Ideas on the iCar: Industry insider Georg Kacher is turning the rumour mill as he wonders how an alleged cooperation between Apple and BMW might look like. His best guess is an evolutionary i3, boasting more range and power while being cheaper. To make that happen, Kacher hints at a move away from pricey carbon to a more flexible material mix while serial production could be done at Magna Steyr. By 2018, up to 200,000 units could be produced annually.
sueddeutsche.de (in German)
China charges ahead: The government of the People’s Republic now published new rules on EV manufacturing thus allowing for licensing of non-automotive producers already this year. Accordingly, Foxconn affirmed its plan to build EVs below 15,000 dollars (we reported) and has further forged alliances with both the Chinese internet company Tencent and the Chinese car dealer Harmony Auto.
wantchinatimes.com (licensing); evertiq.com, cio.com (Foxconn)
Tesla to produce in China? The Californian EV maker is thinking about moving production to China, local media reports. Apparently, talks to form a joint venture with Lifan Group and Changan Automobile took place already last week.
wantchinatimes.com, dailykanban.com, cqnews.net
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StreetScooter spreads: German StreetScooter spin-off e.GO Mobile is planning to sell a two-seater based on the StreetScooter C16 for about 10,000 euros as well as a larger version for about 14,000 euros. Through licensing, the EVs could also reach markets in the U.S., Mexico and China, e.GO said.
welt.de (in German)
Honda is offering new lease options for both existing and new customers of the Fit EV. A two-year lease or extension of the same length is offered for lower monthly payments of 199 dollars (259 USD before). The move is possibly due to the fact that Honda has not sold any Fit EV this year.
Bosch intensifies two-wheeler business: The global supplier is to pool its motorcycle segments under a newly formed unit called ‘Two-Wheeler and Powersports’. Obviously, market leadership is the declared goal and Bosch will thus also strengthen its activities in electric drivetrain technologies for motorcycles.