BMW testing long-range e-mobility; more Detroit NAIAS
January 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
More e-mobility data for BMW: a test with 15 ActiveEs and long-distance commuters in the Leipzig area, in partnership with Technical University Chemnitz and Stadtwerke Leipzig and funded by the federal Bavaria-Saxony government. Drivers doing 40-100km a day are invited to take part if they have the facilities to install a charging unit at home or in their workplace. There will be five test phases of 12 weeks each, and BMW is to look into the regenerative braking function in particular. Leipzigers can, as far I can interpret with my schoolgirl German, apply to take part and find out more here. (Google Translate? Pah!).
- More Detroit Auto Show: a further handful of hybrids are hitting the headlines. Nissan Resonance (petrol-electric, CVT gearbox) previews the next-gen Murano crossover; the latest Lexus IS range will feature an IS 300h hybrid; and then there was this hideous-looking attempt to create a best-of-all-worlds scenario (huge plug-in ER-EV pick-up truck). I can see more of a market/application for the Verizon extended-range cargo vans, however.
- Over at Car Design News, meanwhile, they’ve just launched the 11th Interior Motives Student Design Awards: budding car designers are invited to submit concepts to the brief of ‘The Connected Car’, thinking about the use of virtual reality, selectable driving modes and interior functions, and communication with the outside world as well as a private interior. More clues as to the future of motoring beyond the show cars in Detroit.