In China, another electric car startup, Bordrin Motors is in the starting blocks. By means of a joint venture with FAW Xiali, Bordrin plans to start series production of its first iV6 model this year: an electric crossover with a range of up to 610 km. Bordrin is also planning its own factory in Shanghai.
Starting next year, the Audi e-tron will be produced for the Chinese market by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture at the Changchun plant. Between 45,000 and 50,000 units per year are planned. Another Audi electric model to be produced in China is the e-tron Sportback.
Volkswagen has now officially launched the joint venture for charging infrastructure announced in May in China together with their Chinese partners JAC and FAW, as well as Star Charge. The joint venture is called CAMS New Energy Technology.
Volkswagen intends to offer Chinese customers a total of 14 electrified models this year, said Group CEO Herbert Diess at the first World New Energy Vehicle Congress in the southern Chinese city of Boao.
Toyota will present its first two electric cars at the Auto Shanghai with sales in China scheduled to begin in 2020. Moreover, the Japanese company is working on a deal with the Chinese EV startup Singulato Motors to deploy an old Toyota mini EV en masse and anew.
Audi is now presenting its third “vision vehicle” after the AIcon and the PB18 at Auto Shanghai. The autonomous city electric car called AI:ME accompanies the series version of the fully electric Q2 L e-Tron for the Chinese market, which also debuts at the trade fair.
The battery cell manufacturer CATL and the state-owned Chinese car manufacturer FAW have founded a joint venture for the development, production and sale of lithium-ion batteries. It has a starting capital of two billion yuan (approx. 263 million euros).
Volkswagen apparently plans to set up a Chinese fast-charging network. A respective joint venture would see VW partner FAW and other local companies become part of the effort that is worth a starting capital of 1 billion yuan (around 130 million euros).
Volkswagen say it will take them no more than two years to launch more than 30 new electric cars and plug-in hybrids in China. Moreover, the Group’s Chinese arm is considering to install a public high power charging network together with local partners from 2019.
Chinese EV start-up Byton, led by former BMW-i manager Carsten Breitfeld, takes over FAW subsidiary Huali (Tijian) Automobile and thereby secures a production license for serial production of electric cars in China. Byton had already closed an investment agreement with FAW in summer.
Volkswagen and their Chinese partner FAW have opened a new factory in Tianjin. The factory will serve to support their SUV offensive in China. It will serve as a production facility for Volkswagen and Audi SUVs, including PHEV variants.
China’s state-owned car manufacturers FAW, Dongfeng and Changan have set up ride-hailing service T3 Mobile Travel Services in order to rival the almighty Didi Chuxing. The platform builds on their existing EV alliance and is to deploy self-driving robo cabs.
Volkswagen’s Spanish subsidiary Seat will enter China by hooking onto the JAC Volkswagen joint venture. Together the three plan to establish a R&D centre for electric vehicles. Development is to culminate in a dedicated electric car platform for China and beyond in 2021.
The Volkswagen corporation has opened three new EV factories in China with their partner FAW. The first factory in Qingdao was opened yesterday. The other two in Foshan and Tianjin will follow in June and August.
Volkswagen is set to invest a significantly increased sum into the e-mobility business, including autonomous driving, digitization and new mobility services in China. By 2022, the company plans to invest 15 billion dollars with its joint venture partners SAIC, FAW and JAC.
The car manufacturer FAW, which is owned by the Chinese government, is investing a “significant amount of money” into the EV startup Byton, which is run by former BMW-i manager Carsten Breitfeld. The news was broken by Breitfeld himself.
Volkswagen is strengthening its stance in China as the German corporation prepares a plug-in hybrid and electric model for market launch this year. Another ten SUV shall reach the Chinese by 2020 with VW renewing its entire range.
Audi and its Chinese joint venture partner FAW have announced the founding of two new entities which will focus on mobility and digital services from the end of this year. They plan to launch 4 all-electric models made in China within the next 5 years.
The joint venture FAW-Volkswagen plans to roll out seven new energy vehicles under the Audi label in China by 2020. The line-up will include both PHEVs as well as pure electric cars such as Audi’s upcoming electric SUV that will also be made in China.
Chinese carmaker FAW wants to launch 15 all-electric models under its Hongqi brand by 2025, and will kick start the effort with the first EV this year. By 2020, range may reach 600 kilometres as a standard with autonomy to increase gradually.
China EV strategy: At the recent Bejing motor show, the FAW group announced its ambitious plans to acquire a 15 percent share of the country’s EV market by 2020. Starting with four models this year, FAW hopes to have six new energy vehicle platforms and 16 mass-market vehicles on offer in six years’ time. greencarcongress.com, faw.com
Nissan e-NV200 production start: Following substantial investments in its Spanish operations, Nissan kicked off production of its second mass-market electric vehicle in Barcelona. The e-NV200 will be available both in a cargo and passenger configuration without compromises in payload or space compared to its petrol sibling. From the start, the e-NV200 will be exported to 20 international markets, including Japan. electriccarsreport.com
Porsche to expand Cayenne range: As Autocar has learnt from Porsche insiders, we might see a new coupe-style Cayenne by 2018. As part of a new line of SUVs based on VWs modular MQB platform, the Cayenne will also feature plug-in petrol-hybrid and diesel-hybrid powertrains. autocar.co.uk
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Tesla genes: It is no news that the Mercedes B-class Electric Drive has Tesla technology inside. A recent review undermines that fact, highlighting features such as improved clearance of about five centimetres for battery protection, an understated acceleration figure of 7.9 seconds from 0 to 100 kph and a Range Plus charge-mode that will put an extra 25 percent of energy into the battery. Model S drivers, does that sound familiar? greencarreports.com
Future for a month: In 2015, about 20,000 residents of the Helmholtz neighbourhood in Berlin, will be living car-free for one month. For the duration of the Eco-Mobility Festival, 3,500 conventional cars will have to make room for pedestrians, bikes, public transport, EVs and shared cars. Whether the locals like it or not. The project follows the example of the EcoMobility World Festival 2013 that successfully took place in Suwon, South Korea. tagesspiegel.de (in German), ecomobilityfestival.org (South Korea)
Working for Tesla is something worth going the extra mile for. That is what many might have thought when they headed towards Tesla’s job fair held at the Fremont facility last weekend. Unfortunately, too many candidates led to heavy traffic and the job fair had to shut its doors only two hours after opening. green.autoblog.com, transportevolved.com