Weekly Electromobility News

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.

Weekly Electromobility News

BMW Will Add Electric Version to Its X3 Lineup and Mini Brand; Mercedes Unveiled Generation EQ Electric Concept; New Renault ZOE Electric Car Increases Its Range to 250 Miles

 

BMW Will Add Electric Version to Its X3 Lineup and Mini Brand

According to Bloomberg, customers will see the electric Mini in 2019 and the electric BMW X3 in 2020, mentioned by BMW CEO Harald Krueger. Mr. Krueger also said that the electric cars would be “competitive” in terms of electro-range and price.

Earlier in May, Mr. Krueger commented that the company would launch i NEXT electric flagship model in 2021, during the company’s 96th Annual General Meeting.

Mercedes Unveiled Generation EQ Electric Concept

According to Fortune, Mercedes-Benz showed an electric concept car dubbed Generation EQ during Paris Motor Show. The carmaker indicated that the car was a “close-to-production” concept crossover.

The electro-range is 312 miles and the 0-62 MPH acceleration is less than 5 seconds. The car is loaded with advanced technologies as well – mirrorless feature, no door handles, concealed windshield wipers, touch-based controls and a floating 24-inch display.

Mercedes is creating a new electric brand EQ with the lineup covering vehicles, charging services and home energy solutions. The electric cars will be sharing a “scalable architecture” and cover from compact class to SUVs.

New Renault ZOE Electric Car Increases Its Range to 250 Miles

According to Renault press release, the new electric car ZOE will have a record range of 400 km (250 miles) based on NEDC drive cycle. The real-life range will be around 300 km (186 miles). The upgrade is through the use of a larger ZE 40 battery. MSRP starts at 13,995 euros. Sales start on October 1st.

Renault ZOE has been the top best-selling electric car in Europe. It reaches the sales of 100,000 units in September this year.

Nissan LEAF – also produced by Renault-Nissan Alliance – has an electro-range of 107 miles currently. There is rumor that next-generation LEAF will have a range of 200 miles and come out in 2018.

Weekly Electromobility News

Mercedes-Benz Will Unveil Its First 310-mile Electric Car During Paris Motor Show in October; GAC and LeEco Form Joint Venture; 11,539 CHAdeMO DC Quick Chargers Have been Installed; Tesla Favored to Grow to $700 Billion By Investor

 

Mercedes-Benz Will Unveil Its First 310-mile Electric Car During Paris Motor Show in October

According to Reuters, Mercedes-Benz Chief Development Officer Thomas Weber disclosed that a prototype electric car with range of 500 km (or 310 miles) would be displayed in Paris in October this year, during a journalists event in Stuttgart.

Mr. Weber this time did not say a specific launch date. A Car Magazine article in December 2015 wrote the company would launch a long-range electric sedan in 2018, with the size between C-class and E-class. The sedan will be followed by two crossovers and one limo.

GAC and LeEco Form Joint Venture

According to Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (GAC) website, GAC, LeEco and Urtrust Insurance formed a joint venture (called Dasheng) in Guangzhou China, on June 8th.

GAC is one of the top carmakers in China (which is also true for plug-in hybrids). LeEco is a Chinese technology company often viewed as the Chinese Netflix. LeEco is the backer of Faraday Future.

Dasheng is a car O2O company. In the JV, GAC, LeEco and Urturst own 45%, 40% and 15% respectively.

11,539 CHAdeMO DC Quick Chargers Have been Installed

CHAdeMO updated the number on June 6th. There are 6,469 chargers in Japan, 3,178 in Europe, 1,784 in the US and 108 in the rest of the world. Compared to the numbers in April, there is no change on the number for Japan, but 248 chargers have been added outside Japan.

CHAdeMO also announced the even faster 150kW version on June 1st. First installations are expected next year. 350kW is under study as well. Current CHAdeMO Quick chargers are rated at 50kW.

 

Tesla Favored to Grow to $700 Billion By Investor

According to Bloomberg, Ron Baron, whose investment company owns Tesla stock worth about 1% of the market value, implied that the EV maker would be as large as $722 billion in 10-20 years. The market responded by a 6.2% increase in share price on Tuesday.

Tesla’s market cap currently is around $34 billion. Baron said Tesla could become a global top company and it would stay ahead of electric car competition.

Not everyone is as optimistic. A month ago, Mike Jackson, AutoNation Chairman and CEO, called Tesla’s 500 thousand vehicles ramp-up plan “mission impossible”.