Nissan, Toyota + Mazda, Geely, Tesla, Indonesia, Hyundai
Aerodynamic Leaf to inspire SUV version? In a new teaser video, Nissan emphasizes its new model’s enhanced aerodynamic. Just recently, first spy shot emerged that show the next-gen Leaf without camouflage. Its officially presentation is due in September. According to Autocar, Nissan also considers creating an electric crossover called Terra with optional all-wheel drive on the Leaf’s platform. Source of this information is a patent reached in by Nissan at Malaysia’s patents office.
electriccarsreport.com, autocar.co.uk (electric SUV)
EV alliance between Toyota and Mazda: The two Japanese carmakers are extending their partnership in order to develop EV tech and to erect a 1.6bn-dollars assembly plant in the States. In order to manifest the cooperation both companies take stakes in each other: Toyota will take a 5 percent share of Mazda, the latter a 0.25 percent share of its larger rival.
Geely brands’ joint venture: While Volvo Cars, Geely Auto and Lynk & Co already announced their will to work together as they all seek to accelerate common research on EV tech, this step has now been partly realized through foundation of a first joint venture: The GV Automobile Technology’s head quarter is in Chinese city Ningo, a subsidiary will be installed in Göteborg. While this project is driven by Volvo Cars and Geely, another JV including Lynk & Co is due in September.
Price cut of Tesla’s Model X and S: In the States, Tesla reduces the base price of its Model X by 3,000 dollars. Also the all-wheel drive version of its Model S is going to be available for 1,500 dollars less than before. Parallel, the EV maker adds more standard options for the performance versions of both, Model S and Model X.
EV production in Indonesia: By 2020, the country’s government seeks to kick-off serial production of an electric vehicle. Four universities are currently working together in order to develop an appropriate model. Further details on this project are not yet available.
Hyundai revises hybrid plans for India: The Korean carmaker refrains from presenting its Ioniq hybrid at India’s Auto Expo 2018, due to the government’s step to tax hybrids at the highest rate under the Goods and Service Tax (GST). Hyundai also cancelled the plan to introduce mild hybrid tech for the upcoming Verna, reacting on the government’s announcement to reduce fiscal benefits to mild hybrids under the FAME India Scheme.