Mar 14, 2023 - 02:45 pm
Ora Funky Cat first drive: Where the wildcat wants to roam
Chinese carmaker Great Wall has launched a premium electric compact car called Funky Cat in Europe from its EV brand Ora. The Funky Cat’s more modern Beetle look puts it in line with retro models like the Mini or Fiat 500. Can an electric car from China win European hearts? We took the Funky Cat […]
Feb 7, 2023 - 09:03 am
Great Wall Motors extends retail network in the UK
The Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motors (GWM) announced three new Sales and Service Centers for its Ora brand in the UK in Belfast, Chorley, and Exeter. The first showroom to feature the Ora model will be the Charles Hurst Group in Belfast which will open its doors on 6 March. The other two locations will […]
Feb 1, 2023 - 05:22 pm
Xpeng brings on new president to improve sales
The Chinese electric car manufacturer Xpeng has strengthened its team with an experienced automotive manager. Fengying Wang joined Xpeng as president on January 30, where she will be responsible for product planning and sales, which have been flagging recently.
Oct 17, 2022 - 12:22 pm
BMW will cease electric Mini production at Cowley, UK
Mini will stop producing electric cars in England in 2023 and move them to China, British media reports. BMW makes around 40,000 electric Minis a year at its plant in Cowley on the outskirts of Oxford. Production is due to cease there next year despite the company’s far-reaching EV plans.
Apr 11, 2022 - 12:33 pm
NEV sales continue to rise in China
455,000 New Energy Vehicles were sold in China in March, 122.4 per cent more than in the same month last year and 43.6 per cent more than in February 2022, making March the strongest month of 2022 so far.
Apr 8, 2022 - 02:39 pm
CAM report shows Tesla as top e-mobility innovator
Within the framework of the annually updated ‘Electromobility Report 2022’ of the Center of Automotive Management (CAM), Tesla scored best by a clear margin. Volkswagen and Hyundai follow in second and third place for BEV innovations.
Mar 9, 2022 - 11:31 am
China’s February NEV sales rise by 189%
In February, 317,000 New Energy Vehicles were sold in China. Compared to the same month last year, sales increased by 189 per cent. The ratio of plug-in hybrids and battery-electric cars within the NEV category remained nearly constant.
Feb 15, 2022 - 01:05 pm
China marks over 400,000 NEVs sold in January
In China, 412,000 new energy vehicles (NEVs) were sold in January 2022. This was 141 per cent higher than in January 2021 for electric cars, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell cars, with battery-electric cars, in particular, making gains.
Dec 17, 2021 - 06:01 pm
Nissan’s Barcelona plant is now closed
As announced, Nissan has stopped producing the eNV200 van at its plant in Barcelona. The electric Nissan van is history after the Japanese company made 49,000 units in Barcelona and exported the eNV200 globally. The van’s successor will be built in France.
Dec 9, 2021 - 11:47 am
China marks another NEV sales increase
In November, sales figures for New Energy Vehicles reached a new high for the year. Over the course of the month, 429,000 NEVs were sold, which significantly exceeds the previous record from October (368,000 vehicles).
Nov 23, 2021 - 04:00 pm
Gotion High-Tech signs battery deal with Great Wall Motor
The Chinese battery cell manufacturer Gotion High-Tech has signed an off-take agreement with Great Wall Motor. Gotion will supply Great Wall with battery cells with a total capacity of at least ten GWh between 2022 and 2025. There are also rumours of another supply agreement with Nio – for their 150 kWh battery.
Oct 13, 2021 - 01:09 pm
China’s NEV sales continue to rise
In China, around 357,000 New Energy Vehicles were sold in September. Battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles together accounted for a market share of 17.3 per cent. BYD continues to be the strongest brand.
Oct 4, 2021 - 12:38 pm
Great Wall Motors in talks to take over Nissan’s plant in Barcelona
Spanish authorities and Nissan have started talks with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors about a possible takeover of Nissan’s Barcelona plant. Great Wall could move into the largest of the three plants in Barcelona. However, the negotiations are said to be explicitly non-exclusive as yet.
Sep 7, 2021 - 12:11 pm
Great Wall Motors presents new Ora & Wey BEVs
At the IAA Mobility, Great Wall Motors (GWM) is giving a preview of the first two models of its Ora and Wey brands, with which the Chinese car company soon wants to gain a foothold in Europe.
Sep 1, 2021 - 01:14 pm
CALB to expand production capacities by 2025
The Chinese battery manufacturer CALB (China Lithium Battery Technology) has announced the expansion of its production capacities to 300 GWh by 2025. Among other things, the company is planning a new factory in Hefei with a capacity of 50 GWh. International carmakers could also benefit from this.
Aug 25, 2021 - 04:01 pm
Volkswagen tops CAM innovation rankings
Volkswagen is the most innovative car company in 2021 – ahead of Daimler and Tesla. This is the result of a new study by the German Center of Automotive Management (CAM), which regularly publishes rankings of the most innovative corporations and premium brands.
Aug 24, 2021 - 05:06 pm
FTXT & partners deliver 100 H2 trucks in Hebei
In China, Great Wall subsidiary FTXT Energy Technology and their vehicle partners Dayun, Dongfeng and Foton, have supplied a fleet of 100 heavy-duty trucks with hydrogen fuel cells for a construction project in the province of Hebei.
Jul 2, 2021 - 11:50 am
Great Wall Motor plans to sell 3.2 million EVs in 2025
The Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motor has presented its strategic plan until 2025 and its new traction battery. Great Wall plans annual global sales of 4 million vehicles by 2025, of which 80 per cent – or 3.2 million vehicles – are to be so-called New Energy Vehicles.
Apr 21, 2021 - 11:11 am
Great Wall’s Beetle clone keeps bugging VW
An electric car in the style of the VW Beetle has now been presented at the Shanghai Motor Show. The Beetle-like vehicle does not come from VW, but from Ora, a brand from the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors.
Apr 7, 2021 - 04:32 pm
Great Wall Motor to launch hydrogen SUV & truck
Great Wall Motor has announced that it will launch its first hydrogen-powered SUV model and 100 FC heavy-duty trucks in 2021. GWM also plans to contribute a hydrogen-powered passenger car fleet to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Mar 31, 2021 - 11:50 am
Xiaomi enters the EV business
The Chinese technology company Xiaomi has now officially announced its entry into the electric car business. Only a month ago, Xiaomi had denied that a decision had been made. However, there are not many details yet.
Feb 22, 2021 - 01:23 pm
SVOLT plans two new battery factories in China
The battery cell manufacturer SVOLT, which emerged from the Chinese carmaker Great Wall, is expanding its production capacities in China. New factories are planned in Huzhou in China’s Zhejiang province and Suining in Sichuan province, each with annual capacities of 20 GWh.
Nov 28, 2020 - 02:41 pm
Great Wall Motor presents next ORA BEV
The ORA Haomao, which means ‘Good Cat’, is the fourth mass-produced model under Great Wall Motor’s dedicated electric vehicle brand ORA. The electric car was released on the market on 24 November. At the same time, the first Haomao car rolled off the assembly line at GWM’s Taizhou manufacturing plant.
Sep 29, 2020 - 02:03 pm
SVOLT to supply Great Wall with cobalt-free batteries
Battery cell manufacturer SVOLT Energy Technology will supply its parent company Great Wall with cobalt-free cells starting next year. SVOLT President Yang Hongxin has also said that the choice of location for the European plant is in the “final phase”.
Aug 10, 2020 - 04:32 pm
PSA has a major order for SVOLT
According to insiders, SVOLT, the battery cell manufacturer that emerged from the Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall, has received a large order from the French PSA group. SVOLT will supply PSA with battery cells with a total capacity of more than 7 GWh.
Jun 16, 2020 - 02:36 pm
Mini rumoured to be going cobalt-free
According to a British news site, Mini is planning the first electric model as a five-door SUV as part of the Spotlight Automotive joint venture. There is also speculation about the cell supplier and a larger SUV for the USA.
May 23, 2020 - 01:35 pm
SVOLT publishes details about cobalt-free lithium cells
There are now new details about the cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cells announced by SVOLT Energy Technology. Two versions of these cells are expected to be available next year: one with a nominal capacity of 115 Ah and one with 226 Ah.