Fri.Sep 06, 2019

VW and eClassics to offer classic Beetle EV kits

Green Car Reports

Volkswagen is partnering with eClassics to build electric conversions of the iconic VW Beetle, breathing even more life into an already-popular enthusiast platform and opening the doors to a whole new group of tinkerers.

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Toyota bringing TNGA to small cars with new GA-B platform

Green Car Congress

Toyota is preparing to apply the philosophy and technology of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) to elevate the design and driving performance of its small cars with the debut of the GA-B platform.

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Porsche Taycan electric car: 2-speed could be first of many in EVs

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Porsche revealed its 2020 Taycan electric car Wednesday and at last confirmed one long-rumored detail: that it would have a two-speed gearbox for the rear wheels.

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Bosch and CATL collaborating on battery cells for 48V hybrids

Green Car Congress

Bosch and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) have concluded a long-term strategic cooperation agreement under which the partners will jointly specify high-performance battery cells. CATL will then design, develop, and manufacture these cells in accordance with Bosch requirements.

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2020 Ford Escape Hybrid preview: gas-electric now, plug-ins later

Green Car Reports

By spring 2020, the Ford Escape Hybrid will once again be the most important battery vehicle in the automaker's lineup.

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Williams Advanced Engineering showcases Adaptive Multi-Chem battery technology; 223 lightweighting

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Williams Advanced Engineering showcased its latest low-carbon vehicle technologies at Cenex LCV2019 in the UK this week.

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Report: Trump Administration aiming to revoke California emissions authority

Green Car Reports

The Trump administration may soon reveal a plan, involving the U.S. EPA and NHTSA, that would attempt to completely revoke the authority of California to set its own auto-emissions standards, as well as preempt other states from setting their own rules for vehicle emissions.

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2020 Ford Escape Hybrid, electric Beetle, fuel economy fracas: Today’s Car News

Green Car Reports

The Trump administration is aiming to revoke California’s ability to regulate tailpipe emissions. Volkswagen is making a new electric Beetle—but it’s not quite what you might think. Two-speeds are coming—to EVs.

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Volkswagen Group Components supplies complete electric drive for the classic Beetle; based on new e-up!

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Volkswagen Group Components, with its partner eClassics, is presenting a holistic concept for the subsequent electrification of the historic Volkswagen Beetle. The conversion exclusively uses new parts they have mutually agreed on from the series production of Volkswagen Group Components.

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Top five things we’ve learned this week

Green Cars News

This week saw scientists finally try and solve the Loch Ness Monster mystery, the start of a new school year and of course the introduction of the shiny new (and slightly suggestive) 69 plate

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UK LowCVP calls for closer integration of life-cycle assessment to inform technology choices in automotive sector

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As electric vehicles start to become mainstream and the contribution of renewable energy to the electricity grid grows, by 2030 more than 70% of CO 2 emissions from typical new road vehicles could arise during the production—rather than use—phase of the life cycle of a typical vehicle. Consequently, the UK’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling for the development and introduction of a life-cycle CO 2 metric to better inform policy.

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Video review: Audi e-tron

Green Cars News

The new Audi e-tron gets the Leasing.com work over, with Howard Ritchie stepping into the 55 Quattro 265kW model to find out: how to charge it, how much charging costs, how much one is, and how long the battery lasts

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Volkswagen and Northvolt form joint venture for Li-ion battery production in Germany; 16 GWh initially

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Volkswagen AG and Northvolt AB have created a 50/50 joint venture to build a factory for lithium-ion batteries. Construction of the production facility is scheduled to start in Salzgitter (Lower Saxony) in 2020. Start of production is planned for the end of 2023/beginning of 2024. The initial annual output is to be 16 GWh. The finalization of the joint venture is the result of an agreement which both parties concluded in June.

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Hamburger Hochbahn to field test fuel-cell eCitaro bus

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Starting in 2021, public transport company Hamburger Hochbahn AG will be field- testing the new Mercedes-Benz eCitaro articulated bus with a fuel cell as a range extender. Mercedes-Benz will deliver two correspondingly equipped buses during the course of 2021. As announced a year ago at its world premiere, the all-electric and locally emission-free eCitaro’s further development is proceeding rapidly.

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New Volkswagen e-up! increases range to up to 162 miles with new 32.3 kWh pack

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Volkswagen will introduce the new e-up! EV at the IAA next week. The energy capacity of the battery has been increased from 18.7 kWh to 32.3 kWh, giving the model a range of up to 260 km (162 miles) in everyday driving situations. Expected power consumption totals 12.7 kWh/100 km. Targeted at commuters and city driving, the new e-up! will make its début with a base price of €21,975 and a special low monthly leasing rate of €159. The 61-kW electric motor accelerates the e-up!

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