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Audi A3 Sportback PHEV now available to order with 180 kW

Audi A3 Sportback PHEV now available to order with 180 kW

Audi is starting advance sales in Germany this week for the A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e. With a system output of 180 kW, the model offers a more powerful plug-in hybrid drive than the A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e, which is already available, and costs from €40,395.29 (including 16% VAT).

BMW launches "My BMW" app with new e-functions

BMW launches "My BMW" app with new e-functions

BMW has unveiled a new generation of apps. The "My BMW" app replaces the "Connected" app and is primarily intended to offer an expanded range of functions for electrified vehicles.

Audi Q3 PHEV can be ordered as of January

Audi Q3 PHEV can be ordered as of January

Audi will start pre-sales for its next plug-in hybrid models in the second week of January: the Q3 45 TFSI e and the Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e. The PHEV powertrain of the two SUV derivatives is known.

DS gives details of DS 4 PHEV / production at Opel

DS gives details of DS 4 PHEV / production at Opel

PSA brand DS Automobiles has released the first official information on its new plug-in hybrid DS 4. The compact premium model will be the brand's first model to be produced on German soil, namely at group sister Opel in Rüsselsheim, starting next year.

Audi increases electric budget to 15 billion euros

Audi increases electric budget to 15 billion euros

Following in the footsteps of the Volkswagen Group, the Audi brand has now also approved its investment planning round for 2021 to 2025, which provides for a total of around €35 billion, in particular for future vehicle projects.

Electrification offensive in Australia and New Zealand

Electrification offensive in Australia and New Zealand

In Australia and New Zealand, various government agencies have launched several e-projects, mainly involving e-buses but also, in some cases, the official vehicles of the agencies themselves.

Spain: eMobility package from Iberdrola and BNP Paribas

Spain: eMobility package from Iberdrola and BNP Paribas

Utility Iberdrola and bank BNP Paribas have put together an eMobility entry package for Spanish individuals and businesses, and also plan to launch financing solutions for Iberdrola customers in other European countries such as Portugal, Italy and France.

Volvo to build electric motors in Sweden

Volvo to build electric motors in Sweden

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.

China with strong NEV sales figures in November

China with strong NEV sales figures in November

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.

Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid to be released in spring

Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid to be released in spring

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.

VW opens order books for the Tiguan eHybrid

VW opens order books for the Tiguan eHybrid

The VW Tiguan eHybrid, which was unveiled in July, is now available to configure and order. Prices for the plug-in hybrid offshoot of the Tiguan start in Germany from €42,413.11 (including the 16 percent VAT rate that applies until the end of the year) or from €43,510 with 19 percent VAT.

Mercedes specifies location strategy for EQ offensive

Mercedes specifies location strategy for EQ offensive

Mercedes-Benz is now providing a comprehensive overview of the production locations for its EQ brand electric offensive, including production of the EQA at the Rastatt plant ahead of the model's world premiere on 20 January 2021.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV costs from 30,890 euros

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV costs from 30,890 euros

Mitsubishi has now priced the Eclipse Cross Plug-in Hybrid for the German market, where the PHEV SUV will be offered from spring 2021 with three equipment lines and a limited "Intro Edition". The base version is available from 30,890 euros after promotion.

Volvo to build 60 percent e-cars in Ghent in 2022

Volvo to build 60 percent e-cars in Ghent in 2022

Volvo Cars is tripling production capacity for electric cars at its plant in Ghent, Belgium, with e-cars set to account for around 60 percent of total production capacity there by 2022. So far, Ghent has produced an all-electric version and PHEV versions of the Volvo XC40, among others.

Fleet management in times of technological change

Fleet management in times of technological change

The Federal Association of Fleet Management strongly advises against ignoring the topic of electromobility. Thanks to its close ties to its members, it is close to the reservations, but also to the showcase examples of the industry. With us, Managing Director Axel Schäfer sets out the recommendations and positions of the trade association.

E-car sales: OEMs in China with strong final spurt

E-car sales: OEMs in China with strong final spurt

China's largest electric car makers have released their December 2020 sales figures, taking stock of the year as a whole. Towards the end of 2020, BYD and WM Motor both made gains, as did Nio and Xpeng Motors, with the latter duo posting new sales records for December.

Fiat Chrysler plans to manufacture e-cars in Poland from 2022 onwards

Fiat Chrysler plans to manufacture e-cars in Poland from 2022 onwards

Fiat Chrysler plans to invest 755 million zloty - the equivalent of about 166 million euros - in its plant in Tychy, southern Poland, to produce hybrid and electric cars of the Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo brands there from next year.

Renault doubles electric car sales in Europe

Renault doubles electric car sales in Europe

Renault has released its 2020 e-car sales statistics, which show that the French automaker managed to sell 115,888 electric vehicles in Europe, roughly double the number sold in 2019. Once again, the company's most successful e-model by far was the Renault Zoe.

Lower Saxony wants to convert state-owned vehicle fleet

Lower Saxony wants to convert state-owned vehicle fleet

The Lower Saxony cabinet has decided that the state's own fleet of vehicles will be converted to electric vehicles, for which the state government is providing 20 million euros to procure the vehicles and set up the charging points.

German manufacturers increase e-deliveries

German manufacturers increase e-deliveries

Following Mercedes-Benz Cars, Porsche, Audi, VW and the BMW Group have now also published their sales figures for 2020. Although overall sales declined for all manufacturers, sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids increased significantly - in some cases reaching a double-digit share of total sales.

Mercedes triples E sales in 2020

Mercedes triples E sales in 2020

Mercedes-Benz Cars more than tripled its sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids in 2020, selling more than 160,000 plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Cars worldwide (+228.8%), including around 87,000 units in the fourth quarter.

Seat starts selling the Tarraco PHEV

Seat starts selling the Tarraco PHEV

Seat has launched sales of the Tarraco e-Hybrid in Germany. The plug-in hybrid SUV is available to order now at prices starting at €43,970 - around a year after the original target date.

VW expands CO2 pool with three e-manufacturers

VW expands CO2 pool with three e-manufacturers

The Volkswagen Group has added further manufacturers to its European CO2 pool, including companies whose electric cars are intended to reduce the CO2 fleet value of the pool.

PSA sold a total of 120,000 e-vehicles in 2020

PSA sold a total of 120,000 e-vehicles in 2020

The PSA Group recorded around 120,000 new registrations for electrified models in 2020, one of the reasons it met European CO2 targets, but the French company's total sales slumped 27.8 percent to 2.51 million cars in the crisis year compared to 2019.

Uber wants to greatly expand Uber Green

Uber wants to greatly expand Uber Green

Ride-hailing company Uber is massively expanding its Uber Green service with electric and hybrid cars in North America. After launching in 15 cities last September, Uber has announced plans to make the service available in 1,400 more cities across North America.

Dürr acquires majority stake in Teamtechnik

Dürr acquires majority stake in Teamtechnik

Mechanical and plant engineering company Dürr has acquired a majority stake of 75 percent in Teamtechnik Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH, whose product range primarily includes test systems for electric and hybrid drives. Teamtechnik is contributing a major order to this merger at the same time.

BYD brings new PHEV drive DM-i to three models

BYD brings new PHEV drive DM-i to three models

BYD has unveiled a new plug-in hybrid powertrain called DM-i, which is expected to reduce fuel consumption to 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers. The DM-i hybrid system, which is now entering mass production, will initially be fitted to three BYD models: the Qin, Song and Tang.

Renault: Three-phase plan for the new business model

Renault: Three-phase plan for the new business model

Renault boss Luca de Meo has unveiled his new "Renaulution" strategy. The Italian wants to give the French carmaker a new business principle in three phases: away from volume and towards value. Ten new electric models are to be launched by 2025. In the spotlight: the Renault 5 Prototype.

Cornerstones of Audi's combustion engine phase-out plan

Cornerstones of Audi's combustion engine phase-out plan

Audi is giving its A4 and A6 models an end date as internal combustion engines, according to a media report. The same is said to apply to the A8. Even in plug-in hybrids, Audi apparently no longer wants to invest heavily. These decisions are likely to be the cornerstones of the exit plan from internal combustion engines made under Audi CEO Markus Duesmann.

VW Group narrowly misses CO2 target for 2020

VW Group narrowly misses CO2 target for 2020

Overall, the Volkswagen Group narrowly missed the EU's CO2 fleet targets for 2020. Specifically, the CO2 pool formed with other manufacturers fell short by around 0.5 g/km last year. By contrast, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Audi brands exceeded the CO2 fleet targets, primarily thanks to the ramp-up of the ID.3 and rising e-tron sales.

Ford Transit Custom PHEV: A little too much from yesterday

Ford Transit Custom PHEV: A little too much from yesterday

While the competition primarily relies on the dual of diesel and electric vans, Ford has opted for a different path. The Transit Custom is now also available as a plug-in hybrid. Can the dual drive help make corporate fleets cleaner?

Nissan: In future 100% E-cars in core markets / New China strategy

Nissan: In future 100% E-cars in core markets / New China strategy

Nissan has announced plans to electrify every new model in Japan, China, the U.S. and Europe starting in the early 2030s, and the automaker also plans to accelerate the introduction of electric and hybrid cars in China under its main brand and its Chinese brand Venucia.

BMW unveils four more PHEVs in the 3- and 5-series

BMW unveils four more PHEVs in the 3- and 5-series

BMW is adding two more models to its plug-in hybrid lineup for both the 3 Series and 5 Series starting in March. Specifically, the 320e and 520e will be added to the portfolio for both the sedan and Touring versions of the two model lines, with prices ranging from €47,450 to €55,900 before incentives.

Ruhrbahn tests on-demand service in Essen

Ruhrbahn tests on-demand service in Essen

The Ruhrbahn has started test operations of its pilot project Bussi, an on-demand shuttle service that will initially be offered in a core area around Essen's city centre. Five electrified London taxis from LEVC will be used.

Schaeffler to start series production of e-motors in 2021

Schaeffler to start series production of e-motors in 2021

After establishing its own e-mobility division three years ago, Schaeffler will begin series production of e-motors for hybrid modules, hybrid transmissions, and purely electric axle drives in 2021, with the supplier eyeing the truck sector in addition to the passenger car sector.

Peugeot starts selling more PHEV models

Peugeot starts selling more PHEV models

Peugeot has opened the order books in Germany for the revised 3008 with two plug-in hybrid variants. In addition, the 508 PSE ("Peugeot Sport Engineered") is now available to order as a saloon and estate.

Evergrande issues $3.35 billion worth of shares

Evergrande issues $3.35 billion worth of shares

Evergrande New Energy Vehicle, the e-car offshoot of China's Evergrande Group, has raised the equivalent of around $3.35 billion in additional capital by selling more shares to six China-based investors.

Daimler joint venture Denza on the brink of extinction?

Daimler joint venture Denza on the brink of extinction?

The electric car joint venture between Daimler and BYD in China is apparently facing an uncertain future. In view of persistently low unit numbers, there is talk of a "disaster" in Daimler group circles, according to a media report. It also seems possible that the project will come to an end.

Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid: "Silent Urban Vehicle" or just another PHEV SUV?

Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid: "Silent Urban Vehicle" or just another PHEV SUV?

Citroën is electrifying its model range. Leaving aside the ageing C-Zero and Berlingo Electric - the latter of which was recently unveiled in a new edition - the C5 Aircross Hybrid kicks off the electrification offensive. Here's our driving report.

ICCT: CO2 emissions of the new car fleet at 107 grams

ICCT: CO2 emissions of the new car fleet at 107 grams

More e-cars were newly registered in Europe in 2020 than ever before, according to market monitoring of new passenger car registrations in Europe published by the ICCT. In addition, researchers estimate that CO2 emissions from the new car fleet have fallen by around 15 grams per kilometre.

Ford doubles eMobility investments by 2025

Ford doubles eMobility investments by 2025

Ford plans to nearly double investment in the electrification of its vehicles to at least $22 billion by 2025, the U.S. automaker announced now as part of its financial results announcement.

Kia extends "Plan S" strategy until 2030

Kia extends "Plan S" strategy until 2030

Kia has once again updated its "Plan S" strategic plan, extending it to 2030, which not only includes new targets for electrified vehicle sales, but also details the number of electric models.

Cologne to be fixed as production site of Ford's MEB Stromer

Cologne to be fixed as production site of Ford's MEB Stromer

Ford has apparently decided to build its first all-electric small car at the Fiesta plant in Cologne, Germany, and the U.S. automaker is also moving away from planned hybrid cars in favor of electric models, according to a media report citing insiders.

Toyota to bring three new e-cars to U.S. in 2021

Toyota to bring three new e-cars to U.S. in 2021

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) announces it will bring three new electrified models to the U.S. market this year - two BEVs and a PHEV. By 2025, Toyota aims to have 40 percent of its new car sales in the U.S. come from electrified models.

LEVC expands into Austria

LEVC expands into Austria

London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) is launching into the Austrian market with the appointment of Grünzweig Automobil GmbH, a dealership offering full sales and after-sales support for the Geely subsidiary's vehicles.

BYD sells over 14,000 BEVs in January

BYD sells over 14,000 BEVs in January

BYD significantly increased sales of its electric vehicles in China in January, and the Chinese manufacturer is also preparing to enter the Australian and New Zealand markets - with electric cars.

RWI study: Additional charging points increase demand for e-cars

RWI study: Additional charging points increase demand for e-cars

According to a new study by the RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, an expansion of conventional charging points by ten percent leads to a 5.4 percent increase in the purchase of e-cars. But there are probably major regional differences.

Greenpeace attacks Volkswagen again

Greenpeace attacks Volkswagen again

After the environmental organization accused the group at the end of last year of showing too little commitment to boosting sales of its e-cars, based on test talks at 50 VW dealerships, it is now precisely those e-car sales that Greenpeace is targeting.

VW: Price increase probably "CO2-oriented

VW: Price increase probably "CO2-oriented

After VW last raised prices in Germany in May 2020, the next price round is likely to take place at the beginning of March. According to a media report, electric cars will be exempt from this, while the price increase for combustion engines will be "CO2-oriented".

McLaren shows PHEV sports car Artura

McLaren shows PHEV sports car Artura

British sports car manufacturer McLaren has unveiled its first production model with plug-in hybrid drive. The Artura super sports car combines - for the first time at McLaren - a six-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor. The McLaren Artura is already available to order - at prices starting at 226,000 euros.

BMW plans to double production of electrified vehicles in Dingolfing

BMW plans to double production of electrified vehicles in Dingolfing

At the BMW plant in Dingolfing, production of electrified vehicles is to be more than doubled this year from the current level of just under 20,000 to over 40,000 vehicles, with the all-electric BMW iX being one of the vehicles to contribute to this.

Audi expands PHEV range for the Q5

Audi expands PHEV range for the Q5

Audi continues to expand its range of plug-in hybrid models. The Q5 TFSI e quattro gets a new battery, which should increase its e-range. In addition, the Q5 Sportback is also coming in two PHEV variants with immediate effect.

Mercedes C-Class to get PHEV with 100-kilometer electric range

Mercedes C-Class to get PHEV with 100-kilometer electric range

Mercedes has unveiled the new-generation C-Class, with only mild hybrids available at launch, but a plug-in hybrid is expected to follow in a few months, promising a long electric range on paper and unusually high charging power for plug-in hybrids.

Volvo Cars and Geely renounce merger

Volvo Cars and Geely renounce merger

Volvo owner Geely and Volvo Cars have announced they will forgo their contemplated merger and instead significantly deepen their existing collaboration as two separate companies, including expanded sharing of modular architectures for e-cars.

Jaguar Land Rover apparently plans 800-volt platform for e-cars

Jaguar Land Rover apparently plans 800-volt platform for e-cars

After Jaguar Land Rover recently unveiled its "Reimagine" strategic plan, new details have now emerged about Land Rover's electrification plans. According to a media report, there will be a new platform strategy - and also a year from which not only Jaguar, but also Land Rover will sell only electric cars.

Mercedes-AMG builds E-test centre

Mercedes-AMG builds E-test centre

Mercedes-AMG is building a modern test centre for the development of electrified high-performance drives and electrical components at its headquarters in Affalterbach. The official ground-breaking ceremony for the new "Technikum" took place on Thursday.

VW: 70 percent pure e-cars by 2030 in Europe

VW: 70 percent pure e-cars by 2030 in Europe

The Volkswagen brand has presented its new strategy " ACCELERATE" and wants to accelerate its electric plans in this context. VW also mentions concrete model plans - only with the E-small car the Wolfsburgers do not go into detail yet.

Aston Martin plans two e-models by 2025

Aston Martin plans two e-models by 2025

Aston Martin will start making all-electric models at its current UK plants in 2025, with hybrids to be sold before then. So it seems Aston Martin, where it initially looked like an internal combustion focus after the entry of Lawrence Stroll's consortium and the demise of the Rapide E, is moving back towards eMobility after all.

NEV sales in China fall - but only on a monthly basis

NEV sales in China fall - but only on a monthly basis

Some 97,000 electric cars and plug-in hybrids were sold in China in February, up 675 percent from the same month last year but down 37.9 percent from January 2021, according to figures from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), but some manufacturers were also up in February.

Volvo: 44 percent Recharge share in Europe

Volvo: 44 percent Recharge share in Europe

26.6 percent of all Volvo cars sold worldwide in February were Recharge models, i.e. BEV or PHEV. In Europe, the Recharge share was as high as 44 percent. Recharge is also the name of the all-season tires with which Volvo will equip its pure e-cars in Northern and Central Europe as standard in the future.

Renault Megane E-Tech - complex plug-in hybrid in the test

Renault Megane E-Tech - complex plug-in hybrid in the test

Renault is also hybridising its model range. With the Megane Grandtour E-Tech, the French company is offering a compact class estate as a plug-in hybrid. But how does the somewhat different PHEV system drive? Here is our driving report.

Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV starts at 55,750 euros

Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV starts at 55,750 euros

As announced, Hyundai is now offering the Santa Fe in Germany for the first time as a plug-in hybrid. The Koreans are also revealing further technical data on the Santa Fe plug-in hybrid, which will be available at German dealers from the end of March.

Peugeot plans fully electrified range for 2023

Peugeot plans fully electrified range for 2023

Peugeot says it plans to have a 100 percent electrified lineup by 2023, which would exceed the group's previous plan. The French have not announced a phase-out of internal combustion engines, however. Other issues remain open as well.

MG Motor: E-car product offensive in Europe

MG Motor: E-car product offensive in Europe

British SAIC brand MG Motor is increasingly expanding into continental Europe, and following the recent launch of the all-electric ZS EV SUV and the soon-to-follow MG EHS plug-in hybrid, the carmaker has announced its next electric duo: the Marvel R Electric SUV and MG 5 Electric compact estate.

Peugeot presents new 308 with two plug-in hybrids - but no E-version

Peugeot presents new 308 with two plug-in hybrids - but no E-version

Peugeot has unveiled the next generation of its 308 compact car, based on an evolution of the Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2), which PSA says will allow it to "provide a complete range of electrified versions".

Ford converts Valencia engine plant to hybrid drives

Ford converts Valencia engine plant to hybrid drives

Ford is investing in the electrification of its Valencia site in Spain. The engine plant there will build hybrid powertrains for the Kuga Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) and the full hybrid variants of the Kuga, S-Max and Galaxy ranges from the end of 2022. In addition, a further €5.2 million is being spent on expanding battery assembly capacity in Valencia.

Saint-Gobain plans electrified fleet in the UK

Saint-Gobain plans electrified fleet in the UK

The British subsidiary of the French industrial group Saint-Gobain wants to convert its 3,000-plus company cars completely to electric and hybrid vehicles by the end of 2023, and Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland has already flotted the first 100 VW ID.3s.

BYD increases profit by 162 percent

BYD increases profit by 162 percent

BYD has reported its 2020 financials, with revenue up 22.6 percent year-on-year to the equivalent of around 20.3 billion euros, while profit climbed 162.3 percent to around 550 million euros.

Mercedes-AMG gives details of hybrids and electric cars

Mercedes-AMG gives details of hybrids and electric cars

Mercedes-AMG has officially given details of its electrification strategy with performance hybrids and battery-electric derivatives based on the new Mercedes Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) for luxury and luxury cars, with AMG's first electrified road models set to debut later this year.

Atos to electrify entire corporate fleet by the end of 2024

Atos to electrify entire corporate fleet by the end of 2024

IT services provider Atos has announced that it will fully electrify its nearly 5,500 company cars by the end of 2024, with Atos choosing Renault and Stellantis as its main suppliers of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Norway: 8,624 new electric cars in March

Norway: 8,624 new electric cars in March

In Norway, 8,624 new electric passenger cars were registered in March, with e-cars accounting for 56 percent of all new passenger car registrations for the month. In addition, there were 4,379 new plug-in hybrids. Norway's most successful model across all powertrain types in March was the Tesla Model 3, with 2,169 new registrations.

Q1: Mercedes-Benz Cars sells 59,000 BEVs and PHEVs

Q1: Mercedes-Benz Cars sells 59,000 BEVs and PHEVs

Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Cars sold around 59,000 electrified cars worldwide in the first quarter of 2021, including more than 16,000 fully electric passenger cars. This corresponded to a share of around ten percent of total sales; in Europe, the share of e-cars and plug-in hybrids in sales even exceeded 25 percent.

Q1: Strong growth in e-car sales in China

Q1: Strong growth in e-car sales in China

China's first e-car manufacturers have released their sales figures for March and for the completed first quarter of the year, with BYD, Nio and Xpeng's statistics showing - unsurprisingly - a strong increase in sales compared to the start of 2020, which was overshadowed by the start of the pandemic.

Q1: 10% of new Opel cars in Germany with e-drives

Q1: 10% of new Opel cars in Germany with e-drives

Around 4,850 electrified Opel vehicles (passenger cars and light commercial vehicles) were newly registered in Germany in Q1 2021, meaning that around one in ten Opels sold in Germany was a battery-electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid.

Citroën announces PHEV crossover C5 X

Citroën announces PHEV crossover C5 X

Citroën is reviving its C5 - as a crossover model C5 X. The new model features a design that is said to "cleverly combine typical attributes of sedan, station wagon and SUV". The Citroën C5 X, which is built on the EMP2 platform, will also be launched with plug-in hybrid drive. There is also speculation about an E version at a later date.

Hyundai also brings Staria with "eco-friendly powertrains"

Hyundai also brings Staria with "eco-friendly powertrains"

Hyundai Motor officially unveils its new Staria van range, which will be launched in Germany in the second half of 2021. The Hyundai Staria will initially launch with internal combustion engines, with "more environmentally friendly powertrains" to follow in the coming years.

Hyundai-Kia plans electric offensive in China

Hyundai-Kia plans electric offensive in China

Hyundai and Kia have unveiled their strategic plan for the Chinese market, according to which a total of 21 electrified models from both brands are planned by 2030, with the first two E-GMP electric vehicles, the Ioniq 5 and EV6, set to hit the Chinese market in 2022.

Honda shows near-production E-SUV for China

Honda shows near-production E-SUV for China

Honda is planning ten all-electric models for the Chinese market within the next five years, the Japanese manufacturer has now announced. A preview of the first BEV model, which is scheduled to go on sale in China in spring 2022, is now being shown by Honda with the "Honda SUV e:prototype".

Geely shows new BEV and PHEV for China

Geely shows new BEV and PHEV for China

Geely Auto has unveiled a new SUV model based on the CMA platform at the Shanghai Auto Show, with the Xingyue L also set to get an electrified variant later on, as well as a new BEV version of the Geometry A and a plug-in hybrid from Lynk & Co.

ICCT study: Price parity possible in China from 2025 onwards

ICCT study: Price parity possible in China from 2025 onwards

In a new study, the ICCT has forecast the development of costs for electric cars in China up to the year 2035. Depending on the segment, cost parity with internal combustion cars will be achieved between 2025 and 2030 - without subsidies.

Honda plans sharper e-course worldwide

Honda plans sharper e-course worldwide

Honda's new global CEO Toshihiro Mibe announced a tougher electric course for the automaker during a press conference, but Mibe was referring primarily to North America and China in his statements and targets.

Renault plans 65 percent electrified vehicles by 2025

Renault plans 65 percent electrified vehicles by 2025

At the annual general meeting, Renault boss Luca de Meo set new targets for the electrification of the brand in Europe. By 2025, the share of electrified passenger cars should be 65 percent, and by 2030 a share of at least 90 percent is planned.

BYD makes millions in profit in the first quarter

BYD makes millions in profit in the first quarter

BYD posted revenue of about 41 billion yuan (about 5.1 billion euros) in the first quarter of 2021, slightly more than double (+108 percent) the year-ago quarter, and profit rose even more - but mainly because of one-time items.

Norway: 7,229 new electric cars in April

Norway: 7,229 new electric cars in April

In Norway, 7,229 new electric passenger cars were registered in April, with e-cars accounting for 54.9 percent of all new passenger car registrations for the month. In addition, there were 3,316 new plug-in hybrids. Norway's most successful model across all powertrain types in April was the VW ID.4, with 1,824 new registrations.

China: April sales of BYD, Nio and Xpeng increase

China: April sales of BYD, Nio and Xpeng increase

Electric car sales from Chinese manufacturers BYD, Nio and Xpeng all saw significant gains in April, with the two startups in particular seeing a significant increase in sales. Somewhat confusing figures for April, on the other hand, come from Tesla.

BMW assumes 50 percent BEV by 2030

BMW assumes 50 percent BEV by 2030

At its Annual General Meeting, the BMW Group announced its intention to avoid a total of more than 200 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030, not only by making the drive mix cleaner, but also by improving factors such as the production and recycling of vehicles.

Toyota plans 15 BEVs by 2025

Toyota plans 15 BEVs by 2025

In the course of its plan to become climate-neutral worldwide by 2050, Toyota continues to focus on technology openness. According to the group, the electrified model range will be expanded to 70 models by 2025, including 15 pure electric vehicles - 55 of the electrified models will also be offered in Europe.

BYD celebrates production of one million PHEVs and BEVs

BYD celebrates production of one million PHEVs and BEVs

BYD reports a milestone in the production of electric cars and plug-in hybrids: The Chinese manufacturer has now reached the mark of one million plug-in cars produced. And: The market launch of the Tang model is imminent in Norway in the third quarter.

Opel gives first details on Astra and its E-version

Opel gives first details on Astra and its E-version

Opel has provided a first glimpse of the new generation Astra, which will be electrified for the first time and is scheduled to begin production at the Rüsselsheim plant later this year. The new Opel Astra will be offered in five-door and Sports Tourer station wagon versions.

BYD achieves E-share of 71 percent of sales volume

BYD achieves E-share of 71 percent of sales volume

BYD has released its May 2021 sales figures, with the share of electrified vehicles rising to 71 percent - largely due to strong growth in hybrids. It also shipped its first 100 electric Tang EVs to Norway.

Opel shows facelift for Grandland SUV

Opel shows facelift for Grandland SUV

Opel has given its Grandland compact SUV a facelift. Formerly known as the Grandland X, the model now wears the brand's new face, dubbed the "Opel Vizor," like the Mokka and Mokka-e before it, and will continue to be offered in plug-in hybrid variants with or without all-wheel drive.

VWN presents T7 as plug-in hybrid

VWN presents T7 as plug-in hybrid

VW Commercial Vehicles has unveiled its T7 Multivan, which for the first time includes a plug-in hybrid as part of its drive range. This is made possible by a change in platform: the T7 is now based on the Modular Transverse Toolkit.

New Lexus NX gets a plug-in hybrid version

New Lexus NX gets a plug-in hybrid version

Until now, the only electrified version of the Lexus NX has been a full hybrid. That will change with the second generation of the compact SUV model, which is due to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2021: from then on, the NX will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid.

BEV ambitions at Stellantis' US brand Dodge

BEV ambitions at Stellantis' US brand Dodge

Stellantis Group-owned car brand Dodge is working on its fastest model yet - an electric car - according to a media report, and it's said to be one of at least six BEVs as well as several plug-in hybrids that will be launched under brands owned by the former FCA Group.

Combustion engine or hybrid for VW managers

Combustion engine or hybrid for VW managers

Due to the high demand for electric cars, Volkswagen's brand board has decided to take an unusual step, according to a report in Der Spiegel.

Station wagon: Peugeot launches 308 SW in two PHEV versions

Station wagon: Peugeot launches 308 SW in two PHEV versions

After the new Peugeot 308, the French manufacturer now also presents the 308 SW estate version, which will be available in two plug-in hybrid variants with front-wheel drive at market launch. Peugeot announces the market launch of the new Peugeot 308 SW for the beginning of 2022. Prices are not mentioned yet.

LEVC launches VN5 hybrid transporter in Europe

LEVC launches VN5 hybrid transporter in Europe

Geely subsidiary LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) will begin launching the VN5 van model, already available in the UK, in continental Europe this month, with a dealer network in Europe currently comprising 22 partners and expected to grow to over 40 dealers by the end of the year.

Siemens introduces e-service car changeover at the click of a button

Siemens introduces e-service car changeover at the click of a button

Siemens is launching a new, digital company car fleet model for senior executives from January 2022. To this end, the company is cooperating with Sixt. The aim of the technology group is to expand access to environmentally friendly drive types and thus provide an additional incentive to use electric vehicles.

PHEV version of the DS 4 available to order in Germany

PHEV version of the DS 4 available to order in Germany

French stellantis brand DS Automobiles is opening the order books for the DS 4. As a plug-in hybrid DS 4 E-Tense 225, the compact model is available in Germany at list prices starting at €37,900, with the first deliveries scheduled for later this year.

LEVC launches e-campervan and announces BEV

LEVC launches e-campervan and announces BEV

Geely subsidiary LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) announced a campervan based on its VN5 van model, and CEO Joerg Hofmann revealed in an interview that his company is planning to launch an all-electric taxi - but without giving a timeline.

Renault wants to enter the BEV value chain

Renault wants to enter the BEV value chain

Renault is accelerating its electric strategy and has unveiled a comprehensive strategy package for this under the name "Renault Eways Electropop", with not only new sales targets but also more details on the French company's platform and technology strategy.

Great Wall plant 3,2 Millionen New Energy Vehicles in 2025

Great Wall plant 3,2 Millionen New Energy Vehicles in 2025

Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor has unveiled its strategic plan through 2025 and its new traction battery. Great Wall plans annual global sales of 4 million vehicles by 2025, of which 80 percent - or 3.2 million vehicles - will be so-called New Energy Vehicles.

June sales: BYD records boom in demand for PHEVs

June sales: BYD records boom in demand for PHEVs

BYD's sales of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles surpassed the 40,000 mark for the first time in June, with PHEV sales in particular seeing a jump, which is likely related to the launch of corresponding vehicles.

Bentley launches Flying Spur as plug-in hybrid

Bentley launches Flying Spur as plug-in hybrid

Following the Bentayga SUV, Bentley has unveiled its second plug-in hybrid, the Flying Spur saloon, which has a total range of over 700 kilometres, but only 40 kilometres of that is pure electric.

Capgemini only procures BEVs and PHEVs as company cars

Capgemini only procures BEVs and PHEVs as company cars

The consulting and IT services company Capgemini has announced that it will only accept orders for electric or hybrid cars for its own fleet of company vehicles with immediate effect. The 12,000 diesel and petrol vehicles currently in use are to be gradually replaced in this way - with the aim of having an all-electric fleet by 2030.

Opel Astra gets two plug-in hybrids

Opel Astra gets two plug-in hybrids

Opel has unveiled the sixth-generation Astra, which will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid in two performance levels from launch. The new Opel Astra will be available to order from autumn and roll out to the first customers from early 2022.

Many possible applications for e-cars in the police force

Many possible applications for e-cars in the police force

The possible uses of electric cars in police operations are already more far-reaching than assumed. This is the result of the multi-year research project "silent&ready" from Lower Saxony. The findings have led to a new guideline.

Aston Martin plans first sports car as BEV for 2025

Aston Martin plans first sports car as BEV for 2025

Aston Martin plans to launch its current front-engined sports cars, including the Vantage and DB11, as next-generation all-electric cars starting in 2025, but will rely on hybrid powertrains before 2025.

New Mercedes S-Class can be ordered as a plug-in hybrid

New Mercedes S-Class can be ordered as a plug-in hybrid

Mercedes-Benz is now starting sales of the new S-Class as a plug-in hybrid, which was unveiled last year. The S 580 e is available to order now in short and long wheelbase versions at list prices starting at €123,736.

BMW 520e Touring in test - popular estate now also available as PHEV

BMW 520e Touring in test - popular estate now also available as PHEV

There is still no all-electric station wagon "in the company car segment". Instead, manufacturers continue to rely primarily on PHEV technology for this vehicle class. One of these models is the BMW 520e Touring. Here is our driving report.

Polestar: New markets and consolidation of the location network

Polestar: New markets and consolidation of the location network

The Polestar electric car brand will enter nine new markets later this year, doubling its presence to 18 markets worldwide, and is also expected to double the number of brick-and-mortar locations worldwide to around 100 by the end of the year.

51,351 applications for the environmental bonus in July

51,351 applications for the environmental bonus in July

The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) registered exactly 51,351 applications for the environmental bonus in July, an increase of 150 percent compared to the same month last year.

Norway: 6,731 new electric cars in July

Norway: 6,731 new electric cars in July

Norway registered 6,731 new electric passenger cars in July, with e-cars accounting for 64.0 percent of new passenger car registrations last month. Norway's most successful model across all powertrain types in July was the Ford Mustang Mach-E, with 898 new registrations.

More Stellantis brands go all-electric

More Stellantis brands go all-electric

Stellantis gave new details on its electrification strategy when it presented its first-half financials, saying DS Automobiles will launch only pure BEVs from 2024, while Alfa Romeo is set to become a pure electric car brand from 2027.

US car companies plan 40 to 50 percent electric cars by 2030

US car companies plan 40 to 50 percent electric cars by 2030

Car companies General Motors, Ford and Stellantis have announced in a joint statement that they plan to achieve between 40 and 50 percent of their sales in the U.S. with BEVs, PHEVs and FCEVs by 2030, a sales target apparently wrested from the automakers by U.S. President Joe Biden.

Geely and Renault enter into Asia cooperation for hybrids

Geely and Renault enter into Asia cooperation for hybrids

The two car companies Geely and Renault plan to cooperate on the introduction of hybrid vehicles in China and South Korea, and a memorandum of understanding has now been signed.

NEV sales in China rise to 271,000 vehicles

NEV sales in China rise to 271,000 vehicles

A total of 271,000 new energy vehicles were sold in China in July, up 164.4 percent from July 2020. BYD led the way among manufacturers, but the best-selling model for the eleventh consecutive month was the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV.

Police Lower Saxony orders 215 VW ID.3

Police Lower Saxony orders 215 VW ID.3

The Lower Saxony police have ordered a total of 215 VW ID.3s as emergency vehicles, and will also add a further 175 Passat PHEV models to their existing fleet of 160 VW Passat GTEs.

GAC Honda to build new plant with annual capacity of 120,000 units

GAC Honda to build new plant with annual capacity of 120,000 units

Chinese joint venture GAC Honda plans to increase its production capacity for electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 120,000 vehicles a year with the construction of a new plant, scheduled to begin in October this year and be completed in 2024.

MG Motor expands distribution network in Germany

MG Motor expands distribution network in Germany

British SAIC brand MG Motor continues to expand its distribution network in Germany, with the all-electric ZS EV SUV and EHS plug-in hybrid now available at 53 locations across the country.

Magna shows innovative front panel for e-cars

Magna shows innovative front panel for e-cars

Magna is introducing a new type of panel for the front of electric vehicles. The component is designed to "reshape the face and functionality of the front end of electric vehicles" and seamlessly integrate advanced driver assistance systems such as radar, cameras and lighting.

Mercedes-AMG shows first performance PHEV

Mercedes-AMG shows first performance PHEV

Daimler has unveiled its first high-performance plug-in hybrid in the form of the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance. The vehicle boasts a system output of an impressive 620 kW - while its purely electric range is just twelve kilometres.

Opel launches new Astra also as electric car

Opel launches new Astra also as electric car

Opel will also offer the new Astra as an all-electric model from 2023, the manufacturer has now announced at the official presentation of the sixth generation of the model. Before launching as a BEV, plug-in hybrids are available for the new Astra in two performance levels.

Norway: 11,811 new electric cars in August

Norway: 11,811 new electric cars in August

Norway registered 11,811 new electric cars in August, with e-cars accounting for 71.9 percent of new car registrations last month. Norway's most successful model across all powertrain types in August was the Tesla Model Y, with 1,308 new registrations.

Daimler does not plan any new PHEV developments

Daimler does not plan any new PHEV developments

Daimler's focus on battery-electric vehicles has also had an impact on plug-in hybrids. The Stuttgart-based automaker is no longer planning any new developments in this area, but suppliers like ZF have a different take on the future of PHEVs.

EQE, i4 and Co: These company cars can be seen at the IAA

EQE, i4 and Co: These company cars can be seen at the IAA

As the first major auto show since the Corona pandemic began, the IAA Mobility is once again giving manufacturers the opportunity to display their latest models in one place. With an eye on increasingly electrified corporate fleets, we took a look around Munich and, unsurprisingly, found what we were looking for.

Rising sales curve for BEVs and PHEVs built in China

Rising sales curve for BEVs and PHEVs built in China

China's e-car makers saw rising sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids in August, with BYD surpassing the 60,000 new electric vehicle (NEV) sales mark for the first time. By comparison, Tesla sold 44,264 of its China-made vehicles last month.

Volvo increases e-range of its large PHEVs

Volvo increases e-range of its large PHEVs

Volvo has revised the plug-in hybrid powertrains of the large SPA platform, which is expected to not only increase the electric range to probably up to 90 kilometers in the Recharge models of the 60 and 90 series, but also slightly increased the system power.

Kia launches new Sportage generation as PHEV

Kia launches new Sportage generation as PHEV

Kia has unveiled a version of its Sportage SUV model designed specifically for Europe, which will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid for the first time. The PHEV powertrain is familiar from other Kia models, but the Sportage's design concept is new.

Volkswagen plans PHEVs with over 100 km E-range

Volkswagen plans PHEVs with over 100 km E-range

Volkswagen has given a preview of its PHEV strategy for the coming years during a presentation of its current plug-in hybrid models, with a new generation of plug-in hybrid powertrains expected to be in use from 2023.

Jeep Grand Cherokee coming as PHEV in 2022

Jeep Grand Cherokee coming as PHEV in 2022

Stellantis brand Jeep has announced a new generation of its Grand Cherokee SUV, which will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid for the first time. This is made possible by a new platform. The model is expected to go on sale in North America in early 2022 and in other markets later in the year.

VWN starts pre-series production of the T7 PHEV

VWN starts pre-series production of the T7 PHEV

The first production vehicles of the new Multivan unveiled in June have rolled off the production line at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, marking the first time a Multivan with a plug-in hybrid has been manufactured at the Hanover plant.

BMW relaunches 2 Series Active Tourer with 2 PHEV variants

BMW relaunches 2 Series Active Tourer with 2 PHEV variants

BMW has unveiled the second-generation 2 Series Active Tourer, which will launch in February 2022, initially as a combustion model, with two plug-in hybrid variants added to the range in summer 2022.

Mazda plans two new PHEV crossovers

Mazda plans two new PHEV crossovers

Mazda is expanding its model range from 2022 in Europe and worldwide: with the CX-60 and CX-80, the Japanese manufacturer plans to introduce two new crossover models in Europe over the next two years, which will also be available as plug-in hybrids. The MX-30 E-SUV will also receive a new drive variant.

NEV sales in China continue to rise

NEV sales in China continue to rise

Around 357,000 new energy vehicles were sold in China in September. Battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles together accounted for a market share of 17.3 percent. BYD continues to be the strongest brand.

Opel Astra PHEV starts at 35,800 euros

Opel Astra PHEV starts at 35,800 euros

Opel is now accepting orders for the new generation of the compact Astra, including the plug-in hybrid version right at market launch. After deducting the environmental bonus, the base price is 28,622.50 euros.

"New class" from BMW: Will the first model be a 3 Series?

"New class" from BMW: Will the first model be a 3 Series?

The first electric car in BMW's "New Class" announced for the middle of the decade will be an all-electric version of the next-generation 3 Series, according to a British media report, with the acronym "NK1" given as its internal working title.

VW: Six PHEV models also eligible in 2022

VW: Six PHEV models also eligible in 2022

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.

HDI offers new e-car insurance

HDI offers new e-car insurance

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.

PHEV versions of the C-Class start at €56,168

PHEV versions of the C-Class start at €56,168

Following the launch of the new-generation Mercedes C-Class unveiled in February, the C 300 e and C 300 e Estate are now available to order, the first plug-in hybrid versions to be advertised with electric WLTP ranges of more than 100 kilometres.

New Range Rover comes with two PHEV powertrains

New Range Rover comes with two PHEV powertrains

Land Rover has unveiled the fifth-generation Range Rover, which will get two plug-in hybrid variants with 324 and 375 kW and a WLTP all-electric range of up to 100 kilometres when it launches next year. The manufacturer has announced an all-electric Range Rover for 2024.

Clear the stage for the new edition of the Outlander PHEV

Clear the stage for the new edition of the Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi has unveiled the new edition of its Outlander PHEV, with sales of the SUV starting in Japan in December before Australia and New Zealand take their turn in the first half of 2022 and North America in the second half of 2022. There are no plans for sales in Europe.

Mustang Mach-E and Ioniq 5 convince in crash test

Mustang Mach-E and Ioniq 5 convince in crash test

Two electric models were also rated in the latest EuroNCAP crash tests: both the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 scored a full five stars overall.

Capital raising: BYD issues new shares

Capital raising: BYD issues new shares

BYD plans to raise the equivalent of about 1.53 billion euros in fresh capital by issuing 50 million new shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Meanwhile, the group is expanding sales of its Han electric sedan to a number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Norway: 8,116 new electric cars in October

Norway: 8,116 new electric cars in October

In Norway, 8,116 new electric cars were registered in October, giving pure electric cars a 70.1 percent share of all new registrations for the month. The most successful model across all drive types was the VW ID.4, with 913 registrations.

Mini brings the last combustion engine in 2025

Mini brings the last combustion engine in 2025

BMW's Mini brand has unveiled its strategy for the future, reaffirming the BMW Group's previously announced goal of having only all-electric models in its lineup by the early 2030s. Now, it has specified how Mini plans to achieve that goal.

NEV sales in China continue to grow

NEV sales in China continue to grow

In October, 368,000 New Energy Vehicles were sold in China, up both year-over-year and month-over-month, but the best-selling NEV in October did not come from BYD or Tesla.

Bosch leads development of European supply chain for SiC semiconductors

Bosch leads development of European supply chain for SiC semiconductors

A new project called "Transform" is dedicated to building a resilient European supply chain for silicon carbide semiconductor technology. 34 companies, universities, and research institutes from seven European countries are working together on the project under the leadership of Bosch.

BMW M gives preview of performance plug-in hybrid

BMW M gives preview of performance plug-in hybrid

BMW M has unveiled the Concept XM, a preview of the most powerful car ever built in series by BMW's performance brand, which will start production at the US plant in Spartanburg at the end of next year.

Citroën: Range update for ë-C4 / New feature for plug-in hybrids

Citroën: Range update for ë-C4 / New feature for plug-in hybrids

The Citroën ë-C4 is now another of the Stellantis Group's electric models to get more range - with a difference from the other models. The brand has also integrated a new feature on the C5 Aircross Hybrid PHEV model to increase electric driving shares.

Toyota announces electric and hybrid platform for Europe

Toyota announces electric and hybrid platform for Europe

Japanese automaker Toyota will develop a new vehicle platform with the acronym E3 just for European vehicles with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains, according to media reports. To speed up the process, the Japanese will apparently use existing technology in part.

NEV sales in China increase significantly

NEV sales in China increase significantly

Sales of New Energy Vehicles hit a new high for the year in November, with 429,000 NEVs sold in the previous month, significantly surpassing the previous record set in October (368,000 vehicles).

BMW plans further e-models in China

BMW plans further e-models in China

BMW is apparently planning a renewed expansion of its China commitment. According to a media report, this not only involves an increase in shares in the BMW-Brilliance joint venture, but also several electrified models - but unlike the iX3, these will not be built for the global market.

BYD may be working on electric convertible and PHEV station wagon

BYD may be working on electric convertible and PHEV station wagon

The Chinese manufacturer BYD is currently testing the prototype of a convertible with electric or plug-in hybrid drive in China. The prototype is likely to be an offshoot of the Han sedan. The prototype of a station wagon version of the Han was also photographed. However, the start of production for both models is open.

Norway: 13,803 new electric cars in December

Norway: 13,803 new electric cars in December

In Norway, 13,803 new electric cars were registered in December, making up 67.1 percent of all new registrations. In addition, there were 4,706 new plug-in hybrids. Norway's most successful model in December was the Tesla Model Y, with 2,379 registrations.

VW brands significantly increase E-share

VW brands significantly increase E-share

The Volkswagen brands VW, Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat have published their sales figures for the past year. All were able to significantly increase sales of battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids - while overall sales declined in some cases.

Dongfeng to build new plant for E-Offroader

Dongfeng to build new plant for E-Offroader

Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng Motor has begun construction of a new production facility for electric off-road vehicles in Wuhan, which is scheduled to begin production in 2023 with a planned capacity of 10,000 vehicles.

Aston Martin to bring only electric and hybrid cars from 2026

Aston Martin to bring only electric and hybrid cars from 2026

Aston Martin plans to sell only electric or hybrid cars from 2026, phasing out internal combustion-only cars by then, but the British sports car brand is not yet giving any details on the degree of hybridization and when it will end sales.

Alfa Romeo presents hybrid SUV Tonale

Alfa Romeo presents hybrid SUV Tonale

Stellantis brand Alfa Romeo has unveiled the Tonale, its first model to be offered primarily with electrified powertrains - but these versions are only partially electric. But even that will soon come to an end: from 2025, all new Alfa models will be pure electric only.

Nissan probably largely stops combustion engine development - in favour of eMobility projects

Nissan probably largely stops combustion engine development - in favour of eMobility projects

Nissan is apparently suspending development of new internal combustion engines in almost all of its main markets, according to a Japanese media report, in a bid to free up resources for electric mobility.

Chrysler Pacifica PHEV recall

Chrysler Pacifica PHEV recall

Chrysler is recalling 16,741 units of the 2017 and 2018 model year plug-in hybrid version of its Pacifica minivan in the U.S. due to a potential fire risk. This could occur even when the vehicle is not in use. The cause is as yet unknown. For now, owners are advised to store the vehicles outdoors and away from other vehicles and buildings [...]

Volvo plans five e-models and two PHEVs

Volvo plans five e-models and two PHEVs

Volvo Cars has given an insight into its model plans at a dealer conference in the U.S. Battery-electric cars dominate, but the Swedes also plan to launch two new plug-in hybrids.

Norway: 6,160 new electric cars in February

Norway: 6,160 new electric cars in February

In Norway, 6,160 electric passenger cars were newly registered in February, accounting for 75.6 percent of all passenger car registrations for the month. The most successful model in Norway in February was the Hyundai Ioniq 5 with 454 new registrations.

Kia targets 1.2 million electric cars in 2030

Kia targets 1.2 million electric cars in 2030

Following in Hyundai's footsteps, Kia has now unveiled its strategic roadmap to accelerate its electrification ambitions by 2030, with plans to unveil at least two new electric models per year to meet its sales target.

Mazda shows PHEV crossover CX-60

Mazda shows PHEV crossover CX-60

Mazda is launching its first model with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, the CX-60, which is scheduled for delivery in June, and pre-orders for the CX-60 e-Skyactiv PHEV are now open - with prices starting at €47,390.

China: NEV sales increase by 189 percent

China: NEV sales increase by 189 percent

In February, 317,000 New Energy Vehicles were sold in China, up 189 percent from the same month last year, with the ratio of plug-in hybrids and battery-electric cars within the NEV category remaining nearly constant.

Nissan brings only electrified models in Europe

Nissan brings only electrified models in Europe

Japanese carmaker Nissan has announced it will forgo investment in Euro 7-compliant internal combustion-only cars, instead introducing new passenger cars in Europe only with partial or full electric powertrains from 2023.

Honda completes electrified model line-up

Honda completes electrified model line-up

Honda has unveiled its next electrified model for Europe in the form of the Civic e:HEV, and with the eleventh-generation compact set to launch later this year, the Japanese company is also making good on its announcement to electrify its entire model portfolio in the European market by the end of 2022 - with another BEV to follow from 2023.

BYD ends combustion engine production

BYD ends combustion engine production

BYD is now producing only electric cars and plug-in hybrids. Without much notice, the Chinese manufacturer has already discontinued production of gasoline-powered cars: the last pure combustion engine rolled off the assembly line back in March.

Mercedes triples e-car sales in Q1

Mercedes triples e-car sales in Q1

Mercedes-Benz increased its sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 37 percent to 67,800 units in the first quarter of 2022, with sales of the all-electric EQ models more than tripling to 21,900 (+210 percent).

BMW doubles electric sales in Q1

BMW doubles electric sales in Q1

The BMW Group increased global sales of all-electric BMW and Mini vehicles by 149.2 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022, with a total of 35,289 all-electric BMW and Mini vehicles delivered to customers between January and March.

Mercedes aims to halve CO2 emissions by 2030

Mercedes aims to halve CO2 emissions by 2030

Mercedes-Benz aims to reduce CO2 emissions per passenger car by more than half over the entire life cycle by the end of this decade compared to 2020. The main levers for this are electric cars charging with green electricity, better batteries, recycled materials and the use of renewable energies in production.

Aston Martin to launch first battery electric car in 2025

Aston Martin to launch first battery electric car in 2025

Aston Martin has fleshed out its electrification strategy, saying its first plug-in hybrid will be the mid-engined Valhalla supercar, which is due for delivery from early 2024. Aston Martin's first battery-electric vehicle doll hit the market in 2025.

GM brings hybrid and electric Corvette

GM brings hybrid and electric Corvette

General Motors is putting the Corvette under power, with a hybrid version of the new Chevrolet Corvette to be offered starting next year, followed by an all-electric Corvette based on GM's Ultium platform.

BYD increases quarterly profit by 241 percent

BYD increases quarterly profit by 241 percent

BYD posted a net profit of 808 million yuan (116 million euros) in the first quarter of 2022, up 241 percent from the same quarter last year, while sales rose 63 percent to 66.8 billion yuan.

Kia shows Niro Plus for taxi and ridehailing services

Kia shows Niro Plus for taxi and ridehailing services

Kia has unveiled the Niro Plus, an optimized version of its first-generation Niro EV for taxi services and ride-hailing providers. Compared to the standard model, the Niro Plus' length and height have been increased by 10 mm and 80 mm, respectively, for more interior space, among other changes.

Arval becomes leasing partner of MG Motor

Arval becomes leasing partner of MG Motor

SAIC brand MG Motor has appointed Arval as its preferred leasing partner for private and business customers in Germany, enabling MG Motor Germany to offer leasing options directly to its customers at dealerships.

China: NEV sales up for the year

China: NEV sales up for the year

280,000 New Energy Vehicles were sold in China in April, up 50.1 percent from the same month last year but down 38.5 percent from March 2022, making April the weakest month of the year so far.

Renault considers spin-off of electric car division

Renault considers spin-off of electric car division

Renault has now confirmed it has launched a strategic review into a spin-off of its e-car business - and given more details. Specifically, a separate company in France could be dedicated to the development, production and sales of electric vehicles and software.

China lowers purchase tax for internal combustion vehicles

China lowers purchase tax for internal combustion vehicles

In China, climate protection in the transport sector will only play a subordinate role until the end of the year. In order to support business in the automotive industry, the Chinese government is now halving the purchase tax for cars with internal combustion engines up to the middle class. Before the directive came into force, the tax rate for internal combustion cars in China was ten percent. New Energy Vehicles (e-cars [...]

Premiere of the BMW iX1: Exclusively with e-all-wheel drive

Premiere of the BMW iX1: Exclusively with e-all-wheel drive

BMW has unveiled the third-generation X1 model, which will also get an all-electric offshoot for the first time in the form of the iX1. The all-electric iX1 xDrive30 will be offered alongside two plug-in hybrid variants of the X1 shortly after its launch in October 2022.

Mercedes GLC: Plug-in hybrids with 100-kilometre e-range

Mercedes GLC: Plug-in hybrids with 100-kilometre e-range

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new generation of its GLC SUV model, using only electrified powertrains, which means at least a 48-volt mild hybrid, plus three plug-in hybrids, each with a battery range of more than 100 kilometres.

Norway: 8,445 new electric cars in May

Norway: 8,445 new electric cars in May

In Norway, 8,445 new electric cars were registered in May, accounting for 73.2 percent of all new passenger car registrations for the month. In addition, 1,375 new plug-in hybrids were registered in May. The VW ID.4 topped the model rankings in Norway in May with 915 registrations.

Lexus RX comes as PHEV for the first time

Lexus RX comes as PHEV for the first time

Lexus has unveiled the fifth generation of its RX SUV range, which will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid for the first time. There are also two full hybrids, but Lexus expects the PHEV to become the best-selling RX model in Western and Central Europe.

Production of the Hyundai Ioniq ends in July

Production of the Hyundai Ioniq ends in July

Hyundai will soon cease production of the Ioniq, with the Korean automaker announcing that production of the model, which is offered as a BEV, PHEV and HEV, will end at its Ulsan plant in July.

China: NEV sales pick up significantly

China: NEV sales pick up significantly

Sales of new energy vehicles in China increased by around 50 percent in May compared to April, reaching 421,000 units. After a weak April, the Chinese market was able to return to the growth trend with the second-best monthly result of the year.

Ferrari plans 60 percent electrified vehicles by 2026

Ferrari plans 60 percent electrified vehicles by 2026

Ferrari wants to electrify more than half of its models by 2026, as the Italian manufacturer writes in its now presented strategic plan. 60 percent of Ferrari models are to be equipped with either an electric or hybrid drive by that year.

Audi: Planned price increase endangers environmental bonus subsidy

Audi: Planned price increase endangers environmental bonus subsidy

A price increase planned by Audi for its models on July 11 will also affect eligibility for the environmental bonus, with some variants of the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron electric models, as well as the plug-in hybrid models, set to fall out of the BAFA subsidy as prices rise.

New Peugeot 408: Two PHEVs at the start, later fully electric

New Peugeot 408: Two PHEVs at the start, later fully electric

Peugeot has unveiled a new model, the 408. The hatchback sedan with SUV elements will initially be launched in early 2023 with two plug-in hybrid powertrains, among others, with a fully electric version to follow a few months later.

Norway: 11,722 new electric cars in June

Norway: 11,722 new electric cars in June

In Norway, 11,722 new electric cars were registered in June, accounting for 78.7 percent of all new passenger car registrations for the month, in addition to 1,669 new plug-in hybrids. The Tesla Model Y topped the model rankings in June with 2,533 registrations.

Toyota reaches 200,000 e-vehicles in the U.S.

Toyota reaches 200,000 e-vehicles in the U.S.

Toyota is the third automaker, after Tesla and General Motors, to reach the 200,000 plug-in vehicle sales mark in the U.S., which determines eligibility for the U.S.-wide tax credit.

NEV sales in China reach record high

NEV sales in China reach record high

Sales of new energy vehicles in China hit a new record of 571,000 in June, up 150,000 from May 2022 for these passenger cars (BEV, PHEV and FCEV cumulatively).

US recall for Ford hybrid cars

US recall for Ford hybrid cars

Ford is recalling more than 100,000 hybrid or plug-in hybrid-powered vehicles in the U.S. due to a fire hazard. The affected models are the 2020 to 2022 Escape, Maverick and Corsair - but the problem is in the internal combustion part of the powertrain.

BMW: abandonment of combustion engine for "new class" becomes more likely

BMW: abandonment of combustion engine for "new class" becomes more likely

A decision has apparently been made at BMW that the next generation of models based on the "New Class" platform planned for 2025 will be built exclusively with pure E-drives. In addition, another rumor about the battery cells for the new architecture is being confirmed.

Toyota to build e-cars in Indonesia

Toyota to build e-cars in Indonesia

Japanese carmaker Toyota is apparently planning to invest billions in Indonesia to build battery-electric cars there before the end of the decade, as well as rolling out hybrid vehicles.

Stellantis increases global BEV sales by nearly 50 percent

Stellantis increases global BEV sales by nearly 50 percent

Stellantis has seen global BEV vehicle sales increase by almost 50 percent year-on-year to 136,000 units in the first half of 2022, according to the company's recently released figures.

Norway: 5,123 new electric cars in July

Norway: 5,123 new electric cars in July

In Norway, 5,123 new electric passenger cars were registered in July, accounting for 70.7 percent of all new passenger car registrations for the month. In addition, there were 890 new plug-in hybrids. In terms of models, the Skoda Enyaq led the ranking in Norway in July with 673 registrations.

China: NEV sales remain almost constant in July

China: NEV sales remain almost constant in July

564,000 New Energy Vehicles were sold in China in July, down 7,000 from the previous record month of June 2022, but NEV sales more than doubled compared to the same month last year.

Emil Frey Group becomes German sales partner of Great Wall

Emil Frey Group becomes German sales partner of Great Wall

Great Wall Motor (GWM) and Emil Frey Group have entered into a distribution partnership for the German market, paving the way for the Chinese automotive group to launch its Ora and Wey brands this autumn.

GAC founds its own subsidiary for e-drives

GAC founds its own subsidiary for e-drives

Chinese carmaker GAC Group is investing 2.16 billion yuan (312 million euros) to set up a subsidiary for the production of e-drives. The new subsidiary plans to build production lines with an annual capacity of 400,000 integrated electric drive systems by 2025.

Peugeot and DS guarantee environmental bonus with leasing offer

Peugeot and DS guarantee environmental bonus with leasing offer

Peugeot Germany has issued a delivery guarantee this year for a limited edition e-208 - provided the vehicle is ordered through Peugeot's Financing Store. Similarly, DS Automobiles is making a special allocation of DS 7 E-Tense 4×4 300 plug-in hybrids available to private customers.

Volvo has the model name "EXC90" protected

Volvo has the model name "EXC90" protected

The first images of a patent application for a large Volvo SUV have surfaced on the internet. In addition, Volvo has had the name "EXC90″ protected by the European Patent Office. This fuels speculation about the all-electric successor generation - but it could also be a major upgrade to the current plug-in hybrid.

Dodge introduces first electrified model

Dodge introduces first electrified model

Stellantis brand Dodge has unveiled its first electrified model, with the Dodge Hornet compact SUV also offered in R/T variant as a plug-in hybrid with a 15.5-kWh battery pack and more than 30 miles (48 km) of electric range.

By 2023, every second Geely vehicle sold will be electric

By 2023, every second Geely vehicle sold will be electric

The Chinese carmaker Geely wants to accelerate the transition to electric cars. According to the plan, every second vehicle sold is to be an e-car by 2023. One reason for the set target is a slump in sales of pure combustion cars by 20 percent.

China: Haval announces phasing out of internal combustion vehicles

China: Haval announces phasing out of internal combustion vehicles

Following BYD's lead, another Chinese automaker has now announced it will stop selling internal combustion-only vehicles, with Great Wall Motor's Haval brand focusing exclusively on New Energy Vehicle (NEV) sales from 2030.

BYD order book to record 700,000 vehicles

BYD order book to record 700,000 vehicles

Despite increasing production capacity, the waiting time for BYD customers has not shortened due to the continuously increasing order backlog. Currently, the Chinese manufacturer is said to have an unfilled order backlog of 700,000 vehicles.

China: NEV sales rise significantly in August

China: NEV sales rise significantly in August

632,000 new-energy passenger cars were sold in China in August, more than in any previous month. Battery-electric passenger cars continue to account for the vast majority of NEV sales in China, with 490,000 new BEVs in August compared to 142,000 PHEVs.

Mercedes launches AMG version of the C-Class as a PHEV - with 13 km electric range

Mercedes launches AMG version of the C-Class as a PHEV - with 13 km electric range

Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the C 63 S E Performance, a 500 kW plug-in hybrid offshoot of the C-Class with know-how from Formula 1, which will be launched as a saloon and estate, but the development of the electric part of the powertrain was clearly focused on boosting performance.