Charging Alliance, BMW, Lynk & Co, LeEco, Toyota, Renault.
European commercial charging alliance: German carmakers plan to set up EV fast-charging infrastructure across Europe. VW, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Daimler say fast-charging stations in the three-digit realm will soon be found along the main transport routes. Obviously, this is also a push for CCS with up to 350 kW. The next step may be the USA but at a later date.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Next generation of electrification? BMW plans for a whole new family of electric models based on the iNext due in 2021, Manager Magazin reports. The platform will be the basis for fuel cell vehicles but also ICE and is scheduled for completion by 2023.
manager-magazin.de (in German)
Lynk’s first PHEV: Backed by Geely and thus Volvo, Lynk & Co presented the first model of the new brand due by 2018. Dubbed 01, the new SUV sits on the same platform as the Volvo XC40 and is a plug-in hybrid as well. Following Lynk models, say 02 and 03, may already be fully electrified.
China in California: LeEco shows the LeSEE Pro for the U.S. market. Currently at pre-production stage, the electric sedan features autonomous driving and is due to be made by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, Faraday Future says its EV will debut at the coming CES next January.
forbes.com (LeEco), elektrek.co (Faraday Future)
Toyota in Poland: 150m euros are to be invested by Toyota to expand its Polish production facilities. The Walbrzych site is to manufacture a hybrid transaxle from 2018 and thus make imports from Japan redundant. Since the start of its operation in Poland in 2002, Toyota invested more than 950m euros.
No more battery leasing? Renault-Nissan is to put an end to its battery leasing, rumours suggest. Before the end of 2017, models like the Leaf would then be offered with batteries included as allegedly is the case in Spain and Portugal already.