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. Weiterlesen
Norway, Qiantu, Volvo, Tesla, Honda.
Is this the end? Gas guzzlers will be banned from sale in Norway by 2025, Dagens Naeringsliv reports, claiming all governing parties have agreed to stick to the National Transport Plan initially proposed by Labour. Only the left-wing parties confirmed this so far, while the populist Progress Party corroborates that talks are on-going. Elon Musk welcomed the move on Twitter enthusiastically nonetheless.
China closes up: Chinese Tesla competitor Qiantu Motor prices the sporty K 50 at 106,000 dollars when it launches next year. And its ambitions go further as the firm aims for 15 percent market share in China by 2020 with two more entry-level electric models. The Suzhou factory is to start production before the year’s end and shall quickly gear up to churn out 450,000 EVs annually.
Polestar positioning: Volvo will launch both the S90 and V90 as Polestar variants with a powerful hybrid drivetrain that could deliver up to 600 hp. This means the 87 hp electric motor that currently drives the rear would be replaced with a more powerful unit.
Autonomous acceleration? A Tesla Model X crashed into a building on its own. The incident happened at a parking lot where the SUV “suddenly and unexpectedly accelerated at high speed” and became uncontrollable, the driver claims. More details have yet to emerge.
Meanwhile, Tesla released software update v7.1 for the Model X. It allows to better adjust the EV’s seats via touch screen and to close all doors remotely and at once, including the trunk and falcon wings.
Honda Freed: Japan will see the launch of a new version of the Freed van based on the Honda Jazz this September. As with previous models, a hybrid variant is included but this time allegedly adopts the new i-DCD 7-speed dual clutch hybrid system.
carsensor.net (in Japanese, with renderings) via indianautosblog.com
Geely, NextEV, Qiantu, Tesla, Porsche.
Electric delivery: According to Autocar, Chinese Geely wants to not only build electric taxis in the UK, but its subsidiary Emerald Automotive could kick off the serial production of an electric delivery truck with range extender. The Emerald T-001 would have an all-electric range of at least 66 miles. Moreover, Emerald says it will partake in a tender from the U.S. postal service that is looking to renew 180.000 vehicles (we reported).
NextEV fires starting pistol: The Chinese start-up will invest 3bn yuan (463m dollars) in a new facility for the development and production of high-performance motors and components for electric cars in the city of Nanjing. The factory is said to open its doors in the second half of this year and have an annual production capacity of 280.000 units.
Electric roadster form China: The Qiantu K50 electric sports car was also shown as a topless roadster at the Auto China. Qiantu Motors is currently building a factory in the city of Suzhou with an annual production capacity of 50.000 EVs. The Qiantu K50 and two more electric cars will launch in 2017.
Tesla is not content with the recently decided incentive scheme in Germany. Only EVs that cost less than 60,000 euros qualify, even though Tesla’s all-electric cars replace the segment of true gas guzzlers. The Californians now offers an attractive leasing rate of 494 euros per months for the Model S 70 in Germany – with some strings attached. But nonetheless not a bad deal.
Tesla stocks up: The California EV maker has rented two large storage facilities near its Fremont production site – probably to store parts needed for the production of the Model 3. Meanwhile, Tesla wants to conduct a job fair this weekend to find “hundreds” of new production workers.
electrek.co (storage), electrek.co (jobs)
Porsche news for the U.S.: Porsche will offer the Panamera sports wagon variant in the U.S. – and as a PHEV, nonetheless. While it is sure that the car is coming, Porsche’s US Chief Klaus Zellmer said not to expect it in 2017.