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Chinese robotaxis set for US market
In the final days of 2021, Zeekr, the Geely-owned manufacturer announced it had teamed up with Waymo, one of the United States’ largest self-driving tech companies, to create a fleet of driverless ‘robotaxis’. Zeekr, the year-old electric vehicle (EV) startup, has created a significant disturbance in the industry. According... Read more
Toyota teams up with Chinese EV company
Global automotive giant Toyota has tapped Chinese firm BYD to build an affordable electric vehicle for the Chinese market. First reported in early December, the move is seen as an effort by the Japanese automobile company to fast-track its EV ambitions. Toyota, which enjoys a significant 8.8% ownership of... Read more
China unveils new EV, eyes global markets
Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, Xpeng, has unveiled a new flagship SUV. Called the G9, the semi-autonomous vehicle will make its international debut in Norway, before expanding into the global market. This announcement continues the trend by Chinese EV firms to establish a foothold in the EV-friendly nation, before expanding... Read more
China debuts first sodium-ion, fast-charge EV battery
China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) battery producer, CATL, debuted its first sodium-ion battery in late July. This breakthrough in manufacturing means their new battery can charge to near capacity in only 15 minutes. The $200 billion, Ningde-based company confirmed it would establish a supply chain for the new product by... Read more
Second Chinese electronic vehicle takes on Scandinavian market
Electric vehicle (EV) maker, NIO, has announced plans to expand outside of China. The Tesla rival announced it would start deliveries to Norway by September 2020. NIO joins fellow Chinese EV manufacturer, Xpeng, in Norway, a nation that has more EVs per capita than any other country. The Shanghai-based... 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