Renault to restructure for efficiency across the alliance
After alliance partner Nissan, Renault has also presented its restructuring program. The savings plan provides for the elimination of two billion euros in fixed costs. The strategy includes cuts in personnel.Weiterlesen
Renault Group to focus on electric cars in China
Renault has adjusted its strategy for China and will in future concentrate fully on electric vehicles and light commercial vehicles. This includes the French company withdrawing from its joint venture with Dongfeng through which they had built conventional ICEs and transferring its shares in DRAC to Dongfeng.Weiterlesen
Renault hits on China with ultra-low price electric car
After Renault presented the series version of its small electric car City K-ZE at Auto Shanghai in April, the market launch in China followed suit and with a drumroll. Renault set a base price of 61,800 yuan, and currently, that converts to just under 7,900 euros.Weiterlesen
Blitz cooperation: Opel PEVs through PSA & Dongfeng
Affordable prices through economies of scale – this is what Opel wants to achieve in cooperation with PSA and Dongfeng through new platforms for electric cars and plug-in hybrids. Unlike the VW Group’s MEB, the trio wants to remain flexible. Christoph M. Schwarzer takes a close look at the strategy.Weiterlesen
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Dongfeng-Nissan first to bring an e-pickup to market
The Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture is launching a fully electric pickup truck onto the Chinese market this month. The new model is part of the two companies’ strategy to bring more than 20 new electric models to China by 2022.Weiterlesen
Peugeot introduces the e-2008 compact electric SUV
French car manufacturer PSA is pushing ahead with electrification: Peugeot is now presenting the new 2008 and its all-electric variant, the e-2008. The market launch is planned for the end of the year.Weiterlesen
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
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
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)