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Here’s What Mini’s 1st All-Electric Model Will REALLY Look Like

Forget the NYIAS concept; check out this show car from Frankfurt.

by on Mar.28, 2018

Look beyond the retro Mini Electric Concept and you'll see what the British marque's first all-electric car really will look like come late 2019.

It took a little prodding and plenty of cajoling, but we’re now able to fill in some more of the blanks when it comes to the all-electric model that Mini will add to its line-up late in 2019.

As we reported Tuesday evening, the British automaker offered us a look at a retro-futuristic concept model specifically created for this year’s New York International Auto Show. But if you really want to see what the brand’s first battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, will look like you need to think back to the show car crafted for the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Crafting a concept based on one of the very first, ’60s-era Minis actually makes some sense if, as Senior Vice President Sebastian Mackensen suggested, you believe that, “If Alex Issigonis, (the marques legendary founder) had invented Mini today, it would have been an electric brand.”

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Mini Reveals Retro-Futuristic Electric Concept

Production version - based on a modern Mini - to debut in 2019.

by on Mar.27, 2018

With one axle in the past and one in the present, this Mini concept is all about the company's electrified future products.

At this year’s New York International Auto Show, Mini has one axle in the past, the other in the future as it rolls out its retro-styled Electric Concept.

At first glance, you might think you were looking at a ’60s-era micro-car. But a closer look reveals the charging plug used to power up the concept’s all-electric drivetrain. The NYIAS show car is meant to “pave the way,” the British maker suggests, for Mini’s first all-electric production vehicle, which it plans to roll out next year.

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The brand has been tinkering with electric propulsion for more than a decade, first plugging in with the 2008 Mini E. Based on the last-generation Mini 3-door, only 600 copies were produced for a field test of the drivetrain and to gauge consumer response. It served as the foundation for the development of parent BMW’s own all-electric i3 city car. (more…)

UPS Orders 50 Battery-Electric Delivery Vans from Workhorse

Competition in the segment heating up.

by on Feb.22, 2018

UPS ordered 50 battery-electric vans from Workhorse Group. The company has 35,000 trucks that could be replaced soon.

Companies around the globe have been hustling to develop and produce a viable electric delivery truck, and it appears there is a winner: Workhorse Group Inc. The Ohio-based company just entered into a contract with UPS to replace 50 of the company’s delivery trucks.

“We see this vehicle as being a game changer in the electric truck arena,” Carlton Rose, UPS’ president for global fleet maintenance and engineering told Reuters. The deal calls initially for 50 trucks with a range of 100 miles each.

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However, the company has more than 35,000 vans that could be replaced as time and technology improve. UPS didn’t make the move due to some altruistic motive — at least not solely. (more…)

Dyson’s EV Efforts Following a Familiar Path

Entrepreneur plans to start with a low-volume, premium car then add two.

by on Feb.14, 2018

James Dyson confirmed plans to produce an electric vehicle by 2020.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a quirky entrepreneur decides to get into the automotive business by developing an electric vehicle, even though he has no real experience in that arena. The grand plan calls for three vehicles to anchor the company.

Sound familiar?

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Yes. But it’s not Elon Musk and Tesla, but rather James Dyson, the famous inventor of the Dyson vacuum and many other products. Dyson recently revealed plans to produce an EV using a solid state batteries rather than the lithium ion panels currently used by automakers. (more…)

Plug-In Vehicle Sales Surge Past 1M for 1st Time as Demand Jumps in U.S.

Shrinking battery costs, longer range, more model choices bolster sales.

by on Jan.05, 2018

The Chevrolet Bolt is now one of the world's best-selling plug-based vehicles, and GM has more coming.

Motorists around the world are showing signs they’re getting charged up by a new wave of plug-based vehicles, global sales passing 1 million for the first time ever in 2017, and U.S. demand setting a new record during the final month of the year.

Though still making up only a small fraction of worldwide motor vehicles sold last year, demand for plug-in hybrid and pure battery-electric vehicles, or PHEVs and BEVs, has been rising rapidly, according to a new report from Navigant Research. A variety of reasons get credit, including declining prices and the availability of more products, especially longer-range models like the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Tesla Model 3 and second-generation Nissan Leaf. Rising oil prices are also playing a factor.

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“Battery costs have shrunk dramatically in the last five years and promise to shrink further with the commercialization of solid-state batteries on the horizon,” says Scott Shepard, a senior research analyst with Navigant. “In addition, increasing regulatory pressure in Europe and China may well push the PEV (or plug-based vehicle) market to the aggressive end of the forecast range regardless of oil prices.”

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Dyson Blowing into EV Car Segment Like a Cyclone

Best known for vacuums, company says EV will be ready in 2020.

by on Sep.26, 2017

James Dyson, whose company is best known for making vacuum cleaners and hair dryers, is planning to produce an electric vehicle by 2020.

The man who changed the way vacuum cleaners work plans to spend $2.7 billion to do the same in the automotive industry. James Dyson, the creator of the Dyson vacuum, said he’ll bring an electric vehicle to market by 2020.

Dyson said he’s got a team of more than 400 employees working on the project, and has for the last 2.5 years. His vehicle already starts with a major difference from current EVs — Dyson’s car will utilize a solid-state battery instead of lithium ions.

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He notes that his company’s expertise in solid-state battery technology and electric motors prevalent in his vacuum cleaners, bladeless fans and air purifiers is excellent preparation for producing an EV with an as-yet-viable battery. (more…)

Bollinger Adds Four-Door Variant on Electric Truck

Two more doors, a new color option for the SUT.

by on Sep.08, 2017

Bollinger Motors is going to offer a four-door version of its electric sport-utility truck as well as a new color — orange.

Just a little more than a month after introducing its new electric sport-utility truck, the B1, Bollinger Motors is already on to its first variant: a four-door model.

The upstate New York-based startup released a sketch of the four-door sport-utility truck in a new color — orange.

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“We always wanted to make a four-door version of the B1,” said Robert Bollinger, designer and CEO, in a statement. (more…)

Bollinger Unveils EV Truck Prototype

New EV entry has a top range of 200 miles on a single charge.

by on Jul.28, 2017

Bollinger Motors unveiled its all-electric prototype sport-utility/truck in Manhattan.

With their inexpensive motors and on-line sales, which lower the barriers to entry, electric vehicles have become a magnet for start-up companies.

Bollinger Motors, a U.S.-based company headquartered in New York, unveiled what it describes as the world’s first all-electric, on-and-off-road sport utility truck or SUT. The squared off utility vehicle is reminiscent of an early model Ford Bronco.

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“We are so thrilled to be able to finally take the wraps off of our Bollinger B1 SUT,” said Bollinger Motors’ Founder and CEO Robert Bollinger. “This is the culmination of what has been a 40-year-long boyhood dream of mine, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the vehicle and the incredible team who worked so hard to create it.” (more…)

Automakers Plead With China to Delay EV Mandates

Companies say timeline is too aggressive to be met.

by on Jul.14, 2017

Tesla is apparently closing in on a deal to build new cars in Shanghai.

On the surface, the recent push by the Chinese government to mandate the production of electric vehicles to help stimulate its economy while it also helps to clean the air in many of its highly populated cities seems like a boon to EV-producing automakers.

However, a group of those advantaged makers recently implored the Chinese government to back off its frenzied push for battery-electric vehicles because these companies are unable to meet the timelines in the new regulations.

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In a letter sent last month to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the makers asked China to delay and soften planned quotas for sales of electric and hybrid cars, saying its proposals will be impossible to meet and would severely disrupt their businesses, according to Reuters. (more…)

Used Car Buyers Charged Up about EVs and Hybrids

Top three fastest selling used cars in U.S. are electrics.

by on Jul.22, 2016

The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid is the fastest-selling used car in America through May.

Looking for a good used car? Well, if you find a hybrid or an EV you like, don’t dawdle on buying it because it’ll be off the lot before you know it.

According to iSeeCars.com, five of the top 10 fastest selling used cars in the U.S. in the first half of this year were hybrids or full electrics, including the top three movers. Perhaps even more astonishing, only one of the top 10 is an American car.

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Overall, iSeeCars.com found that one- to three-year-old used cars took an average of 42.4 days to sell. The top 10 fastest selling cars, however, were much faster—ranging from just 19.7 days on the market to 29.4 days. (more…)

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