it eliminates so-called range anxiety. If the Volt’s 18.4-kWh, 53-mile battery pack gets depleted, just spin over to a gas station and fill ‘er up. You can travel coast to coast using the Volt’s 42-mpg gas engine, just like you would take a road trip with an internal combustion car.

However, for nearly every day of the year, you can charge up at home, thereby avoiding the need to go to a gas station or spew emissions from the tailpipe. Many Chevy Volt owners say they visit a gas station only two or three times a year.

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt offers the same 7.2-kilowatt charging speed as the Chevy Bolt. Considering that the Volt’s battery is less than one-third the size as what’s on the Bolt, you can refill the pack with a 240-volt source in less than 2.5 hours. If you have can charge during the day, then your Volt’s battery is even less likely to run out of energy, so you can stay in electric mode longer. The 7.2-kW system is standard on the Volt Premier. It’s optional on the Volt LT, though, which otherwise would take twice as long to charge using a 3.6-kW charger.

Given the Volt’s relatively small battery pack and backup gas engine, the quick-charging capability is unnecessary.

Winner: Toss-up.
The Bolt and Volt use the same 7.2-kW charger so the rate of restoring range is the same.

Comparing Passenger and Cargo Space

The Bolt’s interior space measures 94.4 cubic feet, which is four more cubes than the Volt’s space.

Bolt: The Chevrolet Bolt is a tall, upright compact hatchback. But it’s interior space measuring 94.4 cubic feet is bigger than you might expect. It has an upright, SUV-like high driver position with excellent visibility.

The five-seat Bolt EV comfortably seats two adults in the back – or three people can squeeze in with reasonable space for short trips. Because there’s not a tunnel running down the center of the floor, the middle seat in the back has good foot room. However, the cushions are somewhat flat.

With all the seats up and in use, there are 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The Bolt offers 60/40 folding seats to create more space. Knock down all the seats for an SUV-like 56.6 cubic feet of cargo space.

Volt: The Chevy Volt is a low-slung, sedan-like compact. Its length is 180.4 inches compared to the Bolt’s more stubby 164 inches. The Volt’s wheelbase is also nearly four inches longer. However, the Volt’s 90.2 cubic feet of passenger volume is four cubes smaller than the Bolt, and you feel it. The Volt’s cabin is also lower to the ground with a height measurement of 56.4 inches compared to the Bolt’s 62.9 inches.

The Volt nominally has five seats, but the middle rear seat is very tight because of the battery tunnel. Thick roof pillars also compromise driver visibility some drivers. The Volt offers a modest 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space, significantly less than what the Bolt provides. When you fold down the Volt’s seats, the cargo area expands to an estimated 30 cubic feet. (GM doesn’t provide the exact number.)

Winner: Chevy Bolt.
The Bolt looks smaller from the outside but provides more interior space than the Volt.

The Price For a Bolt Versus a Volt

The Volt has a lower entry-level price than the Bolt.

Bolt: The Bolt EV is available in two trim levels: the base LT at $36,620 and the Premier trim for $40,905. Most shoppers will qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit, as well as some state and local incentives depending on where you live. The two trim levels use the same powertrain and differ mostly on cabin and safety features.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier includes leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel, as well as Surround Vision (for a bird’s-eye view of the car’s surroundings), blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. The LT is well equipped with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Proximity-key entry and push-button start, a Backup camera, and 4G LTE with mobile Wi-Fi. A Comfort and Convenience package can be added for $550, bringing heated seats and a heated steering wheel. The $500 Driver Confidence package, meanwhile, provides blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

The Bolt starts as low as $29,995, after the federal tax credit (excluding destination charges).

Volt: The base Chevy Volt LT begins at $33,220, a few thousand dollars less than the Bolt’s starting price. The upper-trim Volt Premier at $37,570 also beats the sticker for the Bolt Premier. The Volt Premier adds an eight-speaker Bose audio system, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and automatic parking assist. Volt customers also have the option of the Driver Confidence and Comfort packages available on the Bolt.

The Volt starts as low as $26,595 after the federal tax credit (excluding destination charges).

Winner: Chevy Volt
The Volt costs less than the Bolt.

Bolt vs. Volt: By The Numbers

  Chevy Bolt Chevy Volt
Electric Driving Range 238 miles 53 miles
Battery Size 60 kilowatt-hours 18.4 kilowatt-hours
0 – 60 MPH 6.5 seconds 7.5 seconds
Onboard Charger 7.2 kilowatts 7.2 kilowatts
Interior Space 94.4 cubic feet 90.2 cubic feet
Starting Price (before incentives) $36,620 $33,220

**Note: Our apologies for the red font in the graphic above. We are currently experiencing some technical TablePress issues.

All things considered, the Bolt wins the battle over its sibling plug-in car.

As you can see, the two vehicles might have nearly identical names but they are quite different. Nonetheless, based on all their respective features, we can declare an overall winner and the best car for different types of drivers.

Best Overall: Bolt
The Chevrolet Bolt’s combination of long-distance electric driving, fun behind the wheel, and creature comforts give it a decisive edge over the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid. However, until there is ubiquitous fast-charging along major highway routes, the Volt is a better choice for drivers who frequently take to the open road for long journeys, don’t have access to a 240-volt charger, or those who tend to worry about driving range.

Best for Drivers Taking Frequent Long-Distance Road Trips: Volt

Best Value Especially If You Can Charge Throughout the Day: Volt

Best If You Want to Entirely Dump the Pump: Bolt

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2019 Jaguar I-Pace gets official range, MPGe ratings

2019 Jaguar I-Pace, photographed outside Tesla Store, Mount Kisco, NYNow that it has finally delivered the first retail example of its I-Pace, Jaguar has released official range and MPGe estimates for this new luxurious electric crossover. As we reported on Monday, the I-Pace is rated at 234 miles of range, a little short of the 240 that Jaguar indicated it was aiming for in earlier press drives. For comparison…
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BMW Will Tone Down Crazy Styling On Electric Cars

Time for BMW to get back to reality.

It’s true, the BMW i3 and i8 are pretty futuristic and ultimately unique. However, while they may appeal to some, they aren’t necessarily cars built for the masses. BMW may have had a goal to attract consumers to the brand by offering EVs that are “different.” But now, as the automaker moves forward in its execution of more electrified models, the goal will be to dial back this styling that some see as absurd.

BMW i head designer Adrian van Hooydonk revealed that as time moves forward, BMW has plans to take a more conservative design approach with its upcoming EV entrants. While the i3 was somewhat of a global success early on and is still popular overseas, not to mention the very distinctive i8, it’s time for BMW to become much more realistic regarding its electric car offerings. van Hooydonk told Autocar:

Electric mobility will spread through our entire vehicle range in quite a short space of time – to the point that electric or plug-in hybrid is just another option box you tick as you order the car.

The fact is that BMW customers want a dynamic car, whether it is a battery-electric vehicle or not, and so there’s is increasingly less reason to make these kinds of cars look different.

Still, van Hooydonk did remind that the BMW i brand has been and continues to be about the utmost in innovation. He shared:

The i brand stands for inspiration and innovation, and electrification is not the only area of our industry that marks a significant change. It’s pretty clear that there will still be i cars, and that the designers will be able to search for different things.

With all of that being said, we can clearly see that products like the iNext are more than bordering on extreme futuristic vibes, but that’s just another BMW concept. Meanwhile, the BMW i4 (pictured at the top of the page) may be a bit less polarizing. Moreover, the iX3 SUV, which may be the next big BMW EV, is considerably more mainstream.

Source: Autocar

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