Toyota, Lucid Motors, WM Motor, China, Honda, Hyundai.
EV is top priority: Toyota is getting up to speed on electric cars as its new EV division will be led by CEO Akio Toyoda himself. He will oversee developments directly in order to take decisions quickly. Prius chief engineer Koji Toyoshima is to become the leader of the division’s engineering team. Toyoshima will also join the EV strategy unit, which includes representatives from large suppliers.
reuters.com, autonews.com, toyota.co.jp
Lucid to build in Arizona: Lucid Motors found a home for its planned electric car facility in Casa Grande, Arizona. Construction will begin in the first half of next year. If all goes to plan, the first model currently codenamed Atvus (we reported) will roll off the lines by 2018.
greencarcongress.com, electrek.co, lucidmotors.com
WM presents first models: WM Motor presented its first models, a sedan, a wagon, an SUV and an MPV, due by 2018. All of them shall be electric and most of all affordable, particularly for Chinese consumers. The start-up’s production facility is reportedly being set up in Wenzhou.
Electric bus facility: Hunan CRRC Times Electric Vehicle will invest 1.5bn yuan (219m dollars) into a new facility in Chinese Hebei province to build electric buses. Production of up to 15,000 electric buses per year shall start upon completion by 2018.
HyFive with Honda: The first Honda Clarity Fuel Cell models have arrived on European shores. So far, there are only six of them and they are destined for showcases of the hydrogen project HyFive in London and Copenhagen.
Five star Hyundai: Hyundai’s Ioniq excelled in the Euro NCAP crash test as it received a five star rating. The versatile Korean that is available as hybrid, EV and PHEV achieved top marks in all four categories.