South Korea, Kandi Electric, Gogoro, Nissan.
One million by 2030: South Korea presented an ambitious goal as part of its long-term plans to electrify the transportation sector. In order to get one million EVs on the road by 2030, the country wants to improve infrastructure and replace all public buses. Hopefully South Korea is not using Germany as an example to follow.
Kandi Electric gets deal in Nanjing: The EV maker, a joint venture between Kandi and Geely, is to deliver more than 3,000 K17 EVs to the Chinese city. They were ordered by battery manufacturer Nanjing Bustil. The first 500 vehicles will be delivered before the end of the year.
Battery swapping and a Slushy: Gogoro opened its first battery swapping station next to a 7-eleven convenient store in Taiwan. The scooter manufacturer already has 96 of the so-called GoStations that offer 24-hour battery swapping in Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan. But these are mostly located at gas stations.
New Nissans for NHS: The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has added 13 Nissan e-NV200 to its fleet. The electric vans will i.e. be used for collections and deliveries of health supplies are said to reduce transportation cost by 80 percent. The deployment follows a recent trial.
Tesla, Hyundai, Gogoro, ME Group, Honda.
Tesla offers scrappage fee: The California EV pioneer says it will offer “preferential treatment” to customers in China, who trade in their combustion engine car for a Model S. These buyers could benefit from rebates between 50,000 to 80,000 yuan (7,850-12,560 USD).
Tesla takes Boston: Meanwhile, the EV manufacturer has opened its first store in Boston, as part of its plan to set up shop at a total of 12 more U.S. locations before the end of the year. It is Tesla’s third store in the U.S. state of Massachusetts.
Hyundai hybrid arrives in U.S.: The South Korean manufacturer now offers its Sonata plug-in hybrid in ten U.S. states. Pricing starts at 34,600 dollars before incentives.
Gogoro gets cash injection: The electric scooter start-up, which also wants to set up a battery swapping network in larger cities, says it received another 130m dollars from investors. Among the latter are also Panasonic and the National Development Fund of Taiwan.
Italian scooter: Italy-based ME Group will introduce an electric scooter in the spring; first in Italy and later in other countries. The Motorino Elettrico is said to weigh a mere 90 kilos and have a range of 80 km. The company plans to annually produce 2,200 units.
pressetext.com (in German), scienzenotizie.it (in Italian)
Clarity Fuel Cell premiered: The Honda FCV celebrated its U.S. premiere at the LA Auto Show. Following the market introduction in Japan in March, the car will also be sold in the U.S. However, Honda said it plans to sell a mere 200 units in the first year.
Volkswagen, Tesla, Porsche, Renault, Borgward, Gogoro.
VW’s electric plans: According to German Autozeitung, the new VW Polo, announced for March 2017, will also be available as a purely electric variant. The new VW Phaeton will follow in June 2017, including a plug-in hybrid version. The Phaeton W12, however, will only be offered as a mild-hybrid. Due to recuperation technology, the car will be eight percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor.
autozeitung.de (in German)
Tesla Model 3 update: According to Autocar, Tesla will take the wraps off its Model 3 at a special event in March 2016. The EV is said to have a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge and is expected to go on sale in mid-2017.
E-Porsche at IAA? French L’Automobile reports that Porsche will be presenting an all-electric concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The study will supposedly preview the upcoming Porsche Pajun, short for Panamera Junior.
automobile-magazine.fr (in French), greencarreports.com
Hybrid surprise: Images of the upcoming reincarnated Renault Alpine emerged on the web, showing that the sportscar apparently features plug-in hybrid technology. The camera spied a red button up front on the hood, marked with a voltage sign. The Alpine’s launch has been pushed back to 2017.
Borgward teases SUV: Lifting the cover ever so slightly, Borgward teased its first car in 54 years – a SUV that it will completely unveil at the IAA in September. A plug-in hybrid version will also be available.
Gogoro delivers first scooters: Over the weekend, Gogoro delivered its first pre-ordered electric two-wheelers to customers in Taipei. The company also has 65 charging stations in Taipei. Overall, Gogoro says, it received 400 pre-orders and aims to build a scooter network across the world.
Bolloré & PSA, Fisker, Lifan & Alibaba, Gogoro, Mercedes-Benz.
Bolloré teams up with PSA: Bolloré is now working with Peugeot-Citroën to start building the BlueSummer convertible from this September at PSA’s Rennes facility. Up to 3,500 units are to be produced annually and will be offered for less than 20,000 euros at Citroën dealerships. Furthermore, Bolloré and PSA will also seek to promote car-sharing schemes. The deal with PSA complements one signed by Bolloré with Renault, which started to produce the Bluecar model this month (we reported).
Fisker Karma update: Fisker has finally decided where to manufacture the Karma successor: in the Californian Moreno Valley. There, the first production facility on American soil is to come up for the PHEV, initially creating 150 jobs. However, a more detailed schedule has not been issued so far.
washingtontimes.com, pe.com, businesspress24.com
Alibaba to sell Lifan EVs: Chinese carmaker Lifan Auto now entered a strategic partnership with online retailer Alibaba. Among the 20 electric models with exchangeable batteries that Lifan plans, one electric small car will be dedicated exclusively to sales through the online portal.
Gogoro update: As expected, the manufacturer will start to deliver its electric smart scooter in Taiwan from July 25 for 128,000 Taiwan dollars (4,140 USD). A flat rate for battery swapping comes at 899 Taiwan dollars a month (29 USD). Already, there are 32 battery swap station in Taipeh and this number is to increase to 75 at the time of launch and to 150 by year’s end.
PHEV equality: In the U.S., Mercedes will offer its S550 plug-in hybrid for the same price as the petrol version. Both will start at 95,325 dollars. The luxurious Daimler is to become available in California this month with more states likely to follow soon.
greencarreports.com, carsdirect.com, mbusa.com
Mercedes C-Class PHEV review: John Voelcker had the chance to drive the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350e. Voelcker found the plug-in hybrid version of the C-Class pretty much driving as well as the S-Class PHEV and was particularly eager to get the most out of the electric mode.
Chevy Volt, Range Rover, Seoul Motor Show, Beijing, Gogoro.
New Chevy Volt in the making: The first units of the next generation Volt are currently being built at GM’s production site Hamtramck in Detroit. Pricing is said to be announced by the end of April and the first new Chevy Volts could hit the road by autumn.
Luxury and hybrid: Land Rover will present the SVAutobiography at the New York Auto Show on Friday, which is probably the most luxurious Range Rover. It features a cooler compartment and powered deployable tables in the rear. A SDV6 Hybrid version option is also available.
EVs in Seoul: Power Plaza will present its electric roadster Yebbujana R at the auto show in the South Korean capital. It is said to have a range of 571 km at 60 kph. More than 40 “green” cars will be presented in Seoul, including Renault’s Ecolab, Kia’s new K5, and Detroit Electric´s SP:01.
koreatimes.co.kr (Yebbujana R), koreaherald.com
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Beijing puts emergency plan into place: If heavy pollution is forecasted for more than 72 hours, vehicles with odd and even license plate numbers will be allowed on the roads only on alternating days. Electric vehicles are of course exempted from the measure.
Gogoro takes Taiwan: The manufacturer wants to start offering its electric scooter with exchangeable batteries in Taiwan starting this summer. It marks their first rollout worldwide. Gorgoro also says it will build battery charging stations retail stores and parking spaces in Tapei and New Tapei city.
Gogoro CEO interview, Battery swapping.
Video tip: The Street talked to Horace Luke, CEO of Gogoro, about the company’s electric scooter and planned battery swap system (we reported).
Reading tip: Mira Inbar looked at past experiences with Better Place and Tesla’s current battery swapping to come up with three learnings: battery swapping is only for emergencies, is better done by one manufacturer with one battery type, and kept within narrow geographical boundaries.
Gogoro, Tesla, Pennsylvania, Kandi, CarCharging.
Battery-swapping for scooters: Gogoro from San Francisco wants to build up a battery-swapping system for electric scooters and is backed with 150 million dollars. At the CES, the start-up presented its electric ‘Smartscooter’ which it hopes to sell especially in Asian cities.
bloomberg.com, forbes.com, businessinsider.com
Robot charging “for realz:” Elon Musk took to Twitter once more to inform the world about Tesla’s planned charging system that in his words “automatically moves out from the wall & connects like a solid metal snake.” That is as much info as you get from 140 characters.
golem.de, engadget.com, twitter.com
Pennsylvania extends subsidies: The state’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program will be continued until June 30, 2015, or until the 500 vehicle benchmark is reached. EVs with batteries with a capacity of 10 kWh or more can receive 2,000 dollars while PEVs with smaller batteries are eligible for a 1,000-dollar rebate. A 500 dollar rebate is available for electric motorcycles and scooters.
Chengdu follow-up: After Kandi delivered 1,000 EVs to the leasing company ZuoZhongYou in Chinese Chengdu (we reported), another 4,000 electric cars could follow before the year’s end – given demand grows fast enough.
Fresh money for CarCharging: The operator of the Blink charger network has closed an offering and raised net proceeds of up to 6 million dollars with current institutional shareholders. The money will be used to expand the charging network in the U.S. as well as to strengthen the company.