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Volvo Cars has announced that it will assemble electric motors at its engine plant in Skövde, Sweden, and plans to build a complete in-house production of e-motors there by the middle of this decade.
Audi has announced that it will start series production of the e-tron GT at the Böllinger Höfe site "in the next few days". The Ingolstadt company's most powerful electric model to date is to be built in the Neckarsulm plant, which is part of the Neckarsulm plant, in a balance sheet-neutral manner.
Some 169,000 so-called new energy vehicles (BEVs, PHEVs and FCEVs) were sold in China in November, up 136.5 percent year-on-year, according to the China Passenger Car Association, with SAIC GM Wuling (SGMW), BYD and Tesla selling the most e-vehicles last month.
The Daimler Group has now officially confirmed that its plant in Hambach, France, is to be sold to Ineos. The British group will take over the plant in the next few weeks after final details have been clarified. A solution has been found for the production of the electric Smarts.
Tesla has announced a capital increase of another five billion U.S. dollars. This is already the second capital increase within three months: Tesla had already announced at the beginning of September that it intended to raise up to five billion dollars through the sale of further share certificates.
Hyundai will also offer its Tucson compact SUV as a plug-in hybrid from spring 2021 and has now given the first details, making the part-time electric vehicle the most powerful variant in the new Hyundai Tucson's engine range with a system output of 195 kW and up to 350 Nm of torque.
California-based Zero Labs has developed a standardized platform that can be used to convert a variety of classic car models to electric drive. The platform is expected to be available in the fall of 2021, when the manufacturer also plans to release a list of all classic cars that can be converted based on the underpinnings.
British company Lunaz, which specialises in electric classic cars, has announced that it is now converting classic Range Rovers to electric drive. Prices start from £245,000 (excluding tax). As well as an electric drive, you get a refurbished and upgraded car in return.
Plans for the launch of the Mia 2.0 electric car are being revived: after announcing last year that production of the small car would start in early 2020, it is now said that the start of production is being targeted for Q1 2023.
VW has taken a majority stake of 75 percent and thus management control over the joint venture with JAC and immediately renamed the company from JAC Volkswagen to Volkswagen (Anhui) Automotive Company Limited. The name of Anhui Province appears in the company name for a reason: an eMobility hub is to be built there.
Toyota has established a new business unit in Europe for its fuel cell and hydrogen activities. Through the Fuel Cell Business Group, based in Brussels, Toyota Motor Europe intends to work closely with industry partners, national and regional governments and organisations.
For its next-generation electric and hybrid vehicles, Lexus has unveiled an e-drive control system called "Direct4," and an all-battery electric concept vehicle based on the technology is expected to be unveiled in the first quarter of 2021.