GM mostly sticks to electrification timetable
Despite the crisis, General Motors is sticking to the timetable for most of its electric offensive. By the middle of this decade, GM has also reaffirmed its goal of achieving annual sales of one million electric cars in the two largest markets, North America and China. Weiterlesen
GM to begin upgrading Detroit factory in March
Preparations for the conversion of the Detroit-Hamtramck production facility into a pure electric car plant, announced by General Motors at the end of January, will begin in March. There are also reports of concrete subsidies for the planned GM battery factory in Ohio. Weiterlesen
General Motors confirms electric Hummer
The electro-revival of the Hummer brand is official. The General Motors subsidiary GMC has now confirmed the rumours and has given the first key data of the GMC Hummer EV. A 30-second spot during the Super Bowl is set, and GM will fully unveil the monster EV in May 2020. Weiterlesen
Hummer may announce electric revival
Rumours of an electric revival of the post-military brand have been fed by information from two insiders. According to them, the Hummer revival is to be announced at the beginning of February during the Super Bowl by a commercial featuring basketball star LeBron James. Weiterlesen
GM rumoured to electrify pickups & SUVs
General Motors is apparently planning a whole series of electric pickup trucks and SUVs to be produced at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant. This could result in significantly more electric models coming onto the market than expected. Weiterlesen
Gigafactory, Foxconn, Mitsubishi, Infiniti, Hummer, Nissan.
Nevada to get Gigafactory: According to an undisclosed source, Tesla has picked Nevada as location for its 5-billion dollar battery plant. Being just a few hundred miles away from Tesla’s main assembly plant in Californian Fremont, Nevada seems like a reasonable choice even though California has been among the final-five together with Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Nevada is expected to grant Tesla tax incentives worth about 400 million dollars. Nevada Govenor Brian Sandoval is said to officially announce the deal at a press conference Thursday evening local time.
Foxconn to get real: Hon Hai aka Foxconn recently announced plans to build electric cars that would cost less than 15,000 dollars (we reported). Now the electronics company named Chinese province Shanxi as location for a yet to be erected facility. Foxconn will invest five billion yuan (about 800 million USD) this year and wants to grow the number of employees working in the province to 100,000.
Mitsubishi recall: In Japan, Mitsubishi recalls about 6,000 i-MiEV and Minicab-MiEV due to problems with the break booster. Last year 5,800 i-MiEV were already recalled due to the same issue.
japan.ahk.de (in German), monoist.atmarkit.co.jp (in Japanese)
Hybrid pricing: Infiniti has issued pricing for his 2015 Q70 Hybrid which will start from 55,900 dollars in the States. It sits thus in the middle of the Q70 line’s price range. Also in the middle but in a different class altogether is the hybrid version of the 2015 Toyota Camry which can be bought for 26,790 dollars.
hybridcars.com (Q70), autoblog.com (Camry)
Electric Hummer in the UK: Fully Charged is selling an electric version of the usually petrol-thirsty heavyweight. The electric hummer looks like GM’s original but only runs with a top speed of 35 mph and is a lot smaller. Optional features include dual golf bag holders and side doors.
Klein to replace Palmer: Nissan’s board has approved Philippe Klein as Andy Palmer’s successor as he leaves for Aston Martin (we reported). Klein comes from Renault where he held the position of executive VP. In Japan, Klein will take over product planning as well as the EV and battery division.