eMobility update: Nissan & Honda lineups get electric in Europe ++ VW confirms 3rd gigafactory ++ BYD & Shell to deal in EV charging
Today’s eMobility update with these headlines: Honda and Nissan electrify lineups in Europe ++ Volkswagen AG confirm battery plant in Valencia ++ and BYD and Shell strike a deal for EV charging.
#1 – Japanese carmakers electrify in Europe
Nissan will not invest in developing Euro 7 standard cars anymore but instead, concentrate on electric and hybrid drives and only introduce low-emission vehicles in Europe next year. By 2026, Nissan expects 75 per cent of sales to come from hybrid and electric cars, which shall make all sales in Europe by the end of the decade.
Honda is on a similar trail and just launched the Civic:e in Europe. The hybrid is another step for Honda to electrify its entire European lineup this year. The new Civic:e also means the end of combustion engines in that line. Honda said it wants to bring further electrified models in 2023 and thus “create the most comprehensive product programme here in many years”.
#2 – VW confirms battery plant near Valencia
Volkswagen has confirmed plans for its next battery cell factory in Spain. News that had come out previously already positioned the plant in Sagunt. The industrial area is north of Valencia and offers Volkswagen direct access to a motorway, a railway line, and even a port. But there is more to it. “It’s our ambition to electrify Spain,” said Thomas Schmall, VW Boardmember for Technology and responsible for Seat. Volkswagen and suppliers were “willing to invest more than seven billion euros,” he said, as the company is looking to set up an entire e-mobility value chain in Southern Europe.
#3 – BYD & Shell strike deal
China’s leading vehicle manufacturer BYD and the Dutch oil corporation Shell have made a strategic deal to develop new EV charging offers for clients in China and Europe. To start with, Shell will allow BYD drivers access to two-hundred-seventy five charge points. The companies also mentioned fleet solutions and that they will set up joint service centres in key European markets. The cooperation will run even deeper in China through a joint venture between BYD and Shell. The combined company is to build out charging infrastructure for Chinese electric vehicles starting with 10,000 charge points in the megapolis Shenzhen.
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