Hyundai expands partnership with ride-hailing firm Grab
Hyundai Motor Group, which includes Kia, announced expanding a partnership with ride-hailing service Grab in Southeast Asia. The focus is now on piloting new EV business models such as leasing EVs with a battery-as-a-service model or car-as-a-service model, to facilitate the switch for Grab drivers.
Volkswagen managers must wait for electric cars
Due to the high demand for electric cars, the board of the Volkswagen brand has decided to take an unusual step. The carmaker’s 18,000 or so executives are temporarily no longer allowed to order pure battery-electric vehicles as company cars.
DPD Ireland to deliver with electric vehicles
The Irish brand of logistics operator DPD will invest 3.2 million euros in electrifying its fleet of vehicles. DPD Ireland launched the so-called ElectriCity roll-out in Dublin and says it will spread to other urban locations across Ireland over the next three years – if EV supply allows.
Tesla hits 200,000 Model 3 mark and rising
Tesla has apparently exceeded the mark of 200,000 Model 3 units produced, according to the Bloomberg tracker. Already registered VINs for the Model 3 are closing in on the 300,000 units this quarter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk reports even bigger plans on Twitter.
Tesla cuts staff for North American deliveries
Tesla has more than halved the staff in its department that delivers Model 3 to North American buyers. The layoffs are a sign that demand for Model 3 in the US has declined sharply as Tesla’s federal tax relief runs out. Now the company focuses on deliveries in China and Europe.
VW e-Up order stop due to delivery issues
Volkswagen will disable orders for the VW e-Up on their internal dealer system beginning this Friday as the carmaker admits being unable to keep up with demand. Electrive was able to confirm this in Germany and also in the UK; the word is out.
Sports car maker turning to urban electric car market
The Bulgarian racing car manufacturer Sin Cars Int. Eood wants to get involved in the electric car business in future. Yet, they do not aim for say the FIA Formula E but have a more down to earth endeavour in mind: electric city cars. And they want to go public.
Chevy Bolt EV boldly available
There might be some good in Model 3 deliveries being slow. At least that is what GM’s marketing seem to have thought when designing their latest email campaign around one currently unique selling point of the Bolt EV.