The Elektron One is a new electric hypercar boasting a claimed output of 1,341 horsepower (1,000 kilowatts) and selling for a projected price of €330,000 to €350,000 ($372,500 to $395,000 at current exchange rates). For now, the vehicle only exists in renderings, but the company intends to debut the EV to the real world at the 2021 Geneva Motor.
The Germany-based company Elektron Innovativ is behind the Elektron One, and it intends to build the vehicle in Italy’s Motor Valley area, which is near the workshops for brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani. The fledgling automaker is also working to form a Formula E team called Scuderia-E. Elektron Innovativ wants the knowledge from motorsport development to influence the hypercar.
A gasoline engine up front, a transmission in the middle, and a fuel tank in back: For decades, that’s the way most automobiles were designed.
Electricity has changed that equation. And the Bollinger B1 sport-utility and B2 pickup are among the new electric vehicles (EVs) that show car designers are taking full advantage of the freedoms afforded by electric propulsion.
The result is unprecedented cargo-carrying versatility: The cargo beds of most “full-size” pickup trucks are just 1.8 meters (or 6 feet) long, with the longest beds limited to 2.4 m. But the Bollinger B2 can swallow cargo up to 4.9 meters long—lumber, ladders, poles, gutters, whatever—that extends from the truck’s blunt nose all the way to the back of its tailgate.
Aiways is now supplying the car rental company Filippi Auto in Corsica with several hundred units of its battery-electric SUV U5 as part of the Electrify Corsica project. Filippi Auto is Aiways’ first major customer in Europe.
The Corsican client is the operator of the Hertz car rental companies on the Mediterranean island. The Chinese BEV fleet is to be integrated into the company’s fleet of cars as early as this summer, according to a press release electrivereceived by email. The procurement project is part of a large-scale campaign to reduce emissions and air pollution in Corsica and to make the island a hub for e-mobility.
The vehicles – all U5 crossovers – will be used for leasing on the island in the Mediterranean Sea, the company said.
The U5 – about the size of an Audi Q5 – is Aiways’ first product and is equipped with a 140-kilowatt electric motor, with a range of more than 400 kilometers.
Aiways was established in Shanghai in 2017 by Volvo Car Corp.’s former China sales chief, Fu Qiang, and SAIC Motor Corp.’s former CFO, Gu Feng. It has an assembly plant in Shangrao of east China’s Jiangxi province.
The company states it’s Swindon Powertrain’s compact HPD 80kW ‘crate’ motor for electric vehicle conversions is suitable for OEMs, niche vehicle manufacturers, electric car conversion companies, as well as the enthusiast home mechanic.
Prices start at just £6,400+VAT (~ US$7870.) for the 80kW (107bhp) motor, transmission, and differential with options for cooling, inverters, and limited slip differential also available.
Deliveries to the first customers will commence in August 2020.
Raphaël Caillé, Swindon Powertrain managing director, told Autocar UK »
“Really we started the design two years ago. We saw an opportunity in the market: if you’re a car manufacturer and you want to make 10,000 or 100,000 [electric] vehicles a year, there are plenty of suppliers to talk to. If you want to do an electric vehicle and you’re looking at a dozen, a hundred or even a thousand a year, there was nobody to talk to until now.
“This is definitely the only EV powertrain that you will be able to buy online from a website, with a credit card, on a one-by-one basis.”
And yes, you will be able to buy and ship one of these to the United States. Swindon says it can ship directly to U.S. customers — you’ll be able to choose whether you want the 60-kg package (the powertrain itself weighs 49 kg) to come to you by air or by sea.
Swindon Powertrain sees its primary use coming from electric conversions of sports cars, classic cars, small commercial vehicles and recreational vehicles such as golf buggies. The powertrain has flexibility for a variety of uses through having different installation points and two inverter options.
It was meant to be the British answer to Tesla’s electric vehicles: the Dyson car, from the genius inventor of the eponymous cyclonic vacuum cleaners, hand driers and hair driers, was said to have breakthrough technology that would allow superior range per charge and other innovations to set it apart from the rest. But James Dyson scrapped the project in October last year, claiming it was not commercially viable. Its demise was as shocking as its inception.
Now Dyson, 73, has revealed his doomed vehicle for the first time in an exclusive interview and photo for The Sunday Times Rich List, an annual league table of the wealthiest people in Britain. The 2020 Rich List coincidentally sees Dyson top the table for the first time, with an estimated £16.2bn fortune.
According to The Times, Dyson revealed that his electric vehicle, codenamed “N526,” would have been a seven-seater with a whopping 600-mile range per charge. This was largely thanks to the company’s proprietary solid-state batteries, which could apparently sustain such performance “even on a freezing February night, on the naughty side of 70MPH on the motorway, with the heater on and the radio at full blast.” Assuming that 600-mile figure was based on Europe’s WLTP standards, it would have been an impressive jump from Tesla Model S’ 379 miles and almost doubling the long-range Model X’s 314 miles (the latter also a seven-seater).
On May 13, during an annual investors conference, CATL announced that it will supply lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries to Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory. This is the first tie CATL discloses in public any partnership with Tesla. CATL Chairman Cheung Yu-chin also said that cooperation with Tesla is not limited to its China operations.
The SUV and pickup version of the platform is known as the AWD EREV E-Flex, and as the name suggests it also features all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system is formed by mounting an electric motor at each axle.
“So many vehicles are being driven by one person,” said Paul Rivera, chief executive of the Solo’s manufacturer, ElectraMeccanica, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. “Why does everybody think they need to drive around and leave three or four empty seats?”
Nearly 90 percent of Americans who commute by car, truck, van or motorcycle drive alone, according to the Census Bureau. Positioning itself as a right-size alternative to hauling around all of that excess automotive tonnage, the Solo takes up about a quarter of the space of a typical S.U.V. It also looks like a car — at least from the front — with the usual hood, grille and headlights. Take a peek from behind, however, and it tapers down to just one wheel.
The production version of this Dacia Spring Electric concept car could seriously shake up the European electric-car market when it goes on sale in 2021. Based on the Chinese-market Renault K-ZE, it promises to undercut the Skoda Citigo-e and become the cheapest new electric car you can buy.