NEVS, SHW Automotive, Volkswagen, Tesla, Toyota, Tata Motors.
NEVS gets green light: Saab successor National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has received government permission to manufacture electric vehicles in China. The factory in Tianjin is said to open its doors late 2017 and churn out 200,000 EVs per year. NEVS is the first company with international investors allowed to produce in China. At the end of 2015, NEVS had already bagged a billion-dollar deal for 250,000 EVs with Panda New Energy (we reported).
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, nevs.com
Trumped? As reported, SHW lost a deal 100m euro deal to deliver electrical ax ear pumps to “the world’s leading manufacturer of all-electric vehicles,” presumably Tesla. The deal breaker was said to be compatibility with vehicle requirements, but it could also have been political. U.S. President Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to focus on local production. And, after all, Elon Musk does belong to Trump’s team of advisors.
MEB completed: Auto News reports that Volkswagen has completed its modular architecture platform MEB. The first model to be built on the latter will be the 2020 VW I.D., followed by an electric SUV, of which the manufacture will premiere a first concept in April. Skoda is also planning five electric models by 2025, while Seat must still decide whether to kick off its electric future with hybrids or BEVs. Audi’s first all-electric SUV as well as the Porsche Mission E will not be built on the platform.
Hidden symbols Did you know that Tesla’s logo is not just a T? It’s also the cross section of an electric motor, as Elon Musk now revealed. Meanwhile, for the upcoming Model 3, the carmaker now replaced the three horizontal stripes with the actual number 3.
electrek.co (Tesla logo), insideevs.com (Model 3)
Supra update: Autocar reports that the new hybrid variant of the Toyota Supra, which is being developed together with BMW, will launch under the Gazoo performance brand in 2018. Other hybrids could then also be marketed under the brand in the future.
Small electric car: Tata Motors is apparently thinking about launching an all-electric version of its subcompact car Nano. The concept was already shown at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2010.
Volvo, Mitsubishi, Alstom, SHW Automotive, Okinawa Electric Scooters.
Swedish EV offensive? Volvo seems to be planning a whole series of electric car models. At least that’s what the designations P5, P6, P8, P9, and P10 suggest, which Volvo recently trademarked in Europe. Each of the applications are for “vehicles and conveyances; Electric vehicles” and suggest that just like Volvo’s XC90 PHEV bears the designation T8, future electric models could bear the P. Of course that’s all speculation.
swedespeed.com, carscoops.com, carsuk.net
New Mitsubishi SUV: The Japanese announced the world premiere of its new compact SUV for the Geneva Motor Show. While Mitsubishi is keeping details about the drivetrain under wraps, a product presentation from last year suggests a PHEV variant.
Alstom invests in EasyMile: Alstom invested 14m euros in company EasyMile, maker of the autonomous electric shuttle EZ10. The two companies agreed to join their know-how to develop integrated solutions for public transport in cities. It seems the next rail transport giant realises that autonomous shuttles should not be underestimated.
SHW Automotive loses big order: The Aalen-based supplier says it lost a 100m euro deal it was awarded last year (we reported). It had been named system supplier of electrical ax gear pumps to the unnamed “the world’s leading manufacturer of all-electric vehicles” – many speculated Tesla. But it seems that the pumps are not compatible with the vehicle’s requirements. SHW Automotive will now take legal action.
reuters.com, autonews.com, presseportal.de
E-power on two wheels: India has a new supplier of electric two-wheelers. Company Okinawa Electric Scooters just unveiled its first electric scooter Ridge, adding that it will launch two more models before the end of the year. Apparently, electric motorbikes are also on the agenda.
Charge, SHW Automotive, Tier 1 Engineering, PowerCell Sweden.
Self-drive delivery van: RoboRace presented the Charge at the ‘Wired Conference’ in London. The electric van shall be produced in Oxfordshire and the firm claims it can be assembled by one person in four hours. It will be self-drive ready and up to 10,000 units could roll off the production lines in 2017.
New Tesla supplier? German SHW Automotive received a 100 million dollar order from “the world’s leading manufacturer of all-electric vehicles” as a system supplier of electrical ax gear pumps. They did not reveal, who placed the order but it is likely to be Tesla as the firm also speaks of “mostly four-wheel drive electric vehicles.”
Electric heli takes off: Tier 1 Engineering delivered the world’s first manned electric helicopter flight in southern California. The small machine was airborne for about five minutes and reached an altitude of 120 metres at a peak speed of 80 knots.
fortune.com (with video)
Fuel cell stack for ships: PowerCell Sweden took the first marine order for two PowerCell S3 prototype stacks. They will be installed by Swiss Hydrogen in a solar boat. The system includes on-board production of H2 from solar, hydrogen storage and two fuel cells with 30 kW each.