Maxus presents 7.5 tonne electric trucks
The SAIC brand Maxus, known for transporter vans, has presented an all-electric truck for the first time at the IAA Transportation. With the 7.5-tonne Maxus Electric Light Truck, the Chinese company is venturing into heavier realms for the first time.
Belgian postal services to procure 1200 e-vans
The Belgian national postal operator Bpost is procuring 1,200 electric vans to be delivered by the end of 2022. According to a Flemish media report, the first 400 of the electric transporters have already been ordered, with the tender for the remaining 800 to follow at the end of this month.
DPD adds 750 EVs to UK fleet
In the UK, DPD is adding 750 electric vehicles to its fleet. The parcel delivery company has ordered the new electric delivery vans from the SAIC brand Maxus. These are 500 units of the electric 3.5-ton eDeliver 9 and 250 units of the smaller eDeliver 3.
Milk & More orders 159 more electric vans
The British milk supplier Milk & More procures 159 additional electric vans. The new LDV EV80 vehicles are scheduled to go into service by the end of September and expand the company’s electric fleet to more than 500 vehicles.
SAIC presents new variants of the Maxus EV80 transporter
The SAIC subsidiary Maxus has presented four new variants of their EV80 e-transporter at the IAA Commercial Vehicles. The new models will be offered with both drivers cabs as well as box vehicles. In future, SAIC aims to also provide a wheel-chair accessible version.
FedEx going electric in China
FedEx subsidiary FedEx Express has greened their fleet in China. They deployed 48 pure electric vehicles across 13 Chinese cities. The move is part of a strategy to increase efficiency of FedEx’ 90,000 vehicle fleet by 2025.
BMW, Chevrolet, Thailand, Changan, Maxus.
New 7 series unveiled: BMW has now officially presented its new luxury flagship, which will hit the market this October. The wait for the plug-in hybrid version 740e will be a little longer as it is only expected by mid-2016. Then, it will be also offered in long-wheelbase BMW 740Le form and as 740Le xDrive with all-wheel drive. The 7 series PHEV will produce a total system output of 326 hp and BMW says it can be driven electrically at speeds of up to 120 km/h and with a range of up to 40 kilometers.
Chevy Bolt caught testing: Spy shots show a heavily camouflaged Chevrolet Bolt EV which apparently is getting ever more production-ready. However, the Bolt might need a new name as GM has been running into issues with the Bolt trademark nameplate.
Thailand electrified: The South-East Asian country plans to become the region’s leader when it comes to solarpower and electric vehicles within the next ten years. 100,000 houses are to get solar panelled roofs within the next five years. Furthermore, the ‘Electric Vehicles Promotion Scheme’ is to boost the Thai market for electric vehicles and EV production.
BMW fuel cell racer? BMW is to return to Le Mans in 2018 with a brand new hydrogen race car, which might take a spot in the ‘Garage 56,’ Drive reports. It may also precede a production ready fuel cell vehicle which could go serial by 2020. Apparently, a fleet of fuel cell prototypes is already being tested.
Chinese electric vans: Two new electric vans are scheduled for China by 2016. The Oushang EV by Changan will cost 150,000 yuan (about 24,000 dollars) including incentives and has a claimed range of 200 kilometres. The EG10 by the SAIC subsidiary Maxus will cost 230,000 yuan (37,000 dollars) and features a strong 150-kW electric motor.
carnewschina.com (Changan), carnewschina.com (Maxus)