Ford’s first EV for China will be a compact SUV
Shortly after announcing their electrification strategy for Europe, Ford has revealed its plans for China. Within the next three years, 30 models of the Ford and Lincoln brands are expected to enter the world’s largest car market but only ten of them are electric cars and plug-in hybrids.Weiterlesen
More than $300 billion to flow into e-mobility
Car manufacturers plan to invest more than 300 billion dollars in electric mobility over the next five to ten years. This is the result of a Reuters analysis based on public company data. China accounts for around 45 percent of investment plans.Weiterlesen
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Mazda to market multiple EVs in China with Changan
Mazda is planning to begin offering a series of electric vehicles in China starting in 2020 with their joint venture partner Changan. The vehicles will be a series of SUVs, for which Changan will manufacture the motors, batteries and other components, while Mazda will be making the chassis.Weiterlesen
Changan and Nio found new EV joint venture in China
Changan and Nio have announced their plan to found a joint venture named Changan Nio New Energy Vehicle Technology. The goal is to set up a new brand, which will develop and market battery-electric and hybrid vehicles in China.Weiterlesen
China carmakers to set up state-owned ride-sharing
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.Weiterlesen
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BYD and Changan to jointly produce batteries
BYD entered a strategic cooperation agreement with Changan Automobile to jointly manufacture batteries for electric vehicles. Both companies will produce up to 10 GWh of batteries together and sell as well as recycle those through a wide reaching joint venture based in Chongqing.Weiterlesen
Changan secures financing for its electrification strategy
Chinese manufacturer Changan signed agreements with two banks to make sure it does not run out of money during its upcoming EV and PHEV production ramp-up. Until 2025, Changan plans to invest 100bn yuan (approximately 12bn euros) into its electrification strategy.Weiterlesen
Mitsubishi, Magna, BOLT, Tesla, Nissan, Changan.
Mitsubishi to electrify its core model range: The Japanese carmaker has launched a three-year roadmap called “Drive for Growth” to improve its performance in terms of volume, revenues and profitability. As part of this plan, Mitsubishi intends to provide electrified solutions for each and every of its core models from 2020 on. The company also confirms plans to create an EV kei car. Further details have not yet been given.
Magna’s electric drivetrains made in China: The car supplier teams up with SAIC subsidiary Huayu Automotive Systems to create a JV for electric drivetrains at Chinese territory. The new company shall focus at the domestic market and already gained its first customer order: According to Magna, a not closer specified German carmaker ordered the company’s electric-drive powertrain system. The newly founded JV represents Magna’s first e-drive business in China.
Electric scooter capable to send text messages: Dutch start-up BOLT Mobility has raised 3m euros through a crowd funding strategy in order to create its electric scooter called AppScooter. The vehicle with a range of up to 400 km and a base price of 2,990 euros convinced more than 2,000 investors. What is special about it, is that it provides a big touchscreen, 4G internet connection and smartphone connectivity, enabling e.g. automated text and phone call responses. Market launch is scheduled for 2018.
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Conflict resolution at Tesla subsidiary: The employees of Tesla-owned manufacturer Grohmann Automation successfully fought for an improved salary structure and job guarantees until 2022. Thus, the German subsidiary’s stuff gets a salary increase of roughly 30 percent, starting with the current month. However, Tesla is not willing to join the branch’s collective agreement as it was requested by Germany’s largest union, IG Metall. But the new salary structure represents now anyway more or less the tariff level.
europe.autonews.com, teslarati.com, electrek.co
Nissan shows e-NV200 Fridge Concept: At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will put its e-NV200 Fridge Concept on display, an utility van to transport chilled foods. The electric vehicle is designed to meet urban requirements and features an additional battery pack to power a refrigeration unit. While the vehicles lithium-ion battery provides 24 kWh, the refrigeration equivalent comes with 12 kWh.
Changan to produce solely EVs by 2025: Within the next 8 years, Chinese car manufacturer Changan will transform into a pure EV maker, according the company’s own information. In order to do so, the Chinese want to create three NEV platforms and invest a total of 100bn Yuan (12bn euros) into its electrification strategy.
Mercedes, Hermes, Jeep, Lamborghini, BMW, Kia, Changan.
Strategic transport partnership: Mercedes and courier Hermes have finalised their previous agreement to make deliveries emission free. Hermes wants to deploy 1,500 electric Mercedes Sprinters and Vitos, first in Stuttgart and Hamburg but later nationwide. At the signing ceremony, they further detailed the deal. It includes plans for infrastructure for logistic hotspots, where the batteries assembled in Daimler subsidiary Accumotive’s new facility will be charged. The electric drives have been specifically developed by Mercedes to electrify its van business, which will also receive another 150m euros over the next few years. daimler.com, electrive.net (in German)
Jeep offensive: The outdoor brand wants to offer hybrid versions of most of its eight models, FCA CEO Marchionne announced. The leap into electric terrain is to take place within the next 2-3 years, so it looks like the Yuntu PHEV, displayed in Shanghai, was more than just a concept to test the waters.
Lambo likes it large: The Urus SUV by Lamborghini will have 650 hp under the hood. A first production run will see an initial 1,000 units hitting the road next year but Lambo plans to scale up to 3,500 pieces annually. By 2019, the Urus will also come as PHEV variant featuring the same V8 engine.
Spyder up close: The upcoming roadster BMW i8 has been caught on camera and bared almost all, or at least parts of its convertible new side. The innards of the super hybrid are expected to be stronger comes 2018, when a 380 hp engine will be combined with a bigger battery pack.
Korea gets Kia Niro PHEV: Kia has begun to serve its local market, where it launched the dedicated plug-in hybrid as planned. The Niro went on sale for 33m Won (about 27,000 euros). Europeans will have to wait until autumn for the PHEV and Kia has scheduled an all-electric version for 2018.
Changan too bets on domestic buyers and just announced an electric version of its compact SUVs CS15, that will launch in China later this year. The Changan CS15 EV entails 55 kW and has a said range of up 300 km.
4 in 5 victories of this year’s Formula E racing series went to Swiss Sébastien Buemi. The Renault pilot just scored again at the ePrix in Monaco, where he overtook Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing).
electricautosport.com, youtube.com (highlights)
Mini, Audi, Tesla, China, Changan, California.
Plug-in Countryman gears up: Mini presented a near to ready plug-in variant of its SUV. The technology is not new, as it uses the same 68 kW electric drive mounted in the rear as the BMW 225xe Plug-in Hybrid. The battery allows for up to 50 km of pure electric driving. A production-ready version will be presented at the LA Auto Show in November.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, bmwgroup.com
Audi’s e-SUV named: The electric SUV planned for 2018 will be called “e-tron,” which had previously been used as an addition for other Audis with a plug. The “e-tron” will be Audi’s first series produced EV. Latter models like a compact car and limousine said to hit the road before 2020, will again bear the previous nomenclature.
Tesla announcement postponed: Tesla CEO Elon Musk had promised us something “unexpected” for Tuesday, but pushed back the mystery revelation by a day, as it “needs refinement.” Meanwhile, job postings for the Gigafactory show that Tesla will also produce Model 3 drive systems there. And following the final takeover of SolarCity, Tesla will extend it partnership with Panasonic to make solar cells and modules at its factory in New York state.
twitter.com, electrek.co (announcement), insideevs.com (drive system), forbes.com (Panasonic)
China regulates cheap EVs: So far, EVs with a maximum speed of less than 100 kph had few rules to follow and were therefore often unsafe and fitted with environmentally unfriendly lead batteries. The Chinese government is now looking to put technical regulations in place that cars have to meet in order to be registered.
New EVs for China: Changan wants to launch an all-electric variant of its popular seven-seater Ounuo in 2017, which will be less expensive than the current top model. New EVs from DearCC, a new SouEast brand, will be even cheaper. They are aimed at young buyers and will be presented in November.
carnewschina.com (Changan), carnewschina.com (DearCC)
Additional EV benefits in California: According to the proposed Electric Vehicle Credit Act, California EV drivers could get up to 250 dollars in charging benefits from their employer without being taxed, if they commute to work in an EV. Any car with a 4 kWh or bigger battery pack, as well as two- and three-wheelers with 2.5 kWh can qualify.
VW, Changan, Honda, Yamaha, Uniti, Volvo, Bosch.
VW details EV plan for China: As previously announced, the carmaker has formed a joint venture with JAC for the Chinese market. According to China chief Jochem Heinzmann, first EVs will be affordable, be built on a JAC platform and will hit the road under a new brand. VW also wants to build EVs for China with partners SAIC and FAW – but not before 2020 or 2021 and based on its own MEB platform.
Changan chooses LG: The Chinese manufacturer wants to introduce no less than 27 new electric and plug-in hybrid models by 2025. The needed batteries will be produced in the LG Chem facility in Nanjing.
automobil-produktion.de (in German), ihssupplierinsight.com (paid content)
Two-wheeled alliance: Honda and Yamaha want to work together on the development and production of conventional, as well as all-electric scooters for the Japanese market. According to Nikkei, the latter will even sell its scooter production in Taiwan to its new partner.
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Swedish EV draws investors: Uniti, the developer of Sweden’s first electric city car (we reported), kicked off a crowdfunding campaign yesterday. The goal was to raise 500,000 euros in return for about 5 percent of shares. At the time of writing, more than 82 percent of the targeted sum had already been reached.
Luxembourg gets e-bus centre: Volvo Buses there opened its first competence centre outside of Sweden. The centre is to develop electric mobility projects for cities and work closely with universities, government and transportation companies.
Bosch strengthens e-mobility branch: Harald Kröger, who had been working as head of development for electric mobility and electronics at Daimler, will join Bosch come February 1st, where he will head the automotive electronics branch.
wiwo.de (in German)
SolidEnergy, Tesla, Changan, EV4 Oregon.
SolidEnergy from 2018? The technology said to double EV range has long been expected. Now, the MIT spin-off SolidEnergy says its “anode-free” battery with lithium-metal foil will be available for automotive applications by 2018. Last time we checked it was 2017 but innovation takes time.
Tesla battery research: The exclusive research collaboration with Dalhousie University has found that conventional electrolytes for Li-ion batteries contains material with detrimental effects for cycling performance at higher voltages. The team removed that EC and replaced it with EC-free-linear alkyl carbonate-based electrolytes for improvements.
Hybrid drive for the UK: Project IMPACT (Integrated Magsplit Powertrain with Advanced Control and Testing) sees Magnomatics consort with Changan UK, Romax Technology, CMCL Innovations and University of Sheffield to develop the Dedicated Hybrid Transmission (DHT) for 38m GBP.
All-in-one: EV4 Oregon’s ETM charging station features a solar canopy and battery storage for excess energy when no EV is charging. The system covers two parking spaces and offers both AC and dual-mode DC chargers with CCS and ChaDeMo connectors.
BMW, Tesla, Changan, Russia, Beiqi Foton Motors.
BMW to electrify 3-Series: The new BMW 3-Series will hit the road in 2018 and will also be available as a PHEV – namely a new version of the 330e with a bigger battery and more range. Auto Express now reports that there could also be a purely electric version called eDrive, sporting a 90 kWh battery and about 480 km of range. But we probably won’t get to see the EV before 2020 – if at all.
BMW i3 gets bigger battery: The Bavarian manufacturer now offers a bigger battery for its EV. The retrofit will cost 7,000 euros when the old one is traded in. electrive has learned that the three-phase charger will not be offered with the conversion.
faz.net (in German)
Tesla drops RVG: Since July 1st, Tesla no longer offers its resale value guarantee, saying it wants to keep interest rates low and offer a more attractive financing model. Meanwhile, the EV maker confirmed a second crash while the Autopilot was activated, but says the system wasn’t used properly as the driver did not have his hands on the wheel in more than two minutes. No one was hurt.
theverge.com, electrek.co (resale), bbc.com (crash)
EVs from China: Changan is kicking off its planned EV offensive and wants to introduce four new electric and hybrid models before the end of the year – the Eado PHEV, Benni EV, Auchan EV and Eulove EV will be based on existing models and can all go as much as 200 km on one charge.
Russia pushes emobility: The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has given green light for tax-free imports of EVs, making them about 15 percent cheaper in Russia. The measure will be in effect from September 2016 to the end of August 2017. Russia is also working on an incentive package for EVs for 2025 that could include reduced road toll, free parking in cities and making it easier for utilities to set up chargers.
Chinese-German electric van: Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturer Beiqi Foton Motor announced the launch of its connected electric transporter van Toano EV in Munich yesterday. It is being developed in Stuttgart and shows Beiqi’s commitment to high-end technologies. A picture seems to suggest a cooperation with SAP and Continental, but details are still rare.
VW, Changan, Mercedes, Electra Meccanica, Toyota.
VW fights: Volkswagen is to present six electric concepts by 2018 and four are likely to see the light at the end of a serial production line. Autobild reports of a CUVe, a Coupé Utility Vehicle in two versions, designed to share the market with Tesla’s Model 3. The NUVe however, takes its inspiration from the BMW i3 and will sit next to the e-Golf when it debuts in Paris this fall. And, with the Phaeton discontinued, an electric SUV jointly made with Audi will eventually take its place.
autoguide.com (NUVe), autobild.de (CUVe, in German), autobild.de (Phaeton successor, in German)
34 new energy vehicles by 2025 is Changan’s goal as it reserves 18bn yuan (2.7bn USD) for the development of electric and plug-in hybrid models. The Chinese carmaker hopes to sell two million EV within the next decade, while it turns to Japan for components and Ford for batteries and controls.
Electric SUV by Daimler: Mercedes will bring a concept electric SUV to Paris this year, Autocar has learned. It previews the dedicated electric models the German carmaker already planned and may make it into serial production by 2019.
Human error: Tesla says it analysed the logs of the Model X crash reported yesterday. The vehicle “was operating correctly under manual control and was never in Autopilot or cruise control” a statement by the EV maker claims. The owner continues to insist the car was at fault.
Solo update: Electra Meccanica is to start production of its low cost electric three-wheeler this July and not this month as previously planned. The range of the Cobin Sparrow inspired EV now stands at 125 miles and the price at 19,888 Caadian dollars (about 15,300 USD).
Hybrid van: Toyota launches the updated Estima in Japan. The facelift includes the hybrid variant that couples a four-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors that generate 105kW and 50kW.
Mercedes, Toyota, Jaguar, Japan, Geely, Dongfeng, Changan.
Fuel cell minivan? Mercedes teases the autonomous Vision Tokyo concept bound for the Motor Show in Japan’s capital. The size and sliding doors suggest a seven-seater. Nothing has been said about the powertrain yet but it could feature the same plug-in fuel cell system as the F 015 concept.
Toyota taxi: Toyota is in the process of updating its JPN Taxi Concept first shown at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The new cab due for release in April 2018 is to feature a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) hybrid system that is still under development.
Electric Jaguar update: Renderings depict the Brit’s first EV will be a slightly smaller version of Audi’s Q6 E-tron concept. According to industry insider Georg Kacher, a drag coefficient of 0.28 could make the E-Pace one of the world’s most aerodynamic crossovers.
Tax break extension: The tax break on hybrid and electric vehicles in Japan will possibly be extended but also scaled back. Stricter fuel emission standard wanted by Japanese government will make less cars applicable and will thus likely be met with opposition from domestic carmakers.
Geely R&D in UK: Another 50 million pound will be invested by Geely in its London Taxi Company facility in Ansty to expand the site into its British R&D headquarters. The facility will become twice as large than initially planned as total investment increases to 300m GBP.
New EVs from China: Dongfeng presents the Fengshen A60 EV scheduled for market entry in early 2016. Meanwhile, the BenBen EV was unveiled by Changan Auto who has not given a date for launch yet. Both models are based on petrol-powered cars.
carnewschina.com (Dongfeng), carnewschina.com (Changan)
NEVS + Dongfeng, LG Chem + Changan, BMW, Nissan, M-Zero.
Chinese partner for NEVS: Saab owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) and Dongfeng Motor Corporation signed a strategic cooperation agreement to jointly develop electrified cars. According to the agreement, Dongfeng will support NEVS on the construction of production and R&D in Tianjin and the formation of sales and service with support from Dongfeng’s dealer network. In return, NEVS will help Dongfeng to sell its own brand cars through Saab´s dealer network in Europe and the United States.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, businessinsider.com
LG secures another battery deal: LG Chem joined hands with Chinese carmaker Changan. Under the contract, LG Chem will supply Changan with batteries for its next plug-in hybrid model, whose mass production is scheduled to start in 2016. LG Chem said the latest deal has let the battery maker secure more than half of the top 10 Chinese car brands as customers.
BMW M electrifies: BMW officials have reportedly confirmed that the next-generation BMW M3 will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain. According to The Detroit Bureau, at least one and possibly two electric motors will be added to drive the front wheels and carbon fiber will help offset the weight of the batteries.
Leaf battery upgrade: A bigger battery for the 2016 Nissan Leaf becomes more likely. According to the description page of a Nissan dealer in Indiana, “drivers of higher trim levels will enjoy a battery with as much as 25 percent increased capacity”, which suggests Nissan will be adding a 30-kWh battery pack.
Hybrid sports car from India: The M-Zero hybrid sports car by Mean Metal Motors (we reported) is becoming more concrete as a prototype is expected to be complete by June 2016. The Indian start-up wants to launch the M-Zero in Europe first and plans to price it in the range of the BMW 7 Series.
BMW, Chevrolet, Thailand, Changan, Maxus.
New 7 series unveiled: BMW has now officially presented its new luxury flagship, which will hit the market this October. The wait for the plug-in hybrid version 740e will be a little longer as it is only expected by mid-2016. Then, it will be also offered in long-wheelbase BMW 740Le form and as 740Le xDrive with all-wheel drive. The 7 series PHEV will produce a total system output of 326 hp and BMW says it can be driven electrically at speeds of up to 120 km/h and with a range of up to 40 kilometers.
Chevy Bolt caught testing: Spy shots show a heavily camouflaged Chevrolet Bolt EV which apparently is getting ever more production-ready. However, the Bolt might need a new name as GM has been running into issues with the Bolt trademark nameplate.
Thailand electrified: The South-East Asian country plans to become the region’s leader when it comes to solarpower and electric vehicles within the next ten years. 100,000 houses are to get solar panelled roofs within the next five years. Furthermore, the ‘Electric Vehicles Promotion Scheme’ is to boost the Thai market for electric vehicles and EV production.
BMW fuel cell racer? BMW is to return to Le Mans in 2018 with a brand new hydrogen race car, which might take a spot in the ‘Garage 56,’ Drive reports. It may also precede a production ready fuel cell vehicle which could go serial by 2020. Apparently, a fleet of fuel cell prototypes is already being tested.
Chinese electric vans: Two new electric vans are scheduled for China by 2016. The Oushang EV by Changan will cost 150,000 yuan (about 24,000 dollars) including incentives and has a claimed range of 200 kilometres. The EG10 by the SAIC subsidiary Maxus will cost 230,000 yuan (37,000 dollars) and features a strong 150-kW electric motor.
carnewschina.com (Changan), carnewschina.com (Maxus)
Shanghai is also a place to see the latest “adaptations” by Chinese manufacturers of rather well-known models. Take the Changan Raeton CC which is undoubtedly inspired by Tesla. The Suzhou Eagle appears to have taken the best of luxury when crossing a Ferrari and a Porsche. At least, they do not copy the love of SUVs and strong motors from the west.
autoevolution.com: Changan, Suzhou Eagle
Chevy Volt, Changan, Scion, India, UK, Mercedes.
2015 Volt production to end: In the lights of the upcoming next-gen Volt, Chevrolet is to discontinue production of the current model next month. There is plenty of inventory left while sales have dwindled lately. By the end of summer, the new Chevy Volt will roll off the lines after retooling of the plant. Since the introduction of the Volt in 2007, GM has sold 70,000 units – far less than expected.
Electric coupé tease: Chinese Changan Auto issued a first image of an all-electric coupé that is to be unveiled at the Auto Shanghai, starting on April, 20. Driven by a 123-kW electric engine, the company says the shiny EV can go from 0 – 60 mph in 4.12 seconds.
No electric Scion soon: Toyota’s small car subsidiary will not go electric or hybrid anytime soon. Scion CEO Doug Murtha claims that while Scion’s target audience is indeed interested in environmentally-friendly technology, the under 35 year olds are not willing to pay a surcharge for electrification.
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EV subsidies in India: The Indian government started a new programme called ‘FAME India’ (for: Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India). As part of the national electric mobility plan, the scheme reserves 8 billion rupees (125m dollars) until the end of 2017. 5bn rupees (80m USD) will be spend on subsidies designed to lower prices and to be paid to manufacturers.
In the heat of the election battle in the UK, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg presses ahead by proposing a ban on gas guzzlers by 2040. In a more enticing move, he offers 100 million pounds to those that come up with an ultra low emission vehicle that makes it among the top 5 best-selling cars.
Mercedes S500e review: While Georg Kacher says of himself that he is “not really an S-class person” he is happy to test the luxury Benz longterm, especially so as Kacher is “very much a hybrid person.”
GM, Tesla, Changan, a2-solar, BMW, Toyota.
No new Spark EV: Even though an updated version of the Chevy Spark will be presented in April, its electric counterpart will not be renewed, GM told Inside EVs. The current Spark EV will remain in the lineup, probably until the arrival of the Bolt EV in 2017. Insiders told electrive.com that a pre-series companion model of the Bolt EV for GM’s Opel subsidiary in Europe will be tested already this year.
Tesla news: The Californians now announced to expand their Resale Value Guarantee to all 11 European markets where the Model S is sold. Also, anyone looking to buy a Model S can now expect delivery after only 20 days, at least if one is willing to spend at least 105,000 dollars on the AWD version.
teslamotors.com, wsj.com (delivery)
Changan electrification: Chinese carmaker Changan plans to spend 18 billion yuan (2.93 billion dollars) on R&D, marketing, and supply chains. Its goal is to launch 34 new models, 27 of which will be purely electric and another seven hybrids, over the next ten years. The company is looking to sell a total of 400,000 vehicles by 2020 and 2 million vehicles by 2025.
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Solar Karma rooftop from Germany: German company a2-solar is to develop and produce a solar rooftop for the new Fisker Karma. The company believes the rooftop to become the “largest spherically curved and most powerful” module of its kind.
emobilserver.de (in German), a2-solar.com (company page)
BMW app for Apple-Watch: The German carmaker’s i Remote App for the BMW i3 and i8 will become compatible with the new smart watch by Apple. The app displays the same functions iPhone users are familiar with as it shows the remaining range, locks and unlocks doors and manages the air con.
This is it: Toyota’s RAV4 EV has come to an end as the last one has finally been sold in California. In total, the Japanese produced 2,537 units of the Tesla-powered EVs over a span of about three years.
Jaguar Land Rover, Tesla, Solar Impulse 2, Dongfeng, Changan, BYD.
Electric Jag from Austria? Jaguar Land Rover may build its first electric car in Austria as soon as next year. Some 10,000 units per year could roll of the production line. British Autocar recently reported that the F-Pace will be electrified and that the same platform could be used for an all-electric Land Rover.
Tesla layoffs in China: Tesla confirmed that it will cut a number of jobs in China since sales are significantly lower than expected. According to Chinese media, Tesla will eliminate 180 of the 600 positions at its China unit. Local executives including Veronica Wu, Tesla’s former China president, and June Jin, Tesla’s former vice president of communications, have recently left the company.
bloomberg.com, wantchinatimes.com, www.wsj.com
Solar plane takes flight: The Solar Impulse 2 has taken off for its flight around the world, powered solely by solar energy. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg plan on completing their 35,000 kilometre journey in 25 days, spread out over roughly five months.
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New EVs for China: Dongfeng has launched its electric mini car E30 as a two- and four-seater (E30L) in China, while Changan brings its electric sedan Eado EV to the Chinese market. Changan has ambitious plans as it wants to introduce a total of 27 all-electric models in China by 2025.
carnewschina.com (Dongfeng), carnewschina.com (Changan)
BYD E5 spotted: It is BYD’s second all-electric car, following its e6 model. The EV will be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April and launch in the second half of the year. Range will be about 200 kilometers and prices including subsidies are expected to start at around 140,000 yuan (22,344 USD)
BYD takes on Korea: The Chinese manufacturer wants to introduce its all-electric buses and taxis in South Korea this year. According to BYD, it sold 3,560 e6 taxis and 2,500 K9 buses worldwide in 2014.
Audi, Tesla, Porsche, Changan, Mitsubishi, GM, Truck cartel.
we wish you a successful, happy and healthy 2015! As of today, our newsletter is back delivering the top electric mobility news every workday. We will also provide you the main topics of the Christmas break little by little this week, so that you can keep track.
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Two Audi EVs announced: The German carmaker will launch an all-electric sports car and an all-electric sports activity vehicle (SAV) with more than 500 km (310 miles) range by 2018, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Furthermore, Stadler confirmed the brand’s plan to issue one plug-in hybrid model each year.
faz.net (in German), electriccarsreport.com, businessinsider.com
Tesla Roadster 3.0: The first Tesla model will be upgraded with a new 70-kWh battery pack. Together with new tyres to reduce rolling resistance and aerodynamic improvements, the company hopes to increase range to more than 400 miles. Appointments for upgrading Roadsters will be taken this spring.
Porsche recall: The company is calling back 205 vehicles of the 918 Spyder model worldwide in a preemptive move. Porsche claims faulty chassis parts from a certain delivery batch as the reason for the repairs. The problem was detected during in-house quality testing.
New EV for China: Chinese carmaker Changan will launch the Eado EV on its home market this month. The all-electric sedan is powered by an electric motor with 88 kW and comes with a range of up to 160 km (100 miles). Starting price is around 200,000 yuan (32,140 dollars) including all subsidies.
Outlander PHEV with V2H: In Japan, the plug-in hybrid SUV can now be used to supply electricity to homes. The approval usually granted to all-electric vehicles only has become possible as the Outlander’s engine does not run while the vehicle is connected to a V2H system.
GM faces lawsuit: GM is facing a proposed defective automotive class action lawsuit over an alleged defect in the steering system of its Chevrolet Volt which causes the steering wheel to freeze intermittently while driving. The lawsuit claims that GM was aware of the problem, but continued to sell the cars.
Heavy cartel: Top European truckmakers such as Daimler, Iveco, Scania, Volvo and MAN have operated a cartel for 14 years to delay the progress of emissions-reducing technology, the Financial Times reported citing leaked documents in a European Commission investigation.
Volkswagen, Smart, Changan, GM, Renault.
Meet the Golf GTE: Volkswagen has baptised its first plug-in hybrid. The Golf GTE is scheduled for mid-2014 and is one of the steps towards VW’s aim to become market leader in the electric car segment by 2018. The company has announced to emphasise its electric endeavours in March at its “electrified” event for investors, press and public. For two weeks the former Berlin Tempelhof airfield will become a hub of information on e-mobility made by Volkswagen, including test riding opportunities.
autozeitung.de (In German), volkswagen-media-services.com (In German), telegraph.co.uk (Golf GTE review)
Smartest, smallest, cheapest and the only convertible e-car available in the U.S. Reasons enough for John Voelcker to take the latest version of the Smart ED for a test-ride. He found the drive of the heavier car to be “far smoother” compared to gasoline models and better to handle, too. Only the interior Voelcker rated as “seriously outdated.”
New hybrid for China: Changan Motors will launch its Eado Hybrid to their home market by February. The sedan for 130,000 yuan (21,500 dollars) is positioned against BYD’s Qin, which retails from 180,000 yuan (30,000 dollars).
Luxury leasing: GM released lease prices for the Cadillac ELR. They start at 699 dollars per month with a 6,000 dollar deposit and 39-month leasing term. Miles are limited to 32,500 during the lease period, which breaks down to 10,000 miles per year. While BMW has not confirmed a final price for leasing its i3, a customer received a quote of 930 dollars, with a cap at 12,000 miles a year. Tesla Model S’ lease prices range from 1,100 to 1,250 dollars per month.
green.autoblog.com (Caddy ELR), greencarreports.com (BMW i3), plugincars.com (Comparison)
Renault Twizy re-reviewed: Nikki-Gordon Bloomfield was one of the first to jump on the Twizy-bandwagon but soon discovered it was not a car she “could live with everyday.” However, she has not given up on the Twizy entirely and now found a better use for the little racer: “weekend jollies in the countryside.”