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WRC Rules Officially Switch to Hybrid Power for 2022 Season

By Bradley Brownell The World Rally Championship’s highest class will move to incorporate hybrid electric drive in two seasons time. The rule change will initially feature what the rulemakers are calling a “supplementary hybrid system” with spec components and software as a transitional stage from 2022 to 2025. Following that, regulations will open up for […]

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FERRARI SF90 STRADALE: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF HYBRID SUPERCARS

Three electric motors and a twin-turbo V8 are good for 986 hp The second hybrid Ferrari ever, and first series-production plug-in hybrid Ferrari, is here as the SF90 Stradale. It’s the first time the most powerful Prancing Horse in the stable will have a V8 and it can do that because of its three electric motors. […]

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Mitsubishi Motors celebrates a decade of i-MiEV, pioneering mass-production electric vehicles

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) today marked the 10th anniversary of its launch of the zero-emission i-MiEV city car, which paved the way for the automotive industry’s seismic shift towards mass-produced electric vehicles (EV). Since its release, the i-MiEV has gained a reputation for eco performance, quietness, driving performance and environmental economy. The i-MiEV has won […]

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Volkswagen ID.R Electric Race Car Smashes Nürburgring Record With 6:05.336 Lap

Volkswagen announced back in January that it would modify its record-holding electric prototype, the ID.R, in a bid for the electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Monday, Volkswagen Motorsport announced via Twitter that its bid was successful. The ID.R and its driver Romain Dumas now hold the electric lap record at the Nürburgring, with […]

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Joint Venture with Porsche: 100th IONITY HPC-Park goes into operation

Just a few months ahead of the world premiere of the Taycan, the first fully electric sports car from Porsche, the development of the High Performance Charging infrastructure from IONITY in Europe also comes closer to the finish line. The joint venture from Porsche and Audi for the Volkswagen Group as well as BMW, Daimler […]

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China Electric Touring Car Challenge makes successful debut 

After launching the new China Electric Touring Car Challenge at the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix last month, Zhuhai Formula Racing Development Co. Ltd. (FRD) contested their first event with the impressive NIO ES8 SUV at the Tianjin V1 Auto World Circuit outside Beijing on May 18-19, the manufacturer, teams and FRD themselves claiming it […]

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Panoz aiming for Le Mans return with electric Garage 56 entry

American sportscar manufacturer Panoz has revealed the car it hopes will mark its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in a presentation at the Circuit de la Sarthe on Thursday. The GT-EV is a four-wheel drive, battery-powered GT car designed to run in the special Garage 56 category of the French enduro. Its […]

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VW unveils revised I.D. R for Nurburgring record attempt

Volkswagen has officially unveiled its heavily revised I.D. R prototype ahead of an attempt to break the electric car record for the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Last year, two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas broke Sebastien Loeb’s record for the Pikes Peak hillclimb in the I.D. R before setting a new EV benchmark during the […]

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Porsche reportedly plans electric 718 sports car by 2022

Porsche is developing an electric 718 sports car for launch around 2022, Autocar reported on Tuesday. Prototype 718s with electric powertrains are being developed alongside one with a hybrid powertrain, the British publication has learned from Porsche CEO Oliver Blume.Dr. Oliver Blume “We have prototypes of the 718 running in electric now, and a hybrid prototype […]

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The Aston Martin Rapide E is a 600bhp all-electric supercar

So it begins. This is Aston Martin’s very first all-electric, full production car, housed in the rather delightful form of the Rapide. So, meet the Aston Martin Rapide ‘E’. Recognisably an Aston, then, but without the most recognisable thing of all – a socking great naturally aspirated, 6.0-litre V12. In its place sits a bespoke battery […]

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FRD unveils NIO ES8 racer for inaugural China Electric Touring Car Challenge

On the eve of the 1000th Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai in China, Zhuhai Formula Racing Development Co. Ltd. (FRD) has unveiled the new China Electric Touring Car Challenge (CETC), the first SUV electric car championship under the General Administration of Sport of China, and the China Automobile and Motor Sports Federation. CETC is […]

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Electric Mini Hardtop will be badged a Cooper S E

Mini will mimic Tesla’s strategy of playing up the performance aspect of electric powertrains when it launches its first volume EV this year in the form of an electric Hardtop. As a result, the car will arrive as a Cooper S E Hardtop, Mini confirmed on Monday. The same designation is used for the plug-in hybrid version […]

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Ecclestone sees electric future as F1 celebrates 1,000 races

Bernie Ecclestone may have been to more Formula One grands prix than any man alive but if the former supremo could shed the years and start over, he says he would probably embrace electric. As the sport noisily celebrates its 1,000th world championship race at Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, the 88-year-old Briton – who once […]

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Biaggi takes on electric motorcycle speed record

Max Biaggi is teaming up with Venturi and Voxan to target a new electric motorcycle speed record. The six-time world champion, who currently runs his own Moto3 team while he also acts as an Aprilia ambassador, will ride the Voxan Wattman in an attempt to break the 330kph barrier. The attempt will take place on Bolivia’s […]

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Revised MotoE calendar launched

A revised six-round MotoE World Cup schedule has been launched, with the season now starting at the Sachsenring in July after a huge fire destroyed all 18 bikes. A devastating fire destroyed the entire MotoE paddock during its first pre-season test at Jerez two weeks ago, forcing the original scheduled season-opener at the Spanish Grand Prix to […]

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MotoE will go ahead in 2019

Dorna Sports has confirmed the MotoE World Cup will go ahead as planned in 2019, after a major fire at Jerez destroyed much of the electric MotoGP support series’ paddock. In the early hours of Thursday morning, a blaze broke out in the MotoE paddock at Jerez and destroyed all 18 Energica Ego motorcycles and charging infrastructure. […]

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Electrified Range Rovers plug into the South African model line-up

The new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have taken major steps toward the future of motoring with the addition of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain options, and both variants are now available in South Africa.  Both models are badged P400e in reference to their respective power outputs of 404PS (297kW), and both combine a 221kW […]

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Volkswagen plans 22 million electric vehicles in ten years

The Volkswagen Group is forging ahead with the fundamental change of system in individual mobility and systematically aligning with electric drives. The Group is planning to launch almost 70 new electric models in the next ten years – instead of the 50 previously planned. As a result, the projected number of vehicles to be built […]

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Mercedes unveils Formula E car at Geneva Motor Show

Mercedes has unveiled its inaugural Formula E car during the 89th International Motor Show in Geneva, which is set to compete in the 2019/20 season. The EQ Silver Arrow 01 unveiled on Monday features a special “teaser livery” to give an idea of the final design, with a final livery to be presented ahead of the season-opener […]

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All-new Jaguar I-PACE ready to electrify South Africa

First electric vehicle launched in South Africa together with a rapid charging network to enable long-distance travel Home charging solutions mean filling up at petrol stations is a thing of the past Designed from the outset as an electric vehicle (EV), the I-PACE offers bold aero-efficient design and interior space for five adults and luggage  […]

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REJOICE, FOR HISPANO SUIZA IS RETURNING TO PRODUCTION WITH A ‘HYPERLUX’ ELECTRIC CAR

Can Isotta Fraschini and Avions Voisin be far behind? Here’s one we didn’t see coming: Storied Spanish automaker Hispano Suiza is returning to production with a “hyperlux” electric car inspired by the incredible art deco 1938 Dubonnet Xenia. The car will be called the Carmen, in reference to Carmen Mateu, the granddaughter of Damián Mateu, who founded Hispano-Suiza […]

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The Mercedes-Benz EQC concludes trials in the South African heat

PRETORIA. South Africa is the last stage for the Mercedes-Benz EQC on the road to series production maturity as part of the heat testing for the vehicle concludes at the Gerotek Vehicle Test Facilities. Following successful winter trials, the EQC is required to absolve an extensive test programme in the summer heat with temperatures of […]

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The ID. R chases lap record for electric vehicles on Bridgestone tyres

A long-term partner for a new challenge: Bridgestone Potenza tyres will provide the optimum performance when the Volkswagen ID. R aims to beat the lap record for electro-vehicles on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in summer 2019. Having worked together for a long-time creating equipment for production vehicles, the German automotive brand and the largest tyre manufacturer in […]

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Electric Chevy eCOPO Camaro breaks into 9-second territory

Chevy had a 9-second quarter-mile time in its sights, and the electric eCOPO Camaro has done just that. The electric drag racer has clocked a 9.837-second run. Thanks to video published by DragZine on Monday, we can see how much the eCOPO has improved. Just a few weeks ago, the electric eCOPO Camaro was able to make […]

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Volkswagen ID. will be a pioneer of sustainable mobility

Electric car of the new generation will reduce carbon footprint: Climate effect of more than 1 million tons of CO2 per year Brand board member Ulbrich: “Truly sustainable mobility is feasible if we all want it and we all work on it.” Electric offensive to reach Paris Climate Agreement Politics can significantly contribute to success […]

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The World Rally Championship Will Be at Least Partially Electric by 2022

Rally is a pretty down-to-earth sport. It’s not pushing the boundaries like Formula One tries to do, and it’s not introducing totally new concepts like Formula E. But FIA President Jean Todt is expressing his frustrations with how slowly technology in the World Rally Championship is progressing. “I’m completely in favour of taking into account […]

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Hispano-Suiza starts revival with Carmen electric supercar

Big, pre-war cars are the things for which Hispano-Suiza is best known. Founded in 1904, the Spanish marque has been defunct since 1968, but that’s all set to change as the brand is being revived with the launch of a new electric supercar in March at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Based in Barcelona, […]

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Continental becomes Founding Partner in Extreme E off-road electric racing series

Hanover, Germany, 4 February 2019 – Continental is to sponsor the Extreme E off-road electric racing series. With electric SUVs and tyre technology from Continental, the new series takes participants to the most remote corners of the world. Extreme E organisers are anticipating 12 teams will take part in the inaugural season, slated to begin […]

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Volkswagen’s beach buggy is back and this time it’s electric

The teasers and rumors were correct. Volkswagen confirmed Wednesday that it plans to revive the beach buggy, or dune buggy as some might call it, with a modern twist: It’s electric. The reborn buggy will make its concept car debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March. It’s not clear just what VW will […]

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Formula E founder launches radical new off-road racing concept Extreme E

We’re no strangers to electric racing – it’s what we do – but, as of today, a radical new series by the name of Extreme E joins the ranks of all-electric racing, launched by motorsport legend Gil de Ferran and entrepreneur Alejandro Agag. The pioneering electric off-road racing series will take place in five of […]

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Aspark Owl EV hypercar charging up for potential Nürburgring record attempt

The Nio EP9 should watch its back because another electric supercar may have a go at the EV lap record around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Aspark, the company behind the Owl electric supercar, may take a crack at the lap record. Top Gear reported Monday that the company wants to aim for a lap run at the […]

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Volkswagen Confirms ID. R Nürburgring Attack

Volkswagen has confirmed it will tackle a second record in as many years with its electric ID. R prototype, with its sights now set on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.The manufacturer will attempt to break the record for electric cars at the infamous German track with the same car with which it set a new outright record […]

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Cadillac just revealed the design of its first EV

In a shocking turn of events (pun intended), Cadillac revealed the design of its first electric car during Sunday night’s preview showing of the new 2020 XT6 crossover SUV, whose formal debut took place Monday at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The electric car is a sleek, sexy crossover SUV with a […]

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BMW Group delivers over 140,000 electrified vehicles in 2018

Electrified vehicles sales up 38.4% year-on-year +++ BMW Group European market leader in electromobility +++ Krüger: Once again, we’ve achieved our ambitious target +++ Company set to continue leading role in technology innovation +++ 500,000 BMW Group e-vehicles expected on the roads by the end of 2019 +++ The BMW Group sold more than 140,000 […]

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ELECTRIC HARLEY DAVIDSON LIVEWIRE NOW ON SALE; STARTS AT $29,799

Harley-Davidson motorcycle, the LiveWire, now has a price: $29,799. The motorcycle manufacturer announced the MSRP during its press conference at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Along with the price, Harley announced that it will start taking preorders for the LiveWire, all while showing off a pair of electric concepts. If you’re unfamiliar with LiveWire, […]

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Trophy hunter: Volkswagen en ID. R amasses impressive collection of records and awards in 2018

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb §  Remarkable track record for the Volkswagen ID. R in 2018 §  Pikes Peak and Goodwood record-breaker picks up another award §  US magazine Autoweek acknowledges its “Motorsport Moment of the Year” Wolfsburg (02 January 2019). Two records and half a dozen awards: the pioneering Volkswagen ID. R electrified the […]

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Volkswagen offers First Glimpse of Mobile Charging Station

Power bank for electric cars – the mobile quick charging station by Volkswagen Group Components.   Flexible charging station can support the stationary development of a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and serve temporary needs CEO of Volkswagen Group Components, Thomas Schmall: “Completely new approach for the construction and expansion of the charging network”  Head of […]

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Groupe Renault and JMCG announce agreement in electric vehicles in China

Groupe Renault and JMCG announce an agreement in EV on the fast-growing Chinese market, which represents today 50% of the worldwide EV market. Groupe Renault will take a significant part of JMEV, a subsidiary of JMCG and one of the main EV player in China. Groupe Renault will thus complete its offering, increase its presence […]

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Audi e-tron GT won’t change much says design chief; what you see is (mostly) what you’ll get

The Audi e-tron GT concept car that made its debut last week at the 2018 LA Auto Show is nearly production-ready, according to Audi design boss Mark Lichte. “This is a metal sheet body already, and you can imagine how close it is with a metal sheet body,” Lichte said in a roundtable interview during […]