Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 12 2019

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 12 2019






BYD launched its e-Series range which is dedicated to pure electric vehicles. The first model from the BYD e range of cars, the e1 will be launched on the 1st of April 2019. The BYD e1 with its electric range of 305km is loosely based on the BYD F0 compact car.

The BYD e-series will is positioned in parallel with BYD’s dynasty series and have an independent sales channel. BYD indicated that it would target the ride-hailing and taxi-market with its e-series car’s which deliver a better return on investment for such operators. The e-series will cover most market segments and range in price from RMB 550,000 to RMB 150,000 before subsidies.

BYD plans to produce 300,000 new energy vehicles at its Changsha plant, including the e1, e2, and e3.



SAIC MG launched its compact SUV, the MG eZS and released images of the 2019 eMG plug-in hybrid release. The MG eZS is expected to be sold in Europe as mentioned in the Week 49 2018 newsletter. The order book for the SAIC MG eZS SAIC will open on March 30, 2019 with three trims available priced from ¥119,800 after subsidy. The MG eZS is equipped with an electric motor producing a  maximum power of 110 kW and its liquid-cooled 44.5 kWh battery pack provides a range of 335 km as measured on the NEDC cycle.

The 2019 eMG 6 TROPHY plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is equipped with SAIC’s “Blue Core” 1.5T engine, matching the new SAIC’s second-generation 10-speed EDU intelligent electric drive gearbox, with a maximum power of 224kW (304Ps) and a maximum torque of 480Nm, delivering a 0 to 100km/h acceleration time of 5.9 seconds.


Neighbourhood electric vehicle manufacturer Tianjin Qingyuan Automobile this week teased two images of an A00 class EV and a larger Estate EV. The lesser-known Tianjin Qingyuan Automobile joins other NEV manufacturers crossing over to the highway capable segment as stricter regulations in the NEV market starts to bite. There was no more information available at the time of the two models teased.


Electric vehicle legend, Henry Fisker, announced the planned release of a sub $40,000 electric SUV. The Fisker SUV will be revealed at the end of 2019 and available in the second half of 2021.


Last week mentioned that Hozon is to unveil its second production vehicle, following on the NETA 01 A00 class car. This week Hozon revealed the HOZON “U” with a 500km (313miles) range. The Hozon U will be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April at which time its pricing will be announced. The official launch of the Hozon U is set for the Guangzhou Auto Show later this year. The Hozon U is available in two power specs, a 2WD with an acceleration to 100km/h in 6.6 seconds and a more powerful 4WD with a maximum power of 270kW and a maximum torque of 615N·m delivering a 0-100km/h acceleration of 4.9s. The U is equipped with level 2.5 Advanced Driving Assistance aided bu 20 sensors including a mobileye Q4 chip.


EV startup CHJ Auto announced that its first EV, the order book for IDEAL ONE would open on the 10th of April 2019 with a reservation deposit of ¥5,000 for Q4 2019 delivery. The Ideal ONE is positioned as a range-extended large 4WD SUV with a total operating range of up to 700km (438 miles). The Ideal One is available as a 6 or 7 seater and Advanced Driving Assistance labeled as Level 2.5. In 2018 it was speculated that the Ideal One would be priced at around ¥400,000 after subsidy.



EV start-up Xiaopeng unveiled its first fast-charging station capable of 180kW double DC fast charging delivering a maximum of 120kW to a single car, allowing for 30min fast charging. The Xpeng fast chargers have a maximum output current of 200A, with 500A planned for the future. Xpeng will construct 30 supercharging stations in five cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Wuhan. The Xpeng stations will provide up to 2 hours of free parking and super fast WiFi service. Xiaopeng Automobile has completed the signing of 100 supercharging stations in more than ten first- and second-tier cities and will operate nearly 200 supercharging stations in nearly 30 cities by the end of 2019.


Also this week Xiaopeng Automobile Chairman and CEO He Xiaopeng confirmed that Xiaopeng Automobile’s new intelligent electric coupe internal code E28 is under development and testing. The E28 is positioned in the mid-size smart electric coupe and will be powered by the NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier chip, which will be unveiled at the Shanghai International Auto Show in mid-April and will release more product information. This means that the E28 will have an advanced autonomous computing platform with a hardware base to support L3 autopilot.



Earlier the week it emerged that BMW is said to put production of EVs on ice in China until there is certainty surrounding the trade war and tariffs. Today the BMW board provided further insight into the German automaker’s NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy which is now in its third year at the group’s Annual Accounts Press Conference and the BMW Group Analyst- and Investor Conference 2019 held in Munich.

Like most auto manufacturers BMW’s bottom line is under pressure due to the disruption in the industry due to mobility trends changing since with the advent of ride-hailing apps such as Uber, electrification and self-driving technologies which demand used investment in R&D and assembly lines. To a larger extent than in other regions, European automakers also have to deal with the significantly higher cost of complying with stricter CO2 legislation.

The impact of the disruption clearly shows on BMW’s finances, with it’s capital expenditure in 2018 increasing to € 5,029 million, 7.3% higher than the 2017 high of € 4,688 million, resulting in a Capex ratio of 5.2% (2017: 4.8%). R&D expenses in 2018 were significantly higher (12,8%) at € 6,890 million from € 6,108 million in 2017or equivalent to 7.1% of Group revenues (2017: 6.2%).

Our industry is witnessing rapid transformation. In this environment, a sustained high level of profitability is crucial if we are to continue driving change,” said Nicolas Peter, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Finance. “In view of the numerous additional factors negatively impacting earnings, we began to introduce countermeasures at an early stage and have taken a number of far-reaching decisions. Discipline and a clear focus on rigorous implementation are essential as we aim to emerge from these challenging times stronger than ever.”

BMW announced strategic steps to enhance its operating performance on a sustainable basis. As well as systematically implementing its strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, the company is also focusing on faster processes, leaner structures, and therefore greater efficiency. Some of these steps which relates to the electric vehicle sector include:

  • Shortening of development times up to a third through the implementation of digital simulations and virtual validation which will cut the need for around 2,500 expensive prototype vehicles by the year 2024
  • Through consolidation of technology, BMW will from 2021 onwards eliminate 50% of its current drivetrain variants as the company transition to more sophisticated and flexible vehicle architectures.
  • From April 1, 2019, the BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce brands will be combined into a single sales division gaining cost savings through leaner processes and more efficient structures.
  • Going forward, the BMW Group will be capable of manufacturing models with all-electric (BEV), hybrid-electric (PHEV) and conventional (ICE) drivetrains on one production line.

BMW’s product line-up is seeing more electrification with the new plug-in hybrid versions (PHEV) of the BMW 3 and 7 Series, and BMW X5 and BMW X3. By the end of 2020, the BMW Group will have more than ten new or revised models equipped with fourth-generation electric drivetrain technology (“Gen 4”). Starting with the all-electric MINI Electric manufactured at the Oxford plant from 2019 and, from 2020, the BMW iX3, which will be produced for the world market in Shenyang, China. Together with the pioneering BMW i3, the BMW i4, and the BMW iNEXT, the Group will have five all-electric models on the market by 2021, and the number is scheduled to rise to at least twelve models by 2025. Including the rapidly growing range of plug-in hybrids, the BMW Group’s product portfolio will then comprise at least 25 electrified models.

BMW will equip Level 3 automation in its cars from 2021, starting with BMW iNEXT which will also be Level 4-enabled for pilot projects.

BMW and Daimler are creating a new global player that provides sustainable urban mobility. The two companies are investing more than one billion euros to develop and more closely intermesh their offerings for car-sharing, ride-hailing, parking, charging and multimodal transport. The cooperation comprises five joint ventures: REACH NOW (multimodal), CHARGE NOW (charging), FREE NOW (ride-hailing), PARK NOW (parking) and SHARE NOW (car-sharing).



In the Top 5 EV News Week 11 edition I introduced the Geely Geometry A which went on sale the past week. Within the first 6 hours of Geely received orders for 3,786 units, including 395 orders from overseas. The Geely Geometry Ais designed according to European standards and aims to compete with the Tesla Model 3. The order book for the Geometry A included orders from Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America. Local sales for the Geometry A consisted of 1816 units from Beijing and 1575 from the rest of China. The Geely Geometry A is available in two battery/range options priced from ¥150,000 to ¥170,000 after subsidies, or $22,000 but foreign buyers won’t qualify for the subsidy pushing the price up by over $10,000.

The Geometry A includes Advanced Driving Assistance (ADAS) of level 2 as measured by the SAE nut the company labels it 2.5. The Geometry A also includes advanced technologies such as heads-up-display (HUD).

The Geely Geometry A is developed on the company’s PMA platform from which ten new models will be launched by 2021.

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Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 11 2019

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 11 2019






Tesla launched the Model Y crossover SUV on Thursday the 14th of March 2019 but the rockstar launch failed to impress commentators who were disappointed with the late entry of the car. The Model Y will enter the market at the same time when a flood of new EVs from all major brands are launched.The Tesla Model Y will be available in 2020 in three specs, a long range rear wheel drive priced at $47,000, a long-range all-wheel drive priced at $51,000 and a performance model priced at $60,000. For detailed specs and pricing see our easy to use infographic below. The standard range version with a range of 250 miles (400km) will only come to market in 2021.

The Model Y will be produced in Nevada and Shanghai and a possible third location, maybe Freemont. Tesla has already opened the order book for the Model Y CUV which can be ordered for a refundable deposit of $2,500 on the Tesla website. Based on the rollercoaster pricing habits of Tesla over the last couple of months expect the pricing to change closer to the launch. The Tesla Model Y is available as a five-seater in 2020 and a seven-seater option form 2021.

I don’t fully share the comments that the market will be crowded when the Model Y finally comes to market, it is a pity though that Tesla did nor bring a product for the most popular car segment to market earlier. Sure the Model Y will enter at a time when all the big automakers finally join the party but at that time I expect the market to be big enough to still see long waiting lists for cars. The consumer has woken up and now demand electric vehicles are continuously surprising on the top side. Consumers are putting off the buying decision for a new car until an electric option becomes available for fear of seeing resale values of combustion vehicles crash. Tesla’s share price nonetheless took a dive and is currently trading close to a big support level of $250. I will definitely be an interested buyer should the stock reach the $220 to $200 range, which could be a healthy correction, but by no means a new bear trend.




Volkswagen announced that it will open the order book for the I.D. NEO on May the 8th 2019. The VW I.D. Neo is expected to be available in three battery packs delivering commute ranges between 205 miles / 330km and 600km priced from €25,000 euros (about 30,000 US dollars). Volkswagen will produce 100,000 electric vehicles per year at the Zwickau plant, which is Volkswagen’s first new electric vehicle factory to assemble cars on its MEB platform.


VW ID Neo Gordons Bay Cape Town (Images by Theo Calitz)


BYD released teaser images of its new luxury SUV which will be released this year. The SUV which is based on the Tang Dynasty series is known currently as the SA2 (Dragon Face 2.0) will be available as a combustion, dual motor plug-in electric and pure electric vehicle. 


BYD announced the launch of the BYD e1 F0 class EV and BYD S2 compact SUV, based on Yuan platform. The BYD e1 and BYD S2 will enter the market on April 1, 2019. The BYD S2 has a range of 305km (191 miles) and the BYD e1 a range of 300km (188 miles) both on the NEDC test cycle.

BYD opened its order book for the BYD Song MAX DM MPV and set the price range for the three trims from ¥160,000 to ¥200,000 after subsidies. The combustion version is priced between ¥80,000 and ¥130,000. The 1.5L BYD SONG MAX DM has a combined fuel consumption of 1.2l/100km and can accelerate to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds. The SONG MAX competes with the Geely Jia-Ji and can be upgraded via OTA technology. The BYS SONG MAX is equipped with SAE Level 2 advanced driver assistance. The SONG MAX DM MPV is available in two battery configurations providing a 51km (32miles) and 81km 51miles) NEDC electric range.




AUDI announced that the e-tron Sportback, first introduced as a crossover coupe concept of the recently released AUDI e-Tron Quattro, will enter production at the end of 2019 as its second EV. AUDI plans to introduce 30 electrified models by 2025. The slip-back styled production version is said to include a rear-view camera instead of a mirror. The AUDI e-tron Sportback drive train consists of two electric motors delivering max power of 300kW (407Ps) and a maximum integrated torque of 664N·m. A performance version named “60 Quattro” might also see the light of day with a max power exceeding 370kW, The e-tron Sportback will share the same 95kWh battery as the e-tron Quattro.



Geely launched the Geely Jia-JI PHEV, known pre-production as the VP11 and introduced as a concept vehicle during the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. The 1.5TD Geely Jia-Ji PHEV’s drive-train produces a combined max power of 190kW and peak torque of 385N.m and delivers combined fuel consumption of 1.6L per 100km. The Geely JIA-JI PHEV is available in three trims priced between ¥159,800 and ¥182,800.


The Geely FY11 PHEV Coupe, the Chinese automaker’s first high-end sports SUV based on the CMA architecture will be unveiled on March 25, 2019, The Geely FY11 is powered by a Volvo Drive-E series VEP4 T5 engine an available with combustion, mild hybrid and plug-in electric hybrid drive train.



Karma Automotive announced that itis to present three models during the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show in April. The models are the Karma Revero, Karma Vision pure electric concept car and the collaboration with Pininfarina below on the left.


Pininfarina Karma | Karma Vision EV


Changan launched the Changan Honor A600 EV, its six-seat electric MPV this week. The Changan A600 EV is priced at ¥149,800 before subsidy and has a range of 405 km / 253 miles NEDC. The 4.5 meters long A600 EV is equipped with a 90kW electric motor and luxuries such as a right-side rearview mirror with a camera, front/rear reversing radar, trip video recorder and electric sunroof.



Hozon announced that it will reveal its second production EV on March the 21st 2019 and unveil it at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. The new EV is based on the N03 concept which followed on the Eureka 01 concept EV. The new EV has a range of 500km (313 miles) and equipped with Level 2+ advanced driving assistance and a large digital display.


NEVS 9-3

NEVS and its white knight shareholder, Evergrande Health, announced that it will finally bring the NEVS 9-3 to market and that it will be sold globally from June 2019. After its failed entry into Faraday Future Evergrande is making a huge play in the EV space with recent investments in its own Charging infrastructure company, an investment in Koenigsegg, the Dutch e-Traction drive technology company, and Carnegie New Energy, a clean energy company.


Chinese EV startup Bordrin Motors released a set of teaser images of its upcoming mid-sized electric SUV to be revealed at a company event on 11 April 2019. Bordrin is expected to launch the EV SUV which will be assembled by FAW Jilin at the end of the year. The mid-sized fice seat electric SUV has a wheelbase of 2900mm and is available in two power options with a 0-62mph acceleration of around 6 and 8 seconds for the two options. The Bordrin EV SUV has an NEDC range of 550km (344 miles) and will be equipped with SAE Level 2 autonomous capabilities.Bordrin-EV-top-5-ev-news-week-11-2019


Earlier I mentioned that NEVS announced the international release of the NEVS 9-3 V in June 2019 now Geely takes aim at Tesla with the launch of its latest electric car. Geely named the Geely GE11 as the Geometry A and target it to compete head-on with the Tesla Model 3, not just in China but regions such as Europe. The Geely Geometry A will be launched on the 11th of April 2019 and is already available for pre-order. The price of the entry-level Geometry A is expected to be in the region of ¥200,000 after subsidies. The Geometry A is available in two battery choices, a 61.9kWh 500km (313miles NEDC) and 51.9kWh pack delivering an NEDC range of 410km(256mile). The Geometry A battery charges in 33 minutes between 30% and 80% for the larger pack and 30 minutes for the smaller pack. The Geely Geometry A is also equipped with what it calls Level 2+ self-driving capabilities.

The Geometry A advanced driving assistance includes camera and radar to enable AEB (automatic emergency braking system), ACC (Adaptive cruise control) and S&G (Stop/Go). The AI system is active from 0 to 150km/h and also include RCW (rear collision warning system), DOW (door opening warning system), LKA (lane keep assist system), BSD (blind spot detection system) and LCA (lane change assist system).

Various Chinese other automakers such as GAC, SAIC, Kandi, and Qiantu have already started selling models in limited numbers in either the USA or Europe or have announced plans to open sales operations there. The Western consumer has always been skeptical of the quality of Chinese cars, but so have they in the 1950s of Japanese vehicles and later Korean vehicles. The current “crisis” in the auto sector where there is a huge demand for electric vehicles might be the opportunity for Chinese auto brands to change perceptions and use the demand to introduce their cars to a starving consumer market for electric vehicles.



GM and its Chinese partner SAIC this week announced its 5-year plan which will see the introduction of nine electrified vehicles by 2023. In total the company plans to bring 60 new models to market, making the EV component seem insignificant. Some of the new electric vehicles from the GM brand to be sold in China include the new Chevrolet EV and Buick Velite 6 plug-in hybrid and pure electric models.

With new stringent electric vehicle production requirements, GM is forced to be more aggressive in its EV strategy in China than it is in its home market the USA. Currently, GM which is selling around two million units annually in China has an “energy credit gap” of 200,000 points, requiring them to produce 100,000 pure electric vehicles.

SAIC-GM entered into a strategic partnership with CATL in September 2018 which will see them cooperating in the field of automotive battery technology and research and development of SAIC GM’s next-generation new energy battery.



Volkswagen is introducing a second wave to it’s EV strategy, increasing the number of EV models it will introduce throughout the Group from 50 by 2025 to 70 by 2030 which will be equal to 22 million cars over the next decade. To achieve the production of huge amounts of electric vehicles, VW has entered into battery purchase agreements with LG Chem, SKI, CATL and Samsung and is also considering the construction of battery factories in Europe. VW and Stanford founded battery research company QuantumScape is also forging ahead with a joint venture to achieve the mass production of solid-state batteries by 2025

The company is also aiming to become completely carbon neutral in its fleet and operations by 2050. The company has set its first target to reduce its emissions by 30% from 2015 levels by 2025 and 40% by 2030. The Volkswagen Group has also established a company Elli Group GmbH (Elli Group GmbH) to develop power and charging solutions. The Berlin-based Elli will develop energy and charging-related products and services for Volkswagen’s brands and strengthen Volkswagen’s capabilities in electric mobility services.


Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 9 2019

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 9 2019






Volvo’s performance brand Polestar digitally revealed the Polestar 2 which will be unveiled at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show next week. Similar to its competition, the Tesla Model 3 the Polestar 2 is a 5-door fastback pure electric car.

The Polestar 2 Drivetrain

The Polestar 2 is equipped with a 27 module 78 kWh battery situated under the floor of the car, delivering a targeted range of 500 km (WLTP) or 275 miles (EPA). The Chinese version of the Polestar 2 only gets a 72kWh battery pack. The drivetrain of the Polestar 2 consists of an EFAD and ERAD electric motors front and rear each offering 150 kW, 330 Nm of torque.


Charging the Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 is equipped with an 11kW onboard charger for AC charging at home or work, and a DC fast charging system enabled for public charging up to 150kW. Drivers can regulate the charge current, the duration, the maximum charge level, and much more in the car or via the Polestar Connect app. The Polestar comes standard with a 7-meter AC charging cord (for normal outlets) while the 4.5-meter AC cord for wallboxes and public locations is an optional extra. Naturally, the Polestar 2 is also equipped with a regenerative braking system, charging itself when applying the brakes by easing up on the accelerator and saving deterioration of the brakes in the process meaning less maintenance cost.

Driver interaction and Safety of the Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 user experience has the driver in mind, starting with the phone-as-key, taking away the need to carry a key freeing up your hands and time when looking for the pesky object when you are in a hurry. Polestar-2-roof-top-5-ev-news-week-9-2019Not only does the Polestar 2 wish you welcome and bid you farewell through eliminating patterns which the front and rear lights display when one approaches or walks away the Polestar 2 also prepares itself even when you approach. As you walk up to the car, the Polestar 2 displays pertinent information such as battery status, range, and the time remaining to a full charge once it detects the digital key. Intelligent seat sensors power up the Polestar 2 as soon as you are seated. Because the phone has become such an integral part of our daily lives and integrated into the operation of the Polestar 2 as it offers wireless inductive phone charging in the forward part of the tunnel console.

The Polestar is identifiable from its fastback shaped rear which consists of a 288 LED rear lamp which shines more intensely with stronger braking and the Polestar logo which is projected onto the panoramic glass roof on the inside from the overhead panel. Polestar has partnered with audio experts Harman Kardon to fit the Polestar 2 with a fully integrated sound system to create an immersive, detailed audio environment.

Advanced Driving Assistance and safety is provided by Volvo’s IntelliSafe™ system aided by a front radar, a windshield-mounted camera, and two rear-facing radar units.

Pricing for the Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 takes from the cell-phone industry by providing the car on a subscription basis where ownership more closely resembles phone ownership which consists of an all-inclusive monthly fee from a menu of services, with the option to return or upgrade at the end of your term.

You can now secure your Polestar 2 through a reservation deposit and take delivery of your car in Europe from May 2020 and in Canada and the USA from July 2020. The reservation deposit for the Polestar 2 is €1,000 or £1,000 in Europe and the UK and $1,500 in Canada and $1,000 in the USA. The reservation deposit in Scandinavia is kr 10 000.

Pricing for the Polestar 2 stats at €59,900 in the Netherlands,  France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and the UK. You will pay from $63,000 for the Polestar 2 in the USA before subsidies or $69,900 in Canada. The reservation deposit of ¥ 8,000 can be paid via WeChat in China.

In my opinion, the Polestar 2 is not a bad car in its own right, but it symbolizes the challenge automakers now have as they try an play catch up with Tesla. The Californian based company with a track record of sales and models now profitably produces superior technology EVs in volume at prices far below the main auto companies.



Named after an iconic neighborhood in Barcelona, SEAT unveiled the SEAT El-Born, the second VW Group EV to be developed on the MEB platform. The El-Born is developed at SEAT Barcelona and will be assembled at the Zwickau plant in Germany. The SEAT El-Born will be showcased as a concept vehicle at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show the coming week and is expected to reach the market in 2020. The El-born with its 100kW charging system and 64kWh battery can be recharged to 80% in 47 minutes. The 150kW (204hp) electric motor helps to propel the vehicle to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds. The SEAT El-born has an electric range of 420km (263miles) on the WLTP test cycle and is equipped with an advanced thermal management system to maximize range in extreme weather conditions. The heat pump reduces the energy demand of the heating system potentially providing an additional 60km (38miles) in cold weather. The SEAT El-born has a 10inch digital infotainment system and oversized 20inch wheels.



Peugeot unveiled the pure electric version of the Peugeot 208 B segment hatch for immediate release with the diesel and petrol versions of the 2019 model series. The Peugeot e-208 targets the youth market and is equipped with a 3D heads-up display which forms part of Peugeot’s new i-Cockpit system. The electric 208 is developed on PSA Groups’ CMP (Common Modular Platform) dedicated to segments B and C accommodating all power trains.

The Peugeot e-208 drivetrain consists of a 50kWh battery pack and 100kW (136 bhp) electric motor delivering 340km range on the WLTP test cycle or 450km on the old NEDC cycle. The e-208 can be charged in 16 hours from a wall plug or within 8 hours if you install a single phase 7.4kW Wall Box. Faster charging is also available through an 11kW three phase Wall Box or 100kW public fast charger allowing for charging within 5 hours and 15 minutes or up to 80% in 30 minutes respectively.

The Peugeot e-208 is specked with the GT trim, which is the top trim in the new series and includes 10-inch touch screen and EAT8 advanced driving assistance system which allows for adaptive cruise control up to 30km/h, lane positioning assist, full park assist, emergency brake assist, active lane keeping assist and driver attention monitoring from 65km/h. The EAT system can also recognize traffic signs such as “STOP” and “No-Entry” and Active Blind Spot Monitoring from 12km/h.

Pricing for the Peugeot e-208 EV has not yet been released.



BAIC BJEV teased images of the two new EVs it will unveil at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show this coming week. The Arcfox 7 electric sportscar first unveiled in 2016 is expected to get an upgrade with the new Arcfox 7 sporting six electric motors helping it to accelerate to 100kh/h in 2.59 seconds. BAIC BJEV will also unveil the production version of its upcoming electric SUV.



Porsche announced that the Porsche Macan would be its third pure electric EV, after introducing the Taycan later this year followed by a Cross Turismo version of the new EV. Porsche aims to change its product mix to 50% EV by 2025, investing six billion Euros towards that end. The Macan will be assembled at the company’s Leipzig plant and share the Taycan’s 800-volt system and be available early 2020 alongside combustion versions of the model.



Tesla announced the release of the cheap Model 3 starting at $35,000 for a lower specced version of the popular EV. The affordable Tesla Model 3 has a range of 220 miles (352km) measured on the EPA test cycle and can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds reaching a top speed of 130 mph (208km/h). According to Tesla estimated delivery is between two and four weeks.

Elon Musk earlier in a late-night e-mail informed employees that the company had to tighten its belt to profitably produce the cheap version of the Tesla Model 3 and that it will have to lay off staff in the process. It now transpires that many of the cuts will come from its sales teams as the company now moves to online orders only for its models.

Although many industry commentators feel that the release of the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 might be late the impact of the car will be felt far and wide in the US auto marked where the car is a top seller. The introduction of the $35,000 will challenge the Nissan Leaf e+, which with its 226-mile range which was priced this week at $36,650, despite the Leaf still qualifying for the $7,500 Federal grant. Looking at the wattEV2buy price/range page sales for compliance EVs such as the Honda Clarity, on the other hand, will be obliterated. Even buying the BMW i3 priced from $45,000 with its paltry 114-mile range makes no sense.


A flood of new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles is to hit the market over the next year as automakers try and fill the void between consumer demand for electrified cars and their current product range. AUDI announced that it would unveil plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants of the across most of its market segments at the Geneva International Motor Show. Adding to the upgraded versions of the A3 and Q7
consumers can also look forward to PHEV versions of the Audi A6, A7, A8 and Q5.

VOLVO also recently announced that it is taking a significant step towards electrifying its car’s, making upgraded and newly-developed electrified powertrain available across its entire model range. The company has upgraded its existing T8 and T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrains, while at the same time confirming that plug-in options will now be available on every model it produces. Volvo has also increased the production capacity of plug-in hybrid cars to 25% of the total production of Twin Engine PHEVs.

In the press release Volvo stated:

The upgraded T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid with up to 420 horsepower features a new battery and brake-by-wire advanced battery charging. The range of the T8 powertrain has increased by around 15 per cent and this powertrain is available on all 90 and 60 Series cars.

An upgraded version of the smaller capacity T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid is also combined with the new battery and brake-by wire-technology. This powertrain also offers an approximate 15 per cent range increase and is available on the V60 estate and S60 sedan.

Jaguar Land Rover also announced that it would introduce its third plug-in hybrid car this year, the Range Rover Evoque PHEV.


Hyundai Motors unveiled its long term plan to secure sustainable growth earmarking the bulk of the plan to refurbish plants and securing the competitiveness of its products as the automotive industry experiences disruption due to electrification and mobility trends of its consumers.

According to the plan, Hyundai will invest KRW 30.6 trillion towards refurbishment and refreshing its products, while it will invest KRW 6.4 trillion in smart mobility, KRW 3.3 trillion for electrification, KRW 2.5 trillion in autonomous driving and connectivity technologies and KRW 2.5 trillion for the development of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies. As part of the plan, Hyundai announced that it would launch its first pure electric vehicle on a new dedicated EV platform in 2020.

Hyundai Motor Group announced earlier that it would have 44 electrified models by 2025 with projected annual sales of 1.67 million units as it aims to be one of the top 3 EV manufacturers. On the other hand, Hyundai is sticking to its guns to have a “first mover advantage” in FCEVs by 2030, investing KRW 8 trillion towards producing 500,000 fuel cell cars per annum by 2030.

The cost of adapting to a new future requires Hyundai to increase annual investments by 58% over the next five years and raising liquidity requirements to between KRW 14 and 15 trillion.


Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 8 2019

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 8 2019






The term “range anxiety” is one most EV drivers are familiar with and fear! Although progress has been made by many manufacturers to overcome this, there is still the belief that EV’s cannot match the range of combustion-engined cars.

A new style of electric car battery could remove range anxiety and even surpasses the capabilities of petrol and diesel engines. A newly developed refillable technology is responsible for advancement in the battery “flow” concept and testing showed that the battery could provide enough power to allow cars to travel as much as 3 000 miles. According to John Cushman, Professor at Purdue University this is a game changer for the next generation of electric cars due to its potential cost savings. It is also much easier and safer to use. According to Cushman, one could convert gas stations to pump fresh electrolytes and discards depleted electrolyte and convert oil-changing facilities to anode replacing stations. This new technology would allow you to replace the fluid in batteries about every 300 miles which will be similar to how you would refill your combustion car.


According to Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) there has been a significant rise in the demand for used electric cars. EV numbers are increasing to the point where higher numbers are available to the secondhand market. According to the managing director of SVA the Nissan e-NV200 van has appreciated in value year-on-year by around ₤1000.

The SVA team has collaborated with the Energy Saving Trust to launch an electric vehicle training course for car and van dealer sales staff to help educate dealers on which customers will benefit most from buying and running an electric car. As trust in the electric vehicle increases, the remarketing industry needs to keep pace to provide a market and service at the same level for EV customers as customers have been expected from petrol and diesel used cars.

We are launching our EV-genius tool shortly! Watch this space for all your second-hand EV needs.


Associated Press reported that GM has pulled the plug on their Chevy Volt. Their once “star”, an electric car with a gasoline engine as backup could do 38 miles on electricity after which the small gasoline engine would kick in as a generator. Sadly sales were below expectations despite solid reviews and a loyal following. Increasing gas prices was blamed as one of the reasons for the Volt’s demise as well as the assumption that trucks and SUV’s would be unaffordable for the majority of buyers.

GM is re-inventing themselves and 2021 could expect a launch of the first dozen of all-electric cars, which will include EV’s and trucks. According to GM the Volt has served a valuable purpose and many lessons have been learned such as advances in lithium-ion batteries.



Peugeot’s performance line, Peugeot Sport, announced that it would unveil a derivative of the Peugeot 508 at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The Concept 508 PEUGEOT SPORT ENGINEERED is a prelude to the French automaker’s top-performance range of electric production vehicles announced on the 18th of October 2018.

The Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered is equipped with an 11.8kWh battery delivering a WLTP cycle range of 50km (31 miles). The 4WD powertrain consists of three engines, an 82kW, and 150kW electric motor front and rear paired with a PureTech 200 engine. The Peugeot 508 SPORT PHEV can accelerate to 100km/h in just 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 190km/h (118mph) in electric mode and 250km/h  (156mph)with dirty fuel through its veins.

The design of the Peugeot 508 Sport Concept is enhanced by the special “Selenium Grey” body color, which changes according to the light, thanks to the fine opalescent particles contained in the paint and “Kryptonite” inserts providing a captivating, lively note, to deliver a sporty character.



Kia Motors Europe will unveil its bold new all-electric concept EV designed at ia’s European design center in Frankfurt at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show om March the 5th.




During an appearance on an ARK Invest podcast, Elon Musk predicted that the company will be able to achieve full self-driving by the end of the year but that the implementation thereof be delayed by regulatory hurdles.

“The car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up and take you all the way to your destination without an intervention, this year,” Musk said. “I would say I am of certain of that. That is not a question mark.”

The entrepreneur went further saying:

“My guess as to when we would think it is safe for somebody to essentially fall asleep and wake up at their destination? Probably towards the end of next year. That is when I think it would be safe enough for that.”

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 7 2019

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 7 2019






Speculation was rife last week that GM could acquire the electric car start-up Rivian. While those rumors are still swirling around Rivian announced this week that Amazon took part in a $700 million funding round. The investment by Amazon makes it the tech company’s second mobility associated investment the week, following a $530 million investment in autonomous drive start-up Aurora.

Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas put out a note on Thursday Tesla or Rivian “could be a serious problem for the Detroit-based traditional automakers.” Jonas warned that traditional players such as Ford could lose its first mover advantage with the arrival of compelling vehicles such as a Tesla pick-up or Rivians RiT pickup and R1S SUV.

The latest funding round into Rivian increase at shareholder base which currently consists of Japanese company Sumitomo Corp the Saudi auto distributor Abdul Latif Jameel Ltd.



Renault is to launch a pure electric version of the KWID in China later this year. The Renault KWID EV is expected to have a range exceeding 250km (156 miles).


Mitsubishi UK launched a commercial version of the Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Named the Outlander PHEV Juro Commercial the vehicle is classed as an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle making it eligible for the UK government’s Plug-In Van Grant resulting in a saving of £7,900 resulting in an on-the-road price of just £25,113 (excluding VAT including the PiVG, VED, and First Registration Fee).

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a WLTP fuel economy combined cycle figure of 139mpg (159 NEDC), a WLTP EV range of 28 miles (33 NEDC) and CO2 emissions of just 46g/km (40g/km NEDC).


The 2020 KIA Soul received its official EPA rating, coming in at 243 miles (389 km). The 2020 KIA Soul, therefore, will more than double the range of the current 30kWh model which has an EPA rating of 111 miles (178km).

Top 5 EV news week 48 2018 Next gen kia e-soul unveiled

Changan launched its A00 class EV, the Changan NIOU II. The NIOU II has a range of 205km (128 miles) and is priced between ¥44,800 and ¥56,800 for the three trims after subsidy.




Automakers globally are experiencing a broadly declining market fueled in part by the persistent weakness in key markets such as China and America. VW Group recorded a sales decrease of 2.9% in China and -5.2% in North America for January. The trend, however, is not playing through to the electric vehicle segment which saw 2.1 million sales in 2018, nearly double that of 2017. The market is hungry for new models with Audi reporting that it has already pre-sold 20,000 units of the Audi Quattro e-tron which is available from March 2019. Another VW Group company Porsche is also seeing substantial interest in its upcoming Taycan EV.

According to Bloomberg VW, this week adjusted its EV sales forecast up by 50% to 15 million by 2025 by which time it would have released 20 EV models.

Mercedes (down 6.7% in January 2019) also announced recently that it already had sold its first year of production for the EQC SUV. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said “We are sure that we will not be able to meet the demand in 2019 and probably not by 2020. But we do everything we can to achieve the maximum capacity.”



Fresh from its success in 2018, selling nearly a quarter of a million electric vehicles BYD is to launch ten electric vehicles in 2019. Three of the new models are brand new cars, being the e1 small EV, e2 compact SUV, and e3 compact sedan while the rest improved or electrified models of current combustion series.


Polestar teased the second picture (right below) of its upcoming pure electric vehicle, the Polestar 2 and announced the digital reveal of the vehicle on the 27th of February, a week before the Geneva International Auto Show. Previously the company announced that the production capacity for the Polestar 2 would be around 50,000 units. The Polestar 2 is available in early 2020 and priced around the €40,000 / $46,000 mark.


Audi unveiled sketches of the upcoming Q4 compact electric SUV concept which it will unveil at the Geneva International Auto Show early March. The Q4 EV is expected to be launched as a 2022 Model following the launch of the combustion model this year in Europe and as a 2021 model in the USA.


Over the next four years, ŠKODA is investing around two billion euros in alternative drive systems and new mobility services and will have introduced more than ten electrified models by the end of 2022. To that end, the Czech based auto company developed the VISION iV concept as the design study for its future electric vehicles. The ŠKODA VISION iV is a four-door crossover Coupé based on the VW Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB)


Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 6 2019

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 6 2019






Within weeks of Ford and VW announcing their collaboration on commercial vehicles, Automotive News Europe reported that Tesla and Mercedes are in similar discussions. It is not the first time that Tesla and Mercedes collaborates, the companies have a long history together spanning from Mercedes white knight shareholding in Tesla and the EV producer assisting with the powertrains of the first Mercedes EV. The latest interaction was flamed by a tweet from Elon Musk in November 2018 praising the Mercedes Sprinter van. Mercedes is releasing an electric version of the Sprinter, the eSprinter later in 2019. The eSprinter will benefit from a successful conclusion of talks as it currently only has a range of around 150km (93 miles).


Over the past couple of weeks, we saw many automakers announcing their electric car line-ups for the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) such as the Honda Urban prototype and VW ID Dune Buggy. This week we saw more glimpses of electric cars to expect at the Geneva auto show, including some Chinese EVs.

One year after announcing the creation of it’s EV specific luxury brand called Lagonda Aston Martin announced that it will debut its All-Terrain EV Concept due in 2021 at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show. The Lagonda All-terrain EV is based on the Vision Concept (right in the image below) introduced at last year’s GIMS.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, said: “The ways in which automotive brands reveal new product has changed beyond recognition in recent years, but there’s still something compelling about the unique atmosphere of a great motor show. Historically Geneva has always been good for us – the buzz surrounding the stand last year when we revealed the Lagonda Vision Concept was truly remarkable – so it’s fantastic to return to the scene of such great success with another world debut. The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept offers explicit clues regarding what will be the first Lagonda model to enter production, and further demonstrates how Lagonda’s zero emission powertrain enables us to create spectacular cars that will radically redefine their sectors of the market. I’m expecting the Aston Martin Lagonda stand to be busier than ever, and very much look forward to seeing the crowd’s reaction first-hand”


The Chinese automaker BAIC BJEV in which Daimler owns a 4% stake will unveil a crossover concept EV and the second generation of the Arcfox 7, its electric supercar first unveiled in 2016. To date, the Arxfox brand has only one production model and that is the Arcfox Lite or Arcfox 1 as it was first known. Sales for the premium high tech Arcfox Lite is surprisingly week in the popular small car segment in China, to date only 588 units of the Arcfox Lite were sold. The second generation Arcfox 7 was first unveiled on the 3rd of September 2018 in Barcelona Spain. It is not clear if BJEV’s appearance at the Geneva International Auto Show heralds its entry into the European market. BJEV and the Canadian company Magna entered into an agreement earlier to jointly develop EVs at a plant in Zhenjiang from 2020 while Daimler is in talks with it to assemble the smart ED for the Chinese market.




VW announced that the 2020 Passat would make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, including the Passat GTE, its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Pre-sales for the VW Passat GTE PHEV will start in May 2019 and the market launch will take place in September in Germany. The Passat GTE is equipped with VW’s new “Travel Assist” advanced driver assistance system making the Passat GTE the first VW models with automated driving capabilities. Travel Assist is available at any speed up to 210km/h through the new IQ.DRIVE system.

VW was forced to discontinue sales of the Passat GTE after the introduction of the WLTP test cycle in September 2019. The 2020 Passat GTE sports a consideredly better battery-only driving range of 55km (34 miles) as measured on the new WLTP cycle, which is around 70km on the old NEDC cycle.


The Chinese automaker BYD is following in the footsteps of its competitor SAIC Maxus by entering the European market with a pure-electric delivery van. The BYD T3 EV van has 3,500 L of cargo space and a range over 200km (125 miles). BYD showcased the T3 EV van with two commercial electric vehicles in Spain, all destined for the European market. The other two commercial vehicles are the 7.5 tonnes T6 truck and Q1M Yard Tractor with its gross combination weight rating of 46 tonnes.



Renault will launch its latest version of the popular Zoe EV in April 2019. The new Zoe S Edition is available in two power configurations, the Q90 with its 64kW (87 hp) electric motors and the more powerful R110 with a 79kW (108hp) electric motor producing 225N.m of torque. The Zoe S has a range of 300km (188miles) as measured on the WLTP scale and is equipped with a 65kW charging system which can fats charge to 80% in 65 minutes.


BMW announced that it completed winter testing of the much anticipated iNEXT SUV due in 2021. The iNEXT SUV underwent testing in Sweden to analyze how the electric vehicle re-charges, how electricity is transferred to the electric motor, how the electrical system is supplied with energy and how the heating and air condition systems respond. Earlier the week the AAA stated that electric vehicles in the USA suffered a drop of around 40% in range during the freakish cold snap experienced there, mostly due to the HVAC heating system draining the battery pack, a claim refuted by Tesla.



GM CEO Mary Barra warned investors in the company’s 4th quarter earnings call earlier this week that the company’s electric car strategy will not be profitable till early in the next decade. The statement seems to shift the goal posed from her earlier bold claims that GM will turn a profit selling EV’s in 2021 already (Week 2 2019 Top 5 EV News). In the company’s 10-K filing required by SEC GM warned that the auto sector would “continue to experience a significant change in the coming years” due to the shift to new technologies in an uncertain environment due to the disruption caused by electric mobility and automation. As mention in the Week 2 newsletter GM aims to get ahead of the curve by reducing battery cost and using shared platforms.


Nikola Motors, the developer of hydrogen-electric trucks tweeted this week that it is also entering the race to bring pure-electric trucks to market. In a tweet in the run-up to the company’s annual event called Nicola World in April 2019 the company said it will also unveil an electric class 8 semi with a range of 400 miles. According to industry commentators, the shift towards battery powered trucks is due to the interest that the Tesla Semi 8 has received since its unveiling. Nikola Motors claim there is a space for both technologies but that it will remain a 50 to 1 ration in favor of fuel cell trucks. Nikola is a bitter rival to Tesla and has filed a lawsuit against Tesla for patent violations, claiming damages of $2 billion. Nikola’s success is dependent on a robust hydrogen charging network, which to date has been challenging, with hydrogen shortages causing Toyota to provided rented vehicles to its Mirai FCEV users in 2018.




Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 5 2019

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 5 2019






Chinese automakers seem to have a thing for Swedish car brands. Shortly after announcing that Evergreen has become the majority shareholder in the old SAAB Automobile, now called NEVS, the company acquired a stake in Swedish supercar brand Koenigsegg.

The strategic partnership consists of a €150 million investment in a joint venture with Koenigsegg to develop electric vehicles. NEVS is the major shareholder in the joint venture with a 65% ownership. Koenigsegg will pay for its 35% shareholding through contributing its intellectual property, technology licenses, and product design. NEVS also acquired a 20% direct shareholding in Koenigsegg through a capital injection of €150 million

NEVS Chairman Kai Johan Jiang was quoted saying “Koenigsegg is an enticing company developing advanced cars with unique technology and with a customer base that is one of a kind. To be able to expand our investment in the Swedish automotive industry through a company that we know and have an established relationship with is an important step for us. We have both competencies and facilities to support Koenigsegg on their journey forward, something we look very much forward to.”

According to Koenigsegg the strategic partnership will enable the development of parallel vehicle models in slightly higher volumes with emphasis on electrification, as well as strengthening growth opportunities in the hypercar segment.

Koenigsegg will have access to NEVS production facilities in Trollhättan, Sweden while maintaining its center of excellence in Ängelholm. NEVS capacity in China also opens opportunities for Koenigsegg in the Chinese market as NEVS major shareholder Evergrande also has a wide distribution platform through its ownership in one of China’s largest car retailers.

Ironically Koenigsegg was one of the failed bidders for SAAB Automobile when NEVS acquired it in 2011. Koenigsegg has dabbled with electrification and equipped its Regera supercar with its revolutionary Koenigsegg Direct Drive transmission (KDD) which incorporates a hybrid system with three electric motors and a 4.7kWh battery.



VW teased images of an electric concept it’s legendary Dune Buggy hailing from the ’60s and ’70s. The Electric Dune Buggy will be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March and is based on the same MEB platform as used for its upcoming ID Neo.



Over the last couple of weeks, investors and potential buyers were surprised by changes in Tesla’s drop in prices and the discontinuation of the Tesla 75kWh Models S and X, which started at around $75,000 for the Model S and $82,000 for the X. The 2019 Model ranges move away from the previous naming which included the battery pack size to distinguish between the models. The 2019 models are all equipped with the same 100kWh battery pack which is limited to just 310 miles for the Model S and 270 miles for the Model X. The Model S now starts at $85,000 down from $94,000 and the Model X starts at $88,000 down from $97,000. The extended range can be unlocked by paying an extra $8,000. The Performance version is now also made cheaper by providing the Ludicrous Mode as an add on for $20,000. See our handy pricing guide for the Model S and Model X below.

Tesla made some other changes to its line up to make them more appealing for potential buyers such as equipping all European models with CCS charging adapter, increasing the charging options in the region.

Tesla also opened the Model 3 for pre-order in China at a reservation price of ¥10,000 down and starting at ¥433,00 for the Model 3 RWD. The Model 3 AWD starts at ¥499,000 and the performance version at ¥560,000.

2019 Tesla Model S Pricing


2019 Tesla Model X Pricing



Mercedes unveiled the new V-class transporter van and announced that it will showcase a concept electric version thereof at the upcoming Geneva International Motors Show to be held in March this year. Mercedes claim they will soon be the first premium car brand to offer a fully-electric MPV. The Mercedes EQ Van is expected to be released in 2022, around the same time as the VW ID Buzz. The announcement is exciting news for outdoor lovers that are looking for an all-electric Mercedes Marco Polo.



Audi released the pricing structure to charge the new Audi e-tron at charging stations in Europe through a premium charging service which covers 80% of public chargers in the region. The service gives Audi e-tron owners access to 72,000 public chargers from 220 providers including the Ionity network. The charging service for the e-tron will be implemented in ten markets after which another six will be added in Q2 2019 and then rolled out further to eight Eastern Europe during the remainder of 2019.

The pricing above is for German registered owners, pricing for the rest of the markets will be unveiled shortly.

Let’s look at the fee structure in practice for traveling in the EU. The WLTP consumption for the Audi e-tron is between 26.2 and 22.6 kWh per 100km (62 miles), and the WLTP range of the e-tron is 400km (250miles) from a 90kWh available battery capacity. If you are a long distance traveler and subscribe to the Transit Tariff, and you fill your battery to 80% at an Ionity station you will pay €31,76 or €0.10 per km (excluding subscription rate which is a further €0.056 per km if you only fill once) compared to around €0.21 per km for a Audi Q5 combustion model.

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 4 2019

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 4 2019


Byton opened its first Byon Place experience store on the 20th of January 2019 in Shanghai, China. During the launch, Byton announced that it would employ a multi-disciplined sales direct sales model which will include the use of the Byton APP, official website, WeChat, call center and other online channels combined with physical outlets in the form of the experience stores and service centers. The second store will be opened in Chongqing by the middle of 2019 followed by up to 30 more in first and second-tier cities in China such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Chengdu after which the company will expand to North America and Europe.Byton-Experience-store-opened-top-5-ev-news-week-4-2019


It was quite a busy week for me as I added another 30 new electric models to wattEV2buy, here is some news related to new EV models.

Japanese automaker teased the Honda Urban which is destined for the European market at the end of the year. Honda will unveil the Honda Urban prototype at the Geneva Auto Show which commence on the 7th of March 2019.


Aston Martin CEO tweeted a video of the first validation prototype of the Rapid E which will be developed in limited numbers later n 2019. Aston Martin will build only 155 units of the legendary British automakers first electric car which is estimated to be priced from $250,000. The rapid E which is developed in conjunction with Williams Engineering is equipped with an 800V battery providing a range in excess of 320km (200 miles).


BAIC listed the EX5 EV SUV which is developed on its third generation EV platform with a range of 415km (259 miles) and a 160kW electric motors. The EX5 is based on the ET400 concept SUV and is available in four models starting at ¥169,900 going up to ¥199,900 after subsidies.


JAC opened its book for reservations of the JAC iEVS4 EV which is based on the Refine S4 compact SUV.



The NASDAQ listed Kandi Technologies announced that they had secured an agreement to provide 300,000 EVs to an ‘Online Ride-sharing Alliance’ in Hangzhou, the company’s hometown. Kandi which last week received approval from the municipality of Jiangsu to develop a new 50,000 unit EV plant in the City will deliver the 300,000 units over the next five years. The opportunity for Kandi arose out of the current chaos in the three million strong ride-hailing market, where 90% of the cars operate illegally. To operate as a driver for a ridesharing company you need a drivers license and an additional license to transport passengers. Furthermore, once you register your car in the ridesharing network, the insurance premium escalates with RMB10,000, which coupled with the requirement of an additional license leads to a 90% non-compliance rate currently. The benefit for authorities is that electric cars by Kandi can be switched off if not compliant.


CHJ Automotive announced that it will open 13 retail stores for its new luxury EV brand called Leading Auto. The first vehicle from this stable, the Leading One is on track for delivery later this year. CHJ acquired Lifan Motors earlier for an amount of 650 million yuan, and in the process secured Lifan’s production qualification, allowing it to start producing EVs. The thirteen cities where CHJ Leading will open retail shops are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Chengdu, Chongqing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Xi’an, and Wuhan


The co-founder of CHJ Li Xiang shared images of the plant where its range extended Leading One with a range of 1,000km (620miles) is produced indicating to his followers that the company is determined to bring the first car to market late 2019.



Hyundai announced pricing for it’s award-winning Kona Electric CUV this weekend.  Sales for the Kona Electric in the USA will start in California followed by other ZEF states. Additional freight charges for the 2019 Hyundai Kona EV are $1,045. The 258 mile Hyundai Kona EV is available in three trims, the SEL, Limited and Ultimate.

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 3 2019

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 3 2019






Forecasting EV sales are becoming a rather difficult task as EV sales reach new records on a monthly basis. Predictions for EV sales are continuously adjusted upwards while the time between each new million cars sold milestone decreases rapidly. The five million electric car sales milestone is expected to be reached in January 2019, which is only four short months after reaching the four million EVs sold threshold in September 2018. In September 2018 industry commentators forecasted that the five million milestones will be reached in six months or March 2019, now it seems the target will be reached two months early. It took nearly five years before one million EVs were sold in late 2014 and seventeen months to reach 2 million EVs sold in June 2017. Ten months later, in March 2018, EV uptake reached three million vehicles.

How quickly will we get to six million electric cars sold? My guess is that it will be before the second half of 2019 which will put the seven and half million cars milestone reachable by the end of the decade, which is unfortunately far short of the Paris 2015 country commitments of 12.5 million.


Geely G11

Geely became the first Chinese automaker to develop a mass market for the global market. The Geely GE11 pure electric sedan is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2020. Judging from the visible radar on the front of the car it is assumed it will be equipped with high-level advanced driving assistance or Level 2 to 3 autonomous driving capabilities. The Geely GE11 is equipped with a battery pack from CATL and an electric motor with a maximum power of 130kW (175hp) helping it to achieve a top speed of 150km/h (94 miles).



BMW held the world premiere of the new BMW 7-series in China, its key market contributing 40% of the luxury saloon sales. The 2019 7-series follows the BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance was first released in the USA in August 2016. The 2019 BMW 7 series plug-in hybrid EV variants are available in three models, the 745e, the740Le, and 745Le xDrive iPerformance. The BMW 745 PHEV variants are equipped with specially adapted six-cylinder in-line petrol engines and upgraded 12kWh high-voltage batteries with an improved range of between 50km and 58km (31miles to 36 miles). BMW did not indicate on which test cycle so I assume its NEDC equivalent and not real world ranges which I expect is closer to 20 miles. The system output of the BMW 7 series plug-in hybrid variants produces 290kW / 394hp in ‘SPORT’ mode. For full specs and pictures of all three variants go here.


Nissan unveiled the Nissan IMs Concept AWD EV at the NAIAS which it claims heralds a new segment, an ‘elevated sports sedan’. The Nissan IMs Concept is developed on the Japanese automaker’s three design pillars, namely Nissan Intelligent Mobility – Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power and Intelligent Integration.

Nissan defines the new segment based on the IMs being a pure electric vehicle with the 115kWh battery located under the body, elevating cabin height. The large battery delivers a 380-mile range (608km) and energizes a 360kW electric motor delivering 800N.m of torque.

The IMs has an extended wheelbase allowing for a stretched interior space, which features a unique “2+1+2” seating configuration with pivoting front seats and a rear seat which can accommodate three people or by folding the slim rear outboard seats creating a spacious “Premier Seat” for two in the center. Nissan claims the IMs is an advanced study based on ready to launch technology. Go to the Nissan IMs specs here.


We have seen the digital images of the Infiniti crossover which previews its first EV expected in 2021, this week Infiniti unveiled that concept, the midsize Infiniti QX Inspiration SUV.  The Infiniti QX is based on an all-new e-AWD platform with a battery pack below the floor of the vehicle which energizes two electric motors, one on each axle.



Hyundai announced the release of the second generation Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid in the second half of 2019. From the press release, it seems that changes are related to connectivity and advanced driving as it did not indicate any changes to the electric performance of the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq. According to Hyundai, the new Ioniq PHEV will get a design refresh and feature advanced Bluelink telematics services, the SmartSense active safety, and driving assistance systems, Adjustable Regenerative Braking and state-of-the-art infotainment delivered as standard across all trims.

Hyundai said that an enhanced IONIQ Electric to follow soon after, probably in early 2020.



Although it is not officially stated as such it is my opinion that the fast pace of electrification which caught many traditional automakers by surprise has caused the formation of a new alliance, this time between Ford and Volkswagen. It seems the two companies which have been in talks for six months on how to work together to develop self-driving, electric technologies, and cut cost could only agree to an alliance extending to commercial vehicles. The two companies postponed their planned joint NAIAS appearance in Detroit due to a lack of details. VW and Ford will work together in the following manner to leverage their strengths to compete better, innovate and serve customers:

  • The VW/Ford Alliance does not involve cross-ownership between the two companies
  • By 2022 Ford will engineer and build medium-sized pickups for the alliance both companies.
  • Ford will engineer and build larger commercial vans for European customers while Volkswagen is responsible for a city van.
  • The alliance will start yielding improved annual pre-tax operating results from 2023 for the two alliance partners.
  • Volkswagen and Ford also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exploring potential collaboration on EVs, autonomous vehicles and mobility services.

Earlier the week Volkswagen announced that it would invest €700 million ($800 million) in its Chattanooga plant in the USA preparing it to assemble the automaker’s electric cars based on the MEB platform. The first EV to roll off the Chattanooga assembly line will be the ID  Crozz in 2022. The Chattanooga plant is one eight MEB enabled plants which will be in operation by 2022 over three continents, namely Europe, Asia, and North America. The European plants are in Emden, Hanover, Dresden and Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic while the Asian plants situated in Anting and Foshan. The German automaker targets the global production of one million electric cars per annum by 2025. VW will still produce combustion versions of the Atlas and Passat at the Chattanooga plant.

The formation of the alliance will make the development of an electric Ford F150 a reality, in fact during the Deutsche Bank Global Automotive Conference in the MGM Grand in Detroit, Ford’s president of global markets, Jim Farley announced that the 40-year-old F-Series would be available in battery electric and plug-in hybrid versions. The announcement is just further proof that traditional automakers are scrambling to protect their cash cows, the Ford F-150 has been the best selling pickup truck in the United States for many years, but with the imminent arrival of Rivian’s amazing R1T electric pickup and the Tesla Model P, the future is not that certain anymore. GM’s CEO Mary Barra also commented this week that the company is looking at an electric pick-up as the company shifts from hybrid to pure electric platforms.


The Chinese owned NEVS which acquired the bankrupt Swedish automaker SAAB this week got a new owner as Evergrande Group of China acquired 51% of the struggling automaker keeping the Chinese healthcare company’s electric car aspirations alive. In the newsletter of Week 1/2019, I reported on the agreement reached between Evergrande, a Fortune Global 500 company, and FF, where FF entered into an agreement whereby it could buy-back the Evergrande 31% shareholding within a five-year period. Evergrande came to the rescue of FF mid-2018 but FF founder Jia Yueting soon had a legal fallout with its white knight. Now, Evergrand which is owned by Hui Ka Yan once ranked (2017) the richest person in China invested $930 million (€816 million) in NEVS for the 51% share valuing the company at nearly $2 billion. NEVS has been delaying the launch of the electrified SAAB 9-3 since it initially planning it’s listing in 2017. The NEVS opened the books to pre-order the 9-3 EV in December 2018 for ¥169,800. NEVS is in the process of developing its third plant in Shanghai, which follows on a recent 50,000 unit plant constructed Tianjin and the original SAAB plant in Trollhättan, Sweden. The original founder of NEVS, Kai Johan Jiang, with his company, NE Holding, will retain 49% of NEVS AB.


NEVS Trollhattan and Tianjin plant


This week saw huge shifts at Tesla as the focus now change to be competitive and viable when big auto enters its market in 2020. The three major shifts which occurred at Tesla this week were the scraping of its referral program, the increase of pricing at the Supercharger network and the announcement that the company will cut its workforce by 7%, or 3,000 people. The changes are made as Elon Musk streamlines the automaker to ensure profitability and longevity.

Shares for Tesla (NQSA:TSLA) closed down around 13% for the week at $302.26. Elon Musk wrote in an email to staff on January the 18th that the company will cut 3,000 jobs to ensure that it could deliver a profitable $35,000 Model 3. Hidden in text Elon also eluded that the Q4 profits will be less than that in Q3. The positive note is that there will still be a profit. Tesla has $920 million of convertible bonds maturing on the 1st of March and with a conversion rate which is at $359.87 it seems Tesla might have to dive into its cash pile which is needed for production. With the current negative financial market sentiment refinancing could be a challenge and expensive.

In another cost-cutting effort, Elon Musk informed followers via a tweet that the innovative referral program which started in 2015 is to come to an end earlier than planned, on the 1st of February. Based on reports that Tesla has to give away 80 Tesla Roadster it seems that clients and sales teams started gaming the program.

Finally, Tesla announced large increases in its Supercharger rates to fund the expansion of routes and to adjust to differences in local electricity cost.

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 2 2019

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 2 2019






China 2018 EV sales summary

China became the first country to sell over 1 million passenger electric cars in one year as EV sales in December showed a 60% year-on-year increase over December 2017 and an 82% increase on 2017 for the full year. Pure electric vehicles remained the best performing technology, contributing to 77% of the sales while A0/A00 class cars remained the best performing category. Electric cars increased its share of sales compared to combustion vehicles, making up 7.2% of total sales in December 2018 compared to 4.7% in December 2017. For the full year, EVs made up nearly 5% of all cars sold in China, double that of 2017. The full report is available on request here.


BYD is China’s top performing EV brand

BYD reported total electric vehicle sales for 2018 at 247,811, an increase of 227% over 2017. Passenger cars were the largest contributor with BYD selling 227,152 plug-in hybrid and pure electric models of which 5 models were Top 10 sellers. BYD sold a record 46,650 electric vehicles in December 2018, an increase of 55.11% from the previous month which in its own was a record month. Total EV sales for the year is well above the target of 200,000 units set at the start of the year. In 2017 BYD was the best performing company in the Chinese electric car sector selling a total of 108,956 models. We have seen over the last couple of months how sales for combustion vehicles shrank while those of electric cars showing robust growth. To put it in perspective BYD sold only 272,900 internal combustion vehicles (ICE) during the year, far below its stated target of 400,000 for the category. December was particularly bad for BYD’s combustion sales as the company only sold 23,000 ICE units. Although BYD sold marginally more than Tesla in 2018 which sold 245,240 units one should take in consideration the BYD data includes plug-in hybrid vehicles and represent nearly 10 models while Tesla achieved its record sales with only three pure electric models.



Tesla Model Y self-drive specs

The Twitter channel @theteslashow revealed unconfirmed specs of the Model Y it received from a “birdie.” According to the tweet, the Model Y will only be available as an AWD, and the base model will be priced between $35,000 and $40,000 and have a range exceeding 250 miles (400km). Most interesting from the tweet is that the Model Y will be SAE Autonomous Level 4 ready and equipped with Tesla Autopilot Hardware version 3.5. Even more interesting is that the Model Y Autopilot hardware does not include Lidar and that it might include Tesla’s own designed radar system.


Nissan Leaf e-Plus specs

After being postponed Nissan unveiled the long-anticipated longer range Leaf, the Nissan Leaf e+ with a 62kWh battery delivering an estimated EPA range of 226 miles which is nearly 50% more than the 2018 Leaf with its 40kWh battery pack. The Nissan Leaf e+ also sports a more powerful 160kW electric motor improving acceleration by around 13%. The Nissan Leaf e+ also gets a 70kW quick charging system for more efficient charging.

The Nissan LEAF PLUS Series is scheduled to join the LEAF at Nissan dealerships in Japan in January 2019. U.S. sales are expected to begin in spring 2019 and European sales to commence in mid-2019. Although now price was set the Nissan Leaf ePlus is expected to sell for around $36,000 for the base model. A total of three trims levels is available, designated as S PLUS, SV PLUS, and SL PLUS.


Ford this week unpacked its strategy to turn its European operations around, a key to which is the electrification of its entire model range in the region. The European market is very receptive of electric mobility and it is therefore imperative for the company to be more aggressive in its electric car strategy here as opposed to its home market. In a press release by the Ford Europe, it states:

Every Ford nameplate from the all-new Ford Focus onwards will include an electrified option. This includes new nameplates and new versions of existing vehicles. From Fiesta to Transit, either a mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery electric option will be offered, delivering one of the most encompassing line-ups of electrified options for European customers.

A niche portfolio of imported iconic nameplates for Europe that builds on the heritage of the Ford brand will include Mustang, Edge, and another SUV to be revealed in April, along with an all-new Mustang-inspired full-electric performance utility in 2020.



Tesla’s dominance in 2018 is forcing traditional automakers to continuously adapt and rethink their strategy to keep up with the “surprising” shift by consumers to cleaner and more advanced products offered by the auto start-up. I am using the term start-up lightly as it now relates more to the relatively young age of the company compared to its competitors rather than its operations. Reuters this week indicated that GM is redirecting a large portion of its engineering talent to focus on electric vehicle technology to back GM CEO Mary Barra’s bold promise to investors that the US automaker will turn a profit selling EVs by 2021.

According to the Reuters report, GM is working very hard to follow Tesla in reducing the cobalt content of its EMC1.0 battery system by increasing the use of nickel in its battery chemistry, thereby reducing the cost of its batteries to below $100/kWh by 2021 from the current $145/kWh. GM and its Chinese strategic partner SAIC is also working to bring down the cost of EV assembly by developing dedicated electric car plants which are less complex than combustion plants. A third focus area is the creation of flexible, modular plug-and-play platform on which battery systems and fuel cells of various sizes can be added. All-in-all 1,700 engineers and other professionals are already exclusively focusing on GM’s electrification strategy.

In a press release by the company following an investor update on Friday the 11th of January GM put Cadillac front and center of its EV strategy making the brand its lead EV brand. Cadillac will develop GM’s first pure electric EV following the Chevrolet Bolt on the groups new flexible BEV3 platform, To date, Cadillac was only able to sell around 4,000 plug-in hybrid versions of the Cadillac ELR and CT6 luxury sedans.

Furthermore, GM announced to investors that it would start to commercialize its self-driving vehicles in dense city environments this year. GM’s Seattle based autonomous vehicle subsidiary Cruise also signed a partnership with food delivery company DoorDash this week.

In related news, Tesla backed away from purchasing one of the three assembly plants closed in GM’s recent restructuring. According to GM Tesla were not willing to take on GM’s unionized employees at the Ohio plant.


BYTON reveals a near production-ready version of the upcoming M-Byte SUV displaying the digital cockpit (see cover image) at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas. The premium intelligent electric vehicle brand sees the automobile of the future as a smart device with its models a mobile digital lounge. According to Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, CEO and Co-founder of BYTON “BYTON’s M-Byte represents the transformation of the traditional car into a next-generation smart device for every user,” on which he adds “We achieve this through the combination our state-of-the-art EV platform and our proprietary BYTON Life digital ecosystem.” The Byton M-Byte showcased at the 2019 CES has the largest in-car display screen of any model available to date. Byton calls its huge 48-inch wide curved screen a Shared Experience Display (SED) which displays vehicle, driving information and content options in an intuitive way. Users interact with the SED through either a 7-inch Driver Tablet at the center of the steering wheel or an 8-inch TouchPad placed between the driver and front passenger seat. The driver and front passenger can also rotate their seats inward by 12 degrees while passengers in the rear of the Byton cockpit has access to entertainment screens. Although the 48-inch screen itself is not a touch-pad to interact with the car users, have access to various interaction modes including voice, buttons and gesture controls.


Byton offers a unique user experience through its Byton Life digital ecosystem which is open source and includes advanced machine learning capabilities. Byton is also taking advantage of Amazon’s Alexa voice control system. The final production model will be unveiled in the summer of 2019 and mass production at the 150,000 unit Nanjing plant in China will commence at the end of the year.

In the meantime, Reuters reported that Byton is to raise $500 million to fund the production and development of the M-Byte and its EV strategy. The C-round funding values the company at $4 billion and aims to attract foreign shareholders. Current shareholders include Chinese retail giant Suning, Hong Kong-based Fullshare which is a property and healthcare holding company plus B-round investors FAW and CATL.



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Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 1 2019

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 1 2019






One of the most talked about new EVs expected in China over the last month is the Leapmotor S01 launched on the 3rd of January 2019.  The Leapmotor S01 has a top speed of 140km/h and accelerates to 50km/h in 2.9 seconds and 100km/h in 6.9 seconds with the help of its 170hp electric motor producing 250N.m of torque. The LP S01 can fast charge in 60 minutes or between six and eight hours on level 2 charge.


The Leapmotor S01 Coupe EV price revealed

Leapmotor will launch four trims of the small four-seat coupe. The four trims are divided into two range/battery configurations each with a Standard and Pro version. The Leapmotor S01 EV380 series is equipped with 18650 cell type battery pack and the Leapmotor S01 EV460 with a 21700 cell type battery pack. The S01 Coupe EV is available from as little as $16,000 after incentives.


Leapmotor S01 autonomous driving capabilities

The Leapmotor S01 is equipped with the “Leap In” and “Leap Pilot” onboard assistant and advanced driving assist system. The Leap Pilot is an SAE Level 2.5 autonomous drive system which can be upgraded to Level 3 via an OTA over the air system. As seen from the images below the S01 Coupe identifies occupants through biometrics, allowing access to the car and to interact with the driver.


Leapmotor EV pipeline

The founder of LeapMotor, Zhu Mingjiang, announced during the launch event of the S01 EV Coupe that the next car to come out of the Leapmotor stable will be an AO class city car in 2019 developed on the Chines automakers T platform followed by a second EV on the S platform in 2020 and an SUV developed on the C platform in 2021. Leapmotor shares 70% of its parts across the three platforms. Currently, the S01 is assembled by Changjiang Automobile, but the company will start production later in Q3 at its newly constructed advanced manufacturing base in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province. Leapmotor is developing its own AI chip in conjunction with Dahau. The AI chip “Lingxin 01” will be tested in the second quarter of 2019 and when produced will be the first intelligent driving chip independently developed by the Chinese according to the company. Leapmotor will also unveil a concept EV at the Shanghai Auto Show on 18 April 2019.



The top three EV brands in China all launched updated versions of their popular models.

SAIC Roewe launched the second generation Ei5 pure electric station wagon on the 2nd of January. Since it’s launch in March 2019 the Roewe Ei5 sold nearly 23,000 units, making it the 13th highest selling car in China for the year to date in November and the second best selling SAIC EV. The 2019 SAIC Roewe Ei5 is available in four trims and range in price from ¥128,800 to ¥158,800 after subsidy ($19,000 to $23,000). The SAIC Roewe Ei5 is equipped with the company’s Roewe OS 2.0 connected car system and Advanced Driving Assitance System for the top of the line model which include CCS (cruise control), LDW (lane departure assist), AEB (automatic emergency brake), FCW (front collision early warning system), and SAS (speed assist system).

BAIC opened its books or pre-orders of the BAIC EX5 EV SUV on the 1st of January and will list the vehicle on the 27th of the month. The BAIC EX5 has a cruising range of 520km (325 miles) when driven at a constant speed of 60km/h and is equipped with a 160kW electric motor. The BAIC EX5 includes BAICs eMotion Drive 3.0 intelligent control system which manages batteries, motors and monitors traffic for safety.

BYD released more information the pure electric version of its best selling Tang PHEV SUV. Following in the tracks of the plug-in hybrid version of the Tang SUV the pure electric version will also be available in a five and seven-seat configuration priced between ¥260,000 and ¥360,000 before subsidies ($38,000 to $52,500). The second generation of the BYD Tang PHEV has been the top-selling EV in China for the months of August and September 2018. The five-seat BYD Tang EV600 has an NEDC cycle rating of 500km (313miles) and a cruising range of 600km (375miles) while the seven-seat BYD Tang EV600 an NEDC range of 520km (325miles) and a cruising range of 620km (388miles). The BYD Tang EV600’s battery pack consist of NCM622 cells and boasts an energy density of 161Wh/kg. For propulsion, BYD equipped the Tang EV600 with the same AWD system of the PHEV model which consist of two 180kW motors front and rear which produces 330N.m of torque each.

BYD also released more information on its compact SUV, the pure electric Yuan EV535 which indicates a cruising range of 525km (335miles). The BYD Yuan EV535 will replace the Yuan EV360 which sold over 28,000 units since its launch in June 2018. The Yuan EV535 has the same appearance and 70kW electric motor as the BYD Yuan EV360.



Spy images of the Dorcen G60E SUV emerged this week. The Dorcen G60E follows on the Dorcen E20 A0 class EV revealed last week and is based on the combustion version the G60S. It is expected that Dorcen will launch the G60E SUV in the third quarter of 2019. Official data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology shows the G60E is equipped with an electric motor with a maximum power of 85kW delivering a top speed of 140km/h and an NMC battery pack produced by Guoxuan Hi-Tech.



Nissan Infiniti, Volvo Polestar and the Mahindra owned Pininfarina all kicked off the marketing campaign for the reveals of their EVs this year.

Infiniti digitally revealed the design of the pure electric crossover concept that it will unveil at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to be held from the 14th of January to the 27th of the month. See the image below and the cover image.

Polestar teased an image of the back end of the Polestar 2 EV which will also be revealed at the NAIAS and produced in 2020. The Polestar 2 is expected to be priced in the range of €40,000 ($46,000) and have a battery electric range of around 480km (300miles).

Pininfarina teased the nose of its hypercar which is to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show from 7 March to 17 March 2019 and delivered to customers in 2020. The hypercar, previously only know as the PFO is now named after the founder of the company Battista Farina. The pure electric Pininfarina Battista will be equipped with a drivetrain supplied by Rimac which produces maximum power of 2,000 horsepower and a range of 500km (313 miles). The Battista accelerates to 60 miles in less than 2 seconds and can accelerate from standstill to 300km/h in 12 seconds.



Official sources of SAIC-owned MG announced that the former iconic brand from the UK is to launch a number of EVs this year that will be available in international markets serviced by the brand. Most of the new models are electrified versions of combustion models, such as the MG eHS plug-in hybrid crossover and MG eZS battery-electric. The eHS PHEV will be listed in te first half of 2019 followed by the eZS.

SAIC’s commercial brand Maxus is to launch the EV30 pure electric delivery van on the 14th of January 2019. The Maxus EV30 is developed on a new platform designed around an all-aluminum body compensating for the weight of the battery pack. The Maxus EV30 will be available in various battery configurations and have a maximum range in excess of 300km (188miles).




The Indian Nano-tech start-up, Log-9 Materials, based in Bengaluru and founded by Akshay Singhal showcased its metal-air battery fitted in a Mahindra e20 show-car named Ranger at the India UK Future Tech held in New Delhi in December 2018. Log-9 is experimenting with Graphene Nanotechnology to develop long-range battery packs. Through the use of Graphene with an energy density tenfold of current battery chemistries Log9 aims to develop batteries for EVs with a range exceeding 1,000km (620 miles). Coupled with a Metal-Air battery which uses aluminum and water to generate energy the battery pack can charge itself rather than being charged, similar to fuel cell vehicles. Log9 is working on reducing the size of the bulky prototype Metal-Air battery which fills the back seat of the Ranger. Akshay Singhal told the online publication, Hindu Business Line this week, “The user can fill water after every 200 km instead of charging the battery and the water and aluminum metal will regenerate the lithium-ion battery of the car for another 200 km,” he explains. However, after 1,000 km, the user has to change the metal (aluminum) which costs around 4,500.”

According to Akshay Log-9 received a second pre-series A funding injection of 3 crore topping up an initial Pre Series-A funding received from GEMS Advisory in 2017. The latest funding came from Metaform Ventures, Hemant Luthra, Chairman, Mahindra CIE, GEMS, and other angel investors. 



As we approach the next decade and the next phase in the evolution of the electric car we see government incentives for EVs running out. In the USA Tesla is the first company to reach its tax grant threshold triggering a phase-out of the $7,500 incentive towards the purchase of any Tesla model. According to the phase-out schedule, Tesla customers are now only eligible for a $3,750 credit to June 2019. Incidentally, GM became the second company this week to reach the 200,000 cars sold threshold, triggering its phase-out from April 2019.

To assist new customers, Tesla announced this week that it would slash prices for all its models with $2,000 triggering a sell-off in its shares whereby the price dropped 7% from $332 to $307 shortly after the company made the announced and released its production and delivery data for Q4 2018. According to the data, Tesla showed a 15% increase in production of the Model 3s over Q3 and delivered a record  90,700 vehicles in total, an 8% increase on Q3. The deliveries were 63,150 Model 3s, 13,500 Model Ss and 14,050 Model Xs. The total data delivery data for Tesla in 2018 stand at 245,240 units, consisting of 145,846 Model 3s and 99,394 Model S/Model Xs. It seems the market where roiled by the weekly production data of “only” 4,700 Model 3s per week. The share price regained lost ground since as Tesla announced that it received orders for 14,000 Model 3s in the first couple of days since opening its order books in Europe and in China, where it is to break ground on Gigafactory 3 in the coming week.


It has been two years since the disastrous unveiling of the FF91 at the CES in Las Vegas and the Faraday Future soap opera is continuing. In the latest round of drama by FF’s founder, Jia Yueting entered into a spat with its most recent white night investor Evergrande Health Industry Group which saw the parties facing each other off in the Hong Kong courts. Fortunately, FF and Evergrande reconciled this week allowing the production process of the FF91 to continue…., until the next episode in the FF soap opera. According to the settlement FF and Evergrande entered into a restructuring agreement whereby Jia Yueting can buy back 32% of the company’s shares over the next five years. FF also issued a statement saying that according to the agreement signed by both parties, Furthermore, FF’s asset preservation pledge and equity financing rights will be released, which can be used for the company’s future debt and equity financing. At the same time, the statement said that the FF’s A round financing before the investment was valued at 2.45 billion US dollars while the post-investment valuation was adjusted to 3.25 billion US dollars.

The buyback value agreed to is $600 million in year one, or $700 million in year two, or $800 million in year three, or $920 million in year four, or finally $1.05 billion in year five.

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 50 2018

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 50 2018






China on its way to being the first country to sell over 1,000,000 passenger electric vehicles in one year as EV sales buck the trend showing record sales each month while combustion vehicle sales falter. 
Chinese EV sales for November 2018 broke records again at a time when passenger car sales fell 16.1% year-on-year. The production and sales of electric vehicles for November stood at 173,400 and 169,300 units respectively, an increase of 36.93% and 37.62% over the same period of the previous year. The portion of pure electric vehicles were 135,300 and 138,100, respectively, up 23.58% and 30.30% over the same period of the previous year, while the production and sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles were respectively 38,000 and 31,100 respectively, a year-to-year increase of 121.71% and 82.50%.
On an annual basis, the production and sales of electric vehicles in China stood at 1,053,500 and 1,209,800 respectively from January to November, an increase of 63.63% and 68% over 2017. Pure electric vehicles production and sales were 806,600 and 790,900 respectively, up 50.30% and 55.66% over 2017. The production and sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles were 246,600 and 238,800 respectively, up from 2017 by 130.27% and 127.58%.
Looking at the passenger vehicle segment, only EV sales for November 2018 stood at 136,000 units, an increase of 10.4% October 2018 and 55.9% on November 2017 bringing the total sales for the year to date to nearly 890,000 units. The Top 3 EV models sold in China is the BAIC EC series, the BYD Tang Plug-in hybrid and the BYD Yuan compact SUV EV. BYD’s other models slipped out of the Top 10 though making way for newcomers such as the YGM E Line A0 class EV which surprised with 4,204 units sold in November 2018.
For the full report see the monthly sales report here.
Should Passenger EV sales in December be on par to that of November then total sales for 2018 would be higher than 1,000,000 units. It is expected however that December sales could be as high as 200,000 units due to a host of new models that came into the market and the introduction of lower subsidies in 2019. It is, therefore, a foregone conclusion that Chinese EV sales in 2018 will be more than double that of 2017.


NIO introduced a six-seating version of the NIO ES8 which was released in July 2018 in a seven seter configuration. NIO has already sold over 10,000 units of the ES8 in the first five months of it being on the market and it was the 12th best selling electric car in November 2018. Pre-orders for the NIO ES8 six-seater which is priced at ¥456,000 starts on the 24th of December 2018.

NIO unveiled its second passenger car, the NIO ES6 EV SUV at the 2018 NioDay event in Shanghai. The NIO ES6 with a max range of 510km (319 miles)(NEDC) offers more range than the current NIO ES8 which stands at 355km (220miles). The NIO ES6 is available at first in limited launch edition with deliveries starting in Q2 2019. Only 6,000 units of the NIO ES6 launch edition will be released. The NIO ES6 looks very much like its larger brother the ES8 and has much f the same features such as NIO Pilot, the Advanced Autonomous Driving Assitance System featuring the mobileye eyeq4 system consisting of 23 sensors. The six-seater with a 2/2/2 configuration has a range of 510km (319miles) on the NEDC test cycle form an 84kWh battery pack. The NIO ES6 Performance edition accelerates to 62mph in just 4,7 seconds while the dual motor standard edition in 5.6 seconds. The NIO ES6 produces a maximum power of 544 horsepower (406kW) from a Permanent Synchronous electric motor paired with an Induction motor, the first EV SUV to employ both. The NIO ES6 standard edition will be available from Q3 2019. The NIO ES6 has a top speed of 200km/h (125mph) and a braking distance of 33.9m from 100km – standstill.


The NIO ES6 structure consists of 2 sqm of high-strength carbon fiber structural parts making the vehicle lighter and stronger. The body is made of aerospace grade 7075 aluminum. The NIO ES6 includes NIO’s “nomi” in car AI system bringing together to turn the EV SUV into a smart, fun, expressive, and intuitive driving companion.

Pricing for the NIO ES6 EV SUV are as follows:

The launch edition of the NIO ES6 is priced at ¥498,000 ($72,000) before government subsidy and comes with extra’s valued at ¥117,000.  The price difference between the basic and performance models is ¥40,000 with the main technical difference the drive train, body materials, and active air suspension.NIO Pilot is installed in the launch edition and available as an upgrade at a cost of ¥39,000 to the other models.


NIO ES6 | Drivetrain | nomi AI system


Leapmotor announced that its S01 two-door four-seat electric coupe will be launched on the 3rd of January 2019. The S01 which is targeted at the young consumers will be available in two different range configurations and in four trims. The S01 will be priced after taking subsidies into account between an estimated ¥100,000 and ¥150,000. The four trims will be the 380 Standard Edition and 380 Pro with a range of 300km (188miles) and the 460 Standard and 460 Pro with a range of 380km (238miles).


Environmental filings by FAW Toyota revealed that the company is re-tooling its plant in Jilin Province and preparing to produce 16,200 RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles annually from April 2021.


The Japanese auto brand Infiniti announced that it will unveil a pure electric concept SUV at the 2019 North American International Auto Show to be held in Detroit in January 2019. The CUV EV Concept will reflect the Nissan owned brand’s vision for its electrification strategy which will commence in 2021. Infiniti showcased its sedan vision car, the Inspiration Q, at the 2018 event and Prototype 10 at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d ’Elegance which showcased the company’s in-house developed EV platform.

“The concept car we will show in Detroit is the beginning of a new era for INFINITI, and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand. Electrification and other new technologies have given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy,” said Karim Habib, Executive Design Director, INFINITI.

INFINITI previews future fully-electric crossover

INFINITI will preview a vision for its first fully-electric crossover at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit


The Chinese authorities are busy revising its EV subsidy policy for 2019 and based on feedback from the industry it seems that the subsidy will be slashed by around 40%. I have compared the current EV incentives in China to the proposed new table. According to the 2019 Chinese EV subsidies, pure electric cars with a range below 200km (125miles) will not qualify for subsidies anymore, and the top band moves from 400km (250 miles) to 500km (313 miles). Other than in 2018 where there was a transition period which allowed for the 2017 subsidies to phase out only by March 2018 the 2019 subsidies will come into effect on the 1st of January, which will result in a run on EV models during December 2018. I will post the full 2019 EV subsidy policy once its made public.


A group of German companies came together to develop the Iridium EV campervan which will be unveiled at the CMT Travel fair to be held in January 2019 in Stuttgart. The Iridium is by no means the first electric campervan shown but it will be the first to come to market in 2019. The developers of the Iridium is the Stuttgart based campervan seller, WOF and vehicle retrofitting company ElektroFahrzeuge Stuttgart (EFA-S) and Swiss campervan manufacturer Maurer Fahrzeugbau. The drivetrain developed by EFA-S is the same that has been used in UPS electric delivery vehicles. The Iridium electric campervan has a range of around 200km (125miles) and can be charged either by a wall socket, through a 22kW wall box or 50kW CCS charger.


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Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 49 2018

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 49 2018



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Great Wall Motor plans to launch its ORA electric vehicle brand in the European market from 2020. ORA has released its first EV, the iQ SUV which sells below ¥100,000 (€12,700 / $14,500) and placed an A0 class EV the ORA R1 available for pre-order at a price of ¥61,800 (€7,800 / $8,900), both after the application of subsidies. The ORA iQ SUV has sold 1,417 units in ys first two months. GWM is joining a growing list of Chinese auto companies which have identified Europe as a viable market for electric vehicles, competing with European brands which have been slower in shifting toward electrification and which in turn has identified China as their preferred market, launching some electrified versions of existing models only in China. Other Chinese electric vehicle brands with intentions to move to Europe include Lynk&Co, Qoros, and GAC.


SAIC MG also announced this week that it intends to sell some of its models in Europe starting with its first pure electric vehicle the MG EZS SUV shown in the cover image above. MG did not elaborate on which countries in Europe would get the EZS electric SUV, but testing will kick off in two months in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Germany, and France. The SAIC MG EZS SUV has an estimated range of 335km or 210 miles on the WLTP cycle. SAIC MG has already sold over 4,000 units of its plug-in version of the MG6 since its launch in April 2018. The SAIC MG EZS SV will join the Korean brands as the only brands selling affordable pure electric compact crossover SUVs in Europe, taking advantage of their lead over European brands. The MG EZS SUV will be listed in China in the first half of 2019.


Lotus is to unveil a concept model of its upcoming electric supercar at the start of 2019. The Lotus EV which is developed under the code name Lotus Omega is equipped with a dual motor delivering 750kW/1014hp and have a range in excess of 400km or 250miles. Reports indicate that the Lotus Omega will come at a price tag of over £2 million. Below are images of the Concept Esprit and 2018 Lotus Evora 400 and 2018 Lotus Exige to provide some insight into the possible design style for the Lotus Omega.


The neighborhood electric vehicle maker turned highway-capable electric car maker, YGM, listed the first EV under its new name Link Tour. The pure electric compact SUV Link Tour K-One is available in a 300km and 400km range version starting at ¥87,900 ($12,800) after subsidies. For detailed specs please go to the K-One page on wattev2buy.


AIWAYS presented the production version of the Aiways U5 EV SUV to the world on the 29th of November. The Aiways U5 is to be listed in Q4 2019 and will be equipped with L2 self-driving capabilities. The Aiways U5 is developed on the Chinese automakers MAS platform which can be extended to MPVs, sedans and pickup trucks. The Aiways U5 is designed as a “smart mobile home” according to AIways and interfaces with the occupants via a 12.3inch floating large screen and 10.25inch drivers display. For detailed specs please go to the U5 page on wattev2buy.


NIO teased images of the NIO ES6 prior to its unveiling on the 15th of December during the “NIO DAY” event. The NIO ES6 SUV seats six in a 2/2/2 configuration and promises an acceleration of below 5 sec to reach 100km/h. The NIO ES6 follows the NIO ES8 which is expected to sell over 10,000 units in the first six months following its launch in July 2018.


Opel announced that it will open its order books for the Grandland Plug-in electric vehicle and Opel Corsa in the first half of 2019. The company also announced during its 120-year birthday celebrations that it will bring a pure electric version of the 2020 Vivaro van to market and that it will start serious production of a pure electric Opel Mokka compact SUV also in 2020.

“Opel is going electric!” says Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller. “We made this announcement at the presentation of our PACE! strategic plan and now we are delivering.” He went further saying “The new Corsa will make electro-mobility affordable for many customers, it will be a real electric car for the people.”


After canceling the launch of the Nissan Leaf E-Plus (60kWh) due to the scandal around its Chairman it is reported that the Japanese automaker will unveil the car at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas at the start of January. From various media sources, it is understood that the Leaf E-plus will remain air cooled at the dismay of many commentators.

InsideEVs reported that the e-UP! is to get a bigger battery in Europe according to Matt Renna, vice president of Volkswagen North American Region. The VW e-UP electric hatchback received a price drop recently now selling for £2,935 (€3,310) cheaper after incentives which bring the small city car in the sub €20,000 range. vw-id-buggyThe news comes as VW and its suppliers ready itself for the start of production of the ID family at the end of 2019. In a press release Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for E-Mobility said “We are now entering the decisive phase. In about 12 months, the new ID. will usher in a new era for Volkswagen, comparable with the first Beetle or the first Golf. We are preparing for this event extremely carefully together with our partners.” According to market reports, VW will showcase yet another addition to the ID family early next year at the Geneva Auto Show. The latest addition is an electric ATV mirrored around the VW Buggy 2011 on the image here.



Ever wondered how many of the BMW iX3’s will be built? BMW announced in April 2018 that the BMW iX3 is to be assembled by its JV partner BMW Brilliance’s Shenyang Dadong factory in China and exported from there to the US and Europe. Well, that was before the trade war, and their plans might be changing. Local reports this week indicated that the authorities approved the BMW Brilliance New Energy Vehicle Technical Reconstruction Project as published by Liaoning Provincial Department of Ecology and Environment. The ¥1.759 billion ($255million) project will add capacity for the production of 40,000 BMW iX3 units per annum, bringing the total production of the plant to 160,000 units of which the balance is combustion engine based. The approved application by BMW Brilliance also included Phase 3 of the battery plant expansion which will add production of 266,400 battery packs.


Honda announced that it would stop selling diesel cars in Europe and shift focus to electric and hybrid models. Honda has a dedicated strategy for the European market which is to be the only region getting the new Honda Urban EV in 2020. The phasing out of diesel vehicles will be gradual and accomplished by 2021 when the new Honda Civic comes to market. Honda said it hopes that in 2025, two-thirds of its models sold in Europe will at least be plug-in hybrids as it electrifies all its model ranges. The head of Honda UK, the Japanese automakers biggest market in Europe said to AM Online that two mistakes made by the company over the past decade were pursuing small cars after the recession and not having an EV strategy leaving it without a “foot in the door.” He went further elaborating on the company’s hydrogen strategy, saying “Clearly, Honda thinks hydrogen, but I don’t think that’s going to happen until many, years away when we have genuine hydrogen cars available commercially that aren’t supported by manufacturers,” said Hodgetts. On the Honda Urban EV, he had the following to add, “They will be very expensive cars,” dampening the sales prospects of the city car.

The Swindon plant in the UK, which currently produces 1.6T diesel engines, will not be affected much and will continue to produce diesel engines that match the new CR-V for India, Thailand, and the Philippines confirming my suspicion that emerging markets will become the dumping ground for combustion vehicles.



In April 2018 we reported that BYD planned to split the company two carving out battery production from the auto business. At the time there were little further details on the plan. This week Bloomberg reported that the process can conclude by the end of 2022 with an IPO of the battery unit to allow it to raise funds to capitalize on the EV boom, citing BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu in an interview. BYD is also strategizing to establish EV plants in Europe and the USA over the next couple of years. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway now owns around 24% of the company. BYD is to increase its 24GWh capacity in 2018 produced at its Qinhai Nanchuan plant by adding a further 34GWh in two phases at its Chongqing Bishan plant by 2020. The company also has a JV with Changan which has a capacity target of 10GWh.


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Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 48 2018

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 48 2018






The Nissan Leaf e-Plus 60kWh was supposed to be unveiled on the 28th of November 2018. Nissan canceled the launch indefinitely due to the scandal surrounding its CEO and Chairman Ghosn which was arrested due to financial misconduct. Nissan gave no indication when the long-awaited extended drivetrain for the Leaf will be only saying that the company will wait for the scandal to blow over. Currently, the Nissan Leaf is only available with a 40kWh battery pack delivering a range of 243k (152 miles). The Leaf e-Plus with its 60kWh battery has an expected range of 362km (226 miles).



Illinois based electric vehicle start-up Rivian Automotive digitally revealed its first electric vehicles, the R1T electric pick-up, andR1S electric SUV. The quad powered electric sports utility truck is available from 2020, first in a 400mile version and then 12 months later in a 250-mile version. The two range options are equipped with either a 180kWh or a 135kWh battery pack. The Rivian R1T EV pick-up is available for a refundable deposit of $1,000 and is priced from $61,500 after applying the federal tax incentive. The Rivian R1T EV has a wading depth of 3 feet and extra trunk space of 330L in a gear tunnel.


Similar to the R1T electric pickup revealed a day earlier the quad powered electric sports utility vehicle is available from 2020, first in a 400mile version 250-mile version also following 12 months later. The Rivian R1S EV SUV is priced from $65,000 after applying the federal tax incentive. The Rivian R1T EV has a wading depth of 1 meter and extra trunk space of 330L where a combustion engine would have been. The rear bin storage is 180L, and the SUV has six rows of seats.


KIA unveiled its long-awaited upgrade of the KIA Soul EV at the LA Auto Show. The 2020 KIA comes in a GT-line for the combustion drivetrain and X-Line for the electrified model. KIA doubled the size of the New KIA SOUL EV battery pack to 64kWh which will result in a doubling of the range to over 320km (200 miles). KIA did not provide range estimates as the car is still undergoing testing. The New KIA Soul EV also has an improved motor producing 150kW (200hp) and 395N.m(291 lb.ft) torque, up from 81kW (108hp) and 285N.m (210lb.ft) torque. On the design front, the New KIA SOUL EV MPV gets a rugged crossover-like theme for the X-Line. The KIA e-SOUL is available in the first half of 2019 in Europe and early 2020 in the USA.


Audi unveiled the Audi Sport E-Tron GT coupe at the 2018 LA Auto Show. The e-tron GT is available from the end of 2020 and promises a range of over 400km (250miles) measured on the WLTP cycle. For complete specs, please go to the dedicated page on wattEV2buy here.


Fiat announced that it would start producing the Fiat 500e at the FCA Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy. The upgrade version of the 500e is developed on the new small electric car platform developed by FCA. Newly appointed CEO Mike Manley said, “Mirafiori will represent the first installation of a full BEV platform applied on the new Fiat 500, capable of scaling to other applications worldwide. Additional investments across our Jeep, Alfa Romeo, and Fiat brands will realize the benefits of existing plant capacity as well as scale and sourcing efficiencies from a common vehicle architecture, and Plug-in Hybrid Electric propulsion (PHEV) system, while preserving traits unique to the brands.”


Signs of Tesla’s transformation of the auto sector is emerging in boardrooms all over the globe and with its competitors all rehashing their EV strategies no seemingly every year GM announced this week that it would double its investment in electric and autonomous vehicles. The news came with the announcement that the Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac CT6 PHEV will be killed off by March 2019 as the company joins the direction taken by Ford earlier focusing on trucks, crossover and SUVs and not sedans. The restructuring and discontinuation of the Volt which has sold nearly 160,000 units to date will result in the closure of three assembly plants and two drivetrain factories leading to job losses amounting to 15,000 employees. The plants in question are:

  • Oshawa Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit.
  • Lordstown Assembly in Warren, Ohio.
  • Baltimore Operations in White Marsh, Maryland.
  • Warren Transmission Operations in Warren, Michigan.

The announcement caused the ire of Donald Trump which promised to make American jobs his priority. Donald Trump’s actions seem to have the opposite effect as the world including America is now spiraling towards a recession and instead of his denialism of the impact of greenhouse gasses on the climate the world is rushing towards greener transport and energy sources. Trump threatened that he would take away GMs EV subsidies if they don’t plan to replace the lost capacity and build another car in the USA prompting the following reaction by GM stating their commitment to the US economy.

GM is committed to maintaining a strong manufacturing presence in the U.S., as evidenced by our more than $22 billion investments in U.S. operations since 2009. Yesterday’s announcements support our ability to invest for future growth and position the company for long-term success and maintain and grow American jobs. Many of the U.S. workers impacted by these actions will have the opportunity to shift to other GM plants where we will need more employees to support growth in trucks, crossovers and SUVs. GM’s transformation also includes adding technical and engineering jobs to support the future of mobility, such as new jobs in electrification and autonomous vehicles.

We appreciate the actions this administration has taken on behalf of industry to improve the overall competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.


Earlier the month VW Group CEO said that the company is geared to push EVs into the mainstream as the German automaker plans to produce 15 million electric vehicles on its mass-market MEB platform and take the fight to Tesla. Group CEO Herbert Diess said “We will be aggressive on the pricing. We will be much lower than Tesla, but we have all the huge economies of scale, and the car is specifically designed now.” The plan by VW to produce Evs in this kind of volumes makes it the first traditional automaker in the West to aggressively push the needle in favor of EVs. Up to now most EV strategies of traditional automakers mostly focussed on developing competencies and provide EVs in limited volumes not exceeding around 10% of their total sales. This month saw one of the last domino’s fall to push EVs into the mainstream as Toyota shifts away from Hydrogen cars, kicking and screaming. Toyota created a new subsidiary for its EV push and although the start-up seams insignificant with only four people from different branches of the Toyota group. The Japanese automaker stated that the small team would result in the accelerated development with fast-to-market products thanks to “unconventional work processes”. Comments by Toyota president Akio Toyoda saying that the start-up “will embrace speed in its approach to work” indicates that the company is fast changing tact to catch-up with its competitors to make up for time lost pursuing fuel cell cars. Toyota believed that consumers would prefer hydrogen which refueling rate compares with that of combustion vehicles but the lack of hydrogen fueling infrastructure means that FCEVs can’t compete with the adoption rate of EVs. VW is Toyota’s closest competitor in terms of volume, so the remarks by VW’s CEO certainly had an impact on Toyota’s desition related to EVs. VW CEO Scott Keogh told reporters this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show that the company is scouting for a location for a US plant to produce a mass-market EV by 2020. It is rumored that Toyota is working on a mass-market EV that will hit the market by 2020 with a range of 300km (186 miles). Speculation is that Toyota could use the Prius platform to save development time and produce an electric Aygo as a mass market city car.

Providing further clues of Toyota’s thinking comes from Toyota’s European President & CEO Johan van Zyl saying to the UK publication Auto Express, “We already have some electric vehicles undergoing trials here in Europe – short-range, inner-city transport. So I think that in the future, if you look at that spectrum of technologies that we offer, then EVs will be part of that.” He expanded further expanding on if the company’s city car could be a candidate for pure-electric power “Yes, that’s going to be very interesting. Will people use vehicles which will completely emissions-free in certain areas? We see a stronger growth of that type of thinking in cities where they’re saying, ‘We’d rather have emissions-free vehicles so it should be a plug-in or a pure-electric vehicle.’”


Chongqing Jinkang New Energy will start production of the SF Motors SF5 EV Crossover by the end of 2018 as the plant in Chongqing official came in operation this week. The first units of the line will be test cars with the expected list date of the SF5 is only in Q3 2019. Jinkang new Energy is in possession of a 50,000 annual unit permit for the production of electric vehicles from the Chinese Ministry of Information and Technology. The plant employees over 800 robots to automate the welding, stamping, painting and assemble assembly, transportation and loading processes in four workshops. The Jinkang plant also uses AGV robots with autonomous capabilities to identify and distribute parts within the plant. The production line can produce any type of vehicle form compact cars to luxury SUVs and is designed to quickly adjust between different model types. The official investment for the plant is ¥2.5 billion.


Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automobile Co., Ltd. has entered into an agreement with the Jiangsu Changshu Economic and Technological Development Zone to build a new energy vehicle R&D center. The total investment of the project is ¥7 billion and will include an R&D  center to develop and testing electric vehicles and will include a test track. Chery JLR started the construction of its plant which currently produces combustion vehicles in 2014. The second phase of 70,000 units is to be completed by the end of 2018 bringing the total capacity of the plant to 200,000 units. The JLR EV strategy is to electrify its fleet by 2020 by producing all its models with fuel, plug-in hybrid, hybrid, and pure electric drivetrains.


The new brand by CHJ Auto “LEADING IDEAL” entered into an agreement with the Chinese OEM Lifan to assemble its first EV, the Leading Ideal One range extended SUV at a new plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province. The new plant will with a production capacity of 150,000 electric vehicles is to be completed by August 2019 and comes at a cost of ¥182million and covers 490,000m². The plant will produce only 5,000 units of the Leading Ideal One in 2019 and ramp up to 100,000 in 2020.

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Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 47 2018

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I have highlighted previously that the advent of the EV drivetrain will lead to a multitude of new mobility solutions and developers as entrepreneurs such as the team of Open Motors find that electric drivetrains do not require the set architecture needed by combustion vehicles and are easier to assemble. Indian based ride-hailing company Ola, co-founded by its CEO Bhavish Aggarwal is said to showcase its concept electric vehicle solutions developed from a multi-modal EV project in Nagpur shown in the image below. The Ola concept EVs will include three and four-wheel vehicles designed according to the company’s requirements. Ola is not the first ride-hailing company to consider developing cars to its needs. It’s not just the large ride-hailing companies that are toying with the idea to build their own cars, even bike-hailing companies have partnered with EV start-ups to develop solutions together such as the Sitech DEV-1 which is a collaboration with the Chinese company Mobike.

With Ola’s business expanding to the UK, Europe and Australia the company certainly has the base to justify investment in building its own EVs. Ola’s mobility team under the stewardship of Anand Shah is apparently already in talks with electric vehicle component suppliers and manufacturers but no final decisions have been taken. Ola’s multi-modal project in Nagpur tested e-rickshaws, buses and electric cars in conjunction with each other covering over 5 million kilometers ((3.125 million miles).



Rumors abound that Daimler will develop the smart EV SUV and that it will share the platform with Mercedes. The smart SUV EV could reach the market as early as 2019 and is said to maintain many of the features of the smart ForStars Concept shown here.


Hyundai revealed its design study for the upcoming Brazilian-spec cars, the HB20 and HB20X. It is expected though that some of the design elements will also find its way to the Grand i10 and Elite i20, which are due in 2019 and 2020, respectively. The Hyundai Saga EV Concept was revealed at the 2018 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil and is developed using the Kona EV drivetrain.


Jaguar Land Rover launched the new Range Rover Evoque this week. The Range Rover Evoque is currently available with a diesel or a four-cylinder petrol Hybrid. The 3-cylinder Range Rover Evoque Plug-in Hybrid EV will be released in 12 months as a 2020 model year vehicle. In related news, Jaguar plans to replace the 5.0T V8 powertrain resulting in the Jaguar F-Type getting a new electric model. At present, Jaguar is negotiating with BMW to replace its top-of-the-line powertrain to comply with tightening emission controls.

Faw official listed the Senia R7 EV400 SUV for sale this week. The Senia R7 EV is only available in one trim and retails at ¥179,800 before subsidies.

Subura set the pricing for the Subura Crosstrek plug-in electric SUV to be launched at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Subaru Crosstrek pr Subaru XV as known in the Asia Pacific will retail from $34,995. The Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid drivetrain is the same THS system that the Toyota Prius is based on.

Weima announced that it would list the Weima EX6 in Q4 2019. The Weima EX6 Concept saw the light of day at the 2018 Beijing Auto China as a midsize SUV with a 2/2/2 seat configuration. The Weima EX6 will include the network security  “car guard” security system it is busy developing in co-operation with 360.


Tesla set the pricing and release date for the Model 3 in China. The Model 3 will be available from April 2019 to the Chinese EV market. 


Pricing for the Model Dual motor starts at ¥580,800 and the Performance version at ¥690,800. SEQ filing data showed earlier that Tesla intends to produce around 3,000 models at its new Shanghai plant at first.

Tesla is facing some headwinds in its second-biggest market with the release of locally produced EVs the NIO ES8 and the Marvel X while itself is being taxed with import duties as high as 40%. The NIO ES8 and Marvel X competes for customers with Tesla and has sold 8,000 units in the last couple of months. In light of the situation, Tesla also slashed prices on its Model S and Model X ranges by between 12% and 26% eating into its margin as it will absorb the cost internally.


Reuters reported that Geely Volvo decided to delay its plans to produce Lynk&Co models at its Ghent plant in Belgium. The decision does not seem to impact on the launch of Lynk&Co in Europe set for 2019 as the company will export models to Europe from China. The decision is based on macroeconomic uncertainty due to the ongoing trade war between the USA and China and the secondary slow down in created in its major market, China. The production plan set in March 2018 will now be altered to look as follows:

  • Q4 2018 – Production of its best-selling XC60 SUV destined for the USA to start Torslanda, Sweden instead of Chengdu, China as originally planned.

  • The S60 luxury sports sedan will now also be produced in China as opposed to just being manufactured in the USA as per the March 2018 plan.

  • The V60 Station wagon will now be produced at Ghent and in China and not in Sweden as planned.

Geely Volvo still plans to export the Lynk&Co series to the USA in 2020.

In related news, Volvo India announced that it will introduce four new electrified models in the country over the next three years. Volvo’s first electric vehicle for the Indian market is the XC90 which started selling earlier in 2018. Volvo India will assemble the XC90 plug-in hybrid electric SUV in Bengaluru from Q4 2019. Auto NDTV quoted Charles Frump, Managing Director, Volvo Car India, saying  “The localization of plug-in hybrids marks the future of electrification for us. Our customers are increasingly becoming aware about the rise in pollution levels and degrading environment. As a responsible luxury car company, we believe electrification is the future. However, till the time we have a supporting infrastructure, plug-in hybrids offer the intermediate solution.” We can, therefore, expect that the majority of the four EV models introduced over the next three years to be plug-in hybrids as Volvo wait for the charging infrastructure in India to justify the release of pure electric models.


Speculation has been that the VW Group supercar maker will kick off its EV range in 2019 with a Plug-in electric Urus SUV based on the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid drivetrain. In an interview with Automotive News CEO of Lamborghini gave some insights into the VW Group company’s electrification strategy. Automotive News quoted Mr. Stefano Domenicali, saying “probably around 2021, with the Aventador replacement that will add a motor to its V12 engine.” He added that “the same will happen later also on the V-10 family when we replace the Huracan. A plug-in model is the only way to maintain performance and keep Lamborghini’s engine sound while also reducing emissions,” he concluded. Lamborghini settled on the Panamera drive-train after dabbling with the six-cylinder Bentayga PHEV. Mr. Domenicali also indicated that a fourth model could be introduced as a grand tourer to resuscitate the Espada after 2025.


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List of Electric Vehicles at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show

List of Electric Vehicles at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show



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List of Electric Vehicles at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show

The sixteenth edition of the Guangzhou Auto Show kicked off on the 16th of November 2016. Guangzhou is home to established brands such as GAC, named after the city and start-ups such as Thunder Power. Apart from the Beijing and Shanghai Auto Shows, the Guangzhou Auto show is one of the top 3 auto shows in China. Every year the electric vehicle component gets bigger and bigger, and the show is used by many brands to launch new models for the next calendar year. I have compiled a list of most of the electric cars at this year’s event. For detailed specs and further images, please click on the images of the EV which will link through to the dedicated page of that specific vehicle. Want to look back to last years event and see how the market has improved? For a list of EVs at the Guangzhou Auto Show 2017 go here. In this report, I will not dwell on international EVs such as the I-Pace and BMW i8 Roadster which were all present at this year’s show but primarily focus on local Chinese brands.


BAIC BJEV launched the upgraded edition of the Arcfox Lite first introduced at the end of 2017. Although I expected a lot from the Arcfox Lite only around 580 units have been sold to date. The new Lite is now available in a multi-color design allowing buyers to choose the color of the roof and an increased range exceeding 300km / 188miles (NEDC). The 2019 Arcfox Lite is also more efficient than the earlier model and has a slighter larger electric motor giving it a bump in its top speed. The 40kW max power electric motor provides a torque of 140N.m and provides a top speed of 120km/h (75mph). The energy efficiency is 12.1 kWh/100km and the battery pack consists of a 143 Wh/kg NCM battery.


BAIC showed the production version of the BAIC BJEV EX5 EV SUV first introduced earlier the year in Beijing at this years Guangzhou Auto Show. The BAIC EX5 compact SUV is available January 2019 and has an NEDC range of 350km (219miles). The dynamically styled BAIC EX5 is equipped with a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a maximum power of 160 kW and an NCM lithium battery pack.


BAIC first introduced the 407 electric LDV at the Beijing Auto Show, this time around the BAIC 407 light electric delivery vehicle comes back as a production-ready model with a sufficient range of 200km for daily city deliveries. The 43kWh battery of the 407 can be fast charged to 80% in 50 minutes. The cargo space of the BAIC 407 EV LDV is 4.5 cubic meters (159 cubic feet). The drivetrain consists of a front and rear electric motor propelling the vehicle to a top speed of 80km/h (50mph).


BYD launched a 5 seat version of the best selling Tang DM 7-seater SUV. The BYD Tang DM 5-seater is available in two trims ranging in price from ¥254,900 to ¥274,900 after subsidies. The 5-seat Tang plug-in hybrid electric SUV has a 2.0T turbocharged petrol engine with a maximum power of 151kW and a peak torque of 320Nm. With the support of dual electric motors, the plug-in hybrid drivetrain has a maximum system power of more than 367kW and an acceleration time of only 4.5s from zero to 100km/h.


BYD officially unveiled the production version of the Song MAX DM MPV at this year’s event. The Song Max plug-in EV is based on the petrol version released late 2017. The Song MAX DM has a 1.5T turbocharged combustion engine and dual 110kW electric motors on the front and rear axels to deliver a maximum total system output of 333kW delivering a combined torque of 740Nm.


BYD unveiled a pure electric version of its best selling Tang plug-in SUV. The BYD Tang EV 500 is available for order at a post-subsidy price ranging from ¥260,000 to ¥360,000 depending on your configuration. The Tang EV500 is to be listed in December 2018 as a seven-seat SUV similar to the fuel version. The Tang EV has a range exceeding 500km (313miles) and can accelerate to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds


Changan opened its books for pre-orders of its new pure electric microcar, the Niou II EV. The Changan Niou II is available in three trims and priced after subsidy between ¥44,800 and ¥56,800. The Niou II A00 class EV has a length of 2770mm / 109.0 inches which can seat two people and travel 205km / 128 miles on the NEDC test cycle. The 21kWh battery can be fast charged to 80% in 30 minutes or fully charged in 8 hours using a 220V plug. The drivetrain of the Niou II EV consists of a 30kW max power electric motor and it can reach a top speed of 100km/h / 62mph.


Changan unveiled the Changan Eado ET pure electric hatch which is based on the fuel version the Eado XT. The Eado ET is equipped with a 53kWh battery providing a range of over 400km / 250 miles. The drivetrain consists of an electric motor with a maximum power output of 100kW / 134hp.


Dongfeng Yueda KIA showcased the KX3 EV SUV launched earlier this month. The KIA KX3 compact SUV is available in one trim only at an MSRP of ¥239,800 which is ¥147,300 after incentives. The KX3 EV is equipped with an electric motor which produces a maximum power of 81kW and has a battery electric range of 300km (188miles) on the NEDC cycle. From a design perspective, the KX3 is hardly different from the fuel version.


FAW officially unveiled the Besturn X40 EV SUV with a range of 310km (194mils) on the NEDC test cycle. Based on the fuel version the Besturn X40 EV is identified through the blue edge elements in the front grille, front surround, rims, and interior. The body size of the battery electric X40 has also slightly different dimensions than the fuel version. The electric motor of the X40 EV is permanent magnet synchro type producing a maximum power of 140kW and maximum torque of 320N·m reaching a top speed of 160km/h (100 mph). The energy efficiency of the X40 EV is 16.7. kW.h/100km and is equipped with a 52.5kWh NCM lithium battery.


The WEY P8 GT plug-in EV SUV unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show on the 16th of November 2018 is slightly larger than the WEY P8 PHEV. WEY have also changed the regenerative braking system on the WEY P8 GT from RBS to CRBS. The P8 GT is equipped with an IACC (Adaptive Cruise System that recognizes the current environment) system, a single-lane system, vehicle anti-collision warning system, and an emergency lane keeping system.


Great Wall Motor’s new EV brand ORA showcased the pure electric iQ5 SUV. The iQ5 EV is available in two trims ranging between ¥92,800 and ¥108,800 after subsidies. The high-end model received a range increase to 401km (251 miles) up from the initial 360km (225 miles). The first response to the iQ5 has been positive with nearly 1,500 sales in the first two months since its listing in September 2018.


The ORA brand of GWM plans to develop electric vehicles for its R and Q ranges based on its ME platform. The iQ above being the first and the R1 it’s second offering shortly after the launch of the brand in 2018. The release date for the ORA R1 is set for January 2019 with the company previously announcing the opening of pre-orders on the 16th of December. ORA set the post-subsidy price range for the ORA R1 at the Guangzhou Auto Show at ¥68,100 and ¥75,800 for the 310km and 350km versions. The ORA R1 is 10% lighter than its peers due to the use of modern lightweight materials, resulting in a curb weight of only 990kg allowing it to achieve ranges as far as 350km on a single charge. The ORA R1’s design is based on a long wheelbase and short body providing a large interior space.


GAC unveiled its latest EV the Aion S compact electric sedan at this year’s show. The GAC Aion S EV, first known as the A26  is available from May 2019 and promises an NEDC range of over 500km (313miles). The Aion S has a wheelbase of 2732mm (107.0 inches). The Aion S employes Advanced Driving Assistance in the form of TJA traffic assist, ICA cruise assist, and APA automatic parking assist depending on the trim.


Hozon New Energy launched its first electric vehicle at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show, the Neta 01. The Neta 01 is available in four trims namely the 380v, 380e, 380i and 380s. The manufacturers suggested retail price range between ¥126,800 to ¥136,800 which is ¥59,800 to ¥69,800 after national subsidies. The Neta 01 has a maximum power of 55kW and can accelerate from zero to 50km/h in just 4.9 seconds. The Neta 01 EV uses battery packs from CATL (35.5kWh) and Jiewei Power (36.21kWh) which provides a range of 302km (188 miles) on the NEDC cycle. The interior design is basic with a 10.1 LCD screen.

Hozon-eureka-01-ev | Hozon Neta 03 Ev

The Hozon Neta 03 is based on the Eureka 01 Concept EV and will be listed in the fourth quarter of 2019. Hozon bills the Neta 03 as a “boutique intelligent pure electric crossover SUV” due in part to its self-driving level of 2.5 according to the SAE scale. The Neta 03 has a battery electric driving range of over 400km (250 miles). The Neta 03 is dynamically styled and has a noticeable exaggerated front air intake. The cockpit layout is luxurious and centers around a 25-inch LCD screen and an 8-inch multi-function touchscreen. The AI drivers assistant is called “Little You”. The Advanced driving assistance offered by the Level 2.5 autonomous drive system includes 20 world-leading automatic driving systems such as APA one-button automatic parking, TJA traffic congestion assistance, AEB emergency braking, ACC full-speed adaptive cruise, etc. and is aided by 18 sensors and radars. A 4WD and 2WD version will be available with battery energy density of 160 and 180 Wh/kg, a maximum power of 200 and 250 kW and a maximum torque of 525 and 615 Nm. The 4WD model can accelerate to 100km in only 4.9s, while the two-drive version in 8.5 seconds.


Honda opened its books for pre-orders of its first EV in China, the Everus VE1 Sport EV which has an MSRP of ¥225,800 and sell for ¥168,800 after subsidies. The Honda VE1 Sport EV has an electric motor producing a maximum power of 120kW and can travel a distance of 340km (213miles) from its 54kWh battery pack. The Everus package includes a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, rear camera, reversing radar, exterior mirrors with side turn signals and daytime running lights. The VE1’s rear taillight cover is blue to highlight its electric identity.


Han Teng officially unveiled the “Happiness” e+ EV at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show. The drivetrain of the e+ consist of a 42kW max power permanent magnet synchronous drive electric motor with a peak torque of 180N.m. The Han Teng e+ is available in two trims and a range of 300km. Unlike the Han Teng X5 and X7 which are reconfigured combustion vehicle, the Happiness e+ is the automakers first EV based on its electric platform.


Han Teng showcased the X5 EV which have sold around 1,300 units since it was first launched in May 2018. The Han Teng X5 compact electric SUV is available in two trims with an MSRP ranging between ¥189,800 and ¥199,800 and ¥109,800 to ¥119,800 after subsidy. The Han Teng X5 EV is based on the petrol version of the car but the appearance has a very obvious new energy style and is targeted at the younger buyer. The interior of the hexagonal grille features a dot matrix design with blue elements to accentuate its new energy characteristics. The interior of the EV adopts the same layout as the petrol version. The control area is decorated with wood-grain decorative panels, chrome trim strips and suspended LCD screens to enhance the overall feel of the vehicle. The drivetrain of the X5 EV consists of a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a maximum power of 95kW and a peak torque of 260Nm and a battery pack with a capacity of 129Ah.


The JMC New Energy sub-brand EVEasy unveiled its latest offering, the JMC E300 A0 class EV with an NEDC cycle range of 252km (158miles). The JMC E300 has a double waistline design and three color paintwork. The instrument panel uses a HUD display and the 8-inch central touchscreen displays other vehicle information.

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The Taiwanese manufacturer unveiled its first compact electric SUV, the Luxgen Yulon U5 EV at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show. The Luxgen Yulon U5EV has an NEDC range of 320km (200miles) with energy consumption of 15.6 kWh/100km. The drivetrain of the U5 EV SUV consists of a 130kW electric motor propelling the compact SUV to a top speed of 150km/h (94mph).


NIO showed the NIO ES8 with six seat layout at this years Guangzhou Auto Show. The 6-seating NIO ES8 is available from the first half of 2019. Pre-orders for the NIO ES8 six-seater is open as the NIO ES8 founders-edition with a seven-seat configuration is sold out already. The difference between the two vehicles is mainly in the second row, which now seats only two, but maintain the Nappa leather styling. The ES8 is available in 7 body colors. The central control screen is divided into three layers. The leftmost page controls the window, door lock, and main and passenger driving functions. The middle page controls navigation, music and weather conditions. The rightmost page displays the vehicle status and Bluetooth. Connections, videos, etc. The Siri like NOMI system is activated in the same way, and by doing so, NOMI can decern between four voices and set the seating adjustment accordingly in the front and back.


Qoros first unveiled the Qoros 3 EV in 2016 with the intent to bring it to market in 2017 but due to financial issues and a changing of shareholders such plans were delayed. This week Qoros finally officially unveiled a production-ready model, the Qoros 3 EV500, and is based on the fuel version of the model, with a cruising range of 450km at a 60km/h constant speed. Qoros plans to launch between one and two electric vehicles per year from 2019.


Qiantu showcased the K50  pure electric sports car at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The K50 can accelerate to 100km/h in 4.6 sec and get 380km / 238mile out of its 79kWh NCM battery which equates to an energy consumption of 19.9kWh per 100km. The K50 production version is much longer than the concept introduced in 2016. The body is entirely made of a modern composite material, which consists of an all-aluminum frame and a carbon fiber shell and only weighs 234kg. The interior of the Qiantu K50 is equipped with 15.6-inch central control and floating LCD instrument panel. The car features a “V2V vehicle communication” system which connects with other Qiantu models in a specific range, allowing for Advanced Driving Assistance functionalities, such as front collision warning, emergency braking warning, traffic congestion warning, and lane change, etc.


VW and its Chinese JV partner SAIC launched the VW Passat 430 PHEV on the 31st of October 2018 and showcased it at this year’s event in Guangzhou. The Passat 430 plug-in model is available in two trims from an available nine including the fuel versions. The MSRP for the SAIC VW Passat 430 PHEV is between ¥249,900 and ¥259,900. The Passat 430 plug-in electric sedan has a total system output of 155kW and maximum torque of 400N.m allowing it to accelerate to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds. The Chinese version of the Passat GTE has a battery electric range of 63km (40miles)and extended range of 1043km (652miles).


SAIC MG unveiled the pure electric version of the MG ZS compact SUV. The MG ZS EV has a range of 428km (268 miles) on the NEDC test cycle and is equipped with a drive train powered by an electric motor with a maximum power of 110kW. From a design standpoint, the only noticeable differences from the combustion version are the letter “E” denoting its electric status and having a ground clearance of 4mm less than the ZS. Internally the most obvious difference is the knob shifting mode.


SAIC Showcased the Marvel X which have sold around 1200 units since its launch in August this year. The SAIC Roewe MARVEL X share design elements with the Roewe Vision-E Concept car and is available in an all-wheel and rear wheel drive version. The Marvel X AWD has three electric motors and accelerates to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds while the rear-wheel drive only in 7.9 seconds. The drivetrain of the Marvel X rear wheel drive is equipped with a dual motor providing a maximum power of 137kW and peak torque of 400N.m. The Marvel X AWD generates 222kW maximum power and delivers a peak torque of 665N·m.


The SAIC/GM JV officially launched its new micro EV the Baojun E200 at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show. The Baojun E200 EV is available in two trims with an MSRP range of ¥108,000 to ¥118,000 and a post-subsidy price range of ¥49,800 to ¥59,800. The Baojun E200’s predecessor was once the cheapest EV in China but the title now goes to the Changan Niou II listed above. The Baojun E200 is available in five body color schemes and provides ample storage with eleven different compartments.


FAW Toyota opened its books to pre-orders for the Toyota Corolla Twin Engine E+ plug-in electric car, or Levin PHEV as it is better known in North America. The Toyota Corolla PHEV is equipped with a 10kWh battery from Panasonic and delivers a range of 55km / 34 miles. The Toyota Corolla E+ with is combined fuel consumption of 1.3L/100km is available from March 2019.


Xpeng used the opportunity to showcase its much talked about G3 EV SUV in its home province. The Xpeng G3 EV SUV is available is currently on pre-order with the first delivery expected in December, the official listing is scheduled for the 12th of December. The Xpeng G3 is released in three versions with an MSRP range of ¥200,000 to ¥280,000. The design of the G3 includes a noticeable black canopy with oversized panoramic sun-roof. The interior is modern and luxurious, offering heated seating with six electronically adjustable settings for the driver and four on the passenger side. The G3 EV is packed with technology, and its Advanced Driving Assitance offers adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane centering assistance (LCS), adaptive cornering cruise (ATC), automatic speed limit adjustment, and automatic lane change assist to list a few. The intelligent vehicle system of the includes OTA upgrade and a 360-degree roof camera on the executive version.

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Zotye launched the Z500 Pro EV sedan in two models with an MSRP ranging between ¥199,900 and ¥211,900 with a post-subsidy price range of ¥113,900 to ¥125,900. Zotye gave the 2019 Z500 EV version a facelift and power upgrade. The Zotye Z500 EV has the latest matrix-design grill and a new style of rim. The interior of the Zoty Z500 sports a leather steering wheel and 12-inch LCD central control screen. The battery pack allows for an NEDC range of 330km/206miles and can fast charge within 30 minutes to 80% while operating in an environment of -30 ° C to 50 ° C.


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Following in the footsteps of Kandi, Ford‘s Chinese JV partner started with the process to enter the US auto market. Zotye partnered with HAAH Automotive, a company specializing in the development of sales networks for foreign brands since 2014. The distributor Zotye USA recruited ex Hyundai America sales executive Bob Pradzinski as senior vice president of sales. It is not clear which vehicle Zotye will debut with and if it will have an electric drivetrain. Speculation is that it will start with the Audi Q5 like T600 compact crossover by either late 2019 or 2020. The T600 is not currently available with an electric drivetrain and retails for around $12,000 in China. Zotye partnered with HAAH Automotive, a company specializing in the development of sales networks for foreign brands since 2014. Earlier this year Kandi announced that it will bring its K22 and EX3 EVs to the USA through its subsidiary Sportmans Country. The Kandi models qualified for the full $7500 IRS tax credit. The Kandi EX3 has a rated speed of 75 mph speed and a 188-mile range. Other Chinese auto brands such as GAC also has ambitions to come to the USA but such ambitions are made difficult with the current trade war between the two countries. Duke Hale, owner of HAAH Automotive was quoted by Automotive News China saying “Even if the tariffs go forward, it won’t stop our deal.” Mr. Hale also said, “We’re looking at different ways to do business, as opposed to the old brick-and-mortar approach,” providing some insight on its distribution plans.


Chinese lite vehicle sales take a nosedive with imported brands leading the fall, well that is for combustion vehicles. Brands such as Ford which had no defined electric car strategy sales dropped as much as 40% over the last couple of months. Sure the trade war and slowing economy is a factor but EV sales in China stood at 124,000 in October, while lite-vehicle sales declined for the fourth consecutive month as it dipped below 2.05 million units, 13% lower than October 2017. Electric vehicle sales now account for 6.1% of passenger car sales in a slowing auto market in China where new vehicle stock now average 56 days, nearly two months on the dealership floor. It is expected that auto brands will dump more cars before year-end to achieve annual targets. It is going to be interesting how these year-end promotions will impact the sales of electric vehicles.


From the chart above, showing sales patterns for the various vehicle classes it is clear Chinese city dwellers have a preference for A0 and A00 class micro and compact cars. The EV sales reported here is excluding of so-called “low-speed” electric vehicles, or neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV’s). Although not specifically covered by wattEV2buy the NEV market in China consists of over 100 manufacturers with an annual capacity of around one million vehicles. I have reported over the last couple of months how NEV manufacturers such as YGM is transitioning from NEV manufacturing to producing compact highway-legal electric cars. For YGM which was acquired by GAC for its EV credits the strategy paid of as the Chinese Government this week announced that it is cracking down on the NEV sector, halting approvals for any further plant capacity and authorizing the buyback of such vehicles in an effort to phase them out. Electric three-wheelers and NEV equipped with obsolete drivetrains are the cause of over 800,000 accidents resulting in 18,000 deaths over the past five years. The crackdown will certainly add further support for A00 and A0 class EVs in China in the coming months.

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The Guangzhou Auto Show kicked off this week and as expected were jam-packed with electric vehicles which are the new normal in China and way ahead with EV offerings compared to similar events in the West. I have updated all the relevant models with the specs and prices on the dedicated pages on the website and will for ease list them here to get a good overview of most of the models presented there. Some of the models have been introduced as concepts at the Beijing Auto Show with their production versions going on pre-order or even listed at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The show was also used to showcased improved versions of existing EV models as many companies updated A0 class vehicles to a 300km (188 miles) range and sedan’s to over 500km (312 miles). Here is a list of some of the electric vehicles showed at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show:

BAIC | Updated Arcfox Lite, BAIC 407 EV LDV

BMW | BMW i8 Roadster

BYD | Tang EV | Tang PHEV 5 seater | BYD SONG Max DM

Changhan | Changhan Niou II

Dongfeng Yueda KIA KX3 EV

FAW | Besturn X40 SUV

GAC | GAC Aion S (aka A26)


GWM – ORA R1 | ORA iQ5

Hozon | Neta 01 | Neta 03

Honda | Everus VE1

Han Teng | Han Teng e+ ” happiness”

JMC | JMC E300

Luxgen |  Luxgen U5+ EV

Qoros | Qoros 3 EV

Zotye | Zotye Z500 | E200 Pro


BMW unveiled the specifications of the 2019 BMW 330e iPerformance. The 2019 BMW 300e model is available from the summer of 2019 and boast a 50% increase in range and reduced emissions by 10%. The BMW 300e plug-in hybrid offers a range of 60km (38miles) from a 12kWh battery. The performance of the BMW 330e sedan is also enhanced through XtraBoost which further increases drive output on a temporary basis to as much as 30 kW/41 hp. For the full specs go here.


KIA announced that the Kia e-Soul would be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on the 30th of November 2018. The next generation of KIA electric car will be available from 2019 in Europe and the following year in the USA. KIA teased an image of the rear of the e-Soul EV in anticipation of its launch. KIA also released the specifications of the 2019 KIA SOUL EV. Unfortunately, the 2019 KIA SOUL EV kept its 30kWh battery and 111mile range.

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Mercedes‑Benz delivered the first series production model of its eCitaro City Bus to the Hamburg public transport company, Hochbahn AG in Hamburg. The total Hochbahn AG order of 20 eCitaro buses is the largest so far since the world premiere of the City bus at the IAA in September 2018. 2020 Hamburger Hochbahn AG which operates a fleet of 1000 buses will electrify its entire fleet by 2020. The eCitaro has a modular battery system, allowing operators to choose buses for different ranges. The total capacity of the battery system is 243kWh.



Volkswagen Group EV strategy, Roadmap E, will see the company German auto group bring 50 electric vehicles to market by 2025, which requires battery supply equivalent to four “Gigafactories”. Securing the battery supply in major markets has been a key factor for the success of the company’s EV strategy as it competes with other big companies and their battery demand. This week VW contracted with the South Korean battery cell manufacturer SK Innovations to supply part of 150GWh required annually by VW. SK Innovations will join LG Chame and Samsung as suppliers to Volkswagens European plants and be responsible for supply in North America from 2022. Volkswagens Chinese requirements will be met by the Chinese supplier, CATL.


Brian Wolf, the Director, Business Development, Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC wrote in a Medium post that the company is teaming up with Walmart and Postmates to test the commercial application of its self-driving technology through a pilot project in Miami Dae-County, Florida, USA.. Mr Wolf wrote “Through this collaboration, we are exploring how self-driving vehicles can deliver many everyday goods such as groceries, diapers, pet food and personal care items. Enabled by Postmates delivery as a service, we were able to quickly set up a pilot program that explores how our self-driving vehicles can complement Walmart’s existing delivery offerings.” Ford aims to get ahead of the curve on autonomous driving after falling behind in the EV race. The company aims to become more a mobility company than a motor manufacturer in the future.


Daimler and Bosch recently announced that it will pilot an autonomous ride-hailing service, similar to that of Waymo in Phoenix Arizona. The two German companies which are both permitted to test autonomous vehicles in California revealed that the pilot project will be geo-located in San Jose, south of Silicone Valley. The two companies will test level 4 and 5 autonomous drive systems in the San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor between downtown and west San José.


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A famous saying from my trading days was “the bus waits for nobody.” This week we saw Tesla‘s market cap exceed that of BMW as investors ditched the German automaker as punishment for losing sales to Tesla (remember the charts of all manufacturers I posted in Week 31? Don’t say you have not been warned!). The EV bus has left the station and many automakers are left scrambling to catch up. Seeing the impact of the Model 3 on sales some are now looking ahead at what the launch of the Model Y crossover will do to their sales. Bloomberg reported this week that VW could be adding a subcompact crossover to its EV line-up which can cost as little as €18k ($21k). According to the report the plans for the subcompact EV crossover still needed to be approved by the supervisory board, but it seems the that the company plans to produce 200,000 units of the car at the Emden plant in Germany.


BYD will launch the pure electric version of the best selling Tang plug-in SUV, a smaller five-seat version of the TANG PHEV and the plug-in BYD SONG MAX. BYD has been on a full-out assault to be the leader in the electric car sector in China. BYD announced that the reduction EV subsidies, especially on plug-in hybrids, has impacted on its bottom line and that its full-year earnings are to drop by a third. BYD also announced a change in its strategy whereby the company will focus more on pure electric vehicles. The “e” series will deviate from the current “Dynasty” line-up which consists of the Tang, Yuan, Qin, and Song models. The “e” series will consist of 8 EV models named the BYD S2, S3, S5, e1, e2, e3, e5, and e6.


There is much excitement ahead of the Guangzhou Auto Show which starts this coming week, and we expect even more electric cars at this year’s event than in 2017. I will publish a complete list next week of all the cars launched during the event. Some Chinese EV manufacturers will be using the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show to launch new models that will be on sale by the end of 2018 or early 2019. You can look forward to the launch of various EVs including the LUXGEN U5, SAIC MG EZS, GAC A26, BAIC EX3, Zotye Z500 Pro, Zotye TE450 SUV, Zotye E200 Pro, YUEDA KIA K3, JMC E300, Changan Eado XT.

Chery launched the Arrizo 5e EV450 sedan this week. At a post-subsidy price of ¥109,800 for the upgraded Arrizo 5e 450 buyers get over 400km (259 miles).

The Citroen JV brand Dongfeng Fukang listed its first EV this week. The Dongfeng Fukang ES500 is available in two trims ranging in price from 13.86 to14.86 million yuan after subsidy. The ES500 is a compact sedan with a maximum power of 90kW, top speed of 150km/h and a cruising range of 351km. Dongfeng Fukang provides three years of free charging and battery warranty of 8 years or 500,000 kilometers.

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VW listed the Passat PHEV this week in China. The Chinese version’s specifications differ from the model currently on sales in Europe. The Chinese Passat plug-in has a larger battery providing a longer range of 63km (40 miles).


The start-up Dearcc listed the upgraded version of the E10 EV first launched in 2017. The upgraded model is named the Dearcc E10 Pro 300 EV with a range of 270km (168miles) on the NEDC cycle. Dearcc’s new brand Enovate also unveiled its first EV due 2019, the ENOVATE ME7 EV SUV.


EV start-up Thunder Power officially announced the specification of the production version of Thunder Power TP488C first introduced in 2016. The pure electric sedan is currently named the TPEV and is expected in 2019 first as a limited edition with a range of 650km (406 miles) from a 110kWh battery pack consisting of 21700 cylindrical cells. The TPEV is constructed from lightweight aluminum alloy in a  ratio of aluminum alloy/high-strength steel and carbon fiber of 95% and 5% giving the car a total weight of only 1900-1950kg. The electric motors on the front and rear axle provide a combined maximum power of 430kW and can accelerate to 100km/h in only 3.2 seconds.


FAW Toyota hosted an information session on its upcoming Levin plug-in hybrid or as it is named in China the Corolla Twin Engine E+. The Corolla PHEV is expected in March 2019 and will kick-start the electrification strategy of Toyota in the country. Toyota will launch a pure electric version of the Toyota C-HR in 2020. According to Toyota hybrid models will contribute to 50% of its 5.5 million sales target in China by 2030. In addition EV (pure electric) and FCV (hydrogen fuel cell) models will make up 10% or 1 million units in 2030. The battery pack behind the rear passenger seats for the first generation Corolla Twin Engine E+  will only support 220V/16A Level 2 charging which will fill the battery in about 2 hours.

Corolla-Twin-Engine-E- PHEV drivetrain


The new CEO of Bentley wants a more aggressive electrification plan. Chief Executive Adrian Hallmark told Reuters that he wants Bentley cars to be more environmentally-friendly and presented a strategy to achieve this to the board earlier the year. Bentley which is a Volkswagen company since 2012 will be developed on the Audi/Porsche platform which is also the backbone of the new Porsche Taycan electric car.

On the presentation, Mr. Hallmark told Reuters, “It was taking stock of all the models, all the powertrains, all the future technologies that we needed to invest in and re-cut the plan to be more electrified than we were.” He went further indicating that the first electric Bentley will be here before 2025 but did not indicate which type of vehicle it will be.


In Week 36 I reported that the Chinese Government was looking to introduce curbs to the auto sector. The rules aimed not only to curb new investment in combustion capacity but also pull in the reigns of rampant EV investment. Automakers will now have to comply with certain conditions which will look at their financial viability and EV strategy. This week saw the first results of the implementation of the rules as the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology put 27 auto manufacturers on notice whereby their ability to produce EVs would likely be revoked. The list included passenger vehicle manufacturers such as Brilliance Auto, Hafei Automobile and Changan Peugeot Citroen, and Wanxiang Group which also produce the Karma Revero in the USA. (Please note the rules only apply to production in China.) According to the notice the companies on the list needed to be vetted before they can produce EVs. The automakers listed also stand to loose qualifying for tax exemption on their EVs.


At the recent Baidu World Congress held on November 1, 2018, Baidu and Chinese state-owned carmaker FAW unveiled the Red Flag E-Boundary level 4 autonomous electric car. The Red Flag E-Boundary is based on the E-HS3 by the luxury brand Hongqi. The E-Boundary will be launched in small batches in 2019 followed by mass production in 2020. Chairman of FAW Dr. Xu Liuping said at the conference, “Last month we released the red flag technology brand ‘阩旗计划’ R.Flag with its branded autonomous system i.RFlag.


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BMW Group is remodeling the Dingolfing plant 02.20 which has produced batteries and electric motors for BMW plug-in hybrid models since 2015 to ready itself for higher future demand for electric drivetrains, starting with the Mini EV in late 2019. According to BMW, a mid-double-digit-million-euro amount will be channeled into structural measures and equipment to produce batteries for the all-electric MINI alone. The battery manufacturing and assembly line covers an area of around 6,000 square meters in the west wing of the Dingolfing component plant and currently employee over 300 people.

Roland Maurer, head of Planning and Production E-Powertrain at the BMW Group said: “With the launch of new models and growing demand for electrified vehicles, we will be stepping up production of electric components significantly over the next few months and years.”

The fully electric MINI will be built in Oxford in the south of England, starting in late 2019. Batteries for the car will come from the new battery production facility in Dingolfing, with electric engines from the neighboring BMW Group Plant in Landshut. From 2020, the plant will also produce fifth-generation electric drive systems for the BMW iX3, the BMW i4, and the BMW iNEXT.


Investors looking for opportunities to invest in pure EV producers such as Tesla and NIO can now look forward to more choice. The German news publication Automobilwoche quoted Carsten Breitfeld, Chinese EV startup Byton’s co-founder and CEO who indicated that the company could explore an IPO to broaden its capital base.

Breitfeld told the publication, “With the capital-intensive nature of business and our expansion, the topic of listing on the stock market will become relevant.”

Byton has designs to enter the US market and showcased its concept M-Byte SUV there earlier the year. Byton previously announced a successful $500 million Series B funding round partly subscribed by Chinese state-owned FAW and the battery maker CATL. Other than its peer NIO, who contracted JAC to manufacture its electric cars, Byton acquired struggling subsidiary of FAW to gain access to a manufacturing license. Byton acquired Tianjin Huali Automobile Co. for 1 yuan ($0.15) and took responsibility for the company’s outstanding debt totaling 800 million yuan, which must be retired before the end of September 2019.



The Chinese EV start-up NEVS which acquired the SAAB 9-3 technology opened its books for the pre-ordering of the long-awaited revival of the SAAB 9-3 Aero Concept in the form of the NEVS 9-3. Pricing starts at 169,800 yuan should a buyer qualify for the maximum EV subsidy in his/her home city. Pre-orders range 600 yuan to  2,000 yuan for different privileges. The NEVS 9-3 battery pack is supplied by CATL, and the electric motors produce a maximum power of 130kW and a peak torque of 280Nm.


SOUEAST released an upgraded version of its DX3 compact SUV. The Soueast DX3 400 follows the DX3 300 EV SUV and has an improved range of 351km (219 miles) on the NEDC cycle from a battery pack that is 7kWh larger than the one used in the DX3 300. For more specs click here.

JMC unveiled the Jianling New Energy JMEV E300 EV with its 251km (157miles) and the JMC T500EV Pickup with its 320km (200miles) range.


Jiangsu Min’an, one of the first producers to qualify for an EV manufacturing permit in China, unveiled its SUV with the designation A2001. The Min’an A1002 is expected to be listed by the end of 2019 or early 2020. No technical specifications on the A2001 are currently available,


The Spanish automaker Hispano Suiza teased an image of its EV supercar that it will unveil during the Geneva Auto Show in March 2019.



The Hyundai Motor Group announced this week that it plans to introduce solar charging technology on selected Hyundai and KIA vehicles. The solar panels will be incorporated into the roof or the hood of all its powertrains including internal combustion vehicles reducing emissions, increasing fuel efficiency and range.

Hyundai is developing three solar roof solutions:

  •  First-generation silicon solar roof system – includes a structure of mass-produced silicon solar panels that are mounted on an ordinary roof is developed for Hybrid models and charge 30 to 60% of the battery per day, weather permitting.
  • The second-generation semi-transparent solar roof system is applied as a panoramic sunroof on combustion vehicles or electric vehicles.
  • Third-generation lightweight solar-lid on the vehicle’s body is currently in a pilot phase and includes a structure that mounts solar panels on a bonnet and roof of a car to maximize energy output.

The panels consist of a controller with Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) which controls the voltage and current to increase the efficiency of the panel. The 100W solar panel produces 100Wh of energy per hour.




Toyota has not been able to clearly define its EV strategy as the Japanese automaker sticks to a largely hydrogen based strategy. Autocar UK reported that the company’s European vice president of sales and marketing Matt Harrison said at the Paris Auto Show earlier this month that the company is in the discussion stage of resurrecting the MR2 as an electric model. The MR2 was a popular mid-engined roadster from 1984 to 2007. According to Autocar, the electric MR2 could be next to a charging station by early in the next decade.


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Volvo reinforced its commitment to supporting the widespread transition to the electrification of the automobile through an investment in San Francisco based FreeWire. FreeWire’s EV charging technology aims to solve the problem of fast charging stations being cost and labor intensive. FreeWire’s Mobi Charger can plug into a wall outlet and charge up to 10 cars a day, alleviating the need to uproot or upgrade the power infrastructure of any facility, so there is no need for permitting. The Mobi Charger is compatible with any electric vehicle. Choose the Mobi Charger to fit your EV drivers’ preferred charging speed. If preferences change, just plug in a different Mobi. The Mobi Charger allows corporates to deploy fast chargers for their fleets or staff easily and cost-effectively. Through taking advantage of Time of Use utility rates a company can load the charger in offpeak periods and dispatch the power at that rate any time of day. FreeWire is currently working on a 120kW DC Fast Charging Mobi unit which can charge 480miles in an hour.Top 5 EV NEws Stories Week 43 2018


After months of speculation on where Dyson will establish its EV plant for its £2.5bn bet on developing an electric car, the manufacturer of electric household appliances announced in an internal memo that it chose Singapore. Dyson engaged with authorities in the UK, China, Malaysia, and Singapore in its decision-making process but the sovereign city-state in South East Asia was chosen due to its proximity to “high-growth markets.” Dyson looked at factors such as supply chains, access to markets and the availability of skilled labor. Dyson CEO, Jim Rowan, told staff that the company was making excellent progress on developing the car. “Clearly we now need to move quickly towards manufacturing and assembly,” he said in the memo. Dyson’s EV plant will be completed in 2020, allowing for the launch of Dyson’s first electric vehicle in 2021.



Tesla surprised the market last week Friday with the launch of a new unscheduled mid-range version of the Model 3. Within less than a week, Tesla made some changes though in the pricing structure of the Model 3 midrange and increased the 260 mile EVs price from $45,000 before incentives to $46,000. At the same time, the company reduced the dual motor price to $53,000.

The Great Wall Motors new EV brand ORA made its second electric car the R1 A0 class compact available on pre-order this week. The ORA R1 EV is available online on TMALL for a ¥99 refundable deposit. The ORA R1 EV is expected to be available from January 2019 and final pricing and specifications will be announced on the 18th of December 2018. The R1 has a range of 310km (194miles) and accelerates to 100km/h (62mph) in 20 seconds. For more of the ORA R1 EV specifications click here.


The Dongfeng KIA JV, Yueda KIA, launched its first pure electric EV this week, following the K5 PHEV listed earlier the year. The Yueda KIA KX3 compact SUV is based on the 2019 fuel version of the same series with the noticeable difference of the closed grill, which gives it the same look as the KIA NIRO EV (on the right in the image below). The Yueda KIA KX3 has a range of 300km (188 miles) on the NEDC cycle and is propelled by an 81kW electric motor. For more of the YUEDA KIA KX3 EV specifications click here.


The Lifan 820EV sedan, based on the combustion version, was launched earlier this week and priced from ¥256,800 to ¥279,800 before subsidy in four trims. The Lifan 820EV has a range of 330km (206 miles) from its 60kWh battery. The 820EV is not particularly well endowed for its size, equipped with a 60kW (81hp) electric motor it can only reach a top speed of 130km/h (81mph). A higher powered version of the car is to be released later with a range of 400km (250 miles) and equipped with a 100kW (134hp) electric motor delivering a top speed of 150km/h (94mph).

Hozon listed the Neta N01, its first production EV this week. The Neta N01 is available in three trims, the 380e, 380i and 380s at post-subsidy prices that range between ¥60,000 and ¥75,000. The most significant differentiating factor between the base model and 380i and 380s is that the base has a 3,3kW onboard charger while the other two a 6.6kW charger, allowing them to fully charge in 8 hours as compared to 14 hours.


XPENG is to launch the XPENG G3 at the Guangzhou Auto Show held from the 16th of November 2018 for delivery by the end of the year. The G3 is now available on pre-order for a non-refundable ¥10,000. Not only will pre-ordering clients receive priority delivery XPENG will also unlock some exclusive privileges such as free charging for four years or 100,000km (62,000 miles) at any one of the EV start-up’s 1,000 fast charging stations or 100,000 third party charging points, lifetime warranty and a personalized commemorative logo. For more of the XPENG G3 EV SUV specifications click here.



In 2017 Tesla sold around 9% of all the electric vehicles sold that year, in the first nine months of 2018 Tesla now contributes to over 13% of all sales when looking at EV sales for the top 10 EV countries (pure and plug-in electric combined). Tesla now profitably sells electric vehicles, a feat yet to be achieved by any of its Western competitors and most of those in China. Another interesting fact is that so far this year Tesla sold more pure electric vehicles than its German, French, Japanese and South Korean competitors put together and 65% more than its closest competitor, BAIC.

In filings submitted to the Chinese authorities this week, it has emerged that Tesla plans to produce the Model 3 and Model Y at its 250,000 per annum capacity plant in Shanghai from 2020. If one would consider that Tesla produced nearly a 1,000 EVs per day in the last quarter the company is comfortably on its way to produce 750,000 electric vehicles per annum by the start of the next decade. No other auto manufacturer can make that claim. Most automakers don’t even plan to produce close to 750,000 EVs. Volkswagen, which has an aggressive EV strategy plans to produce 100,000 EVs in Europe and 300,000 in China by 2020 making it the closest rival, but they will not be profitable in doing so for some years.

This week Tesla posted a surprise larger than expected Q3 net income of $311.5 million and Revenue of $6.82 billion and announced that it expects to continue the trend going forward except in periods where it pays down its debt. Tesla’s share price closed 26% higher for the week at $330.90 on the back of it achieving adjusted earnings of $2.90 a share while the market expected a loss of 19 cents per share on Revenue of $6.33 billion. (Q3 2017 Revenue $2.362Bln loss of $619.4 million, or $3.70 per share. Q2 2018 Revenue of $4 billion).

The media, competitors and the general public like to label many new EVs as potential Tesla killers. One of these is the NIO ES8. NIO which currently trades around 30% down from its high after its IPO earlier this year this week announced that its sold 3,268 NIO ES8s in Q3 2018 and is on track to deliver 10,000 units in 2018. The main reason why NIO is labeled a Tesla killer is that it competes in Tesla’s second-biggest market, China, where Tesla is burdened with high import taxes. NIO does not produce its own EVs, but production is done by JAC at a specially developed plant in Hefei for at least the next five years. In February this year, NIO budgeted to lose nearly a billion dollars in its first year of operations. NIO is also experiencing other teething problems which put it in its infant shoes when compared to Tesla, such as customers complaining of charging problems and that the NIO ES8 doesn’t live up to its promised range.

A self-labeled Tesla killer is Faraday Future‘s FF91, well that is if the car can get off the production line. This week Faraday Future announced that it would cut its workforce by 20% as it is experiencing financial difficulty, again. Faraday Future’s latest financial problems are linked to a dispute with its white knight backer, the property giant and China’s third richest man Hui Ka Yan (Evergrande Health).

The reality of Tesla’s dominance is starting to sink in as vocal short seller Andrew Left announced before the Q3 earnings call that he turned long, surprising all as Mr. Left filed a suit against Elon Musk for his infamous tweet in September. Left’s comments trumpets earlier comments in wattEV2buy’s newsletters that “there is now Tesla killer” and went on saying that the company is destroying the competition. Mr. Left said in a note published by his firm, Citron Research that the media has been fixated with Elon Musk’s personal behavior and in doing so failed to notice Tesla’s dominance. Mr. Left’s change of heart is driven by the fact that no other electric vehicle can compete with the high level of connectivity and “upgradeability” in Tesla cars, allowing it to easily beat traditional automakers.

Elon Musk announced this week that the $35,000 base version of the Model 3 is still six months off as the company can’t yet produce it profitably. It is therefore expected that the “short” long range rear wheel drive Model 3 will reach the market around the same time as the unveiling of the Model Y on the 15th of March 2018.


British icons MG and Lotus now owned by Chinese auto groups SAIC and Geely this week clarified their EV strategies and it’s moving further and further away from their roots.

According to various Chinese publication the Geely owned Lotus plans to set up an engineering department in Hangzhou and a research and development center in Ningbo, China. In addition, a Lotus flagship model will be officially unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show next year. Lotus will share its core competencies associated with lightweights materials and aerodynamics will be shared within the Geely group while at the same time benefiting from Volvo’s safety, power, and electric technologies.

MG India announced that it will launch a pure electric SUV in 2020. It is understood that the MG India company has finalized about 45 dealer partners to start new car sales next year. Currently, the automaker produces about 80,000 cars a year at the Halol car manufacturing plant in Gujarat, and will expand to 200,000 in the future. The plant currently employs 300 people and is expected to employ nearly 1,500 employees by the end of 2019. Executive Director of International Business, SAIC Motor & President of SAIC Motor International Company, Michael Yang, said, “MG will launch a globally-competitive pure-electric SUV in India, to make our contribution to India’s energy and environmental strategies. The pure electric SUV will be a breakthrough chapter in the EV space in India, being one of its kind in the market.” The new SUV is to hot the market by the second quarter of 2019 and based on the SAIC Roewe MARVEL X platform.Top-5-EV-news-week-43-MG-India-first-EV-SUV-in-2020

Staying on the topic of British icons, Rolls Royce CEO this week acknowledged that electrification is the trend and the brand will electrify its models over the next 10 years. CEO Torsten Müller-Otvös revealed that the company will not follow the road to electrification via plug-in combustion vehicles but will move directly to pure electric vehicles. Mr. Torsten Müller-Otvös said that it is not clear yet is RR will develop a new electric car or alter existing model ranges but the company will adopt BMW’s technology to accomplish its electrification strategy.

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Maybe the auto industry got its whole approach wrong. The first week the local BMW dealer gave me a BMW i3 to test there was a fuel strike and gas stations started running dry, and guess what? Ironically that week I was the only one without range anxiety. No matter what, I was able to refill at no cost from solar power instead of being dependent on a fuel that has so many issues attached to it. This week a forward-thinking person imported the first EV to Zimbabwe, a country which has experienced years of economic hardship caused by backward policies of its ruling party, Zanu PF. Zimbabwean residents are used to long lines at the fuel stations as the country frequently runs out of fuel. One of my active readers, Joseph Kuhudzai, sent me the pictures of the first EV in the country, a white Tesla Model X. Like I the unknown owner of Zimbabwe’s first EV will experience the feeling of freedom you get when you experience the angst of combustion vehicle owners when the pumps run dry. Herein lies an opportunity for automakers in China producing low-cost EVs, there are many people in third world countries that would rather own an EV as it offers a practical solution to expensive and scarce fuel. Joseph and I will be happy to be their distributors.



Porsche showcased a production-ready version of its concept study Mission E Cross Turismo at the Geneva Auto Show early this year. At the time there was big excitement around the car and calls for it to be produced. This week the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG gave the go-ahead for the company to add the Cross Turismo as the second EV to its line-up, creating an additional 300 new job-opportunities at its Zuffenhausen plant. The four-door Cross Turismo is a derivative of the Taycan EV sharing the car’s 800-volt architecture, system output of 600 hp and a range of 500 km (NEDC). The Mission E Cross Turismo is expected in 2020.

In the meantime, the publication Auto News Europe reported that Porsche’s model line director for the Taycan indicated that the pricing for the base model of the Taycan available in 2019 will be somewhere between that of the Cayenne and Panamera, pitching it around $75k. Porsche Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Lutz Meschk indicated that the fully loaded performance version could cost as much as €200k.

Workhorse, the Nasdaq listed electric vehicle and autonomous drone maker from Ohio, this week announced the serious production of its second pure electric commercial vehicle, the Workhorse N-GEN 1000 electric van. Workhorse, which started out as AMP Electric Vehicles, entered into a joint venture to custom design 50 postal delivery trucks with USP based on its E-100 electric truck (pictured left). The Workhorse N-GEN 1000  EV van has a capacity of 1,000 cubic feet and can carry a payload up to 6,000lbs (2,722kg). The N-GEN 1000 can work in conjunction with the company’s Horsefly autonomous delivery drone. Workhorse and commercial fleet management company Ryder System announced a partnership where Ryder System becomes the primary distributor and service provider for Workhorse’s commercial electric trucks.



The Belgian investment fund SOGEPA and Chinese EV start-up Thunder Power entered into an agreement on Friday this week which will see the Thunder Power establishing a production line in Gosselies in the Walloon region of Belgium creating 4,000 jobs. SOGEPA will invest €50 million in the project which will be based at the deserted Caterpillar plant in Gosselies. Thunder Power unveiled the Chloe two-seater city EV to the European press at the event. It is expected that a version of the Chloe adapted for the European market will be the first EV to roll off the production line at the site from 2020.



Top-5-EV-News-week-42-2018-Jinbei-F50-EV-Renault-BrillianceRenault and its Chinese local partner Brilliance Auto announced their plans this week to capitalize on the surging market for electric commercial vehicles in China to help the company turn around its ailing sales. The joint venture created in December 2017 will see seven electric models by the end of the decade of which three targeted at the commercial sector. The first electric delivery van will be based on the combustion version of the Jinbei F50 MPV followed by one of Renault’s electric delivery vans in 2020.


The young entrepreneur Lex Hoefsloot hosted the design unveiling of the Lightyear One Solar EV in Eindhoven. The team behind the Lightyear One won the Solar challenge a number of times in Australia giving them valuable insights into the development of a Solar EV. The Lightyear One will not be cheap. Lightyear plans to produce 10 launch edition cars in 2020 at a price of €119,000. The funds will be used to facilitate a larger production run in 2021. The Lightyear One can gain between 80 and 70km (44 to 50miles) from its solar system.


CHJ Auto launched its EV brand earlier this year. The new brand named “Leading Ideal” in English from the Chinese name  “Lixiang Zhizao” unveiled its first EV this week, the Leading Ideal One SUV. The Leading Ideal One SUV is a range-extended Ev with a pure electric range of 700km (NEDC) and generator which can carry it a further 300km. Pre-sales of the Leading Ideal One will start in April and deliveries are expected in the second half of 2019. The luxury 4WD EREV SUV will be equipped with OTA (over the air upgrade) and Level 2.5 autonomous driving capabilities according to the company.


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Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz announced earlier the week that the company would ban the sale of combustion vehicles from 2030 when the country shifts to alternative fueled vehicles such as battery electric cars and trucks that run on compressed natural gas. The minister told Reuters that Israel is supporting the transition by near-zero rating taxes on EVs and funding the establishment of 2,000 charging stations. To date, Isreali EV s sales have been lackluster, but by 2025 the minister sees 177,000 cars on the road jumping to 1.5 million in 2030. The Israeli Government is expected to approve regulation by the end of the year which will force companies to import electric cars and downstream oil companies to install charging points at gas stations.

The British Department of Transport changed its EV subsidy policy again this week scrapping its Plug-In Car Grant for all vehicles except battery electric vehicles that comply with Category 1 requirements which is a range of 70 miles (112km) and emit emissions below 50g/km. Incidentally, the grant available for Category 1 EVs has also been slashed to 3,500 from 4,500. Budget constraints are seen to be the reason behind the reduction in the Grant program that saw the sales of 160,000 EVs in the UK since 2011.


Mercedes opened its order book for the 2019 Mercedes Benz S560e PHEV to be launched this month. The MB S560e 9G-Tronic is exclusively available with a long wheelbase and priced in Germany at €96,065 (Excl 19% VAT). The new improved 13.5 kWh, the first in the series from Daimlers Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE battery subsidiary offers a range of up to 50km in the NEDC cycle and can be charged with the new improved Wallbox through a 7.4kW onboard charger. Charging the Mercedes S560e PHEV from 10 to 100% can be achieved in only 1.5 hours with the Wallbox or 5 hours through a 220V wall socket. For the full secs click here.

Volkswagen and its local partner SAIC will be launching the Tiguan L PHEV on the 19th of October. The plug-in version of VW Tiguan is exclusive to the Chinese market and priced from ¥299,800 to ¥309,800 and packs a 12kWh battery delivery a range of 52km (33 miles) on the NEDC cycle. The combined fuel consumption of the 1.4l turbo engine and the 85kW electric motor is 1.9L/100km. The Tiguan will compete with SAIC’s own Roewe eRX5. For the full secs click here.


Maruti Suzuki, the Indian JV of Japanese Suzuki auto brand started field testing its electric vehicle powertrain this week using a fleet of 50 WagonR test mules. Maruti Suzuki is collaborating with Toyota Motors India to launch its first electric vehicle in 2020 in India. The key to cracking the price-sensitive Indian market is through local production of electric vehicles. Maruti Suzuki has already invested Rs 1,137 crore in the establishment of a battery JV with Toshiba and Denso in Gujarat. The plant will be ready to produce its first batteries in 2020, in time to support the launch of Suzuki’s first low-cost EV. Maruti Suzuki introduced the WagnR test mules for the first time at the Move Summit 2018 in September.

Suzuki’s Director of Engineering, CV Raman, flagged off the test fleet of electric WagonR MPV’s from the company’s Gurugram plant. Maruti Suzuki is not the only company that transformed the WagonR to an electric vehicle, in China the BAIC brand Changhe has been selling the WagonR as the Changhe X5E EV with a range of 260km (162miles).



Ford announced that it commenced with the serious production of the Deutsche Post StreetScooter WORK XL electric delivery van at its Cologne plant in Germany. The WORK XL is a collaboration between Streetscooter, a Deutsche Post DHL Group start-up and Ford using the Ford Transit chassis produced in Turkey and body and drivetrain by the German start-up. DHL will use the WORK XL to support its urban parcel delivery business in Germany. Although the Work XL is currently for DHL’s exclusive use it is considering leasing it to third-party customers. Currently, Streetscooter is leasing the smaller WORK delivery van to customers from €270 per month.

180 Ford employees and Streetscooter can produce 3,500 units of the WORK XL per annum, churning out 16 units a day using two shifts. The Streetscooter WORK XL can load around 200 parcels in its 20m² hold weighing up to 1,275kg (2,811lbs). According to Ford, each electric delivery van will offer a reduction in CO2 emissions of 5 tonnes each year and a saving of 1,900 liters of fuel.

Electrified powertrains will play a key role in Ford’s European product line-up. The company is investing €9.5 billion and plans to deliver 16 fully electric vehicles within a global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles through 2022.



Bollinger unveiled CAD images of its second pickup truck, the B2. Bollinger will prototype the B2 and B1 in 2019 as test vehicles so it can further engineer pre-production vehicles for the 20,000 reservations holders the company claims to have. The B2 Class 3 work truck s based on the B1 and packs a 120kWh battery and dual electric motors. Bollinger makes use of the technological advantages of electric vehicles by utilizing the free space normally used by combustion engines freeing up valuable load space.

According to Bollinger, the B2’s load bed is 4’ 1” wide by 5’ 9” long. With the internal cab tailgate down, the BollingerB2 can carry full 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood. The rear glass also opens up like the B1, allowing storage to the top of the cab, accommodating 72 sheets of 1/2” plywood.


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The Paris Auto Show kicked off this week featuring a number of electric vehicles we are already acquainted with including the Mercedes EQC, Audi e-Tron Quattro and the Tesla Model 3.  The French auto manufacturers used the event on their home turf to “wow” and “surprise” us with their line up of future EVs and a look into their strategies. The PSA brands Citroen, DS, and Peugeot showcased the EVs they digitally unveiled in the weeks prior to the event. The DS 3 Crossback is the only pure electric model with a confirmed production schedule in 2019 with the rest of the line-up plug-in conversions of existing models and concept vehicles.



One of the most exciting vehicles at the show is the Peugeot 504 e-Legend 100kWh pure electric coupe, unfortunately, it just a concept vehicle. Peugeot also showed its plug-in models, the 3008 compact SUV and 508 sedan and station wagon that will enter the market in 2019.




Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn announced the release of a new affordable urban EV, the Renault K-ZE which will be available in 2019, although only to the Chinese market at first. Mr. Ghosn also announced the electrification of existing model ranges in the form of a Hybrid Clio and plug-in hybrid Megane and Captur. The electrification of the three existing models will start in the 2020 product refresh cycle. Renault also left the door open that these models could get pure electric drivetrains.

The Renault K-ZE will be assembled by the French company’s local partner Dongfeng at the company’s e-GT New Energy Automotive Co, a JV with Nissan. The K-ZE A-segment EV is to have a range of 250km NEDC and equipped with luxuries such as rear parking sensors, rearview camera and a central screen with connected navigation and services.


BMW AG Chairman of the Board of management, Harald Krüger highlighted in his address that by 2021 BWM will have five fully electric core models. Mr. Krüger confirmed that the fifth vehicle will be the BMW i4 which will enter production in 2021. The BMW i4 will follow the Mini Electric (2019), BMW iX3 (2020) and BMW iNEXT (2021). BMW also showcased the new 120Ah BMW i3, the company’s first commercially available battery electric vehicle. It was confirmed that the BMW i3 REx is to be phased out with the model not available to the European market.

Daimler’s smart celebrated its 20 anniversary at the Paris Motor Show with the smart forease show car, interpreting and embodying the fun urban driving brand. The smart forease is based on the standard-production smart EQ fortwo cabrio and can, therefore, be driven.



The Chinese auto manufacturer GAC has been frequenting the Detroit Auto Show since 2013 with the eye on opening a distribution channel in the USA starting with a mid-sized EV in 2019. In the light of the current trade war between the USA and China GAC is now reconsidering its EV strategy and is moving a potential entry out to 2020. The news was announced by Mr. Yu Jun, the President of GAC to reporters at the Paris Auto Show this week.

It now seems that GAC has designs on entering the European market with its debut at the Paris Auto Show. GAC showcased its latest models including the GAC Trumpchi GE3 mid-sized EV SUV to the European market at the event. Mr. Yu admitted that they were looking at the European market, but that timing was uncertain as it needed to address some technology related issues prior to entering the EU market as not to create a reputational risk. Mr. Yu said that the charging system which differs from Europe needs to be addressed and eluded that the company is struggling to secure enough batteries, limiting its current production of the GE3 to 1,500 units per month.


Mazda announced its connectivity and electrification strategies this week. The strategies are based on the Japanese auto manufacturer’s long-term vision named “Sustainability Zoom-Zoom 2030”. The company said that it will leverage its alliance with Toyota in the development of connectivity and that it will introduce electric vehicles in regions where energy is derived from a high percentage of clean resources. Mazda whishes to reduce its corporate “well to wheel” emissions from 2010 levels by 90% in 2050. Mazda, which does not have a huge capital base will include electrification in some form in 95% of its internal combustion engines by 2030. The Mazda EV strategy targets the production of battery electric vehicles that will account for 5% of its output in the same timeframe. Mazda will also use its patented rotary engines to produce range-extended EVs.


Design and engineering teams of the Australian automobile import brand Holden unveiled a virtual concept electric hypercar this week on the 50th anniversary of Holden’s first win at the Bathurst. Holden, a GM company, does not manufacture vehicles anymore and therefore does not take part at Motors Shows decided to use virtual development to showcase its prowess.

Holden’s design chief, Richard Ferlazzo said “The cessation of Motor Shows in Australia left a hole in our automotive culture in some ways and we lost a forum to showcase our passion and creativity to the Australian public with physical concept cars. However, with the realism and detail achievable through modern technology, I felt we could still deliver uniquely Holden concepts via virtual technology and digital media.”

The Holden Bathurst Time Attack hyper EV with its 25kWh Graphene Hybrid Power Pack and 4 x 250kW electric motors completed a simulated lap of Mount Panorama in 1 minute 29.3 seconds. The reconfigurable battery pack can be charged in 90 seconds with a 1000kW, 800V, 1250A charging system. The Bathurst Time Attack produces a max lateral G-force of 6.5G and max braking G-force of 6G. The hypercar is equipped with an Advanced Driving Assist System through an augmented reality helmet, showing essential technical information and racing line and braking zone benchmarks in 3-D.

On Holden’s strategy, Mr. Ferlazze added “Automotive Design and Engineering remains a core strength and competitive advantage for Holden and for Australia. The Time Attack Concept racer is an illustration of how we can utilise cutting-edge technology to develop transportation solutions for the future. You can see from the extremely detailed approach to incorporating the advanced technology in our Time Attack Concept racer that this is more than just a visual exercise. Holden’s recent announcement of the expansion of 150 new engineers to our Advanced Vehicle Development team means we have the talent, resources and technology to continue delivering to that charter.”

The Bathurst Time Attack now joins other real-world hypercars with 1 megawatt power output such as the Toroidion from Finland and the Rimac C2 from Zagreb, Croatia.



BMW AG Chairman of the Board of management, Harald Krüger announced at the Paris Auto Show this week that the company sold more than 100,000 electrified vehicles worldwide by the end of September, surpassing the benchmark three months earlier than 2017 taking the company’s total plug-in and pyre electric sales to 300,000. But in the same week, US auto sales figures for September showed that BMW and other auto brand’s were trashed by the Tesla Model 3, selling more than ten times its closest rival, the Toyota Prius in the same month. Tesla confirmed that it delivered more than 83,000 Model 3’s in the third quarter of 2018. Taking out the Tesla Model 3 from 2018 EV sales data shows that other brands have shown no significant increase. It’s not just EV sales but the whole sector that’s experiencing pressure from the Model 3. BMW’s USA chief, Bernhard Kuhnt, admitted in an interview aired on Bloomberg that Tesla is putting pressure on the BMW 3 series’s market segment.



Renault unveiled its robo-vehicle, the EZ-ULTIMO, this week completing its trilogy of concept robo-vehicles introduced this year. The EZ-ULTIMO follows the EZ-GO public transporter and EZ-PRO last-mile delivery vehicle. According to Renault the EZ-ULTIMO is a robo-vehicle equipped with level 4 autonomous driving capability and designed for urban environments and highway infrastructure, such as going to an airport or from a hotel to a tourist site. Last month Volvo introduced a similar concept the Volvo 360c with the difference that Volvo identified a niche competing with short-haul air travel.


The US-based Consumer Reports published it’s first ranking of Automated driving systems this week placing the Cadillac CT6 Super Cruise on the top of the list ahead of the Tesla Auto Pilot followed by Nissan Pro-Pilot and Volvo’s Pilot Assist. Tesla came out tops in one category, namely “Capability & Performance”.

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BMW announced the specifications and production start date of the much anticipated 120Ah BMW i3. Being one of the popular EVs there were huge expectations for the Top 10 selling electric car. BMW announced that production of the 120Ah BMW i3 will start this November and that it will be available in the pure electric and range-extended i3 REx version, although only for the US market. It was initially rumored that BMW will can the REx due to expectations that the range of the pure electric will reach 180 miles. BMW set the expected pure electric EPA range of the 2019 i3 at 153 miles and has yet to release the total range of the REx but expects it to be similarly improved. The 2019 BMW i3 gets a 42.2kWh battery pack (37.9 available) which is 30% more in range and capacity indicating that improved battery performance was directed towards onboard luxuries. The BMW i3 now gets the optional iDrive 6.0 Navigational Professional as a standard feature. The BMW i3 is also for the first time equipped with a Wi-fi hotspot for 10 devices and a mobile wireless charging tray. The improved battery technology allowed BWM to make 90% of the battery available compared to 81% in the 2018 range making the 2019 i3 cheaper to charge. It will cost around 2.5c per mile to charge the 2019 model compared to 3.1c based on a utility rate of 10c/kWh. No pricing was announced yet for the 2019 model but I don’t expect it to change significantly from the current levels.

Judging from feedback to the release of the 2019 i3 specifications on social media it seems that BMW missed the mark slightly. Comparing the BMW i3S (2018) price of $47,650 with the base version long-range Tesla Model 3 at $49,600 which has double the range of the 120Ah one would have at least expected that BMW upgrades the charging capabilities of the i3. One of the biggest criticism against the 2019 i3 is that its fast charging is limited to 50kW which would have made ICE competitive long-distance travel possible.

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In the last two weeks, the PSA Group unveiled the Citroen C5 Aircross SUV PHEV concept, the DS 3 Crossaback e-tense pure electric car and the Peugeot e-LEGEND EV concept as it warms up for the Paris Auto Show. This week saw listings from Peugeot and DS. Peugeot launched plug-in electric versions of the Peugeot 508 sedan and station wagon and the Peugeot 3008 compact SUV. The Peugeot 508 HYBRID drivetrain can now operate with zero emission with the help of an 11.8kWh battery pack and 80kw (110hp) electric motor. The Peugeot 508 PureTech petrol engine with its 132kW (180hp) output and the electric motor provides a combined maximum power of 165kW (225hp) and emits less than 49g of CO2/km (WLTP). The Peugeot 508 HYBRID is available in three trims, Allure, GT Line and GT and has a range of 40km (25miles) in the WLTP cycle.

The Peugeot 3008 plug-in electric version is first offered as a 4×4 called the HYBRID4 followed later by a HYBRID version, using the same powertrain as the Peugeot 508 HYBRID. The PEUGEOT 3008 HYBRID4 employs a 13.2kWh battery pack offering a range of 50km (37miles) in the WLTP cycle. Peugeot’s electric platform allows for a top speed of 135km/h (85mph) and the PEUGEOT 3008 HYBRID4 accelerates to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds powered by two 80kW (110hp) electric motors. The HYBRD4 model is only available as a high-end GT version with a Greval Grey trim. The Advanced Driving Assistance System of the Peugeot 508 is also now available in the 3008 HTBRID4 providing adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function and traffic lane assistance. Peugeot’s new plug-in drivetrain utilizes the new e-SAVE feature, allowing the car to operate in electric mode whenever possible. The plug-in drivetrain is also equipped with the new i-Booster regenerative braking system.


DS Automobiles unveiled the DS 7 Crossback E-tense plug-in electric vehicle which is the first electrified model to emerge from its EV strategy. The D7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4 is a Premium C SUV with two electric motors added to its combustion engine delivering a combined 300hp and 450 Nm torque. The D7 sequences 50km (38miles) out of its 13.2kWh battery pack on the WLTP cycle which is around 60km on the old NEDC cycle. The D7 charges within two hours using a 6.6kW wall mounted terminal (32A) or 8 hours with a traditional socket.



September marks the start to the use of the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) regulation replacing the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) and with it came tighter emission controls in Europe. One the WLTP calculation the effect of a fully charged battery is reduced resulting in higher emission data for some plug-in electric vehicles pushing it above 50g/km which is required in some European countries to qualify for tax subsidies. As a result Mercedes, VW and Porsche called a halt to sales of top selling PHEV models while Volvo and BMW continued with selling the XC60 and 225xe despite losing access to incentives. Consumers will only be able to buy the VW GTE’s in the second half of 2019 when the new version is released. A VW spokesman said that they have a backlog in testing and prioritize cars according to popularity, leaving the PHEV’s in the back off the line. Mercedes will bring qualifying S and E series to market in about two months while you can already pre-order the BMW 5 series with a WLTP CO2 rating below 50g/km. The Mitsubishi Outlander, which coincidentally is best selling PHEV in Europe is also the only PHEV currently available with an emission rating below 50g/km, clocking in at 46g/km.



Hot on the heels of EV start-up Lucid Motors announced last week that it acquired $1 billion in production funding from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia the company this week announced an agreement with Electrify America. The preliminary agreement will allow Lucid Air drivers access to 500 350kW ultra fast charging stations across 40 states. The figure of available stations is expected to increase once the Lucid Air is available in 2020. The Lucid Air is potentially one of the luxury EV models that will truly provide a challenge to the Tesla Model S should the new company be able to produce in significant numbers. Access to a fast charging network will assist Lucid in providing meaningful competition to Tesla and other luxury car makers.



Faraday Future has been ramping up its operations after receiving a capital injection from China Evergrande Group. The company based in China and the USA announced this week that it will commence with sales of the FF91 luxury crossover in the first half of 2019. The order book for the launch edition of the FF91 named the “FF Futurist” will start for the US market produced at the leased plant in Hanford California sometime in the first half of 2019 while

Unconfirmed media reports in China speculated the follow up to the FF91 the FF81 will be introduced at a price starting from RMB300,000. The FF81 will retain the design language of the FF91 and some of its performance.

Faraday Future also announced recently that it has attracted a new wave of talent as engineers from other automakers such as Tesla, Honda, GM and Ford joined the team at its Hanford plant.


The EV market is not what it was two years ago when I started the newsletter, at the time one get barely get five important topics to cover. Now its impossible to select the top five news events without missing some important content so I hereby list topics which are equally important without delving deeper.

Tesla co-founder Elon Musk entered into a settlement agreement with the SEC which earlier opened a complaint against him for his tweet about taking the company private. The complaint was seen as a roadmap towards a criminal case which could see Mr. Musk behind bars. This morning it was reported that Elon Musk agreed that he will pay a fine of $20 million and step down as Tesla Chairman. One would have hoped that it would have been better for him to stay on as Chairman and rather give the grueling task of auto company CEO to an auto sector insider but I guess its more important for Elon to show the world he can deliver on his dream and don’t forgot his sizeable recent share option agreement.

VW Head of Product Line for E-Mobility, Christian Senger, told Auto Express last week that VW is targeting 100,000 of its mass-market EV, the ID Neo which is expected to be available from 2020. He said that there will be three battery configurations for the ID Neo, starting at 330km (205 miles) at the lower end and an improved mid-level of around 450km (280 miles). Mr. Senger could not provide a range yet for the top tier. It is expected that the pricing for the ID Neo will start from around 25,000, or the current specs of a fully loaded diesel Golf. For more specs click here.

Well, so much for being brief.

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Audi set pricing for the Audi E-tron Quattro EV at the launch of the pure electric car this week in San Francisco. The Audi E-tron Quattro will be first available late 2018 in Germany at a starting price of €79,900. The E-tron Quattro will be available in the USA from Q2 2019. AUDI will list a limited model of the Audi e-tron, the E-tron Quattro Edition 1 at a price of $86,700, The base model of E-tron Quattro will be available in the USA at a price of $74,800 but the German automaker did not specify from when, just that it will be later.

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Peugeot revealed its e-LEGEND Concept EV showcasing its vision of the future electrification strategy. The e-LEGEND which is based on a retro Peugeot 504 Coupe will be presented at the Paris Auto Show early October 2018.

Head of Peugeot Strategy, Aude BRILLE was quoted saying ” With PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT, for us it’s about intensifying and refining the experience of 100% autonomous, electric and connected. The Responsive i-Cockpit is enhanced to offer its guests immersive driving specifically customized for each of the four driving modes available.”

The e-LEGEND is equipped with two autonomous modes, SOFT and SHARP. In the SOFT mode, the technology is reduced to a minimum while in the SHARP mode maximum connection and digital activities are shown to entertain the occupants while the self-drive system steers the vehicle. In autonomous mode, the steering wheel retracts behind the 49inch screen and the front seats can recline and side armrests deploy automatically. The e-LEGEND also has two manual modes, LEGEND and BOOST for cruising and dynamic drive options.

The Peugeot 504 Coupe’s four-wheel drive drivetrain is developed around a 100 kWh battery pack and electric motors which reaches 800 Nm torque and 340 kW reaching a top speed of 220km/h (138mph) and accelerate to 62km in less than 4 seconds. The e-LEGEND has a WLTP range of 600km (375 miles) and the battery pack can be replenished to 80% within 25 minutes through the inductive charging system.



In 2016 Great Wall Motors acquired a stake in neighborhood electric vehicle producer YGM. The company which changed its name to Link Tour in July was officially launched this week. Link Tour which specializes in compact electric cars will produce five EVs by the end of 2019. The Link Tour K-One compact SUV is the first vehicle that will roll off the production line before the end of 2018. The four other models that will enter the Chinese market by the end of 2019 is the BX100, C5, C3 and S5. The BX100 is a microcar resembling an older generation smart model and released in May 2019. The C5 and C3 are also A00 class vehicles and will enter the market in September and November 2019. The S5 is developed on the K-One platform. The Link Tour EVs will have a range of between 150km and 405km and four of the five models will be equipped with battery swapping technology while one of A0 class EVs will have three portable battery packs.

The K-One is available from November 2018 in a 45kW / 40kWh battery and 96kW / 46kWh version providing a range of 310km and 405km. The Link Tour K-One is further equipped with ABS and ABRS and luxuries such as parking sensors, reversing camera and tire pressure monitor system. Drivers operate a navigation system, cell-phones, and infotainment system form a 10.3inch LCD screen.



Volkswagen Group has been quite busy the past weeks in executing its electrification strategy. VW is reading its plant in Zwickau to produce 100,000 I.D. vehicles, VW’s EV brand by 2020. Zickau will be VW’s first EV plant and followed by 15 others across the globe within 3 years. In China, Volkswagen opened a 300,000 unit SUV plant in Foshan which will play a pioneering role in the Volkswagen Group’s electrification strategy (“Roadmap E”). The FAW-VW plant in Qingdao which opened in May 2018 will also produce MQB platform electrified vehicles alongside cars with combustion engines.

Volkswagen Group announced the completion of an equity stake to the value of $100 million in California based QuantumScape solid-state battery producer. The new joint venture aims to enable an industrial level of production of solid-state batteries.

Volkswagen presented a cargo van version of the ID Buzz at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover. The ID Buzz Cargo electric van will be introduced in 2021 and have a range of up to 340 miles o the WLTP cycle. The concept van presented in Hanover is a fully autonomous vehicle equipped with VW autonomous system the ID Pilot, providing Level 4 self-driving capabilities. A solar system on the roof allows for an extra 9.3 miles a day at peak. Vehicle and road information is projected onto the road in 3D via the ID Buzz’s Augmented Reality (AR) head-up display. For detailed specs click here.


Ford revealed the production model of its Transit Custom plug-in hybrid electric van at the IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany which will enter the market in H2 2019. The Transit Custom PHEV with its 1,000kg load capacity has a battery electric range of 50km from a 14kWh battery pack and an extended range of 500km using its 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine. The charge port located on the left side of the front bumper allows for charging in between five and three hours.


The president of GM’s Cadillac unit told Automotive News that the company decided on electrification as it re-evaluates its diesel program. To date, Cadillac has only produced the discontinued ELR plug-in hybrid vehicle and the CT6 PHEV currently in circulation. The decision by Cadillac will snowball the demise of the diesel engine as it joins other automakers such as Volvo, BMW, VW and Mercedes who all announced the end of their diesel programs. Porsche also announced this week that it will drop diesel propelled vehicles

The Nikkei Asian Review reported that Nissan will enter the luxury electric sedan segment from 2021 through its Infiniti brand. The Infiniti EV sedan will be assembled at the Nissan plant in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

The Geely owned London EV Company (LEVC) which produce the electric London Taxi TX announced that it will start trials of its electric delivery van in London with potential customers such as the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade in the second half of 2019. The target segment of LEVC Electric Van is demanding city delivery cycles of 100miles per day currently serviced by medium sized 1-tonne diesel vans.



Dutch charging company EVBox committed to installing 1 million EV charging points by 2025 globally at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The company made the commitment as a surge in electric vehicle sales will require California only requiring 279,000 chargers by 2025.

The British EV Network’s (EVN) selected Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché SA to partner with in to develop ultra-fast charging stations for electric cars across the UK follow the existing “petrol station format”. EVN has been securing prime locations across the UK and signing strategic partnerships with leading companies including leading EV charging station operators like ESB and Leclanché to this end. EVN is also planning to replicate its model in other countries from 2019.

Engineers at PORSCHE Engineering sat down and unpacked existing fast-charging stations and identified constraints to come up with a new low-cost modular fast charging solution it names “Electric Pit Stop”. According to Porsche the “Electric Pit Stop” brings together a charging solution that will help electromobility gain greater acceptance by being economically viable and user-friendly. Porsche Engineering identified that components for existing stations are installed in every single cabinet: transformer, galvanic isolation, power electronics, cooling, and connectivity, making each individual charging station disproportionately expensive.

The “Electric Pit Stop” is designed as a modular system comprised of standardized, weather-proof housings, the FlexBoxes (exterior dimensions: 120 x 120 x 130 centimeters). They enable flexible outfitting with all necessary components in a standard rack and can be positioned at quite some distance from the charging stations combating noise pollution and being visually aesthetic. Porsche’s charging park system allows for the charging of multiple electric cars at the same time due to it’s 800- volt technology achieving battery replenishing in just 20 minutes to travel a further 400km(250 miles)



The Beijing local government authority released 11 more public roads in the Fangshan District for autonomous vehicle testing bringing the total to 33 since the start of the program earlier the year. Approved self-driving cars get a temporary number plate to drive on public roads after successfully complete 5,000km (3125 miles) on “closed” test fields. Only drivers with 50-hours of training are allowed to operate self-driving test vehicles.

NVIDIA unveiled its DRIVE AGX XAVIER opensource devkit for autonomu\ous vehicles consisting of A Xavier car computer, a vehicle harness to connect the platform to the car, international power supply, camera sensor and other accessories. The XAVIER devkit is a scalable software and hardware solution enabling companies to seamlessly develop and test customized autonomous driving technology and streamlining production.

For autonomous vehicles to perceive their surroundings they must rely on numerous deep neural networks running simultaneously. NVIDIA’s XAVIER kit runs on its NVIDIA DRIVE Software 1.0 release to run various operations simultaneously including data collection, obstacle and path perception, advanced driver monitoring and in-vehicle visualization to enable autonomous driving.


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Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 37 2018



Joining a crowd of niche EV manufacturers in the USA Atlis Motor Vehicles from Arizona aims to build an electric pick-up with a starting price of $45,000. The company also plans to offer users a subscription-based ownership model from $700 per month. Atlis Motors plans to unveil a prototype of the Atlis XT Pickup Truck this month according to its crowdfunding campaign on the Start-Engine crowdfunding platform.


To date, the company has raised nearly $400,00 from 751 investors. Atlis aims to raise $1 million from the crowdfunding campaign whereby you can own a share in the company from $203 minimum which equates to a price of  $0.29 per share.

For detailed specs of the Atlis XT click here.




PSA Group company’s DS Auto and Citroen released details of two new EVs this week in anticipation of the Paris Auto Show launch.

Citroen presented the C5 Aircross SUV Plug-in hybrid concept. Citroën’s first PHEV model in the Core Model Strategy which will lead to 80% of the range having an electric option by 2023 and 100% by 2025. For the full specs released please click here to go to the dedicated page on the wattEV2buy website.

DS Auto presented the 100% electric DS 3 Crossback E-Tense which will be listed mid next year. The DS 3 Crossback will be available in 10 wheel themes and 10 body colors and include Advanced Driving Assistance. For the specifications of the DS 3 Crossback EV please click here.


Aston Martin revealed detailed specs of its first pure electric car, the limited edition Rapid E. The Rapid E is now officially christened and will be available in a limited run of only 155 units. The company also announced that St Athan Wales will become its center for electrification and manufacturing base for its upcoming Lagonda EV luxury brand. For specs card of the Rapid E please click here.




Chery New Energy received the dual certificates needed from the Chinese government to start operations. In accordance with Chinese regulations, companies need to receive approvals issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission to produce electric vehicles. Once the company receives the production qualification from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) it can proceed to apply for certification from theMinistry of Industry and Information Technology. The ministry asses the company according to a number of rules including the “Passenger Vehicle Manufacturing Enterprise “, “Product Access Management Rules”, “New Energy Vehicle Manufacturing Enterprise” and Product Access Management Rules.

According to the relevant national policies and regulations, enterprises approved by the National Development and Reform Commission must start construction within two years and sell within three years. Chery New Energy applied for approved by the NDRC to build a 60,000 unit plant back in 2016. Chery completed its 67,304 square meters plant at the end of 2017 where it produces three EVs to date, the eQ1, Arrizo 5e, and Tiggo 3x’s. For the first eight months of 2018 Chery have already sold 34,503 electric cars.

Chery New Energy strategy includes producing its own batteries and electric motors establishing Wuhu Qida Power Battery System Co., Ltd., and Chery Yaskawa Electric Drive System Co., Ltd. to be self-sufficient.



On September 10, 2018, Weima Auto listed the EX5 and EX5 Pro production models first introduced at the 2018 Auto China in April.  At the time Weima shocked the market with the first SUV below ¥100,000 after taking subsidies into account. Weima listed six models in total of the EX5 range. The prices reflected here are for the Beijing area, which has of the most progressive subsidy policies.
The prices are higher than initially announced at Auto China due to the company changing the battery packs of the EX5 and EX5 Pro from cylindrical cell to the pouch type supplied by CATL.


The excitement created by BMW around the unveiling of its iNext EV over the last couple of weeks came to fruition this week with the unveiling of the BMW iNext SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle). In May BMW Chairman, Harald Krüger, described iNext as follows: “The iNEXT project will provide our building blocks for the future, from which the entire company and all of its brands are set to benefit.”

According to the press release by BMW, the iNEXT will come onto the market in 2021 and be produced at Plant Dingolfin. The production model of the BMW iNEXT will assume the role of a new technology flagship. It will take the BMW Group’s strategic innovation fields (“D+ACES”) onto the road for the first time as a single package.

Some of the outstanding features of the iNext SAV is its large (24-inch) whee which are aerodynamically efficient, the blackened off grille. The Liquid Greyrose Copper exterior which gradually changes shade from warm copper to dark rose is synonymous with the iNext concept series first introduced in 2017.

BMW Vision iNEXT drivers can choose to either drive themselves (in “Boost” mode) or be driven (“Ease” mode). “Boost” mode uses the electric drive system to deliver a highly dynamic and virtually silent driving experience with zero emissions. In “Ease” mode, the vehicle offers the driver and passengers a space in which to engage in a wide range of activities. The interior operations of the iNext represent the company’s “Shy” tech whereby only the steering wheel and displays in the driver’s area are visible. The BMW Vision iNEXT highlights three different, visionary applications for this “Shy Tech” in the form of Intelligent Personal Assistant, Intelligent Materials and Intelligent Beam.



Daimler’s Mercedes Benz Vans unveiled its vision for future mobility this week in Copenhagen. The evolutionary mobility concept is introduced as Vision Urbanetic. The Urbanetic is a platform on which ride sharing or delivery modules could be added. The “skate” is 5.14 meters long and offers load space of 3.7 meters which can either accommodate a 12 person ride sharing module or a cargo unit carrying ten EPAL pallets. Mercedes Vans highlights the Urbanetic as follows:

  • Completely new mobility concept for on-demand, efficient, comfortable and sustainable mobility
  • Autonomous driving platform that can be fitted as required with a cargo module for goods transportation or with a people-mover module
  • Battery-electric drive for zero local emissions and virtually noiseless mobility
  • Mobility concepts embedded within an intelligent, self-learning IT infrastructure for the continual analysis of transportation needs
  • Supply and demand captured in real time and vehicle resources used to optimum effect
  • Maximum economy, efficiency and flexibility for cities, mobility providers and users.


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Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 36 2018

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The day has finally arrived! Mercedes unveiled the EQC 400 4MATIC EV SUV on the 4th of September in Stockholm and open pre-registration through an exclusive online registration service with “EQC Registration”. Interested parties can receive updates about the EQC []. No pricing or a firm release date was set at the launch. Production of the EQC 400 electric SUV will be at the same plant in Bremen where the C-Class Saloon and Estate, GLC and GLC Coupe are assembled. The EQC will also be assembled in Beijing with Daimler’s JV partner BAIC. The Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler and CEO of Mercedes Dieter Zetsche said of the EQC 400 “It’s the Mercedes of electric vehicles.” Mercedes set the range of the EQC4000 at only 450km/281miles (NEDC) from its 80kWh battery pack which will translate in a disappointing closer to 220 real-world miles more or less. Based on the market’s reaction it could very well be that the EQC400 did not live up to expectation as a Tesla killer. For a detailed look at the EQC400 click here.EQC-Pictures-Top-5-ev-news-week-36-2018-wattev2buy


BAIC BJEV finally launched the BAIC EC180 replacement car at the Chengdu Auto Show 2018. The BAIC EC3 has an improved range of 261km (164mi) and is available in two variants starting at ¥65,800 after subsidies. The BAIC EC3 is equipped with LED headlights, an LCD instrument panel, and LCD control to operate the cars media system, navigation and connected phone. The BAIC EC3 is also equipped with an intelligent electric braking system which regenerates 99.99% of the braking energy, improving the range of the A0 class EV significantly. The CATL supplied battery pack and BMS (battery management system) is upgraded to and can operate in severe weather conditions as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius.


The GAC Toyota JV launched its first electric vehicle at the Chengdu Auto Show 2018 on the 31st of August. The Guangzhou Toyota iX4 is available in two variants priced from ¥163,800 before subsidies. The GAC Toyota iX4 EV SUV is based on the GAC Trumpchi GS4 EV. Compared to its competitors the GAX iX4 does not have particularly long legs, its 46kWh delivers a disappointing 270km (169mi) range.


SAIC Roewe set the release date and price for the Marvel X SUV at the Chengdu Auto Show 2018. The new is to compete with the NIO ES8 and is priced at ¥268,800 after subsidy for the base model and ¥308,800 for the top of the range. The release date for the Marvel X SUV EV is set for September 30, 2018.



Automotive News China quoted the Head of China’s National Development and Reform Commission’s Department of Industrial Coordination (NDRC) Nian Yong who indicated that the government is to tighten controls on the auto sector in a bid to curb excess capacity. The Chinese Government is to publish investment rules related to new factory capacity which will tighten industrial investment project management standards, strengthen regulation, and prevent haphazard investment and redundant development according to Mr. Yong. A draft of the NDRC rules were published in July for public comments spooked the auto sector. According to an NDRC official Gu Ziming, some concessions were granted in the final rules after taking into consideration the industry’s feedback. The rules will not only curb new investment in combustion capacity but also pull in the reigns of rampant EV investment. Automakers will now have to comply with certain conditions which will look at their financial viability and EV strategy.



BMW is joining other luxury automakers this month in stirring interest in their upcoming electric cars. Although the BMW iX3 SUV will only be available in just over 18 months the German automaker this week open the reservations in a key market, Norway. Prospective buyers in Norway can reserve their position to buy the BMW iX3 SUV when it becomes available in 2020. BMW requires a refundable deposit of 15,000kr (~$1,800) for the privilege to be first in line to get the iX3, copying Tesla’s playbook. Audi and Mercedes are also open registers for their upcoming EVs. At this stage, Mercedes has not determined a price for the EQC revealed this week and only allow potential buyers to register their particulars so they can be updated. We will have to wait till next week to see how AUDI buyers can get their foot in the door to get an AUDI e-tron Quattro.

BMW also started teasing images of the Vision iNext which is on a whirlwind tour of Munich, New York, San Francisco and Beijing. BMW and Germany’s Lufthansa airline banded together flying the iNext in a cargo plane to these world cities in just five days.


Audi announced that the production of the Audi e-tron Quattro commenced on Monday the 3rd of September at its Brussels plant. Audi will officially unveil the e-tron in San Francisco on the 17th of the month. The project to re-tool the plant started in summer 2016 while employees received more than 200,000 hours of training to prepare for the assembly of the e-tron. Audi is also producing its own batteries which are delivered by autonomous vehicles.

Managing Director of Audi Brussels, Patrick Danau said – “Audi built up numerous competencies in-house for the Audi e-tron and developed both the battery technology and the actual drive system itself. And employees rethought, planned and implemented many stages of production.”

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The German EV auto website reported that Jaguar is switching away from the 18560 pouch based cells supplied by LG Chem to 21700 cylindrical batteries used by Tesla (Panasonic). Electrive quoted Jaguar insiders who said that Jaguar and Samsung entered an agreement where Samsung would supply 5GWh of its cylindrical batteries to Jaguar’s plant in Graz, Austria. The 21700-cells is produced at Samsungs plant in Hungary and is the highest energy density currently available providing 50% more capacity than the 18560 cells.


Rumors emerged online that Range Rover is working on sedan version of the Range Rover Velar now dubbed the Road Rover. It is speculated that the car which will share the same aluminum platform as the Jaguar XJ would be a pure electric model with a range of 480km / 300 miles as early as 2019. The images below is an artist impression by Brazilian Kleber Silva of the vehicle might look.



It was a busy week for Tesla excluding the usual magnifying glass on Elon Musk and the company’s share price. Tesla showcased a design prototype in white of Tesla Roadster Gen 2 at the Grand Basel Expo in Switzerland. Tesla also released four new press images of the Roadster on its website, I used one as the cover for this weeks newsletter.

On the negative end of the scale a survey by Brtish auto site What Car said that the company ended dead last its 2018 Reliability Survey. The results are based on just 28 Model S owners feedback which makes the study meaningless. A more reliable and represented Consumer Report survey in the USA placed Tesla on the top for customer satisfaction every year since 2013. There could be some take away from the What Car survey when compared to the USA based survey. Tesla recently also received negative press in its key Norwegian market so it seems that Tesla might struggle to provide the same consumer experience in international markets compared to the USA.

A lot of press also tried to play the deluge of new EVs as being the company’s death knell, I disagree. Firstly Tesla is still years ahead in terms of battery technology and production capacity. Secondly, these new EVs are not on the market yet while Tesla now has lots of experience under its belt, experience that other manufacturers still have to gain. So, it might be that Tesla know has some issues to wrinkled out but other manufacturers must still go through the process at which time Tesla would have all aspects of selling and providing maintenance buttoned down. And don’t forget the vast Tesla charging infrastructure, Ionity will have 400 stations in 2020, the same amount Tesla had in 2015.





USA EV sales recorded its consecutive record month on the back of Tesla Model 3 sales. Again the Model 3 made its presence felt, now outselling all BMW passenger models put together. Tesla also took the top 3 spots in the monthly EV sales contributing 64% of all electric cars sold in August 2018.

British electric vehicle sales reached a record high last month as one out of every 12 new cars purchased in the UK was an electrified car (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, pure electric and hydrogen vehicles). In August 2017 3,968 units were sold compared to 7,489 out of 94,094 total car sales in Augst 2018. Some warned that the figure should be viewed cautiously as it could be driven by regulation changes in September. The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) is being rolled out in September 2018 which will affect all new cars in the UK spurring big discounts on pre-September models. As a counter argument fuel prices reached the highest level since July 2014 and 13pence more expensive than a year ago.

Chinese EV sales data are out in the coming week but last months leader BYD already reported another record month in August selling over 20,000 units.

The sales in these three countries contributed to EV sales breaching the 4 million milestone in August 2018. In total over 1 million units were sold so far in Europe, nearly 1 million in the USA and around 1.7 million in China.


Now you can sleep a bit longer before work. Volvo sees the future of flight… on the road.

“The business will change in the coming years and Volvo should lead that change of our industry,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. “Autonomous drive will allow us to take the big next step in safety but also open up exciting new business models and allow consumers to spend time in the car doing what they want to do.”

The 360c represents a potentially lucrative competitor to short-haul air travel, a multi-billion dollar industry comprising airlines, aircraft makers and other service providers. Especially shorter routes where the distance between origin and destination is around 300 kilometers are prime candidates for disruption by an alternative mode of travel.