Daimler opens R&D centre in Beijing
Daimler has put its new ‘R&D Tech Center China’ into operation in Beijing. The research and development centre is to combine development and testing capacities under one roof and is intended to accelerate the localisation of new models, including electric cars.
Tesla now has 1000 Supercharger stations in Shanghai
Tesla has launched its 100th Supercharger location and 1,000th Supercharger in Shanghai. Tesla also opened 6 Supercharger locations in Beijing at the end of August, increasing the total number of its Superchargers in the capital of China to nearly 800.
Xiaomi planning to launch first EV in 2024
New details are now emerging about Xiaomi’s electric car plans, which will involve launching its first model in 2024. The following three years will see another 3 models released and looks like involving two factories in China.
Beijing-led city cluster to demonstrate hydrogen economy
A Beijing-led city cluster has been appointed an FCEV demonstration cluster. Starting this year and running throughout 2025, at least 5,300 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be deployed in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region to play out ten scenarios designed to exhibit global influence.
BMW to release charging app for China
BMW plans to bundle around 360,000 charging stations from various partners in China via a mobile phone app by the end of the year. This should make charging easier for customers. The carmaker also wants to make its supply chain in China more climate-friendly.
Great Wall Motor to launch hydrogen SUV & truck
Great Wall Motor has announced that it will launch its first hydrogen-powered SUV model and 100 FC heavy-duty trucks in 2021. GWM also plans to contribute a hydrogen-powered passenger car fleet to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Toyota & SinoHytec found fuel cell joint venture
Toyota is founding another joint venture for commercial vehicles with fuel cells in China. The new joint venture, in which Toyota and fuel cell specialist SinoHytec each hold a 50 per cent stake, will focus on the production and sale of FC systems.
Hyundai to supply 4,000 fuel cell trucks to China
Hyundai has signed two letters of intent with Chinese companies to supply a total of 4,000 fuel cell trucks to China by 2025. This is the second major order in connection with Hyundai’s H2 truck XCIENT, following the order for 1,600 units from Switzerland.
Chevrolet launches Menlo EV sales in China
Chevrolet has started selling its first all-electric model on the Chinese market. The Menlo EV is a fully electric SUV with a NEDC range of up to 410 kilometers and is available at prices starting at 159,900 yuan (approx. 21,000 euros) after the government subsidy.
Danfoss systems for workboats on Beijing reservoir
Danfoss Editron has just supplied the electrical propulsion systems for two workboats to be used on the Miyun Reservoir near Beijing. Both ships are purely electric, although one has a diesel generator for the emergency power supply onboard in addition to the Danfoss Editron electric drive.
China begins subsidy cuts on municipal level
The Beijing government has abolished municipal subsidies for some electric vehicles. Manufacturers of electric vehicles in China can now only be granted subsidies from the central government before these are phased out next year.
Nio starts series production of second ES6 model
The Chinese electric car startup Nio has started series production of its second ES6 model. Both series, the ES6 and the ES8, are currently manufactured at the Nio-JAC plant in Hefei. After Nio’s plans for a factory in Shanghai were abandoned, plans are now being made for a factory in Beijing.
Nio completes first battery swapping route
The Chinese EV manufacturer Nio announced the completion of its first network of battery exchange stations. On the G2 motorway between Beijing and Shanghai, eight stations were built over a length of more than 1,000 kilometers.
Tesla sets up new R&D center in Beijing
Tesla has built a new research and development center in Beijing, which they are calling the Beijing Technology Innovation Center. The registration for the facility with the local government goes back to October 2017.
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.
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.
Tesla, PSA, Beijing, JLR, Honda, GM.
Model 3 debut with limited choice: Tesla will activate the online configurator for the Model 3 by the end of July. Design choices will be limited however to a choice of colour and wheel size as the firm wants to avoid problems it had with the Model X debut. At the time, the Californians had difficulties to quickly reach large quantities, due to a lot of configuration possibilities.
teslarati.com, electrek.co, tesla.com (video of shareholder meeting)
PSA to invest in China: 500m euros will flow into the China JV between the French car manufacturer and its partner Changan this year. Their target is to launch one new DS model per year in China starting in 2018, and to offer both PHEV and EV versions of their luxury label from 2019.
Beijing has used up its NEV quota for the private sector this year already. Local government had limited the number of licence plates to 51,000 in 2017 and with all of those gone, it looks like new buyers must be patient until 2018 – if the city government does not readjust the quota in the meantime.
Jaguar to electrify extensively: Each and every Jaguar Land Rover will be offered as both EV and PHEV by 2025, Hanno Kirner, responsible for the company’s strategy, revealed to German Tagesspiegel. Starting with the I-Pace due in 2018 for a price of around 80,000 euros, Jaguar wants to get half way through the electrification of it main line-up within three years. Kirner further pointed to the Formula E as both a platform for learning and audience engagement. For JLR it is the first season with Team Panasonic Jaguar Racing.
Nothing but electric for Honda’s NSX? According to Honda’s head of R&D Sekino Yosuke, the next-gen hybrid sports car NSX could come equipped with four electric motors. Honda is just testing fitting tech in the 1,000 bhp Pikes Peak race car, the NSX-inspired Acura EV concept.
Chevy Bolt now U.S.-wide: General Motors slightly accelerates market entry of its all-electric Bolt in the States as it opens the order books nationwide. The Bolt will now arrive in the newly included states in August, one month earlier than originally planned.
COUP, Nissan, Brampton, Beijing, California.
1,000 e-scooter fleet in Berlin: COUP is Bosch’s subsidiary responsible for electric scooter sharing in the German capital that started with 200 two-wheelers last year. Now, the service is to about to expand with 800 more e-scooter that shall be ready by April and become available in more districts. Berlin will see an entire electric scooter swarm this summer it seems as local Emmy (formerly eMio) had also announced to grow its fleet recently.
Royal Navy drives Nissan EVs: 48 Nissan e-NV200 electric vans have arrived at Portsmouth Naval Base, where they will serve the Royal Navy’s transport operations. 26 charging points and 28 parking bays for electric vehicles are being installed.
Cooperative e-bus project: The Canadian city of Brampton, Ontario will purchase up to 10 electric buses and four overhead EV charging stations as part of the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial. The charge stops will be installed by ABB and Siemens, while New Flyer and Nova Bus will supply the buses, which could run from spring 2018.
Battery swap at BAIC: 200 battery changing stations are to be set up in Beijing by Chinese manufacturer BAIC this year. They mainly serve electric cabs and join an existing bunch of 50 such swapping stations in China’s capital. The whole exchange takes less than three minutes.
27 electric trucks have arrived in California as expected. The BYD EVs are destined for freight and rail yards in three disadvantaged communities in San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Fontana.
UK, Czech Republic, Tesla, EVGo, Beijing.
EV boost in UK: The Department for Transport introduced the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill, which calls for more electric cars. Charging infrastructure was identified as the main issue and may be solved by forcing motorway services to provide EV charge points and hydrogen refuelling stations. Also, EV drivers shall have easier access to information on availability of charge stops.
businessgreen.com, parliament.uk (the bill)
Charging the Czech Republic: More than a billion krona or 37m euros have been earmerked by the government in Prague to install 1,200 EV charging stations across the Czech Republic before the decade’s end. The plan is also driven by VW’s Czech brand Skoda, that will electrify by 2019.
ee-portal.eu (in German), radio.cz (in Czech)
Tesla will double the number of Superchargers in America before the Model 3 will hit the market this year. At the moment, 373 such fast-chargers stand in the States but Tesla operates 805 Supercharger stations worldwide. New customers will be charged a small fee for their use.
EVGo charges for Bolt free: The infrastructure provider EVGo has teamed up with car sharer Maven and Lyft to offer fast-charging at no cost for drivers of the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Additionally, EVgo is extending its 30-minute charge time limit to an hour for Bolt EV drivers.
Beijing cabs to go all electric? 71,000 taxis run in the Chinese capital and 94 percent of them drive with gas. This is to change as the city plans to only allow electric, hybrid, or LPG vehicles to replace old cabs or to be newly registered. The plan might come to pass already this year.
Peugeot, Beijing, BMW, Toyota, Tesla, Trumpchi.
Teepee for all: Peugeot takes his electric utility vehicle to mass market, starting in Geneva. The Partner Tepee Electric has turned five-seater and drives 170 km on a charge. On-sale date is September.
Enough: Beijing has had it with shrouds of smog around its skyscrapers. The government banned the most polluting vehicles from the capital this week. Fines await those that drive a car that fails to meet China’s Emission Standard III on weekdays. Beijing also ponders to restrict industrial activity in the region although cars are estimated to be responsible for 80% of the carbon monoxide in China’s air.
The BMW i8 Spyder is real and not just wishful thinking. Spy shots emerged and show the hybrid racer in camouflage but with larger window fronts and revamped buttresses. It may even be a convertible.
Good news: Toyota lowered the price of the Prius PHEV in UK. Cost stand at 31,695 pounds before the plug-in car grant. That is 3,200 GBP less than announced initially. Deliveries will begin in March.
Tesla expands: The EV maker received approval to sell its electric cars in Korea starting this May. Meanwhile, Tesla partnered with Australia’s largest department store chain to set-up pop-up stores at its outlets. The model resembles the Californian’s cooperation with Nordstrom in the USA.
joins.com (Korea), electrek.co, smh.com.au (Australia)
EV headed for China and USA: GAC brand Trumpchi will present its latest electric crossover, the GE3 at the Shanghai Auto Show this April. First images appeared along with a few details like a 300 km range. The EV is to launch first in China but may later make it to U.S. shores.
Enel, Beijing, Philadelphia, Air Liquide, San Diego.
Enel earmarks 300m for EV infrastructure: Enel plans to establish a dedicated e-mobility unit within months to oversee its network of charging stations with 300m euros in its back. The Italian utility recently embarked on the EU project EVA+ together with Renault, Nissan, VW and BMW, that plans 200 multi-standard fast-chargers in Italy and Austria.
tt.com (in German)
Go fun in Beijing: 5,000 additional electric cars shall enter EV sharing service GoFun in Beijing by 2018. A reasonable move given the capital’s ban on gas guzzlers that is unlikely to lessen. GoFun’s fleet in Beijing is 1,100 EV strong but the company ventured to three more Chinese cities already.
EV parking privilege to end? Philadelphia has secured free parking for electric cars since a decade but this programme may come to an end now. New permits are left pending as the council awaits a decision on whether to continue or to ax the scheme.
Hydrogen in NYC: Air Liquide said it will install two H2 charging station in New York. Planned in Brooklyn and Hempstead, the FCV stops shall go live in the second half of 2017.
San Diego doubles charging capacity: San Diego city completed a project that increased the number of EV charging stations at public locations to 57, while the number of ports for vehicles to plug into jumped from 32 to 68.