Xpeng expands with second electric car factory in China
Xpeng Motors has begun building another electric car plant in China. The Chinese manufacturer intends to expand its production capacities beyond the existing plant in Zhaoqing. The new production facility in Guangzhou is set to go into operation at the end of 2022.Weiterlesen
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Four Chinese cities are offering their very own EV grants
In order to stimulate the weakening sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids, four Chinese cities are now temporarily offering their own purchase premiums for electrified vehicles produced in China by certain manufacturers.Weiterlesen
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Tesla builds up charging and service networks in China
Tesla intends to increase the number of its service centres in China from 29 to 63 and the number of its fast-charging stations by 39 per cent to 362 units. The Californian company has also increased the charging capacity of Model 3 with the latest software update.Weiterlesen
Evergrande picks up new expertise through cooperation
The Chinese real estate group Evergrande is bringing specialized expertise on board for its ambitious electric car plans. The company has now officially signed cooperation agreements with FEV Group, EDAG, IVA Group, AVL and Magna.Weiterlesen
BP & Didi launch charging joint venture
The British oil company BP announced the establishment of a joint venture for charging infrastructure with the Chinese mobility company Didi Chuxing. The partners are planning to set up a nationwide network of charging stations for electric vehicles in China.Weiterlesen
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
China: DHL launches drone delivery service
DHL Express and drone manufacturer EHang have entered into a strategic partnership to develop a fully automated drone delivery solution for China’s metropolitan areas. The cooperation has already started with a maiden flight at the EHang Command and Control Center in Guangzhou.Weiterlesen
Xpeng opens service centres in China’s major cities
The Chinese electric car startup Xpeng Motors has opened six new service centers in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing and Dongguan. Xpeng plans to open a total of 100 sales and service centers by the end of this year.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
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
Mega contract: BYD to deliver 4,000 e-buses to Guangzhou
BYD announced in an ad-hoc statement to investors that two major bidding calls for the delivery of electric buses in China. The company will deliver more than 4,000 electric buses to several companies in Guangzhou.Weiterlesen
All-electric cargo ship on China’s Pearl River
In the Chinese Guangzhou province, a massive cargo ship with an energy storage capacity of 2.4 MWh has been put into operation. The vessel couples two 160 kW electric propellers and a mix of supercapacitors and Li-ion batteries for up to 80 km on one charge.Weiterlesen
Austria, Bzzt, FC Buses, Hamburg, Guangzhou.
Austria continues e-mobility funding: It is the 9th call the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund raises since 2009 and this time it promises an additional 6m euros to support flagship projects in the field of electric transport. Companies can apply with their research projects, e.g. the development of EVs, charging stations or transport services until October, 4 but must bear in mind that the call is decisively “zero emission” and thus for all-electric solutions only. A connection to public transport or intelligent infrastructure will be beneficial.
E-rickshaws in Stockholm: The beloved Indian three-wheeled have moved to Sweden, where Bzzt launched 18 electric rickshaws. In Stockholm they call them taxi-pods that have space for two passengers besides the driver. The company wants to expand its fleet to 200 vehicles through crowdfunding until next year and so investors are welcome to take a seat.
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Joint order of fuel cell buses: German WSW mobil is seeking to procure 63 fuel cell buses for public transport operations. The tender is part of the EU project JIVE, that fosters bulk orders for hydrogen buses in the UK, Denmark, Italy, and Germany. Here, Verkehrsverbund Mainz-Wiesbaden, traffiQ Frankfurt, Regionalverkehr Köln (Cologne) will take deliveries, while some will also go to SASA in Bolzano, Italy.
Hamburg harbour electrifies: Hamburg’s port operator HHLA has ordered 25 Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) with lithium-ion battery drives from Konecranes. They are to move containers at the Altenwerder terminal comes spring 2018, together with 6 fully automatic charging stations.
30.000 electric buses for Guangzhou? Within 3 years, the Chinese mega city wants to replace its entire bus fleet through all-electric buses. According to the news agency Xinhua, this means about 30,000 electric buses are going to be deployed in Guangzhou with its 11m inhabitants. Through price reduction and the installation of more charging infrastructure, the city targets to also have 120,000 EVs on the roads by then.