JLR to set up battery assembly or else face bottlenecks

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Jaguar Land Rover will not (yet) produce battery cells but plans to set up their own battery assembly. CEO Ralf Speth told Manager Magazin that a looming shortage of batteries could hit deliveries of the I-Pace otherwise. In the interview that was published in the print edition of Manager Magazin, CEO Speth said: “We want […]

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NORMA to equip up to 200,000 NEVs with cooling systems

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Norma Group say they secured a major order from China. The German firm will provide about 40,000 cooling systems a year from 2019 throughout 2023 to what they describe as a leading Chinese new energy vehicle maker. The integrated systems optimise temperature control of the battery and the drive system. In total, up to 200,000 […]

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VW I.D racer writes record history at Pikes Peak (video)

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The VW I.D. R Pikes Peak has hit an all-time record at the legendary Pikes Peak hill climb. It was the first electric car to ever win the race ahead of all conventional race cars. A true coup for Volkswagen and their 500 kW strong little bully.  Romain Dumas managed to race the 19.99 kilometres […]

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London Black Cab rival en route to Coventry

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Geely-owned LEVC that make the electrified London black cabs may soon have a rival right at their base in Coventry. The Chinese conglomerate Red Sun Group has reached out to Britain’s Ecotive and CAD CAM Automotive (CCA) to start building hybrid taxis in the UK as well. Not only will they rival LEVC’s offer on […]

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Hydro-Québec & Dana team up with TM4 for electric drives

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Dana Inc. and Hydro-Québec have set up a joint-venture partnership in which TM4, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, will supply Dana with electric motor systems. In return, Dana will become a majority shareholder of TM4 for CA$165 million (US$127 million). While Hydro-Québec will maintain a 45 percent interest in TM4, the transaction will essentially enable Dana […]

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Changan building large scale NEV factory

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China’s Changan has begun construction works in Nanjing to build a production facility with an annual capacity of 240,000 new energy vehicles a year. Start of production is set for June 2020. By 2025, Changan want to build plug-in cars only. In order to become a sole electric vehicle maker, Changan want to create three […]

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Norway: Hyundai Kona EV sales hit double the year’s target

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Hyundai’s all-electric model Kona that is due to arrive in Europe this summer is hotly expected. In Norway where reservations opened first, Hyundai has written 4,400 orders already and holds 20,000 reservations. It looks like they need to reallocate. Those numbers are more than double the projected 2,000 units Hyundai expected to sell during the […]

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Daimler appoints sales wizz Katrin Adt as Smart CEO

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Daimler has appointed Katrin Adt to lead the Smart brand into its electric future as she will succeed Annette Winkler this September. Like Winkler, Adt is a Daimler veteran and has held leading positions since 1999. Her challenge will be to reverse the trend of falling sales during the time of transition. Smart’s decision to […]

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VW & FAW to double electric car production facility

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Volkswagen and its joint venture partner FAW are pressing to double their production facility in China. Their electric car production site in Foshan is currently churning out 300,000 EVs a year but it to grow into a “mega factory” with an annual capacity for over half a million units. Volkswagen and FAW doubling their effort […]

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Volvo presents brand new V60 with two PHEV options

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Volvo has taken the wraps off the long expected V60 series that marks the end of diesel or better, the beginning of the electrified era at the Swedish carmaker as the V60 comes in two plug-in hybrid variants. And it is another first as the car is made entirely in Volvo’s new U.S. factory. The […]

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