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Toyota is launching a joint venture for commercial vehicle fuel cell systems in China

Six companies that share a common vision for the widespread use of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in China signed a joint venture agreement for the establishment of United Fuel Cell System R&D (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (FCRD).

FCRD’s primary business will be the development of fuel cell systems for commercial vehicles to contribute to the realization of a clean mobility society in China. Dong Changzheng will be appointed chairman and Ryu Akita will be chief executive officer (CEO). Plans call for FCRD to be established in Beijing during 2020.

The six companies participating in the joint venture are as follows:

  • China FAW Corporation Limited (“FAW”)
  • Dongfeng Motor Corporation (“DFM”)
  • Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (“GAC GROUP”)
  • Beijing Automotive Group Co., Ltd. (“BAIC GROUP”)
  • Beijing SinoHytec Co., Ltd. (“SinoHytec”)
  • Toyota Motor Corporation (“Toyota”)

More » Toyota News Release, electrive, Reuters, Nikkei, Bloomberg, Automotive News

Peugeot announces electric ‘Traveller’ van

Peugeot.com »

Partnered with mobility for your professional and personal trips, the new Peugeot e-Traveller is now available with a 100% electric engine.

Perfectly representing the power of choice, the new Peugeot e-Traveller has:

•  2 levels of autonomy offering up to 330 km in WLTP certification cycle,

•  2 battery capacities (50 kWh or 75 kWh),

•  3 lengths (Compact, Standard and Long),

•  a limited height of 1.90 m,

•  up to 9 seats.

Available in multiple set-ups adapted to passenger transport, with elegant styling, no compromise on performance and capable of getting into the city centre with traffic restrictions, the new Peugeot e-Traveller will meet your expectations with a high-end, technological interior.

Cristian Gnaticov / Carscoops »

Based on the EMP2 platform, the e-Traveller is powered by a small electric motor that produces 134 HP (136 PS / 100 kW) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque. The 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration is nothing to write home about as it takes 13.1 seconds. The electric MPV does the standing kilometer (0.62 miles) in 35.8 seconds and has an 80 mph (130 km/h) electronically-limited top speed.

Chris Randall / electrive »

Peugeot is planning to electrify their Traveller. The van with up to nine seats is largely identical in construction to the new Opel Zafira Life, for which an electric version has also been announced for early 2021.

Renault adds a new Kangoo Z.E. Business+ model in the UK, with prices starting at £19,836

Renault »

Available in both medium and long-wheelbase panel vans, the Kangoo Z.E. Business+ retains the 33kWh battery and 44kW motor, for the same 143-mile (WLTP) range and zero tailpipe emissions. The Business+ features £1,070 worth of equipment for just £600 compared to the Business version, offering strong value for money.

More » electrive

Audi A6 50 TFSI e plug-in hybrid is now available to UK buyers from £52,790

Blagojce Krivevski / Electric Cars Report »

Supplying 299PS via quattro drive for compelling performance and agility, and suppressing fuel consumption and CO2 output through extensive electric-only driving range capability and the use of intelligent predictive drive management for perfectly harmonised interaction between the 2.0 TFSI petrol engine and powerful 105kW electric motor. Available to order in the UK now in Saloon form, with an Avant version to follow later, the A6 50 TFSI e doesn’t compromise its executive class credentials in the pursuit of this parsimony – its luxury and in-car technology are as optimal as its efficiency, thanks to the fully digital cabin employing the latest MMI Touch operating concept, and to four sophisticated specification options, including the particularly unstinting Vorsprung.

In the new A6 50 TFSI e responsibility for the most economical mileage coverage possible falls to a 2.0 TFSI engine with 252PS of output and 370 Nm (272 lb ft) of torque coupled with a 105kW electric motor delivering peak torque of 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft). In unison, the pair provide 299PS of ‘system power’ and 450Nm of ‘system torque’.

More » Automobil Industrie (German), Autocar, Carscoops

Germany unveiled sweeping incentives for electric cars while penalising heavy SUVs with polluting ICE new staggered taxes

Reuters »

Buyer incentives for passenger cars, including a lowering of value added tax (VAT) to 16% from 19% were included as part of a 130 billion euro ($145.74 billion) stimulus but analysts said it would not be enough to significantly boost car demand.

Germany included a 6,000 euro incentive for battery electric cars costing below 40,000 euros, bringing consumer incentives for electric cars to 9,000 euros once a 3,000 euro manufacturer stipend is included.

More » electrive

Germany to require all petrol stations to provide electric car charging

Reuters »

Germany said it will oblige all petrol stations to offer electric car charging as part of a sweeping 130 billion euro ($146.26 billion) economic recovery plan, boosting electric vehicle demand which has been hampered by consumer concerns over refuelling.

As of March 2020, Germany had only 27,730 electric car charging stations according to BDEW, Germany’s association for the energy and water industry.

To make electric cars a mass market phenomenon, at least 70,000 charging stations and 7,000 fast charging stations are required, according to the BDEW.

More » Green Car Reports, Autoevolution

GM is developing an electric van aimed at business users, joining a growing list of carmakers planning EVs for the same segment which includes customers such as Amazon.com and UPS

Reuters »

That multibillion-dollar strategy could enable GM, Ford Motor Co and at least two EV startups to build and deliver more electric vehicles at a time when consumer demand for battery-powered models is still a small fraction of overall industry sales, while targeting a potentially lucrative market segment that Tesla Inc has yet to address.

GM’s plan to develop an electric van has not previously been reported. The No. 1 U.S. automaker did not confirm the van, but has said it plans to introduce at least 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023, in a variety of body styles including sedans, trucks and crossovers.

More » Carscoops, Autoblog, Motor Illustrated, CNET

Electric car sales in Australia increase in the first five months of 2020

Susannah Guthrie / CarAdvice »

Demand for electric cars among private individuals – rather than business or government fleets – increased by a staggering 56 per cent in the first five months of this year – at the same time as the overall market slumped by 24 per cent, figures obtained by CarAdvice show.

The Car Connection takes the 2020 Mini Cooper SE for a test drive

2020 Mini Cooper SE

2020 Mini Cooper SE

They are immediately struck by the limited range of 110 miles.

Robert Duffer / The Car Connection »

Even if a Mini is a third car for most owners, as Mini spokesman Andrew Cutler told me, the limited range and rough ride quality limit it to duty as a city car or suburban runabout, as long as you have access to a plug and live in a sunny area with few potholes.

The Mini Cooper SE three-door hatch uses a 32.6-kwh lithium ion battery to power punch it’s way to 110 miles. In sport mode, its 199 pound-feet of torque can spin the front wheels off the line, and the thrust is gut-dropping and grin-inducing. Mini quotes a 0-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds, but the first 30 mph is particularly fun.

Polestar plugs into large pan-European charging network

Polestar 2

Polestar 2

Blagojce Krivevski / Electric Cars Report »

Polestar is partnering with Plugsurfing in Europe to improve electric vehicle public charging convenience ahead of initial Polestar 2 customer deliveries, scheduled for the coming months. The agreement signals yet another step into operational mode for Polestar.

With over 195,000 compatible EV charging points in the region, Plugsurfing provides a convenient solution to accessing and paying for electricity from a variety of public charging service providers.

More » Carscoops, The Next Web, electrive

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