Volkswagen ventures fast-charging network in China
Volkswagen apparently plans to set up a Chinese fast-charging network. A respective joint venture would see VW partner FAW and other local companies become part of the effort that is worth a starting capital of 1 billion yuan (around 130 million euros).
VW planning 30 new plug-in cars for China by 2020
Volkswagen say it will take them no more than two years to launch more than 30 new electric cars and plug-in hybrids in China. Moreover, the Group’s Chinese arm is considering to install a public high power charging network together with local partners from 2019.
FAW-VW JV opens new Tianjin factory
Volkswagen and their Chinese partner FAW have opened a new factory in Tianjin. The factory will serve to support their SUV offensive in China. It will serve as a production facility for Volkswagen and Audi SUVs, including PHEV variants.
Seat coming to China with VW gearing up for growth
Volkswagen’s Spanish subsidiary Seat will enter China by hooking onto the JAC Volkswagen joint venture. Together the three plan to establish a R&D centre for electric vehicles. Development is to culminate in a dedicated electric car platform for China and beyond in 2021.
FAW-Volkswagen to launch 7 Audi EVs in China by 2020
The joint venture FAW-Volkswagen plans to roll out seven new energy vehicles under the Audi label in China by 2020. The line-up will include both PHEVs as well as pure electric cars such as Audi’s upcoming electric SUV that will also be made in China.
FAW-Volkswagen, Renault, Tesla, New PHEVs.
VW CrossBlue made in China: Zhang Pijie, General Manager of the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture, confirmed that it will produce the seven-seater from 2017. However, the Chinese will not build the plug-in hybrid version of the CrossBlue.
Mysterious Renault concept: The French carmaker announced to debut a new concept car at the Auto Expo in India next month. Renault has not leaked any details yet, but it might very well be a pre-preview of a new plug-in hybrid.
indianautosblog.com (Auto Expo), autoexpress.co.uk (Plug-in hybrid)
Model S to be costly in China: Tesla will ask for 1.2 million yuan (198,000 dollars) from Chinese Model S buyers – almost twice as much as in the U.S. (94,570 dollars). The price is due to high import taxes and the need to “earn extra money”. With one showroom in Beijing and another planned for Shanghai, ‘Tesila’ sales will officially start in June.
New hybrids by 2015 and beyond: This year, a wave of new PHEVs is expected to flood the U.S. but rumours of future models are already swirling around in the internet. Brad Berman fished out 8 to 10 new plug-ins, which are likely to hit the states from next year.