China’s Fourth Largest Automaker Opens Facility In US

China’s Fourth Largest Automaker Opens Facility In US One of China’s leading automakers – BAIC Motor – has opened a research and development gift in California.
BAIC said the go is part of the company’s plans to establish a global presence. As part of this extension, the company will also open a research and development gift in Europe at a later, undisclosed date.
New partnerships have also arisen under the go. BAIC said that the California gift will support collaborations with Beijing New Engineering Research Institute, Siemens AG, SK Assemble and Italian prototype draftsman CECOMP SpA. And one of the new relations is a local startup: Atieva, which develops technology for electric vehicles, is based out of Menlo Park.
“With the aid of its partners,” reported Automotive News, “BAIC plans to develop a family of three electric cars with a most range of 124 up to 248 miles. The company will showcase a new model at the 2016 Beijing auto show.”
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A staff of 20 is working out of BAIC’s new center, focusing on electric vehicles and batteries, among other projects.
In the next five years BAIC said it wants to boost production of electric vehicles from this year’s estimated 12,400 (all of which will be sold in China) to 200,000 vehicles. Of this number, BAIC plans to sell 60,000 outside of China.

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BMW i5 May Be a Hydrogen-Powered Crossover

BMW i5 May Be a Hydrogen-Powered Crossover BMW may not be saying much in this area its upcoming BMW i5, but plenty of other public are.
Though the i5’s nomenclature slots it in between BMW’s battery-electric i3 or plug-in i8, it looks more and more like the i5 will have modest in common with its electrified siblings. The newest rumor to start swirling in this area the upcoming vehicle is that the i5 may be powered by hydrogen.
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Given that BMW has been making waves with the public testing of its fuel cell prototype this summer, it isn’t surprising that some are wondering if this will be the next production powertrain for the company.
But, according to Motor.es and reported by BMWBlog, this information is coming from German sources with surrounded by information.
Outfitting the i5 with a hydrogen setup also falls in line with recent comments by Matthias Klietz, BMW’s vice president of powertrain research.
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“A hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle is going to be used for long pouring. It can save a lot of power,” said Klietz. “We have categorized it as for a generous vehicle, because it will work best if it’s doing long distances – more than 18,000 kilometers [11,185 miles] a year.”
Surrounded by sources also suggest that the i5 won’t be a sedan sized to compete against the upcoming Tesla Model 3. Instead, said BMWBlog, the i5 will be packaged as a crossover, with BMW ditching the vertically-opening doors of the i8 and adding more comfort for passengers.
The release date is predicted to be around 2020, which is on the far end of previous estimates.

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Volkswagen Tiguan Plug-In Hybrid Concept Debuts In Frankfurt

Volkswagen Tiguan Plug-In Hybrid Concept Debuts In Frankfurt On show alongside the new generation of Volkswagen Tiguan this week in Frankfurt is the company’s first plug-in hybrid SUV concept based on its new MQB modular architecture, dubbed the Tiguan GTE.
Volkswagen’s new design for the second generation of this SUV isn’t one of the more dramatic facelifts seen recently. but perhaps it didn’t need to be. The carmaker said the current model year of the Tiguan posted the highest number of new car registrations for the SUV segment within Germany last month. And it’s a segment said to hold strong potential for future progression.
To build the Tiguan GTE concept, Volkswagen integrated an electric motor into the six-speed dual clasp automatic transmission. This is paired with a 1.4 liter turbocharged direct injected gasoline engine for an overall rating of 218 horsepower.
The plug-in hybrid also features a 13-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery and a “solar module that generates renewable electricity that is fed into the battery, enabling up to 1,000 additional kilometers of zero emissions electric pouring.” said Volkswagen.
This is where it helps to read the fine print, as Volkswagen’s numbers start to get a modest squirrelly. The Tiguan GTE doesn’t really give up 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of all-electric pouring in one go. Rather, this is an estimated calculation of carbon-free miles that a driver might get after a full year.
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“Under ultimate conditions, the energy that it generates annually is sufficient to add up to 1,000 km of pouring range (Germany 500 km, Southern Europe 800 to 1,000 km), depending on the regional solar radiation power,” Volkswagen clarified.
In one charge, the Tiguan GTE has an all-electric range of 50 kilometers (31 miles).
Volkswagen quotes potential fuel economy of the Tiguan GTE according to the liberal NEDC cycle at 1.9l/100km (123.8 mpg). Expect this number to be lower if a plug-in version of the Tiguan comes to the U.S., as the EPA’s fuel consumption estimates tend to be more conservative than ratings from Europe.

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Does The Tesla Model X Look Like A Pontiac Aztek?

Does The Tesla Model X Look Like A Pontiac Aztek?
While Tesla is aiming to disrupt the automotive world again with what it hopes will be perceived as an utterly avante garde crossover, some see its Model X as gorgeous, and others are likening it to the Pontiac Aztek.
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LA Police Department Evaluating BMW i3

LA Police Department Evaluating BMW i3 The Los Angeles Police Department is putting the BMW i3 to the test.
BMW has loaned the LAPD an i3 electric vehicle for 12 months as the first U.S. test of the innovative vehicle in an authority fleet. The test vehicle was unveiled sporting the well-known LAPD black and white livery and a rooftop light bar. Along with being tested rigorously for a year, the BMW i3 will also be featured at public events during the loan period.
The BMW i3 evaluation is part of the police department’s initiative to add 100 electric vehicles to its fleet in the coming years. The i3 boasts 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque with a hybrid-synchronous electric motor and is excellent for 80 to 100 miles of emissions-free pouring.
“The choice by the Los Angeles Police Department to undertake this evaluation highlights the compelling nature of the BMW i3 as a versatile, sustainable vehicle,” noted Christine Fleischer, manager of BMW i for BMW of North America. “By virtue of its innovative design and construction from leading-edge materials, the i3 is a brilliant fit with the technology-driven research philosophy of the LAPD. This will be a vital learning encounter for both BMW and the Department.”
This article originally appeared at Rawvehicle.com

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Jaguar Land Rover Reveals Trio Of Range Rover-Based Concept EVs

Jaguar Land Rover Reveals Trio Of Range Rover-Based Concept EVs Jaguar Land Rover plans to electrify its line of SUVs, screening three new concepts this week.
Dr. Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology for Jaguar Land Rover, talked more in this area the company’s Concept-e project.
“This is a long-term Jaguar Land Rover research project exploring all aspects of future hybrid and battery electric vehicle technology,” said Epple. “The three Concept_e vehicles will allow us to test and develop exciting new potential technologies that could form part of our low and zero emissions vision beyond 2020.”
The three concept vehicles cover the entire electrified segment with one hybrid, one plug-in hybrid and one battery electric. The starting platforms have been on loan from different variations of the Range Rover SUV.
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“Technologies like these have already helped us reduce our fleet CO2 average by 25 percent in recent years,” Epple said. “Our future vision is to continue to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency while still delivering the luxury, performance, refinement and comfort our customers expect.”
Under the project, Jaguar has built its own electric drive module (eDM). Epple stated the unit can produce “twice the power and torque of any electric-motor generator in production today,” as reported by Auto Express. The eDM is engineered to bolt into its current and future powertrains to start a battery electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle.
Concept_e MHEV
Built off the last iteration of the Range Rover Evoque, the Concept_e MHEV is a diesel hybrid. Its powertrain bolts a prototype three-cylinder, 89 horsepower diesel engine to a 48-volt ferrite C-part synchronous motor at the adjoin of the vehicle.
Concept_e PHEV
The Concept_e PHEV is a plug-in hybrid based off the larger Range Rover Sport. While its powertrain is also mounted in the adjoin of the SUV, it swaps the diesel engine for a prototype 4-cylinder, 296 horsepower gasoline engine. Electric power comes from a 350-volt synchronous motor bolt just aft of the engine.
Concept_e BEV
Jaguar doesn’t have an abstract drawing of its Concept_e BEV because, according to Auto Express, it hasn’t yet selected a vehicle platform. Current plans reveal that Jaguar is considering a dual motor setup, with a 70 kilowatt-hours lithium ion battery pack distributed crosswise the chassis, similar to Tesla’s design.

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Toyota Building Carbon-Neutral Hydrogen Fuel Supply In Japan

Toyota Building Carbon-Neutral Hydrogen Fuel Supply In Japan Toyota is demonstrating its level of commitment to hydrogen fuel cell cars with a new initiative that partners private companies and public sectors to start a “carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain.”
“The overall environmental benefit of hydrogen is only as strong as the method used to produce it,” said Toyota.
The comment directly addresses one of the largest criticisms of hydrogen-powered cars: the fact that producing hydrogen with methane and square electricity doesn’t offer any environmental benefit over gasoline-powered vehicles.
But research has also shown that when hydrogen is produced from renewable energy, the carbon savings of a fuel cell vehicle (FCV) is significant.
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“Hydrogen has the potential to permanently change the way we generate and use power,” Toyota said. “It can be made using renewable energy sources, stored, transported, and used at a later point – all with minimal environmental burden.”
Toyota Motor has teamed up with Yokohama City and Kawasaki City, where the test facilities will be located, to launch its “full-fledged carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain.”
Toyota’s proposed carbon-neutral hydrogen fuel supply chain.
Each location will start hydrogen using water and electricity generated by wind. Grid power will only be sourced as a backup. A part of the hydrogen will be stored locally, and the rest will be transported to coastal areas to refuel hydrogen-powered forklifts. The initiative will also include a feasibility study on the hydrogen supply chain.
Toyota is schedule to being implementing this project, along with its partners: Toshiba Corporation, Iwatani Corporation, Toyota Turbine and Systems and Kanagawa Prefectural Government. Additional support will come from Japan’s Ministry of the Environment.

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IPWatchdog Calls US The Top Electrified Vehicle Innovator

IPWatchdog Calls US The Top Electrified Vehicle Innovator United States-based auto companies are leading the diligence in electrified vehicle patents, with second place going to Japan.
After adding up the number of U.S. patents relating to electrified vehicles (EVs), IPWatchdog said that a third of all patents come from two of the leading auto manufacturers in the U.S. The patents encompassed in the count specifically mention EVs, including hybrids, battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
IPWatchdog tracks patents, copyrights and trademarks, as well as news and information surrounding innovation and intellectually property. Its rankings includes Japanese companies doing business in the U.S., but right U.S. based companies are atop its list.
“As we continue to try tracking how American auto development stacks up against the rest of the world … EVs are another area where we’ve been noting a lot of activity in both research and development,” IPWatchdog said. “It’s clear that electric vehicles won’t be completely squeezing fuel cell technology out of the market but many auto manufacturers are focused on developing lithium-ion battery technologies for cars. We’ve even noted innovation in the field of wireless induction charging for vehicles, eliminating the need to plug into an outlet at all.”
The four most innovative companies in the “EV” segment, says IPWatchdog lumping electrified vehicles into “electric vehicle” category are as follows:
4. Toyota
U.S. Patents: 201
2016 Toyota Prius
With 201 U.S. patents, Toyota has filed the fourth highest amount of EV-specific copyrights. This includes patents for “Electric Vehicle Theft Preventing Device” and “Diversion of Energy from Regenerative Braking.”
Not all of the patents are physical components, though. One example of this is Toyota’s patent for the “System and Method for a One-Time Departure Schedule Setup for Charging Battery-Electric Vehicles.”
“This system is designed to allow EV owners who utilize on-board vehicle tools for scheduling charging an improved and simpler skill to start a one-time edit in the primary charging schedule,” noted IPWatchdog.
3. Honda
U.S. Patents: 272
Among Honda’s 272 patents is “Charging of Electric Vehicles Based on Historical Clean Energy Profiles,” which sources only renewable energy for recharging, along with several innovations for electrified motorcycles. One of these, Patent No. 9108519, is for a show that details information on the motorcycle’s charging speed and charge connection.
2. General Motors
U.S. Patents: 370
The Chevrolet Volt, now ranked in the U.S. as the top-selling plug-in hybrid, certainly benefits from many of the GM’s innovations. IPWatchdog lists three of GM’s patents, the “Compact Electric Range Extender for an Electric Vehicle,” the “Electric Vehicle Pedestrian Warning System” and the “Method to Facilitate Opportunity Charging of an Electric Vehicle,” clarified below.
“The method for charging a high-voltage battery of a vehicle protected here involves a monitoring, on a vehicle owner’s handheld device, the geographical location of the vehicle and transmitting that information to a control module, resolving the location of the vehicle at a specific power outlet of a charging station and transmitting that location to a central server and, at the central server, providing billing and access to the remote charging site,” IPWatchdog said. “This system also includes a mechanism allowing a charging site owner to start credit and deduction financial statement for individual vehicle owners.”
1. Ford
U.S. Patents: 459
2014 Ford C-Max Energi
Some may be surprised to see that Ford Motor Co. tops this list. Though the company’s Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi post double digit numbers for market share, the total number of units sold still falls significantly behind top sellers like the Toyota Prius or Chevy Volt.
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But the sheer number of patents Ford owns is staggering. Its last count of 459 U.S. patents makes up 18 percent of all patents tallied. Among them, IPWatchdog lists Patent No. 9033075: “Auto-Seek Electrical Connection for a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle.”
This patent details “a method for controlling a battery-powered vehicle by controlling an electric traction motor to incrementally advance position of the vehicle towards a stationary charging element, controlling power steering to steer the vehicle towards the element and controlling the suspension to align a charging connector with the charging element,” clarified IPWatchdog. “This innovation is intended to make sure that a vehicle is exciting if an owner forgets to plug it in overnight.”

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