Mazda EV Details Leaked Just Before Tokyo Motor Show

The Japanese media has leaked info on the new Mazda EV just before the official reveal at the Tokyo Motor Show. The new model will be called the MX-30. It will feature a 35.5kWh battery and will be powered by a single electric motor at 138bhp and 195lb ft of torque. It will be front-wheel drive and a single speed transmission.

The MX-30 will follow in the direction of the recently available Mazda3. The MX-30, available next year, features a coupe style cabin and gets its light look from a unique door concept. The front end is meant to have a friendly expression, according to Mazda.

Mazda chose interior materials that are supposed to be comfortable, yet eco-friendly. And the cabin, pin pointed around the center console, is supposed to create a closeness between the driver and passenger seats.

The leaked imagine shows the MX-30 has adopted an SUV type body to make room for underfloor battery packs. The range will be somewhere in the 120-150 mile range, which lands the new EV’s range around average in the market. It will take both a domestic 6.6kW charge as well as public rapid charge at 50kW.

See you on the streets next year MX-30!

New Cadillac Will Become GM’s EV Flagship

Cadillac is posed to become the flagship electric vehicle brand for GM—the company is getting ready to create a new model EV Cadi in response to other luxury brands going electric.

In an investor update GM said that the new Cadillac will be the first under the new “BEV3” platform. This “platform” will include things like the battery system as well as structure and mechanics.

GM on Friday did not disclose additional details, including precisely when the Cadillac EV will be built, whether it will be a crossover or sedan, or where it will be assembled.
In the past GM has directed their EV attention towards its Chevy brand—which has a wider appeal. The Volt (plug-in) and the Bolt (electric), the Volt being put out to pasture last year as well the poor-selling Cadi CT6.

GM had said in November of last year that their plan was to double their resources spent on EV.

The Nissan Leaf Gets Upgrades

While other big names like Tesla steal most of the press it turns out the Nissan Leaf is the best selling electric world-wide and its getting an update with almost 300k Leaf models sold.

After seven years without a design refresh, the automaker dropped a new and improved model to continue to dominate the EV world. Although, that task will be a lot tougher thanks to increased competition.

Believe it or not the Leaf has gone seven years without a design refreshment. This task may prove tough with so many competitors.

The new Leaf starts at $30,000 and has a 150-mile range.

Besides traveling farther on the road, the car is an all-around improvement over the outgoing version. It has a stiffer chassis, better steering, a way better design and Nissan’s first foray into semi-autonomous driver (optional feature).

France to Become Gas/Diesel Free by 2040?

“We want to demonstrate that fighting against climate change can lead to an improvement of French people’s daily lives,” Nicolas Hulot, French environment minister, told reporters at a press conference held at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

The French plan for freedom from fossil fuels begins with ban on the sales of gas and diesel vehicles. They are hoping to have this in place by 2040, according to recent reports. Hulot also unveiled a five-year plan to meet deals France made under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Recently elected French President, Emmanuel Macron, has a plan to make France “carbon neutral” by 2050. The plan is similar to others and begins with tax incentives to replace diesel and gas-powered vehicles with EV’s and hybrids. Volvo recently stated that all its vehicles would have electric motors by 2019. If other manufactures and countries follow suit, carbon free transportation plans my be possible within France’s time frame. Other countries like Norway, Germany and India have plans to ban gas and diesel vehicles within the next decade as well.

Additionally, France wants to phase out gas exploration on French territory and stop burning coal to produce electricity by 2022.
“It’s a very difficult objective, but the solutions are there,” Hulot said.

What this means for the United States is unclear, as the current administration recently pulled out of the Paris agreement.