The battery cell manufacturer SVOLT Energy Technology, which emerged from the Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall, plans to build global production capacities totalling 100 GWh by 2025 and is also planning a factory in Europe.
On the 1 April just past, the reins of the BMW Mini brand were handed over to Bernd Körber (44), who was previously responsible for strategy and management at BMW. Körber succeeds Sebastian Mackens at Mini and will lead the brand “towards an electric, dynamic and urban future”.
In July 2018, BMW and Great Wall Motor signed an agreement for the production of Mini electric vehicles in China. There are now details, including the plans to build a factory in the Chinese province of Jiangsu where the first electric Minis will roll off the assembly line from 2021.
One of China’s largest carmakers, Great Wall Motors (GWM), has announced an investment in H2 Mobility. The consortium that is backed by Daimler, Total or Shell, aims to install a network of hydrogen filling stations across Germany so Great Wall’s engagement comes as a bit of a surprise at first.
BorgWarner has announced it is to supply its electric and hybrid drivetrains to three Chinese automotive players, among them Great Wall and its EV brand ORA. The other two OEMs have not been named so far yet overall the deal is huge for BorgWarner.
BMW and its partner in China, Brilliance, agreed to expand their BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture. BBA aims to increase capacity at both local facilities in order to produce 520,000 BMW a year from 2019. Moreover, the BMW iX3 may hit markets outside the People’s Republic.
BMW has revealed a teaser image of the upcoming iNEXT. While the image allows for a very limited glimpse of their upcoming electric model only, it precedes what BMW calls its Vision Vehicle, that can be expected this year.
China’s Great Wall Motors (GWM) has officially introduced its new brand dedicated exclusively to new energy vehicles. ORA is the fourth brand under the carmaker’s roof after Great Wall, Haval and WEY and will aim their EVs at young audiences with the first model due this year.
The Hydrogen Council, founded at last year’s summit in Davos, now counts another 11 members, among them Bosch, Great Wall Motor or 3m. They join the likes of ABB, BMW or Shell who all want to foster transport fuelled by hydrogen.
BMW and the Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall are planning a joint venture to build electric cars under the Mini brand in China. Great Wall had already indicated as much last October, but now a statement of intent has been signed as well.
China’s state-owned Great Wall has opened up to science in Austria. Its planned R&D centre for EVs is now in operation and home to 100 new employees. They are to develop powertrains for electric and hybrid cars.
China’s carmaker Great Wall starts a dedicated new energy vehicle brand in its homeland. Ora, or Oula in Chinese will debut at the Beijing Auto Show this April. Pictures have been leaked revealing Ora’s first EV.
Chinese manufacturer such as BYD and Great Wall are starting to headhunt battery specialists from South Korean companies like Samsung SDI, LG Chem and SK Innovation on a large scale, The Korea Herald has learnt.
Great Wall does research in Austria: Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motor is about to open its first R&D centre outside of China in the Austrian city of Kottingbrunn. With this step, the company wants to create 100 new jobs and put its focus on the development of powertrains for both, electric and hybrid cars. A few month ago, Great Wall announced its plans to invest a total of 60bn yuan (8,7bn USD) to develop new energy vehicles. trend.at, diepresse.com, gwm.at
Inductive charging tech for Japan: American engineering company WiTricity signed a licensing agreement with Shindengen, allowing the Tokyo-based car supplier to license its patented technology to develop and commercialize high-performance wireless charging systems in Japan. The system enables inductive charging through parking above a charging pad. businesswire.com
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Meritor’s electric solution platform: Utility car supplier Meritor says it develops a platform of electric drive axles, suspensions and supporting systems for city-delivery, medium-duty and transit bus as well as off-road and severe-duty applications. The platform shall serve as foundation for various drivetrain configurations, including full electric, hybrid, single or tandem axles. greencarcongress.com, meritor.com
Platform for peer-to-peer energy models: The Prosume Energy Foundation presents a blockchain-based platform to exchange electricity from renewable and fossil sources and promotes its application among others for EV management as well as for data collection and identity management to empower EV rentals with energy barter systems. The company says it is currently negotiating pilot projects in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. greencarcongress.com
Entirely new EV platform: Renault-Nissan is preparing a new platform for future electric vehicles. Due in 2020, the base shall incorporate fast-charging, high density batteries, according to Challenges. An official announcement is set within the framework of an upcoming technology alliance with Mitsubishi. But the article comtained yet another goodie – the 8,000 dollar EV Nissan plans to make for China may reach the European market as well. challenges.fr (in French)
Great Wall to invest $9bn in green tech: Chinese carmaker Great Wall plans to invest 60bn yuan (8,7bn USD) to develop new energy vehicles, including FCV and plug-in hybrids, CEO Wang Fengying promised. Part of the push is to build facilities capable of producing 600,000 electrified cars a year. nikkei.com
Porsche progresses on its Mission E and said the electric model will be offered in various variants with differing power outputs. Over the air updates like Tesla’s are planned as well once the Mission E hits the road in 2019. For now, prototype testing is scheduled for this summer. autocar.co.uk
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Leaf in black: Nissan has launched a short run Black Edition variant of its Nissan Leaf in Great Britain, where prices start from 26,890 GBP after incentives. The limited edition model is on sale from March for a restricted production run up until August 2017. fleetnews.co.uk
State tax credit for Rivian: Start-up Rivian Automotive receives 50m dollar state tax credit from Illinois, where it recently reutilised a former Mitsubishi facility. The plan is to mass produce electric cars there from 2019. The state funding has been approved provided Rivian creates 1,000 jobs within 10 years. teslarati.com
The EV market in South Korea welcomes Tesla this week as the Californians will open two showrooms and announced deliveries to start by June. BMW too went east and opened the order books for its i3 94 Ah. In a more public move, BYD is to start selling its electric buses in Korea from July. yonhapnews.co.kr (Tesla), koreaherald.com (BMW), chosun.com (BYD)
New Panamera PHEV: Porsche presented the next generation of its Panamera Turbo. Two hybrid variants are apparently planned, although the German luxury brand has not released details on the plug-ins yet. The Panamera will hit the stores this November. roadandtrack.com, driving.ca
Energetic partnership: BYD and utility Enel agreed to work together on global projects for electric buses and energy storage. The partners aim their transport services, which will be based on batteries by BYD, particularly at municipalities in areas they already operate in. newswiretoday.com
Diesel deal details: Of the 2bn dollars Volkswagen is to reserve for electric transport initiatives, 800m will go to California to finance EV charging infrastructure, hydrogen stations, electric carsharing programmes and other schemes. The remaining 1.2bn will fund similar projects across the States. arb.ca.gov
LEV made in Vegas: 2050 Motors collected 10m dollars destined for the erection of an assembly facility for its light electric vehicle e-Go EV with carbon chassis in Las Vegas. The firm says negotiations with the desert city “are very close to culmination,” while a foreign trade zone may be in the cards also. nasdaq.com
Chinese PHEV SUV: Great Wall’s SUV brand Haval has shown the HB-02, a concept SUV with plug-in hybrid technology in Beijing. Range is given at 65 kilometres with the electric motor developing 95 kW powered by a 13 kWh Li-ion battery. The drive will feature in Haval production vehicles from next year. gizmag.com, motoring.com.au
Toyota recall: 1.43m hybrid cars are asked to return to the garages worldwide due to a potential air bag inflator defect. The recall covers Toyota Prius and Lexus CT 200h built between 2008 and 2012 and affects 482,000 vehicles in the U.S. and 141,000 in Europe. reuters.com, nytimes.com
A total of 1.9bn dollars is what Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor wants to rake in by offering 276m (13.76 per cent) of its shares. The money will flow into the research and develop of new energy and smart vehicles, as well as smart transmission systems, motors, and battery systems. htisec.com
Great Wall electrifies: The Chinese manufacturer wants to invest heavily in electric and hybrid vehicles. 11.8 billion yuan (1.9 billion USD) will flow into research and development, as well as the production of gearboxes, electric motors and battery systems. Great Wall says it plans to electrify its current best-selling models and introduce first PHEVs by 2017. shanghaidaily.com, ecns.cn
Peugeot power hybrid coming soon? The Peugeot 308 R hybrid concept boasting 500 hp may go into production. Head of the Brand Maxime Picat posted pictures of PSA boss Carlos Tavares personally test driving the powerful hybrid and wrote that details will be released at the Frankfurt Motor Show. chroniclelive.co.uk, twitter.com
Chevrolet outlook: Automotive News looks at Chevrolet’s plans for the coming year, reporting that the new Chevy Volt will go into production in autumn, followed by the all-electric Bolt in the last quarter of 2016. From spring 2016, the carmaker will offer a hybrid variant of the new Malibu, and the Chevy Equinox could be hybridised as well. autonews.com (registration required)
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Next billion tour: Following Tesla reaching one billion miles driven worldwide, the EV maker aims to hit the next billion. To promote the Model S, Tesla will offer test drives in nearly 30 cities across the U.S. until the end of August. The events will also feature “experience stations” to inform about the technology, charging, and service. automotiveworld.com, teslamotors.com
Mirai coming to UK in September: According to Paul Van der Burgh president and managing director of Toyota, UK sales of the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell model will commence in September. In California, order books for the Toyota Mirai opened yesterday. just-auto.com (UK), electriccarsreport.com (California)
Scooters India needs electrification: In order not to be sold off, the state-owned manufacturer needs to restructure and look into sales of electric three- and four wheelers. The electric tricycle Vikram EV is currently being tested in Delhi and Lucknow. mydigitalfc.com