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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • GM goes green in Ohio and Indiana

    September 19, 2017

    US – The OEM announced that its manufacturing facilities in the two states will by powered by 100% renewable energy, through the purchase of 200MW from wind farms. When the turbines come online at the end of 2018, renewable energy will account for 20% of GM’s global electricity consumption…

  • Honda pledges electrification for Europe

    September 12, 2017

    Germany – The OEM promised that every new car model launched in the region will feature electrified technology, in an announcement at the Frankfurt Motor Show. At the same time, Honda unveiled its new electric vehicle (EV), the Urban EV concept, which it said will soon be in production…

  • Mercedes GLC F-Cell in pre-production

    September 12, 2017

    Germany – The OEM presented the vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show as “the next milestone on the road to emission-free driving”. The GLC F-Cell features a new fuel-cell system and a lithium battery which serves as an additional energy source for the electric motor. The car will go on sale in the US by the end of 2019…

  • VW launches electrification strategy

    September 11, 2017

    Germany – According to ‘Roadmap E’, the OEM will electrify its line-up by 2030, offering at least one electrified version of the 300 models across the Group worldwide. Volkswagen plans to introduce 80 models by 2025 and estimates that 25% of new Group vehicles, amounting to 3m per year, could be purely battery-powered by this date…

  • Nissan to grow new Leaf production

    September 7, 2017

    UK/US – Manufacture will begin at Sunderland in northern England and Smyrna, Tennessee, with these two locations joining Nissan Oppama, Japan, in the production of the new-generation vehicle by the end of 2017…

  • JLR to electrify all models from 2020

    September 7, 2017

    UK – The company made the announcement at its inaugural Tech Fest focusing on the future of mobility, with CEO Ralf Speth saying it will be “embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles”. JLR’s first fully electric SUV, the I-PACE, will go on sale next year…

  • Williams unveils lightweight EV platform

    September 6, 2017

    UK – The FW-EVX concept features innovations in the battery pack, cooling systems and lightweight structures which are integrated into a scalable platform, says the company. A near zero-waste process and the forming of high-strength 3D structures from 2D materials are used for parts of its construction…