Mar 24, 2023 - 04:00 pm
Hyundai Ioniq 5 battery preconditioning: is it worth the upgrade?
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 in MY2023 has a slightly larger battery and new battery pre-conditioning. The car can adapt the battery temperature before charging to enable faster and more constant charging. We went to test if the upgrade is worth it and our charge curves show real-life ups and downs.
Mar 24, 2023 - 03:26 pm
Ford to build 500,000 electric pickups per year in Tennessee
Ford plans to produce up to half a million all-electric pickup trucks at its BlueOval City plant in the US state of Tennessee in the future. According to the manufacturer, the construction of the electric vehicle and battery plant is on track to start production as planned in 2025.
Mar 24, 2023 - 10:51 am
VWCV plans to build 44,000 ID. Buzz in 2023
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) plans to increase production of the ID. Buzz. That should cut delivery times and make the electric model available in more countries. Additionally, VWN wants to expand its range of light electric commercial vehicles.
Mar 24, 2023 - 09:44 am
Porsche will build all-electric Cayenne in Slovakia
Porsche will build the upcoming battery-electric Cayenne at Volkswagen Slovakia’s multi-brand site in Bratislava. The combustion engine and plug-in hybrid variants are both already coming off the production lines there.
Mar 23, 2023 - 04:38 pm
VW opens the order books in Germany for the ID.3
Three weeks after its world premiere, the revised version of the VW ID.3 is now available for order in Germany. The new ID.3 Pro with the 58 kWh battery starts as previously communicated at list prices from €39,995. The price for the ID.3 Pro S with the 77 kWh battery was also revealed.
Mar 23, 2023 - 01:32 pm
Vitesco achieves billion-dollar turnover with EV components
The drive supplier Vitesco Technologies surpassed the one billion euro mark in turnover with electrification products for the first time in 2022. With electric drives and other components, Vitesco turned over around 1.1 billion euros, compared to 0.9 billion euros in 2021.
Mar 23, 2023 - 12:06 pm
VW wants to produce over 3 million small EVs by 2030
Volkswagen plans to produce a total of three million fully electric small cars at its Spanish plants in Martorell and Pamplona between 2025 and 2030. The total number is likely to be even higher with the entry-level model announced for 2027 – even though it may not be built in Spain.
Mar 22, 2023 - 01:54 pm
Opel to release battery-electric Grandland in 2024
The Opel Grandland will be succeeded by an electric model next year. The parent company Stellantis is investing €130 million in the German plant in Eisenach to prepare it for the production of the e-SUV based on the new STLA Medium EV platform.
Mar 22, 2023 - 01:15 pm
ElectroMobility Poland to utilize Pininfarina design
ElectroMobility Poland (EMP), a budding EV manufacturer backed by the Polish government, wants to add some Italian flair to its Izera EV subsidiary. The company is working with the Italian design company Pininfarina, which is to design three electric cars: an SUV, a hatchback and an estate.
Mar 22, 2023 - 01:02 pm
Sono Motors faces insolvency
Following the demise of the Sion solar electric car, Sono Motors is apparently still in serious financial difficulties. Insolvency is imminent, as there is probably not enough money to continue business operations.
Mar 21, 2023 - 04:14 pm
Polestar presents additional limited edition Polestar 2
Polestar has developed a second limited edition of the Polestar 2. The upgrades for the Polestar 2 BST Edition 230, with 350 kW of power and 680 Nm of torque, include exclusive green ‘Nebula’ paint and MicroSuede upholstery for the seats and steering wheel inserts made from partially recycled nubuck textiles.
Mar 21, 2023 - 01:01 pm
Ford MEB model Explorer costs less than €45,000
Ford has unveiled a new mid-size electric SUV called Explorer. The BEV will be built in Cologne and is supposed to be nothing less than the first of a “new wave of bold, iconic electric vehicles …steeped in Ford’s American roots and designed for Europe.” The Explorer’s electric drive is not made by Ford.
Mar 21, 2023 - 11:39 am
BMW & Continental invest in DeepDrive
BMW and Continental have become investors in electric drive specialist DeepDrive. The Munich-based start-up has developed a radial flux dual rotor motor including power electronics that can be installed as a central drive as well as a wheel hub drive in production vehicles.
Mar 21, 2023 - 09:43 am
Mercedes gets ready for new EV platforms
Mercedes is investing heavily to make its production network fit for the new platforms introduced from 2024. According to a German media report, the manufacturer will start converting its plant in Rastatt this summer. It is where Mercedes will build its first model based on the Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture (MMA).
Mar 21, 2023 - 08:55 am
Günsel: A new EV brand from Cyprus
A new electric car manufacturer named Günsel has appeared from the north of Cyprus. The manufacturer has been working on a compact electric car since 2016 – which will soon go into series production.
Mar 20, 2023 - 03:30 pm
VW reveals plans for another EV priced below the ID.2
According to a German media report, the all-electric VW ID.2 will start at less than €25,000 when it launches in 2025. And the carmaker allegedly has plans for an even cheaper EV, currently referred to as the ID.1, which could launch in 2027 and start at less than €20,000.
Mar 20, 2023 - 02:11 pm
Xpeng publishes first key points on new electric SUV
Chinese electric car manufacturer Xpeng is preparing to launch its already anticipated coupe-like electric SUV – but not under the name G7, as initially planned. Instead, the new EV will be called G6. Regarding looks and dimensions, the model resembles the Tesla Model Y.
Mar 20, 2023 - 09:18 am
Polestar 3 launches in China at reduced prices
In China, Polestar has launched its first electric SUV, the Polestar 3, at significantly lower prices than initially announced. The Polestar 3 will start in China from 698,000 yuan (about $101,159). That is 182,000 yuan ($26,380) less than what was announced at the world premiere.
Mar 17, 2023 - 03:59 pm
Xpeng’s sales slowly ramping up
Chinese electric car maker Xpeng delivered 120,757 vehicles last year, up 23 per cent from 2021, but net losses nearly doubled to 9.14 billion yuan, the equivalent of 1.25 billion euros, on slightly higher sales.
Mar 17, 2023 - 09:18 am
VW Components opens new EV competence centre in Kassel
Volkswagen Group Components is expanding its plant in Kassel in central Germany, opening a new competence centre for power electronics there. It will bundle all areas relevant to the development of pulse inverters for e-drives. At the same time, the site is preparing to produce the new APP 550 electric drive.
Mar 16, 2023 - 02:41 pm
Grünheide: Tesla submits application for plant expansion
Tesla has submitted the first application for the expansion of its plant in Grünheide in Brandenburg, Germany, to the State Office for the Environment. According to Tesla, it primarily concerns changes to the existing plant to further ramp up production.
Mar 16, 2023 - 11:40 am
Denza launches new electric N7 SUV in China
Denza, BYD’s Chinese joint venture with Mercedes-Benz, is preparing to launch a new model. According to the registration application with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the vehicle is an electric SUV called the Denza N7.
Mar 16, 2023 - 11:14 am
Togg launches sales of the T10X in Turkey
The Turkish electric car manufacturer Togg has priced its first model in Turkey. Prices for the entry-level model of the T10X with rear-wheel drive start there at 953,000 Turkish liras, which is the equivalent of about 47,500 euros.
Mar 15, 2023 - 07:00 pm
VW ID. 2all: Volkswagen shows its electric small car for under €25,000
Volkswagen has just presented the ID.2all concept. The small EV doubles as a preview of the long-expected low-cost ID.2 and VW’s new design language. The series ID.2. scheduled for 2025, shall be “as spacious as a Golf, as inexpensive as a Polo”. Here’s all we know about the latest iteration.
Mar 15, 2023 - 05:03 pm
VW raises e-mobility targets for 2030
The VW brand has increased its electric car sales targets in Europe and North America. In Europe, up to 80 per cent of the cars sold by VW are to be BEVs by 2030 instead of the previously planned 70 per cent; in North America, a BEV share of 55 per cent is planned by […]
Mar 15, 2023 - 01:53 pm
Honda reveals next steps in US EV manufacturing
Honda has published more details on the conversion of its plants in the US state of Ohio for the future production of electric cars and the components for them. The Marysville Auto Plant (MAP) will begin preparations for the production of electric cars in January 2024.
Mar 15, 2023 - 12:42 pm
BMW to release six BEVs by 2025
BMW is planning at least six model launches within 24 months for the ‘New Class’ electric cars from 2025. To this end, additional plants are to be converted for the production of these electric cars. More concrete information on the platform and the first models will be available in September.