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Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz announced earlier the week that the company would ban the sale of combustion vehicles from 2030 when the country shifts to alternative fueled vehicles such as battery electric cars and trucks that run on compressed natural gas. The minister told Reuters that Israel is supporting the transition by near-zero rating taxes on EVs and funding the establishment of 2,000 charging stations. To date, Isreali EV s sales have been lackluster, but by 2025 the minister sees 177,000 cars on the road jumping to 1.5 million in 2030. The Israeli Government is expected to approve regulation by the end of the year which will force companies to import electric cars and downstream oil companies to install charging points at gas stations.

The British Department of Transport changed its EV subsidy policy again this week scrapping its Plug-In Car Grant for all vehicles except battery electric vehicles that comply with Category 1 requirements which is a range of 70 miles (112km) and emit emissions below 50g/km. Incidentally, the grant available for Category 1 EVs has also been slashed to 3,500 from 4,500. Budget constraints are seen to be the reason behind the reduction in the Grant program that saw the sales of 160,000 EVs in the UK since 2011.


Mercedes opened its order book for the 2019 Mercedes Benz S560e PHEV to be launched this month. The MB S560e 9G-Tronic is exclusively available with a long wheelbase and priced in Germany at €96,065 (Excl 19% VAT). The new improved 13.5 kWh, the first in the series from Daimlers Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE battery subsidiary offers a range of up to 50km in the NEDC cycle and can be charged with the new improved Wallbox through a 7.4kW onboard charger. Charging the Mercedes S560e PHEV from 10 to 100% can be achieved in only 1.5 hours with the Wallbox or 5 hours through a 220V wall socket. For the full secs click here.

Volkswagen and its local partner SAIC will be launching the Tiguan L PHEV on the 19th of October. The plug-in version of VW Tiguan is exclusive to the Chinese market and priced from ¥299,800 to ¥309,800 and packs a 12kWh battery delivery a range of 52km (33 miles) on the NEDC cycle. The combined fuel consumption of the 1.4l turbo engine and the 85kW electric motor is 1.9L/100km. The Tiguan will compete with SAIC’s own Roewe eRX5. For the full secs click here.


Maruti Suzuki, the Indian JV of Japanese Suzuki auto brand started field testing its electric vehicle powertrain this week using a fleet of 50 WagonR test mules. Maruti Suzuki is collaborating with Toyota Motors India to launch its first electric vehicle in 2020 in India. The key to cracking the price-sensitive Indian market is through local production of electric vehicles. Maruti Suzuki has already invested Rs 1,137 crore in the establishment of a battery JV with Toshiba and Denso in Gujarat. The plant will be ready to produce its first batteries in 2020, in time to support the launch of Suzuki’s first low-cost EV. Maruti Suzuki introduced the WagnR test mules for the first time at the Move Summit 2018 in September.

Suzuki’s Director of Engineering, CV Raman, flagged off the test fleet of electric WagonR MPV’s from the company’s Gurugram plant. Maruti Suzuki is not the only company that transformed the WagonR to an electric vehicle, in China the BAIC brand Changhe has been selling the WagonR as the Changhe X5E EV with a range of 260km (162miles).



Ford announced that it commenced with the serious production of the Deutsche Post StreetScooter WORK XL electric delivery van at its Cologne plant in Germany. The WORK XL is a collaboration between Streetscooter, a Deutsche Post DHL Group start-up and Ford using the Ford Transit chassis produced in Turkey and body and drivetrain by the German start-up. DHL will use the WORK XL to support its urban parcel delivery business in Germany. Although the Work XL is currently for DHL’s exclusive use it is considering leasing it to third-party customers. Currently, Streetscooter is leasing the smaller WORK delivery van to customers from €270 per month.

180 Ford employees and Streetscooter can produce 3,500 units of the WORK XL per annum, churning out 16 units a day using two shifts. The Streetscooter WORK XL can load around 200 parcels in its 20m² hold weighing up to 1,275kg (2,811lbs). According to Ford, each electric delivery van will offer a reduction in CO2 emissions of 5 tonnes each year and a saving of 1,900 liters of fuel.

Electrified powertrains will play a key role in Ford’s European product line-up. The company is investing €9.5 billion and plans to deliver 16 fully electric vehicles within a global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles through 2022.



Bollinger unveiled CAD images of its second pickup truck, the B2. Bollinger will prototype the B2 and B1 in 2019 as test vehicles so it can further engineer pre-production vehicles for the 20,000 reservations holders the company claims to have. The B2 Class 3 work truck s based on the B1 and packs a 120kWh battery and dual electric motors. Bollinger makes use of the technological advantages of electric vehicles by utilizing the free space normally used by combustion engines freeing up valuable load space.

According to Bollinger, the B2’s load bed is 4’ 1” wide by 5’ 9” long. With the internal cab tailgate down, the BollingerB2 can carry full 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood. The rear glass also opens up like the B1, allowing storage to the top of the cab, accommodating 72 sheets of 1/2” plywood.



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