Mullen takes over Electric Last Mile Solutions
After acquiring a majority stake in Bollinger Motors, the US electric car start-up Mullen has now also completed the takeover of the electric utility vehicle provider Electric Last Mile Solutions (ELMS). The takeover was not favourable, however, but should significantly accelerate production plans.
Mullen takes over majority of Bollinger Motors
A surprising acquisition has taken place in the field of electric vehicle startups in the U.S.: Mullen Automotive announced the acquisition of a 60 per cent majority stake in Bollinger Motors for $148.2 million in cash and stock. Mullen is apparently looking to revive the B1 electric terrain vehicle and its B2 pickup variant.
Hindenburg Research takes aim for Mullen
Hindenburg Research is once again making serious allegations of fraud against an electric car start-up. This time, the US company Mullen Automotive has been targeted by the short seller. Hindenburg accuses Mullen of having deceived its investors.
Comau to help Mullen expand production
Californian electric car start-up Mullen Automotive is working with Italian automation specialist Comau, part of the Stellantis Group, to expand its body assembly plant in the US state of Mississippi.
Mullen increases reservation limit for the FIVE EV
The Californian EV manufacturer Mullen Technologies announced that the reservation limit for its Mullen FIVE EV Crossover has been increased to 25,000 initial reservations. The first 25,000 reservations will also receive a custom ‘launch edition’ for vehicle trim package options.
Mullen Technologies to switch to Li-S cells
Mullen Technologies has surprisingly announced that it will equip its electric cars with lithium-sulfur batteries. For this, the Californian startup is cooperating with the company NexTech Batteries. Mullen plans to produce more than 100,000 vehicles with lithium-sulfur pouch cells from NexTech within five years.
Mullen receives major order for the MX-05 eSUV
California-based electric car startup Mullen Technologies says it has received a potential major order. It said Florida-based Unlimited Electrical Contractors (UEC) has issued a non-binding letter of intent to purchase up to 10,000 units of the MX-05 electric SUV.
Mullen Technologies has new plans
Mullen Technologies – the Californian-based startup that plans to sell Chinese-designed electric cars in the United States – has returned with new plans. Now there is a different first model and production plan. And not for the first time in the company’s history.
Electric sports car Qiantu K50 to be made in USA
The Chinese carmaker Qiantu Motor has found a partner in the Californian electric vehicle manufacturer Mullen Technologies. They are to homologate, assemble and market the Qiantu K50 electric sports car, a sleek two seater with carbon elements, in North America.
Ford, Mullen, Formula E, Hyundai, Audi, Toyota, VW.
Mondeo roll out: Ford has started production of its Mondeo Hybrid in its plant in Spanish Valencia. The Mondeo is the first hybrid model Ford builds in Europe and will start selling there later this year. Prices start at 34,950 euros (43,700 USD).
Coda successor: The real (and more or less only) difference between the Coda and the Mullen 700e on display at the LA Auto Show is in the power packs. Still from Lishen, the new batteries come with up to 50 kWh and are said to last for more than 200 miles. If the Mullen 700e will make it into market its price is announced to be on the same level as before: around 40,000 dollars.
Formula E stakes for sale? According to El Confidential, Alejandro Agag, CEO of the Formula E, is willing to sell its stake in the electric racing series. One of the potential investors is F1 majority shareholder CVC Capital Partners.
elconfidencial.com (in Spanish) via electricautosport.com
FCV for Canada: Hyundai will offer its Tucson FCEV with a three-year lease in British Columbia. B.C. is one of the few areas in Canada that have hydrogen fuelling stations which date back to the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Spy shots of Audi A4: The new Audi A4 has surfaced on the internet, although heavily camouflaged. The new A4 will most likely debut at the IAA 2015 and is believed to be offered as a plug-in hybrid, too.
FCV experience: Eric Rogell took a seat in the future, or better Toyota’s Mirai FCV which he sees as “the love child of a Camry and a Prius.” The Passat HyMotion prototype was driven by John Voelcker who finds that the Germans actually did a better job than their Japanese counterpart suppressing the “various noises from compressors and cooling pumps”.
treehugger.com (Mirai), greencarreports.com (HyMotion)
Audi, BMW, Toyota Mirai, Mullen, India, Italjet, Bylot.
Audi fuel cell concept: The German carmaker will present the Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro technology demonstrator at the Los Angeles Auto Show. More details on this new plug-in hybrid with hydrogen fuel cell will become available tomorrow.
Hydrogen BMW i5? We already reported that BMW plans to employ a revised version of fuel cell system used in the Toyota Mirai. “Autocar” now speculates that it might be used in a future i-brand model, possibly to be badged i5.
Mirai pricing: Toyota will sell its fuel cell model from 57,500 dollars in California next year and will offer a leasing at 499 dollars monthly. With subsidies, the Mirai will thus be available from 44,500 dollars. Units are limited to 700 worldwide in 2015 of which 200 will be allocated to the Golden State.
greencarreports.com, greencarcongress.com (technology), hybridcars.com (driving impressions)
Coda returns: The electric sedan by Coda will have its comeback at the LA Auto Show but there runs as Mullen 700e by the Mullen Motor Company. The new Coda is said to come with an increased range of 185 miles. Moreover, the Mullen 100e will be on display which looks exactly like the ZAP Urbee.
Toyota to bring more hybrids to India: Due to the success of its hybrid Camry of which the Japanese carmaker sold 541 units during the first year in India, Toyota is thinking about expanding its hybrid offering. The Camry is manufactured in India by the JV Toyota Kirloskar Motor.
EICMA’s hidden jewels: Technologic Vehicles has uncovered some forgotten pieces at the Italian bike show EICMA in Milan. Check out these stylish e-bikes and electric motorcycles by Italjet and Bylot’s e-formidable. Retro is en vogue once more.
technologicvehicles.com (Italjet), technologicvehicles.com (Bylot)