In China, around 357,000 New Energy Vehicles were sold in September. Battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles together accounted for a market share of 17.3 per cent. BYD continues to be the strongest brand.
General Motors is struggling with declining market shares in China and therefore wants to focus on electric mobility and autonomous driving in the future. The Americans plan to invest more than 20 billion dollars globally in these two areas by 2025.
Construction of China EV factory kicks off: The SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture has begun building a factory for electric and hybrid vehicles in the Chinese southwestern province of Guangxi. The facility will have an annual capacity of 200,000 units. The JV has invested 470m dollars in the project. news.yahoo.com
Suzuki goes hybrid: The carmaker announced that it will introduce its first fully hybrid vehicle as early as December as part of the Solio family. So far, Suzuki has only manufactured mild-hybrids, many of them variants of their small line-up cars. just-auto.com, asahi.com
Lexus premiere: The fourth-generation of the Lexus RX will celebrate its European premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It features a newly developed hybrid drivetrain, as well as new safety and drive assist systems. Lexus calls it the best Lexus SUV to date. auto-medienportal.net, pressebox.de (articles in German)
Electric alliance: The U.S. state of California, Canadian Quebec and the Netherlands have founded the International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance (ZEV Alliance). They want to promote EV uptake, innovation and investments, and create international awareness. Other countries and regions are asked to join their cause. ngtnews.com
Volkswagen hits the track: Its logo has been added to the livery of the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Formula E team, as the latter and Volkswagen signed a strategic partnership. Off the track, ABT Sportsline and VW have already enjoyed a long standing collaboration. electricautosport.com
First test drive in the new Volt: A Chevy enthusiast posted a first review of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt on GM-Volt.com. One cool new feature is the wireless charging port for mobile phones and the car’s driving performance was also “incredible.” Conclusion: the car “improved in nearly every way.” gm-volt.com