Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 23 2020

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 23 2020


This week, the first batch of electric cars produced by the Chinese EV-startup, Aiways, docket in Europe. Unfortunately, this batch of Aiways U5 SUV EVs is not designated for private sale, but part of the ‘Electrify Corsica” program.

The Corsican operator of Hertz Rental Cars, Filippi Auto, acquired 500 Aiways U5s and aims to transform its fleet to being 70% electrified by 2022.

Aiways will use a direct-to-customer sales model in Europe, with private sales starting in the second half of 2020 for countries such as Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, and Norway. Ownership options are limited to lease and short to long term rentals.

In China, the Aiways U5 is available in four battery options, ranging from 250 (400km) miles to 389 miles (623km), as measured on the NEDC test cycle. The U% is priced between $29,000 and $42,000 when converted from the Chinese Yuan to $. Aiways claims that it’s Battery Management System uses AI to optimize range efficiency.

The batch of Aiways U5s is not the first Chinese EVs to arrive in Europe, but one of the most aggressive efforts to date. Many Chinese OEMs have indicated that they will enter the European market, including BYD. It will be interesting to see how the European market responds to Chinese electric cars. Your thoughts?

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The chickens are coming home to roost for many auto companies who have been struggling financially before the Covid-19 pandemic. JLR, owned by Tata of India, secured 5 billion yuan (ca $700 mln) in term funding from a consortium of Chinese banks.

JLR has been struggling to sell the Jaguar I-PACE in the volumes it anticipated. Currently, dealers in the USA are offering huge discounts, up to $20,000, to offload stock from 2019 still standing on the dealership floor.

JLR is also looking for various forms of financial assistance from the UK Government, including tax breaks, grants, and direct aid. JLR is the crown jewel in the Tata Motors stable, which acquired the British car manufacturer in 2010 from Ford.

JLR will use the funds to streamline its business in China, which accounts for around a quarter of its sales.

I think Tesla’s technical lead over the competition, its product offering, and rapid production expansion will exert more pressure on the auto sector in the coming months and years. Legacy automakers are between a rock and a hard place. They have to invest heavily in electrifying their strategies and shifting consumer demand and legislation favoring demand away from their core products.


Qiantu K50 top5 ev news week 23 2020

Some images emerged in the past week of the Qiantu‘s new model line up for 2020/21. The photos revealed the K50 upgrade and the K20 in camouflage.

The 2020 Qiantu K50 does not differ in design from the 2018/19 model, shown in the cover image of the newsletter. The only visible difference in the 2020 model is the bold use of color combinations to make the Chinese electric sports car stand out. No technical specifications have been released to date, so it uncertain if Qiantu will improve the current 280kW (375hp) drive train.

Spy images of the K20 undergoing road testing emerged at the end of last week. The K20 was first introduced as a concept car at the Beijing Auto Show in 2018. The K20 is a sporty coupe designed for a younger generation and those who can’t afford the K50s $105,000 price tag. No specifications or release date is available, but I suspect that the K20 will be released before the end of the year.

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Peugeot this week launched its answer to the Mercedes EQV electric MPV. The Peugeot e-Traveller seven-seater is one of a few pure electric MPVs to compete with the Mercedes EQV in the segment. The e-Traveller, albeit underpowered compared to the EQV, fills a gap in the market for tour operators and corporates that wish to go electric in its people carrying fleets.

The Peugeot e-Traveller is available in two range options and three chassis lengths. The long-range e-Traveller, with a 75kWh battery, can travel 330km (205 miles) as measured on the WLTP testing cycle, while the smaller 50kWh battery option delivers 230km (143miles). The chassis comes in a Compact (4,609mm), Standard (4,959mm), or a Long (5,306mm ) variant. Customers can choose between a VIP or two or three sliding benches, which provide seating options from five to nine people. The VIP model has only four independent seats facing each other in a lounge style.

The e-Traveller electric shuttle has no shortage of privacy with its over-tinted (70% opacity) and extra-tined (90% opacity) windows. The VIP Business model trim (6 or 7 seats) offers three-zone air conditioning and a concealable blackout glass roof. The Combispace trim (5 to 8 seats) for families provides flexibility with its removable and sliding seats. The second row has aviation screens. The rear window can be opened if the tailgate can’t.

The Peugeot e-Traveller is equipped with a reinforced drive system with Grip Control, for traveling off the beaten track. The traction mode on the dashboard can set the Grip Control traction mode for snow, all-terrain, ESP, or sand. Information is integrated and shared in the Peugeot e-Traveller through a central screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto protocols can connect with the MPV through ts MirrorScreen Compatibility.

It is fantastic that we are allowed more choice in the different segments, and not be limited to a few electric vehicles, which sometimes would not have been our first choice if more options existed, boding well for EV adoption. No pricing or an exact sales date is available yet for the Peugeot e-Traveller, which will be available before the end of 2020.

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The upgraded BEIJING EU5 launches in July of this year and is available for pre-order. The BEIJING EU5 scored the best in a 2019 consumer survey, having the lowest complaints to sales ratio. The China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) Consumer survey’s EV evaluation scored the EU as with only 0.9 complaints out of every 10,000 units sold. The upgraded EU5 is available in two range options and four style configurations. The upgrade comprises improvements in the EU5’s appearance, interior, performance, comfort, and connectivity. The 2020 EU5 is available in a 416km (260 miles) and 501 km (313 miles) battery option. Existing BAIC customers qualify for a special 20,000 yuan discount, while new buyers can take advantage of a discount of up to 10,000 yuan if the place an order before the end of June.

The 2020 EU5 is the second EV in the Beijing stable to carry the new “BEIJING” badge. The appearance of the compact sedan is modernized with a stretched front closed grille, and unique double-C type daytime running lights. Beijing Auto improved the performance of the EV through the use of a new high-performance lithium battery pack from CATL, which is equipped with an intelligent bionic temperature control system (IBTC ), extending the EU5s range at constant speeds to 525km and 635km, and energy consumption as low as 11.5kW·h/100km.

A high-efficiency permanent magnet synchronous motor produces 160kW maximum power and 300N·m maximum torque, accelerating the EU5 to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds, comparable to a 2.0-liter turbo combustion engine car. The EU5 carries a “CN95 certification” issued by the China Automotive Research Institute, which is figuratively the vehicle carrying an N95 mask in the COVID-19 era. The EU5 is equipped with a 12.3-inch high-definition digital instrument panel, and a 9-inch floating central control screen, for the infotainment and navigation system.

BEIJING Automotive is the first in the industry to launch the “three-lifetime warranty” policy, providing a lifetime warranty on batteries, motors, electronic controls, and core electrical components. To date, BAIC has sold around 120,000 units of previous generations of the EU5, making it one of the top-selling EVs in the Chinese market.

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Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 15 2018

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 15 2018



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Reuters reported that Tesla had issued a Request for Information (RFI) to suppliers for the production of the Model Y, a mass-produced crossover built on the Model 3 platform. Elon Musk indicated that the EV producer aims to eventually assemble one million units of the Model Y per year leading some commentators to believe that some of the production would take place at a different plant than the current base in Freemont, possibly China. According to the Reuters report, Tesla will start producing the Model Y late 2019.

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The 2018 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2018) is around the corner, and the excitement is brewing with some auto brands already teasing images and clues of new electric cars that will be launched at the event which is held from the 25th of April to the 5th of May 2018.

Great Wall Motors new luxury brand WEY will showcase it’s Level 5 autonomous electric SUV. Appart from an all-new connected system the WEY Concept SUV with its vertical brake light will also include 3D holographic video.


Nissan is to showcase three electric cars in Beijing this year. The Japanese automaker will show the new Nissan Leaf, and the IMx Kuro electric crossover concept first unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show to the Chinese public. The main attraction, however, will be the unveiling of a new EV developed for the Chinese market. Nissan’s press conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning, April 25.


GM’s Buick brand announced that it would showcase the new all-electric concept, the Enspire SUV, in Beijing a week after its launch during the Buick Brand Night on April 17 in Wuzhen, Zhejiang.

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Daimler held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier this month allowing us to gain some insights into the companies EV strategy which forms part of its second strategic area, named CASE (Connectivity, Autonomous, Shared mobility and Electric mobility). Daimler started down the path of transforming from an auto manufacturer to a mobility provider a decade ago and to do so recently partnered with BMW to combine their mobility services.

Zooming in on the German Group’s EV plans, Chairman of the Board, Dieter Zetsche said Mercedes-Benz would offer at least one electrified version in each segment by 2022, equating to 10 new EV models. smart is already completely electric in North America, and the changeover will take place in Europe by 2020. “At the same time, we are electrifying our vans, trucks, and buses. And we have many more plans – also going beyond our products,” added Zetsche.

Interviews following the AGM provided further insights into what can be expected. Autocar quoted Mercedes Head of Large Cars that the concept of the electric S-Class has already been developed and that production of the EQS will start early 2020.


The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) announced this week that as much as 39 automakers need to buy NEV credits based on their 2017 sales, meaning they are penalized for not selling the minimum required amount of new energy vehicles. The report indicated that 99 automakers produced nearly 22 million passenger cars of which 37.4% needs to supplement their credits by purchasing from automakers exceeding their quotas. BYD produced 13.4% of the 1,690,000 NEV credits, followed by BAIC with 12.9%. 29 International brands created 106,000 NEV credits from importing new energy vehicles with Tesla taking the lion’s share with 85,000 credits. At the cost of RMB 1,000 per credit, a company such as Changhan Ford is to spend RMB 288 million ($42 million) to make up for its underperformance.

In related news, its seams the escalating trade war is resulting in some concessions from the Chinese President. Press Xi Jinping indicated this week that the country is looking at lowering its tariffs on imported vehicles by a huge margin. The biggest winners will be German and Japanese importers, not US-based companies, which mostly already produce most of their models locally. Tesla, however, is to benefit, announcements related to the trade war resulted in huge swings in the company’s share price the past couple of weeks. Rumors have also circulated that the foreign ownership of automakers which currently is limited to 50% will also be addressed.

Meanwhile, Chinese EV sales nearly doubled on that of February and now contributes nearly 2.6% of passenger vehicles sold. For a full breakdown read the following report.

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Tencent and Changan entered into an agreement to form a joint venture company to produce ICVs (intelligent-connected vehicles), and it plans to launch the first model this year already.

In related news another large Chinese tech company, Baidu (or China’s Google as its known in the west) signed an MOU with Great Wall Motors collaborate in four major areas, namely intelligent-connected vehicles (ICVs), autonomous drive, ride sharing and big data. The MOU will be the two companies second collaboration, following the 2016 agreement where they joined forces on the development of map positioning technology. The latest MOU will see GWM’s i-Pilot self-driving system connect with Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving platform which will see GWM models with Level 3 autonomy on Chinese roads from 2020.


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