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.
Lishen is under discussion as a possible supplier of battery cells for Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai. Tesla has confirmed a corresponding offer from Lishen but insists they had not signed any agreement yet.
Chinese Tianjin Lishen Battery says it is in talks with Volkswagen and Daimler to deliver batteries for their upcoming EV models. While the report is unconfirmed, Lishen is opening its first HQ in Europe close to VW’s hometown Wolfsburg.
Peugeot racing concept: Peugeot unveiled their L500 R Hybrid race car concept in honour of the 100-year anniversary of the carmaker’s first victory at the Indianapolis 500. The racer features two electric motors, a 270 hp petrol engine, and is just one metre high. electricarsreport.com
Electric racer from Indian uni: The Bombay Racing Team from the Indian Institute of Technology will launch their all-electric race car named Orca at the international Formula Student race in the UK. It took the students eight years to build Orca, which is the group’s fifth EV. The race car is said to go from 0 to 100 kph in 3.8 seconds. gulfnews.com
Johnson Controls study: Automotive parts producer Johnson Controls announced two research projects aimed at increasing fuel efficiency of start-stop systems and the next generation of battery-electric vehicles. The multi-year projects will be based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and are funded by Johnson Controls. prnewswire.com
Electrode slurry collaboration: Chinese Li-ion manufacturer Lishen has ordered four electrode slurry production lines from Swiss firm Bühler. The nearly 10.5m dollar contract comes after several years of collaboration. Lishen plans to open three battery factories in China that would average about 700,000 car batteries annually. chargedevs.com
Tesla’s Q4 results: Fourth-quarter revenues were 957 million dollars, up from 615 million in the last quarter of 2013. Due to high investments, however, Tesla had to report a loss of 107.6 million dollars in the fourth quarter of 2014. The Californian carmaker managed to hit its annual production target of 35,000 Model S in 2014 and plans to deliver 55,000 cars in 2015. Some 30,000 orders have been placed already – about 10,000 for the Model S and around 20,000 for the Model X. greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, businessinsider.com (Commentary) shareholder.com (Shareholder Letter)
Bolt production confirmed: GM yesterday officially confirmed that the all-electric Bolt will be built at the Orion factory near Detroit. A production timetable was not revealed. According to suppliers, production for the Bolt and a companion model for GM’s Opel subsidiary in Europe is set to start in October of 2016. insideevs.com, autoblog.com, gmauthority.com, wsj.com
Kia presents hybrid concept: As promised, the Korean carmaker unveiled its Trail’ster Concept at the Chicago Auto Show. And as predicted, it´s a Kia Soul with a four-wheel-drive hybrid drivetrain. The car is primarily powered by a 185 hp combustion engine at the front axle matched to a 27 kW electric motor on the rear axle intended for low-speed assist. greencarreports.com, greencarcongress.comautovolt-magazine.com
Strong words from Leshi: Following a rather vague announcement, the Chinese internet company Leshi is now rolling out the big guns. They want to invest “billions of dollars” in the production of web-connected electric cars, with which they aim to “disrupt” the U.S. market first before selling the cars in China. When Leshi plans to do all that was not part of the announcement. bloomberg.com
Cheaper EVs from India? The Indian government plans to give incentives to manufacturers of hybrid and electric cars. Starting in April this year, 35 percent of the price difference to conventional cars could be covered to make electric and hybrid cars cheaper. indiatvnews.com, indianexpress.com
Spied: Hyundai’s first hybrid-only model was caught testing in Northern Europe. Meanwhile, Tesla’s Model X was seen on public roads in California fitted with a tow hitch. worldcarfans.com (Hyundai), insideevs.com (Tesla)
Hydrogen breakthrough? British researchers from ISIS Neutron Source facility in Oxfordshire managed to extract hydrogen from ammonia with the help of sodium. This might make expensive catalysts as well as H2 fuelling stations with high pressure tanks a thing of the past. theengineer.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, acs.org
Series electric super bike: Canadian Lito GreenMotion has launched its Lito Sora. The electric motorcycle weighs 260 kilos, comes with a 12 kWh battery said to serve for up to 200 kilometres of range in city traffic. All this power made in Québec comes at the price of 49,000 euros (66,700 dollars). technologicvehicles.com (with video)
Shimano to shift Bosch: The two companies announced a cooperation to make e-bike components more compatible. In a first step, an adapter has been developed that combines Shimano’s electronic shifting system Di2 with Bosch’s e-bike system. It is compatible for both, the Performance and Active line. cyclonline.com
Lishen focusing on e-bikes: The Chinese battery supplier is to strengthen its European business by establishing cooperations with e-bike drivetrain manufacturers to integrate their cylindrical cells into their products. Furthermore, Lishen will open a service centre and warehouse in Germany to save lead times and financing costs for the company’s biggest customers. bike-eu.com
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