BMW Sells One Million Electric Vehicles.

BMW has now sold one million electric vehicles, including 100% EVs and hybrids, and has set a goal of two million sales of 100% electric vehicles by 2025.

At present 70% of the one million EVs were hybrids. BMW believes hybrids will continue to be an important part of their sales for customers that don’t have good access to chargers. Continuing the modernization of gas-powered vehicles was an important step toward making the industry more sustainable.

BMW has been a proponent of investing in a range of technologies to reduce emissions and is in opposition to 100% bans on purchasing combustion engine vehicles.

BMW hopes for half of its global sales to be fully electric for 2030. But has also stated that proper charging infrastructure is a huge barrier to quicker consumer integration of all electric vehicles.

BMW’s November sales were slightly below the same period’s sales last year. Chip supply chain issues continue to restrict their ability to sell more cars.

 

Mercedes Continues Expansion of EV Line-Up

Mercedes continues its quick expansion of electric vehicles with the EQB small SUV. While the EQB revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show was built in China for their market, their will be a global variant to be built in Kecskemet, Hungary.

As other EQ models, like the EQS, the EQB has a large faux grille with light strips and triangular headlights. The EQB gets specific wheels and rear end design to set it apart from other EQ models.

The interior of the EQB look very similar to the GLB class Mercedes. Like the GLB class offerings the EQB will have an (optional) third row of seating, though the third row like the GLB class will be a little cramped for many adults.

The U.S. EQB will have two powertrain options. The entry level will be 225 MP (EQB300) and the 288 HP EQB 350. Each will come as all-wheel-drive as standard with an electric motor per axle. The 67 kWh battery pack is estimated to provide about a 260 mile range. The only performance specs Mercedes offered was that the 350 will run at 62 MPH in 8 seconds.

Both models are expected to go on sale in 2022.

 

Fiat Will Go 100% Electric by 2030

Fiat, Italian auto manufacturer, has dedicated itself to becoming a brand who builds only 100% electric vehicles by 2030. They’ve stated they will phase out all combustion style engine vehicles from their lineup by 2025.

Fiat recently released a new all-electric version of its very popular 500 city car. Which, for now, will be sold along with the combustion engine 500.

Fiat stated they wanted to increase access to electric vehicles by lowering the barriers of entry which include charging station infrastructure.

As more countries enact legislation banning all but zero-emission cars Fiat’s move, like other manufacturers, come as no surprise. The move also fits with Fiat’s new focus on city cars, leading the way with their popular 500.

The company has given no further specifics on new electric vehicles. In 2019 they released a concept electric vehicle, the Centoventi, which seems to be a next gen Fiat Panda

 

Porsche Claims 911 May Never Go All Electric

Porsche, the world-renowned luxury automaker from Germany, stated that it expects to increase sales of its all electric vehicles in the coming years. However, fans and customers should not expect an electric vehicle version of the company’s celebrated 911 sports car in the near future if at all.

Oliver Blume, Porsche CEO, that the 911 would absolutely be the last of their models to be modified for full electrification if it ever becomes electric at all. Porsche seems to stand firm on its declarations about the future of 911 even amid announcements they will plan for about 80% of their vehicles to be electrified by 2030.

Porsche called the 911 their “icon.” Porsche stated during a recent press conference that the concept of the 911 doesn’t allow for it to become fully electric and remain a 911. Specifically they stated the read mounted engine as the primary reason, that they weight of the batteries in the rear would be make the car undriveable.

Porsche reported 17% percent of its global sales were electrified last year. A third of those sales were in Europe.

 

Volkswagaen’s 2026 Project Trinity to Change EVs Forever?

In 2026 Volkwagen’s Project Trinity will roll out as a innovative electric vehicle. It will include autonomous driving and introduce a new business model that includes new functions for the vehicle as a downloadable service.

It has previously been described as “highly efficient” and as having an “iconic design.” The glasshouse style of the concept (likely used to display the LED focused interior) will not likely influence the look of the first production car.

Volkswagen, under its Accelerate plan, will release one new EV per year.

The Trinity EV will be based on some elements from the MEB EV platform but will include new powertrains and more advanced software. The software will provided increasingly advanced systems in terms of connectivity, technology and driving.

Volkswagen looks to set new standards with both distance and charging—the goal to have charging take no longer than a typical fuel stop.

Mercedes-Benz EQA–their first full-electric compact.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQA is the German car maker’s first full-electric compact car.

The EQA 250 is currently for sale with a starting price of about $49,000 for the Sport and $51,000 for the AMG Line trim. The EQA 250 Sport comes standard with cruise control, a back up camera, adaptive high-beam headlights, sports steering wheel and other driver aids standard. The AMG Line includes 20 inch alloy wheels, faux leather sport seats and beautiful interior trim.

The AMG Line can be upgraded with a package that includes twin-spoke alloy wheels, augmented reality navigation system and panoramic sunroof, upgrade sound system and wireless phone charging.

The EQA 250 all electric is just one of six EQ models to be launched by 2022. Mercedes is also planning a seven seat EQB.

The interior of the EQA, like much of the car, is based on the GLA. The interior of the EQA is basically unchanged—but the interior trim is now in rose-gold color along vents, seats and key hole in addition to new backlighting.

 

What Could Apple’s Future Role in Autonomous Vehicles Be?

Apple has made many false starts getting into the autonomous vehicle market—they continue their efforts both by themselves and through potential partnerships.

Many believe that Apple’s future as a tech giant will be to expand beyond phones and computers, which they have conquered already. Some believe that either a role in self-driving cars or in improving health care are their best bets.

Hyundai has made a public confirmation that they have been talking to Apple about the two companies working together in some form. Hyundai’s role could be in manufacturing and with battery technology. A product could be available as soon as 2024.

Additionally, Apple sought and received the OK from California regulators to test self-driving cars on city streets. They have a handful of vehicles equipped with a variety of sensors including radar and lidar which have been spotted on the roads of Silicon Valley.

Lastly, Apple has been hiring and invest in their own business even amongst staff cuts, leadership changeups and new strategies.

Global NCAP Cast Light on Lower Auto Safety Standards Around the World

The NCAP, global vehicle safety body, has again put a lens to the inequality between the safety standards Europeans enjoy and the lack of standards in low-income markets. NCAP’s data shows that this disparities account for 90% of the 1.3 million annual road deaths in the world.

As an example, the Renault Kwid, which tested poorly in India and Brazil, scored only two stars in the Global NCAP’s recent testing in its Safer Cars for Africa test even though the criteria were lower than those in the US or Europe. This even though the Kwid received upgrades like passenger and driver airbags.

The Kwid is much like the Dacia Spring Electric—this vehicle might be the cheapest mass-production electric car when it goes on sale. However, to go on sale in Europe it will need significant safety upgrades to the structure and electric safety system.

The Renault Kwid is just one example of vehicles whose lower-income markets receive vehicles made with inferior materials and at lower safety standards.

 

Citroën Enters EV Passenger Van Market

European car maker Citroën is going the small market for EV passenger vans with its all electric Spacetourer model.

The e-Spacetourer, up to 9 passengers, features an electric motor which puts out 134bhp and 192lb ft of torque. This replaces the original’s diesel engine. The e-Spacetourer employs a 50kWh battery pack. This gives it a WLTP-certified range of 143 miles and a top speed of 80mph.

The eSpacetourer also includes three driving modes to increase range. Its “Eco” mode drops the output significantly to 80bhp as well as the air-conditioner’s power draw. The “Normal” setting increases power to the mid-range of 107bhp. The “Power” setting give out the full 134bhp.

Citroën says the battery pack, with its under-floor position, takes up no space from the inside of the medium length Spacetourer (4.95m). The battery is has an 8-year, 100k mile warranty.

The e-Spacetourer comes standard with a Type 2 home charger with an 7.4kW wall box has an option The van can also rapid charge up to 100kW. This rapid charge can take the battery from zero to 80% in just 30 minutes.

Volvo Updates Two Popular Models to Electric Power Trains

Volvo’s S90 and V90 models just go an update including for the first-time mild hybrid power trains. These new mild hybrid power train is available now on every model in the Swedish’ carmakers line up. Volvo claims it offers up to a 15% savings in fuel and emissions.

The system uses a 48v battery with its own integrated starter, generator and energy recovery mechanism. It will be included across the S90 and V90 models and even on the V90 Cross county. This is the first time one of Volvo’s more sport utility models will be fitted with a hybrid system.

Each of the models in question here got some other small upgrades as well. Both models will be getting new, more stylish bumpers with fog lights and new LED taillights will be included on the V90. Models will include sequential indicator lights as well as new paint and wheel options as well.

Refreshed interiors come standard along with advance air cleaning technology which filters the cabin air and even gives an air quality report from the infotainment system. This is the system previously available only on models sold in the Chinese market.

Both models get rear USB-C charging ports (no more 12-volt power which surely some will miss) along with wireless charging being added as an option on many variants. For the audiophiles both the V90 and S90 will get new Bowers and Wilkins sound systems. For the interiors Volvo is offering many new leather-free options for materials.

Additional specs and pricing are not yet available.