September 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
The Frankfurt Motor Show is imminent – next week – so time for a very quick round-up of relevant-to-us debuts. Lots of hybrid and plug-in hybrid hardware, a handful of EVs and some fuel cell activity.
- Audi Sport quattro concept (pictured): Coupe celebrating 30-year anniversary of the Audi quattro, a 690bhp plug-in hybrid.
- Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid, launch of Panamera S E-Hybrid.
- An all-hybrid stand from Toyota, including Yaris Hybrid-R (sporty hot hatch) and preview of tech for the next-gen Prius/Prius Plug-In. Plus update on fuel cell/hydrogen plan and FCV-R fuel cell concept, a four-door saloon previewing a 2015 production car.
- Lexus LF-NX concept – hybrid crossover to take on Range Rover Evoque.
- Volvo Concept Coupe, with new DRIV-E four-cylinder engine plus hybrid system to give V8-style performance; based on new lightweight scalable product architecture (SPA) platform.
- Kia Niro – gullwing-doored city car/SUV concept (Nissan Juke-style) with an “innovative new powertrain”.
- Volkswagen e-Golf and e-Up!, all-electric and production-ready.
- Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE (petrol-electric, 49g/km, 141mpg-plus).
- BMW Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid, plus production-ready i8, Concept Active Tourer (1-Series GT) plug-in hybrid, and lots of i3 launch activity.
- Opel Monza – fully-wired and connected coupe concept with CNG-fuelled range-extended powertrain. Probably just a preview of next-gen Opel/Vauxhall design thinking.
- Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid.
And in other news so far this week, in no particular order:
- Report and latest strategy update from OLEV (Office for Low Emissions Vehicles). Tax incentives to continue till 2020, investment in EV-charging infrastructure, smarter grids and R&D. Plus reports on the role of the plug-in car grant and plugged-in places scheme on EV take-up; lessons learned from plugged-in places project; analysis of charging point data.
- Jaguar Land Rover to lead TSB-funded research project on hybrid and electric powertrains, developing mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full-electric Evoque-e prototypes.
- Latest push from UK H2 Mobility – a new website.
- Further issues debated this week include fracking-for-gas-for-cars (no. Please don’t. Wherever you stand on the dangers of fracking, and even acknowledging that CNG has its uses, surely replacing one fossil fuel with another is not the answer?) and, continuing on a long-running theme and further to the above, why not to pin your hopes on hydrogen (thanks to @dpeilow for posting link to this paper).