Foxconn to develop battery materials for EVs
According to a media report, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn, which works for Apple, is investing the equivalent of around 36 million US dollars in the company Giga Solar Materials via a subsidiary. Foxconn said in a statement on Tuesday that the two companies will jointly develop electric vehicle battery materials.
Kymco launches battery swapping cooperation
Two-wheeler manufacturer Kymco, Super Soco and Felo Technologies have signed a strategic cooperation agreement. Together, the partners want to develop new electric motorbikes and scooters based on Kymco’s Ionex battery platform.
Foxconn presents electric car platform
Taiwanese contract manufacturer Hon Hai, aka Foxconn, who supplies Apple components, wants to make a major entry into the electric vehicle business. According to CEO Liu Young-way, Foxconn is to be represented with components or services in every tenth electric car worldwide by 2027.
GKN Automotive and Delta join forces on e-drives
GKN Automotive and Delta Electronics are launching a strategic cooperation for the development and marketing of electric drives for the 80 to 155 kW power class. The drives from the joint development are to be launched on the market in three years.
Will Tesla start making the model Y earlier?
According to a Taiwanese business newspaper, Tesla has asked local suppliers to produce parts for Model Y six months earlier than previously planned, this quarter. This again fuels rumours that serial production of the Model Y could start earlier than originally planned.
Gogoro expands range with ultra light scooter
The Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro has introduced a new lighter and cheaper model. Now that the company has a full palette of longer and shorter-range city scooters, Gogoro plans to further expand internationally next year. In Taiwan, the Gogoro Viva will be available from October this year.
Gogoro presents electric scooter sharing platform
The Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro has created its own sharing platform, GoShare, for renting electric scooters with exchangeable batteries. GoShare will initially start in the Northwestern Taiwanese district of Taoyuan with around 1,000 electric scooters in August.
Blocking charging stations is over
For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction: After some unpleasantly disgruntled combustion engine drivers have been deliberately blocked charging stations, practical solutions are now ready to put an end to the practice – firstly in China, and now in Taiwan.
Taiwan opens first fully electric bus line
The city of Taipei has opened it’s first fully electrified bus line. On the 31.5 km stretch a total of 12 electric buses will begin ferrying passengers. The buses are fitted with motors from Danfoss Editron, but these 12 are just the beginning.
Yamaha expanding electric two-wheeler business
Yamaha is taking their electric bike business further into new markets. A cooperation with Gogoro for Yamaha to use the firm’s battery swapping system in Taiwan is just in the making. Yamaha will add their design and marketing power. Moreover, they started selling pedelecs in the U.S. for the first time.
Miss R: A 1 MW super car from Taiwan (video)
The Taiwanese startup Xing Mobility has shown off their electric super car Miss R, which they introduced towards the end of 2017, in a series of videos. Furthermore, the company will present an electric truck in Taipei.
Taiwan to outlaw fuel-powered bikes and cars
With 14 million two-wheelers for its populace of 23 million, Taiwan praises itself to have the highest motorcycle density in the world. Accordingly, its latest law for climate action aims to get their exhaust under control.
Leclanché, Taiwan, Volocopter, Oslo.
Leclanché supplies batteries to Škoda Electric: In the framework of a 5 year development cooperation, Swiss manufacturer Leclanché will deliver its battery solutions for electric buses to Škoda Electric. Besides that, the partnership involves also battery systems for cars and off-road vehicles.
Printed mini EV made in Taiwan: The Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium has introduced a small EV with elements from a 3D printer. With its lightweight construction, the two-seater is designed for city life requirements – that’s also why it just provides 60 kph and not more than a 6.6 battery pack for 100 km. Further information that would indicate commercial use have not yet been released.
Volocopter to take off in 2017 in Dubai: State-owned traffic authority RTA entered into a deal with German company Volocopter in order to trial its autonomous electric air-taxi in the Emirate. The project covers 5 years and shall begin in the fourth quarter of this year.
Autonomous electric buses in Oslo: From March 2018, the Norwegian capital will see autonomous mini buses users can order via app. In the long term, Oslo’s Roads and City Authority even considers to deploy 10 to 20 of those self-driving buses.
Hyundai, Diar Khodro, India, Taiwan, Mercedes, Lexus.
Fuel-cell competition: According to The Korean Herald, Hyundai will cut the price of its Tucson FCV to be able to compete with Toyota’s Mirai. Hyundai recently informed Gwangju City, which wants to buy another ten units of the FCV, of its internal decision to cut the car price. How much the price will drop has not yet been revealed.
Iran’s first electric car was unveiled on Sunday and carmaker Diar Khodro kicked off trial production of ‘Sabrina.’ According to TehranTimes, the company plans to build 42,500 units per year. The car looks a lot like a Mercedes B-class, and is most likely licensed from Chinese BAIC BC301Z.
tehrantimes.com, diar-khodro.com (in Persian)
India invests in electric mobility: The country will officially invest 10 billion rupees (some 162 million dollars) until 2017 to build up infrastructure, support the development of new technologies and to set up incentive schemes and pilot projects. The official kick-off date is April 1st.
Tax break for EVs extended: A newly passed amendment in Taiwan enables local governments to scrap the license tax for electric vehicles until 2018. Previously, the measure had only been good through January 5th of this year.
Mercedes C300 Bluetec Hybrid vs. Lexus IS300h: Who would expect a diesel-hybrid of a comparatively new hybrid player to match the proven hybrid drivetrain of Toyota’s premium brand Lexus? The Mercedes C300 Bluetec Hybrid might have done just that – at least for company cars.
Electric buses for Taiwan.
A whopping 10,000 electric buses could enter Taiwan’s roads over the next ten years, according to government plans. To start with, 430 units are planned for 2015.
Lifting forklift lifting.
When a lifted pallet is forked into a lifted truck by a forklift that is lifted by a forklifting forklift lifter, it either makes a great tongue-twister or proves that these guys understand logistics!