24.01.2018 - 13:11

Geely, Via Motors to make electric truck (REx)

Geely’s New Energy Vehicle subsidiary is joining forces with VIA Motors to develop a medium-duty electric truck with Volvo range extender. Software and systems control will come from Via and the e-truck is to launch in China and the Americas by 2019.

02.01.2018 - 11:02

Geely acquires shares in AB Volvo

After taking over Swedish carmaker Volvo 2010, the Chinese Geely group is now also owning parts of the separately operating truck specialist AB Volvo. Geely replaces investor Cevian Capital and thus acquires shares worth 2,8bn euros.




13.12.2017 - 11:24

Rocket-powered racer may go electric soon

Bloodhound, the British 1000mph jet and rocket-powered land speed record challenger, is planning to convert. The rocket motors may soon be supported by an electric motor and talks with Polestar are underway.

07.08.2017 - 08:20

Nissan, Toyota + Mazda, Geely, Tesla, Indonesia, Hyundai

Aerodynamic Leaf to inspire SUV version? In a new teaser video, Nissan emphasizes its new model’s enhanced aerodynamic. Just recently, first spy shot emerged that show the next-gen Leaf without camouflage. Its officially presentation is due in September. According to Autocar, Nissan also considers creating an electric crossover called Terra with optional all-wheel drive on the Leaf’s platform. Source of this information is a patent reached in by Nissan at Malaysia’s patents office., (electric SUV)

EV alliance between Toyota and Mazda: The two Japanese carmakers are extending their partnership in order to develop EV tech and to erect a 1.6bn-dollars assembly plant in the States. In order to manifest the cooperation both companies take stakes in each other: Toyota will take a 5 percent share of Mazda, the latter a 0.25 percent share of its larger rival.,

Geely brands’ joint venture: While Volvo Cars, Geely Auto and Lynk & Co already announced their will to work together as they all seek to accelerate common research on EV tech, this step has now been partly realized through foundation of a first joint venture: The GV Automobile Technology’s head quarter is in Chinese city Ningo, a subsidiary will be installed in Göteborg. While this project is driven by Volvo Cars and Geely, another JV including Lynk & Co is due in September.,

Price cut of Tesla’s Model X and S: In the States, Tesla reduces the base price of its Model X by 3,000 dollars. Also the all-wheel drive version of its Model S is going to be available for 1,500 dollars less than before. Parallel, the EV maker adds more standard options for the performance versions of both, Model S and Model X.

EV production in Indonesia: By 2020, the country’s government seeks to kick-off serial production of an electric vehicle. Four universities are currently working together in order to develop an appropriate model. Further details on this project are not yet available.

Hyundai revises hybrid plans for India: The Korean carmaker refrains from presenting its Ioniq hybrid at India’s Auto Expo 2018, due to the government’s step to tax hybrids at the highest rate under the Goods and Service Tax (GST). Hyundai also cancelled the plan to introduce mild hybrid tech for the upcoming Verna, reacting on the government’s announcement to reduce fiscal benefits to mild hybrids under the FAME India Scheme.


21.07.2017 - 08:51

Geely, Schaeffler, Hyundai-Kia, BMW, Nissan, Fisker.

Lynk-Co-SUV-300x150Geely, Volvo and Lynk&Co are about to establish a standalone EV technology JV in order to mutually benefit from synergies and economies of scale. In a MoU, all three agreed to share vehicle architecture and engines via cross licensing arrangements of technologies managed by the joint venture. Its headquarter will be in China with a subsidiary set in Swedish Gothenburg. Also, Volvo is about to take a significant minority stake in Lynk & Co given that they will share technology anyway.,

Schaeffler restructures its business as well to accommodate for what it calls “key opportunities for the future.” Electric mobility is to play a crucial role and will form its own division within automotive. Apart from concentrating all hybrid and electric vehicle activities in one unit beginning by 2018, Schaeffler also plans to set up a competence centre for all things electric in China. Meanwhile, the supplier has received eight series contracts for electric axles and hybrid modules from different clients worldwide. Automotive CEO Matthias Zink believes, “the sales potential of these contracts amounts to over one billion euros.”

Hyundai-Kia to double EV production: Once the all-electric variants of both the Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro will go on sale early next year, the Korean alliance hopes to double its EV sales. In numbers that means 13,000 E-Kona and 12,000 E-Niro a year.

Battery upgrade for BMW i3? 120 Ah has been named as the next threshold by the BMW blog just a year after the carmaker introduced its i3 with a 94 Ah power pack. The new cells with 120 Ah could enter the electric line-up from 2018 and are said to increase the range by another 60 percent. It is currently about 200 km in real life.

One pedal for all: Nissan continues the tease for the next-gen Leaf with yet another feature that takes electric driving most seriously. The e-Pedal essentially does away with the clutch and brake as it enables full control over stop and go and fast and slow. Nissan claims that its release would bring the Leaf to a halt even on steep hills and that it will be enough to tap the lever again to reengage the electric drive. Those however that prefer to trust their long trained two-pedal instinct have the option to switch the e-Pedal off entirely, meaning there is a brake installed still.,,

Fisker battery details: The luxury brand disappointed when it cancelled the expected graphen-based battery for now. Instead, Fisker opted for Li-ion batteries and claims a range of 640 km. The cylindrical cells stem from LG Chem (21700) and work with NCM chemistry. Tesla’s Model 3 uses the same format.,

30.06.2017 - 07:26

California, BMW, Lightyear, Geely, SAIC, Optare.

3bn dollars for EV funding: To call California ambitious when it comes to electric transport seems an understatement, given that it wants to pump another 3 billion dollars into EV subsidies. The aim is to bring them on price par with ICEs but also to reach the Golden State’s declared target of 1.5m electric cars on the roads by 2025, up from 300,000 to date. The initiative is part of a new bill which also includes infrastructure investments with a focus on low income communities in particular.,

3 series electric? BMW may bring an electric 3-series to this year’s IAA, Handelsblatt has learnt. Its alleged 400 km range and positioning would place it in direct competition with the Tesla Model 3 and also makes sense in the overall line-up. After all, there has been no pure electric offering since the i3., (paywall)

Lightyear-OneTake on the future: Lightyear One is the name of a solar-powered racer conceived by former students from Dutch TU Eindhoven. The team had met at uni but have since formed a spin-off. Lightyear hopes to build the first ten units of the “electric car that charges itself” by 2019 with another 90 to follow at the end of this decade. The solar coupé stands at a net price of 119,000 euros at the moment.

Another bite of the cake of the future was taken by Geely that just bought Terrafugia. The MIT spin-off is working on a flying car but their TF-X is only half-electric and set up as PHEV.

SAIC in India: A production plant in India by 2019 is the plan of Chinese SAIC for its MG brand, which will reportedly launch various plug-in models within the next few years. A decision whether those will be build in India however, has yet to be made.,

Optare Down Under: British e-bus maker Optare is on the way to Australia at least in spirit after signing an agreement with Bus Corp Oceania (BCO) to distribute and service its buses in Oceania. In the long run, Optare considers to also assemble its electric models in Britain’s former colony.,

01.06.2017 - 07:02

Geely, Havelaar Canada, Dubuc Motors, Renault, Opel.

PEV platforms by Geely: Volvo’s Chinese patron is working on two novel architectures for both plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. First to utilise the base will be a compact PHEV SUV and an electric car with a 500 km range. Expect the new high end models around 2020.

Havelaar-Canada-ePick-upSurprise guest: An electric pick-up truck concept from Canada was unveiled in Ontario. Its maker Havelaar Canada, itself unknown, hopes to join the likes of Tesla as well as Workhorse, who too look to electrify this American icon of transport. Havelaar’s Bison E-Pickup features AWD and is said to last for 300 km on a charge. A development partnership with the University of Toronto has them look at all aspects of EV technology but production is unclear. Over at Workhorse however, they ponder to expand manufacture to include private consumers in the W-15 plug-in hybrid pick-up pool. Interest may be expressed via their website. (Bison), (Workhorse)

More news from Canada tell of tomahawks not bisons as Dubuc Motors aired a specc for its electric racer amidst confirmation of production by 2018. Four electric motors toss the Tomahawk along with a combined force of 1,356 Nm. 600 km may be well within reach of the 100 kWh battery and the Canadian company plans to produce a few thousand units. Crowdfunding for the animated vehicle remains open., invest

Renault’s Zoe is bound for Australia after the firm’s local branch successfully applied for approval. With access granted, the small but best-selling dame might make an entry soon but low incentives make for a difficult market. South Korea has more favourable EV conditions and so PSA ponders to ship the Zoe from Europe over there from 2019 to keep the local Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. company. (Australia), (Korea)

Ampera-e open to Swiss: GM’s electric model is en route to the Alps and buyers in Switzerland pay a minimum of 41,900 Swiss francs. Dealers will take charge of the first units by Q3 2017 and have reserved the second biggest volume of Ampera-E in Europe. Only real numbers Opel/ Vauxhall would not state. Order books have previously been opened in the Netherlands and Germany, while Norway already collected the first charge.

19.04.2017 - 08:10

Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Roewe, Tesla, Geely,

VW-ID-CrozzThird VW I.D. concept: VW is about to present its third EV concept in Shanghai as expected. The I.D. Crozz coupe-crossover is based on the MEB platform and follows from the I.D. and I.D. Buzz. It will thus hit the road by 2020. The ID Crozz bears two electric motors (225 kW/302 bhp) and gets a range of up to 500 km.,

Audi’s second EV concept: Two years passed since Audi presented its first EV concept, the e-tron quattro at the IAA. While this model will go serial in 2018, the German carmaker is set to put the concept of a coupe variant in the spotlights of the Shanghai Motor Show. As with the first EV, the four-door Sportback comes with three electric motors and shall be ready for serial production no later than 2019.,,

Skoda presents Vision E: In the run-up to the Shanghai Motor Show, VW’s Czech subsidiary has unveiled its Vision E concept which is to go serial in about 3 years. Just like the I.D. Crozz, the coupe-crossover relies on two electric motors with a total output of 225kW (302bhp) and shall reach up to 500 km, too. Just recently, Skoda announced to launch 5 all-electric models until 2025.

Roewe unveils electric SUV: SAIC brand Roewe intends to display its all-electric concept Vision-E in Shanghai, that is not to be mixed up with Skoda’s vision, at least not by name. SAIC’s concept to aims for 500 km range but may roll of the lines already next year in China. Production will be handled by the SAIC-VW joint venture, the same that is also to make the Skoda’s Vision E, what suggests that Roewe’s and Skoda’s concept may even share a platform – although the design of both models differs.

Tesla lowers base price for Model S: The Silicon Valley based EV maker has removed the 60 kWh version of its Model S from its line-up as announced. This makes the Model S 75 the new entry option that is now available for a significantly lower gross price, namely 69,350 euros., (prices in dollars),

Lynk & Co’s next model: The new brand of Geely has introduced the serial version of its SUV model 01, which will be available as PHEV and EV. Furthermore, Lynk & Co permitted a first glance at its concept 03, a sedan based on the upcoming Volvo S40 and likely to get electrified, too. (serial version 01),,,

10.10.2016 - 07:06

ICE ban, China, Tesla, VW, Geely, Uniti, Formula E.

France-noDiesel-butEVsICE stop in Europe: According to German magazine Spiegel, Germany’s Federal Assembly passed a resolution to ban internal combustion engines from 2030. It even called on the EU to pass a directive so that only zero-emission cars “will be approved” across member states. While the resolution has no legislative effect, it should have carmakers worried or at least give them a nudge in the right direction. (in German),

Electric protectionism: German Handelsblatt reports that Beijing’s industrial ministry wants to force Chinese manufacturers to sell more electric and hybrid models. They are said to account for 8 percent of all cars sold by 2018. The ministry also wants at least 70% of all electrified cars sold in China by 2020 to come from local brands. (in German; paid content)

Making room: Tesla submitted a new “master plan” to city of Fremont, California, looking to double the size of the local factory to meet the demand for the Model 3. Twelve new buildings will be added, while the number of employees will grow from now 6,210 to 9,315., (master plan)

Electric bug: Green Car Reports says it learned that Volkswagen is looking to launch an electric generation of its iconic VW Beetle, based on the MEB platform. The information was “overheard” at the Paris Motorshow, where the carmaker presented the I.D. with a rear mounted electric engine.

Geely’s new brand for hybrids (we reported) will be called Lynk & Co and will be officially introduced on October 20th. The planned vehicles will be based on Geely and Volvo’s CMA architecture. The first model could be plug-in hybrid SUV, said to hit the road in 2017.

Crowdfunding success: It took Uniti only 3 hours to reach its crowdfunding goal of 500,000 euros, collecting more than double the amount by Saturday afternoon. The campaign for Sweden’s first electric city car will continue until November 19th. At this pace, the start-up should get at least triple of what it asked for.,

Season 3 kickoff: Reigning Formula E champion was able to defend his title in the first season three race in Hong Kong. The Renault e.dams driver took the lead in the second half of the race when his competitor Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) pitted for his mandatory car swap. Overall, a total of 15 of the 20 drivers were able to finish the 45-lap race.,

05.10.2016 - 09:38

Fisker, Geely, Toyota, Romania, Subaru, Audi.

Henrik Fisker plugs in – again: Following the bust of his Fisker Karma, the automotive designer wants to try his luck with his new company Fisker Inc., and will present an all-electric premium car in second half of 2017. Thanks to a newly developed battery pack, range is set at 650 km. A more affordable EV will follow, and is also said to offer more range than competitors.

Geely brand for hybrids? According to Forbes, the Chinese manufacturer wants to launch an “affordable premium” brand for cars with hybrid or plug-in hybrid technology in Europe and the U.S. Details will be released in the coming weeks.

Prius Prime priced: The plug-in hybrid version of Toyota’s best-seller will start from 27,950 dollars including delivery fees. And U.S. buyers also qualify for a 4,500 dollar rebate. Green Car Reports already took the new model for a spin and hails Toyota’s choice to programme the PHEV so that it will run on battery-power only, if there is any charge left.,, (test drive)

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Inexpensive EV from Romania: A Belgian investor wants to start producing small electric cars in Romania from spring 2017. A first prototype was now presented. The three-wheeled EV seats two, weighs 150 kg and is said to run 100 km on one charge. (in Romanian with video) via

Out for Crosstek Hybrid: Subaru will stop offering the hybrid variant of its XV Crosstek from next year, as demand has just been too low. And it’s not surprising. The standard Crosstek actually offered a better mpg rating in the city and the same on the motorway, as the hybrid variant. Only the latter was almost 5,000 dollars more expensive.,

Audi opens Mexico facility: The carmaker has opened the production plant for it Q5 in Mexico, where it will also produce the hybrid variant of the SUV. Contrary to earlier rumours, a fully electric version is not planned for now.

10.08.2016 - 08:29

Toyota, Geely, Audi, Revero, Tesla, Milestones.

Toyota taxi concept: The Japanese think ahead and present a cab for the future of Japan. It offers autonomous driving, wide sliding doors, and can sit a wheelchair. German Auto Motor Sport further reports the ‘Taxi of the Future’ will feature a hybrid LPG drive when it launches next year.,, (in German)

Strong growth: Geely plans to increase its production capacity more than five times from 150,000 to 850,000 cars. Electric vehicles will benefit as Geely aims for 90 percent of its output to be environmentally friendly by 2020. To manage that scale, the firm is to streamline existing facilities.

Electric Audi A7? A second generation Audi A7 Sportback has been spotted missing an exhaust pipe and a tank cap. That strongly suggest an EV in the making as does the front label that was covered. It is where Audi usually positions the charging port for its plug-ins.

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Karma renewal: Revero, the reborn Fisker Karma, is to hit the shelves of eight U.S. dealers and two stores in Canada already this year. Karma Automotive plans to produce 3,000 units of the luxury plug-in hybrid annually. They will cost around 100,000 dollars each.,

Tesla as good as new: The EV maker is offering 150 Model X as “new inventory vehicles” online, meaning their prices range from 84,000 to 119,000 dollars. The EVs have been used as test vehicles by Tesla before but just for a few miles. Aussies interesting in buying an entirely new Model X can now start saving as Tesla released pricing for all versions of the electric SUV. It will arrive down under this October and starts from 122,812 AUD (about 93,500 USD). via, (pricing Australia)

Milestones: More than 100,000 Chevy Volt have been sold in the USA to date. That is double the sales both the BMW i3 and Renault Zoe managed to reach worldwide. Yet, steady does it, and both the German and the French crossed the 50,000 unit mark, according to HybridCars. (Volt), (Zoe, i3)

08.07.2016 - 08:53

ZEV credits, South Korea, Panasonic, Facebook, Hoverboards, Geely.

Tesla-ModelS-P85DCalifornia to go new ways? Due to an excess supply of the so-called ZEV credits, the Golden State is thinking about changing the rules. It could i.e. introduce a cap on the number of credits a carmaker is allowed to sell, especially since many have seen the programme a subsidy for Tesla that only sells EVs. Needless to say, the latter is “not amused.”

EV update from Korea: The South Korean government wants to increase exports of electric vehicles, shipping off 200,000 units per year by 2020. The number of fuel cell exports is to reach 14,000 units per year. Meanwhile, Korea wants to have 250,000 EVs on its roads by then.

Japan dominates U.S. battery market: South Korea’s Samsung SDI and LG Chem are losing ground in the U.S. Their market share dropped from 35 to 23 percent in May, while the number of battery cells from Japan rose. Especially Panasonic, supplier for Tesla, Nissan and Ford, is reporting good business.

Tesla exec heads to Facebook: Rich Heley, Tesla’s former vice president of product technology, has left the EV maker for the social media platform where he will help with the development of Building 8 – a new research lab for innovative hardware developments.

Massive recall for Hoverboards: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling over half a million hoverboards after reports of exploding batteries due to overheating. More than half of the boards concerned come from the company Segway.,

Testing the Chinese Volvo: Auto Express took the Geely Emgrand EV for a spin. The verdict: there is a clear potential and the electric car from China could even “shape up to be a worthy Nissan Leaf competitor.” Test drivers only criticised the claimed range of around 250 km, managing to drive only about 200 km. But range is always subject to driving style.

13.06.2016 - 07:38

Mercedes, Geely, air pollution, Tesla, Solar Impulse 2, VW.

Mercedes-GLC-F-Cell-PrototypePlug-in fuel cell hybrid: The Mercedes GLC F-Cell will feature a battery pack that can be charged externally and inductively. It complements two hydrogen tanks with enough hydrogen for 280 miles. The power pack adds another 30 miles of electric driving and makes the GLC the first fuel cell PHEV. Launch is set for next year. 2017 is also to see a face lifted S-Class with a plug-in hybrid variant featuring a 13.5 kWh battery rather than the previous 8.7 kWh. The doubling in capacity is said to last for 30 miles. (GLC), (S-class)

London black cabs EU bound: The electric version of the iconic British taxi is seeking its very own Brexit as Geely pitches to Paris, Oslo, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Berlin. The TX5 prototype currently on display in the French capital could hit the Parisian roads already by 2018.,

Emission excess: Air pollution is still higher than its legal limit in 10 of 28 EU Member States. Data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) names emissions from road transport and agriculture as the worst offenders. Germany exceeded three out of its four emission ceilings in 2014.

Suspension scandal suspended: Tesla has reacted to allegations of a failing Model S suspension and a wilful cover up. The story goes back to one model, which is driven on a dirt road daily, and has been spun further by the owner of the discontinued ‘Tesla Death Watch’ blog. NHTSA has been looking into the matter and has not found a recurring fault so far.,,

Almost there: The Solar Impulse made it to New York, where it circled the Statue of Liberty on Saturday night. The solar-powered plane is now waiting for favourable weather conditions to start the last leg of its circumvention of the globe, the crossing of the Atlantic.

VW to electrify commercial vehicles: Volkswagen thinks about offering the Caddy and T-series as electric variants but only if the required technology becomes available at a reasonable price point. The Amarok however, is excluded from the modernising effort. (in German)

10.06.2016 - 08:02

Zee.Aero, Geely, Furrer+Frey, Tesla.

Larry in the sky with… Zee.Aero, a firm that is developing a flying car and sits right next to Google’s HQ in Silicon Valley. It turned out Alphabet CEO Larry Page is the start-up’s secret funder under the disguise of GUS (for: the guy upstairs). According to Bloomberg, the Google boss invested 100m dollars and also has stakes in another firm building vehicles for vertical take-off. Called Kitty Hawk, it is headed by Google’s former chief for the self-driving car programme, Sebastian Thrun. Telling, is it not?,

Swatch battery deal: Geely is the first industrial partner to utilise the “super battery” reportedly developed by Swatch subsidiary Belenos and ETH Zurich. The Chinese firm will start testing the power packs in cars and motorbikes and may start production in China already by 2017. Previous reports spoke of interest from Germany and Korea also.

Tractor swapping: Long-haul trucking could soon become electric with this idea from Swiss Furrer+Frey. They propose to exchange the whole tractor including the battery so the trailer would just be towed by a new and fully charged machine, while the other stays put to be reenergised.,

Durable Tesla batteries: Power packs of the Model S lose just about 5 percent of their capacity during their first 50,000 miles, reports Plug-in America, which has analysed data from 500 Tesla cars and 12m miles driven. Degradation slows over time as batteries still have 92% capacity after 100,000 miles.

23.05.2016 - 08:16

VW, Mercedes, Geely, NextEV, JAC, rimOnO, Formula E.

VW-Budd-eVW voices EV plan: The Volkswagen Group has officially announced their electric vehicle sales targets, planning to reach 1m sales by 2025. That means nearly one out of every ten vehicles sold by VW, Audi, and Porsche could be a hybrid or electric. (in German)

Coming up from Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz is accelerating plans for new EVs, planning four new electric models by the end of 2020. Using the newly developed MEA platform, it plans two sedans based on the C-Class and S-Class, and two SUVs similar to the GLA and GLC. As reported, the fuel cell version of the GLC will launch next year.

London cabs go green: Chinese Geely Group has sold 400m dollars’ worth of green bonds to develop hybrid vehicles for its London Taxi Company. The manufacturer will move to a new factory in Coventry, UK, to begin working on a prototype of a plug-in variant of the TX5 taxi. Commercial sales of the new taxis are set for the fourth quarter of 2017.,

JAC and NextEV make a deal: Chinese JAC Group and NextEV have signed a non-exclusive agreement to manufacture 50,000 electric and hybrid vehicles per year. The first model could be a high-end electric vehicle to be released in 2018.

rimOnO prototype: Japanese automaker rimOnO showed off their new electric personal mobility vehicle in Tokyo last week. The two-seater rimOnO is 2 m long and 1 m wide, and is equipped with in-wheel motors. The car looks slightly like an inflatable dinghy, as the body is made from soft material.

Buemi takes Berlin: Sebastien Buemi took first place at the Formula E race in Berlin, marking his third win of the season. He is now behind Lucas di Grassi by just one point. The championship will conclude in London on July 2nd and 3rd.,, (video)

13.05.2016 - 09:04

Hyperloop One, Geely, Electric Trucks, EV Emissions.

Take Off: Hyperloop One premiered its propulsion technology on a test track close to Las Vegas. The motor sat on an open air sled and accelerated electromagnetically from 0 to 53 mph in a second. The test lasted two seconds in total and ended in a cloud of desert dust.,, (video in slo-mo), (video in real time)

Geely to build batteries: The Chinese corporation now holds a 48 percent share in Shandong Forever New Energy worth 42m dollars. The battery maker is currently constructing a new factory, with the capacity to annually supply 80,000 EV with power packs. Shandong’s biggest customer is Hangzhou Kandi Electric Vehicles, a Geely and Kandi Tech joint venture. (in German)

Electric trucks: California Truck Equipment Company (CTEC) and Indiana-based Rockport Commercial Vehicles both offer electric versions of their existing commercial vehicles using Motiv Power Systems’ All-Electric Powertrain. The package includes batteries as well as charging hardware and power for hydraulics and the like. First models are in operation already.

EV emissions: Researchers at the University of Edinburgh find electric and hybrid vehicles as polluting as their petrol counterparts, but were looking at particulate matter (PM) emissions only. These PM are from non-exhaust sources like tire wear dust, brake pad dust, or tiny road particles.,

04.05.2016 - 08:15

Geely, NextEV, Qiantu, Tesla, Porsche.

EmeraldElectric delivery: According to Autocar, Chinese Geely wants to not only build electric taxis in the UK, but its subsidiary Emerald Automotive could kick off the serial production of an electric delivery truck with range extender. The Emerald T-001 would have an all-electric range of at least 66 miles. Moreover, Emerald says it will partake in a tender from the U.S. postal service that is looking to renew 180.000 vehicles (we reported).

NextEV fires starting pistol: The Chinese start-up will invest 3bn yuan (463m dollars) in a new facility for the development and production of high-performance motors and components for electric cars in the city of Nanjing. The factory is said to open its doors in the second half of this year and have an annual production capacity of 280.000 units.

Electric roadster form China: The Qiantu K50 electric sports car was also shown as a topless roadster at the Auto China. Qiantu Motors is currently building a factory in the city of Suzhou with an annual production capacity of 50.000 EVs. The Qiantu K50 and two more electric cars will launch in 2017.

Tesla is not content with the recently decided incentive scheme in Germany. Only EVs that cost less than 60,000 euros qualify, even though Tesla’s all-electric cars replace the segment of true gas guzzlers. The Californians now offers an attractive leasing rate of 494 euros per months for the Model S 70 in Germany – with some strings attached. But nonetheless not a bad deal.

Tesla stocks up: The California EV maker has rented two large storage facilities near its Fremont production site – probably to store parts needed for the production of the Model 3. Meanwhile, Tesla wants to conduct a job fair this weekend to find “hundreds” of new production workers. (storage), (jobs)

Porsche news for the U.S.: Porsche will offer the Panamera sports wagon variant in the U.S. – and as a PHEV, nonetheless. While it is sure that the car is coming, Porsche’s US Chief Klaus Zellmer said not to expect it in 2017.

25.04.2016 - 08:12

Geely, USA, Mercedes-AMG, Mitsubishi, Formula E, Nissan Leaf.

Geely-LogoGeely gets green: Chinese Geely will invest 8bn yuan to build alternative energy vehicles at a new 600 acre base in Hangzhou near Shanghai. The manufacturer intends to produce 100,000 electric vehicles in the first year. These EVs will account for approximately 35 percent of the planned alternative energy vehicle portfolio.

Senate approves: Despite initial objections, the U.S. Senate has voted to reauthorize a 1.6 bn dollar federal programme to boost hybrid and electric vehicle development. The bill suggests spending 339m dollars per year on research, development, engineering, demonstration, and the manufacturing of vehicles and components. Funding is set to expire in 2020.

AMG supercar: Mercedes-AMG considers a supercar powered by an F1-derived hybrid powertrain and carbon fibre tub, and small-small capacity V6 engine. The car is expected to cost about the 200,000 pounds and be conceptually more similar to the BMW i8 than limited edition hypercars like i.e. the McLaren P1 or LaFerarri.

imiev-czero-ionMitsubishigate: Japanese media reports that Mitsubishi has issued misleading data about its internationally sold, all-electric i-MiEV. The carmaker already admitted to manipulating fuel readings for automobiles sold in Japan and has been ordered by Japan’s Transport Ministry to submit a full report on their test data by May 18th.

Di Grassi triumphant: The FIA Formula E race took place in Paris this past weekend, with Lucas di Grassi emerging triumphant and taking his third win this season. The race started with a tellingly slow start from Sam Bird and ended with a safety car being deployed after Chinese racer Ma Qing Hua crashed in the final laps.

Long-term Leaf: Autocar takes a look at the new 30 kWh Nissan Leaf that, following a battery upgrade at the beginning of the year, should have 25 percent more range than the previous model. Driving the souped up Tekna variant, journalists found that the new generation is indeed more capable and practical.

09.03.2016 - 09:53

Geely, Hamburg, Aurora Flight Sciences, Nano One Materials.

Geely-LogoChinese cooperative: Geely and battery manufacturer Hunan Corun New Energy are working on a new technology platform for electric and hybrid cars, which will be open to all Chinese manufacturers. Nine unnamed carmakers have expressed interest. This is the second cooperation between the companies, as they are also working on a hybrid car project set to go into production next year.,

H2 research in Hamburg: The new ZAL TechCenter of Applied Aeronautical Research in the Hanseatic city and was launched in cooperation with the city of Hamburg, Airbus, Lufthansa, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), four universities, and twelve other partners. The R&D facility houses the Fuel Cell Lab, which will look into hydrogen applications in aviation, public transport and the automotive industry.,

Hybrid VTOL plane: Beating competitors like Boeing, Aurora Flight Sciences received 89m dollars from the U.S. Pentagon to develop an aircraft with hybrid-electric propulsion, capable of vertical take-off and landing. Called LightningStrike, it will travel at up to 740 kph once airborne.,

Battery pilot plant: Canadian Nano One Materials received a 2m dollar grant from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to commercialise its lithium-ion battery cathode materials. A pilot factory will be set up to showcase the technology to potential investors and large scale producers.

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08.03.2016 - 09:13

Tesla, BMW, China, Geely, Subru, Japan, Bugatti.

Tesla with even more range? The Californian is allegedly working on a 100 kWh battery pack. A hacker says he discovered code in the recent firmware that reveals the model name P100D, as well as the corresponding logo.,

BMW-Vision-Next-100BMW vision without drive: The Bavarian celebrated its 100th anniversary, showing off future possibilities with i.e. the autonomous BWM Vison Next 100 concept car with an extremely low drag coefficient of 0,18. So far, they did not say what the drivetrain of the future will look like. We hope that combustion engines will no longer play a big part.,

Clearing up China’s market: The Chinese government has revoked the production license of 13 EV manufacturers after they repeatedly violated national requirements. Shuanghuan Auto, for example, is said to have been a little too inspired by foreign designs – not an isolated incident in China. The licenses will now be given to other manufacturers.

Geely hybridises: The Chinese manufacturer has kicked off serial production of its first model featuring the newly developed hybrid drive. It plans to build some 5,000 units of the Emgrand EC7. At the end of 2015, Geely announced that it wants to fit 90 percent of its offering with electric motors by 2020.

Subaru electrification platform: Fuji Heavy Industries announced a single production platform for future Subaru models, which will also allow for the integration of hybrid and electric drivetrains. The Impreza will be the first to roll out on the new system this year.,

Road tests for diesel cars: Because six models emitted up to ten times more nitrogen oxide than allowed, the Japanese government will perform road tests for diesel vehicles. The miscreants were not VWs, but come from Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Mazda. Apparently the system that reduces emissions stopped working because of the cold.

Bugatti without e-power: Despite previous plans, Bugatti apparently decided at the last minute to not fit its sports car Chiron with an electric motor – a small detailed we missed. We apologize for the mistake.

19.11.2015 - 09:18

Geely, Honda, Lincoln, Nissan, China, Toyota.

Total electrification: Geely plans to electrify 90 percent of its line-up in the next five years. Two thirds will be hybrids and plug-in hybrids, while the rest of the models will be turned into fully electric vehicles. Geely also intends to make “substantial progress” on fuel cell technology by 2020.,

Honda shows FCV and PHEV: On top of celebrating the North American debut of its Clarity Fuel Cell at the LA Auto Show, Honda announced a plug-in hybrid based on the same platform as the latter. It will have an all-electric range of at least 40 miles and will be launched across the U.S. from 2018.,

Lincoln updates hybrid: Ford’s subsidiary Lincoln shows a facelifted MKZ at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The on-sale sale for the new model is set for 2016 in the U.S., including a refreshed hybrid version.,

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Thai Nissan production: The Japanese carmaker produces the X-Trail Hybrid in Thailand, where Nissan plans to sell up to 5,000 units next year. It is the first hybrid produced for Nissan in the SEA state. The local price almost matches the petrol version.

New Chinese EVs spotted: With the Guangzhou Auto Show about start this Friday, first pictures of electric debutantes have emerged. Two electric SUVs, the JAC iEV6S and GAC Trumpchi GS4 EV are joined by the Leahead i1 EV in the premature show off. The Leahead is based on Toyota’s Yaris.
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Prius review: Sebastian Blanco took the 2016 Toyota Prius trim level Two Eco with its Li-ion battery for a spin and delivers an array of facts. He finds the revamped hybrid classic “honestly more fun than it should be,” considering its increased fuel economy. One must only be wary of cold temperatures.

19.11.2015 - 08:09

EV sales in nordic countries.

Nordic countries saw 10,735 electric cars hit the road in the third quarter of 2015. Together, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark now count more than 85,000 EVs their own. This raises expectations that the 100,000-mark might be cracked already early next year.

11.11.2015 - 10:33

China connection, Geely, New Flyer, Hennessey, Ukraine, Porsche.

Chinese connected cars: Kandi wants to push connected EVs, setting up a strategic partnership with internet firm Alibaba, which will deliver Big Data analytics, as well as Uber, which will contribute its carsharing know-how, Geely and ZTE. According to Bloomberg, BYD will not be part of the initiative.

Geely-LogoGeely electrifies: The Chinese manufacturer wants to offer most of its models with all-electric or hybrid drivetrains, in order meet the country’s ever stricter emission standards. More details on the plan will be announced on November 18th.

Takeover: U.S.-based manufacturer New Flyer, which also makes electric and hybrid buses, has acquired Motor Coach Industries International, the leading manufacturer if intercity buses in the U.S. and Canada. The deal is worth 455m dollars and has to be approved by the U.S. antitrust and Canadian Competition Act.,

Venom EV? Hennessey is talking electrification of the Venom GT supercar once batteries “become lighter and have more capacity,” John Hennessey told TopGear. Once that is achieved, the electric hybercar could boast 1,000 bhp.

First e-bus from Ukraine: The newly presented Electron E19101 has room for some 100 passengers and can go up to 200 km on one charge. Top speed is set at 70 kph. Blueprints also show that the bus will be equipped with air-conditioning and a kneeling function.

Cheaper Porsche: Porsche dropped the base price of the 2016 model year of the Panamera S E-Hybrid in Canada by 3,400 Canadian dollars (2,560 USD). The plug-in hybrid now starts at 106,000 CAD.,

27.10.2015 - 09:04

Mercedes, Toyota, Jaguar, Japan, Geely, Dongfeng, Changan.

Mercedes-Vision-Tokyo-conceptFuel 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. (Dongfeng), (Changan)

22.04.2015 - 08:28

Shanghai-GM, Zinoro, Geely, Qiantu Qiche, Qoros, Zotye, Chery.

GM sizes up China: Shanghai-GM, the joint venture between GM and SAIC, says it plans to invest 100 billion yuan (16bn dollars) between 2016 and 2020 to develop new vehicles. The carmaker wants to revamp or build ten new models each year, among them plug-in hybrids.

New EV by BMW JV: BMW and Brilliance have presented the Concept Next, an all-electric SUV. While details are scarce, the EV is believed to be based on the X3 size-wise and possibly powered by the same drive already used for the Zinoro 1E.,

Geely eyes Europe: The Chinese manufacturer is pondering a small SUV to hit Chinese showrooms in 2017. It could come to Europe a year later and would here also be offered as a plug-in hybrid variant.

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Sports EV from China: Qiantu Qiche unveiled an electric sports car at the Auto Shanghai that can claim a truly unique design perspective. The K50 Event! (sic!) is set to launch in 2016 in China and will cost around 700.000 yuan or 113.000 dollars. 294 kW and 650 Nm are given as performance data and the EV claims a range of 200 kilometres.

Hybrid Qoros concept debuts: In Shanghai, Qoros unveiled the 2 PHEV Concept which features one turbo engine coupled with two electric motors at the rear. The plug-in hybrid comes with inductive charging technology and a charging “probe” that unfolds at the touch of a button.,

New Chinese EVs: The Smart-like Zotye E01 with a Tesla-like touchscreen has been unveiled in Shanghai as expected. However, it is now called Zotye Zhima E30 EV. Also on display in Shanghai is the Chery Arrizo 3 EV with a said range of up to 300 kilometres in eco mode. (Zotye), (Chery)

22.01.2015 - 09:04

Porsche, Geely & Xin Dayang, Hyundai, Infiniti, Mitsubishi.

Porsche-PajunElectric Porsche in 2018/19: According to German magazine auto motor und sport, Porsche has cancelled the Pajun, a smaller version of the Panamera originally planned for 2016. Instead, it will release the car as a pure-electric model two or three years later to take on Tesla. Porsche hopes that by then, the range can be increased to at least 350 to 400 kilometers with better batteries. (in German)

China gets new JV for EVs: Carmaker Geely and manufacturer of micro electric cars Xindayang are forming a joint venture to focus on the production of all-electric sedans. A total of 161 million dollars will be invested and the partners hope to turn out 50,000 to 100,000 EVs this year. In 2013, Geely had already formed a joint venture with Kandi for the production of small electric buses.,

Prius-fighter spyshots: As previously reported, Hyundai is working on a new hybrid-only model to challenge the Toyota Prius. Now, pictures have been posted online, allegedly showing the upcoming Prius-fighter from South Korea.

No Infiniti EV? While the carmaker has not openly said that it is putting its LE Concept on ice, rumour has it that Infiniti is doing exactly that since there has been no update after the car was first presented in 2012. Others think the manufacturer will wait until the next-gen Nissan Leaf hits the road in 2017.,

Luxury Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: Focusing more on the company car market, the Japanese carmaker will offer a new trim level of its plug-in hybrid SUV. The decked out GX5hs variant will include leather seats, low level mood lighting, an optimised sound system and multiple USB charging ports.,

07.01.2015 - 09:33

Toyota, Detroit Electric, Hyundai, Terra Motors, BMW i, Geely, Yema.

Toyota follows Tesla’s example as the Japanese corporation announced at the CES to share its 5,680 patents relating to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies with the whole industry. According to Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota Motor Sales USA, patents related to fuel cell vehicles will be available for royalty-free licenses until the end of 2020, while patents for hydrogen production and supply will remain open for an unlimited duration.,,

Detroit-Electric-finalSP:01 production version: Detroit Electric revealed how its e-roadster will look like when going into production in early 2015. When hitting the market in 2016, the SP:01 is said to deliver 210 kW, a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 mph sprint time of 3.9 seconds. Customers can already place orders, with early pricing information indicating a starting cost of around 100,500 pounds (159,000 dollars).,

Hyundai reloads: The Korean carmaker has announced to invest about 81 trillion won (73 billion dollars) over the next four years. The money will go into expanding and building facilities while almost a third will be spend on R&D activities with a focus on electric vehicles.,

2,000-dollar e-scooter: Terra Motors presented its A2000 electric scooter which shares the design with the A4000i but comes at a more competitive price of around 2,000 dollars. The low cost is bought at the price of the environment as the A2000 uses a Lead-acid batteries. Terra Motors hopes to offer its latest model in 10-15 countries this summer, starting with Vietnam in January.

i8 to launch in India: BMW will enter the Indian market with its i-brand this February, ZigWheels reports. The i8 will hit India in limited numbers and could cost as much as INR 2 crores (about 315,000 dollars). via

New Chinese EVs: Geely will launch its all-electric EC7-EV on the Chinese market this quarter. While the sedan has a range of 150 km (93 miles), the new Yema T70 EV is said to go much further as the electric estate car claims a 400 km (248 miles) range and is set to launch in April. (Geely), (Yema)

08.12.2014 - 09:06

Siemens, Mitsubishi, Changsha, BMW, South Baden, British Columbia.

Smart charging: As part of a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Siemens, Duke Energy and Ford have presented a lower cost home smart charging system. The Siemens charger connects to Wi-Fi and can be controlled via a smartphone app. It is said to become available next year.,

Quick chargers for Mitsubishi: The carmaker will install rapid chargers at all of its 700 dealerships in Japan by March 2016. Usage will be made available for only 1,000 yen (8.27 USD) a month.

1,000 more EVs for China: Geely and Khandi have opened a rental center for electric cars in the city of Changsha, capital of the Hunan province. Before the end of the year, about 1,000 EVs will be available for hire for a mere 200 yuan (32.50 USD) per month.,,

BMW rapid charger network? The carmaker hopes to rival Tesla in terms of setting up rapid charging stations in the U.S. In an interview with AutoGuide, Jacob Harb, head of electric vehicle sales and strategy for BMW of North America, called 2015 “the year of infrastructure” and said that an official announcement is planned for the North American International Auto Show next month in Detroit.

E-carsharing in South Baden: The companies Stadtmobil Südbaden and Energiedienst have founded “my e-car.” The goal is a comprehensive network of electric cars and fast-chargers in the south-western region in Germany. The sharing scheme will start off with 40 Renault Zoe., (articles in German)

Hydrogen buses on sale: BC Transit in British Columbia, Canada, is currently accepting bids for their 20 hydrogen buses, which had been bought to showcase hydrogen power during the 2010 Winter Olympics. BC Transit wants to sell them off and replace them by old-fashioned diesel-powered buses.

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