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Autocar confidential: Volvo's held back by politics, BMW needs smaller batteries and more..

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26 February 2019

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This week, Autocar’s compilation of motoring gossip reveals why Peugeot is ready to tackle new European WLTP regulations, how Dyson can beat car manufacturers at their own game, why the X5 is a pioneer for BMW’s new hybrid technology and more. 

Volvo wants political push for plug-ins

The abolition of the grant for plug-in hybrids last year came as “a big surprise” to Volvo, according to UK boss Jon Wakefield. “Infrastructure and incentives have been pushed to the back [of political priorities]. We’re nowhere near where we should be.” He added: “We’re doing a lot [in electrification] but the government is not coming with us.” 

Dyson enters the power vacuum 

Dyson CEO Jim Rowan claims the firm’s manufacturing experience makes it better placed than some EV start-ups to build a profitable electric car. “We have built over 50 million digital motors… we will do the car factory differently than others”. Taking a possible dig at Tesla, Rowan said: “We will ensure that if you order a Dyson car you will get it on time, and built properly.” 

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Peugeot can cope with cutting carbon

Peugeot boss Jean-Philippe Imparato claims that the recent disruption caused by WLTP emissions regulations is “absolutely nothing” compared to what car makers will face to meet the EU’s fleet average CO2 target of 95g/km. However, he claims that PSA will be “ready to cope”, mirroring the firm’s efforts to become one of very few brands largely unaffected by WLTP. 

X5 can have Xtra big battery

Next year’s BMW X5 plug-in hybrid will feature a fourth-generation system offering 50 miles of electric-only range. Klaus Fröhlich, BMW R&D boss, said: “Because the X5 is so high, it can have a big battery. To put this range in a saloon or coupé, I need the improvement in energy density of the batteries we’ll see from 2021.”

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Big talk from Dyson. Building

26 February 2019

Big talk from Dyson. Building cars is a lot harder than building vacuum cleaners and a little bit of humility might be advisable. 

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