The next-gen Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive might have a hugely-increased range, but its drivetrain likely won't be supplied by Tesla.
EVDrive is an electric drivetrain engineering company and they've built the most amazingly outrageous UTV development mule. Ever. Imagine, if you will, a side-by-side utility vehicle with each wheel powered by an electric motor capable of putting out 30 kilowatts (40 horsepower) and 66 pound-feet of twist. That's 120 kWs (160 hp) altogether and, after going through reduction gearing, enough torque to tear a tree stump from terra firma. To be precise, 2,904 lb-ft at peak.
During the Paris Motor Show, Volvo confirmed that the C30 battery electric concept was bound for production. The automaker's first wave of electric C30s are tooling around Sweden, but those are prototype units. The production version, slated for launch to the public in 2013, will undergo a refining process that will apparently lead to a finished product that Volvo chief executive officer Stefan Jacoby claims will "set the standard in the industry." Part of the refining process for the plug-in C3
Magna International, the giant international parts supplier, will use this year's EcoXperience ride & drive track at the Detroit Auto Show as a backdrop to launch their new global unit, E-Car Systems. As one might deduce from its name, this new unit will offer electric technology integration services to automakers, helping them develop hybrid-electric (HEVs) and all-electric vehicles (EVs).