Great Wall & Chery launch major recall in China
The two Chinese carmakers Great Wall Motor and Chery Automobile have launched a recall of a total of 17,623 new energy vehicles for thermal runaway risks of power battery.Read more
The two Chinese carmakers Great Wall Motor and Chery Automobile have launched a recall of a total of 17,623 new energy vehicles for thermal runaway risks of power battery.Read more
There may be a future for Deutsche Post’s StreetScooter after all. Now it seems that four investors from Germany and abroad are interested in buying StreetScooter in view of the booming e-mobility market.Read more
Deutsche Post/DHL will launch the StreetScooter Work L electric delivery van in two US cities from spring 2020. It is still unclear exactly which these are. According to CTO Ulrich Stuhec, StreetScooter’s EVs could be established on a large scale in the USA in 2022 or 2023.Read more
Deutsche Post DHL Group subsidiary StreetScooter and the Chinese car manufacturer Chery will be setting up a joint venture to build and sell electric delivery vans in China. The two companies signed a corresponding letter of intent during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trip to China.Read more
Chery Jaguar Land Rover, the British company’s Chinese joint venture is planning to invest 7BN yen (over 900M euros) in the local development and production of electric cars. This will see them turn their existing facility in Changshu into a powerhouse for EV testing, R&D and manufacturing.Read more
Chinese carmaker Chery has begun making its way into Europe. The first foothold is a design and development centre Chery is to open in the German town of Raunheim, near Frankfurt. The newly founded Chery Europe GmbH will take up their work there next year and Chery said that importing an all-electric model by 2020 […]Read more
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The Chinese automobile manufacturer Chery plans to offer their electric SUV, which was initially presented at the IAA 2017, on the European market starting in 2020, according to CEO Chen Anning.Read more
JLR is considering starting up production for their BEV I-Pace in China. Their local Chinese partner Chery Automobile will take over production of the I-Pace alongside the E-Pace, which will begin production at the facility soon.Read more
Borgward brings coupé: It is one of the sweeter surprises at this year’s IAA, the all-electric Isabella by Borgward. While the revived brand had mainly SUV plans, it draws from its history for this concept that comes in a modernised and sleek form. The e-Isabella bears two electric motors with a combined 220 kW. While Borgward speaks of 500 km range, it is unclear whether this racy four-door EV will ever see a production facility from the inside.
Power hybrids by Toyota: The Japanese carmaker stays on course first set by the Prius and now wants to sway buyers in Europe with more performance. From 2018, two hybrid options will be on offer and the design of the stronger version will resemble the C-HR Hy-Power currently on display.
toyota.eu (strategy), carscoops.com (C-HR Hy-Power)
Thunder Power has turned the spotlight on its EV range at its booth in Frankfurt. Next to a camouflaged electric sedan said to be closer to the series version than 2 years ago, stands an all new electric SUV. The ‘Future Vision’ too sits on the dedicated EV platform the firm from Taiwan has been working on together with German engineers and there is some Italian influence in the bodywork.
carscoops.com, carmagazine.co.uk, tpev.com
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Wishful thinking: Since the power of emission regulation has dawned on the car industry, it has switched to a preemptive strategy. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, who currently leads the ACEA as well, now made an “offer” to reduce emissions by another 20 percent between 2021 – 2030 – if demand for EVs and infrastructure allows. The German Ministry for the Environment in a first reaction pointed out that such decisions belong to the realm of politics.
greencarcongress.com, acea.be, t-online.de (reaction, in German)
Chery’s plug-in SUV is out officially as the Chinese unveil the Exeed TX at the IAA. In Europe it will go on sale in all three electrified variants, EV, PHEV, and hybrid reportedly. The plug-in hybrid will be first and then come with a range of 70 kilometres.
Kia plugs into UK market: After introducing the Niro PHEV on the Isles, the Koreans have now launched the Optima Sportswagon PHEV. Prices start at 32,645 pounds after incentives.
BMW strategy bullish: 25 electrified new models until 2025 and 12 of them all-electric, such is the battle cry sounding from Bavaria all the way to Frankfurt. Expect to see an EV concept on display there for which BMW claims a range of 500 – 700 kilometres. CEO Harald Krüger has just made e-mobility an “absolute priority” and his head developer Klaus Fröhlich was overheard expressing doubts whether Tesla would be able to offer 12 different models. BMW however is preparing to remodel all facilities so that they can accommodate for any motor set-up. The new models, including the X3 (from 2020), the electric Mini (2019) and the iNext (2021), will all run under the BMWi label. The overarching new strategy though is dubbed ‘ACES’ for Automated, Connected, Electrified and Services.
autonews.com, electrek.co, bmwgroup.com, electrive.net (in German)
JLR is increasing the pace too as the Brits renew their promise to electrify each and every model comes 2020, CEO Ralf Speth confirms. Demand will have to tell but customers may choose from the full palette ranging from mild hybrid over plug-in hybrids to purely electric variants. Already it looks like clients got a taste for the latter: 25,000 reservations for the I-Pace have reached Jaguar ahead of the EVs launch next year, Speth said.
theguardian.com, autocar.co.uk, bloomberg.com (video, I-Pace orders)
Range extended van revealed: Ford officially presents the Transit Custom PHEV and offered some details on its powertrain. The battery is supported by a 1-litre petrol engine so that the van has an electric range of 50 km. Development has progressed enough for 20 Ford vans to serve in a trial in London to inform final engineering before serial production is to commence by 2019.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, ford.com
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Electric utility scooter: RedE, an electric cargo scooter developed by two French men with contacts to suppliers like Bosch for the e-drive and Lenovo for the battery, has made its debut in France. It targets delivery services with its hold and exchangeable battery good for 60 km. Price stands at 2,300 euros and the firm says it has sold 70 so far and aims for another 100 within this year.
Chevy Bolt goes nationwide: General Motors’ has made its electric car available in all states of North America and thus ends the exclusive supply. 12,249 Chevy Bolt have found buyers since the start of sales in December 2016.
Chery-SUV 3in1: The Chinese manufacturer confirms reports predicting three variants of its SUV, all-electric, PHEV and hybrid to go on sale in Europe soon after the IAA.
Smart envisions a shared future as it reveals the Vision EQ Fortwo, an electric model in line with Daimler’s strategy to grow Car2Go massively until 2030. Level 5 autonomy and connectivity shall make the concept fit for a time when EVs collect passengers from any location and Smart says one of its small cars is hired every 1.4 seconds around the world already. The brand thus predicts car-sharing will increase fivefold by 2025 to more than 36.7m customers. For now, the Vision EQ Fortwo carries a rear-mounted electric motor and 30kWh lithium-ion battery for a range of around 300km.
autocar.co.uk, electrek.co, autoblog.com
Detroit Electric EV family: The revived brand wants to build a whole range of electric cars with the help of Chinese Far East Smarter Energy Group that poured 1.8bn into the firm based in Britain recently. The new EVs will be presented at the Cenex Low Carbon Conference but shall go into production over the next three years in both China and the UK. They will join the SP:01 electric sports car.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com
Chery too is working on a whole line-up of electrified cars reportedly and has revealed the design of the founding father or mother. The electric SUV is scheduled to go on stage at the IAA and marks the start of the new model line.
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EV sales quota delay? Shortly before the due date, it looks as if Beijing is giving in to pressure to soften its EV sales quota. Reuters quotes four insiders, all saying the 8 percent bar may fall but only to be implemented a year later, by 2019. A final decision will be made within days or weeks.
Special tires for Fisker: Pirelli will develop the tires for Fisker’s EMotion Electric Vehicle and promises low rolling resistance and comfort due to tall sidewalls. Produced in Georgia, USA, they will be ready in time for the EMotion launch in late 2019.
The post van is here: Deutsche Post DHL and Ford have officially launched the StreetScooter Work XL. Its base is the Ford Transit equipped with a custom-made electric drive and chassis so that the post also likes to call it their own personal ‘e-van’. Being essentially bigger than even the latest StreetScooter Work L, it features a modular battery system delivering 30 kWh to 90 kWh for a range of between 80 km and 200 km. A pre-series of 150 pieces is to see the light of the day before the year’s end, followed by another 2,500 units in 2018. While the e-vans will first be utilised by DHL, the firm said it may sell to third parties and also showed approval of partner Ford, with who it may cooperate further in the future. On top, a second StreetScooter facility is planned with the location to be specified next month.
dpdhl.com (Work XL), electriccarsreport.com (spec), reuters.com (further cooperation, new facility)
EU sales quota for PEV likely: Despite denial from Brussels, diplomats and sources close to the issue say an EV sales quota is “increasingly likely” and may come as soon as 2025 or 2030. The German Ministry for the Environment even went on public record saying it expects such a proposal by the EU Commission by autumn. Clearly, the climate among EU officials has heated up and calls for enforceable targets as well as constructive cooperation from carmakers are becoming ever louder. A minimum fleet quota would likely include plug-in hybrids not just EVs though and the EU said it is committed to technological neutrality in general.
climatechangenews.com, reuters.com (German Ministry of Environment)
1.7bn for EV development: BAIC’s subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV) that specialises in EVs only has gathered 1.67 billion dollars in its latest round of financing. The money will be used to come up with the new models while expanding production capacities. Reportedly, Daimler holds a minority stake of BJEV since this June.
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Nikola goes off-road: As its fuel cell truck is open for reservation already, Nikola Motors is looking to catch new customers with a quad dubbed UTV, for utility “task” or “terrain” vehicle, or Nikola Zero officially. It sits four under the roll cage and boasts four motors, one in each wheel. The battery comes in three versions, 75, 100, and 125 kWh. Prices shall start at 35,000 dollars with reservations taken from January 2018 through a new Nikola unit called Nikola Powersports.
trucks.com, cloudfront.net (spec, pdf)
Chery seeks to charm the European market with the introduction of a plug-in family and some simply hybrid cousins. The first model to hit our shores will be a compact SUV due to debut at the IAA. Furthermore, the Chinese firm wants to set up distribution as well as an R&D centre in Europe.
FF to quit FE? Rumour has it that Faraday Future will leave the electric racing series due to its on-going financial difficulties, The Verge reports. A final decision has yet to be made but could mean a premature end for a manufacturer that only entered the Formula E last year as Dragon Racing’s technical partner.
Genesis to be electrified successively: Hyundai intends to develop electrified models of its luxury brand Genesis from 2019. The news followed the Japanese carmaker’s announcement to work on a platform for electric vehicles only but that will take some time. However, Hyundai is optimistic to launch a first Genesis plug-in hybrid model by 2019 already and to have an all-electric version only two years later by 2021 as well. More details have not been provided though.
electrek.co, motor1.com, reuters.com
Workers call for Audi EV: Audi’s workers council demands to produce electric models not just in Brussels and Neckarsulm but also at the carmaker’s main plant in Ingolstadt. Their request is to make the core factory “fit for the future,” which Audi’s labour leaders obviously see in electrification. As reported, the VW brand selected the smaller site in German Neckarsulm for EV production from 2020 but intends to build the first of three planned EVs in Brussels from 2018.
Thunder Power to produce in Spain: The Taiwanese start-up was on everyone’s lips when it revealed its concept of a 650 km range EV at the IAA in 2015. Now, Thunder Power announced to start the production lines in Ganzhou, China by the end of 2018 in order to supply the Asian market. Furthermore, the company decided to establish R&D in Europe and a new factory in Spanish Catalonia.
Chery almost triples its capacities: Chery seeks to significantly expand its output as the company is about to open a second assembly in Dezhou, China. First, compact EVs eQ and eQ1 will roll off the lines there at an annual capacity of 100,000 EV. Chery’s first site in Wuhu delivers up to 60,000 EV a year.
Golf GTE to enter UK: Volkswagen’s updated hybrid Golf GTE has become available in the UK with a base price of 30,635 pounds (before incentives). The new model is thus 3,420 GBP cheaper than its predecessor, while the GTE’s powertrain remains unchanged.
Electric motorbike made in India: Start-up Emflux Motors is developing an electric motorcycle to launch next year. The Indian company claims its new “superbike” goes from 0 to 100 kph in 3.5 sec, and charges 80% in 36 min for a range of 200 km. Emflux plans to produce 200 and is currently prototyping.
Futuristic Chery: Auto China saw the introduction of the futuristic FV2030 concept from Chery. Camera pods have replaced the traditional side mirrors, and the company imagines a 3D holographic display to provide vehicle and infotainment information. The model features an electric powertrain, but no other details were given.
Under investigation: Volvo is under investigation by Keller Rohrback L.L.P., who claims the company misled consumers about the electric-only economy of the XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid, and suggests buyers paid extra for electric motors that didn’t perform as promised. Recent tests revealed that the vehicle only achieves 40-58% of the advertised electric range.
Shanghai orders: GS Yuasa won an order from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries to produce lithium-ion batteries. The LIM50EN-12 batteries and port AGVs will be installed, with a storage battery holding 1,800 cells. The batteries have several uses, including for hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles – demand for which, GS Yuasa notes, is expanding.
Formula E Charge: Oxford-based automotive technology company Charge has been named the Official Electric Truck Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship. Charge will supply electric trucks for Formula E events around the world to be used in driver parades and logistics.
Touareg concept with plug: VW released teaser images of a new study headed for the Auto China next week. Though the carmaker did not confirm this, the images seem to be of the third generation of the VW Touareg. The PHEV concept will have an all-electric range of around 50 miles and combined output of 280 kW. A similar drivetrain will also be used for the serial version.
Autopilot testing: The hardware for Tesla’s (partially) self-driving mode already comes standard, while activating the software will cost the driver 3,000 dollars. To maybe stir undecided customers in that direction, Tesla is letting them test the option for free for one month. The trial can be started with just a touch of a button on the display.
Special licence for EVs: China has come up with special green licence plates for electric and plug-in hybrid cars, to make it easier for police to recognize them. To improve air quality, some cities already ban traditional cars from their roads on a day-to-day basis. Could this soon be institutionalised?
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LeSee teases EV: The Chinese brand, which is owned by LeTV, will take the wraps off its electric supercar at the Beijing Auto Show next week. First images already show the bold design, while all technical details are being kept secret.
E-Bike from India: Tork Motorcycles is looking to build India’s first electric motorcycle, the T6X. After raising an undisclosed amount of funds, Torks says the bike will already hit the road this year. First images show the concept’s design.
Asian EV alliance: Chinese manufacturer Chery and Japanese Yaskawa have formed a joint venture for the development of components for electric and hybrid vehicles. From the end of next year, they plan to produce controllers and drivetrains for some 50,000 vehicles per year.
Modular EV platform: Nissan seems to want to intensify its electric endeavours and is developing a modular platform to expand its EV line-up, Auto Express reports. Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura explains that Nissan wants “to grow the portfolio” beyond the Leaf, imagining both a crossover and/or an electric sports car within the next five years.
Ford Model E: Details emerged about Ford’s “Prius-Fighter” that will allegedly be built in a new facility in Mexico. The mysterious electrified car might go be called Model E, a name which Ford had snatched from Tesla a while back. Up to 50,000 units could roll off production lines by 2019, AutoForecast Solutions suggests.
fordauthority.com, greencarreports.com, autonews.com
Model S update: Tesla gives its classic a facelift this week to streamline production, making it look more similar to the Model X and Model 3, and adding luxurious features that could be revealed by next week. New colour options and LED will be offered, too. But Tesla has also increased the price.
autoblog.com, cnet.com, worldcarfans.com
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Baden-Württemberg Pavilion shows success factor e-mobility: During the Hannover Messe / MobiliTec the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion and its 43 exhibitors showcase the diversity of the e-mobility landscape in the southwest of Germany. With “Automated. Connected. Electrified.” as its guiding theme, the whole spectrum – from development and production to road tests of partially automated electric vehicles – will be covered. Visit us in hall 27.
Chinese EV concepts: Both JAC and Chery teased electrified concepts ahead of the Auto China next month. Chery’s FV2030 is a fully electric and ultra sporty coupé but with four doors, while JAC’s SC5 Concept is a rather conventional SUV with a hybrid drive.
worldcarfans.com, carnewschina.com (Chery), carnewschina.com (JAC)
Range race: The Bolt EV is not even on the market yet, and GM is already talking about updating the range. The manufacturer claims that prototypes went past the 200 mile threshold, news that comes just days after the presentation of Tesla’s Model 3 with an EPA rated range of 215 miles.
Making a showcase: Volkswagen transforms its so-called Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany, into a window onto its newly found electric soul. 30-minute long test drives with hybrid and electric vehicles are included in the ticket price, while 50 interactive exhibits like the GTE simulator show future mobility.
Honda to electrify 66% by 2030: Currently, only five percent of Honda’s line-up are outfitted with an electric or hybrid engine. The carmaker predicts that in 15 years, that number will climb to 66%. On top of a series of plug-in hybrids, that also includes the Clarity Fuel Cell that will go on sale in Japan in March, and the electric motorcycle Cub.
Aston EV factory: The manufacturer will build the luxury sports car DBX, which will also be available as an all-electric variant, in Wales. The production site will be set up in St. Athan by 2020. The electric sports coupé RapidE will already launch in 2018.
autocar.co.uk, worldcarfans.com, carscoops.com
All Ioniq variants in Geneva: Hyundai will show the purely electric, as well as the plug-in and hybrid versions of its new Ioniq in Geneva next week. A teaser video and new specs reveal that the Ioniq Electric could boast a range of more than 155 miles, instead of the previously announced 105 miles.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com, youtube.com (video)
Chery EV factory: The Chinese carmaker kicked off construction of its 240m dollars production facility in Wuhu. Once completed, it will see some 60,000 EVs roll off production lines per year.
Less insurance: The South Korean government wants insurance companies to lower the rate for electric cars from September. A memorandum of understanding is being drafted. Because of the battery, EV drivers currently pay around 324 dollars per month.
Sénic display: Renault released first images of its Scénic ahead of the Geneva Motor Show. The car will allegedly also be made available with a diesel-hybrid drivetrain by 2017.
GM sizes up China: Shanghai-GM, the joint venture between GM and SAIC, says it plans to invest 100 billion yuan (16bn dollars) between 2016 and 2020 to develop new vehicles. The carmaker wants to revamp or build ten new models each year, among them plug-in hybrids.
New EV by BMW JV: BMW and Brilliance have presented the Concept Next, an all-electric SUV. While details are scarce, the EV is believed to be based on the X3 size-wise and possibly powered by the same drive already used for the Zinoro 1E.
Geely eyes Europe: The Chinese manufacturer is pondering a small SUV to hit Chinese showrooms in 2017. It could come to Europe a year later and would here also be offered as a plug-in hybrid variant.
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Sports EV from China: Qiantu Qiche unveiled an electric sports car at the Auto Shanghai that can claim a truly unique design perspective. The K50 Event! (sic!) is set to launch in 2016 in China and will cost around 700.000 yuan or 113.000 dollars. 294 kW and 650 Nm are given as performance data and the EV claims a range of 200 kilometres.
Hybrid Qoros concept debuts: In Shanghai, Qoros unveiled the 2 PHEV Concept which features one turbo engine coupled with two electric motors at the rear. The plug-in hybrid comes with inductive charging technology and a charging “probe” that unfolds at the touch of a button.
New Chinese EVs: The Smart-like Zotye E01 with a Tesla-like touchscreen has been unveiled in Shanghai as expected. However, it is now called Zotye Zhima E30 EV. Also on display in Shanghai is the Chery Arrizo 3 EV with a said range of up to 300 kilometres in eco mode.
carnewschina.com (Zotye), autoevolution.com (Chery)
New Chinese JV for EVs: Carmaker Chery Automobile, internet car service platform Yongche and telematics company Pateo have formed a joint venture to build “intelligent” and connected electric cars for China. These will be made available via car sharing online but not reach the market.
New American i-MiEV: Apparently, Mitsubishi plans to reissue its electric car for the U.S. market, Inside EVs has learned. From March, the i-MiEV 2016 could thus be offered with minor upgrades. Expect an official announcement after the Chicago Auto Show next week.
New Audi R8 leaked: An image of what appears to be the new Audi R8 has made its way onto Instagram. The next-gen Audi supercar and its all-electric version will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The new model might also be offered as a plug-in hybrid (we reported).
EV chargers more effective than tax credits? The sale of electric cars in the U.S. could have been increased five-fold, if the government had invested into building charging stations instead of offering tax credits, a study by the National Science Foundation claims. About one billion dollars spent between 2011 and 2013 could have bought about 60,000 new EV charging spots, according to the report.
gas2.org, taxationinfonews.com, nsf.gov
BMW i8 reviewed: Nick Kurczewski finds the i8 a perfect mix between performance and fuel economy and is not ashamed to call himself a “game changer convert” after driving BMW’s hybrid supercar through New York City.
Tesla Q3 earnings: Tesla set a quarterly record for its Model S, delivering 7,785 EVs during the July-September period. Revenue nearly doubled to 852 million dollars from 431 million a year earlier, while net loss widened to 74.7 million dollars. Tesla lowered its 2014 production target from 35,000 to 33,000 vehicles and pushed back the delivery date for the Model X to the third quarter of 2015.
e-NV200 launches in Japan: Nissan has begun shipping its Barcelona-built electric van to its home market. There it is available starting from 3.9 million Yen (about 34,000 USD) before government subsidies. According to the carmaker, 69 companies have already placed their order.
japan.ahk.de (in German), insideevs.com, theolivepress.es
Cheap EV in China: Chery launches its electric eQ on the Chinese market, that is said to be able to go 200 kilometers on one charge. Due to government subsidies, the 150.000 yuan (around 24,500 USD) vehicle is available for just 59.800 yuan (around 9,800 USD).
Piaggio-Pedelec: The Italian manufacturer’s new e-bike, shown at the EICMA in Milan, features a 250-350 W electric power unit developed by the Piaggio Group, a 400 Wh battery, bluetooth connection and a USB port. The e-bike will become available next summer.
Tesla aces crash test: Euro NCAP drove the Models S straight into the wall and awarded it a maximum-possible 5-star safety rating. The sedan scored 82 percent for the protection of drivers and front-seat passengers as well as 77 and 66 percent for child and pedestrian safety, respectively.
Eva follows Ego: In Milan, Energica unveils its second electric motorbike called Eva. It will feature the same electric drivetrain as its predecessor Ego (100 kW). It will also have the same battery that can hold up to 11.7 kWh of energy, but more range than the Ego (150 kilometers).