PSA, Apple, Jaguar Land Rover, BAIC, Nissan, Volvo.
PSA to build own EVs: The French corporation plans to develop its own electric cars, CEO Carlos Tavares told Le Monde. Built on PSA group’s small vehicle platform, the EVs are set for market entry around 2020. The cooperation with Mitsubishi (Peugeot i-On, Citroën C-Zero) will be discontinued.
lemonde.fr (in French), autolinknews.com
iCar by 2020? Apple goes full speed ahead on electric cars, as insiders quoted by Bloomberg believe the company is pushing its engineers in the Titan project to get the iCar ready for production within the next five years. Furthermore, a list of key employees hired by Apple for the project has been revealed.
bloomberg.com, 9to5mac.com (Titan team)
Electric JLRs: Rumour had it that Jaguar Land Rover is working on an all-electric SUV. Now Autocar reports that Jaguar plans to electrify the F-Pace from 2018. The same platform could also be used for an electric Range Rover soon to follow.
New BAIC facility: Chinese carmaker BAIC is currently constructing a new production facility for electric cars in the city of Laixi in Eastern China. The first models to roll off the line will be the E150EV and Weiwang 306. Up to 5,000 units could be produced annually.
Pathfinder Hybrid soon to be lost? Nissan’s website lists the 2015 Pathfinder but an updated version of its mild hybrid sibling is nowhere to be seen. When asked by Green Car Reports, the company was evasive at best, so the Pathfinder Hybrid’s destiny remains unclear.
First drive: John Voelcker took the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 “Twin Engine” plug-in hybrid on a 96-mile trip through the Spanish countryside. The Swedes’ SUV is set to go on sale in the States this autumn and Voelcker believes the market will receive the seven-seater hybrid well.