China: Hyundai Kona Electric driving on CATL batteries
Hyundai has received approval in China to sell its all-electric Kona. In order to benefit from the Chinese subsidies, Hyundai is not allowed to equip the Kona Electric with batteries from LG Chem, as usual, however.Weiterlesen
A small electric car or a very roomy handbag?
How about an electric car made to look like a handbag? That’s what BAIC BJEV has come up with for its launch edition EV released on China’s ‘Internet Valentine’s Day’ on May 20. While they’ve made some questionable style choices, other features seem rather fun.Weiterlesen
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Daimler considering cooperation with Geely on Smart
Daimler is considering to finally cooperate with the Chinese manufacturer and the latest stakeholder Geely for the Smart successor models that are to be EV only from 2020. Concrete talks on technical cooperation are already underway.Weiterlesen
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Magna and BJEV open development centre in China
Magna is to cooperate with Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV), which is the electric car subsidiary of the Chinese car manufacturer BAIC. The joint venture will open a development centre in Zhenjiang and operate under the name Magna Blue Sky NEV Technology (Zhenjiang).Weiterlesen
Daimler to make electric Smart cars in China?
Daimler is in talks with Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV), a unit of its Chinese partner Beijing Automotive Group to start building the electric Smart in China. The information was revealed by sources close to the matter but yet awaits official confirmation.Weiterlesen
Didi and Singulato potential customers for Magna-BAIC
The ride-share operator Didi Chuxing looks to be the first major customer for the new EV joint venture by Magna and BAIC in China. Singulato Motors also looks to have the JV produce their vehicles in future.Weiterlesen
China: Beijing Electric Vehicle bets on battery-swap
BJEV is launching a battery-swap service to get ahead in China’s competitive market. They will install the first 100 battery changing station in Beijing this year as an add on to their EV300 model. Moreover, this symbolises a comeback of battery swapping only this time with more refined business models.Weiterlesen
Magna expanding electric car production to China
Magna is en route to make it big in China as the supplier is preparing the launch of two joint ventures with BAIC. Together they want to develop new energy vehicles and Magna stands ready to take over an existing BAIC facility that builds 180,000 EVs a year.Weiterlesen
Daimler to begin building first EQ in China this year
Daimler wants to start the production of its first EQ model in China before the year’s end. The EQC electric car is to be made in a Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC) facility in Beijing. On sale in China is set for 2019.Weiterlesen
Daimler completes acquisition of 3,93% stake in BJEV
Daimler has completed the acquisition of a stake in BAIC’s subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV) as announced last year. The German carmaker owns now almost four percent of the Chinese specialist for EVs and PHEVs.Weiterlesen
BJEV setting up subsidiary to produce electric powertrains
The BAIC subsidiary Beijing Electic Vehicle (BJEV) is planning to found another subsidiary to produce electric powertrains for their vehicles, which will be named the Blue Valley Power Company. The initial step of the new power company will be to set up an annual production capacity of 100,000 electric vehicle driving system sets.Weiterlesen
Daimler’s global production hubs for batteries and EVs
Mercedes is currently building its electrification strategy and establishes connected hubs to build batteries and electric cars across the globe. Daimler needs to keep on track to launch 10 all-electric models by 2022 and to electrify across the entire range.Weiterlesen
BAIC affiliate BJEV to list on Shanghai’s stock exchange
BJEV will be the first state-owned electric car brand to gain a stock market listing, valuing it at around 4.5bn dollars. But first, the EV brand shall be acquired by another BAIC company, the publicly traded Chengdu Qian Feng Electronics to complete a stock sale and asset-swap deal.Weiterlesen
Volvo, Daimler + BAIC, Einride, Torqeedo, Hyundai.
All to be electrified at Volvo: From 2019 every Volvo will be electrified to a varying degree. Starting with the mild-hybrid as new base motor, plug-ins and all-electric variants will complete the palette. Five pure EVs can be expected by 2021 with three running under Geely’s Swedish flagship and the other two bearing the Polestar label. The latter is about to be remodelled as electric brand under the guidance of Volvo’s former head of design, Thomas Ingenlath (we reported). With the new strategy under way, ICE will see a phase out that is likely to be completed by 2023 following Volvo’s five-year product lifecycle.
autocar.co.uk, autonews.com, carscoops.com
Daimler and BAIC expand their JV operation with 5bn yuan (735m USD) to flow into EV production in China by 2020 including the infrastructure. A three-digit million euro sum of that investment is destined to build a new battery factory by Beijing Benz Automotive Co. (BBAC) in the People’s Republic.
Hybrid autonomous system: Swedish Einride has unveiled its first full-scale prototype. The T-Pod is a remote-controlled electric truck and with a cabin for a driver missing, it looks futuristic, or a bit odd. It can transport 15 euro pallets and travel 124 miles on one charge. Charging stations are being worked on as well and Einride hopes to have a first full version of the T-Pod ready by autumn.
BMW batteries take to life on sea as Torqeedo is using i3 power packs for energy storage in its Deep Blue electric drive systems for motorboats. The batteries are new and not recycled though and come with the full capacity of 30.5 kWh.
On sale Hyundai PHEV: British drivers will get their hands on the Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid this month. It is priced from 24,995 pounds, including the £2,500 Plug-In Car Grant.
Straddling bus a fraud: Police in China have arrested 32 people for illegal fundraising for a scrapped project to create a “straddling bus“. The idea to lift commuters above congestion caught a lot of attention but was finally scrapped shortly after the first test run of the TEB-1, or Transit Elevated Bus.
ZF, Daimler, BAIC, NEVS, Hyundai, Continental, Audi.
JV for LEV: ZF believes micro mobility is the future and has set up a joint venture with Magura, BrakeForceOne and Unicorn Energy to work on two, three, and four-wheeled electric solutions. Magura has been active in the e-bike segment for some time, being Bosch’s preferred service partner in the early days. Unicorn Energy is to take on battery technology and the JV plans to present first models by late summer this year. The Eurobike show might see the launch as Friedrichshafen is also home to Zukunft Ventures as the JV is aptly named. (Zukunft means future in German.) ZF marked logistics but also passenger transport as segments for its light electric vehicles and will deliver respective drive trains.
Daimler & BAIC to build PEV: Germany and China tighten relations as Daimler and BAIC agree to expand their cooperation to include hybrid and electric vehicles. The deal was sealed with the prime minister Li Keqiang and Chancellor Merkel in attendance in Berlin. In concrete terms, Mercedes-Benz will upgrade its factory in Beijing to produce new energy vehicles and agreed to acquire a stake in BAIC’s subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV), that focuses on research and development.
This is the 9-3 EV: NEVS readies the electric version of the Saab 9-3 to debut at next week’s CES Asia together with its offspring 9-3X which NEVS positions as an SUV. First pictures have been released. Meanwhile, NEVS announced to set up a 9-3 carsharing scheme in China’s metropolis of Tianjin.
390 km range EV from Korea: Expect an all-electric compact SUV from Korea early next year that is said to draw a range short of 400 km from a 63 to 70 kWh battery. If Autobild is to be believed, it will most likely be an electric Hyundai Kona with batteries from LG Chem or SK Innovation.
Continental to supply Nio: The German supplier is to strageically cooperate with EV start-up Nio in the field of electric transport and smart solutions as well as automated driving. The coop also includes new car platforms and Continental is to continue to deliver tech for Nio’s ES8.
Mild-hybrid from Audi: The upcoming A8 sedan scheduled to go on sale later this year, will be equipped with a 48-volt lithium battery and a belt-driven alternator/starter. It recuperates energy during braking and feeds it back to the battery.
Plug-in-Mini, Porsche, Nissan, Singulato, BAIC, Zero Motorcycles.
Plug-in Countryman debut in LA: The new Mini will premier at next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show. The Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid and comes with a said range of 40 km – max. Press pictures show the little PHEV undisguised and it will hit the market by June 2017.
Another LA premier is due for Porsche’s Panamera, which will be presented with a new long-wheelbase, called the Executive. It is 15cm longer. Both the XL and the standard version are available as plug-in hybrids, while UK market entry is scheduled for April next year. Prices start at 84,838 GBP.
Leaf U.S. pricing: Nissan published the prices for its 2017 Leaf. In the USA, the electric car will cost from 30,680 dollars before EV incentives. The set-up remains the same apart from the 30 kWh battery as standard option (we reported).
Singulato is Zhiche: The Chinese EV firm coming up recently is not entirely new but the English name for Zhiche Auto. With its 600m dollar financing, it may build two concept electric cars. Both designs show wing doors and the logo displays an overlapping S and X – an inspired double meaning surely.
BAIC builds in Malaysia: The Chinese carmaker presented the EV200 made in Malaysia. The EV allegedly sits on the former Smart ForFour’s platform and is built in a joint venture with local Amber Dual. The front-wheel drive is powered by a 30.4 kWh Li-ion battery with the top speed set at 125 kph.
Zero Motorcycles’ new range: The electric motorcycle maker launched its 2017 line-up with a 200 mile range. Prices start at 8,495 dollars but almost double to 15,995 USD. A redesigned Z-Force drive delivers 19 percent higher torque and 11% more power and European dealers take deliveries.
Maybach, Iconiq Motors, Ford, Opel, BAIC, Faraday Future.
Electric Maybach concept: Mercedes has presented its luxury coupé Mercedes-Maybach 6 at the Monterey Car Week in California. Designed to be driven solely by electric power, it features four electric motors with a total of 550 kWh and an 80 kWh battery pack that allows the vehicle to go 500 km on one charge. Moreover, it has the ability to charge with 350 kW.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, autocar.co.uk
Electric seven-seater: At the same event but with a different clientele in mind, Chinese start-up Iconiq Motors and Dubai-based W Motors took the wraps off its concept called Seven. No technical details about the electric seven-seater minivan have been released but it is said to the road soon.
Focus Electric gets battery upgrade: Getting in line with competitors, Ford will increase battery capacity for its electric model in 2017. The then 33,5 kWh battery (now 23 kWh) can be charged using CCS. Moreover, the Ford C-Max Energi will get a small makeover.
Ampera-e to top Chevy Bolt? According to Opel’s head of marketing Tina Müller, the Opel Ampera-e will have more range than the Chevy Bolt that it is based on. The latter is said to have a range of 330 km. What Opel is aiming for, is still unknown. The secret will be revealed mid-September.
wiwo.de (in German)
BAIC kicks off production: The all-electric sedan EH400 is now going into serial production. It will be built by BAIC’s subsidiary BJEV and is said to have a range of 400 km.
Employee snatching: According to The Detroit Bureau, Faraday Future has snatched Apple’s Bart Nabbe, who has worked on the latter’s project Titan. He will assume the position of director of strategic partnerships, after working as a key researcher for Apple.
Karma, Porsche, BAIC, Faraday Future, Kandi.
Serious Karma production: Wanxiang wants to build electric cars in China and is to invest 375m dollars in a new facility in Hangzhou. The factory could roll out 11,000 Karma (formerly Fisker) vehicles, including those with range extender, and 39,000 Atlantic models. A production date is not yet set.
Electric Porsche SUV? Spy shots of a Porsche test coupe led Car Magazine to suggest that what we are seeing is the sequel to an electric crossover similar to Audi’s upcoming electric SUV. If it is true, the electric Porsche would fight for market segments with the Model X or Jaguar.
BAIC is to build an EV factory for 50,000 units as well. It is planned next to the border with Myanmar in the city of Ruili. Production is to start by 2019 and would one year later be doubled to hit an annual capacity of 100,000 electric cars.
EV1 engineer to lead Faraday: The electric car start-up has hired former GM engineer Peter Savagian. He signed responsible for the ingenious EV1 that was killed prematurely. For Faraday Future, the engineer will take over the the electric drive as VP for engineering.
Kandi EVs: The Chinese firm launched its latest electric model, the Global Hawk K17A in China. Prices start at 12,000 dollars after subsidies and the range is given at 150 km. For developing its next electric car, the governmennt of Hainan province just granted Kandi 300m yuan (about 45m USD).
globenewswire.com (Global Hawk), nasdaq.com (grant)
Audi, RWTH Aachen, BAIC, Skoda, Volkswagen, Bentley.
Audi’s electric plans: Audi expects between 25 and 30 percent of their vehicles sold to be electric by 2025, according to German Manager Magazin. That would mean roughly 700,000 vehicles annually. The manufacturer will continue, however, to source battery cells from Korean companies LG and Samsung.
manager-magazine.de (in German)
Prototypes from RWTH Aachen: Following the success of their StreetScooter, students at the RWTH Aachen have prototyped another electric vehicle. The e.GO Life will cost just 12,500 euros, and 100 pre-series vehicles will be made available in 2017. They expect to begin full production in 2018 and then produce up to 10,000 units.
ego-ad.com, wdr.de (in German)
BAIC increases funds: Chinese automaker BAIC BJEV has invested 3bn yuan (452m dollar) in the construction of operations and R&D, including centres based in Italy and Japan. Further funds will support the creation of yearly four to six new models. The company will also be providing electric vehicles for Uber.
Electric Skoda: Skoda plans to launch their first electric vehicle in 2020. The SUV is based on Volkswagen’s new MEB battery-electric platform, has a target range of 300 miles and a 15-minute charging time. By placing the batteries in the floor the new SUV will also have space for three rows of seats. The PHEV variants of the Superb and Kodiaq will launch one year earlier.
Jetta hybrid pulled: Volkswagen Group plans to drop their Jetta Hybrid in 2017 in the U.S., due to low interest from consumer. While it was sold 5,655 times in 2013, only 277 units left dealerships since the beginning of this year. The Jetta was the company’s only remaining hybrid offered in the U.S.
Bentley Continental GT spotted: The next-generation Bentley Continental GT has been spotted. Photos of the car were snapped during testing, as it prepares for the 2018 release date.
Mini, Daimler, Tesla, Mitsubishi, BAIC, Energica.
Pictures of first plug-in Mini: MotoringFile released first images of the Mini Countryman E, the brand’s first PHEV. The drivetrain combines 100 kW combustion engine in the front and 65 kW electric motor in the back. The 7.7 kWh battery pack stores enough energy for an all-electric range of 38 km. The Countryman E could be presented in September and launch early 2017.
New Daimler brand? The manufacture recently announced the launch of four new electric Mercedes models. Now it seems that it could offer these under a new brand for electric mobility, German Handelsblatt reports. Another possibility is introducing a Mercedes sub-brand for EVs, like BMW did with BMW i.
Tesla to buy SolarCity: The EV maker has made an offer to take over Elon Musk’s other start-up – the solar energy provider SolarCity. For Musk, the deal was “obvious,” as he wants to create the first vertically integrated energy company that offers everything from EVs, to solar panels and energy storage.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com, teslamotors.com
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Good deal: Until September 28th, Mitsubishi makes customers in UK a special offer for its Outlander PHEV, offering a 2,500 pound finance deposit contribution and zero percent APR. The plug-in hybrid SUV also qualifies for the 2,500 pound plug-in grant and is exempt from road tax.
New electric SUV from BAIC: An unknown mini SUV from BAIC with a fully electric drive has been caught on camera. It is said to launch in China before the end of the year.
Energica with new location: The electric motorbike manufacturer opened its new headquarters in Soliera, in the Italian province of Modena. It combines factory, showroom and even a museum on the company’s history.