Sep 18, 2017

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Quota, ZF, BAIC, VW, BYD.

Alliance to build 12 EVs by 2022: Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have come up with a six year plan called Alliance 2022. It includes 12 all-electric models that shall utilise shared platforms and components and thus cover multiple segments. Autonomy is part of the plan too and CEO Carlos Ghosn promised a “robo-taxi” to serve in a ride hailing service from 2022.
cnbc.com, europe.autonews.com, alliance-2022.com

The EU sales quota for EV is not off the table it appears after sources close to the EU Commission told Wirtschaftswoche that it may be part of a plan to be announced on November, 7. The mobility proposal will also deal with CO2 emissions for the period after 2021.
wiwo.de (in German)

Norway first: Both the Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace will launch in Norway prior to all other European markets. In fact, they can be ordered already so Daimler and JLR go down the same route Opel and Audi went with the Ampera-e and e-tron. The numbers confirm the move with Mercedes saying it had 1,000 reservations within the first half an hour. Jaguar logged 850 orders and Audi 2,500.
dn.no (in Norwegian) via electrek.co

Sino-German EV components: ZF and BAIC subsidiary BHAP have announced their joint venture in order to develop and manufacture components for new energy vehicles in China.
just-auto.com

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The new e-Golf is about to make amends for its diesel cousins in America as it comes with a price increase but many updates. Starting from 30,495 dollars (excluding destination charges and before incentives) it is 1,500 dollars more expensive but got a bigger battery with 35.8 kWh, up from 24.2 kWh.
electriccarsreport.com, electrek.co, insideevs.com

BYD inks deal with UN: The United Nations have turned to BYD to support the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote electric mobility in emerging countries. The cooperation will first take the form of trials with all kind of electric vehicles, including two and three-wheelers as well as buses, in selected countries. The UNEP also expressed its “hope to take BYD SkyRail to many cities around the world.” So far BYD operates the elevated monorail transit system in Shenzhen.
byd.com