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“Group Buy” Programs Have Ridiculously Low Price for EVs; Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Model Starts to Deliver in California; Swatch Eyes on Manufacturing EV Batteries

 

“Group Buy” Programs Have Ridiculously Low Price for EVs

EcoWatch reported that through such “group buy” programs, the price of available EVs can be discounted by thousands of dollars, on top of all the government incentives. For example, a Nissan LEAF can go for less than $12,000!

The “group buy” discount is the result of bulk purchase. Dealers are willing to offer lower prices in exchange of large-quantity purchase. Individual consumers can participate in such programs. Currently, “group buy” is available in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, DC and Utah.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Model Starts to Deliver in California

According to Green Car Reports, the first delivery of 6 cars was made on Dec. 19, at Honda’ Torrance campus.

Clarity has an EPA range of 366 miles per fill and can accommodate 5 people inside. As compared, the earlier Toyota Mirai FCV has 4 seats.

Now Clarity is available at 12 locations in Southern California, the Bay Area and Sacramento. The leasing is at $369/mo for 36 months, with $2,868 due at signing.

Swatch Eyes on Manufacturing EV Batteries

According to Reuters, the world’s biggest watchmaker Swatch plans to launch an EV battery and make $10-15 billion sales by 2020. The sales target is greater than the watch sales of $8.36 billion in 2015.

Swatch is developing the battery at Belenos Clean Power, a joint venture with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). Swatch Renata battery unit is working on prototypes near Basel. The battery technology was reported to be based on a vanadium oxide cathode and a new electrolyte system.

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Formula E Appears in EA’s Real Racing 3; Kansas City Power and Light Provides A $10,000 Rebate on Nissan LEAF; First Electric Chevy Bolt Delivered in the Bay Area

 

Formula E Appears in EA’s Real Racing 3

According to Formula E website, mobile racing game Real Racing 3 added a Formula E track and a Formula E car into the game. The track is the Hong Kong ePrix street circuit, which is the first stop of the 2016-2017 season. The players now can get to experience the electric open-wheel racing car with 140 mph in the Hong Kong waterfront circuit.

This update to the game is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Kansas City Power and Light Provides A $10,000 Rebate on Nissan LEAF

According to Fortune, Kansa City Power and Light provides a $10,000 rebate for purchasing a Nissan LEAF and the rebate is available until Jan. 3rd of 2017. Up to $7,500 of federal tax credit also can be applied. It means that the price for the 2016 base model is as low as $11,510.

Now that the 2016 models reportedly are “wiped out” at dealers, the 2017 models cost $1,200 more, which is still unbelievable good deal.

First Electric Chevy Bolt Delivered in the Bay Area

According to Fortune, the first 3 Chevy Bolt electric cars were delivered at Fremont Chevrolet dealership on Dec. 13. Interestingly, the dealer is only 3 miles away from Tesla factory.

Chevy Bolt can do 238 miles per charge and starts at $37,495 before incentives. GM is rolling out Chevy Bolt in California and Oregon this month. Next, the model will reach Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states in early 2017. By mid-2017, the electric car will be available nationwide.

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Daimler Eyes China for Producing its Electric Cars and Batteries; Tesla Started its Biggest Showroom in Europe; Lucid Motors Will Use Batteries from Samsung

 

Daimler Eyes China for Producing its Electric Cars and Batteries

According to Reuters, Daimler’s board member Hubertus Troska mentioned that the company was considering the possibility of manufacturing electric cars and batteries in China, to promote local production and cater the world’s largest automobile market.

It is “among the options in the room” to setup a battery plant in China, as Mr. Troska disclosed. He also mentioned that “the strategic plan by the (Chinese) authorities is to push battery electric vehicles. We continue to invest in both battery electric cars and hybrid.”

Mercedes’ sales in China are strong this year. “Sales of the C-Class in the past year were phenomenal and we cannot build enough GLCs,” Mr. Troska said.

Tesla Started its Biggest Showroom in Europe

According to Forbes, Tesla opened its largest European showroom in Chiswick, London, on this past Friday. Here customers get to see the available options and customize their order.

Tesla is expanding in the country. After setting up its first showroom three years ago, the company owns 16 showrooms now. There are also 144 Superchargers along the corridor between Exeter and Edinburgh as well as to Kent area.

Lucid Motors Will Use Batteries from Samsung

According to Fortune, EV startup Lucid Motors (previous Atieva) will use batteries from Samsung in its upcoming electric cars. Both companies formed the partnership to development high-performance cylindrical batteries. The batteries “exceed current performance benchmarks in areas such as energy density, power, calendar life, and safety. Significantly, this jointly developed cell achieves breakthrough tolerance to repeated fast charging.”

Lucid plans to show its 1,000-HP Atvus sedan on Dec. 14. At least one model will support an electro-range of 400 miles, as mentioned by the company’s CTO Peter Rawlinson, who was a VP at Tesla previously.

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EV Charging Network in Europe Getting Boosted; NextEV Will Build Six of Its $1.2 Million NIO EP9 Electric Supercar; Maserati Alfieri Electric Will Start Production by 2020

 

EV Charging Network in Europe Getting Boosted

According to Reuters, six carmakers, including VW, Audi, Porche, BMW, Daimler and Ford Europe, have signed a memorandum of understanding to fund the installation of thousands of ultra-fast charging stations by 2020, as part of the effort to increase EV sales.

The charging stations will be using CCS (combined changing system) protocol, which is currently adopted by most of EV models from European and US carmakers. The ultra-fast charging network under the agreement will be capable of outputting 350 kW, much higher than the state-of-the-art 50 kW.

NextEV Will Build Six of Its $1.2 Million NIO EP9 Electric Supercar

According to Fortune, the EV startup NextEV unveiled its first model NIO EP9 electric supercar recently in London. The car took on “the Green Hell” track of Nuerburg-Ring and finished it in 7 minutes and 5.12 seconds, slashing the previous track record by nearly 17 seconds. This result may help justify the supercar’s $1.2 million price tag. And there will be only six of them.

NextEV will introduce a volume production model in China next year.

Maserati Alfieri Electric Will Start Production by 2020

According to Motoring, Maserati confirmed it would build the electric version of its Alfieri by 2020. This detail follows the initial comment by Maserati’s engineering head Roberto Fedeli about 2 month ago. Fedeli mentioned that the tasks would be to give the EV the Maserati identity and to make the car fun to drive.

The electric Alfieri is planned to roll out one year after the twin-turbo V6 version. Maserati has plans to build the electric models of its Levante SUV, Ghibli and Quattroporte, as well.