Byton confirms co-founder Breitfeld is leaving
Today the Chinese electric car startup Byton confirmed that their Chairperson and CTO, former BMW manager Dr Carsten Breitfeld is leaving to “start a new adventure within the startup industry”. Byton said they will announce a new CTO soon and are on track with the pre-series production of M-Byte starting this summer.
Korea: Former GM factory picked up by MS Autotech
A former General Motors car factory in the South Korean city of Gunsan is to become a production site for electric cars. The Korean component manufacturer MS Autotech bought the plant for the equivalent of almost 100 million dollars to manufacture on behalf of several OEMs.
Byton marks 50,000 M-Byte reservations
Although the vehicle is not yet on the market, but Byton has already received no less than 50,000 reservations for the M byte via the website. Meanwhile, the startup with prototypes of the model completed winter tests in Inner Mongolia.
Byton makes changes to leadership structure
Byton has announced to split the positions of CEO and Chairman more strictly, with Carsten Breitfeld taking over the role of chairman. Co-founder Daniel Kirchert will become CEO. Until now, Breitfeld had covered both positions.
Byton presents pre-serial M-Byte with giant display
One year after the concept presentation of its first model, the Chinese electric car startup Byton, led by former BMW-i manager Carsten Breitfeld, follows up at the CES with the pre-series version of the electric SUV M-Byte, which is due to go into production this year.
Byton plans April 2019 production launch in China
Byton has announced that their production launch for the electric SUV M-Byte will begin in April next year in China. The sales launch for China is planned for the second half of the year. In Europe and the US, the model will likely likely hit the market in the second half of 2020.
Byton acquires FAW subsidiary Huali / securing license
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.
China’s EV startups turning to established suppliers
News reach us speaking of two strategic cooperations. Electric carmaker WM Motor of China has turned to BorgWarner as a seasoned supplier of electric drives. Also Byton, China’s EV startup with a western all-star board, announced a cooperation with Bosch.
Byton reveals electric premium sedan K-Byte
Just before the CES Asia in Shanghai, Byton has decided to pull back the curtain on their newest concept: The fully electric premium sedan K-Byte. They also announced the name for their e-SUV; It will be called the M-Byte.
Byton secures investment from CATL, closes with $500M
Electric car startup Byton has closed its latest round of financing. It collected half a billion dollars from investors, the latest being CATL that joins the likes of China’s FAW. Byton, led by former BMWi manager Breitfeld, is about to present their second concept EV.
Byton launches 2nd US site and manager duo
The electric startup Byton has hired two new managers, and opened a new factory in the USA. After the completion of the company HQ in Santa Clara, the EV brand owned by Future Mobility set up a new location in Los Angeles called the “LA Future Lab”.
Byton cooperating with Aurora on autonomous vehicles
The EV startup Byton is cooperating with Aurora to construct a self-driving, electric SUV for 2020. The vehicle has bold targets, and is planned to have a 300-mile range and all the fancy gadgets. The car will also be driving with Level 4 autonomous vehicle capabilities.
Byton to unveil its first electric car at CES
Ahead of its debut at CES, EV brand Byton has published photos of its upcoming electric-powered SUV, showing among others the cockpit. Byton is a brand of Future Mobility, a Chinese start-up supported by Foxconn and Tencent and led by former BMW i manager Carsten Breitfeld.
Byton, Nissan, Subaru, the Netherlands, Ford.
Future Mobility Corp launches EV brand: Byton is the name the Foxconn and Tencent backed start-up chose to market its electric cars not only in China but also in the States and Europe. Built in the People’s Republic under the lead of former BMWi man Carsten Breitfeld, the first Byton will be an electric SUV destined to debut at next year’s CES (we reported). Teaser images reveal a massive display measuring over a metre. FMC’s future line-up will also include a sedan and a seven seater from 2022.
reuters.com, electrek.co, byton.com
Leaf production worldwide: Nissan wants to involve all three plants in the production of the 2018 Leaf and the lines will run on full capacity in Sunderland, UK and Smyrna, Tennessee by the end of 2017. The two sites join Nissan’s Oppama Plant in Japan, where production has commenced.
Subaru to quit diesel: There won’t be any more diesel in Subaru’s lineup from 2020 in Europe, reports Nikkei. Instead the Japanese carmaker wants to focus on electrification and said it would be too difficult to develop a diesel engine that would comply with EU standards.
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Hubject introduces Plug & Charge solution: The European market leader of eRoaming solutions introduces its new ISO 15118 portfolio at IAA this week. From consulting services to certificate issuance to the operation of all relevant IT systems, Hubject unifies all services to operate your ISO 15118 ecosystem. New Mobility World: Hall 3.1, booth A45. www.hubject.com
Clean air court ruling: The Dutch government must come up with a plan to clean the air to comply with EU regulations, the court in The Hague ruled. The lawsuit had been filed by Milieudefensie, an environmental organisation argueing the concentration of particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide in the air exceed EU standards in some places in the Netherlands.
Hybrid versions of all models of Ford’s premium brand Lincoln will hit the States by 2022, reports Reuters quoting three inside sources. An official announcement may be made in early October when Ford CEO Jim Hackett wants to update investors on his strategy.