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  • Audi to build electric SUVs at Ingolstadt

    December 1, 2017

    Germany – The model allocation was announced by CEO Rupert Stadler alongside confirmation of job security for all Audi AG employees until 2025. In total, the ‘Audi. Future’ agreement will see the OEM produce 20 electrified models by 2025, including more than ten pure electric vehicles (EVs)…

  • Government doles out £120m for EV batteries

    November 29, 2017

    UK – The money from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), equivalent to $160.9m, marks the next phase of a £246m investment in battery technology through the Faraday Battery Challenge, which is intended to develop suitable batteries for the next generation of electric vehicles. Business and energy secretary Greg Clark announced the recipients today at the Battery and Energy Storage 2017 conference…

  • BMW divests stake in carbon-fibre supplier

    November 24, 2017

    Germany – SGL Carbon SE will acquire the OEM’s 49% share in SGL ACF, comprising SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (Germany) and SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (US), according to an agreement signed in late November. BMW said the company would remain a key supplier, with procurement for the i3 and i8 remaining unaffected “into the next decade”…

  • Polestar starts building Chengdu plant

    November 20, 2017

    China – The company is following a nine-month construction plan, with the aim of beginning tooling installation and pre-production testing halfway through next year. The facility will produce the brand’s first model, Polestar 1…

  • Opel’s ambitious future

    November 16, 2017

    PSA’s acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall presents both an opportunity and a challenge to Carlos Tavares. The recently announced PACE! strategy will focus on reducing costs through leveraging purchasing, R&D and manufacturing synergies, and the electrification of the brand’s product line-up…

  • BMW opens Shenyang battery plant

    October 24, 2017

    China – The new facility will supply the nearby Dadong vehicle factory, which is operated by the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture and will soon produce the 5 Series plug-in hybrid for the local market. It is the first battery factory of any premium vehicle-maker in the country, and the third in BMW’s production network after sites in Germany and the US…

  • Fletcher to deliver GM’s EV strategy

    October 12, 2017

    US – In the newly created role of vice-president, Global Electric Vehicle Programmes, Pamela Fletcher will execute the OEM’s plans for an electrified vehicle line up, including the launch of more than 20 pure electric vehicles (EVs) by 2023. She will report to Doug Parks, vice-president, Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programmes…

  • Action plan for Czech auto industry

    October 11, 2017

    Czech Republic – With key themes of electromobility, autonomous driving and digitalisation, the memorandum between the government and the Association of Czech Automobile Industry (AutoSAP) has been hailed by Skoda, the main automotive manufacturer in the country and a member of AutoSAP. Skoda worked with other organisations to help shape the plan…

  • GM makes plans for e-mobility up to 2023

    October 2, 2017

    US – The OEM said a “zero emissions future” will require “a two-pronged approach to electrification”, comprising battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology. GM pledged to introduce 20 new electric vehicles (EVs) over six years, including two in the next 18 months “based on learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt”…

  • EVs abound, but where’s the power?

    September 22, 2017

    This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show was a little different from previous occasions, with some notable absentees – namely Nissan, Peugeot, Volvo and FCA. Something else I was struck (rather than surprised) by was the increasing focus on electric vehicles (EVs). The diesel scandal has led to a major shift in public opinion, the political mood and car companies’ strategies. The disruptive arrival of Tesla and others has also helped…