China’s state utility cooperates with vehicle manufacturers
China’s state-owned energy supplier State Grid has entered into strategic alliances with vehicle manufacturers WM Motor, BAIC, GAC and BYD to make charging cheaper and easier.Weiterlesen
Honda starts selling its first electric car offered in China
Honda and its joint venture partner GAC, have started selling their first electric model in China. It remains to be seen whether the electric car will also be offered in Europe.Weiterlesen
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Nidec & GAC found electric drive joint venture
The Japanese electric motor specialist Nidec and the Chinese vehicle manufacturer GAC have agreed to set up a joint venture for traction motors. The drives will initially be installed in GAC’s electric cars, but will later also be used by other manufacturers.Weiterlesen
GAC-Toyota to increase plug-in production
The Chinese joint venture between GAC and Toyota is planning to invest 11.3 billion yuan (around 1.5 billion euros) in expanding production capacities for plug-in vehicles. The plan is to expand the current capacity of 480,000 units per year by an additional 400,000 per year by 2022.Weiterlesen
China: Toyota debuts BEVs & strikes Singulato deal
Toyota will present its first two electric cars at the Auto Shanghai with sales in China scheduled to begin in 2020. Moreover, the Japanese company is working on a deal with the Chinese EV startup Singulato Motors to deploy an old Toyota mini EV en masse and anew.Weiterlesen
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Nidec presents smaller versions of e-axle
Electric motor maker Nidec of Japan has presented two new versions of its e-axle. In addition to the 150 kW version from 2018, variants with 100 and 70 kW are now being added. Both the newer and previous versions combine electric motor, gearbox and inverter.Weiterlesen
GAC completes EV plant on new industrial park
Chinese vehicle manufacturer, Guangzhou Automobile Group, has completed construction on the EV plant at their new industrial park in their home city. In addition, the company’s subsidiary, GAC Motor, and Japanese supplier Aisin AW intend to establish a joint venture for drive modules at the park.Weiterlesen
Honda presents first all-electric car for China
Honda presented its first electric model for the Chinese market at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The compact SUV called VE-1 evokes the Honda HR-V model they based it on. It is also the series version of the Everus EV Concept Honda presented at the Auto China earlier in April.Weiterlesen
Fiat Chrysler & Mitsubishi to sell GAC BEV
Toyota and Honda will not be alone in selling electrified versions of the compact SUV Trumpchi GS4 by GAC under their own name. Now both Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi, who are also both also partners with GAC in China, plan to follow the same strategy.Weiterlesen
Mitsubishi & GAC making a $20,000 electric SUV
Mitsubishi and GAC jointly kick-off production of their first electric SUV in the Chinese town of Changsha. The Eupheme EV offers a range of 410 kilometres according to the manufacturer GMMC, yet it is the base price after subsidies that will ultimately sway the consumers.Weiterlesen
Kuka to deliver electric car making robots to China
Automation specialist Kuka has received a mayor order from the GAC Group based in Guangzhou. They ordered 430 industrial robots for building electric cars on a mass scale as GAC’s is modernising their EV production in Guangzhou.Weiterlesen
Honda displaying Everus EV concept in Beijing
Honda is at the Auto China where the Everus EV Concept is allowing a glimpse into what the Japanese have lined up for the Chinese market for new energy vehicles. Honda’s first serial China EV will be made together with JV partner GAC and be made fast.Weiterlesen
Trumpchi eyes launch of seven NEVs within five years
Chinese GAC brand Trumpchi has announced details regarding its electrification strategy: Within the next five years, it plans to bring seven so-called New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) to the market, among them not just EVs and PHEVs but also vehicles with range extender.Weiterlesen
Tesla, Hyundai, GAC, Mahindra, Kia, Phat Scooters.
Tesla’s China factory ready for realisation? The Californian EV maker is allegedly close to sign an agreement with the city of Shanghai in order to build a Tesla plant in the Lingang development zone. Bloomberg quotes insiders, stating the deal may be done before the week’s end. With the negotiations being private, it remains unclear, who may become Tesla’s joint venture partner required to be allowed to produce in China. Chinese internet giant Tencent only recently accumulated a 5 percent stake in Tesla but their role is likely to help with communications if anything. Once Tesla starts producing in China, the 25 percent import tax would become obsolete.
Hyundai gears up FCV: 3,600 units may be made of Hyundai’s new fuel cell serial model based on the FE Fuel Cell Concept presented at the Geneva Auto Salon. If insiders are right, that represents a significant increase compared to the predecessor ix35 Fuel Cell that sold less than 1,000 times to date. Hyundai’s motivation could be to surpass Toyota’s Mirai FCV, which has found almost 3,000 buyers.
GAC with concrete strategy: Seven new EV and PHEV models are set for launch before the year’s end, says GAC, thus manifesting previous announcements. The Chinese company wants to electrify 20 percent of the total sales volume of 1m cars by 2020. It also set sight on entering the States by 2019.
Mahindra doubles its investment into e-mobility as it earmarks up to 12bn rupees (167m euros) for its electric transport division. Mahindra Electric is then to provide electric propulsions to Mahindra and other OEMs. A new factory in Chakan to produce EVs and to install battery packs is underway as well.
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First photos of Kia Stonic: Ahead of its official debut at the IAA in September, pictures of Kia’s Stonic have appeared online. Like the recently unveiled Kona, the Korean compact crossover shall have an electric powered twin from launch.
Phat market entry: 20 mph is the top speed of a new electric scooter supposed to go 30 to 50 miles on a single charge. Made by Arizona start-up Phat Scooters, the battery sits flush under the deck. Pre-orders are possible from this week onwards.
VW, GAC, eCrafter, Tesla, Hozon Auto.
VW accelerates its electric drive: Volkswagen wants to triple investment into electric motors as CEO Müller intends to further invest up to 9bn euros in this section through 2022, up from 3bn. The effort includes the development of an hybrid drive destined for the U.S. market. However, this doesn’t mean VW is to refocus its entire business. The group also calculates with a budget of another 10bn euros to further develop combustion engine tech in order to comply with new emission regulation.
Industrial park for PEV: GAC has kicked off the installation of a large industrial park dedicated to development and production of EVs and PHEVs in Guangzhou. On 5m square metres, GAC is to erects an R&D centre as well as a plant with an annual capacity of 200,000 electrified cars. The first construction phase shall be concluded by late 2018, with finalisation scheduled for late 2025. GAC has earmarked more than 45bn yuan ($6.52bn) for the park as it shall feature not only smart manufacturing but also the development of an eco town.
eCrafter to be produced in Poland: After presenting the electric version of its Crafter at last year’s IAA, VW now chose a production facility in Września/Poland. Market entry is still scheduled for the ongoing year, unclear is how many eCrafers are going to be produced.
Tesla’s battery update gets cheaper: Updating the 60 kWh version of Tesla’s Model X in order to unlock the full 75 kWh capacity now costs 4,500 dollars. That is 2,000 dollars less than before, but still more than double of what Model S 60 owners pay for the additional 15 kWh. Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk met China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang. No official statement on the talks has been issued but it is likely, they discussed Tesla’s planned production in China.
insideevs.com (battery upgrade), teslarati.com (China)
New EV brand in China: Zhejiang Hezhong New Energy Vehicles introduces a new brand for electric vehicles dubbed Hozon Auto. With the production license granted, the manufacturer is building a plant to initially launch 50,000 cars per year from 2019. Its first model is an SUV with wing doors called “@”. Its resemblance to Tesla’s Model X is striking.
Tesla, Mercedes, GAC, Faraday Future, Felipe Massa.
Cheaper Model S: Tesla reintroduces the base version Model S with a 60 kWh battery that starts from 66,000 dollars. In actual fact the power pack holds 75 kWh but is software-limited to offer a range of about 210 miles. To unleash the full capacity electronically, another 9,000 dollars occur. Meanwhile, the first Model X will be delivered in Europe later this month.
electrek.co, greencarcongress.com, twitter.com (Model X)
Positive H2 prognosis: A 4-digit number of FCV a year Mercedes reckons to sell once the GLC Fuel Cell launches by 2017. The estimate was made by Harald Kröger, head of electric drive development at Daimler, who refrained from stating a price.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
EV facility by GAC: Chinese Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor (GAC Motor) is to build a factory in Xinjiang already this year to produce cars and EVs under its Trumpchi brand. Initial annual production is set for 50,000 units but once the plant is fully operational up to 200,000 vehicles may roll off the lines.
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Faraday Future has hired the former Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci, who headed Ferrari North America and Ferrari Asia Pacific last. It is unclear which role he will play at the Californian start-up. He will be in good company however as FF just recently poached professionals from both Ford and Tesla.
It is a maybe: Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa can well imagine to move into the electric racing series. As he currently drives for Williams, who happens to be building the drivetrain for the Jaguar Formula E entry next year, his move might come sooner rather than later.
GAC, Nissan Arc, Semcon, Wolfspeed.
GAC plans big: The Chinese GAC manufacturer announced that it will introduce both purely electric and plug-in hybrid models this year, followed by another seven models in the future. A clear timeline was not given, but GAC says that it wants to sell 200,000 alternative drivetrain vehicles by 2020.
Better batteries: Together with Japanese research institutions, Nissan Arc has developed a new atomic analysis methodology of amorphous silicon monoxide. The compound is often seen as a key to create the next generation of Li-ion batteries, as it does not deteriorate during charging cycles.
Electrified bicycle: Semcon presents its the new light and compact bike motor that turns any bike into an e-bike. The retrofit kit boasts 150 kW and weighs just about one kilo, providing enough power for about 5 km. Moreover, the extra boost is said to cost riders less than 100 euros.
youtube.com, vogel.de (in German)
Powered up: The new all-SiC commercial power module from Wolfspeed is designed to offer high efficiency and power density for EV components such as converters and inverters. Efficiency is said to reach 98 percent, allowing the module to be 67% smaller and offer 10 times more power density than systems with conventional silicon IGBT modules.
Luck comes standard.
At the Detroit Auto Show, Chinese carmaker GAC presented its WitStar concept, featuring one stand-out detail – the rear armrest doubles as a fish tank. Or the tank as an armrest, we’re not sure. While this one is filled with plastic fish only, it could be a selling point for some Chinese, as water can represent luck and fortune.
GAC, Nissan & NASA, Spira4u, Logos Technologies & Alta Motors.
Autonomous PHEV: GAC Motor announces to present two concept PHEVs at the NAIAS. The plug-in hybrid SUV WitStar is designed to showcase autonomous driving technology and comes with an all-electric range of 62 miles and a top speed of 99 mph. Information on the GA6 GT sedan is yet scarce.
Nissan meets NASA: The Japanese carmaker and the U.S. space agency unite in a five-year R&D partnership to develop autonomous vehicle systems ready to go to market. A fleet of self-driving Leafs will be set up for testing at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California before the end of the year.
inautonews.com, businesswire.com, greencarcongress.com
Electric foam car: Chinese Spira4u has started pilot production of its electric three-wheeler. With a composite chassis and a body made of fiberglass with lightweight foam body panels, the Spira4u EV weighs only 190 kilos and costs 9,000 dollars. An amphibious version is under development.
Hybrid military motorcycle: Logos Technologies has entered phase two of the operation assigned by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The SilentHawk hybrid motorcycle is based on Alta Motor’s Redshift in full camouflage. An AWD prototype is expected within 18 months.
Mahindra, GAC, Hero Motorcorp., Nissan.
Mahindra Verito Electric spotted: What looks like the new Mahindra was spied in Bangalore, India. While the logo had been covered, ‘automatic’ and ‘electric’ were visible and a clear sign. The Verito EV will probably launch next week at the Indian Auto Expo.
Electric patriot act: Green Automotive Company (GAC) will present its new all-electric shuttle bus at the LCT in Las Vegas. The ‘e-Patriot’ is built by GAC’s subsidiary Newport Coachworks and is said to have a range of up to 100 miles with a top speed of 60 mph.
Homemade London cab: Nissan confirmed that the final assembly of its taxi for London will be done by British ADV Manufacturing in Coventry, UK. The Nissan cab is based on the NV200, currently built in Barcelona. Nissan will start production of the taxi end of this year, with an electric version following 2015.
Hero(es) for India: Five new motorbikes have just been unveiled by Hero Motorcorp. in India. Among them is the Hero Leap that features an on-board generator as range extender. The RNT-Concept will be available with a generator and front-wheel electric drive, making it a diesel hybrid motorcycle.
Meet Mr. EV ordinary: In a new spot for the Leaf, Nissan puts the spotlight on Atlanta, apparently one of its fastest growing markets. This is thanks to people like George, who is happily driving around town in his Leaf and tells all his friends about it. So it seems word of mouth is one way to get EVs rolling.
youtube.com (Video) via transportevolved.com