Is VW Type 7 Trademark For Electric Amphibious Car?

Could this be for a new electric amphibious concept?

Volkswagen is up to something these days. Well, every car manufacturer is, but the German marque seems to be up for nostalgia with its recent trademark application. As spotted by AutoGuide, VW has filed for the trademark of the name “Type 7.”

In case you didn’t know, the People’s Car brand used to name its cars simpler by using “Type” and then followed by number designations.

To recall, the Beetle was referred to as the Type 1, while the Kombi – the spiritual predecessor of the I.D. Buzz Concept above – was called the Type 2. A compact car was then called the Type 3 while the Type 4 used to be a wagon. Digging deeper, the last time VW used the name Type 7 was for a military vehicle in the 1940s called the Schwimmwagen, which literally translates to “Swimming Car.” Does this mean that VW is working on an amphibious concept?

Moreover, it won’t be a long shot if the company uses the Type 7 for an additional electric concept to extend the I.D. Concept range. An electric amphibious vehicle? Why not, right?

We may or may not see the Type 7 in production nor as a concept vehicle, as car brands have the knack of filing everything for a trademark without actually materializing into something. AutoGuide speculates that VW might reveal a concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March, but we’re not counting on it.

Besides, VW also filed for Type 7 trademark under product merchandising, alongside its automobile classification for the name. So basically, we’re on a guessing game right now, and all we have to do is wait for VW’s next move.


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Lynk & Co. Electric Coupe Concept Looks Quite Funky

And it’s designed for young couples with fur-babies.

Based on the trend of marrying young and having dogs in California, young designer Tianbo Ma, a student of Art Center College of Design in the same state, has created his own rendering of a Lynk & Co. 0X Coupe Concept.

We found this good-looking design on Behance, and we can’t help but adore the combination of utility and out-of-this-world styling on the two-door coupe.

One of the most notable parts of the 0X Coupe Concept is the provision for pets on its rear end. Ma pointed out that dog lovers in California are often seen in crossovers. The designer envisions these couples in a sexy coupe instead, therefore, the birth of the 0X Concept. As an electric coupe, it has a lot of room to use, which Ma utilizes as the pet room at the back and the cargo area in front.

As for the exterior design, Ma disclosed that he got his inspiration from finely-designed everyday things like knives, headphones, and cutleries. Well, it’s apparent and we really think that Ma did a great job. The final rendering is a combination of robust, futuristic, and sexy styling – it kinda reminds us of the Nissan 2020 Vision Gran Turismo concept, albeit, much more realistic. We’re really digging the 0X Coupe Concept’s gull-wing type doors and the H-shaped front fascia that glows when the coupe is charging. Cool beans.

It’s still unclear if Lynk & Co. would really create such coupe concept in the future, but if they do, we sure do hope the company would give Ma a call.


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Big Oil Makes A New Attempt To Kill Electric Cars


Electric vehicles are getting close to a major tipping point, and it isn’t just fans who are taking notice. The powerful enemies of transportation electrification and renewable energy are beginning to launch a serious counterattack.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Could electric vehicle charging stations gain popularity over gas pumps? (Instagram: @archduke97)

Is this a conspiracy theory that can be dismissed? Not really. The definition of a conspiracy is different actors working together in secret. While the efforts of EV enemies – legacy automakers, oil interests and “conservative” governments – do complement one another, as far as we know they haven’t formed any formal cartel (nor do the Lizard People, aliens or Elvis seem to be involved). And there’s not much secrecy about what they’re doing. The efforts of oil industry-backed groups to hold back the electric tide are well-documented, most recently in a lengthy article in the New York Times.

The Trump administration has been working with auto industry trade groups (openly, not in secret) to water down federal fuel economy standards since before the president’s inauguration. This is a legal process that will take many months to play out, and advocates on both sides of the issue are working to sway public opinion. As the Times reports, Marathon Petroleum, the country’s largest refiner, has devoted much effort and money to ensure that the standards get rolled back. Along with its allies – oil industry trade groups and a network of conservative “think tanks” financed by billionaire bogeyman Charles G. Koch – Marathon argues that the US now has so much oil that it no longer needs to worry about energy conservation.

“With oil scarcity no longer a concern,” Americans should be given a “choice in vehicles that best fit their needs,” read a draft of a letter that Marathon helped to circulate to members of Congress. According to the Times, official correspondence later sent to regulators by more than a dozen lawmakers included phrases or sentences from the industry talking points, and the US administration’s proposed rule rollback relies on similar arguments.

Above: Companies like Tesla could pose a challenge to the oil industry (Instagram: teslaownersitalyticinorsm)

Marathon Petroleum has also teamed up with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a reliable opponent of environmental regulation, to draft pro-industry legislation for state governments. ALEC’s handy guide to the issue describes current fuel-efficiency rules as “a relic of a disproven narrative of resource scarcity” and says “unelected bureaucrats” shouldn’t tell Americans what cars to drive.

Meanwhile, a major Facebook campaign, covertly run by an oil-industry lobby representing Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Phillips 66 and other oil giants, urged people to write to regulators to support the rollback. The Facebook ads linked to a website with a picture of a grinning President Obama and the question, “Would YOU buy a used car from this man?” The site appears to have been so effective that a quarter of the 12,000 public comments received by the Department of Transportation can be traced to the petition, according to a Times analysis.

The Times article documents the influence Marathon wields over Trump administration officials and state lawmakers around the country. The refiner was a major donor to former Oklahoma State Senator and Attorney General Scott Pruitt, and its CEO, Gary Heminger, met with Pruitt several times after he became Trump’s EPA Administrator (Pruitt resigned in July, under the shadow of at least 14 separate federal investigations).

Above: Big Oil isn’t keen on change in the energy sector (Instagram: @energialivre)

Marathon lobbyists provided a letter containing industry talking points to federal lawmakers, according to evidence unearthed by the Times. Nineteen lawmakers from the delegations of Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania sent letters to the Transportation Department that included phrases quoted verbatim from the industry letter to the effect that oil scarcity is no longer a concern.

Marathon sponsored an event in New Orleans that was attended by some 1,500 state legislators and other officials from across the country. There, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, a longtime opponent of federal fuel economy rules, praised the administration’s “regulatory reforms,” to copious applause.

Meanwhile, oil interests are mobilizing on another front: ending the federal tax credit for EV purchases. In October, Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) introduced legislation that would not only abolish the tax credit, but also slap EV owners with a user fee, arguing that the market for electric vehicles “no longer needs the crutch of government assistance.”

Above: A not-so-subtle message from this Tesla owner (Facebook: Leilani Münter)

In a recent article in EcoWatch, Elliott Negin details the support Barrasso and other lawmakers pushing to eliminate the tax credit have received from oil industry groups. Koch Industries has been one of the senator’s top 10 supporters since 2013. The company has also given copious amounts of cash to most of the Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, which will have to approve any change to the EV tax credit.

Shortly before Barrasso introduced his bill, 30 “free-market organizations” signed a letter to Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, urging Congress to either retain the 200,000-EV cap or “eliminate the tax credit entirely.” The letter was organized by the American Energy Alliance, the political lobbying arm of the Institute for Energy Research. The president of both groups is a former lobbyist for Koch Industries, and Koch foundations gave $8.9 million to the two groups between 2012 and 2016. ExxonMobil and the American Petroleum Institute are also patrons.

A spokesman for Koch Industries told the Times that the company has “a long, consistent track record of opposing all forms of corporate welfare, including all subsidies, mandates and other handouts that rig the system.” In fact however, the efforts of Koch and its free-market-loving allies tend to focus on tax breaks for clean energy – they seem to have no objections to subsidies for the oil and gas industry. Mr. Negin cites a 2011 study by investment firm DBL Partners, which found that, since 1918, permanent oil and gas tax breaks and other subsidies have averaged $4.86 billion per year in 2010 dollars – the equivalent of $5.62 billion per year today.

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Above: Zac and Jesse discuss some of the reasons the oil industry is trying so hard to prevent the advent of electric vehicles (Youtube: Now You Know)

There’s much, much more in the New York Times and EcoWatch articles, which are both very long and very well-documented. EV advocates who feel like getting depressed (or oil lovers looking for some heart-warming Christmas cheer) may choose to delve further into the vast networks of influence, misinformation and money wielded by those seeking to smother the electric baby in its cradle. Suffice it to say here that oil industry groups are attacking electric vehicles on many fronts all over the world, and their efforts are well organized and extremely well funded.

Is there any hope? Mr. Negin thinks so. Demand for EVs is growing, and there are now more than 40 plug-in models on the market. The costs of batteries and other key components are steadily falling, and they should become even cheaper as more automakers ramp up production. Policymakers in California, China and Europe have (so far) held out valiantly against anti-EV pressure. The global auto industry is in turmoil, and there are pro-EV factions in the boardrooms that may yet gain the upper hand.

Every major technological shift meets with resistance, but the defenders of the past seldom prevail for long. The battle for the future will be a long and bloody one, and it will claim many innocent victims (such as the GM employees who lost their jobs just in time for the holiday season), but it’s one that we can win.


Written by: Charles Morris; Source: New York TimesEcoWatch; Video: Now You Know

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Bentley Says It’s Losing Sales To Tesla

Will a Bentley electric vehicle be enough for the brand to steal buyers back from Porsche and Tesla?

Bentley is in a pickle. The ultra-luxury brand is in a balancing act of trying to appeal to its more traditional customer base without turning-off new buyers.

“[T]he two major demographic segments that we don’t currently sell to – the upper liberals and the post-moderns – account for 40 percent of high-net-worth individuals,” Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark told Automotive News Europe, “and an [electric vehicle] is even more appealing to them.”

Rather than scooping up Bentleys, these consumers are instead buying Porsches and Teslas, according to Hallmark. Bentley, though, hopes the eventuality of its own electric-vehicle will eventually allow it to win over the “upper liberal” and “post-modern” crowds from its German and American competitors.

“We see full-electric cars as another growth opportunity in a five- to 10-year period,” Hallmark said.

Why the wait? Well, it doesn’t help that Hallmark claims a mere 40 percent of the brand’s current customers are interested in buying an EV. But more importantly, the CEO simply thinks the limited power-density of today’s battery packs means that any electric vehicle it creates will either lack a reasonable driving range or the physical size required of a Bentley product.

We’d argue the Tesla Model X – as well as the forthcoming Rivian R1T and R1S truck and SUV – is a sizeable product with an adequate driving range. Nevertheless, Bentley may be aiming to top 400 miles of range on a full charge with its forthcoming electric vehicle – the Model X only manages a maximum of 295 miles, according to the EPA.

Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the Bentley EV in the next few years. Until then, it seems the brand will just have to remain content with losing sales to Porsche and Tesla.

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Hyundai To Launch Car Production In Indonesia, Including EVs

Electric cars will be produced in Indonesia?

According to deputy minister for industry in Indonesia, Hyundai will invest $880 million in a new production plan for 250,000 cars annually.

Part of the production is to be electric cars, which could be related with access to ample reserves of nickel laterite ore in the country (for use in lithium-ion batteries, produced by Hyundai’s suppliers). Hyundai apparently would like also to add a new factory in Southeast Asia to diversify its manufacturing capacity dependence from China.

53% of the production is scheduled for export, while 47% for Indonesia, but as Hyundai sold less than 1,400 cars during first ten months of this year in the country, it would be thought target. The market is dominated by Japanese brands – Toyota sold over 463,000 cars through January-October.

So far there is no official press release from Hyundai or any details on which electric cars could be produced locally.


Source: Reuters

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Tesla Opens Up More European Markets For Model 3 Orders

Reservation holders from at least 9 countries have the option to configure an order.

Tesla expanded the Tesla Model 3 order configurator to a few more countries in EuropeGermany, Denmark, Finland and Italy, which comes on top of France, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands and Spain.

Orders can be only Long-Range AWD and Long-Range AWD Performance versions.

Those reservation holders who place an order this month can still hope for delivery in February. Besides to a small group, Tesla didn’t yet offer test drives in Europe.

Tesla is gearing up to deliver thousands of Model 3 per month. Volume production will start in January.

As the Model 3 will be equipped with CCS Combo charging inlet, the company is also retrofitting Superchargers with additional CCS Combo plugs.

Source: Electrek

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Tesla Begins Delivering Cars At Gigafactory 1

Pick up the car at the Gigafactory and take a factory tour

On December 20, Tesla began to sell and deliver cars at Gigafactory in Nevada (it’s first such location in northern Nevada). Sales consultations are apparently by appointment only.

Tesla spokesperson said:

“We’ve opened this location to help make it easier for customers in the region to purchase and take delivery of their vehicles, and those who take delivery also have the unique opportunity to sign up for a factory tour.”

Deliveries at the Gigafactory sound like a reasonable idea for residents and enthusiasts.

Tesla tries to deliver as many cars in the fourth quarter as ispossible in various ways, typically prioritizing most profitable/expensive versions:


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Greenlots and ChargePoint Announce Charger Roaming Deal

Single account, without additional fees from mid-2019

Greenlots and ChargePoint announced an agreement about peer-to-peer roaming, which will result in interoperability between both charging networks in North America.

Users of both networks will get access to charging points from the other network without a separate account and without an additional cost. However, we are still about a half-year before the system will be ready in mid-2019. Once the software will be ready, electric adoption will become one step easier.

This agreement benefits drivers and businesses by increasing access to essential charging solutions and creating an ideal experience for EV drivers. The more charging solutions that drivers have access to, the easier it is to drive electric, which helps encourage more drivers to choose EVs. Industry collaboration is a key ingredient in ushering in the next generation of mobility, supporting EV drivers and paving the way for the electrification of transportation. Soon, drivers will be able to use the ChargePoint or Greenlots mobile applications to locate charging stations, activate a charging session, and pay for charging, a familiar experience for users of either network. As an added benefit, property owners who manage or install charging stations may see an increase in station utilization, opportunities to create new pricing plans and other new options for growing their businesses.

This roaming agreement is based on the Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol. OCPI is an independent, open protocol that enables network operators to exchange key information needed to provide roaming services, which gives EV drivers a number of benefits.

Michael Hughes, Chief Commercial and Revenue Officer, ChargePoint said:

“The electric mobility revolution is upon us and there is no turning back. For more than a decade, ChargePoint has worked to create an open and accessible network that enables drivers to enjoy an effortless charging experience everywhere they live, work and play. We are pleased to partner with Greenlots and others in our category to further support the growing EV driver community and help accelerate the mass adoption of electrified transportation on a global scale. We invite other networks to join us in similar partnerships as we seek to make EV charging ubiquitous and the transition to EV seamless as we move quickly to lay the foundation for the fueling network of the future.”

Lin-Zhuang Khoo, Senior Vice President, Greenlots said:

“The EV charging industry is experiencing a period of critical growth and evolution. This once-fragmented industry is building momentum towards true driver interoperability thanks to adoption of standards like the Open Charge Point Interface that are beneficial to drivers, automakers, grid operators and charging infrastructure providers. What’s particularly encouraging about this positive trend is that it is happening in advance of major policy changes or other external forces—a sign that the EV charging market is maturing in concert with surging customer demand for EVs. The most visible benefit from this advancement will be to drivers: members of both networks can roam in their EVs without the burden of managing multiple accounts or worrying about exorbitant surcharges for charging their vehicle, and more drivers will be enticed to go electric thanks to a new, seamless charging experience.”

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All-electric helicopter makes record flight

Guinness record-setting electric helicopter by Tier 1 EngineeringElectric transportation is about more than cars. Trucks and buses are also moving toward electric propulsion. Planes, with their long ranges and high power demands seem to be harder. Where electric power does seem to be making progress in the skies is in helicopters. An independent engineering company in California this month set the Guinness…
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