Lexus LF-LC “on track” for production; urban mobility and wireless EV charging

July 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Lexus LF-LC coupe concept – a 2+2 hybrid supercar – is “on track for development”, claims Autoweek, and could come to showrooms in three years’ time. Seen at the Detroit Auto Show last January, the front-engined, rear-wheel drive LF-LC was said to be purely a show car, “but several Lexus insiders now say the overwhelming reaction means it almost certainly will come to market”, reports Autoweek.

  • Evantran has fitted its first three Plugless Power wireless induction charging installations in test Nissan LEAFs, reports Green Car Congress. Its ‘Apollo Launch Programme’, in partnership with Hertz, Duke Energy and Clemson University International Centre for Automotive Research, has been trialling the system for a month already and will continue for three more months; a further three cars will be converted, and Evantran is looking for more fleets/commercial partners running their own Nissan LEAFs or Chevy Volts to take part in the trial. It’s also offering six months’  free electricity for the first 500 buyers of the system.
  • Research reading of the week: Urban Mobility Blueprint from Ernst & Young. Emphasis here on the need for carmakers to move away from traditional sales models and towards collaborations for car-sharing, combining public and private transport modes, infrastructural integration and connectivity – all the usual stuff, crucial for building a transport strategy or, as E&Y puts it, “an emerging ecosystem”.
  • Autocar has spy shots of the next-generation Ford Mondeo, to be launched at the Paris Motor Show in the autumn. A Euro-market version of the Ford Fusion hybrid system, using a 2.0-litre petrol engine and CVT, is likely, they say.

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