Porsche considers releasing electric 718 in 2024

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Porsche wanted to decide by this summer whether the next generation of the 718 series (Cayman and Boxster) would have an all-electric drive. According to media reports, the decision has now been made in favour of a purely electric 718 in 2024. However, official confirmation is still pending. The portal Car and Driver reports, citing […]

General Motors reveals Ultium Drive technical specs

General Motors has now revealed technical details of the three new Ultium Drive electric motors announced in 2020 that will power GM’s next-generation electric cars. Specifically, these are two permanent magnet motors and one induction motor. Exactly one year ago, the US carmaker announced that it would add a series of five drive units and […]

BMW upgrade battery management for iX3 & i3

BMW has announced a series of model upgrades that also affect two electric models in the Munich-based company’s portfolio: The BMW iX3 will receive a predictive battery thermal management system from November 2021, while the BMW i3 will be offered in a limited edition as Edition Unique Forever. First to the iX3, which has been […]

Renault retools Douai plant for electric Mégane

Preparations are underway at the Renault plant in Douai for series production of the Mégane E-Tech Electric, due out in the first half of 2022. Renault Group says it is investing more than 550 million euros in the production facilities there and in improved workplace ergonomics. The conversion of production from combustion engines to electric […]

Eli Electric Vehicles launches production of the ‘Zero’

According to a media report, the start-up Eli Electric Vehicles has begun production of its Zero, an L6e class electric light vehicle first presented as a concept at CES 2017. The production partner is to be based in China and sales will begin in the coming weeks, initially in small numbers in 13 European countries, […]

Honda reveals BEV sales targets for North America

Honda has announced the first concrete sales targets for its battery electric vehicles in North America. For example, the Prologue – the first all-electric model for North America – is initially expected to achieve annual sales of 70,000 units. The debut electric vehicle is scheduled for introduction in 2024. Following the launch of the Prologue, […]

Tesla denies Russian plant rumours

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has denied a burgeoning rumour that his company is planning a car plant in Russia. A Russian media outlet had reported that Tesla was planning to build a factory in Korolev near Moscow. Elon Musk has now contradicted the report, which cites two sources in the Ministry of Industry and Trade […]

Foxconn & PTT to make and supply EVs in Thailand

The contract manufacturer Foxconn and Thai energy company PTT have created a joint venture for the production of electric cars in Thailand. Investments of one to two billion US dollars (about 850 million to 1.7 billion euros) are to flow into the large-scale project. Foxconn has said that the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), a special […]

Schaeffler opens new plant in Hungary

Automotive supplier Schaeffler has opened a new plant at its Szombathely location in western Hungary. The production site is the Schaeffler Group’s first pure e-mobility plant worldwide. In addition, the plant is also a new centre of excellence for the production of components and systems for electrified drives. Schaeffler says it is creating 150 new […]