VW and JAC, Tesla's Autopilot, StreetScooter, GM
VW and JAC kick off production: According Jochem Heizmann, head of VW China, the German carmaker and Chinese partner will begin churning out first EVs next year. As reported, the two signed an agreement for the development, production and distribution of electric cars in September. Since China is considering an EV quota, VW is planning to sell 400,000 electric and hybrid cars there by 2020 – and 1.5 million by 2025.
Autopilot not at fault: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) completed its six-month-long investigation following a deadly crash with a Tesla Model S, where the Autopilot had been activated at the time of the incident. It says it did not find any safety related defects that would warrant a recall.
StreetScooter gets new drivetrain: GKN Driveline presented more details about its eTransmission, which will be used in the StreetScooter from Germany’s postal service. The GKN system has a torque of up to 2,000 Nm and will also be featured in the Citroën Berlingo electric and Fiat 500e.
Bolt becomes independent: General Motors got some bad press, after a California Chevy Bolt driver said his EV drove into the garage wall on its own. Not he nor his wife were anywhere near the vehicle at the time. GM is taking the issue serious and has sent and engineer to take a closer look at the car in question.