Jun 25, 2022 - 04:38 pm
Germany’s Webasto opens battery assembly in South Korea
German supplier Webasto has commissioned a new plant to assemble batteries for passenger electric cars in Dangjin, Korea, south of Seoul. The Group already holds an order from Hyundai-Kia to supply battery systems for several fully electric volume models.
Apr 24, 2022 - 02:15 pm
Switch Mobility to set up shop in the UK
Switch Mobility has announced plans to invest £300Mn across the UK and India to develop its electric buses and light commercial vehicles. The British subsidiary of India’s Ashok Leyland has similar targets for Europe, where a new facility is under construction in Spain.
Dec 13, 2021 - 11:54 am
GM considers 3rd Ultium battery cell factory in the US
General Motors and LG Energy Solution appear to consider building a third battery cell factory in the US to produce more Ultium cells to power future electric pick-up trucks. The decision is heavily dependent on state incentives, however.
Jun 21, 2021 - 01:21 pm
Northvolt & Volvo Cars consider battery cell joint venture
Volvo Car Group and Northvolt want to set up a joint venture to develop and produce more sustainable batteries tailored to power Volvo’s and Polestar’s next generation of pure electric cars. The plans include R&D and a large scale cell factory in Europe.
Apr 7, 2021 - 12:39 pm
Porsche battery cell JV Cellforce Group awaits approval
The planned battery cell joint venture between Porsche and Fraunhofer spin-off Customcells becomes more concrete. The German antitrust authority (Bundeskartellamt) is looking into the Cellforce Group with reports suggesting that P3 will be the third partner in the new company.
Jan 26, 2021 - 05:19 pm
Faraday Future looks to China for production
California’s electric car startup Faraday Future plans to build a plant in China with an initial annual production capacity of over 100,000 vehicles. Industry insiders say that Faraday Future is negotiating with Geely about contract manufacturing.
Aug 27, 2020 - 02:40 pm
Porsche postpones Taycan Cross Turismo launch to 2021
Porsche postpones the launch of the Cross Turismo, a roomier version of the all-electric Taycan, from the end of this year to early 2021. Financial news services cite Porsche CEO Oliver Blume saying the strong demand for the regular Taycan amid the pandemic had driven the decision.
Aug 20, 2020 - 05:39 pm
Akasol orders machines for US battery factory from Manz
German battery systems manufacturer Akasol has now placed the follow-up order for production equipment for its planned battery factory in the USA with the mechanical engineering company Manz. The “Gigafactory 2” as Akasol calls it is set to open in late 2021.
Aug 20, 2020 - 12:30 pm
VW ID.4 production kicks-off in Zwickau
Production of the VW ID.4 has kicked-off at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, Saxony today. VW thus starts serially making the e-SUV before officially launching it at the end of September. Germany is just the start of the production cycle with plants in China and the US to follow closely.
Jul 21, 2020 - 05:23 pm
The last Tesla Roadster (Vin2500) ever made is on sale
The last Tesla Roadster (VIN2500) to leave the Fremont production lines is now on re-sale. Registered in December 2012 and a collector’s piece from the start, the owner, in a very Swiss move, wants to see 1.39 million francs (about €1.28).
Jul 20, 2020 - 01:49 pm
Nio signs credit lines with local banks for €1.3Bn
Nio is moving on from crisis as the EV start-up secures fresh capital from banks in China. The company had signed credit lines with six domestic banks for a total of 10.4 billion yuan (around 1.3 billion euros) just days ago.
Dec 3, 2019 - 02:13 pm
Lucid Motors begins building Arizona EV plant
In Casa Grande, Arizona, Lucid Motors has started construction of its electric car plant and says it will invest more than 300 million dollars. The first phase of the factory construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2020.
Oct 11, 2019 - 02:46 pm
Dyson discontinues electric car project
Dyson has axed all plans to build electric vehicles. Founder Sir James Dyson announced the surprise move in an email to employees, saying the project is not commercially viable. Dyson will rechannel the £2.5 billion already invested in other technology.
Oct 4, 2019 - 03:57 pm
CATL gets go-ahead for German battery cell plant
In Germany, Chinese battery giant CATL has been given the go-ahead from the region of Thuringia’s Minister of the Environment, Anja Siegesmund, to start the new construction of its battery cell plant in Erfurt.
Sep 6, 2019 - 06:28 pm
Porsche puts the Taycan into serial production
Just in time for the IAA, Porsche plans to start production of the first Taycan customer vehicles on September 9. Porsche now also confirms that it has increased its stake in Rimac Automobili from ten to 15.5 per cent.
Aug 12, 2019 - 02:30 pm
EDAG develops EV assembly technique
The German development service provider EDAG has developed a scalable floor assembly for electric cars. According to EDAG, the Scalebase makes it possible to flexibly scale floor assembly for almost all middle and upper-class electric cars.
Aug 6, 2019 - 12:40 pm
Tesla loses another production manager
Tesla lost another important manager this month: J. Eric Purcell. Purcell spent almost seven years with Tesla and was most recently responsible for production quality at the Fremont plant.
Jul 29, 2019 - 10:26 pm
Porsche reveals number of pre-orders for Taycan EV
Porsche has released an update on numbers for the company’s first electric car, the Porsche Taycan. With clients able to register their interest, Porsche has collected almost as many pre-orders as they plan to produce electric vehicles.
Jul 29, 2019 - 09:51 pm
Electric car battery line to be built in Slovakia
The Slovakian group InoBat and the US energy technology company Wildcat Discovery Technologies plan to build a production line for electric car batteries in Slovakia. Construction of the 100-MWh line is scheduled to start in 2020.
Jul 29, 2019 - 09:16 pm
Toyota strengthens Poland plant for hybrid components
As hybrid sales rise, Toyota intends to localise the production of HEV components more strongly in Europe. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) will produce a second hybrid transmission (e-CVT) at its plant in Walbrzych from 2021.
Jul 5, 2019 - 02:42 pm
UK: JLR to create “powerhouse of e-mobility in the Midlands”
Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to manufacture a range of new electrified vehicles at its Castle Bromwich plant near Birmingham. The announcement is the next step towards the company’s promise to offer electrified options for all new models starting 2020.
Jul 4, 2019 - 01:44 pm
Borgward’s electric car factory in Bremen falls
The plan by the revived carmaker Borgward to produce electric cars in Bremen, which had previously already come to a standstill, is now completely off the table. The reserved area will likely go to another company. It is unclear what the future holds for Borgward.
May 13, 2019 - 10:11 pm
Volkswagen Board releases €1Bn for battery cell factory
Volkswagen’s supervisory board has announced the automaker’s entry into battery cell production and is ready to invest one billion euros. Depending on the political circumstance, VW wants to set-up production in Germany at its Salzgitter site in Lower Saxony.
Apr 27, 2019 - 04:41 pm
BYD plans fourth new energy vehicle factory in China
BYD is massively expanding their electric car production capacity in China. The manufacturer has now struck an agreement with the Changzhou city government to build a fourth car factory, which will have a capacity of 400,000 electric cars per year. Existing sites will ramp up as well.
Apr 10, 2019 - 09:14 pm
Porsche reclaims axle production for Macan EV
With the fully electric Macan to enter production in Leipzig early on in the next decade, Porsche is integrating axle assembly on-site. So far, the factory had outsourced this work to a supplier and Porsche says, the new unit will create more than 100 jobs and help keep motors a USP.