Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (
CATL) is planning to add 24GWh (gigawatt-hours) of battery making capacity in its home province of
Fujian and invest in research and development using funds from its $2 billion initial public offering (IPO). The company sold 6.8GWh of batteries last year and has supply arrangements with
VW) is planning to invest over 10 billion euros ($12 billion) with its partners to make and develop a range of new-energy vehicles in
China. The automaker will make the investments by 2025 and introduce 40 locally produced vehicles. VW's venture with
Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group will start production of electric vehicles (EVs) in 1H18, while sales will start in 2H18.
BYD is planning to open an assembly plant next year in
Canada. The company will start its operations by shipping technology and components from
China and making short-range vehicles such as garbage and delivery trucks.
EON is teaming up with
Clever to build a network of charging stations along
European highways. The
European Union is providing 10 million euros ($12 million) in funding for the network will initially have 180 stations stretching from
Norway. The first stations in
Denmark are scheduled to open before the summer with a goal to build charging points at least every 180 kilometers (112 miles).
and Suzuki Motor have agreed to cooperate in selling EVs in India from around 2020. Suzuki will produce the EVs and supply some to Toyota, which will provide technical support.
Finland's Terrafame nickel mine is planning to produce material for EV batteries by 2020. The company plans to build a chemical plant that would convert nickel into a form sulphate for use in batteries. The plant will have a capacity of about 150,000 tonnes of nickel sulphate.
Proterra announced that
Greensboro Transit Authority is going forward with the purchase of four 40-foot ebuses this fall. Over their 12-year lifetime, the four vehicles will result in maintenance and operations cost savings of more than $1.7 million. Greensboro has a five-year contract with Proterra and expects to purchase additional buses as it works to replace its full fleet.
was unveiled. The electric truck has a potential range of 500 miles and is scheduled to go into production in 2019. In addition, a prototype
was introduced. The EV could accelerate to 60 miles per-hour in 1.9 seconds with a top speed of 250 miles per-hour.
(Source: L.A. Times)
China's National Development and Reform Commission (
NDRC) is considering a resumption of new permits to make EVs as early as 1H18. The NDRC halted a license program earlier this year to rein in capacity expansion. Factories currently under construction are slated to add a capacity of more than 2 million new energy vehicles a year.
Mercedes-Benz will be starting series production of a city bus with an all-electric drive system by the end of 2018. The
Citaro E-CELL will be powered by lithium ion (li-ion) batteries in different sizes of battery packages to enable alternative configurations. The vehicle will come in a solo and articulated version.
Turkish government is pushing for the development of an all-EV under a project with the name "
Automobile of Turkey". The goal is to have a prototype ready by 2019, with full-scale production in 2021.
(Source: The Times)
Goldstone Infratech, a joint venture between
Goldstone Group and
BYD, announced the delivery of six
e-Buzz K7 electric buses (ebuses) to
Mumbai Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport. The metropolitan is the second city in
Maharashtra to use ebuses after
Fisker has patented solid-state battery technology. The technology could power an EV for over 500 miles on a single charge, which could take one minute. The EV maker aims to introduce it to its model lineup in 2023.
(Source: Auto Express)