Three Chinese manufacturers join VW’s CO2 pool
With Nio, Xpeng and the Geely brand Lynk & Co, three more Chinese manufacturers have joined the Volkswagen Group’s open CO2 pool in the EU for 2021 and 2022 – despite Volkswagen’s assurances that it is compliant with the required fleet target values for 2021.
Geely presents product strategy up to 2025
Geely has unveiled its ‘Smart Geely 2025’ strategic plan. Under the plan, the Chinese car company aims to achieve annual sales of 3.65 million vehicles under the Geely Auto, Lynk & Co, Geometry and Zeekr brands by 2025. Geely has also launched a new global hybrid powertrain brand.
Zeekr raises $500 million from investors
Geely’s premium electric car brand Zeekr has raised a total of 500 million US dollars from external investors – the equivalent of about 424 million euros. The five strategic investors include the Chinese battery cell manufacturer CATL.
New details on the scope of Geely SEA e-platform
Details on the scope of Geely’s SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) electric platform have come to light. According to a media report, there will be five versions of the electric platform for all relevant vehicle classes, and these will always have two battery options.
Geely shows off new BEV & PHEV models for China
Geely presented a new SUV model based on the CMA platform at the Shanghai Auto Show. The Xingyue L will also get an electrified version later. There is also a new BEV version of the ‘Geometry A’ and a plug-in hybrid from Lynk & Co.
Volvo & Geely cancel fusion and opt for cooperation
Volvo owner Geely and Volvo Cars have announced that they will forego their proposed merger and instead significantly deepen their existing cooperation as two separate companies. This includes, among other things, expanded joint use of modular architectures for electric cars.
Geely considers launching dedicated EV subsidiary
The Chinese car manufacturer Geely reportedly wants to spin off product planning, marketing and sales of electric vehicles into an independent company. The subsidiary Lingling Technologies, which is yet to be founded, is to be primarily concerned with development, marketing and sales.
Volvo confirms small electric car on Lynk& Co. platform
According to CEO Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo will also use the new SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) EV platform recently presented by the fellow Geely brand Lynk & Co. The incoming compact model below the XC40 will be the first Volvo based on this platform.
Lynk & Co coming to Europe in 2021
Lynk & Co plans to deliver their first vehicles in Europe in spring 2021. The Geely subsidiary is starting with the hybrid SUV 01, which shares the platform with the Volvo XC40. A subscription-like membership model will also handle sales in Europe.
Lynk & Co presents electric concept and platform
The Geely subsidiary Lynk & Co has delivered a preview of its first all-electric model with the Zero Concept. The new electric vehicle platform, which will enable ranges of up to 700 kilometers, is also to be offered to other OEMs. Apparently there is already an interested party from Germany.
Geely & Volvo merge hybrid and ICE motors
Volvo Cars and its parent company Geely intend to merge the development and production of internal combustion engines and hybrid drives into an independent company to save costs and to focus on the development of an all-electric range of cars.
Honda, Lynk & Co, Bosch, Formula E, Sevcon, Alpine.
Honda’s hybrid from October: Tokyo will see the premier of Honda’s dedicated hybrid this autumn at the Motor Show before sales will start by 2018. It marks a reload of the company’s electrification efforts, that got off to an early start in 1999 with the Insight but have been rather lame in the years between. However, Honda is working on a long-range EV as well and got the Clarity left, after discontinuing both the Fit EV and the Insight. It can be hoped for the coming standalone hybrid to venture a bit further from mainstream to appeal. Details and most of all images are scarce but Honda did say it wants to settle production in the States.
Model 2: Geely’s dedicated electric brand Lynk & Co is about to unveil its third model. It sits between the SUV simply dubbed 01 and the sedan 03 so consequently no. 02 will be a crossover. The 01 SUV is set for launch before the year’s end in China before Europe and the USA will follow by mid-2019.
Bosch eBike Systems ventures into the land of pedelec pioneers Yamaha and Panasonic and wants to introduce its electric bicycle offering at the Tokyo Motor Show this autumn. Japan is the third presence in the Asia-Pacific region for Bosch after Australia and New Zealand. The chosen local service partner is Intertec and only the Active Line Plus qualifies for Japanese e-bike regulation as well as a market that traditionally values comfort over peak performance.
Formula E in NYC: Sam Bird from team DS Virgin Racing scored a double victory at the New York ePrix, making him the second driver to ever win a double-header Formula E event. Championship leader Sebastien Buemi was absent due to his clashing commitment for the WEC.
electricautosport.com, electriccarsreport.com, youtube.com (highlights race 1), youtube.com (race 2)
BorgWarner to swallow Sevcon: British maker of components for electrified vehicles aka Sevcon is about to be acquired by BorgWarner for 200m dollars allegedly. The merger has definitely been agreed and may be completed this year if all shareholders agree.
The SUV flood is about to swamp even Renault’s sports label Alpine comes 2019. At least, a PHEV and possibly EV variant is likely as well, Autoexpress suggests.
BMW, Lynk & Co, Hyundai, TransLink, Tesla.
German car sharing in China: BMW hopes to tap into the potential of dense Chinese cities with its mobility brand ReachNow. In a first step, 100 BMW i3 shall join traffic in the city of Chengdu within the next month, Handelsblatt cites Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of BMW’s board, who said that Chengdu authorities had been particularly open to the approach and would even install the necessary infrastructure. Different from DriveNow in Europe, BMW sharer in China will have the option to book a car with a driver. Mercedes has been on the market since last year. In Chongqing 180,000 users share 600 Smarts, making it the car sharing service’s most busy location – albeit not for Smart ED.
handelsblatt.com (in German)
Chinese car sharing goes west: On expansion course in the opposite direction is Lynk & Co. The Geely brand decided to launch in Berlin and San Francisco, which it considers “cities with a high penetration of shared- economy services.” Drivers whose 01 EVs are idle shall get the possibility to share them simply by flipping a switch within the Lynk vehicle. This car sharing approach is to debut in early 2019 in the German capital and shortly after in California.
Subscription EV: Californians who want to drive emission-free may now choose Hyundai’s Ioniq EV for a fixed payment for three years. This subscription starts from 275 dollars a month and a $2,500 initiation fee that the state’s rebate offsets. Costs for charging and maintenance incur after 50,000 miles.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com, autoblog.com, carscoops.com
TransLink extends bus fleet: Still this month, the metropolitan area of Vancouver will benefit from 26 new hybrid articulated buses operated by the transportation company TransLink. The electrified fleet of the company then counts a total of 252 hybrid buses and 262 trolley buses.
Tesla boosts quick charging in Korea: The Asian country is to see 14 new Supercharger installed by Tesla within the ongoing year. Six of them will be implemented in Seoul, three along main traffic routes, and five in other major cities in South Korea.
Charging Alliance, BMW, Lynk & Co, LeEco, Toyota, Renault.
European commercial charging alliance: German carmakers plan to set up EV fast-charging infrastructure across Europe. VW, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Daimler say fast-charging stations in the three-digit realm will soon be found along the main transport routes. Obviously, this is also a push for CCS with up to 350 kW. The next step may be the USA but at a later date.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Next generation of electrification? BMW plans for a whole new family of electric models based on the iNext due in 2021, Manager Magazin reports. The platform will be the basis for fuel cell vehicles but also ICE and is scheduled for completion by 2023.
manager-magazin.de (in German)
Lynk’s first PHEV: Backed by Geely and thus Volvo, Lynk & Co presented the first model of the new brand due by 2018. Dubbed 01, the new SUV sits on the same platform as the Volvo XC40 and is a plug-in hybrid as well. Following Lynk models, say 02 and 03, may already be fully electrified.
China in California: LeEco shows the LeSEE Pro for the U.S. market. Currently at pre-production stage, the electric sedan features autonomous driving and is due to be made by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, Faraday Future says its EV will debut at the coming CES next January.
forbes.com (LeEco), elektrek.co (Faraday Future)
Toyota in Poland: 150m euros are to be invested by Toyota to expand its Polish production facilities. The Walbrzych site is to manufacture a hybrid transaxle from 2018 and thus make imports from Japan redundant. Since the start of its operation in Poland in 2002, Toyota invested more than 950m euros.
No more battery leasing? Renault-Nissan is to put an end to its battery leasing, rumours suggest. Before the end of 2017, models like the Leaf would then be offered with batteries included as allegedly is the case in Spain and Portugal already.