Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 31 2017

Top 5 Electric Vehicle News Stories of Week 31 2017

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USA EV sales for July again improved on a year over year basis, show a 17% growth over July 2016 and standing at 35% higher for the year to date despite slumping 9% from June 2017. The drop in sales from June can be attributed to seasonal factors as 2017 and 2016 sales trends has been a carbon copy thus far. Pure electric vehicles are still the better seller, mainly due to Tesla, which contributes around 46% of all BEV sales, but plug-in hybrids are gaining on as more models have been introduced over the comparison period. By July 2016 BEVs were outselling PHEVs by 13% while by July 2017 BEVs only commanded a lead of 7.5%. The top 3 brands are unchanged but Tesla’s lead has shrunk as the Chevrolet Bolt and Volt sales grew. Ford remained at the third position but have seen its sales slipping about 6.5%.

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Toyota and  Mazda this week announced that they would jointly develop a $1.6bln plant to produce Corolla and Mazda SUV EVs by 2021. The plant will have a capacity of 300,000 units per annum and create 4,000 US jobs. The move is in answer to the following factors:

  • President D. Trump’s call for US manufacturing jobs;
  • Smaller automakers like Mazda, Suzuki and Subaru not having the capital to go it alone in the EV race;
  • Providing long range EVs to compete in the EV sector as Toyota moves to exit internal combustion (ICE) production by 2050.

The JV includes Toyota taking a 5% stake in Mazda, while Mazda will acquire a 0.25% share in Toyota.


Mercedes announced that it would phase out its first generation electric vehicle, the B250 ED which went on sale in 2013. Mercedes will not replace the B250 ED assembled at the Rastatt plant in Germany as it focuses on preparing for the EQ EV series but will continue selling the diesel and petrol versions in Europe but not the USA. The B250 ED, which has not seen an upgrade since its launch has been lagging in sales against its peers such as the BMW i3.

I related news Daimler announced that it would start production of the worlds first light duty truck series, the Fuso eCanter light-duty electric truck, in Europe. The eCanter has been in the works since 2010 with pilot testing in Lisbon since 2014. Fuso is a brand of Daimler Trucks Asia and produced at a plant in Tramagal, Portugal.


US-based start-up heavy-duty electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Proterra has opened a new electric bus plant in Los Angeles, California with a capacity of 400 electric buses per annum. The plant, at the cost of $20 million is the strat-ups second after its plant in Greenville, South Carolina. The plant was opened by California Governor Jerry Brown. Protera, led by several former Tesla personnel, growth is being driven by municipal and regional transit agencies with mandates to replace aging diesel and natural gas buses with electric models.


Xiaomi Inc., the world’s 5th largest smartphone maker, has entered into a strategic partnership with Beijing Automotive Industry Corp (BAIC) to develop autonomous driving technologies. BAIC, a leader in EV development in China and tech company Xiaomi, are not the first courtships between the tech and automotive industries to gain an edge as in a market where the lines between the sectors are getting more blurred by the day. Companies such as SAIC Roewe and Alibaba are already on their way with developing the first internet connected cars. Xiaomi has been toying with self-driving tech since 2014 as the company registered various patents related to autonomous vehicles, there were even early rumors and spy shots a Xiaomi car which the company denied.

In related news, BAIC has completed an upgrade to its EV production capacity allowing the company now to produce 300,000 EVs per annum.

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Faraday Future revealed several teasers of its Electric Vehicle in anticipation of its launch during the Computer and Electronics Show in Las Vegas early next year. The teasers posted on Instagram included darkened images of the rear and front of the vehicle, leaving much to the imagination. The teasers also included video’s of the masked vehicle in motion and racing a Bentley and Tesla. The company is keeping up appearances despite recent reports that cash flow issues are hampering the construction of its Las Vegas assembly plant.

#2 – Lucid Motors partners with Samsung SDI on battery tech

Lucid Motors, the newly branded automaker from Silicon Valley, previously know as Atieva, and Samsung SDI entered into a strategic partnership on creating a next generation lithium-ion battery cell, focussing on improving the energy density and lifespan associated with damage caused by fast charging. Lucid’s Director of Battery Technology, Dr. Alber Lui said: “I have been very pleased with the results of the collaboration with Samsung SDI in developing a cell chemistry that meets our stringent standards.”

#3 – Trump appoints “Enemy of EPA” to head it

President-elect Donald Trump this week appointed Scott Pruitt as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new head. The appointment of a self-proclaimed enemy of the agency as its head is sparking fear in environmental circles, including the electric vehicle sector. Traditional automakers have already called for changes in the agency’s emissions targets. It seems however that the agency is fighting back with it fast tracking the filing of its midterm review before President Trump’s inauguration. The new standard calls for a fuel consumption limit of 54.5 MPG by 2025.

#4 – Possible EV from Chinese smartphone maker

Chinese Smart Phone maker, Xiaomi, also know as the “Apple of China” in a surprise move announced that it would unveil an electric vehicle on Monday the 12th of December. Speculation is rife on the type of electric vehicle that the company could launch, with most commentators believing it to be a scooter or Neighbourhood Electric Vehicle (NEV). It will not be the smartphone makers first electric vehicle, earlier this year the company unveiled an electric bicycle, the Mija Qicycle, a 250watt electric motor with a range of 45km (28miles).

#5 – BMW downbeat on EVs

Despite BMW’s reaffirming its strategy to pursue the development of electric vehicles at its September board meeting, the company remains downbeat on the sector. BMW’s Chief Financial Officer, Frederick Eichner, was quoted by Bloomberg saying “We’ve learned that people aren’t prepared to pay a higher price for an electric vehicle. I don’t see some kind of disruptive element coming from electric cars that would prompt sales to go up quickly in the next five to six years.”

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