Meet The All Electric Arcimoto FUV

Are 3 wheels better than 4?

The Fast Lane Car recently had the opportunity to test drive the new all-electric three-wheeler Arcimoto FUV (Fun Utility Vehicle), which is now in pilot production stage.

The rainy weather was not necessarily welcoming for testing a vehicle like this, but with the small roof it’s better covered than an ordinary motorcycle anyways (the Arcimoto is typically classified as a motorcycle).

TFL now says that Arcimoto feels like a big scooter and is solid and flat in the corners and quiet.

Is this the future of city driving? Well, it depends if you are willing to pay $11,900 (base model price without accessories and customization) and whether or not you accept that it’s more motorcycle than a car. In sunny states, it could be an excellent city runabout.

Arcimoto FUV


Source: Electric Vehicle News

BYD Introduces New Electric Tow Tractor Models

It offers towing capacity of up to 25-ton

BYD once again expands its heavy-duty lineup in North America by introducing at the 2018 International Airport GSE Expo two new tow tractor models, or tugs – the T250 rear cabin tug, and the T250F forward cabin tug.

These types of vehicles are used as airport ground support equipment (GSE) for both luggage transport and towing of regional jets. With towing capacity of 25-ton, a run-time of 16 hours and fast charging ability in two hours, it could be the workhorse that companies are looking for.

“BYD tugs offer greater energy and productivity efficiencies as well as lower operating costs and easier maintenance, as compared to its diesel, gas or lead acid battery counterparts.”

The press release doesn’t contain specs with battery capacity, but you know, it’s BYD and batteries are LiFePO4, so the pack is expected to be rather big – in three digit range (kWh).

Source: Green Car Congress


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Tesla secures 210-acre land for Gigafactory 3 in China, says ‘on track’ with accelerated construction plan

Tesla announced today that it secured a 210 acres (~860 Km2) piece of land in Lingang, Shanghai for Gigafactory 3 in China.

The company says that it is ‘on track’ with its accelerated construction plan to establish manufacturing capacity in the country. more…

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Workhorse NGEN-1000 Electric Van Enters Production

Workhorse NGEN-1000: 100 miles of range and 6,000 lbs of payload

Workhorse announced the start of initial production of an all-new grill-less NGEN-1000 light-weight electric delivery vehicle at its Midwest plant.

According to the press release, the van’s curb weight is 4,000 lbs (1,814 kg), it can take up to 6,000 lbs (2,722 kg) of payload and offers 1,000 cubic ft. (28 m³) of cargo space. The battery pack of undisclosed capacity enables it to drive 100 miles (160 km) on a single charge.

Workhorse notes its ultra-lightweight design with curb weight less than one-half of what a traditional diesel step-van weighs. The maker says pricing will be on par with comparable diesel trucks. However, an exact price wasn’t mentioned.

“Management believes this weight reduction, coupled with the 100-mile range, will have cost-savings implications that will make the EV alternative to traditional fleet delivery vehicles all the more appealing.”

“The lightweight design allows for 100-mile range, with a smaller battery pack than previous designs, thereby reducing the cost of the vehicle significantly. The smaller battery pack also reduces the cost of the charging infrastructure for the customer.”

Workhorse intends to offer four versions with 250, 450, 700 and 1,000 cubic feet of cargo space.

We are especially interested in the powertrain, as Workhorse states all-wheel drive with hub motors in front. We assume that in the rear there is a single motor for rear axle (so, a total of three motors).

Stephen S. Burns, CEO of Workhorse said:

“For as long as I can remember, we’ve been discussing what the future of delivery looks like and what role electric vehicles will play in that. We are proud to say – the future is here. With an off-the-lot cost on par with traditional fuel delivery vehicles, and substantial savings from there, we believe the NGEN will forever change the business of delivery as we know it.”

Workhorse NGEN-1000 spec:

  • Up to 6,000 lbs (2,722 kg) payload, curb weight is just 4,000 lbs (1,814 kg), 10,001 lbs GVWR
  • 1,000 cubic ft. (28 m³) cargo space
  • All wheel drive
  • 100 miles (160 km) all-electric range
  • 50 MPGe
  • Level 2 (J1772) DC fast charge (CCS)

Features include:

  • Low floor with 7.25″ ground clearance, making loading and unloading easier, and entry and egress safer
  • Hub motors in front provide tighter turning radius than comparable vehicles
  • All-Wheel drive provides surefooted handling in inclement weather conditions
  • Composite construction, enables a lightweight and rust-free body
  • 6,000 lb carrying capacity, robust enough for even the heaviest loads
  • Ergonomic driving position fits drivers from 5’2″ to 6’5″ comfortably


Source: Electric Vehicle News

News: Bollinger Motors B2 Pickup

The Strong, Silent Type

There are currently no electric pickup trucks on the market. Considering the number of gas-powered pickups sold each year, you’d think there’d be demand for at least one. Bollinger Motors, a startup that’s been developing it’s B1 Sport Utility Truck since 2014, now steps into the breach with the Bollinger B2 electric pickup truck, just as big and strong and silent as the B1.

The aluminum body is as angular and boxy as could be, with big Jeep Wrangler-like external hinges on all four doors and squared-off wheel wells. The only thing round besides the tires and wheels are the headlamps, although that could change in the final product.

Bollinger Motors B2

Heavy on function

Both vehicles employ dual motors that together generate 520 horsepower and 514 pound-feet of torque driving, in the pickup’s case, two-and-a-half tons of metal. All-wheel-drive is standard.

Powering the motors is a 120-kWh battery pack that gives the prototype pickup an estimated 200-mile range. Charging is through the usual J1772 Port for Level I and Level 2, and a CCS Port for fast charging. Bollinger claims 10 hours to charge at Level 2 and just 75 minutes at Level 3 DC fast-charging.

Mind-Boggling Numbers

The specs are mind-boggling 15 inches of ground clearance, 10 inches of wheel travel, 5,001 pounds of payload capacity and 7,500 pounds of towing ability. The truck sports a hydro-pneumatic suspension and in-wheel portal gear hubs, too. It should be able to go anywhere.

Bollinger Motors B2

Is it hip to be square?

The pickup, with its internal cab tailgate, can accommodate a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood in its 4-foot-1 inch by 5-foot-9-inch bed. But if you fold up the rear glass, you can carry 72 sheets, presumably weighing less than the 5,001 pounds of payload. There’s even a 14-cubic-foot “frunk” up front.

The biggest difference between the B1 and B2 is in length. The B1 SUV is 171.5 inches long on a 118.8-inch wheelbase. The B2 Pickup stretches to 207.5 inches long on a 139-inch wheelbase! You’re not likely to find good parking spaces in the city with your B2, but on the open range it should put other trucks to shame.

Both the B1 and B2 are in prototype stage, but you can reserve one now—20,000 people already have. Production is expected to begin in 2020. See www.bollingermotors.com for details.

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Road Test: 2018 Lexus LC 500h

Breathtaking Design, More Power Than You Need, 35 MPG

The Lexus 2018 LC 500h hybrid luxury grand tourer is deadly gorgeous, unworldly comfortable and blessedly fun to drive. If that’s not enough to get your attention, how does 35 mpg highway and 26 mpg city sound?

2018 Lexus LC 500h

The LC 500h–it’s got the look

The LC 500h and its V8 powered variant is the automaker’s answer to quell criticism that its cars are boring, and too close in styling to the more mainstream cars of parent company Toyota.  Design, borrowed from the 2012 LF-LC concept car, was the blueprint to change buyers’ impression of Lexus, and compete with high-end luxury coupes and sports cars in the $100k price range.

For similar money, buyers can choose everything from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe, an entry-level Porsche 911 or Jaguar’s F-Type R. The LC tries to split the difference between sporty luxury cars and pure sports cars, handling both jobs competently well.

While other choices may be more focused on performance, luxury or fuel efficiency, the LC 500h is the only one that does it all.

Designed To Excite

Visually, the LC 500h is more than just eye candy, it’s a treat for the senses. It looks like a concept car rolling down the road, which is no accident. The overall design is aggressive with voluptuous sheetmetal. This bold coupé starts strong in the front with swept-back headlights and huge scoops, then narrows through the door line before widening to a pair of athletic rear haunches and a pair of rectangular exhaust pipes.

The now signature Lexus “spindle grille” is in perfect proportions to the rest of the car, compared to other Lexus vehicles. It is very recognizable, unmistakable, with styling that can be seen from a far distance. Then there are small details such as door handles that pop out to attention, giving credence that the LC is the Lexus flagship coupe.

Inside, the cabin’s styling isn’t as aggressive as the exterior, but a two-tier dashboard design looks as thoroughly modern as the exterior and integrates the central display screen and relevant controls in a clean way. The look and feel are modern and luxurious with a digital instrument cluster, leather-swathed surfaces, Alcantara-covered door panels. Our test-drive car featured semi-aniline leather-trimmed front seats with an Alcantara headliner.

2018 Lexus LC 500h

Less aggressive, but comfortable

While other automakers rely on touchscreens, voice recognition or rotary click wheels, Lexus continues to use its “Remote Touch Interface,” a track pad similar to what you’d expect to find in a laptop. This setup makes it difficult to navigate through the array of menus needed to access different functions while driving. Apple CarPlay or Android Auto would cure some of those problems, but they aren’t available on the LC.

The driver and passenger will be relatively content, and the seats are supportive and well-bolstered. While there is plenty of space in front, the rear seats will not accommodate full-size adults. However, they are adequate for small children or as extra luggage space.

The only complaint about the interior was voiced by my grandson Gherit: “Except for the hood, you can’t enjoy the beauty of the exterior.” I agree.

At just 4.7 cubic feet, the trunk isn’t exactly cavernous. It’s a tight fit, but a week’s worth of grocery shopping for two or a weekend for two can be accomplished.

A New Take on A Hybrid System

Beyond its knockout styling and gorgeously outfitted interior, the 2018 LC 500h has a new hybrid powertrain that Lexus calls Multi-Stage Hybrid. The company redesigned its two-electric motor hybrid system by mating it to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a four-speed automatic transmission. The big difference in Multi-Stage from the older transmission is the additional four-speed planetary gearbox attached at the CVT’s output. This combination provides the crisp shifts of a conventional 10-speed automatic.

The internal-combustion engine is a new version of the 3.5-liter V-6 that runs on the more efficient Atkinson cycle exclusively and makes 295 horsepower at 6,600 rpm. With one of the motors drawing electricity from a compact, air-cooled 44-kW lithium-ion battery, the LC 500h produces a maximum of 354 horsepower.

2018 Lexus LC 500h

The 500h hybrid is a new system

Compared with the standard version’s 467 horsepower 5.0-liter V8, the LC 500h’s zero-to-60-mph sprint takes 4.8 seconds, just 0.2 seconds slower than the LC 500. So, the question becomes, why would you even consider buying the gas-powered edition that can only serve up 26-mpg highway and 19-mpg city? What, you need the auditory thrills of the V8?

Like other Lexus models, the 2018 Lexus LC 500h has an abundance of configurable drive settings: Eco, Comfort, Normal, Custom, Sport, and Sport+. But choosing one is quite simple, just select one from the stalk mounted above and to the right of the steering wheel on the instrument cluster cowl.

A Truly Pleasurable Driving Experience

Whether running down the road of a two-lane highway, freeway or driving in town, the 2018 Lexus LC 500h is a pleasure and delight to drive. The really impressive thing is how seamlessly all of the pieces work together. The car effortlessly switches back and forth between gasoline and electric power, providing smooth power delivery throughout.  Full-throttle acceleration provides a nice punch from the rear wheels, and the LC 500h can cruise serenely on electric power for short bursts, even at 80 mph.

The cabin felt roomy and, despite the narrow window openings, even offered decent outward visibility. The front seats provided plenty of bolstering to keep me and my passengers in place during hard cornering.

From behind the wheel, the LC 500h always felt like a pretty big car, but it was remarkably easy to place on the road. Along with powerful brakes, that gave me the confidence to really attack corners. Responses were crisp, and the car was eager to change direction, with sharp turn-ins from the nicely weighted steering. It was a joy to maneuver on back roads.

Over the course of nearly 400 miles of mixed driving, our LC 500h averaged 31.7 mpg according to the onboard trip computer. You won’t find another sports tourer that delivers anywhere close to that fuel economy and satisfies your need to drive an exciting and pleasurable car.

The Car For you?

Our test car was equipped with several performance-enhancing options, including $1,440 for 21-inch wheels wrapped in run-flat tires, a $390 limited-slip differential and the $5,960 Performance Package that brings a carbon-fiber roof, an active rear spoiler, rear-wheel steering and variable-ratio steering.  That brought our LC 500h as-tested price to $101,445. Yes, that is by no means cheap, yet it looks as if it costs double that.

2018 Lexus LC 500h

A lot of car for a lot of money

The 2018 Lexus LC 500h offers a combination of performance and luxury that should put it on any buyer’s radar. While other cars shine by focusing on a specific area, the LC 500h aims for a broader appeal without feeling diluted. Plus, the LC 500h has a secret weapon called miles-per-gallon.

In order to give you the best perspective on the many vehicles available, Clean Fleet Report has a variety of contributors. When possible, we will offer you multiple perspectives on a given vehicle. This comes under SRO-Second Road Test Opinion. We hope you’ll enjoy these diverse views–some are just below—and let us know what you think in comments below or at publisher@cleanfleetreport.com.

Road Test: 2018 Lexus LC 500 V8 (Gary’s view)

Road Test: 2018 Lexus LC 500h (Steve’s view)

Road Test: 2018 Lexus LC 500h (John’s view)

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Disclosure:

Clean Fleet Report is loaned free test vehicles from automakers to evaluate, typically for a week at a time. Our road tests are based on this one-week drive of a new vehicle. Because of this we don’t address issues such as long-term reliability or total cost of ownership. In addition, we are often invited to manufacturer events highlighting new vehicles or technology. As part of these events we may be offered free transportation, lodging or meals. We do our best to present our unvarnished evaluations of vehicles and news irrespective of these inducements.

Our focus is on vehicles that offer the best fuel economy in their class, which leads us to emphasize electric cars, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and diesels. We also feature those efficient gas-powered vehicles that are among the top mpg vehicles in their class. In addition, we aim to offer reviews and news on advanced technology and the alternative fuel vehicle market. We welcome any feedback from vehicle owners and are dedicated to providing a forum for alternative viewpoints. Please let us know your views at publisher@cleanfleetreport.com.

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Republican Senator Proposes Removing 200k EV Tax Credit Trigger

The proposed bill would not phase out electric vehicle tax credits until 2022

Earlier this month, Senate Republican John Barasso proposed not only a death to the electric vehicle tax credit, but a brand new tax on EVs (S.3559). So far it has received little backing from either party.

Back in June, a polar opposite proposal was made in the House of Representatives. Democrat Peter Welch of Vermont introduced a bill to remove the 200k credit trigger, extend tax credits for all automakers for 10 years, and create a time of purchase rebate (H.R.6274). While there is some bi-partisan support for a credit extension, such a bill becoming law was unlikely.

Now a new challenger approaches. Republican Senator Dean Heller of Nevada is reportedly seeking the removal of the 200k credit trigger per manufacturer. Instead, unlimited credits would be available for all automakers until 2022.

While we do not have the full language, this is not the first we have heard that Heller was working on a bill. If Reuters is correct, this would be a huge boon to Tesla and General Motors. Both are plug-in pioneers facing the end of their credit eligibility. Thanks to best selling models such as the Model 3, and the Chevy Volt and Chevy Bolt EV.

This seems like a common sense, middle ground approach. Consumers support the credit. Most automakers and consumers support expanding the EV tax credit. A General Motors representative told Reuters that it is important “to provide a federal tax credit for consumers to help make electric vehicles more affordable for all customers.”

However, other automakers told Reuters that they are unsure about Heller’s bill. Reuters reports that some say that the credit should be limited to “vehicles below a certain price.”  Other manufacturers feel Heller’s bill would “penalize” automakers that have not started selling EVs in large quantities. Well, perhaps they should get to work on doing that.

Source: Reuters


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla will launch time capsules into deep space as part of ‘secret’ referral program prize

Tesla has added a new ‘secret level’ to its customer referral program to “launch a time capsule into space” for a select few owners who achieve a high number of referrals. more…

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Miniature Electric Cars Bring Joy To Kids At Children’s Hospital

Mobility as medicine

Hospital stays are not generally great experiences for us adults. For kids, who would much rather be playing at home or with their friends, it’s even worse. To help the young ones deal with the experience, a car dealership in England has donated a number of electric cars to The Childrens Hospital at Leicester Royal Infirmary for them to drive to help take their mind off things and have a little fun, despite their circumstances. The cars in question are, of course, kid-sized but look much like their full-size counterparts.

The gift of the five sit-in cars, plus one RC car, was made by the Sturgess Motor Group, located in Leicester, England. They include miniaturized versions of the Fiat 500, Volvo XC90, Jaguar F-Type SVR, Range Rover, and Alfa Romeo 4c. Unsurprisingly, these are all vehicles the dealership offers for sale to grownups. Sturgess also sells electric vehicles (likewise, we presume, to grownups), including the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Jaguar I-Pace, and the Hyundai Ioniq.

The idea is that kids can drive themselves to the operating room and thus take their mind off the impending procedure. Previously, the staff at the hospital had pooled their money together and had one on hand for this purpose, but it eventually became inoperable and hadn’t been replaced.

The story reminds us that earlier this year, there was a mini-campaign by British Tesla owners to donate Radio Flyer versions of the Tesla Model S to hospitals in the country. One of those involved, Will Fealey, reached out to Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter (tweet embedded below) for support, who tweeted back that he would personally donate some himself.

We here at InsideEVs love this concept and would like to see more of it happening here. Tesla owners with two referrals get a free kid-sized Radio Flyer Model S and so we would encourage them to consider making a similar type of cars-for-kids donation.

Source: CNN, Sturgess Motor Group


Source: Electric Vehicle News

New Republican bill could remove federal tax credit cap for EVs after Tesla hits 200k

These are confusing times for the US’ federal tax credit for electric vehicles as three different bills have been introduced to the legislation to change the law.

The latest would be good news for Tesla and GM as it would remove the 200,000 car delivery cap, which the former has reached and the latter is about to reach, and replace it with a deadline. more…

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