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Renault has gifted everyone in Appy, France a Renault Zoe electric vehicle

Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe

Derya Ozdemir » Interesting Engineering »

Renault offered three-year leases of its Zoe EV to every house in Appy, a small town in the Ariege region of France. There is only one thing the automaker requires them to do: giving Renault periodic updates on whether they like the car and EV ownership or not.

Accordingly, this move will help Renault “understand the way customers interact with and use electric vehicles day to day.”

However, the scope of the campaign won’t be very crowded it seems. Reportedly, only 25 people lived in Appy in total as of 2017.

This wasn’t expected » Sony to test its prototype Vision-S electric car on public roads

Sony Vision-S

Sony Vision-S

Zac Palmer » Autoblog »

Apparently the Sony Vision-S Concept car’s story isn’t over yet. Sony made a big splash at CES in January this year with its fully operational electric car, but the company made it clear that it had no intentions of turning this concept into a production vehicle. Since then, we haven’t heard a peep out of Sony about the car.

That changes today, as Sony just announced the car’s return to Tokyo, via a pretty YouTube video. Two sentences of additional information were provided: “Vision-S Prototype has arrived in Tokyo for advancing our sensing and audio technologies. The prototype vehicle is also currently under development for public road testing this fiscal year.”

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Rivian announces that R1T pickup truck deliveries will begin June 2021 and R1S SUV deliveries will begin August 2021

Via email, Rivian announces »

This week at our plant in Normal, IL, the work of thousands of Rivian team members comes together as our pilot production line begins running.

This important milestone brings us another step closer to our full production launch. It also allows us to more precisely estimate delivery timing.

R1T deliveries will begin June 2021. R1S deliveries will begin August 2021.

Start of sales for the new Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer, a 421 kilometres long-range passenger transporter

Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer

Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer

The Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer is visually the same at the Vito with combustion engine. However under the front sits the electric powertrain (eATS), which drives the front wheels with a peak power of 150 kW. The energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery in the underbody of the vehicle, whose deep and central arrangement has a positive effect on the driving behaviour of the eVito Tourer.

The eVito Tourer features a water-cooled AC On-Board charger (OBL) with an output of 11 kW, making it able to accept AC charging at home or at public charging stations.

Direct current (DC) charging is also enabled via the CCS charging box in the front left bumper. With maximum charging capacity of 110 kW at a DC fast charging station, the eVito Tourer can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in about 45 minutes. The battery with a usable capacity of 90 kWh enables a range of 421 kilometers.

The new eVito Tourer, which can be ordered now, is being targeted for use as a hotel shuttle, a large-capacity taxi, or a vehicle for ride-sharing services. The price of the eVito Tourer starts in Germany at 53,990 EUR (excl. VAT).

Source » Daimler

Elsewhere » Elektroauto-News (German), AutoWeek (Dutch)

New research from UK-based car insurance company shows that lifetime cost of an electric car is already cheaper than comparable ICE vehicle

Joshua S. Hill » The Driven »

The analysis focused on comparing five 2020 models of electric and petrol vehicles during May, looking at average annual costs by comparing the purchase cost, refuelling cost per relative miles per fuel unit based on an average annual mileage of 7,900 miles (12,713 kilometres), road tax, MOTs, and servicing and insurance costs based on internal Direct Line policy estimates.

In UK money, purchasing a new EV in 2020 and running it over its lifetime would cost £52,133, as compared to £53,625 for an equivalent petrol fuelled model.

US EPA is proposing first US emissions standards for commercial aircraft

Aircraft account for 12 percent of the U.S. transportation greenhouse gas emissions. They are the largest source of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. that are not subject to emissions regulations.

Stephen Lee » Bloomberg Law »

The EPA was required to set those standards after it found in August 2016 that greenhouse gas emissions from certain aircraft elevated concentrations of the greenhouse gases that are the primary cause of climate change. The finding said these gases “endanger the public health and welfare of current and future generations.”

But many commercial planes in the U.S., covering more than 80% of aviation demand, already comply with those standards, meaning the ICAO guidelines won’t trigger any improvements in efficiency or fuel use, according to Lakewood. Newly delivered aircraft are also expected to exceed the ICAO standards by roughly 10%, she said.

Reuters »

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday announced it was proposing the first U.S. emissions standards for commercial aircraft.

In 2016, the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed on global airplane emissions standards aimed at makers of small and large planes, including Airbus SE and Boeing Co, which both backed the standards.

The EPA-proposed regulation seeks to align the United States with the ICAO standards, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. “We are implementing the ICAO recommendations, ICAO standards,” Wheeler told reporters.

Video » Ford shows off proof of concept all-electric 1,400 horsepower Mustang Mach-E

Anything you can do, Ford can do electric.

Ford is using the 1,400 horsepower Mustang Mach-E prototype as a proof of concept for the performance of all-electric vehicles.

Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400

Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400

Michael Wayland » CNBC »

Ford Motor has developed a racing version of its upcoming all-electric Mustang Mach-E crossover with 1,400 horsepower and a top speed that’s not street legal.

The company plans to use the prototype vehicle, which it’s calling the Mustang Mach-E 1400, to show off the potential performance of all-electric vehicles as the new crossover begins arriving in dealerships later this year.

“It’s an all-around athlete,” Mark Rushbrook, motorsports director of Ford Performance, told CNBC. He called the vehicle a “learning platform” for the company to utilize aspects of for its future all-electric vehicles.

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Han EV goes on sale in China, the first to use BYD’s Blade Battery

BYD Han EV

BYD Han EV

Blagojce Krivevski » Electric Cars Report »

The Han EV will be sold in China at first. Its extended-range version will sell at 229,800 RMB (approximately $32,800), the extended-range variant of the premium model will be priced at 255,800 RMB (about $36,500), and the 4WD high-performance version will sell at 279,500 (about $40,000) RMB. Besides, the PHEV version, Han DM, will sell at 219,800 yuan (about $31,400).

The Han EV’s long-range pure electric version has a remarkable single-charge range of 605 kilometers (376 miles) based on the NEDC test cycle. The four-wheel-drive high-performance version possesses an acceleration of 0 to 100km/h (approximately 62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds, making it China’s fastest EV in production, while the DM (Dual Mode) plug-in hybrid model offers 0 to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds, making it the country’s fastest hybrid sedan.

Elsewhere » Green Car Congress, InsideEVs

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