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04-24-2017

GM, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar, Jeep, Tesla.


GM’s electric strategy for China: In the following three years, the American car giant intends to launch at least ten EV and PHEV for the Chinese market, said GM’s China CEO Matt Tsien in the course of the Shanghai Motor Show. He thus joined the rest of the carmakers in their electric promises made in the light of expected new energy quotas by the Chinese authorities. GM calculates with a sales potential of 150,000 electrified vehicles until 2020 and up to half a million until 2025. First aim is to start production of an all-electric model in the Asian-Pacific region within the next two years.
detroitnews.com, apnews.com

Is this Audi’s EV no. 3? Rumours about a new luxury heavyweight above the A8 are persistent and have received some extra fuel through Auto Zeitung. The report speaks of a possible A9 that might emerge 2020 under the label C e-tron – thus being the third in Audi’s electrical line-up. Although sources are missing, the article assumes that the four-door coupé will be based on Q6 and Porsche’s Mission E and could be launched in three versions with 265, 320 or 400 kW.
autozeitung.de (in German)

Mercedes with updated S-Class: The German carmaker has face-lifted its top-of-the-line sedan. The updated version of its S-Class is supposed to hit the roads in July and will be available as well as PHEV version with a battery capacity of 13.3 kWh and an onboard 7.2 kW charger.
greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com

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Serial style of I-Pace at the IAA: Jaguar wants to unveil the production version of its I-Pace in September at the IAA before starting sales next year, Auto Express has learnt. The final design of Jaguar’s first EV shall correspond to 80% to the concept car presented in Los Angeles last year.
autoexpress.co.uk

Jeep shows plug-in: The Yuntu Hybrid has been revealed in Shanghai and was designed for China. Still no details on the actual drive of the seven-seater PHEV have been released.
motor1.com

Tesla recalls 53,000 Model S and X as they are equipped with a faulty gear in the parking brakes. According to the carmaker, the issue was caused by a third-party supplier and could end up in problems to release the parking brake. The recall affects vehicles launched between February and October 2016.
electrek.co, insideevs.com, teslarati.com

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04-21-2017

Honda, Porsche, Qoros, Hybrid Kinetic, GM, Iconiq Motors.


Honda-CR-V-HybridHonda hurries electrification: The Japanese carmaker is just as eager to fulfil China’s upcoming EV quotas as is VW and so Honda announced a pure BEV for China as early as next year. While China COO Yasuhide Mizuno had no details, he also promised a plug-in hybrid SUV for 2018 in Shanghai, two years earlier than initially planned. An FCV was mentioned too, hence it is likely to see the Clarity in all its new energy vehicle variants making an entry into China rather sooner than later. For now, Honda debuted the CR-V Hybrid at the Auto Shanghai. Regular market entry is scheduled for later this year.
asia.nikkei.com, automotiveworld.com (CR-V Hybrid)

Porsche will not stay a stranger to electrification either it appears as CEO Oliver Blume spoke of expansion beyond the Mission E in Shanghai. Next to more all-electric models, the PHEV line-up could be extended as well – all in a bid to obey Chinese regulators, although Blume insisted to “find the technology as such interesting” for Porsche’s sporty drive.
autonews.com

K is for Koenigsegg that delivers the power for Qoros four-door supercar which has taken its place among the Shanghai debutantes. The Qoros K-EV utilises four electric drives that add up to 640 kW. A small series may be produced by 2019.
autocar.co.uk, caranddriver.com

Two turbine SUVs: The Hybrid Kinetic Group makes use of its EV concept with a micro turbine range extender it only recently presented in Geneva. The latest two models can now be seen in Shanghai and both SUV, the K550 as well as the K750, were designed by Pininfarina. As with the H600, both boast a 1,000 km range thanks to their revolving extra power source.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com

Chevy plug-in concept: Two years after GM’s attempt to Find New Roads (FNR) in hybrid technology, Chevrolet brings the FNR-X to Shanghai. The SUV features scissor doors and a plug-in hybrid drive but is again just a concept.
motor1.com, motorauthority.com

Electric mini-van: If the Iconiq 7 will become what its name suggests remains to be seen but the Iconiq Motors manufacturer has concrete production plans for its six-seater EV. Starting with 15,000 units in 2019, production is to scale up rapidly with 110,000 MPVs planned in 2025. The design was developed by W Motors with the platform and driveline coming from Magna in large parts. Plus, the electric van shall be autonomous by 2023.
carnewschina.com

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04-20-2017

VW in China, Nio, BYD, Citroën, MG.


Quotas work wonders: China got VW to hurry its electrification and seems to have the upper hand with the upcoming tougher quotas. Volkswagen now wants to make an electric car for the masses together with JAC no later than 2018 – two years before EVs sitting on the MEB platform are scheduled. The JV’s first EV will be under a new brand name. In China, VW also hopes to deploy its new energy vehicles to ride-sharing partner Didi but the groups overall sales strategy for its largest market speaks of 400,000 PEV by 2020 and 1.5m electrified cars by 2025.
nytimes.com, autonews.com

Nio likes it big: The young brand hits the floor in Shanghai with its electric SUV ES8 that can take seven passengers. Performance data is sparse but Nio equipped its EV with two electric motors and wants a swappable battery pack. A production version is to be shown before the year’s end with on-sale starting soon after. Furthermore, Nio has opened the order books for what it calls its flagship supercar. The EP9 however, will only be made ten times for a price of about 1.5m dollars each.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com

BYD’s Dynasty: Shanghai just saw the debut of the all-electric SUV concept by the Chinese manufacturer. The Dynasty has been designed by Wolfgang Egger, formerly Audi but production is not planned. Also on display at the BYD booth are the electric and hybrid Song EV300 and Song DM.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com, electriccarsreport.com

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Citroën crossover PHEV: The C5 Aircross that has been revealed in China will be Citroen’s first plug-in hybrid model and shall launch this autumn first in China and then in Europe by 2018. The PHEV couples two electric motors with a petrol-engine to 300 hp and an electric range of 60 km.
autocar.co.uk, autonews.com

Butterfly doors are not the only fancy the MG E-Motion EV sports at the show in Shanghai but the best news is that MG is actually looking to build the electric sports coupe by 2020 for below 30,000 pounds. Its electric drive has been developed in house and the concept claims a 310 mile range.
autocar.co.uk

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04-19-2017

Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Roewe, Tesla, Geely,


VW-ID-CrozzThird VW I.D. concept: VW is about to present its third EV concept in Shanghai as expected. The I.D. Crozz coupe-crossover is based on the MEB platform and follows from the I.D. and I.D. Buzz. It will thus hit the road by 2020. The ID Crozz bears two electric motors (225 kW/302 bhp) and gets a range of up to 500 km.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com

Audi’s second EV concept: Two years passed since Audi presented its first EV concept, the e-tron quattro at the IAA. While this model will go serial in 2018, the German carmaker is set to put the concept of a coupe variant in the spotlights of the Shanghai Motor Show. As with the first EV, the four-door Sportback comes with three electric motors and shall be ready for serial production no later than 2019.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com, audi-mediacenter.com

Skoda presents Vision E: In the run-up to the Shanghai Motor Show, VW’s Czech subsidiary has unveiled its Vision E concept which is to go serial in about 3 years. Just like the I.D. Crozz, the coupe-crossover relies on two electric motors with a total output of 225kW (302bhp) and shall reach up to 500 km, too. Just recently, Skoda announced to launch 5 all-electric models until 2025.
autoexpress.co.uk

Roewe unveils electric SUV: SAIC brand Roewe intends to display its all-electric concept Vision-E in Shanghai, that is not to be mixed up with Skoda’s vision, at least not by name. SAIC’s concept to aims for 500 km range but may roll of the lines already next year in China. Production will be handled by the SAIC-VW joint venture, the same that is also to make the Skoda’s Vision E, what suggests that Roewe’s and Skoda’s concept may even share a platform – although the design of both models differs.
carnewschina.com

Tesla lowers base price for Model S: The Silicon Valley based EV maker has removed the 60 kWh version of its Model S from its line-up as announced. This makes the Model S 75 the new entry option that is now available for a significantly lower gross price, namely 69,350 euros.
electrek.co, insideevs.com (prices in dollars), electrek.co

Lynk & Co’s next model: The new brand of Geely has introduced the serial version of its SUV model 01, which will be available as PHEV and EV. Furthermore, Lynk & Co permitted a first glance at its concept 03, a sedan based on the upcoming Volvo S40 and likely to get electrified, too.
carscoops.com (serial version 01), motor1.com, motorauthority.com, carscoops.com

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04-18-2017

Tesla, Hyundai, Honda, Bentley, Volvo, Jeep.


Tesla model update: Elon Musk has kept Twitter busy these days as he pronounced the Semi-Truck ready for presentation this September. Together with plans for a pick-up within the next 24 months and ideas like the Model Y or the mini-bus being kept afloat, the Tesla count has risen to eight EVs in total by now. While half are at concept stage at the most, the Tesla boss has confirmed the unveiling of the final production Model 3 this July.
Semi-Truck, Model 3 July, All 8 models, insideevs.com

Hyundai H2 lux SUV in NYC: Genesis has taken off the veil of its GV80 fuel cell concept at the New York International Auto Show. The Korean premium brand’s SUV carries Hyundai’s hydrogen technology under the hood but as part of a plug-in set-up.
insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

Clarity: Honda has made its green car trio complete at the New York show, where it revealed its the plug-in hybrid and electric variants alongside the already available Clarity Fuel Cell. Together they shall bring Honda sales of 75,000 Clarity vehicles in the first four model years in the States alone.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com

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Bentley to borrow from Porsche? It looks like the Mission E may not be exclusive to just one VW luxury brand but could make it into an electric Bentley, too. While the Brits have not made any definite announcement, they did eye the tech Porsche is currently developing for its electric model, Automotive News reports. After all, a sporty drive would suit the two-seater EXP 12 Speed 6e EV Concept Bentley just displayed in Geneva and Volkswagen is looking into synergies wherever it can.
autonews.com via carscoops.com

Sino-Swedish synergies are also what Volvo seeks for its first ever EV. The Geely-owned carmaker said it will utilise the same factory in Chinese Luqiao, that shall also make Lync’s 01 and the Volvo XC40. The Swedes aim for a price below 40,000 dollars, hence the production abroad that is to start by 2019. The outreach is global however and Shanghai will show if the electric model will indeed be build from the ground up as has been suggested.
autoblog.com, carscoops.com, hybridcars.com

Jeep teases electrification: In the run-up to Shanghai, Jeep has released first sketches of what may be called the Yuntu EV in both China and the rest of the world. The SUV is a plug-in hybrid and the first attempt by the off-road brand to go electric, at least a little bit.
carscoops.com, hybridcars.com

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04-13-2017

VW, Audi, Ford, Qoros, MG, General Motors.


VW turns on the light for a threesome as it teases its third I.D. concept ahead of Shanghai. The I.D. Crozz – VW trademarked the name but nothing is official – is a coupe-SUV that will follow on from the I.D. hatch and I.D. Buzz microbus. Rumour had it there might be a fourth I.D. model due in September at the IAA but no update has been given yet. For the I.D. Crozz, VW confirmed an all-wheel drive, which makes a two electric motor set-up likely. As all I.D. models, it will sit on the MEB platform and should manage a range of around 550 km.
autoexpress.co.uk, volkswagen.com

Audi is about lights too, LEDs in this case but not necessarily illuminating. All that is revealed in this latest teaser video is that the carmaker will bring a new e-tron concept to Shanghai. Hopefully, it is not an SUV again this time but maybe the i3 fighter CEO Rupert Stadler recently hinted at rather?!
youtube.com, carscoops.com, motor1.com

Ford ends Focus Electric production: The Focus Electric will not be made in Europe anymore as Ford ends its production at its plant in Saarlouis. The carmaker claims low demand, only 61 units were sold in Europe last year. If someone wishes to buy however, Ford will continue imports from America.
electrive.net, autonews.com

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Qoros plans concrete: The K-EV Concept is Qoros latest study in electric and most of all luxurious driving to debut in Shanghai. The lux limousine utilises the Koenigsegg drive-line also used in the Koenigsegg Regera super hybrid. Market entry for the Qoros K-EV is set for 2019.
auto-motor-und-sport.de, greencarcongress.com

Electric supercar concept: British MG will present its E-Motion in Shanghai, a sports car coupé with an all-electric power source. The SAIC-owned company said the model makes the 100 kph in under four seconds while claiming a range of roughly 500 km. Production is uncertain at this point.
autocar.co.uk, autoexpress.co.uk, carscoops.com

Bolt available nationwide: GM has issued a lease across the US of A for its latest electric car. The price is 329 dollars per month for three years with 3,809 dollars due at signing. The deal is valid until May, 1 for now.
insideevs.com, greencarreports.com

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04-12-2017

StreetScooter, Audi, Kia, Mahindra, GM, Chrysler.


StreetScooter-PostStreetScooter expands enormously: Deutsche Post DHL is taking its EV manufacturing business yet another notch up as the delivery service will open a second factory to produce the StreetScooter. Annual capacity will thus double to 20,000 electric vans and at least 50 percent will be made for third parties. Prices for a StreetScooter start at 32,000 euros and DHL hopes to interest municipalities and/or partners and fleets across Europe. No more specific location other than North Rhine-Westphalia has been given for the new production site yet.
europe.autonews.com, postandparcel.info, dpdhl.com

E-tron Sportback Audi’s 2nd EV? 2018 will see the introduction of Audi’s first fully electric model. However, now another seems to be in the pipeline. Auto Motor und Sport believes the second EV is to be the e-tron Sportback, which could hit the shelves no later than 2019.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

Kia gears up for its third EV in the meantime as the Korean brand is looking to electrify its compact SUV Stonic. An electric variant may be here as early as next year and will utilise technology from the Hyundai Ioniq Electric allegedly. With a larger battery than its brother in tech, the Kia Stonic EV may get 300 km far. If it makes it to market in time, it would be Kia’s third all-electric model after the Soul and expected Niro.
cleantechnica.com, pushevs.com

Second-hand EVs: Mahindra ventures into the vintage market for electric cars as it authorises its subsidiary Mahindra First Choice Wheels (MFCWL) to open its platform for used EVs. It includes certification and warranty and enables clients to exchange, buy and sell pre-owned electric cars.
indiatimes.com

Ampera-e statistics: The European version of GM’s Bolt EV has made it onto our shores, at least on paper. First registrations of the electric Opel surfaced in Norway (13) and Germany (68) but were most likely logged in by dealers. Get ready to book your test ride. Deliveries officially start in May.
itanywhere.no (Norway), kba.de (Germany)

Talking about shipments: Chrysler is three months behind schedule for the Pacific plug-in hybrid. It will start shipping to U.S. dealerships only after Easter. Chrysler claims quality control for the delay.
insideevs.com

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04-11-2017

Grohmann, India, Chevy plug-in, Ford, BYD, Hyundai


Tesla Advanced Automation Germany formerly known as Grohmann has officially started working for the Californian EV maker and “Him” only. Tesla had acquired the German engineering firm late last year to ramp up its electric car production and cartel authorities had approved the deal in January. However, there had been trouble with Grohmann’s founder leaving the company just a few weeks ago and Grohmann has now dropped all other clients like BMW and Daimler to focus exclusively on Model 3 production, German SWR reports. Initially, Musk had committed to “honor” existing contracts but the company is in the process of cancelling existing orders nonetheless. While workers are worried about their new and utter dependency, Tesla seeks to recruit more engineers in Germany from next week.
electrek.co, swr.de (original source, in German)

Nissan Leaf in India? The world’s best-selling electric car may become available in the world’s largest democracy by 2018. Nissan not only ponders to launch the Leaf in India but may also assemble it there to avoid import taxes on what already is a rather pricey product for the market. To feel the terrain a little better and to position Nissan within the higher tech cast, the X-Trail Hybrid is due to enter India this year.
indiatimes.com

Chevy plug-in concept: The GM brand teases its latest concept prior to Shanghai, where the FNR-X will first go on display. The study is a plug-in hybrid SUV with AWD. More astounding though is its said ability to switch driving modes depending on the driver’s mood. Zen better be electric.
carnewschina.com, motor1.com

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Ford’s silent approach: The carmaker has presented a hybrid police patrol car based on the Ford Fusion. Units could take delivery of the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan from around this time next year. The LAPD was first to respond as SoCal’s force plans to deploy 300 hybrid cars by 2020.
drivespark.com, thestreet.com, latimes.com (LAPD)

More than 100 electric kilometres is the promise of BYD’s next-gen Tang PHEV. The current plug-in SUV already manages about 100 km, hence its name Tang 100, but the new model is said to be stronger and greener. Despite a first photo, it cannot be expected before late 2018 though.
carnewschina.com

Grande hybrid: Hyundai launched a hybrid variant of its latest Grandeur and hopes to sell about 10,000 units in South Korea each year. Other markets like the U.S. are within sight but not scheduled yet.
yonhapnews.co.kr


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04-10-2017

Mercedes AMG, Hyundai, Lynk & Co, Jeep, Tesla, Skoda’s Vision E


mercedes-amg-gt-concept-genf-2017-300x150High-performing quartet: Mercedes AMG is currently developing performance updates of four future EV models of Mercedes’ sub-brand EQ, reports Automobile Magazine. Two sedans and two crossovers are to be launched between 2020 and 2022 with three electric motors each, one in the front and two in the rear. AMG is also said to work on performance versions of Mercedes’ PHEVs.
automobilemag.com

Hyundai enters bus market: The Korean carmaker reveals big plans as it wants to go serial with its first electric bus model by early 2018. Hyundai already looked into electric buses back in 2010 but its Elecity model never made it through to commercialisation. The new model is supposed to reach up to 260 km on one charge, is capable to quick charge and will be launched abroad as well.
theinvestor.co.kr, koreabizwire.com

Electric sedan by Lynk & Co: New Geely brand Lynk & Co has released photos of its second concept showing a formidable and futuristic looking electric sedan based on a Volvo. The first model of Lynk & Co, simply dubbed 01 and offered as both EV and PHEV, is to be launched in China at the end of the year – the States and Europe shall follow.
electrek.co, insideevs.com

Electrified Jeep concept: Teaser photos released by Jeep show a new concept car that will be unveiled in Shanghai this month. The brand classifies the new model as “new energy vehicle” and thus fuels rumours that it could come with electric or hybrid drive.
indianautosblog.com

Tesla expands in Europe: The Californian EV maker opened its first showroom in Munich. It is the 15th Tesla store in Germany. On top, Tesla gained the building permit for its first Irish store in South Dublin and announced to install superchargers here as well as in Cork Galway and Belfast. Currently, 270 super charger and more than 1,200 destination chargers are spread across Europe.
automobilwoche.de (in German), independent.ie (Ireland)

Interior design of Skoda’s Vision E: After showing the exterior recently, the Czech VW subsidiary now permits a glance in the interior space of its Vision E. The car is constructed to reach level 3 of autonomous driving and will be on display in Shanghai.
motor1.com, autocar.co.uk


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04-07-2017

Kreisel Electric, Ford, Nio, Lucid Motors, Qoros, Bollinger.


Porsche-910e-Kreisel-300pxKreisel electrifies Porsche: German manufacturer Kreisel Electric and cooperation partner EVEX have converted a Porsche 910 into an electrified super car. The Kreisel EVEX 910e goes above 300 kph, accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in 2.5 seconds and is even street legal and available in a limited edition. The super cars 53 kWh power pack allows supposedly a range of 350 km. The electric Porsche will debut at the Techno Classica. Price point: 1m euros.
kreiselelectric.com

Ford’s electrification strategy for China: Until 2025 Ford intends to electrify 70 percent of its line-up in the world’s biggest car market. The Mondeo PHEV which will be produced in China with joint venture partner Changan will be the starting point in 2018. Within the next 5 years an all-electric sport-utility with 450 km range shall follow (also in North America and Europe). Furthermore, Ford wants to start the production lines for electric drive systems in China by 2020.
reuters.com, media.ford.com

Nio and Changan united: In Nio (formerly Next EV) Changan has found another JV partner willing to manufacture EVs in China. Under the name of Yangtze River Automobile New Energy Industry Development, both companies seek to start production in Wuhan. At Shanghai’s Auto Salon, Nio plans to present not less than 11 vehicles such as an electric SUV – their first model for the Chinese market – its Formula E racer, electric hyper car EP9 and concept vehicle Eve.
carnewschina.com (joint venture, electric SUV), green-motors.de (Shanghai show)

Cash injection for Lucid Motors: EV start-up Lucid Motors seeks to fundraise 700m USD for its projected plant in Arizona. The factory shall be completed in three phases with production start scheduled for 2019. The Silicon Valley based company intends to start with an annual output of up to 10,000 EVs but plans to reach up to 130,000 electric vehicles per year eventually.
fool.com via electrek.co, autoblog.com, bizjournals.com

Qoros’ concept sports car: The Chinese manufacturer permits a first glance at the concept car 9 QlectriQ, a co-production with Koenigsegg that is soon to be revealed in Shanghai. The all-electric model is claimed to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 3 seconds and to make 500 km on one charge.
carnewschina.com, motor1.com

First prototype of Bollinger: U.S. start-up Bollinger Motors announced an electric “Sport Utility Truck” with AWD not long ago. Now, the company provided first photos of the chassis together with the promise to present the complete EV this year before going serial in 2018.
electrek.co, electriccarsreport.com, prnewswire.com

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