Borgward Establishes US HQ In Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the place to be these days.

Following the path of other Chinese startup automobile manufacturers like Faraday Future, BYTON and Lucid Air, Borgward has chosen California’s Silicon Valley to locate their North American headquarters.

However, that’s where the similarities between Borgward and the others mentioned above ends. Unlike the others, Borgward isn’t an entirely new brand. The brand was revived in 2015 after 54 years of inactivity. Borgward previously made automobiles in Germany from 1919 to 1961, and was actually the third largest automobile manufacturer in the country for a while. They also maintain their global headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

Another difference is that Borgward has been making and selling cars since 2016, and has already delivered over 100,000 cars. Neither Faraday Future, BYTON, or Lucid Air have actually delivered a single car to a consumer yet. Borgward’s cars, however, all have internal combustion engines. Borgward’s first electric vehicle, the BXi7, isn’t due to hit the showrooms until 2019. Those showrooms will be in China, Europe, and other markets, but not the United States, since Borgward isn’t planning to enter the US market for another “two to three years”.

Borgward’s President & CEO, Jason Yang, was on hand to speak to InsideEVs at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference in San Francisco, California.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Borgward President & CEO, Jason Yang and ask him why Borgward chose to first develop internal combustion vehicles, and then introduce electric models to their product line when many of the other Chinese startups are going straight to selling only EVs. Yang told me that it was necessary, to begin with internal combustion vehicles because they could bring them to market quicker, and the profits from the sales of those vehicles will fund the necessary R&D for their electric vehicles. Yang also said he believes there still needs to be advancements in battery cost and energy density before electric vehicles will be fully competitive in the marketplace.

Borgward’s Joe Xing, Director of Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Driving, presenting at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference in San Francisco on 9/7/18

“No autonomous automaker has been able to deliver a safe and reliable product. This is in part because the industry’s reliance on real road testing cannot generate enough data to predict human error or other risks at a rate sufficient enough to ensure a reliable response.”

“Our AI platform aims to solve this problem, not just for Borgward’s products, but for the AD industry so that all communities can benefit from safe self-driving cars.” – Joe Xing, Borgward

Borgward is also looking at autonomous drive (AD) differently than the competition. Instead of relying mainly on sensors and field testing, Borgward is developing artificial intelligence technology that predicts risky behaviors and integrates those learnings back into their product development. At last weeks O’Reilly Artificial Conference in San Francisco, Borgward’s Joe Xing, Director of Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Driving presented their work with regards to predictive automotive driving behavior. Xing also noted that Borgward would like to share their findings with other OEMs, to help improve the reliability of autonomous driving for all vehicles.

We’ll continue to keep an eye on Borgward, especially as more details of their all-electric SUV, the BXi7, become available.


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435-Mile BMW Vision iNext CUV Spotted Boarding Airplane: Video

Our first-ever look at the real BMW Vision iNext out in the wild before it boards an airplane for its in-flight reveal.

Courtesy of our friend at BMWBLOG, we catch a video glimpse of a covered Vision iNext before it goes aboard the airplane for a never-done-before type of in-air debut. The BMW-focused site states:

We spotted the BMW iNEXT while being loaded for its world tour. Munich, New York, San Francisco and Beijing. Stay tuned for more exclusive coverage!

Check out the BMW Vision iNext below:

Starting today, BMW will present the Vision iNext in four cities during a ’round-the-world flight.

No concrete details are known in connection with the iNext at this time, but our best guess says, the iNext — if it continues to carry that moniker — will be crossover-shaped and boast a range of 435 miles. It will carry what BMW refers to as the automaker’s fifth-generation electric powertrain.

You can check out some BMW’s most recent Vision iNext teaser video below:

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Compared: Mercedes EQC, I-Pace, Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron, BMW iX3

The Germans are coming for Tesla, and it may not be long before a hard-fought battle begins.

The Mercedes-Benz EQ line is finally brought to life thanks to the reveal of the fully-electric EQC crossover. The segment, although in its early stages of life, promises big things for every car maker. Some of the competitors for the EQC are the newly revealed Jaguar I-Pace, the Audi e-tron and the upcoming BMW iX3. Certainly, none other than the Jaguar have actually been released to the customers, but all of these vehicles are supposed to enter production and arrive on the market in the next 24 months or less.

Even though it’s a bigger car and might not strictly fall under it, the segment is currently controlled by the impressive Tesla Model X. However, with the advent of some new competition from some old carmakers, it makes sense to do a short comparison between these. After all, they are all similarly high priced exert high levels of performance and fall into the luxury utility category.

Below, you will find a chart showcasing all the specifications for these direct competitors. Mind you, the Audi e-tron data is collected from the bits and pieces revealed either through official company statements or simply by quoting the upper echelon people from the German car maker. You’ll also notice the absence of the BMW iX3 in the specifications sheet. That we understand and we will update the chart with the BMW iX3 data once it becomes available.

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MSRP $TBA $70,495 $79,500 $95,000 (German Pricing)
Motor Dual motors Dual motors Dual motors Dual Motors
Battery capacity 80 kWh 90 kWh 75 kWh 95 kWh
All-electric range 279 miles (NEDC cycle) 240 miles – EPA Est 247 miles 249 miles (WLTP)
Length 187.4” 184.3” 198.3” 192.1″
Width 82.5” 84.2” 81.5” 76″
Height 63.9” 61.3” 66” 60.6″
Wheelbase 113.1” 117.7” 116.7” 114.6″
Curb weight (lbs) TBA 4,784 lbs. 5,307 lbs. TBA
Drive configuration AWD AWD AWD AWD
Performance 402 hp, 564 lb-ft 394 hp, 512 lb-ft 328 hp, 387 lb-ft 355 hp, 414 lb-ft
0-60 mph 4.9 sec. (est.) 4.5 sec. 4.9 sec. 5.9 seconds
Top speed (mph) 112 mph 124 mph 130 mph 124.3

With similar power, performance and range, these present a rather interesting dilemma for most would-be electric SUV/Crossover buyers. All of these come with dual motors. In several categories, you’ll note that the differences are so close it’s like splitting hairs. And, of course, if you’ve got the extra cash and want to spring for a higher level Model X, then that vehicle will outperform all of the others listed, but it’s unfair to include the far more expensive versions of the X here.

Count in the vast Supercharger network and the advanced Autopilot, and it’s hard to beat all the positive aspects of the Tesla Model X, but perhaps it’s styling isn’t to your liking. That’s fine, as there will soon be lots of other highly capable options in the luxury utility segment. And choices are always a welcome addition to the world of electric cars.

It may not be long before some different or more powerful and range-happy versions of these three (four if you include the BMW iX3) competitors, take the Model X down from the throne. Clearly, the German onslaught is brewing and we wouldn’t be surprised if some of the upcoming models from the Big German Three actually shuffle things around fully. It’s bound to happen, the only question is when?

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Rolls-Royce unveils marine battery system

Rolls-Royce has released SAVe Energy, a Li-ion battery system designed for ships. Rolls-Royce has provided energy storage systems since 2010, but it previously depended on third parties for the battery packs. The new system is liquid-cooled and modular to accommodate different vessel classes and requirements. Along with The Norwegian Research Council of Norway’s ENERGIX funding, several companies including Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Administration Shipping Company have partnered to develop SAVe Energy. The system was recently approved by DNV GL, and it is intended for use in battery-powered and hybrid vessels as well as for peak shaving and spinning reserve needs.

“The electrification of ships is building momentum. From 2010 we have delivered battery systems representing about 15 MWh in total. However now the potential deployment of our patent pending SAVe Energy in 2019 alone is 10-18 MWh. Battery systems have become a key component of our power and propulsions systems, and SAVe Energy is being introduced on many of the projects we are currently working on. This includes the upgrade programme for Hurtigruten’s cruise ferries, the advanced fishing vessel recently ordered by Prestfjord and the ongoing retrofits of offshore support vessels. As a system provider we can find the best solution considering both installation and operational cost,” says Rolls-Royce Executive Andreas Seth.

 

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Word-Of-Mouth Sells Tesla Model 3, Says Musk

According to Musk, lack of paid advertising and endorsements don’t hinder the success of the Model 3.

We can all argue whether Tesla uses subliminal messaging or other marketing tactics to promote the Model 3, but the fact remains: the Model 3 sells like hotcakes these days. According to Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, this is all done without any direct paid advertising or endorsement campaigns. Before everyone jumps in on the Musk bashing wagon, the CEO did claim no ads or paid endorsements. Items like selling expenses, fancy launch events or similar were not part of his tweet.

Unlike other (mostly legacy) car maker, Tesla does take a different approach to marketing. Elon Musk, the company CEO, makes a big impact on Tesla’s visibility. And yes, word of mouth helps sales tremendously. However, this couldn’t be possible without having a product worth telling others about. This is where Tesla excels.

Furthermore, Tesla owners – as most early EV adopters – are tech savvy. Most have social media accounts and are well-versed in the online ecosystem. Additionally, most Tesla Model 3 customers pre-ordered the vehicle thanks to the hype that surrounded the “entry level electric car” even before the first units rolled off the production line. To be fair, no other carmaker was able to do the same. Ever.

When the legacy carmakers finally produce a viable competitor to the likes of the Model 3, Model S and the Model X – things might change dramatically. Until then, word of mouth seems to be enough to move product.

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Let’s Take An Up-Close Look At The Mercedes EQC: Includes Cutaways

Here’s a quick look at the Mercedes-Benz EQC exterior, interior and cutaways, live from the reveal.

In one of its latest episodes, JerryRigEverything takes us to the unveiling event of Mercedes-Benz EQC in Sweden, presenting – besides the usual exterior and interior shots – some very interesting cutaways of the entire car.

Battery pack, pouch cells and dual-motor powertrain were shown, which is always interesting when a new model comes out (in fact the EQC has still one more year before launch).

According to JerryRigEverything, folks familiar with Mercedes-Benz will feel right at home in the EQC. There are a couple of new things like the dual screen console and overall style with LED lights everywhere inside & out, but overall it’s a Mercedes and with a major brand on board with BEVs, perhaps even more consumers will be interested in making the switch to electric.

First look inside the Electric Mercedes! – Should Tesla Be Worried?

The Mercedes EQC brings a new level of competition to the Electric Vehicle marketplace. Mercedes has a massive 130 year head start building cars… BUT are brand new walking into the electric car industry, heavily dominated by Tesla. Will they be able to stand out? Lets jump into the details. This video will help you decide between an All electric Mercedes, or a Tesla. Come along as we take a First Look inside the All New Electric Mercedes EQC.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC preliminary specs

  • dual motor (asynchronous), all-wheel drive
  • system output of 300 kW (402 hp) and 564 lb-ft (765 Nm)
  • 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds)
  • top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h)
  • 80 kWh battery (384 cells – two modules with 48 cells and four modules with 72 cells)
  • more than 200 miles (320 km) of all-electric range (prelim est.) or over 280 miles (450 km) under NEDC
  • DC fast charging (CCS Combo) in 40 minutes (110kW, 10%-80%)
  • AC on-board charger – 7.4 kW
  • towing capability – 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs)
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Watch As Jaguar I-PACE Visits Amsterdam

Three Jaguar I-PACEs in three colors similar to the Dutch flag

Jaguar took for a spin three of its I-PACE in Amsterdam, Netherlands where 3,500 could be sold this year if only the company will be able to produce and deliver.

The three demo cars are in three colors: Photon Red, Caesium Blue and Yulong White. If you are one Jaguar’s customers from Amsterdam, you can see here how your cars will look on the streets.

Jaguar I-PACE specs:

  • 90 kWh battery for up to 480 km (298 miles) of range (WLTP)
  • 0-100km/h (62 mph) 4.8 seconds / 0-60 mph (sec) 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed mph 200  km/h (124 mph)
  • two permanent magnet electric motors; synchronous – 400 PS (294 kW) total system output
  • all-wheel drive
  • 0-80% DC fast charging in 40 minutes using 100 kW CCS Combo
  • 0-100% AC charging using 7 kW 0n-board charger in nearly 13 hours

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales In France Exceed 32,000 In 2018

The market share of plug-in passenger cars in France averages 1.8% so far this year.

During the first eight months of 2018, more than 32,000 new passenger cars were sold in France, which is probably some one fifth more than a year ago.

YTD stats:

  • Passenger BEVs: 17,542 registrations (up 16.4%)
  • Passenger REx (i3 REx): 753 registrations (up 19.9%)
  • Passenger PHEVs: 9,033 registrations (up 73.4%)
  • Light commercial BEVs: 4,679 registrations (up 52.3%)
  • Total: 32,007

Renault ZOE remains the top-selling plug-in model with 9,358 new registrations YTD, followed by Nissan LEAF (3,001) and BMW i3 (1,604, including 753 REx). The Renault Kangoo Z.E. is at some 2,400 so far.

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