According to German newspaper FAZ, electronics giant Bosch is planning to manufacture new silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors at its factory in Reutlingen. For deploying a pilot line for new SiC chip at the factory, Bosch has reportedly planned an initial investment in the âthree-digit million range.â
The first sample of the new SiC chip will be officially presented by Bosch in 2020.
About the new chips, a press statement released by the Bosch headquarters has revealed that the SiC chips are made of a âmiracle material.â Bosch has also asserted that the SiC chips have more electrical conductivity as compared to regular silicon chips.
Going by Boschâs claims, the new SiC chips can lead to an increase of up to 6% in the driving range of an electric vehicle. Moreover, the advantage of the new chips in terms of power electronics is that they can ensure 50% lower energy loss in the form of heat. The reduced heat loss of the new SiC chips and their capability to work at much higher operating temperatures can yield significant cost savings for manufacturers, because they can downsize their expenditure on the cooling of the powertrain components.
With regard to the potential savings enabled by the new SiC chips, Bosch said in its press release: âThis saving translates into more efficient power electronics and more energy for the electric motor and therefore for the battery range.âBusiness: Company NewsElectronicsCompanies: BoschRegion: GermanyGeneral: FeaturedTNM
Chinese battery manufacturer CATL has been officially granted the requisite approval for starting the new construction of its battery cell factory in Erfurt, Germany.
CATL has revealed that the go-ahead for the companyâs new battery cell factory construction has been given by Anja Siegesmund, the Minister of the Environment for the Thuringia region. The approval from the Thuringian State Office for the Environment, Mining and Nature Conservation (TLUBN) was eagerly awaited by CATL before commencing the new construction of its Erfurt battery cell factory.
With the official approval now having been received by CATL, the companyâs European head Matthias Zentgraf has said that the ground-breaking ceremony at the factory will likely take place in the 2019 fourth quarter.
Zentgraf also said that CATL previously planned to hold the ground-breaking ceremony at the battery cell factory in mid or late September 2019. However, the ceremony was been postponed because the company had not got the due approval from the German authorities.
CATL was earlier planning to commence the battery cell production at the Erfurt factory in 2021, and was aiming at an annual production capacity of 14 GWh. However, the company later expanded its original plans. Initially, CATLâs Chinese headquarters had planned a EUR 240 million investment in the factory by 2022, but in June this year, the planned investment was substantially increased to EUR 1.8 billion by the CATL board of directors.Business: Auto SectorCompany UpdatesEnergy SectorCompanies: CATLRegion: GermanyGeneral: FeaturedTNM
In a recent announcement, the Government of Scotland has revealed the first results of its eBike Grant Fund that enables the purchase of electric bikes across the country.
The eBike Grant Fund is part of the Scottish Governmentâs 2018-launched campaign to encourage people to use e-bikes or cargo pedelecs, especially on short journeys. A total amount of ÂŁ273,000 has thus far been granted by the Government in round three of the eBike Grant Fund, with some more grants likely to come through before the end of 2019.
In announcing the first results of the eBike Grant Fund, the Government said that the fund has enabled the purchase of more than 100 e-bikes by 19 organisations throughout Scotland for the period 2019-20 so far.
More specifically, Ellie Grebenik -- Senior Programme Manager, Scottish Transport at Energy Saving Trust -- said that the eBike Grant Fund has supported 19 organizations in purchasing â113 e-bikes and 11 e-cargo bikes, along with four e-trikes and three trailersâ in 2019 to date. Grebenik also added that e-bikes and e-cargo bikes offer health benefits, and reduce pollution and costs of transportation.
With the purchase of more than 600 e-bikes having been supported by the eBike Grant Fund since its launch, Michael Matheson -- Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity -- said that the funding is part of the Governmentâs ambition âto develop an Active Nation,â where the opportunities to walk and cycle are available to more people than ever before.Region: ScotlandBusiness: Auto SectorGeneral: FeaturedTNMCleanTech
For the âEVolution Roadâ research project in Sweden, a Solaris Trollino trolleybus -- manufactured by Poland-based bus and coach maker Solaris -- will be test driven on a special electric-vehicle (EV) charging track in Lund city.
The âEVolution Roadâ research project has been initiated by Elonroad, in association with the University of Lund and Swedenâs Transport Ministry. The other partners in the EUR 9-million project include Solaris, the municipality of Lund, Innovation SkĂ„ne AB, Kraftringen Energi AB, SkĂ„netrafiken, and Ramboll AB.
The research project involves the construction of a special road track on which the batteries of EVs will be charged both while driving and at a halt. To enable on-track and stationary charging of EV batteries, segments of conductor rails --- each of one-meter length -- will be laid on a one-kilometre stretch. The power supply on the sections of the rail will be switched on for EV charging immediately when the EVolution Road identifies an approaching EV.
The vehicle which has been selected for test driving on the special EV-charging road track is a Solaris Trollino trolleybus. For the test drive, Solaris will install a special device underneath the bus, to enable its recharging from the conductor rails entrenched in the ground. The charging systems in the Trollino trolleybus will be developed and integrated by Solaris.
The commencement of the EVolution Road construction is scheduled for 2020 first quarter. The entire project will run for a period of three years.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: SolarisRegion: SwedenPolandGeneral: FeaturedTNMCleanTech
US electric vehicle startup Bollinger Motors has presented new versions of the Jeep-like Bollinger B1 electric utility truck and the Bollinger B2 electric pickup truck.
The introduction of the latest B1 and B2 versions by Bollinger have come at a time when the startup is nearing the production of the two trucks. With Bollinger having previously unveiled the early versions of B1 and B2, the latest versions of the trucks are apparently much closer in appearance and features to their expected production versions.
Going by indications from the latest versions of the B1 electric utility truck and the B2 electric pickup, the latest production specifications of the two trucks include 120 kWh battery pack, dual motors, 614 horsepower, 668 lb.-ft. Torque, and a two-speed, high/low range gearbox.
In addition, the new B1 and B2 versions also indicate that the payload capacity of the trucks will be 5201 lb., while the towing capacity will be 7500 lb. The trucks will have 7.8 power/weight ratio, 11.75-inch vented brakes, 4-wheel anti-lock inboard discs, and 15-inch ground clearance. The top speed of the trucks will be 100 mph, and they will achieve 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.5 seconds.
With the latest versions of the B1 electric utility truck and the B2 electric pickup having now been unveiled, Bollinger has said that the details related to the production timeline and the pricing of the trucks will be disclosed in the âcoming months.âCompanies: Bollinger MotorsGeneral: FeaturedTNMProduct LaunchRegion: United States
German automaker Daimlerâs Smart brand has released the first few images of the revised, ânew-generationâ models of its EQ electric car lineup -- the EQ Fortwo, the EQ Fortwo Cabrio, and the EQ Forfour. The revised Smart EQ models will be debuted at the upcoming IAA event.
The Fortwo and Forfour models have been available only as electric models for some time now. The revised versions of these models come with notable design upgrades, but feature the same powertrain as the previous versions.
Hence, Smart is describing the revised Fortwo, Fortwo Cabrio, and Forfour as ânew generationâ models only because of the refreshed design.
The key design changes in the revised Fortwo, Fortwo Cabrio, and Forfour models include a new ornamental trim for the radiator grille, slightly modified headlights, fenders painted in the same colour as the car, and the âSmartâ logo on the hood. The new models will also boast a bunch of connectivity features.
With the powertrain of the revised Fortwo, Fortwo Cabrio, and Forfour models remaining unchanged, the vehicles are outfitted with a 17.6 kWh battery pack, a rear-mounted electric motor capable of 60 kW output, and a driving range of between 140 km and 159 km (NEDC) depending on the model. The top speed of the vehicles will be 130 km/h, and they will be available with an optional 22 kW onboard charger which was introduced by Smart in 2018.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: DaimlerRegion: GermanyGeneral: FeaturedTNM
In recently issued joint statement, transport and energy associations in Europe have sought support from European institutions for a rapid deployment of intelligent charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs).
The European transport and energy associations that have issued the joint statement include the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers, the European Electricity Industry Association, and the umbrella organisation of European NGOs from the sustainable transport sector.
In their request to European institutions to support a speedy rollout of intelligent EV charging infrastructure, the transport and energy groups said that it is imperative to ensure that EV drivers have the requisite infrastructure for easily charging their vehicles at home, at the workplace, and along the motorways.
According to the involved associations, certain important legislation should be reformed appropriately by the policymakers. These legislations include the upcoming EU Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Act (AFID) and the EU Buildings Directive (EPBD).
The demand for intelligent EV charging infrastructure put forth by the European transport and energy associations calls for a widespread expansion of the strategically located infrastructure for intelligent EV charging across the European Union. The move, as per the involved associations, will enable EV drivers to âcharge without seriously affecting or overloading European electricity grids,â and will thus offer âclear benefits for customers, the electricity system, the automotive industry and society as a whole.âRegion: EuropeBusiness: Auto SectorGeneral: FeaturedTNMCleanTech
The UKâs Faraday Institution has announced that it will grant an amount of up to ÂŁ55 million for battery research, so that battery enhancements for transport and grid storage can be accelerated in the country.
According to the announcement, the ÂŁ55 million grant will be awarded by Faraday Institution to a UK-based consortium to undertake battery research. The consortium will be led by the University of Oxford, and will comprise five other university partners as well as six industry partners.
The consortium will undertake research on battery chemistries, systems, and production techniques. The key focus of the consortium will be on potential improvements in the production of electrodes in order to support the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries.
In reference to the ÂŁ55 million grant for battery research, Faraday Institution CEO Neil Morris said that the dual objective behind the grant portfolio is to improve present-generation lithium-ion batteries and to shore up the commercialisation of next-generation batteries.
Highlighting the fact that the ÂŁ55 million grant announced by the Faraday Institution will back scientists and innovators to collaborate on battery-research projects, Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi said that the collaborative projects will help deliver âa brighter, cleaner futureâ on UK roads. Zahawi also added: âWe are committed to ensuring that the UK is at the forefront of developing the battery technologies needed to achieve our aim for all cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040.âBusiness: Energy SectorTechnology SectorCompanies: Faraday InstitutionRegion: United KingdomGeneral: FeaturedTNMCleanTech
In a move which will enable Chinese battery manufacturer CATL to expand its raw material supply, a joint venture for cathode materials is being set up by the company with its subsidiary Brunp Recycling. CATL holds 28.5% of Brunp Recycling.
The joint venture will be called Ningbo Brunp CATL New Energy, and will be based in Ningbo in Zhejiang province.
According to the information shared by CATL, the share capital of Ningbo Brunp CATL New Energy will be 3.6 billion yuan (approximately EUR 457 million). Both CATL and Brunp Recycling will provide the share capital of the joint venture in full, though the exact distribution has not been revealed.
The key objective of Ningbo Brunp CATL New Energy will be research and development (R&D). In addition, the joint venture will also focus on the sale of battery materials as well as other ârelevant materialsâ like cobalt and nickel. There is presently no timeline revealed by CATL about when the first products of the joint venture will be showcased.
CATLâs intent behind setting up the joint venture with its Brunp Recycling subsidiary is to consolidate the supply of cathode materials. Against the backdrop of the joint venture move, CATL Europe Co-President Matthias Zentgraf highlighted the companyâs sustainability strategy, and said: âIn line with the growing interest in e-mobility, we continue to strive to develop new and improved technologies that meet the needs of automotive manufacturers.âBusiness: Company UpdatesEnergy SectorCompanies: CATLRegion: ChinaGeneral: FeaturedTNM
According to a report by the South China Morning Post, the Chinese government is aiming for an ambitious target of getting 1 million fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) on the roads by the year 2030. Towards that end, an interim target of 50,000 FCEVs has been set by the government for 2025.
In order to achieve its ambitious FCEV registrations target, the Chinese government is planning to promote the adoption of FCEVs in the country by offering massive subsidies to potential buyers in several provinces.
According to the report, subsidies to the amount of 160,000 yuan (approximately EUR 20,300) per FCEV will be offered to buyers in 17 provinces in 2019. Buyers of commercial FCEVs in the 17 provinces will each get subsidies of up to 400,000 yuan (EUR 50,800).
In addition to the subsidies on the purchase of FCEVs, the construction of hydrogen filling stations will also be subsidized by local authorities in ten cities. The subsidy for each hydrogen filling station constructed in the ten cities will go up to 4 million yuan (EUR 508,300).
The Chinese governmentâs move to subsidize FCEV purchases is aimed at achieving the ambitious 1 million FCEV target by 2030. With only 1,791 FCEVs registered in the country in end-2018, the government apparently assumes that FCEV registrations will record a moderate growth to 50,000 units by 2025, and will grow rapidly thereafter to record a staggering number of 950,000 registrations in the subsequent five years.Region: ChinaBusiness: Auto SectorGeneral: FeaturedTNMCleanTech
In a recent statement released shortly ahead of the upcoming IAA event this week, German automaker Volkswagen (VW) has revealed that its limited special edition of the ID.3 is now out of stock.
The statement is noteworthy because it implies that VW ID.3 special edition has sold out even before the start of the IAA, the event at which the model is to be officially unveiled. The ID.3 is Volkswagenâs first new model with the brandâs new logo.
The ID.3 special edition or the ID.3 1ST was introduced by Volkswagen at a launch event held in Berlin in May 2019. The automaker plans to manufacture only 30,000 units of the special edition model, which will have a driving range of up to 420 km (WLTP). The model will be available with a âfree to chargeâ advantage for one year (or up to 2,000 kWh) at charging stations with VWâs WeCharge service.
In its recent disclosure that the ID.3 1ST edition is already sold out, Volkswagen said that it has registered more than 30,000 reservations for the special edition. Interested parties have been able to reserve the ID.3 1ST edition without the requirement of a EUR 1,000 deposit.
According to the details released by Volkswagen, the ID.3 1ST edition has chiefly been ordered by potential customers in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, and the Netherlands. Volkswagen will contact the reservation holders in autumn and spring, to enable them to make a binding order from the reservation at the dealerships.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: VolkswagenRegion: GermanyGeneral: FeaturedTNMProduct Launch
German automaker Porsche officially unveiled the final production version its first all-electric car -- the âTaycanâ -- on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. The Taycan unveiling comes nearly four years after the introduction of the vehicleâs âMission Eâ concept version.
At the unveiling event, Porsche introduced two high-performance variants of the Taycan --- the Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S. The automaker has revealed that the cost of the 670 horsepower Turbo variant will start at around $151,000, while the 751 horsepower Turbo S pricing will begin at nearly $185,000. The deliveries of the Turbo and the Turbo S will commence by the end of 2019.
Porsche also said that other lower-cost and low-power variants of the Taycan will be launched later this year. In addition, the automaker will also offer an electric crossover SUV -- the Taycan Cross Turismo -- from late 2020.
In officially unveiling the high-performance Taycan versions, Porsche has revealed the features and key specifications of the forthcoming all-electric car. According to the details shared by Porsche, the Taycan specifications include a 93.4 kWh battery pack, two electric motors capable of producing up to 617 horsepower, 265 kW regenerative braking capacity, two-speed transmission, up to 450 km driving range (WLTP), and top track speed of 260 km/h.
The Taycan will have 270 kW peak charge rate, and 2.8 seconds 0-100 km/h acceleration. The electric car will have five driving modes --- Sport, Sport Plus, Normal, Individual, and Range.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: PorscheRegion: GermanyGeneral: FeaturedTNMProduct Launch
In a recent press release, German automaker BMW has indicated that it will stop producing its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car from April 2020.
The disclosure of the imminent discontinuation of production of the hybrid i8 sports car was announced somewhat discreetly by BMW in the press release. The automaker said: âThe Ultimate Sophisto Edition will escort the worldâs most successful plug-in hybrid sports car since its launch in 2014 onto the finishing straight; production of the i8 will come to an end, as scheduled, in April 2020.â
The press release by BMW largely focused on the new special models for the i8 and the all-electric i3. The pricing of the special models has not been revealed by the automaker.
According to rumors, the new special model of the i8 is likely to hit the markets in 2022. BMW will produce only 200 units of the special model, in coupe and roadster variants. The special model will also apparently be a plug-in hybrid vehicle, but will be outfitted with a more powerful 250 kW combustion engine and a 150 kW electric motor. It will feature 20-inch bicolour alloy wheels, a special paint finish, and âE-Copperâ color accents.
Meanwhile, the special model of the i3 in the RoadStyle edition will also come with 20-inch rims, along with E-Copper accents, âFluid Blackâ car paint, and interior based on the âSuiteâ equipment. BMW will produce a âlimited editionâ of less than 1,000 units of the special i3 model.Business: Auto SectorCompany NewsCompanies: BMWRegion: GermanyGeneral: FeaturedTNM
Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) has developed solar roofing for electric vehicles (EVs), in an apparent effort to increase their driving range.
The solar roofing for EVs will be introduced by Fraunhofer ISE at the upcoming IAA event in Frankfurt this month. At the event, the Institute will present two solar EV roofs in different colors.
The EV solar roofing developed by Fraunhofer ISE -- located in Freiburg -- comprises highly efficient solar cells which can be incorporated into the pre-formed solar roof in an unnoticeable manner by coating the roof in any color. The cells can lead to a considerable increase in EV driving range, specifically over short distances.
According to the details shared by Fraunhofer ISE, the solar roof for EVs have a rated output of nearly 210 W/mÂČ. Therefore, on a sunny day, the roof can supply a mid-range EV with enough electricity to travel approximately 10 km. As per the Instituteâs projections, the solar roof can extend the range of an EV by âabout 10 per centâ over a year.
About the rationale behind the potential use of solar roofs in EVs, Fraunhofer ISE Director Andreas Brett said that it is important to ârealise a CO2-free energy supply in all sectors.â Brett further added: âIn the future, solar modules will be integrated into our already built environment even more, for example into vehicles.âBusiness: Energy SectorCompanies: Fraunhofer ISERegion: GermanyGeneral: FeaturedTNMCleanTech
In a recent statement, UK-headquartered capital goods company CNH Industrial has revealed that it is making a $250-million investment in US startup Nikola, which specializes in the production of electric trucks.
CNH Industrial is one of the biggest capital goods companies in the world. The company was created in 2013, as a result of a merger of GNH Global and Fiat Industrial due to the Fiat Group restructuring move. CNH Industrialâs commercial vehicle brands include Iveco Bus, Steyr, New Holland, Magirus, and Hueliez Bus.
The $250-million investment by CNH Industrial in Nikola is part of the US startupâs latest funding round. Nikola is looking to secure more than $1 billion in capital in the funding round.
Along with the financial transaction with Nikola, CNH Industrialâs commercial vehicle and powertrain brands Iveco and FPT Industrial will provide development and production expertise to Nikola to help the startup commercialize its planned fuel cell and battery trucks. The expertise will facilitate Nikolaâs North America launch of its Nikola One and Nikola Two models, among other electric vehicles.
Furthermore, CNH Industrial and Nikola are also planning to establish a joint venture in Europe, initially for developing the âNikola Treâ fuel cell heavy-duty truck for the European markets. Nikola has revealed that the joint venture will integrate its fuel-cell speciality, technologies for hydrogen storage onboard, infotainment, control units, and the development of over-the-air upgrades.Business: Auto SectorCompany UpdatesCompanies: Nikola Motor CompanyCNH IndustrialRegion: United StatesGeneral: FeaturedTNM
According to Chinese media reports, the countryâs renowned real estate group Evergrande is cooperating with two German companies to advance its ambitious electric vehicle (EV) plans.
The reports have revealed that the two German partners of Evergrandeâs electric car subsidiary NEVS are Paderborn-based supplier Benteler and Aachen-based development service provider FEV Group.
The partnership with Benteler and FEV will enable Evergrande to gain access to an EV platform, thereby shortening its research and development (R&D) cycle for EVs by nearly three years. Evergrande and its NEVS subsidiary will be able to use the expertise from Benteler and FEV for materializing their plans to commence EV production as early as possible.
Evergrandeâs cooperation agreement with Benteler involves the transfer of the intellectual property of Bentelerâs world-class â3.0 chassis architectureâ to the Chinese group. The cooperation will apparently promote further development of the âElectric Drive System 2.0â which was presented by Benteler in April 2019, at the Shanghai Auto Show.
The details with regard to Evergrandeâs cooperation agreement with FEV are not yet clearly known. FEV initially developed combustion engines, but, in recent years, the companyâs focus has increasingly shifted to the development of new drive technologies. FEV is presently active in over 40 countries, and has efforts underway to expand its competencies to include body construction and overall vehicle development.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: EvergrandeRegion: ChinaGermanyGeneral: FeaturedTNM
In a recent announcement underscoring an environment-friendly move, the US state of Virginia has said that it is planning the electrification its public school bus fleets.
According to the announcement made by Virginiaâs Governor Ralph Northam, the state has planned five-year initiatives for making a switch over to electric mobility. Under the planned initiatives, the electrification of public transport in the state will be undertaken in three stages.
Going by the details shard by Governor Northam, the first phase of school-bus electrification in Virginia will mark the transition of the first 50 school buses to electric by 2020. Subsequently, in the second phase, another 1,000 electric school buses will be electrified over the next five years. In the third phase, the state is âaiming for all electric by 2030.â
The initial investment cost for electrifying the public school bus fleets has apparently been ascertained by Virginia. In addition, the state has also calculated that the operating cost of the school buses will be reduced by nearly 60% in the long term, after the electrification.
To materialize the plans of electrifying the school bus fleets, the state of Virginia wants to ensure that the education system is not burdened with the bus-electrification costs. Hence, to facilitate the school-bus electrification move, the state will provide electric-bus charging stations and infrastructure to schools, free of cost.Region: VirginiaBusiness: Auto SectorGeneral: FeaturedTNMCleanTech
In a recent announcement, Los Angeles-based charter start-up Quantum Air has revealed that it has signed an agreement with Denver-based Bye Aerospace, for the purchase of 26 small electrically-powered aircraft.
According to the announcement, the 26 electric aircraft that Quantum Air has ordered from Bye Aerospace include 22 units of fixed-wing four-seat eFlyer 4 aircraft, and four units of two-seat eFlyer 2. In addition, the agreement also underscores Quantum Airâs commitment to purchase two other new electric aircraft that are currently being developed by Bye Aerospace.
The purchase of the Bye Aerospace eFlyers will enable Quantum Air to launch an air taxi service in Los Angeles.
About the imminent arrival of electric aircraft, Quantum Air CEO Tony Thompson said that electric aircraft will herald âa new Golden Age in aviation.â Further adding that, âSince the dawn of flight, point to point air travel has been a luxury available only to a privileged few,â Thompson said: âQuantumâs groundbreaking air taxi service will finally make point to point air travel widely available.â
As of now, the excepted timeline for the delivery of the 26 electric aircraft by Bye Aerospace to Quantum Air has not yet been officially announced. Bye Aerospace is presently completing the critical design review, and is hopeful of obtaining FAA FAR 23 type certification for the eFlyer 2 in 2021, and for eFlyer 4 in 2022.Business: Aviation SectorCompanies: Bye AerospaceQuantum AirRegion: CaliforniaGeneral: FeaturedTNM
German public transport provider Hamburger Hochbahn is planning to purchase 530 units of electric buses between 2021 and 2025. The purchase will mark the next generation of the electric buses to be used by the company which plans to order only emission-free vehicles from 2020 onwards.
For the purchase of the electric buses, Hamburger Hochbahn has launched a Europe-wide tender, seeking proposals from interested electric bus suppliers. The company has also announced the details related to the technical specifications of the electric buses it requires.
According to the tender published by Hamburger Hochbahn, one of the most crucial aspects affecting the selection of the new electric bus models is the expected driving range of the buses. The company is looking for a 200 km range, though it will initially consider a 150 km range for the first 50 articulated buses because of higher weight.
In its specifications for electric buses, Hamburger Hochbahn has left open the tactical option of procuring buses that are pure hydrogen vehicles or the buses with fuel cells as range extenders.
Nonetheless, in the invitation to the electric-bus tender, Hamburger Hochbahn has clearly specified that the electric buses should have the capability to avail overnight charging in the depot. The company has also added alongside that âoffers are also welcome which, in addition to the depot shop, also allow âopportunity chargingâ (charging at the terminal stops) in order to increase the range.âRegion: GermanyBusiness: Auto SectorGeneral: FeaturedTNM
Spanish Volkswagen subsidiary Seat has announced that it will soon introduce a plug-in hybrid variant of the Tarraco SUV model.
According to the announcement, the Tarraco model outfitted with a plug-in hybrid drive will be called the Seat Tarraco FR PHEV. The vehicle -- a petrol-electric SUV -- will be premiered by Seat at the upcoming IAA event.
The orders for the soon-to-be-introduced Seat Tarraco FR PHEV will likely be opened in early 2020. The cost of the vehicle has not been quoted yet.
Going by the details shared by Seat, the plug-in powertrain of the Tarraco FR PHEV comes mainly from Volkswagenâs Passat GTE, but with a higher system power. For comparison, the Passat GTE has 160 kW system output, whereas the Tarraco FR PHEV will have 180 kW system output.
Due to the high system output of the Tarraco FR PHEV, Seat has opted for a sportier design for the vehicle. With regard to the technical data, Seat has revealed that the PHEV will be equipped with a 13 kWh battery pack, an 85 kW electric motor, and a petrol engine with 110 kW power output. The high-voltage accumulator of the vehicle will have a capacity of 13 kWh.
The expected WLTP driving range of the Tarraco PHEV is nearly 50 km. However, the exact figures of the PHEVâs range have not been officially disclosed by Seat because the vehicle has not yet been homologated.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: VolkswagenSeatRegion: EuropeSpainGeneral: FeaturedTNMProduct Launch