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November 3, 2017
MITSUBISHI FUSO INTRODUCES E-FUSO

E-FUSO Vision One.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, part of Daimler Trucks, has introduced E-FUSO, an electric mobility brand for trucks and buses, at the Tokyo Motor Show. As part of the announcement, the company unveiled the E-FUSO Vision One, an all-electric HD truck concept.

“Our E-FUSO Vision One is an outlook on a feasible all-electric heavy-duty truck. It underlines our commitment to electrify our complete product range. FUSO has been a pioneer in the electrification of trucks for many years. Just one month ago we launched our eCanter, the first serial-produced, all-electric light duty truck. In the future, all our electrified vehicles will run under the name of E-FUSO, our new product brand dedicated exclusively to electric trucks and buses,” said Marc Llistosella, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia. “With the eCanter, we have proven electric trucks are feasible for commercialization. Today, our eCanter saves up to $1,900 in running costs per 10,000 mi. And with the rapidly evolving battery technology, we will continue to develop electric trucks and buses that will have a positive environmental and economic impact on society.”

Vision One has a range of 200 miles per charge, it can be fitted with batteries up to 300 kWh, has aGVW of 23 tons, and a payload of around 11 tons (two tons less than a diesel model).

FUSO plans to have an electric powertrain alternative for all its truck and bus models in the coming years. Launch times will depend on feasibility and required technology.


October 23, 2017
VOLVO CARS POLESTAR BECOMES ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE BRAND

Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, will now be a standalone electric performance brand, with its first vehicle the Polestar 1 to be available mid-2019.

Polestar 1, a two-door 2+2 will offer 600 horsepower and approximately 738 foot/pounds of torque (1,000 Nm), is an electric performance hybrid with electric only range of 150 kilometers, supported by an internal combustion engine. It will offer a double electric rear axle, enabling torque vectoring, as well as offering a carbon fibre body (reducing weight, and increasing torsional stiffness), and uses Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture and Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension.


“Polestar 1 is the first car to carry the Polestar on the bonnet. A beautiful GT with amazing technology packed into it - a great start for our new Polestar brand,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer, Polestar. “All future cars from Polestar will feature a fully electric drivetrain, delivering on our brand vision of being the new standalone electric performance brand."

Polestar 2 model will be a mid-sized battery-electric vehicle and will start production later in 2019, while Polestar 3, a SUV-style vehicle, will complete the initial product roll out.

The vehicles are not available for purchase, rather the the company will offer them on a two or three year subscription basis. Car ordering is 100 per cent online, and the all-inclusive no deposit monthly subscription payment includes pick-up and delivery for servicing and allows for rental of other vehicles in the Volvo and Polestar portfolio.

Polestar vehicles will be built at a purpose-built production centre in Chengdu, China, set for completion in mid-2018. Volvo Cars and Geely Holdings has invested 640 million EURO into the Polestar product, brand and industrial development, including the production centre.


October 10, 2017
GENERAL MOTORS TO UNVEIL PLETHORA OF EVS

General Motors has announced it plans to introduce at least 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023, with two being introduced in the next 18 months.

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, Executive Vice-President of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors. “Although that future won't happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers' needs.”

The announcement is part of GM’s vision of the world with zero crash, zero emission and zero congestion. GM plans to base the new vehicles off what they have learned from the Bolt EV.

GM also introduced SURUS (Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure), a fuel cell powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame driven by two electric motors.


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