Renault-Nissan, Dongfeng, BMW, China, Aston Martin, Ford.
Renault-Nissan & Dongfeng EV JV: The alliance has reached an agreement with Dongfeng to design and build electric cars together for the Chinese market. Called eGT New Energy Automotive, Nissan an Renault hold 25 percent each, while Dongfeng owns the remaining half. Already, an electric SUV is planned that will be made at Dongfeng’s facility in Shiyan from 2019. The factory has a capacity of 120,000 units per year.
New BMW i3: The face-lifted and trimmed i3 are making headlines and after we offered a sneak preview yesterday, some more links and pictures have emerged across the internet.
autonews.com, greencarcongress.com, bmwgroup.com
China’s EV sales quota is to thank for joint ventures like the one above at least in parts, especially now that Beijing is about to publish its final say on the matter. The initial draft spoke of an 8 percent target from 2018 but the German FAZ repeats rumours that a weakened version will come first.
indiatimes.com, faz.net (in German)
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Nissan to remain in UK: 20 percent more cars, among them the Leaf, shall be built at Nissan’s British facility in Sunderland. In order to deal with expected cost increases due to Brexit, the Japanese carmaker says it will procure more components from companies operating on the Isles.
Aston Martin electrifies: From 2025 every Aston Martin will come with the option to go hybrid. CEO Andy Palmer further promised to expand the electric offering so that by 2030 25 percent of the new models will be all-electric. First up is the RapidE in 2019, followed by an electric variant of the DBX SUV.
Ford is on the hybrid offensive as well and even sooner as it reportedly plans to include 13 electrified models in its range throughout 2022. Insiders now told Automotive News that the Ford Escape as well as the Lincoln MKC will come with a plug-in hybrid drive by 2019.
New Voltabox CEO: Jürgen Pampel now chairs the board of Paragon’s e-mobility subsidiary. With Pampel, Voltabox got an experienced manager that has been working at both Paragon and Voltabox, where he has been responsible for its electric transport business since 2011.