Market launch for electric DS 3 and DS 7 Crossback
The PSA subsidiary DS Automobiles is now accepting orders for the all-electric compact SUV DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and the larger electric SUV DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4 with plug-in hybrid drive. So far, prices have only been announced for a few countries.Weiterlesen
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Honda producing next BEV for China
Honda plans to develop more than 20 electrified vehicle models for the Chinese market by 2025. Following the previously introduced battery-electric VE-1, this year another BEV designed with car-sharing services in mind will follow. Further details have not been announced yet.Weiterlesen
Renault shows off new SUV for China and announces three hybrids
The Paris Motor Show saw Renault present their Showcar K-ZE, which is a prototype for the announced City SUV models, which will be released in China next year. Furthermore, the automobile manufacturer has announced additional PHEV and HEV versions of current vehicle models.Weiterlesen
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Nissan to boost China production by 30%
Nissan has earmarked $900M for increasing their production capacity in China. They plan a new factory in Wuhan together with JV partner Dongfeng. Also existing facilities are to be expanded. Nissan is looking to grow their China business by 30%, including new energy vehicles.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
Battery production by CATL & Dongfeng JV kicks off
Construction of a battery factory owned by both CATL and Dongfeng is complete. The facility of Dongfeng Amperex started production in Wuhan. Here they aim to reach a capacity of 9.6 GWh worth of batteries on three manufacturing lines from 2019.Weiterlesen
Nissan Sylphy electric car available to order in China
Nissan’s Sylphy Zero Emission is now available to order in China. First presented in Beijing this Spring, the EV Nissan built with Dongfeng owes much to the Leaf but is longer and has a range of 338 km. Prices start at 22,000 euros after incentives.Weiterlesen
Nissan’s first EV for China – Sylphy Zero Emission
Nissan has come prepared to the Auto China with the Sylphy Zero Emission on display. It is the carmaker’s first dedicated EV for the Chinese market and one of a total of 20 electrified models Nissan wants to launch over the next 5 years.Weiterlesen
Nissan & Dongfeng confirm their China EV
Partners Nissan an Dongfeng presented their electric car model for the Chinese market. It will come in the form of an existing model from Nissan. Together they want to woe buyers in the People’s Republic as they seek to offer the EV under all labels.Weiterlesen
500 H2 trucks by Dongfeng powered by Ballard fuel cells
Licensed, plated and deployed with fuel cell stacks by Ballard – 500 hydrogen trucks built by Dongfeng have hit the road in Shanghai. Each electric truck has a range of over 330 km. Operated by a new fuel cell EV operator, the fleet will be used for city deliveries mainly.Weiterlesen
Nissan to invest €7.6BN in China to get ahead in EV segment
Nissan wants to become China’s largest electric vehicle maker and plans to spend 7.6 billion euros (9bn dollars) over the next 5 years. More than 20 electrified models have been lined up for the Nissan, Venucia and Dongfeng labels.Weiterlesen
PSA, Dongfeng, Lilium, Panasonic, Siemens, Local Motors.
Shared EV platform: PSA and Dongfeng officially agreed to jointly build a platform for electric cars. The e-CMP, based on the common modular platform, will be the base for compact and subcompact electric cars for the Peugeot, Citroen, DS, and Dongfeng brands.
Electric VTOL: ESA is backing Lilium, a Munich-based start-up intending to launch an electric jet by 2018. The two-seater shall start and land vertically, while flying at speeds of up to 400 kph. In cruising mode, range is given at 500 km and batteries are said to charge via a household socket.
siliconrepublic.com, inverse.com, esa.int
Panasonic increased its investment in the Tesla Gigafactory by 35 percent this last quarter. With 64m dollars, the Japanese paid more in Q1 2016, than they have since the start of the project. It is a good indicator that production of battery cells is about to start very soon.
3D car printing: Siemens partners with Local Motors to advance large scale 3D printing of cars. Siemens’ Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, which creates digital twins, will be combined with Local Motors’ experience in a process called Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM).
Porsche, Nissan, PSA, Dongfeng, Morgan.
Porsche confirms 911 PHEV: Work has begun on a plug-in hybrid version of the iconic Porsche, says Erhard Mössle, the 911 Turbo’s engineering boss, confirming earlier hints. The 911 PHEV will keep its V6 settings. Finding room for the battery and reducing the weight of the car are the main challenges that lay ahead. Which is why the hybrid variant will only be available with the next generation due by 2020.
Nissan battery facility: The Japanese carmaker pours another 26.5m pounds (about 38m USD) into its British Sunderland facility to modernise its battery assembly plant for the Leaf and e-NV200. 9.7m GBP come from the UK Advanced Propulsion Centre in an attempt to make the site the biggest in Europe. Partners include Warwick and Newcastle University, as well as Zero Carbon Futures.
autocar.co.uk, autoevolution.com, insideevs.com, electriccarsreport.com
Top down principle: Peugeot, Citroen, and newly emancipated DS will share technology. Some will be developed together, some will be handed down and some will remains specific to one brand. DS will lead PSA’s efforts in electrification and plug-in hybrid advances, passing on technological know-how.
First Dongfeng EV: The Chinese carmaker plans to introduce seven new models this year in an attempt to boost its sales by 30 percent. One electric vehicle is included in the line-up – the Joyear S50.
Morgan update: Following the British sports car maker’s announcement about the development of hybrid and electric engines, it now says that it plans to include the technology in all models starting from 2019.
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)
Tesla, Nissan, Uniti, VECV, Proterra, Renault & Dongfeng.
Elon tweets: Tesla CEO Elon Musk took part in a Q&A on Twitter and revealed that a cheaper Model X version with a smaller battery will come in around 12 months from now. Musk has also confirmed that a Model Y ist planned. Whether the Tesla Model Y will be based on the Model 3 remains to be seen.
Connected Nissan EV: Nissan previewed its Teatro for Dayz concept ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. Designed for the so-called share natives, the all-electric car is based on the Dayz kei car and boasts customizable screens on the inside and outside.
pcworld.com, carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com
Open design EV: The Uniti projects brings together an international team at Swedish Lund University. Together, they aim to challenge the idea of urban mobility and automotive design. An electric two-seater prototype is being set up with the design and development process open and patent-free.
pr.com, youtube.com (teaser), iamuniti.com (project website)
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Hybrid school bus: The Indian Joint Venture Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles (VECV) plans to develop a hybrid powertrain and AMT system for buses and trucks in the 16-49t range. The development work has begun first in a hybrid school bus that will take a year and a half for completion.
Nimble electric bus: Proterra introduced its 35-feet electric bus (10.7 metres). The smaller Catalyst is easier to steer through dense urban areas and features more automation but sits on the same technology platform as the 40-feet version. Dallas Area Rapid Transit already ordered seven.
Spied: As we reported, Renault and Dongfeng are building an EV for the Chinese market. Now the Fluence Z.E. with a Dongfeng name tag has been spied without camouflage. It looks like a rebadge-only operation rather than a re-development but if the former is true, why is the launch only set for 2017?
PSA, Dongfeng, NextEV, Local Motors, Jordan, Mahindra Reva.
PSA partners with Dongfeng: Together, French PSA Peugeot Citroen and Chinese Dongfeng plan an electric vehicle for 2020. Furthermore, they will co-develop a shared platform for compact cars. Nonetheless, PSA will continue its current EV collaboration with Mitsubishi.
Up for the challenge: The start-up NextEV has raised half of the one billion dollars it seeks for its ‘Tesla-fighter,’ winning over Sequoia Capital and Joy Capital as investors. By the end of the year, the company plans to partner with two unnamed car manufacturers for production.
3-D printed car ready to order: Local Motors will take pre-orders for the first-generation of its Reload Redacted EV from next month via the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. Deliveries are set for the beginning of next year, while a high-speed version might be ready by the end of 2016.
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Free to register: The Jordanian government has now exempted electric cars from registration fees, amounting to about 9,000 dinar (12 dollars). Already last month, EVs were freed from custom duties and sales tax.
e2o review: This inspection of Mahindra Reva’s electric compact car concluded that it is lifestyle product. Writer Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy describes the e2o is “quirky, “saying that it “appeals to those that question the status-quo.”
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 X5 xDrive40e, Bultaco, Meshcrafts, Dongfeng.
BMW X5 plug-in timetable: German Automobiloche reports that serial production of the BMW X5 xDrive40e will kick off in the U.S. facility of Spartanburg on August 1st. The plug-in SUV will arrive at U.S. dealerships in October, and in Europe and China at the beginning and end of November, respectively.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Bultaco returns: Spanish company Bultaco, which stopped manufacturing motorcycles in 1983, is back with an electric bike. The Brinco is a cross between an e-bike and an electric motorcycle with a top speed of 60 kph. It has an aluminum frame and a 8 kg removable battery. Next the company wants to introduce an “Electrical Urbanmotard” based on the Rapitán prototype.
Norwegian startup Meshcrafts wants to democratize access to EV charging stations with their mobile app and become the “Airbnb of electric vehicles”. The main goal is to make it possible for everyone to buy and sell electricity from each other.
bitcoinist.net, wired.co.uk, meshcrafts.com
Dongfeng EV spied: The Dongfeng Fengshen A60 EV has been caught on camera. The EV features a 70 kW electric motor allowing for a top speed of 150 kph. Range is estimated at about 200 kilometers.
Testing BMW’s plug-in SUV: Autocar got their hands on the steering wheel of the X5 xDrive40e, generally happy with the performance. However, Nic Cackett notes that the PHEV fails to meet efficiency standards in the UK, not qualifying for the OLEV grant or to avoid the London congestion charge. Conclusion: “There’s no compelling reason for the xDrive40e to stick long in the memory.”
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.
Daimler, Dongfeng, Acura, China, Zero SR Streetfighter.
Daimler to drive hybridisation: From 2017, the Mercedes GLA will be build on a new platform on which the compact SUV will also be offered as plug-in hybrid. Furthermore, AMG CEO Tobias Moers has hinted that Mercedes sports car subsidiary will become more hybrid in the future.
automobil-produktion.de (GLA, in German), auto-motor-und-sport.de (AMG, in German)
Super small EV from China: Dongfeng has rolled out production of its electric micro car Aeolus E30. Its top speed is limited to 80 kph, like on other micro EVs as the Renault Twizy, but the Aeolus is said to reach a range of 160 kilometres. Furthermore, the company has announced a stretched version called Aeolus E30L.
Acura recall: Honda’s luxury division is asking all 2013 and 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid sedans into the workshop due a problem with the headlamps, which under certain conditions will overheat to the point of smoke. They will be replaced free of charge.
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China biggest e-bike market: Almost 37 million e-bikes were sold last year in China, an increase of 5.4 percent compared to 2012. That makes it a total of 181 million e-bikes on Chinese streets. Moreover, China delivered 71,387 e-bikes to the States in 2013 while this year’s exports to the U.S. already stand at 41,765 units.
The Tesla of motorcycles is what Hannah Elliot calls the Zero SR Streetfighter in her review of the electric motorcycle. She has been riding the sport bike for two weeks in New York City and often felt like “in a futuristic video game” as the bike not only rides well but integrates seamlessly with iOS and Android systems.
Solar Impulse 2, FEV, Electrovaya/Dongfeng, Enerdel/B3CG, DTU.
Fuel-free around the globe: Swiss Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have now presented their second generation solar plane. The Solar Impulse 2 only weighs 2.4 tons including the batteries (633 kilos) and can stay in the air for five days and nights in a row. Next year, the two plan to fly around the world on solar power only.
youtube.com (teaser video), nbcnews.com
Transmission for hybrids: FEV North America will present its new transmission at the SAE World Congress in Detroit. The plug‐in hybrid transmission includes a two‐speed all-electric driving mode and is designed to fit into downsized engine compartments.
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Electrovaya and Dongfeng: The Canadian battery manufacturer is supplying the Chinese company with its latest generation of li-ion batteries. Its ‘Lithium Ion SuperPolymer 2.0’ are said to be 20% more powerful than the previous generation and fit both Dongfeng’s EV platforms.
Electric school bus: Li-ion battery manufacturer Enerdel partners with B3CG to develop and produce li-ion batteries für Canada’s school buses. The latter are build by Lion Bus and funded by the government. The batteries are supposed to hold 100 kWh, enough for about 50 miles range.
Iron and carbon to replace platinum: A team at Denmark’s Technical University has developed a new catalyst. They found that iron and carbon remain stable and active in acidic and alkaline environments and could thus replace the costly platinum in PEM fuel cells.
Dongfeng, PSA, Fisker, Barack Obama, Via Motors, Saleen, BYD.
Saving PSA: Both, Chinese Dongfeng and the French government will inject 800 million euros (1.1b dollars) into the PSA corporation and get 14% shares each. Apart from this capital increase, the companies also vowed to strengthen their industrial partnership while Carlos Tavares, former Renault executive, is taking over as CEO.
Fisker deal finalised: Judge Kevin Gross at Delaware bankruptcy court has approved the sale of Fisker to Wanxiang America for 149.2 million dollars. The company wants to restart production asap and expects to sell about 1,000 Karmas in the next 18 months.
Fuel efficiency standards: U.S. President Barack Obama has announced plans to further increase fuel economy standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. As the private sector is expected to introduce things like hybrid systems and aerodynamic designs, the Obama administration continues to work on its ‘SuperTruck’ program.
New Chair of Via Motors: The company has made board member Bob Lutz its new Chairman. Lutz, former GM manager also known as the father of the Chevy Volt, is replacing Carl Berg who will remain Via Motor’s largest shareholder.
Saleen teams up with AC Propulsion: The tuning specialist is adding the electric car specialist to its design team to work on a new electric sports car. AC Propulsion has provided technology to Tesla in the past for developing the Roadster and will now take care of the motor and batteries of Saleen’s upcoming model.
BYD’s domestic sales: Last year the carmaker sold 1,544 units of its electric e6 and 142 Qin plug-in hybrids. Numbers for the Qin are low because it was only launched in December. January already saw stronger sales of 637. BYD hopes to sell 2,000 units a month.