Faraday Future, BYD, Mini, Volkswagen, Range Rover, Lucid.
Faraday Future kept its ground in the desert of Nevada and said its “1bn dollar investment in the region over the next few years has never changed.” Contrary to previous reports, the plant will not be scaled back but instead include an additional facility to produce the FF91. There have been delays, but the EV start up announced it has entered Phase 2 of constructions after the earth has been moved.
automobil-produktion.de (in German), ff.com
BYD to build e-trucks in USA: Works to expand BYD’s facility in Californian Lancaster have started as planned. The Chinese manufacturer will not only build electric buses but electric trucks there as well. The firm said it sold 150 electric trucks in the USA in just two years and its all-electric line-up covers a range of applications from vans and refrigerated trucks over garbage collection EVs to tractors.
Mini PHEV pricing: BMW issued the price for the plug-in hybrid Countryman. The hybrid-electric variant will cost from 31,585 GBP in the UK, where launch is due this June. The new Countryman is the largest Mini model yet and thus on par with other the C-segment cars like the VW Golf or Audi Q3.
I.D. Buzz to debut in Europe: Volkswagen will bring the I.D. Buzz concept to Geneva to display it in front of an European audience for the first time. The electric minibus study had its actual debut in Detroit but still VW has not set an actual date for market entry. At least a new video gets the buzz going.
Velar in full view: Jaguar Land Rover took the veils off its SUV and also reveals some details. Still it remains unclear if the Velar will be electrified in any form, although CEO Ralf Speth has at least considered a hybrid variant. Maybe JLR will tell us more in Geneva, once the Velar had its debut.
Exclusive Launch Edition: First buyers of the Lucid Air must prepare to pay 165,000 dollars for the electric sedan a recent promotion event revealed. EV maker Lucid Motors targets sales of 255 in its first year once the Air with its 1,000 hp system and 130 kWh battery hits the market by 2019.
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Smart, Seat, Range Rover, Ferrari, Honda.
Smart ED details: Daimler has revealed it all, technology and accessories of the electric versions of the Smart Fortwo and Smart Forfour, which will be available from March, 10. Prices start at 21,940 and 22,600 euros before incentives. The new Smart Fortwo ED convertible will hit the market this summer, while autumn will see the introduction of fast-charging at 22 kW.
Seat is moving swiftly on electrification as it plans to present an EV prototype at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next Monday. The electric model that may be a Mii shall serve in a car sharing pilot project for Seat employees in the Catalan capital.
Range Rover PHEV(s) in Geneva: Jaguar Land Rover published the first official picture that shows the Range Rover Velar SUV due to debut at the Geneva Auto Show. A plug-in hybrid variant is likely. Not official but photos nonetheless emerged of the Range Rover PHEV that will go on sale next year.
autocar.co.uk (Velar), autocar.co.uk (Range Rover PHEV)
LaFerrari special edition? Patent drawings hint at an anniversary model, created by Ferrari’s Special Projects division. It primed the familiar LaFerrari shape but with futuristic styling elements such as thin headlights and larger air intakes.
Electric Ariel Atom: Honda filed a patent for a minimalistic sports car that resembles the 2015 concept Ariel Atom. It looks as if the racer will have an electric drive.
Attack of the copycat.
A Chinese Landwind X7 crashed into a British Range Rover Evoque – just the car the former so unashamedly copies. To make the mash up complete, both cars were red. Expect the owner of the original to pay a higher price as the Landwind costs about a quarter of an Evoque.
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Chevy Volt, Range Rover, Seoul Motor Show, Beijing, Gogoro.
New Chevy Volt in the making: The first units of the next generation Volt are currently being built at GM’s production site Hamtramck in Detroit. Pricing is said to be announced by the end of April and the first new Chevy Volts could hit the road by autumn.
Luxury and hybrid: Land Rover will present the SVAutobiography at the New York Auto Show on Friday, which is probably the most luxurious Range Rover. It features a cooler compartment and powered deployable tables in the rear. A SDV6 Hybrid version option is also available.
EVs in Seoul: Power Plaza will present its electric roadster Yebbujana R at the auto show in the South Korean capital. It is said to have a range of 571 km at 60 kph. More than 40 “green” cars will be presented in Seoul, including Renault’s Ecolab, Kia’s new K5, and Detroit Electric´s SP:01.
koreatimes.co.kr (Yebbujana R), koreaherald.com
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Beijing puts emergency plan into place: If heavy pollution is forecasted for more than 72 hours, vehicles with odd and even license plate numbers will be allowed on the roads only on alternating days. Electric vehicles are of course exempted from the measure.
Gogoro takes Taiwan: The manufacturer wants to start offering its electric scooter with exchangeable batteries in Taiwan starting this summer. It marks their first rollout worldwide. Gorgoro also says it will build battery charging stations retail stores and parking spaces in Tapei and New Tapei city.
In Britain, Range Rover SUVs have become a target for thieves. However, it is not the 4×4 these guys are after, but the headlight LEDs. As far as the newly formed police squad ‘Operation Emporia’ knows, the extra strong lights are being misused to provide light to grow cannabis plants. Well, at least it is for a green cause!