Renault-Nissan, Great Wall, Porsche, Rivian, South Korea.
Entirely new EV platform: Renault-Nissan is preparing a new platform for future electric vehicles. Due in 2020, the base shall incorporate fast-charging, high density batteries, according to Challenges. An official announcement is set within the framework of an upcoming technology alliance with Mitsubishi. But the article comtained yet another goodie – the 8,000 dollar EV Nissan plans to make for China may reach the European market as well.
challenges.fr (in French)
Great Wall to invest $9bn in green tech: Chinese carmaker Great Wall plans to invest 60bn yuan (8,7bn USD) to develop new energy vehicles, including FCV and plug-in hybrids, CEO Wang Fengying promised. Part of the push is to build facilities capable of producing 600,000 electrified cars a year.
Porsche progresses on its Mission E and said the electric model will be offered in various variants with differing power outputs. Over the air updates like Tesla’s are planned as well once the Mission E hits the road in 2019. For now, prototype testing is scheduled for this summer.
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Leaf in black: Nissan has launched a short run Black Edition variant of its Nissan Leaf in Great Britain, where prices start from 26,890 GBP after incentives. The limited edition model is on sale from March for a restricted production run up until August 2017.
State tax credit for Rivian: Start-up Rivian Automotive receives 50m dollar state tax credit from Illinois, where it recently reutilised a former Mitsubishi facility. The plan is to mass produce electric cars there from 2019. The state funding has been approved provided Rivian creates 1,000 jobs within 10 years.
The EV market in South Korea welcomes Tesla this week as the Californians will open two showrooms and announced deliveries to start by June. BMW too went east and opened the order books for its i3 94 Ah. In a more public move, BYD is to start selling its electric buses in Korea from July.
yonhapnews.co.kr (Tesla), koreaherald.com (BMW), chosun.com (BYD)