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.