VW plans radical new electric vehicle

February 9th, 2016 § Comments Off on VW plans radical new electric vehicle § permalink

leading engineers have been challenged by company boss Herbert Diess to create an electric car that can be as iconic as the Golf.
The secret plan, uncovered by Autocar, has been hatched by Diess as a crucial pillar in the firm’s attempts to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the emissions scandal and is described as a watershed project similar in depth to the multi-billion-pound engineering undertaking that spawned the i3 at BMW, his former employer.
Diess has told Volkswagen’s engineering bosses to create “the Volkswagen for the digital age”, and the top engineering talent at the firm’s Braunschweig R&D centre is already working on the new car, which is tentatively due in 2019.
Diess has challenged his team to set new benchmarks for electric performance as well as developing cutting-edge connectivity and infotainment systems and style the car so it stands out as a statement of VW’s technical capabilities.
The hand-picked team of engineers is currently defining the packaging of the new zero-emissions model, which is understood to be around 4400mm in length. That compares with the Golf’s 4255mm and suggests that it will fight for sales in the same segment while offering a unique powertrain, interior environment and look.
“It will make a huge statement,” a senior engineer with knowledge of VW’s research and development plans revealed. “It’s planned to use cutting-edge technology but at a price that makes it attainable for the average motorist,” the source added.
Autocar has been told the dedicated electric car will be the first to use the Volkswagen Group’s new MEB architecture, which has been developed specifically for electric cars.
The platform was showcased on the Budd-e MPV concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, with VW claiming the architecture “heralds a fundamental change in electric cars, and thus for the car in general, because the MEB throws all fossil fuel ballast of the present overboard, having been designed specifically for electric cars”.
As a result, Volkswagen says the body design, interior design, interior packaging and drive characteristics of electrically powered cars will change dramatically. 
Changes compared with current car design are said to focus on the opportunity to have a far more spacious interior in a car with a much smaller footprint, greater agility and greater connectivity opportunities. In addition, Volkswagen has targeted a significant growth in electric range through the use of compact electric motors and high-performance batteries.
While Volkswagen is banking on a range of up to 300km (186 miles) for the next-generation e-Golf due in 2018, the engineering parameters for the new electric model are claimed to call for a range exceeding 500km (311 miles) – the same distance claimed by Porsche for the production version of its Mission-E saloon.  
Despite the apparent parallels between the Budd-e concept and the stand-alone electric car, a key source at Volkswagen’s R&D centre said they were being developed separately, albeit off the same MEB platform.
VW Group CEO Matthias Müller has confirmed that there will be 20 electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles in the VW Group’s range by 2020.
“We are using the current crisis to fundamentally realign the group,” he said. “I feel we now have the chance to build a new and better Volkswagen.”
To date, with the exception of the ultra-high-tech XL1, Volkswagen has concentrated its electric car developments on existing models such as the Up and Golf. Prior to the emissions scandal, it had been taking a cautious approach to electric car sales.
From http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/vw-plans-radical-new-electric-vehicle-2019

Bristol: Fancy test driving an electric car? Head down to a new motor show coming to Millennium Square Read

May 28th, 2015 § Comments Off on Bristol: Fancy test driving an electric car? Head down to a new motor show coming to Millennium Square Read § permalink

BRISTOL revealed its 100th electric car charging point last month, with more than £1 million being spent on installing them around the city.

But despite the Source West project, it was revealed that the points were only used on average once a month since they were first installed in 2012.

But next month, the charging points could finally come in handy when a fleet of electric cars descend on the city for a special motor show dedicated to the vehicles.

And the Evolution Bristol Motor Show is the only show of its kind where visitors will get the chance to test drive the cars around the city.
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Electric car charging points spark debate (AGAIN)

January 20th, 2015 § Comments Off on Electric car charging points spark debate (AGAIN) § permalink

Readers have complained to us that two dedicated electric car parking spaces at Linlithgow’s Water Yett are a waste of space – but are they?

This week we are also reporting on a Friends of the Earth Scotland study which shows that both Main Street in Newton Village and Linlithgow’s High Street have pollution levels above the acceptable Scottish maximum.

Proponents of the ‘waste of space’ view claim that parking is already at a premium for the GP’s surgery, and that taking away two bays for vehicles which, it is claimed, are almost non-existent in the Burgh is foolhardy and pointless.
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Working to build an Electric Car leasing comparison website. Looking for partners – Dealership or Leasing firm? DM, get in touch!

August 4th, 2014 § Comments Off on Working to build an Electric Car leasing comparison website. Looking for partners – Dealership or Leasing firm? DM, get in touch! § permalink

It should be some great stuff.
Over the last two years, I have done across many dozens if not hundred+ queries about cheapest lease plans and all sort of options and deals.

I keep looking those up and keeping tabs on my preferred & proven dealership and leasing firms with such deals.

However it’s time to scale up and dedicate this a whole new purpose website, – if you are a dealership or leasing firm and wish to partner up, do get in touch!

DM @evmeerkat or info[at]evmeerkat.com

Web domain to be confirmed on 14th August and hopefully website to follow in few weeks time in time for Autumn launch!

Hello Electric Car: Event Introduces Area Drivers to Electric Vehicles

May 16th, 2014 § Comments Off on Hello Electric Car: Event Introduces Area Drivers to Electric Vehicles § permalink

Norwich — A group of people stood in the circular driveway in front of the entrance into the Montshire Museum Thursday night, talking about electric cars.

NorwichLittle did they know there was one sitting in the driveway behind them, with several passengers inside waiting to get by for their test-ride.

“They don’t make any sound,” laughed volunteer Barbara Duncan, of Fairlee, as she ushered people out of the way.

An estimated 200 people attended the free Upper Valley Electric Vehicle Demo and Forum, one of the first such events in the region for people to learn the ins and outs of hybrid gas-electric and all-electric vehicles.

About 20 electric vehicle owners, as well as representatives from three dealerships that sell hybrid cars, were on hand in the parking lot to share first-hand knowledge about ownership. Many offered to take folks on a short drive to show them what the cars were like.

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BMW i3 Challenges Tesla for Hollywood’s Luxury Electric Car Crown

May 16th, 2014 § Comments Off on BMW i3 Challenges Tesla for Hollywood’s Luxury Electric Car Crown § permalink

The first car from BMW’s division dedicated to “sustainable mobility” is a masterful blend of performance and green aesthetics with a price — $41,000 — that could make it Hollywood’s next electric car du jour.

The first thing you notice about the BMW i3 — if you’ve wondered what, exactly, BMW was thinking fielding a stubby all-electric hatchback — is that it is much more plausible in person than in print.

Yet even as it finally arrives in U.S. dealers this week after years of development, the i3 remains a koan of a car, and it reveals the answer to the riddle of its existence by degrees as you experience it.
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