NEVS presents electric robotaxi for sharing services
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has presented a mobility ecosystem for autonomous electric vehicles for sharing services, under the name PONS. At the heart of the ecosystem is the autonomous Sango electric vehicle for up to six passengers.Weiterlesen
Evergrande breaks ground on e-drive production plant
The extremely ambitious electric car plans of the Chinese Evergrande Group are becoming more concrete: In Huzhou in Zhejiang Province, local media reported that the ground-breaking ceremony for a production facility of Evergrande for electric drive systems has now taken place.Weiterlesen
Sono Motors evolves radically new financing strategy
The Munich-based German startup Sono Motors has just radically changed its financing strategy. Instead of relying on strategic investors, Sono will now increase its focus on crowdfunding. The production date of the Sion is also shifting significantly.Weiterlesen
Sweden: NEVS to build Sion EV in former Saab factory
Solar electric car startup Sono Motors announces the European production partner for the first Sion EV. National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) takes charge of manufacturing at the Trollhättan-site from mid-2020.Weiterlesen
NEVS buys 20% of Koenigsegg to develop electric cars
Chinese-owned Saab successor NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden) has invested 150 million dollars to acquire 20 per cent of the shares in the Swedish sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg. The deal is part of a strategic partnership between the two manufacturers.Weiterlesen
Faraday investor Evergrande buys 51% of NEVS
Chinese corporation Evergrande Health Industry Group – Faraday Future’s disputed investor – has made a major investment in Chinese-owned National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) formerly Saab. Evergrande acquired a majority of NEVS shares at 51 per cent for a price of 930 million US dollars.Weiterlesen
NEVS taking trifold approach to e-mobility in China
The Swedes (kind of) are coming to Shanghai as NEVS establishes both a new production facility and innovation centre in China. Their approach is trifold though with new partnerships to grow networks in not only transport but energy and information as well.Weiterlesen
GSR Capital invests in NEVS & building battery factory
The Chinese investment firm GSR Capital, who had wanted to buy Nissan’s battery section last year, has invested 500 million dollars in the Saab successor National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS).Weiterlesen
Audi, Nissan, Mercedes, NEVS, WM Motor, Indonesia
Significant changes at Audi: Electrification is the new norm, or shall be in Ingolstandt and so Audi decided to get rid of power output designations such as 2.0 TFSI oder 3.0 TDI. Instead, two digits that stand for the output in kW followed by the actual motor technology such as TFSI, TDI, g-tron, or e-tron shall describe each variant. Audi explains this step with new technologies taking over in the future, which will make cylinder capacity less relevant for customers.
Latest tease for Nissan Leaf: The countdown is on for the launch of the next-gen Nissan Leaf and so the Japanese continue to serve one little piece of tease after the other. Not sushi of course but an animated video and a snapshot of the rear light. However, the web was faster as usual so the full menu, meaning a naked Leaf and spec, have been put on the table already.
First view of the Mercedes EQA: We missed a tiny little detail when announcing Mercedes’ IAA line-up lately. If you look very closely, you can discover the compact EQA already in the picture.
New NEVS investors: Saab successor NEVS has got a new co-owner in Beijing Zhenghuon Technology, an investors group that just poured 108m dollars into National Electric Vehicle Sweden. Didi Chuxing, China’s equivalent to Uber, is also thinking about taking a stake in NEVS, and “discussions have been going on all summer,” according to NEVS CEO Stefan Tilk.
German design for Chinese EVs: WM Motors has turned to Isdera, a design and engineering firm based in the German town of Saarwellingen and led by former Porsche engineer Eberhard Schulz, to give their electric cars some substance. Founded in China last year, WM Motors wants to cooperate across all business areas with Isdera, including manufacturing and raising capital.
Indonesia’s EV incentives: A new policy by the Indonesian government wants to favour electric and hybrid vehicles by granting them a break from taxes. The goal is to reduce emissions by 29 percent by 2030 and the Ministry of Industry, intends to make its plans public by the end of the year.
ZF, Daimler, BAIC, NEVS, Hyundai, Continental, Audi.
JV for LEV: ZF believes micro mobility is the future and has set up a joint venture with Magura, BrakeForceOne and Unicorn Energy to work on two, three, and four-wheeled electric solutions. Magura has been active in the e-bike segment for some time, being Bosch’s preferred service partner in the early days. Unicorn Energy is to take on battery technology and the JV plans to present first models by late summer this year. The Eurobike show might see the launch as Friedrichshafen is also home to Zukunft Ventures as the JV is aptly named. (Zukunft means future in German.) ZF marked logistics but also passenger transport as segments for its light electric vehicles and will deliver respective drive trains.
Daimler & BAIC to build PEV: Germany and China tighten relations as Daimler and BAIC agree to expand their cooperation to include hybrid and electric vehicles. The deal was sealed with the prime minister Li Keqiang and Chancellor Merkel in attendance in Berlin. In concrete terms, Mercedes-Benz will upgrade its factory in Beijing to produce new energy vehicles and agreed to acquire a stake in BAIC’s subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV), that focuses on research and development.
This is the 9-3 EV: NEVS readies the electric version of the Saab 9-3 to debut at next week’s CES Asia together with its offspring 9-3X which NEVS positions as an SUV. First pictures have been released. Meanwhile, NEVS announced to set up a 9-3 carsharing scheme in China’s metropolis of Tianjin.
390 km range EV from Korea: Expect an all-electric compact SUV from Korea early next year that is said to draw a range short of 400 km from a 63 to 70 kWh battery. If Autobild is to be believed, it will most likely be an electric Hyundai Kona with batteries from LG Chem or SK Innovation.
Continental to supply Nio: The German supplier is to strageically cooperate with EV start-up Nio in the field of electric transport and smart solutions as well as automated driving. The coop also includes new car platforms and Continental is to continue to deliver tech for Nio’s ES8.
Mild-hybrid from Audi: The upcoming A8 sedan scheduled to go on sale later this year, will be equipped with a 48-volt lithium battery and a belt-driven alternator/starter. It recuperates energy during braking and feeds it back to the battery.
BMW, NEVS, Tesla, Volvo, Tata, Mitsubishi.
BMWi on price par with ICE: BMW wants to sell its electric vehicles at a similar price to comparable gasoline-powered cars comes 2020, Bimmertoday reports from a symposium in Vienna. In order to lower costs, the Bavarians bet on nickel manganese cobalt batteries and a highly flexible architecture to enable an output range of 90 to 250 kW. Meanwhile the BMWBlog reports that the future iNext, due by 2021, will be a crossover similar to Jaguar’s I-Pace. It focuses on autonomy starting at level 3 but with the capability to allow for level 5, which essentially is full-autonomy, i.e. hands and eyes off.
bimmertoday.de (in German), bmwblog.com (iNext)
See the first Saab EV 9-3: Saab’s parent company NEVS is readying its the production version of its all-electric 9-3 to launch this June at the CES Asia in Shanghai. First spy shots already emerged and show a very Saab-like EV. Apart from the electric version with 300 km range, there may also be a 9-3 hybrid. The first 150,000 electric Saabs have reportedly been sold to Chinese Panda New Energy already.
carnewschina.com (with photos)
Tesla rethinks line-up: After teasing its upcoming electric truck Semi recently, Tesla added a few details. The Semi will utilise many Model 3 components, e.g. the electric motor, in order to enable high gross margins. Meanwhile, Elon Musk doubts his idea of an electric mini bus programme for future sharing services. His judgement builds on his previous prediction that in a fully autonomous environment, shared electric cars will essentially make large parts of public transport redundant.
electrek.co (Semi), electrek.co (mini bus)
Volvo’s first EV is going to be a compact model, specified R&D leader Henrik Green. It will be based on the compact car platform CMA and have the size of Volvo’s 40 series. Launch is set for 2019.
Tata to electrify its Nano? After the Indian carmaker introduced its sub-brand Tamo with a sports car in Geneva, it wants to add an electrified small car to the line-up, reports Autocar India. Tata’s Nano could thus get an electrified twin, earlier photos of a corresponding prototype suggest.
Mitsubishi training certified: The Japanese group designed a three-day course to provide its UK dealer network with the tech knowledge required to work with hybrid and electric vehicles. The carmaker cooperated with the IMI to elevate the course to an industry-recognised qualification.
NEVS, SHW Automotive, Volkswagen, Tesla, Toyota, Tata Motors.
NEVS gets green light: Saab successor National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has received government permission to manufacture electric vehicles in China. The factory in Tianjin is said to open its doors late 2017 and churn out 200,000 EVs per year. NEVS is the first company with international investors allowed to produce in China. At the end of 2015, NEVS had already bagged a billion-dollar deal for 250,000 EVs with Panda New Energy (we reported).
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, nevs.com
Trumped? As reported, SHW lost a deal 100m euro deal to deliver electrical ax ear pumps to “the world’s leading manufacturer of all-electric vehicles,” presumably Tesla. The deal breaker was said to be compatibility with vehicle requirements, but it could also have been political. U.S. President Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to focus on local production. And, after all, Elon Musk does belong to Trump’s team of advisors.
MEB completed: Auto News reports that Volkswagen has completed its modular architecture platform MEB. The first model to be built on the latter will be the 2020 VW I.D., followed by an electric SUV, of which the manufacture will premiere a first concept in April. Skoda is also planning five electric models by 2025, while Seat must still decide whether to kick off its electric future with hybrids or BEVs. Audi’s first all-electric SUV as well as the Porsche Mission E will not be built on the platform.
Hidden symbols Did you know that Tesla’s logo is not just a T? It’s also the cross section of an electric motor, as Elon Musk now revealed. Meanwhile, for the upcoming Model 3, the carmaker now replaced the three horizontal stripes with the actual number 3.
electrek.co (Tesla logo), insideevs.com (Model 3)
Supra update: Autocar reports that the new hybrid variant of the Toyota Supra, which is being developed together with BMW, will launch under the Gazoo performance brand in 2018. Other hybrids could then also be marketed under the brand in the future.
Small electric car: Tata Motors is apparently thinking about launching an all-electric version of its subcompact car Nano. The concept was already shown at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2010.
Tesla, Autopilot, Emoss, Hewlett Packard, NEVS, Renault.
Coast-to-coast in autonomous Tesla: A self-driving prototype may drive from L.A. to New York on its own already by the end of next year, Elon Musk announced. The Tesla would also park and charge itself, probably with one of those snaky charging robots.
If Tesla’s plan works out, such cross-country trips on Autopilot could soon be offered as ride shares. But the EV maker points out, that doing so for commercial reasons would only be allowed via the yet to be opened Tesla Network – basically catapulting the EV maker into the semi-public transport realm.
Semitrailer with range extender: Dutch Emoss, that retrofits trucks, presented an electric tractor unit boasting 320 kW. Its 120 kWh battery and a range extender that runs on natural gas accumulate for a range between 500 and 900 kilometres, depending on the size of the CNG tank.
Accelerated EV production: Hewlett Packard will support National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) to set up global manufacturing IT platform. The end-to-end solution will streamline production in both Sweden and China. NEVS will start making its first EV in 2017 and aims to roll out 250,000 units.
Diesel mild-hybrid: The Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic diesel variants will be equipped with Continental’s 48-volt hybrid drive by the end of this year. The move is hoped to reduce exhaust emissions and fuel consumption at moderate cost.
Nissan, Tesla, NEVS, Hyundai, BMW, Kia.
Nissan Leaf a la Tesla: The next generation of the Japanese EV could be available with different battery size options, just like Tesla’s line-up, Kazuo Yaijima, head of electric vehicles at Nissan, told Autoblog. That could include a 60 kWh battery pack, allowing the Leaf to drive up to 550 km on one charge. The launch is scheduled for 2018.
autoblog.com (battery options), autocar.co.uk (60 kWh battery)
Tesla’s Chinese battery takes shape: Bloomberg reports that according to an insider, the EV maker has already signed a letter of intent to build a factory near Shanghai. Presumed partner Jinqiao Group is said to foot half of the 9bn dollar investment. Import taxes would then be a thing of the past. Meanwhile, Tesla a getting ready to launch in South Korea and is looking for personnel and office space in Seoul.
bloomberg.com (China), koreatimes.co.kr (Korea)
NEVS to kill Saab: The Swedish brand’s new owner wants to produce its EVs from 2017 under its own name, after all. The original plan was the offer the electric sedan based on the Saab 9-3 as such as well. But NEVS has so far had no problem winning multi-billion dollar deals without the familiar sounding name (we reported).
Next i30 with Ioniq technology: According to Auto Express, the next generation of Hyundai’s compact car could boast the Ioniq drivetrain options and be available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric car. There could even be a fourth variant – a fuel cell drivetrain, currently used in the ix35 SUV.
BMW i3 facelift priced: In the U.S., the next generation of the BMW i3 with more range will cost 1,200 dollars more than the current model. Moreover, the EV will (at least in the U.S.) only be offered as all-electric – a range extender is not an option.
Kia recalls Soul: All Soul and Soul EV models in the UK build between 2014 and 2015 have to go back to the shop. A potential issue with the steering assembly could cause a loss of control. The adhesive used was allegedly not strong enough. 5.707 vehicles are concerned.
Kia, Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Ford, NEVS.
Kia PHEV concept: Kia is showing a five metre SUV called Telluride in Detroit. The system delivers 298 kW of which one third (97kW) comes from the electric engine. Despite its oversize, Kia believes the concept to be able to drive a few electric miles. Nothing has been said about serial production.
Powerful plug-in: VW boosts its Tiguan GTE in Detroit, showing the Tiguan GTE Active concept. Developed for the U.S. market, the plug-in hybrid version of the best-selling SUV features two electric motors with a combined output of 125 kW. Volkswagen continues to suffer from the diesel scandal and hopes to win America back when the SUV goes on sale next year.
reuters.com, autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com
Mission E extended? Maybe we will soon see an electric Porsche 911 Turbo, as project leader Erhard Mössle hints at a two-door version of the Mission E. The electric model would thus only be the starting point for a “future where we need more electric cars,” Mössle continued.
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A3 e-tron goes on sale in the U.S.: Audi’s first PHEV is finally available in the States, where it was already expected to arrive last autumn, but CARB certification issues had pushed back the on sale date. The A3 e-tron can now be ordered at any dealer from 37,900 dollars before incentives. Electric range is rated at 17 miles.
Fusion facelift: Ford has updated its classic sedan for the United States. That includes the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi PHEV, which now come with improved software and a new electric motor.
Major EV contract: NEVS has received a large-scale order for the electric Saab 9-3 from China, where Volinco expects delivery of 20,000 Swedish built EVs between 2017 and 2020. While the intent is fixed, a final purchase agreement has yet to be signed and will cost Volinco about a billion dollars (8.5bn SEK). Only last month, NEVS signed a 12bn dollar deal for 150,000 electric vehicles with Panda New Energy.
Volkswagen, NEVS, Audi, JAC.
Electric 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.
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.
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.
NEVS + Dongfeng, LG Chem + Changan, BMW, Nissan, M-Zero.
Chinese partner for NEVS: Saab owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) and Dongfeng Motor Corporation signed a strategic cooperation agreement to jointly develop electrified cars. According to the agreement, Dongfeng will support NEVS on the construction of production and R&D in Tianjin and the formation of sales and service with support from Dongfeng’s dealer network. In return, NEVS will help Dongfeng to sell its own brand cars through Saab´s dealer network in Europe and the United States.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, businessinsider.com
LG secures another battery deal: LG Chem joined hands with Chinese carmaker Changan. Under the contract, LG Chem will supply Changan with batteries for its next plug-in hybrid model, whose mass production is scheduled to start in 2016. LG Chem said the latest deal has let the battery maker secure more than half of the top 10 Chinese car brands as customers.
BMW M electrifies: BMW officials have reportedly confirmed that the next-generation BMW M3 will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain. According to The Detroit Bureau, at least one and possibly two electric motors will be added to drive the front wheels and carbon fiber will help offset the weight of the batteries.
Leaf battery upgrade: A bigger battery for the 2016 Nissan Leaf becomes more likely. According to the description page of a Nissan dealer in Indiana, “drivers of higher trim levels will enjoy a battery with as much as 25 percent increased capacity”, which suggests Nissan will be adding a 30-kWh battery pack.
Hybrid sports car from India: The M-Zero hybrid sports car by Mean Metal Motors (we reported) is becoming more concrete as a prototype is expected to be complete by June 2016. The Indian start-up wants to launch the M-Zero in Europe first and plans to price it in the range of the BMW 7 Series.
DS Virgin Racing, NEVS, NREL, Sumitomo Electric.
Virgin teams up with Citroen: The next Formula E season will see teams constructing their own powertrains. For Team Virgin, this will be undertaken by the PSA brand DS. Together, they will appear as the DS Virgin Racing team. While the cooperation is said to be of a technological nature, no technical details are known. DS hopes not only to win races but to transfer its racing technology to road cars, too.
400m dollar EV factory: Saab owner NEVS celebrated the launch of its Chinese venture. The plan is to build up production as well as R&D joint ventures in the Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech zone. The new facility will focus on New Energy Vehicles and aims for an annual capacity of 200,000 units. JV partners are the State Research Information Technology (SRIT) and the IT company, Teamsun.
Afterlife proves valid: Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) set out to identify second use strategies for EV batteries on request of the DoE. By coupling techno-economic analyses with laboratory and field testing, the NREL found utility energy storage to be the the most promising application with the potential to drive down cost and to increase grid stability.
New power transistor for EVs: Sumitomo Electric has developed a new silicon carbide (SiC) power transistor. With its low on-state resistance, high stability, and higher blocking voltage, the semiconductor is particularly suited for electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles.
Volvo, Renault, NEVS, Rotterdam, Denza, Unu.
Another plug-in from Sweden: Volvo announced that its S90 limousine will debut in the second half of 2015. It will share mechanics and chassis as well as connectivity technology of the recently presented XC90 and will also be available as a plug-in hybrid.
Renault to show plug-in hybrid: The French carmaker wants to present a 2-litre (117 mpg) concept car at the Paris Auto Show. It is said to build on a completely new platform. Details have yet to be released, but due to earlier announcements, a plug-in hybrid is considered as very likely.
cars.uk.msn.com, autocar.co.uk, greencarreports.com
NEVS to reorganise: A court in Swedish Vaenersborg approved NEVS’ application for protection from creditors, after first rejecting it on Thursday (we reported). The Saab-owner allegedly owes suppliers 57 million dollars. Negotiations with investors are progressing, but have yet to bear fruit. Meanwhile, NEVS lost the right to use the brand name Saab for new vehicles as well as those originally developed under that name.
greencarcongress.com, just-auto.com (reorgianisation), wsj.com (name)
EV prices reach record low in Rotterdam: The Nissan e-NV200, i.e., starts at a mere 4,950 euros, the Leaf at 7,450 euros due to new subsidies, claimed to be the best in the world. These are, however, temporary and limited in terms of number of sales. Amsterdam is offering similar bargains, combining local and national subsidies.
Behind the wheel of the Denza EV: Greg Kable from Autocar says the electric vehicle sets itself apart from other cars from China due to its “high standard of fit and finish.” Another positive point is its 208 mile range. With a weight of 2090 kg, Kable also criticises that the Denza is “hardly what you’d describe as quick.”
Introducing the Unu: The electric scooter has a range of 100 kilometres and a top speed of 45 kph. It features a portable 3000-watt lithium-ion battery, which weighs only 8 kilos. That enables users to charge their two-wheeler virtually anywhere. Pricing starts at 1,699 euros (2,231 dollars).