Renault takes the lead in the electrification strategy of the Alliance with Mitsubishi and Nissan as 8 out of 12 EV planned will come from the French by 2022. Renault’s Drive the Future plan in fact outlines 20 electrified models due within the next five years, including said eight all-electric cars. During the same period, the Group also wants to cut its diesel offering by 50 percent and reduce it to one family from currently three diesel engines. In terms of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, they will share a dedicated EV platform across the B to D segments with a first electric SUV coming first to China before spreading to other markets.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, globenewswire.com
Volvo got ready for pole position as it circulates a piece of the puzzle that is to reveal its first electric car under the Polestar label. The Swedes only recently turned their performance division into an all-electric brand and now want to make a grand entry on October, 17. While the image is literally missing a few pieces, Autocar imagines a coupé bearing a 600 hp plug-in hybrid drive.
Tesla delays the Semi truck once more now setting the release for November, 16, rather than the end of October. It is the second delay reportedly and Elon Musk on Twitter referred to the production bottleneck caused by the Model 3, which has taken priority. Quote: “We are deep in production hell.”
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Toyota with two new hybrid concepts: As the Tokyo Motor Show awaits later this month, Toyota announced a double debut or hybrid home run. First pictures show the GR HV Sports Concept and the roomy SUV Tj Cruiser. Details will only follow once the fair has begun.
carscoops.com, toyota.co.jp (GR HV), toyota.co.jp (Tj Cruiser)
Honda organises electrification: Honda is to shut down its Samaya facility in Japan to be able to accommodate for EV making at a more modern facility in Yorii, Japan from March 2022. The latter shall become the heart and soul of Honda’s global electrification.
autonews.com, insideevs.com, carscoops.com
BYD expansion complete: The Chinese carmaker has succeeded in tripling production capacity at its Lancaster facility in California. BYD can now build up to 1,5000 electric buses here a year, ten times as many as four years ago.
trucks.com, businessinsider.de, scmp.com