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Chinese firm expands battery swap initiative, includes EU
Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, NIO, has outlined plans to build more than 4 000 battery swap stations worldwide by the end of 2025, 1 000 of which will be outside of mainland China. The Shanghai-based EV unicorn made the announcement at its Power Day, which the company held on... Read more
Chinese Mini EV selling up a storm
A small, unassuming electric vehicle (EV) from Chinese motoring firm, SAIC, is outselling Elon Musk’s money-printing machine, the Tesla Model 3, in China. The Hong Guang Mini EV, a joint venture between state-owned SAIC and US motoring giant General Motors, has sold more than 110 000 times units its... Read more
China’s first hypercar joins Italy’s motoring royalty
China’s Belt and Road Initiative has its first hypercar – loosely defined as the most superior of cars and a step up from a supercar. Silk EV, a new automotive startup in Italy, recently announced it would be collaborating with China’s oldest car maker, First Automotive Works (FAW), to... Read more
China’s BYD lands Columbian electric bus deal
Warren Buffet-backed BYD, the world’s largest electric bus manufacturer, has secured a contract from the city of Bogota, Columbia, for more than 1 000 new buses – the single biggest order of BYD electric buses outside of China ever. The contract was awarded to BYD after the Bogota City... Read more
Chinese tech and auto giants join forces
Two of China’s largest companies are teaming up to disrupt the automotive industry. Internet giant Baidu, and Chinese car manufacturer Geely, have announced a collaboration, continuing the trend of big tech companies diversifying into the future of passenger transportation. On 11 January, Geely, the largest car manufacturer in China,... Read more
KFC offers customers 5G self-driving food trucks
Self-driving 5G KFC ‘chicken trucks’ have been spotted in Shanghai, causing a stir on social media. In late November, Twitter users started noticing KFC trucks driving around the Shanghai city centre. The driverless, 5G-enabled food trucks are a project developed between Yum Foods, the parent company of KFC, and... Read more
Volvo subsidiary to mass produce green concept car
Polestar’s 2020 electric vehicle concept car is to go into mass production in a carbon-neutral factory in China, according to the electric vehicle firm. The Polestar Precept made its debut earlier this year as a concept car with an emphasis on sustainability and cutting-edge tech instead of traditional performance... Read more
Chinese firm goes live with hands-free driving
Chinese electric vehicle (EV) firm, Nio, has launched its semi-autonomous technology, which allows for hands-free driving using high-definition mapping technology. The Shanghai-based EV company’s navigation assistant – called Navigate on Pilot (NoP) – will be available via software update this month. The company, founded in 2014, says NoP is... Read more
Chinese micro EV outsells Tesla two months after launch
China’s automotive industry has found an unlikely hero after the Wuling Hong Guang Micro electric vehicle (EV), a joint venture between General Motors (GM) and SAIC Motor, outsold the Tesla Model 3 in China. Chinese EV manufacturers eager to be the ”next Tesla” have had to find ways to... Read more
Million mile EV battery ready for production
A ‘million-mile battery’ unit for electric vehicles that can last up to two million kilometres and for 16 years is ready for mass production, says Chinese battery manufacturer, Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL). The battery will cost around 10% more than current EV standard power units, says CATL, one... Read more