Volkswagen small cars get downgraded on crash tests
Volkswagen Group experiences a setback as their small cars get downgraded on crash tests ratings: The new VW Up and its sister models Seat Mii and Škoda Citigo, all of which are also available with a purely electric drive, have only been awarded three stars in the new crash test round of the European New […] Weiterlesen
Seat launches Urban Mobility business unit
Seat has set up a new urban mobility solutions development department, as well as introducing an electric scooter and a new electric kick scooter. Seat car sharing in Madrid is also to be integrated into the new unit. Weiterlesen
UK prices and special offers for the Seat Mii EV
The Seat Mii Electric is now available to order in the UK. Priced from £19,300 (including PiCG), Seat’s first fully electric vehicle is available for £199 per month on a PCP deal. This is after a £4,399 customer deposit, with Seat contributing £500 to the cost. Weiterlesen
Seat Mii electric the cheapest of VW’s electric cars
Seat has published the price for the Mii electric for Germany. The small electric car of the Spanish Volkswagen subsidiary will be available at a basic list price of 20,650 euros and is, therefore, cheaper than the sister models of the Škoda and VW brands. Weiterlesen
Study: German carmakers have catching up to do
According to the latest CAM ‘Electromobility Report’, in which 212 series innovations in e-mobility have been evaluated by 30 car manufacturers over the past five years, German automobile manufacturers still have catching up to do. Weiterlesen
Norway: Skoda accepting deposits for electric cars
Skoda has begun accepting registrations for its first two electric models in Norway. The EVs based on Volkswagen’s MEB are the Citigo e iV and the Vision iV. Customers wanting priority on order lists will have to pay an advance of NOK 5,000 (€520). Weiterlesen
Seat presents their first BEV: Mii electric
Seat has presented its first electric model, the Mii electric, in Oslo. It will replace the conventionally powered Mii, whose production will end in July 2019. Advance sales start in September and the first units are to be delivered before the end of this year. Weiterlesen
VW to manufacture small electric car in Eastern Europe
Volkswagen’s plans for future plants are changing rapidly: from 2023, the purely electric small car for less than 20,000 euros is to be built in Eastern Europe instead of in Emden in Germany as originally planned. The Zwickau plant in Germany will probably hand over the production of the I.D. Crozz to Emden. Weiterlesen
Madrid: Seat plans eXS electric scooter sharing project
Seat has sold more than 5,000 units of its eXS electric kick scooter, which was developed in collaboration with Segway, and is now entering into a strategic partnership with the startup UFO to make 530 of its electric pedal scooters available to the public in Madrid via an app. Weiterlesen
Seat makes electrification plans public
Seat has put its electrical strategy into concrete terms. The VW subsidiary plans to launch six electrified models on the market by the beginning of 2021. The electric versions of the Seat Mii and the Seat el-Born will be the first two all-electric models of the Spanish car brand. Weiterlesen
Seat presents study of very small electric car
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which has just started, Seat is presenting a fully electric micro-car concept for sharing services. The 1+1-seater Seat Minimó requires very little space and comes with replaceable batteries. Weiterlesen
VW pushes global electrification offensive
Seat, the Volkswagen Group China and JAC intend to jointly develop a series of Seat EVs to launch in China in 2021. Meanwhile, VW’s man in North America, Scott Keogh announced they would introduce their first MEB based model in the USA in 2020. Weiterlesen
Volkswagen upgrading Zwickau for 330,000 EV capacity
The German automobile manufacturer has announced their plan to upgrade the Zwickau facility to become the most effective electric vehicle production facility in Europe. A capacity of 330,000 vehicles per year is the eventual target for the CO²-neutral I.D. vehicle range, which will begin production in late 2019. Weiterlesen
Electric touring series ETCR to start in 2020
As part of the presentation for the new electric race car CUPRA e-Racer by Seat, which took place at the finale of the GT Open and the TCR Europe, the announced touring series ECTR was officially presented. The most important detail: It will kick off in 2020. Weiterlesen
Seat coming to China with VW gearing up for growth
Volkswagen’s Spanish subsidiary Seat will enter China by hooking onto the JAC Volkswagen joint venture. Together the three plan to establish a R&D centre for electric vehicles. Development is to culminate in a dedicated electric car platform for China and beyond in 2021. Weiterlesen
Seat teaming up with Rimac for CUPRA e-Racer
Since Seat decided to get into electrification of their performance segment, they found a powerful partner. Croatia’s super car maker Rimac Automobili will drive the technology behind the Cupra e-Racer in order to “introduce a whole new E TCR category,” says CEO Mate Rimac. Weiterlesen
Seat Leon to be released as PHEV in 2020
Seat made the announcement as part of their annual presentation for the 2017 results in Madrid, stating that the plug-in hybrid version of the vehicle would be released on the market in 2020. It will be manufactured in the Spanish Martorell factory. Weiterlesen
Seat takes over ride-share provider Respiro
Seat has acquired the Spanish ride-share startup Respiro, which is currently operating in Madrid with about 200 vehicles, including electric and hybrid ones. The plan is to expand the ride-share company to further major cities in the coming years. Weiterlesen
Volkswagen’s BEV for China clearly comes from JAC
Leaked images reveal the design of a Volkswagen EV for the Chinese market. However, the budget vehicle will not be sold under the VW label and is not exactly a new car either. Instead it is clearly inspired by JAC’s existing iEV7S with some changes to the front and rear. Weiterlesen
Seat is purportedly planning its first MEB EV
Spanish car manufacturer SEAT has tentatively announced their plans for a new MEB electric vehicle slated for release in 2020. Based on the new MEB platform, designed by VW, the car will feature a Modular Electrification Toolkit. Weiterlesen
Aston Martin, Renault, Seat, Kia, BMW, Shenzhen Wuzhoulong.
Aston Martin to limit RapidE: The British want to manufacture no more than 155 units of its all-electric RapidE from 2019. That is just one third of the amount announced initially. The reason is that Aston Martin quit its partnership (for this electric model) with Chinese company Le Eco due to the latter’s financial problems. Pre-orders with a down payment of 10 percent of the total 200,000 pounds shall be possible from August. The electric version of Aston Martin’s DBX is supposed to enter the market by 2019.
Pricing for Renault’s electric Kangoo: In Germany, net prices for the new Kangoo Z.E. with its 33 kWh battery start at 20,820 euros, the cheapest long version Kangoo Maxi is available for 22,820. For the first time, the French offer the battery for sale rather than lease only with its EV.
Seat to electrify its Cupra: The Spanish intend to create electric versions of its performance models called Cupra. So far, the Seat Leon is the only one existing as well in a Cupra version, but in 2018 an Ateca Cupra is to follow. Seat’s first EV model based on the MEB platform is due by 2019.
No electrification of Kia’s Stonic: The Korean car manufacturer denies rumours claiming an electric twin of its compact crossover Stonic at launch. Marketing head Seo Bo-won stated that there won’t be a hybrid version neither. The explanation is that Kia seeks to delineate the Stonic from the Niro.
BMW extends its U.S. factory: The Germans want to invest 600m dollars in Spartanburg, South Carolina and create 1,000 jobs over the next four years, BMW announced during its X3 model presentation. It seems likely, the planned X3 electric version will be made in Spartanburg from 2019, too.
New electric bus for China: Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors has presented a 12 metre electric bus for the Chinese market. The Wuzhoulong F2 Felicity comes with a 250 kW drive from UQM and shall be particularly light and thus particularly energy-efficient.