Tag: JAC

Jan 12, 2018 - 11:17 am

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.

Sep 5, 2017 - 07:59 am

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.

Jun 6, 2017 - 08:09 am

Audi, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, JAC, China, Toyota.

Audi-Electric-CityCarFirst 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.


May 23, 2016 - 08:39 am

VW, Mercedes, Geely, NextEV, JAC, rimOnO, Formula E.

VW-Budd-eVW 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.
automobilewoche.de (in German)

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.
telegraph.co.uk, bloomberg.com

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.
motorsport.com, fiaformulae.com, youtube.com (video)

Apr 13, 2016 - 09:30 am

Model X, Model S, Austria, Farady Future, Ukraine, JAC.

Model X recalls: The Tesla Model X remains technically a compliant vehicle for North America, but stringent testing for the European release has revealed an issue with the third row seats. Tesla has issued a voluntary recall, and requests drivers not to use the rear seat until it can be replaced.
insidedevs.com, electrek.co

Model S update: Tesla has officially given the Model S a facelift. The front fascia and headlights will resemble that of the Model X, and the latter’s HEPA air filtration will also be made available. The charger will be upgraded from 40 to 48 amps, and two new interiors, figured ash wood and dark ash wood, will be offered. The basic Model S 70 will start at 71,500 dollars.
insidedevs.com, electrek.co

Diesel-free Austria: The environmental agency of Austria has suggested a ban on diesel and petrol vehicles, saying they will not be sold after 2020. Moreover, a tax may be put in place for fossil fuel vehicles that continue to stay on the road and the fuels are expected to be phased out entirely between 2030 and 2050.
derstandard.at (in German)

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1bn dollar start-up: EV start-up Faraday Future will soon celebrate the ground-breaking of its 1bn dollar plant in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The company is also working on an in-car connectivity platform and has patented a power inverter that they claim will manage electric power 20-30 percent better than their competitors’.

Ukraine’s first: Electric Marathon International has created Ukraine’s first electric car prototype, dubbed Synchronous. The unusual EV sports a panoramic window and also works with the unique Synchronous charging station. The Synchronous will be making a 3,000 km tour through ten countries from May to June.

JAC EV: Three new electric cars from Chinese JAC are set to debut at the Beijing Auto Show, and first shots of the iEV7 are in. The sedan can cover 320 km on one charge and sports an interior eerily similar to the JAC A60. It is set to be launched in China in the fourth quarter.

Apr 11, 2016 - 07:26 am

Nissan, Ford, Tesla, JAC, Chery, Chevy Bolt, Volkswagen.

Modular EV platform: Nissan seems to want to intensify its electric endeavours and is developing a modular platform to expand its EV line-up, Auto Express reports. Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura explains that Nissan wants “to grow the portfolio” beyond the Leaf, imagining both a crossover and/or an electric sports car within the next five years.

Ford Model E: Details emerged about Ford’s “Prius-Fighter” that will allegedly be built in a new facility in Mexico. The mysterious electrified car might go be called Model E, a name which Ford had snatched from Tesla a while back. Up to 50,000 units could roll off production lines by 2019, AutoForecast Solutions suggests.
fordauthority.com, greencarreports.com, autonews.com

Model S update: Tesla gives its classic a facelift this week to streamline production, making it look more similar to the Model X and Model 3, and adding luxurious features that could be revealed by next week. New colour options and LED will be offered, too. But Tesla has also increased the price.
autoblog.com, cnet.com, worldcarfans.com

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e-mobil-BW-MobiliTec2016Baden-Württemberg Pavilion shows success factor e-mobility: During the Hannover Messe / MobiliTec the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion and its 43 exhibitors showcase the diversity of the e-mobility landscape in the southwest of Germany. With “Automated. Connected. Electrified.” as its guiding theme, the whole spectrum – from development and production to road tests of partially automated electric vehicles – will be covered. Visit us in hall 27.
e-mobilbw.de (PDF)

Chinese EV concepts: Both JAC and Chery teased electrified concepts ahead of the Auto China next month. Chery’s FV2030 is a fully electric and ultra sporty coupé but with four doors, while JAC’s SC5 Concept is a rather conventional SUV with a hybrid drive.
worldcarfans.com, carnewschina.com (Chery), carnewschina.com (JAC)

Range race: The Bolt EV is not even on the market yet, and GM is already talking about updating the range. The manufacturer claims that prototypes went past the 200 mile threshold, news that comes just days after the presentation of Tesla’s Model 3 with an EPA rated range of 215 miles.

Making a showcase: Volkswagen transforms its so-called Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany, into a window onto its newly found electric soul. 30-minute long test drives with hybrid and electric vehicles are included in the ticket price, while 50 interactive exhibits like the GTE simulator show future mobility.


Dec 18, 2015 - 07:49 am

Volkswagen, NEVS, Audi, JAC.

VW-E-BulliElectric Bulli with 70 kWh battery? In today’s print edition, German Auto Bild writes that the electric VW Bulli is said to make long-range electric mobility “affordable.” The magazine speculates that it will feature a 70 kWh battery pack and will become available by 2018. Hopefully there will be more (concrete) information following the CES in January.
autobild.de (cover in German, pdf)

12bn dollar EV deal: Swedish NEVS received an order for 150,000 Saab 9-3 sedan electric vehicles from Chinese Panda New Energy. The purchase is worth 78bn yuan and will create “hundreds of jobs” at former Saab, says NEVS. The deal includes another 100,000 EV products and services; delivery is scheduled for the end of 2020.
industryweek.com, saabcars.com

Audi FCV: The Detroit Auto Show is likely to see the premier of the Audi Q6 h-tron quattro concept, Auto Bild reports. The h-tron is basically the hydrogen version of the e-tron quattro concept first shown at the IAA in Spetember. The EV already has a said range of 500 km, so it remains to be seen how much the h-tron will actually differ.
worldcarfans.com, autobild.de (original source in German)

Chinese support for VW? The Chinese government seems interested in bringing Volkswagen and Jianghuai Auto Corporation (JAC) together, Gasgoo reports. An agreement hinges on the willingness to jointly develop new energy vehicles. JAC set course to electrify 30 percent of its portfolio by 2025.

VW has confirmed the E-Phaeton, which will succeed its combustion engine counterpart. Production of the regular Phaeton will be suspended by late March 2016 at the Transparent Factory in Dresden. After restructuring, the electric Phaeton will take its place and is expected to hit the market by 2019.
reuters.com, worldcarfans.com

New R&D at VW: Volkswagen has named Ulrich Eichhorn as its new research and development chief, a position he held from 2000 – 2003 before going to Bentley. Michael Mauer will become head of VW Group design in addition to his current position as lead designer at Porsche.
autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com

Jul 31, 2015 - 07:36 am

Tesla, JAC, Denmark, Renault, Canada.

Tesla offers own incentives: Every Model S driver who refers a new buyer gets 1,000 dollars off his/her next purchase. The offer is valid until October 31st. Those who recommend five (buying) friends are invited to the Gigafactory opening and the first person to find ten people willing to purchase a Model S, gets a Model X for free.
bloomberg.com, insideevs.com

China electrifies further: Jianghuai Automobile Company (JAC) will invest 4.5 billion yuan (725m dollars) in the development of electric and hybrid vehicles. By 2025, they could already make up 30 percent of all sales by JAC.

The end of exemption? EVs could become much more expensive in Denmark, as their tax exempt status will expire at the end of this year. That could cause price increases of up to 180 percent. However, the Danish government already said that it is looking at solutions for 2016.
autoblog.com, teslarati.com

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Hybrid Talisman: Renault will present Laguna successor Talisman at the IAA in Frankfurt, which will become available by the end of 2015. According to Renault CEO Stefan Müller, the sedan will also be available as a hybrid variant.
wiwo.de (in German)

Canada tightens regulation: Canada’s Tier 3 regulations will introduce more stringent air pollutant emission standards for new cars, light-duty trucks and certain heavy-duty vehicles from 2017. At the same time, they will also lower limits on the allowable sulfur content of gasoline.
greencarcongress.com, gc.ca

Apr 24, 2015 - 08:17 am

BMW, General Motors, Mercedes, Tesla, BYD, JAC.

Purely electric i5? Apparently, BMW is considering two drives for the i5. It will either become a plug-in hybrid with a motor serving as range extender or maybe go all-electric, German Auto Bild reports. The purely electric model could come with a range of more than 400 km. Market entry could be in 2019.
autobild.de (in German)

GM to move EV production? GM might start to produce its EVs in China to save on import duties and to benefit from Chinese subsidies. Both the Volt and Bolt could thus be originate from Asia soon. However, nothing is definite yet.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)

Plug-in A-class? Mercedes is pondering the electrification of the A-series, says Auto Bild. The new generation, scheduled for 2018, will most likely see a hybrid variant. Whether it will be a plug-in (favoured by most) or a mild hybrid has not been decided yet.
autobild.de (in German)

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All as planned: Tesla says it is on track with all major projects scheduled for this year. Among them is the Model X that got previously postponed but will make it to the market this year, according to the EV maker. The Tesla Model 3 is still set for 2017.

BYD in Shanghai: At its home show, BYD has quite a few electrifying models on display. The e5 and T3 are both fully electric while the “imperial” SUVs Yuan, Song and Tang will all be offered as plug-in hybrids.
cision.com, carnewschina.com, indianautosblog.com

Cheap but persevering: Jianghuai Automobile Company (JAC) brought the iEV5 to Shanghai. The EV is said to have a range of 240 kilometres and will be offered for just 89,800 yuan (14,503 dollars).

Dec 23, 2014 - 09:26 am

Tesla, Renovo, Puritalia, JAC, Smart.

Merry Christmas to Tesla Roadster drivers: Via twitter, Manfred Hillinger from Tesla Club Austria asked when Tesla Roadster drivers can expect update details. The answer came from Tesla CEO Elon Musk personally – apparently, the carmaker will make an official announcement this week!
insideevs.com, twitter.com

Renovo at CES: Renovo Motors will show its all-electric Coupé at the upcoming 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. The Shelby Daytona-bodied Renovo Coupé debuted at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and is on sale now in limited quantities. Shipping will begin in 2015.

Puritalia plans hybrid sportscar: Just as the sports car start-up unveiled the production version of its first model 427, it announced the upcoming GTQ hybrid, where the front is powered by an electric motor and the rear by a mid-mounted V8. The hybrid sports car is expected to be available by 2018.


JAC iEV5 update: Car News China takes a closer look at the EV, which will become available in the Anhui region only in early 2015. The iEV5 will offer a range of up to 250 kilometers and will be available for 110,000 yuan (17,700 USD) after subsidies, which amount to nearly 50 percent of the sticker price.

Testing the Smart e-bike: It is heavy! That´s the first conclusion the Guardian reporter Helen Pidd comes to. She concludes that although it may be big and burly, there’s a lot to like about the Smart ebike – like a “fantastic” inbuilt lighting system and a display panel that calculates “everything”.

Found on electrive.com
12.01.2018 11:08