Nio extends cooperation with JAC
The Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio has extended its manufacturing cooperation with the state-owned Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC) until May 2024. JAC will continue to produce the Nio electric models ES8, ES6, EC6, ET7 and possibly other future Nio models at its factory in Hefei.
VW to build another MEB plant in China
Volkswagen has started construction of a new MEB plant at Volkswagen Anhui in China. Following the completion of the Anting (SAIC VW) and Foshan (FAW-VW) plants, this will be the group’s third production facility for pure electric vehicles in China.
JAC Motors & CBAK to develop battery cells
In China, state-owned automaker JAC Motors and battery manufacturer CBAK Energy Technology join forces to develop battery cells for EVs. This also involves cylindrical lithium-ion cells, including the new 4680 format.
VW takes majority stake in joint venture with JAC
Volkswagen has now taken over the majority stake of the joint venture with JAC with 75 per cent, which also means management control. The company was immediately renamed from JAC Volkswagen to Volkswagen (Anhui) Automotive Company Limited since an eMobility hub is to be established in Anhui Province.
VW looks at China to make small e-cars for Europe
Rumours about a small electric car from Volkswagen for less than 20,000 euros are back on the boil. Apparently, VW will be cooperating with JAC from China for the construction of the small BEV. This is not such a surprising development given the project’s past and increasing demand for smaller electric cars.
Nio: New battery for 900km of range & European launch
According to founder William Li Bin, the Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio is currently working on a battery pack with a capacity of 150 kWh, which should enable ranges of over 900 kilometres. Besides, the plans for a European launch in 2021 may become concrete.
VW and JV partners invest €15Bn in e-mobility in China
Volkswagen will invest around 15 billion euros in electric mobility in China by 2024 with its three joint venture partners SAIC, FAW and JAC. This comes in addition to the €33Bn the Group had already announced in 2019 for the global development of the electric car sector.
VW to take over majority stake in JAC joint venture
Volkswagen has officially confirmed its plan to increase its stake in JAC Volkswagen, its joint venture for electric mobility, and to invest around one billion euros in this. The Wolfsburg-based company will invest another billion in a Chinese battery specialist.
Volkswagen takes Seat off small electric car project
Volkswagen has relieved its Seat brand of responsibility for the development of the planned MEB small electric car for under 20,000 euros, insiders say. The decision is related to the fact that Seat has indefinitely postponed its market entry in China.
Nio launches production of the EC6
The Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio has started production of its third model after the ES8 and ES6. The start of production at the indebted company is also made possible thanks to a framework agreement with the city of Hefei, which is providing Nio with a billion-euro cash injection.
JAC Volkswagen launches the SOL electric SUV
After a delay, the Chinese joint venture JAC Volkswagen has started the sale of the first model of its electric car brand SOL. The E20X was supposed to come onto the market last year and is now available at prices starting at around 16,450 euros after subsidies.
VW founds charging joint venture in China
Volkswagen has now officially launched the joint venture for charging infrastructure announced in May in China together with their Chinese partners JAC and FAW, as well as Star Charge. The joint venture is called CAMS New Energy Technology.
VW pushes global electrification offensive
Seat, the Volkswagen Group China and JAC intend to jointly develop a series of Seat EVs to launch in China in 2021. Meanwhile, VW’s man in North America, Scott Keogh announced they would introduce their first MEB based model in the USA in 2020.
JAC Motors orders 4 GWh of batteries
JAC Motors of China is building on its existing partnership with Hefei Guoxuan High-Tech Power Energy. They want the latter to deliver batteries for electric vehicles in bulk by 2019, no less than 4 GWh to be exact. And they have sales ideas as well.
Seat coming to China with VW gearing up for growth
Volkswagen’s Spanish subsidiary Seat will enter China by hooking onto the JAC Volkswagen joint venture. Together the three plan to establish a R&D centre for electric vehicles. Development is to culminate in a dedicated electric car platform for China and beyond in 2021.
VW invests $15 bil. in to China/EV brand SOL
Volkswagen is set to invest a significantly increased sum into the e-mobility business, including autonomous driving, digitization and new mobility services in China. By 2022, the company plans to invest 15 billion dollars with its joint venture partners SAIC, FAW and JAC.
VW and JAC to sell EVs under SOL branding
VW and their joint venture partner JAC are going to sell their economic EVs in China under the brand name SOL. Initially they wanted to use the Seat, or local Xiyate branding but the Chinese government blocked the plans.
Volkswagen’s BEV for China clearly comes from JAC
Leaked images reveal the design of a Volkswagen EV for the Chinese market. However, the budget vehicle will not be sold under the VW label and is not exactly a new car either. Instead it is clearly inspired by JAC’s existing iEV7S with some changes to the front and rear.
JAC and VW about to launch first NEVs for China
Before the first quarter’s end, the joint venture of Volkswagen and JAC will present its first three models, according to Gasgoo. All of them shall run electric-powered, the first is said to be a SUV that could be based on an existing production platform of JAC.
Swatch, EC Power, JAC, Baidu, Tesla.
Swatch batteries to come in 2018: After delays, the announced Super-battery for EVs made by Swatch shall finally roll off the production lines in the upcoming year. It is supposed to provide 30 percent increase in capacity compared to the Gigafactory product. The delay is due to the company’s target to still improve and optimise the cathode of the battery, according to Swatch CEO Nick Hayek.
U.S. battery tech for Chinese EVs: The Winter Olympic Games in 2022 in Beijing shall see 10,000 electric-powered service cars and buses, equipped with cell tech developed by Pennsylvania State University spin-off EC Power. Its so called all-climate battery (ACB) is said to be performing even with temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius. The battery packs are supposed to be produced by EC Power’s licensees MGL in China.
Autonomous EVs by JAC and Baidu? Chinese search engine giant Baidu teams up with manufacturer JAC, in order to kick-off serial production of autonomous cars by 2019. It’s likely that they go for new energy vehicles, maybe even for fully electrified cars.
Tesla kicks-off solar cell production: In the EV maker’s solar plant in Buffalo, called Gigafactory 2, the first cells for Tesla’s solar panels roll off the lines. Tesla and Panasonic target an annual production capacity of 1 GW by 2019, in the long term even 2 GW, according to a new statement of Tesla Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel.
Audi, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, JAC, China, Toyota.
First mini Audi EV: Audi walks on the trails of its mother brand as it ponders a very small autonomous EV the size of a VW e-UP, according to Autocar. The new model would be smaller than an A1 which suggests A0 e-tron the most likely label. A small production run from 2021 was announced at the annual general meeting and would serve to explore the A-level segment – hitherto unknown territory for Audi – before it could eventually scale up.
It is either 75 kWh or 100 kWh for all Teslas from June, 8 as the EV maker discontinues the 90 kWh battery option. It comes in the wake of the non-performance version, the 100D now out.
BMW i8 reloaded: Early 2018 will see BMW launch a stronger and sexier version of its (moderate) hyper hybrid i8. The new i8 gets its power lifted by 10 percent to 313 kW while new lights give it a newish face. A performance version dubbed Spyder comes with a manual drop-top.
EV JV sealed: Volkswagen is the second German carmaker after Daimler that took advantage of China tigthening ties to Germany. VW executives signed the agreement sealing the deal with JAC for a new joint venture to build electric cars in the People’s Republic in front of Chancellor Merkel and Premier Li Keqiang in Berlin. The first model may emerge by 2018 from out of a new facility and R&D centre.
China opens up: Beijing loosened EV subsidy rules this quarter as it adds 300 more plug-in models to the list. After producers were discovered cheating earlier this year, China had excluded many models until only 386 eligible New Energy Vehicles were left. Now, 1,396 models can be found on that list but overall, subsidies have been lowered, making it harder for carmakers to reach their quota.
Full on out: Toyota has sold its last Tesla share thus completing its cut off from the EV maker. It is the end of all plans for shared electric car development, an undertaking Toyota wants to go alone from now on. Its dedicated EV unit was only recently established and is led by CEO Akio Toyoda himself.
VW, Mercedes, Geely, NextEV, JAC, rimOnO, Formula E.
VW voices EV plan: The Volkswagen Group has officially announced their electric vehicle sales targets, planning to reach 1m sales by 2025. That means nearly one out of every ten vehicles sold by VW, Audi, and Porsche could be a hybrid or electric.
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Coming up from Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz is accelerating plans for new EVs, planning four new electric models by the end of 2020. Using the newly developed MEA platform, it plans two sedans based on the C-Class and S-Class, and two SUVs similar to the GLA and GLC. As reported, the fuel cell version of the GLC will launch next year.
London cabs go green: Chinese Geely Group has sold 400m dollars’ worth of green bonds to develop hybrid vehicles for its London Taxi Company. The manufacturer will move to a new factory in Coventry, UK, to begin working on a prototype of a plug-in variant of the TX5 taxi. Commercial sales of the new taxis are set for the fourth quarter of 2017.
JAC and NextEV make a deal: Chinese JAC Group and NextEV have signed a non-exclusive agreement to manufacture 50,000 electric and hybrid vehicles per year. The first model could be a high-end electric vehicle to be released in 2018.
rimOnO prototype: Japanese automaker rimOnO showed off their new electric personal mobility vehicle in Tokyo last week. The two-seater rimOnO is 2 m long and 1 m wide, and is equipped with in-wheel motors. The car looks slightly like an inflatable dinghy, as the body is made from soft material.
Buemi takes Berlin: Sebastien Buemi took first place at the Formula E race in Berlin, marking his third win of the season. He is now behind Lucas di Grassi by just one point. The championship will conclude in London on July 2nd and 3rd.
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