Canadian EV maker Electra signs manufacturing agreement with Chinese partner

Canadian EV maker Electra signs manufacturing agreement with Chinese partner

ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp has signed a manufacturing agreement with Zongshen Industrial Group to produce 75,000 SOLO (pictured) all-electric vehicles over the next three years.

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Specifically, the plan calls for the production of 5,000 SOLOs in 2018; 20,000 in 2019; and 50,000 in 2020. This agreement pairs one of the world's leading industrial manufacturing conglomerates with a preeminent and forward-thinking company in Electra Meccanica.

"Renewable, clean energy-powered and Artificial Intelligence-driven transportation is the direction of the strategic transformation of Zongshen Industrial Group Co., Ltd. We are pleased to work and move forward together with Electra Meccanica, and are confident about our ability and capacity to reach this goal," said Mr. Hu, the CEO of Zongshen Industrial Group.

"We are thrilled that Zongshen has joined us in leading the clean energy charge and partnered with us in the production of our innovative, new SOLO," said Jerry Kroll, CEO, ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. "We have thousands of orders on the books and we now have the manufacturing capacity to begin filling these orders for our customers."

The SOLO made its world debut in 2016 and to date has amassed combined corporate and retail orders totalling over 20,000 units, representing close to Canadian $400 million ($318 million) in anticipated purchase price value. The SOLO's unique design is powered by a 16.1 kWh lithium-ion battery and the drive system is tuned for both speed and mobility. With a range of 160 km (100 miles), and a top speed of 130 kph (80 mph), the SOLO delivers superior performance and spirited driving. Electra Meccanica is currently offering dealer opportunities and is accepting fully-refundable $250 deposits for the SOLO, and $1,000 deposits on the Tofino, at EMVauto.com.

Range Rover Sport to feature plug-in hybrid powertrain from 2018

Range Rover Sport to feature plug-in hybrid powertrain from 2018

The reveal follows the news that from 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will have the option of electrification marking the next step on the company's electrification journey.

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The flagship SVR now delivers 575 hp, making it the fastest Range Rover to date with a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds.

The British-designed, engineered and Solihull-built Range Rover Sport has sold more than 732,000 since it went on sale in 2005.

Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks said: "These 2018 updates make the Range Rover Sport an even more attractive proposition with CO2 emissions down to 64 g/km and a 101 mpg on the combined cycle coupled with new infotainment technology making life simpler. Our efficient diesel and petrol engines are our cleanest ever and remain utterly relevant today on our journey to electrification."

The latest Range Rover Sport is Jaguar Land Rover's first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Badged P400e, the new model provides sustainable performance by combining a 300hp (221kW) 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with an 85 kW electric motor. The 404 hp (297kW) total available power output – available from the permanent four-wheel drive system – delivers 0-60 mph in only 6.3 seconds (0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds) and a maximum speed of 137 mph. With an impressive 640 Nm of combined torque, the new powertrain mixes dynamic and sustainable performance with traditional Land Rover capability, comfort and refinement.

Thanks to its electrified powertrain, Range Rover Sport P400e emits only 64 g/km on the NEDC cycle and offers an all-electric range of 31 miles (51 km) without the petrol engine running.

The motor is powered by a 13.1 kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery. Land Rover engineers delivered a set-up that maximises interior space and provides ideal weight distribution. The 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine is longitudinally mounted, with the 85 kW electric motor housed on the transmission at the centre of the vehicle along with the 7 kW on-board charger. The access point for the cable is at the front of the vehicle, while the 13 k.1Wh prism-shaped lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the boot floor.

When rapid charging, a full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated or 32 amp wall box. The battery can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable supplied as standard.

Range Rover Velar above average in active and passive Euro NCAP tests

Range Rover Velar above average in active and passive Euro NCAP tests

The new Range Rover Velar is the latest vehicle from the increasingly popular SUV category to gain a 5 Star Euro NCAP safety rating.

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With Euro NCAP having tested no fewer than 15 SUVs since the start of 2016, Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research comments, "Modern SUVs perform consistently well in impact testing, particularly for adult occupant protection. The Velar however not only performs well in a crash – especially in Euro NCAP's exacting side impact test – but also in active safety, with its suite of standard-fit technologies designed to avoid the crash happening at all."

The Velar's 75% score for assisted safety features is a notable seven percentage points above average for the SUVs tested since January 2016. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems fitted to the Velar as standard include Interurban Autonomous Emergency Braking, an Adaptive Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warnings and seat-belt reminders for all passengers.

"Following 5 Star ratings for the Discovery and Discovery Sport, this is another signal from Jaguar Land Rover that safety is a priority. The Velar has reviewed positively and will undoubtedly be a popular car. With small SUV sales set to break the two million barrier in 2018, it's exciting to see one of the leading carmakers in the category deliver on standard-fit active safety systems," commented Avery.

Thatcham Research recently issued a call, in partnership with the RAC, IAM Roadsmart, the BVRLA and the Road Haulage Association, for greater standard fitment of Autonomous Emergency Braking, highlighting its potential to deliver a 38% reduction in real-world rear-end crashes.

GM's vision of zero crashes or emissions and 20 new EVs by 2023

GM's vision of zero crashes or emissions and 20 new EVs by 2023

General Motors has announced a major element of its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, recently announced by GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

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"General Motors believes in an all-electric future," said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. "Although that future won't happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers' needs."

In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV. They will be the first of at least 20 new all-electric vehicles that will launch by 2023.

Given customers' various needs, getting to a zero emissions future will require more than just battery electric technology. It will require a two-pronged approach to electrification — battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric depending on the unique requirements.

GM also introduced SURUS — the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure — a fuel cell powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame that's driven by two electric motors. With its capability and flexible architecture, SURUS could be used as a delivery vehicle, truck or even an ambulance — all emissions free.

New automatic transmission powertrain for new Renault Captur

New automatic transmission powertrain for new Renault Captur

A new engine and transmission combination has been added to the New Renault Captur line-up.

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The Captur is now available with the dCi 90 engine combined with a six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission providing driving comfort associated with an automatic transmission, combined with the fuel efficiency and response of a manual gearbox on Europe's best-selling compact crossover.

The EDC transmission is also available with the TCe 120 engine in the Captur range.

The New Captur dCi 90 EDC has fuel economy of up to 72.4mpg (NEDC combined) and CO2 emissions as low as 101g/km, in Dynamique Nav specification.

The New Captur – a refresh of the successful small crossover originally launched in 2013 – provides a high level of specification in Dynamique Nav form with equipment such as automatic climate control, MediaNav infotainment system with seven-inch touchscreen, zip-removable upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, Hands free key card, electrically folding and heated mirrors, cruise control, LED daytime running lights, LED front fog lights and chrome touches to the interior. This engine and transmission option is available with a total of four trim levels and in top-of-the-range Signature S Nav guise offers Hands Free Parking, leather upholstery with heated front seats, BOSE Premium Sound System, 360-degree parking sensors with reverse parking camera and Blind Spot Warning.

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