Volvo's held again by politics, BMW wants smaller batteries and extra...

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Peugeot boss is assured the agency can meet new fleet emissions rules
Our reporters empty their notebooks to spherical up this week’s gossip from throughout the automotive business

This week, Autocar’s compilation of motoring gossip reveals why Peugeot is able to sort out new European WLTP rules, how Dyson can beat automobile producers at their very own sport, why the X5 is a pioneer for BMW’s new hybrid expertise and extra. 

Volvo desires political push for plug-ins

The abolition of the grant for plug-in hybrids final yr got here as “a giant shock” to Volvo, in keeping with UK boss Jon Wakefield. “Infrastructure and incentives have been pushed to the again [of political priorities]. We’re nowhere close to the place we ought to be.” He added: “We’re doing lots [in electrification] however the authorities isn’t coming with us.” 

Dyson enters the facility vacuum 

Dyson CEO Jim Rowan claims the agency’s manufacturing expertise makes it higher positioned than some EV start-ups to construct a worthwhile electrical automobile. “Now we have constructed over 50 million digital motors… we are going to do the automobile manufacturing unit otherwise than others”. Taking a potential dig at Tesla, Rowan mentioned: “We are going to be certain that in the event you order a Dyson automobile you’re going to get it on time, and constructed correctly.” 

Peugeot can deal with reducing carbon

Peugeot boss Jean-Philippe Imparato claims that the latest disruption brought on by WLTP emissions rules is “completely nothing” in comparison with what automobile makers will face to fulfill the EU’s fleet common CO2 goal of 95g/km. Nonetheless, he claims that PSA will probably be “able to cope”, mirroring the agency’s efforts to change into one in all only a few manufacturers largely unaffected by WLTP. 

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X5 can have Xtra huge battery

Subsequent yr’s BMW X5 plug-in hybrid will function a fourth-generation system providing 50 miles of electric-only vary. Klaus Fröhlich, BMW R&D boss, mentioned: “As a result of the X5 is so excessive, it will possibly have a giant battery. To place this vary in a saloon or coupé, I want the advance in vitality density of the batteries we’ll see from 2021.”

Learn extra

BMW X5 assessment

Europe’s automobile makers face widespread WLTP disruption

Dyson electrical automobile: ex-Infiniti boss to go up EV operations


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