Samsung, Gree, LG, Even Electric, Daimler, Bosch, BladeGlider.
Samsung to try EVs again? After Samsung first embarked on the car market together with Renault but had to sell 70 percent of its stakes to the French, it is time for another attempt. The technology corporation is in talks to get into business with Fiat Chrysler subsidiary Magneti Marelli. It is likely that this time Samsung would try to venture into electric vehicles just as its arch rival Apple.
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EV market take over in China: AirCon maker Gree acquired Zhuhai Yinlong New Energy for 13bn yuan (2bn dollars). Yinlong has been making EV batteries since 2009 and builds a line of seven electric cars and 18 electric buses. The moves comes in the wake of Beijing’s push for green technologies.
LG is gearing up for Bolt: The Korean supplier is readying its lines for the mass production of GM’s mass market EV already this month. LG is to deliver the battery pack, the electric motor, and the power electronics. Officially, GM will start the Bolt production, or assembly rather, this October.
Taking EV sales global and online is the mission of Canadian start-up Even Electric. Its showroom will be virtual and in a cloud formed by Microsoft, yet the firm also plans to set up ‘education centres’ for customers to learn about and try EVs from different brands. A pilot in Iceland has yielded data.
E-mobility expert move: Bosch has hired Daimler’s top electric motors development executive, Harald Kröger. For two years, he also served on Tesla’s board of directors. Bosch would not comment.
BladeGlider first drive: As if being in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics is not enough, Leon Poultney got to drive the Nissan BladeGlider prototype on a race track – in a non-competitive fashion. Obviously, the three-seaters top was open and gliding allowed. “Bonkers and brilliant” – we can imagine indeed.