Newest CAM study shows Tesla as EV sales leader
With record sales of 367,000 passenger cars in 2019, Tesla has increased its deliveries by 50% and thus became by far the strongest selling electric car manufacturer in the past year, ahead of the Chinese manufacturer BYD with 219,000 new energy vehicles. Weiterlesen
MG hits Indian sweet spot with first electric SUV
EV interest is running high in India with MG Motors receiving close to 3,000 reservations for its all-electric SUV ZS in less than a month. Essentially the electric car has sold out before launch so the company has halted bookings – for now. Weiterlesen
MG Motor working hard on electrification in India
MG Motors announced plans to develop an improved battery for their upcoming electric SUV ZS EV in India, which will feature a 73 kWh capacity and a theoretical range of 500 km. The manufacturer added that it will weigh the same as the current 44.6 kWh version. Weiterlesen
VW announces the ID. Space Vizzion
VW has released the first renderings of the ID. Space Vizzion and will officially present the concept on November 19 ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. The battery-electric station wagon is to be presented as a production vehicle at the end of 2021. Also, VW has started pre-production at its new plant in China, […] Weiterlesen
VW brand reveals electric car roadmap for China
The Volkswagen Group’s core brand VW has now revealed the details of its electric vehicle roadmap in China. To start with, VW wants to deliver 300,000 electrified models to Chinese customers as early as next year. By 2025, the figure is expected to rise to around one million. Weiterlesen
ABB buys up China’s Chargedot
The Swiss technology group ABB has acquired a majority stake in Chargedot. The Chinese company supplies charging station software to EV manufacturers, charging network operators and real estate developers, among others. Weiterlesen
CharIN moves ahead on truck charging standard
The CCS initiative CharIN has just announced 15 new members, including the car manufacturers SAIC, Suzuki and Subaru. The CharIN Steering Committee has also pushed the development of the planned CCS-compliant connector for the rapid charging of electric commercial vehicles with at least 2 MW. Weiterlesen
VW-SAIC reveal first MEB models for China
Volkswagen plans to produce three electric models based on the MEB modular electrification system together with its China partner SAIC at the new plant in Anting near Shanghai. An internal report specifying two of the three models has been unearthed. Weiterlesen
Milk & More orders 159 more electric vans
The British milk supplier Milk & More procures 159 additional electric vans. The new LDV EV80 vehicles are scheduled to go into service by the end of September and expand the company’s electric fleet to more than 500 vehicles. Weiterlesen
MG brings fully-electric ZS SUV with special sale
The electric MG ZS SUV is going on sale in the UK with a 163-mile (262 km) range and a special offer that promises prices from £21,495 for the first 1,000 cars registered. These first customers will also get a free home charging point including free installation. Weiterlesen
MG Motor reveals first details for debut BEV
After a prototype of the MG ZS EV was recently filmed at the Kreuz Hilden charging park, the British SAIC brand MG Motor has now opened the order books for its first electric model and announced the first official details. Weiterlesen
Spy video: MG Motor BEV prototype filmed charging
The British SAIC brand MG Motor is launching its first electric model this autumn. A prototype of the MG ZS EV was recently filmed charging in Germany. According to the technicians, the E-SUV delivers 110 kW and offers a 44 kWh battery for 280 km WLTP range. Weiterlesen
Volkswagen ventures fast-charging network in China
Volkswagen apparently plans to set up a Chinese fast-charging network. A respective joint venture would see VW partner FAW and other local companies become part of the effort that is worth a starting capital of 1 billion yuan (around 130 million euros). Weiterlesen
VW planning 30 new plug-in cars for China by 2020
Volkswagen say it will take them no more than two years to launch more than 30 new electric cars and plug-in hybrids in China. Moreover, the Group’s Chinese arm is considering to install a public high power charging network together with local partners from 2019. Weiterlesen
SAIC-VW building factory for MEB BEVs
Volkswagen and their joint venture partner SAIC begun constructing a factory in China for electric vehicles based on VW’s Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). The factory will take up operation in October 2020, and cost about $2.5 billion to build. Weiterlesen
SAIC presents new variants of the Maxus EV80 transporter
The SAIC subsidiary Maxus has presented four new variants of their EV80 e-transporter at the IAA Commercial Vehicles. The new models will be offered with both drivers cabs as well as box vehicles. In future, SAIC aims to also provide a wheel-chair accessible version. Weiterlesen
FedEx going electric in China
FedEx subsidiary FedEx Express has greened their fleet in China. They deployed 48 pure electric vehicles across 13 Chinese cities. The move is part of a strategy to increase efficiency of FedEx’ 90,000 vehicle fleet by 2025. Weiterlesen
SAIC-owned MG Motor shows off X-motion in Beijing
The British MG Motor that is owned by SAIC has presented their MG X-motion concept, designed for electrification. The SUV concept follows a similar design philosophy as their electric sport coupe MG E-motion, which MG Motor put on display a year ago. Weiterlesen
VW invests $15 bil. in to China/EV brand SOL
Volkswagen is set to invest a significantly increased sum into the e-mobility business, including autonomous driving, digitization and new mobility services in China. By 2022, the company plans to invest 15 billion dollars with its joint venture partners SAIC, FAW and JAC. Weiterlesen
California, BMW, Lightyear, Geely, SAIC, Optare.
3bn dollars for EV funding: To call California ambitious when it comes to electric transport seems an understatement, given that it wants to pump another 3 billion dollars into EV subsidies. The aim is to bring them on price par with ICEs but also to reach the Golden State’s declared target of 1.5m electric cars on the roads by 2025, up from 300,000 to date. The initiative is part of a new bill which also includes infrastructure investments with a focus on low income communities in particular.
3 series electric? BMW may bring an electric 3-series to this year’s IAA, Handelsblatt has learnt. Its alleged 400 km range and positioning would place it in direct competition with the Tesla Model 3 and also makes sense in the overall line-up. After all, there has been no pure electric offering since the i3.
electrek.co, handelsblatt.com (paywall)
Take on the future: Lightyear One is the name of a solar-powered racer conceived by former students from Dutch TU Eindhoven. The team had met at uni but have since formed a spin-off. Lightyear hopes to build the first ten units of the “electric car that charges itself” by 2019 with another 90 to follow at the end of this decade. The solar coupé stands at a net price of 119,000 euros at the moment.
Another bite of the cake of the future was taken by Geely that just bought Terrafugia. The MIT spin-off is working on a flying car but their TF-X is only half-electric and set up as PHEV.
SAIC in India: A production plant in India by 2019 is the plan of Chinese SAIC for its MG brand, which will reportedly launch various plug-in models within the next few years. A decision whether those will be build in India however, has yet to be made.
Optare Down Under: British e-bus maker Optare is on the way to Australia at least in spirit after signing an agreement with Bus Corp Oceania (BCO) to distribute and service its buses in Oceania. In the long run, Optare considers to also assemble its electric models in Britain’s former colony.
Siemens, Pininfarina, SAIC, Hydrogen Storage
Silent gliding in Venice: Electric tourist boats can now be hired in Venice. The Italian city teamed up with a tourist boat operator and shipyard to design the “Scossa,” an electric boat that carries around 40 passengers. Its electric propulsion comes from Siemens and more vessels are planned.
Pininfarina to develop an EV: The Mahindra group-owned automotive design firm Pininfarina has closed a deal worth 65m euros with Hong-Kong listed Hybrid Kinetic Group for developing an electric car. Pininfarina will support the project from design to physical validation for series production.
SAIC research in Israel: Chinese SAIC wants to set-up an R&D centre for future technologies like electric mobility, car sharing and automation in Israel and plans to employ 50 people there.
Effective H2 storage: Researchers from the USA and Thailand used confined nanoparticles to improve hydrogen storage in a solid-state system with high-capacity lithium nitride. If put into practice, it may enable faster fuelling of fuel cell vehicles in the future.