Dec 15, 2020 - 07:49 pm

Robotaxi unveiled by Amazon’s Zoox

The Californian startup Zoox, acquired by Amazon in June 2020, has just revealed a preview of its first Robotaxi. It is, of course, purely electric and is designed for fully autonomous driving, doing without either a steering wheel or driver’s cockpit.

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Dec 15, 2020 - 03:38 pm

Sono Motors gathers 45 million euros

The Munich-based company Sono Motors has concluded financing of 45 million euros. The startup has also garnered around 12,400 pre-orders for its Sion solar electric car. A few days ago, Sono Motors had announced its intention to present the new prototype generation in January.

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Dec 14, 2020 - 03:00 pm

Vauxhall offers free charging for Corsa-e

In the UK, Vauxhall is offering new Corsa-e customers a free Home Charging Unit and 30,000 miles of free electricity in partnership with British Gas. The offer only runs from 8 December 2020 till 11 January 2021.

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Dec 14, 2020 - 01:24 pm

Tesla pauses Model S and X production

Production of the Model S and Model X in Fremont will be halted for just under three weeks. This is fuelling speculation that both models might be getting a refresh. Meanwhile, according to reports from China, Tesla has now also begun production of the performance version of the Model 3.

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Dec 14, 2020 - 12:55 pm

Mercedes reveals production locations for EQ ramp up

Mercedes-Benz is now providing a comprehensive overview of the production sites for its electric offensive for the EQ brand. Production of the EQA at the Rastatt plant in Germany among others has already started ahead of the model’s world premiere on 20 January 2021.

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Dec 11, 2020 - 12:21 pm

Sono Motors to present prototype in January

Sono Motors has announced its intention to present the new prototype generation of the Sion at CES in January 2021. Furthermore, that might soon not be Sono Motors’ only connection to the US, as the Munich-based startup is reportedly aiming for the U.S. stock market.

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Dec 10, 2020 - 01:14 pm

Artemis goes independent

Audi’s Artemis task force for highly automated electric cars has now been spun off into an independent company. Alexander Hitzinger, managing director of the new Artemis GmbH, made the announcement on LinkedIn.

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Dec 10, 2020 - 01:09 pm

Arrival opens US headquarters in North Carolina

British electric commercial vehicle developer Arrival announced that it is establishing its North American headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, adding around 150 new employees and investing around $3 million towards the new company offices.

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Dec 10, 2020 - 12:24 pm

Nissan Leaf MY20 receives update

The Nissan Leaf is undergoing some upgrades for the new model year. The Leaf MY20 version has been in production since mid-November and, according to the Japanese company, will be rolling into dealerships “very soon”. Prices for the Nissan BEV start from 29,233.95 euros.

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Dec 9, 2020 - 03:23 pm

Mercedes announces new platform for eSprinter

Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to put the eSprinter on a new platform. The ‘Electric Versatiles Platform’ (EVP) is meant to enable greater ranges and various superstructures in order to prepare the electric Sprinter for the requirements of the North American market and potential customer Amazon.

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Dec 9, 2020 - 01:29 pm

Volvo to build electric motors in Sweden

Volvo Cars has just announced that it will assemble electric motors at its engine plant in Skövde, Sweden. The Geely-owned Swedish company aims to establish a complete in-house production of electric motors at the plant by the middle of this decade.

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Dec 9, 2020 - 12:30 pm

China marks strong NEV sales in November

According to the China Passenger Car Association, around 169,000 New Energy Vehicles (BEVs, PHEVs and FCEVs) were sold in China in November, 136.5 per cent more than in the same month last year. Most electric vehicles sold last month were SAIC GM Wuling (SGMW), BYD and Tesla.

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Dec 9, 2020 - 12:09 pm

Daimler finds buyer for Hambach factory

The Daimler Group has now officially confirmed that its plant in Hambach, France, is to be sold to Ineos. The British group will take over the plant in the coming weeks after final details have been clarified. A solution has been found for the production of the electric Smart.

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Dec 9, 2020 - 11:54 am

Audi launches serial production of e-tron GT

Audi has announced that it will start series production of the e-tron GT at its Neckarsulm site “in the next few days”. This will be the most powerful electric model built by Audi so far and is to be built at the Böllinger Höfe site in Neckarsulm with a CO2-neutral balance sheet.

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Dec 8, 2020 - 04:45 pm

Tesla announces further capital increase

Tesla has announced a capital increase of another five billion US dollars. This is already the second capital increase within three months. With the first increase at the beginning of September, Tesla aimed to raise up to five billion dollars by selling additional shares.

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Dec 8, 2020 - 02:22 pm

Hyundai to release Tucson hybrid in spring 2021

Hyundai is now saying it will also offer its Tucson compact SUV as a plug-in hybrid from spring 2021 and is has revealed the first details. This will make the partly-electric motor with a system output of 195 kW and up to 350 Nm torque the most powerful variant in the engine range of the […]

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Dec 8, 2020 - 01:52 pm

Lunaz to fit Ranger Rovers with electric drives

The British company Lunaz specialising in vintage electric cars has announced that it will now also convert classic Range Rovers to electric drive. Prices start at 245,000 pounds (excluding taxes). In addition to an electric drive system, there will be a refurbished and upgraded car.

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Dec 8, 2020 - 01:44 pm

Zero Labs presents platform to convert old timers

The Californian company Zero Labs has developed a standardised platform with which a large number of classic car models can be converted to electric drive. The platform is expected to be available from fall 2021, when the manufacturer also plans to publish a list of all classic cars that can be converted based on the […]

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Dec 8, 2020 - 01:14 pm

Fox e-mobility to revive the Mia 2.0

Plans for the market launch of the Mia 2.0 electric car are being revived. After announcing last year that production of the small car would start at the beginning of 2020, production is now planned for the first quarter of 2023.

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Dec 8, 2020 - 12:07 pm

VW takes majority stake in joint venture with JAC

Volkswagen has now taken over the majority stake of the joint venture with JAC with 75 per cent, which also means management control. The company was immediately renamed from JAC Volkswagen to Volkswagen (Anhui) Automotive Company Limited since an eMobility hub is to be established in Anhui Province.

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Dec 7, 2020 - 02:35 pm

Lexus presents new electric drive control system

For the next generation of its electric and hybrid vehicles, Lexus has introduced an electric drive control system called Direct4. A purely battery-electric concept vehicle based on this technology is to be presented in the first quarter of 2021.

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