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BMW addresses its future plans at Australian launch of the i8 Roadster

Added by admin 19/07/18

Loz Blain July 19, 2018

At last night's Australian unveiling of the new i8 Roadster, BMW celebrated its leading position in European plug-in car sales, and took the opportunity to fire a couple of understated shots at the direction the US government is taking, both on sustainability and global trade.

After drawing the covers off the gorgeous i8 Roadster in front of a group of Australian media and global BMW leadership assembled in Melbourne for a future strategy session, Vice President of Governmental Affairs Andreas Klugeschied spoke briefly about the brand's global outlook, taking time to quietly address the shifting sands on which global trade seems to be sitting.

"Yes, we are sticking to our engagement in the US," said Klugeschied. "But also to our engagement in Mexico. Yes, Brexit is out there, and we're highly engaged in Great Britain, not only as a production platform, but also as one of our major markets."

He also made it clear that BMW does not intend to join the United States in backing off from environmental commitments.

"It's a good time to mention that we do think the reduction of CO2 emissions is vital, not only for the industry but overall. So whatever you might hear from others, be assured that BMW has a clear commitment to the Paris accord, to the idea of CO2 reduction, and is willing to actually take responsibility here. It's not about the ultimate goal of CO2-free mobility, it's more about the how and when. It's not about the why."

BMW is addressing electrification in a sensible way as the revolution slowly begins. As well as fully electric models like the i3, it's put a lot of effort into plug-in hybrids, which allow owners to drive fuel- and emissions-free (and experience the unique performance of EVs) for the majority of their daily driving, but without having to worry about range on longer trips.

The i8 and its new convertible counterpart offer another angle to the bridging solution, combining the massive performance potential of electric with the emotionally engaging, roaring soundtrack of a combustion engine that drivers expect in a supersport car. When we drove the i8, we absolutely loved the way it combined these strengths.

BMW now has a fully electric or plug-in option in every car category it services, and the strategy has paid off, with the company taking a commanding lead in European sales of plug-in and fully electric cars. Its 21 percent market share dwarfs the efforts of Volkswagen in second place at 13 percent, third place Renault at 11 percent, Tesla at 10 percent and Mercedes at 9 percent.

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Daimler unveils heavy-duty eCascadia and medium-duty eM2 electric trucks

Added by admin 10/06/18

Aaron Turpen - June 7th, 2018

Daimler Trucks is establishing a global organization for electric mobility called the E-Mobility Group. To kick that off, the company announced that its division in the United States, Freightliner, will be adding two new electric commercial trucks to its offerings: the Freightliner eCascadia and the eM2 106.

The Freightliner electric trucks will add to the production Mercedes-Benz eActros and the FUSO eCanter trucks as well as the Mercedes-Benz Citaro city bus and Thomas Built Saf-T Liner C2 Jouley school bus. All of these will now fall under the newly-formed E-Mobility Group.

Daimler says that over the course of 2018, the company will hand over an innovation fleet of 30 units of the two new Freightliner electric trucks to its first customers in the US for fleet and operations testing. The two new trucks are slated for the North American region and are based on already-established models.

The Freightliner eCascadia, based on the Cascadia class 8 truck, offers 730 horsepower (544 kW) through its motors. Those are powered by 550 kWh of batteries, which give the truck a fully-loaded range of up to 250 miles (400 km). Charging to 80 percent can be achieved within 90 minutes, resulting in an additional 200 miles (320 km) of range.

The Freightliner eM2 106 is a local distribution truck and last-mile delivery service vehicle. Its power output can be as high as 480 horsepower (358 kW). Battery size is 325 kWh for a total of 230 miles (370 km) of expected range. Recharge time to 80 percent is about 60 minutes, adding 184 miles (300 km).

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