HDI Versicherung has launched a new motor tariff with a focus on electric and hybrid vehicles. For purely electric vehicles, the insurer now offers a discount of around 25 percent compared with similar vehicles with combustion engines. In addition, damage typical of e-cars is now included free of charge in the "normal" insurance cover.
Chinese electric car startup WM Motor has unveiled its first sedan, called the M7, which is expected to offer an NEDC range of over 700 kilometers and go into mass production in 2022. Among other things, the model is expected to stand out with autonomous driving technology and a correspondingly high computing power.
After the electric car division of the heavily indebted Chinese real estate group Evergrande Group recently declared that it would stick to its plans to produce electric cars, Evergrande boss Hui Ka Yan has now announced his plans for Evergrande New Energy Vehicle. A sale that had been rumored in the meantime seems to be off the table.
Series production of the all-electric Mercedes EQB has started at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét, Hungary. The EQB, which was unveiled in April, will be manufactured there for the global markets - only the China-specific version will be built by the joint venture BBAC in Beijing.
Volkswagen has launched sales of the ID.3 in China, offering three variants at prices starting at 159,888 yuan, the equivalent of around 21,500 euros. As reported, the compact electric car is produced locally by SAIC Volkswagen in Anting.
Volkswagen is considering building a completely new production hall at its main plant in Wolfsburg to build its new Trinity electric flagship in the future, according to a media report, but development of the model is said to be already about a year behind schedule.
Foxconn plans to produce electric vehicles in Europe, India and Latin America, chairman Liu Young-way hinted now in a conversation with reporters at a business forum in Taipei.
Geely has given its Volvo Cars subsidiary control of the car plant in Luqiao, China, which produces the Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge electric models, among others, and as part of the move, the Luqiao manufacturing plant will be renamed Taizhou.
Geely's premium electric brand Zeekr has begun production of its debut model, unveiled in April, in the eastern Chinese region of Ningbo, with the first deliveries of the Zeekr 001 already announced for October 23.
Volkswagen has said that the brand's six PHEV models currently available to order already meet BAFA's future requirements and will continue to be eligible. As is well known, the mandatory e-range for plug-in hybrids will increase from 40 to 60 kilometers in order to qualify for the environmental bonus.
Kia has released pricing for its first E-GMP model, the EV6, which will make its dealer debut in Germany next Saturday. The base model with 125-kW rear-wheel drive and 58-kWh battery will cost at least €44,990, or €35,420 after incentives.
Polestar and Volvo have begun rolling out the latest over-the-air update package for the Polestar 2 and electric XC40 in stages across all markets. The new update includes range assist and, in the case of the Polestar 2, improved battery preconditioning.
Cupra driver Matthias Ekström has secured the drivers' title in the inaugural season of the Pure ETCR electric touring car series after five race weekends. Cupra also emerged victorious in the manufacturers' classification.