Former Byton CEO Daniel Kirchert starting at Evergrande

According to Chinese media reports, Daniel Kirchert has moved to Evergrande Auto, the electric car offshoot of the Chinese Evergrande Group, where he is now Executive Vice President. Kirchert had left the struggling electric car maker Byton last year. Kirchert founded Byton in March 2016 together with Carsten Breitfeld. At the beginning of 2019, he […]

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Polestar adds front-wheel-drive and new battery variants

Polestar is expanding the range for its purely electric hatchback Polestar 2. Three drive trains are now available. In addition to the already available dual-motor drive with 300 kW output and a 78 kWh battery, there are now also two variants with front-wheel-drive. One model uses the 78 kWh battery known from the all-wheel-drive version, […]

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Citroën announces plug-in hybrid crossover C5 X

Citroën is reviving its C5 as the crossover model C5 X. The new model features a design that is intended to “cleverly combine typical attributes of saloon, estate and SUV”. The Citroën C5 X, which is based on the EMP2 platform, will also be launched as a PHEV. Speculation about a battery-electric version hints at […]

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Vergne & Vandoorne win Formula E in Rome

The two races on the second weekend of Formula E have produced two new winners this season. Saturday’s race was won by previous champion Jean-Eric Vergne in the DS Techeetah, while on Sunday, Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne crossed the finish line in first place. Both races, however, were affected by the changeable weather in Rome, […]

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Fiat cuts down production of the electric 500

Fiat will reduce the production of the all-electric Fiat 500 at its Mirafiori plant in Turin from 300 to 210 units per day as of next week because the manufacturer is having difficulties with battery supplies. Following the new schedule, the electric car will only be produced in a single shift from 19 April instead […]

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Strategy brief: Nidec gears up European electric motor business

Japan’s Nidec Corporation opened new offices in Serbia in the city of Novi Sad today and is setting up two new factories. These however are just part of a wider network that is to bring Nidec at the forefront of the global electric car market. We took part in the wider strategy brief by Nidec. […]

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Hyundai UK makes price adjustment for Ioniq

Hyundai Motor UK has reduced prices of its electric car range following changes to the government’s Plug-In Car Grant. This includes both the Kona and Ioniq EV adjusted to meet the requirements, excepting only the top-specced version as too expensive. As many other manufacturers selling their EVs in the UK have done, Hyundai has now […]

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BYD introduces four BEVs fitted with the Blade Battery

BYD announces to equip all future pure electric models with its ‘Blade Battery’. The first new electric models to have the Blade batteries on board for the Chinese market are the Qin PLUS EV, the Song PLUS EV and the 2021 versions of the Tang EV and the e2. All four have BYD’s new battery […]

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Xpeng to build another factory in Wuhan

The Chinese electric car manufacturer Xpeng has announced the construction of another plant. It is to be built in Wuhan and will have an annual capacity of 100,000 cars. A timetable for the start of construction or even production has not yet been given. The planned area covers over 733,000 square metres and also includes […]

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China shows strong EV sales growth over Q1 2021

The first EV manufacturers from China published their sales figures for March and for the first quarter of the year. Unsurprisingly, the statistics from BYD, Nio and Xpeng show a strong increase in sales compared to the start of 2020, which was overshadowed by the beginning of the pandemic. At BYD, quarterly sales rose to […]

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