FAW, Nissan, Porsche, Mercedes, Berlin, Tesla.
China EV strategy: At the recent Bejing motor show, the FAW group announced its ambitious plans to acquire a 15 percent share of the country’s EV market by 2020. Starting with four models this year, FAW hopes to have six new energy vehicle platforms and 16 mass-market vehicles on offer in six years’ time.
Nissan e-NV200 production start: Following substantial investments in its Spanish operations, Nissan kicked off production of its second mass-market electric vehicle in Barcelona. The e-NV200 will be available both in a cargo and passenger configuration without compromises in payload or space compared to its petrol sibling. From the start, the e-NV200 will be exported to 20 international markets, including Japan.
Porsche to expand Cayenne range: As Autocar has learnt from Porsche insiders, we might see a new coupe-style Cayenne by 2018. As part of a new line of SUVs based on VWs modular MQB platform, the Cayenne will also feature plug-in petrol-hybrid and diesel-hybrid powertrains.
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Electromobility powered by Siemens: Siemens is presenting its drivetrain solutions for electric and hybrid cars on “Vehicle Show Electromobility” in Bad Neustadt a.d.S on May 10th and 11th. Find Siemens at the fairground of the demo city for electromobility and take a ride with an electric car.
Tesla genes: It is no news that the Mercedes B-class Electric Drive has Tesla technology inside. A recent review undermines that fact, highlighting features such as improved clearance of about five centimetres for battery protection, an understated acceleration figure of 7.9 seconds from 0 to 100 kph and a Range Plus charge-mode that will put an extra 25 percent of energy into the battery. Model S drivers, does that sound familiar?
Future for a month: In 2015, about 20,000 residents of the Helmholtz neighbourhood in Berlin, will be living car-free for one month. For the duration of the Eco-Mobility Festival, 3,500 conventional cars will have to make room for pedestrians, bikes, public transport, EVs and shared cars. Whether the locals like it or not. The project follows the example of the EcoMobility World Festival 2013 that successfully took place in Suwon, South Korea.
tagesspiegel.de (in German), ecomobilityfestival.org (South Korea)
Working for Tesla is something worth going the extra mile for. That is what many might have thought when they headed towards Tesla’s job fair held at the Fremont facility last weekend. Unfortunately, too many candidates led to heavy traffic and the job fair had to shut its doors only two hours after opening.