CATL’s EV-skateboard promises 1.000 km at 10.5 kWh/100 km

December 04, 2023

The world’s biggest battery maker today, Chinese CATL, just announced it has finished testing its own EV skateboard platform to be used by third-party carmakers, achieving an amazingly low 10.5 kWh/100 km energy consumption. That’s good for a range of 1 000 km for EVs built on it. The first car to use CIIC, a […]

BMW and Mercedes to deploy joined charging network in China

November 30, 2023

On Thursday, BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. and Mercedes-Benz Group China Ltd. announced that they had agreed to establish a 50/50 joint venture in China to operate a high-power charging network. The aim is to provide Chinese customers with premium charging services. The joint venture aims to establish a network of at least 1 000 high-power […]

VW to develop affordable EVs for China (Update)

November 29, 2023

Volkswagen is reportedly planning its own vehicle platform (derived from the current MEB) in China for low-cost electric cars to meet local customer needs better – as many components as possible are to be sourced from China. Only later would the platform possibly be used in other countries. The German newspaper Handelsblatt reported the development, […]

Lotus launches its own 450 kW chargers in China

November 28, 2023

British engineering company and sports car manufacturer Lotus, under the wings of the Chinese Geely Group, has launched its own DC fast-charging infrastructure in China with chargers up to 450 kW and a modular unit for charging up to four vehicles at once. The company is committed to becoming an all-electric global luxury technology brand […]

EVs make China world export leader in cars

November 27, 2023

At the same time as analyzing the BEV sales in Europe and, especially, Germany, the German Center of Automotive Management (CAM) was also paying attention to the largest car market in the world, China. Where BEV sales in Europe between January and October 2023 amounted to 1,63 million passenger cars, an increase of 45% compared […]

BYD’s Sea Lion 07 adds to Ocean tidal wave of products

November 21, 2023

BYD has expanded its Ocean line-up of vehicles even further with the Sea Lion 07, a new electric coupé-SUV that kicks off a new subcategory within the Ocean series. The mid-size SUV is set to compete with the Tesla Model Y in size but with a much more affordable price tag. The BYD Sea Lion […]

Li Mega MPV adds to influx of Chinese electric minivans

November 20, 2023

Li Auto, a Chinese car manufacturer founded in 2015, has unveiled its first battery-electric model: the Li Mega MPV. This seven-seater adds to the recent influx of electric minivans made in China. However, Li Auto promises low energy consumption and super-fast charging thanks to an 800 V CATL Qilin battery. The Li Mega is the […]

Huawei’s Avatr 12 launched: 700-km range and no rear window

November 14, 2023

Avatr, the collaboration between Changan, CATL, and Huawei, has released its second model: the four-door coupé Avatr 12, following the SUV Avatr 11. It features a 700-km range, lots of high-end equipment, and up to 578 hp, with deliveries starting in December. 2022 saw the launch of Avatr with the Avatr 11, a large premium […]

Stellantis’ new Chinese strategy is a marriage with Leapmotor

October 27, 2023

Stellantis has bought a stake of 20% in the Chinese start-up for electric vehicles Leapmotor. Beyond reinforcing its grip on the Chinese market, the car giant has also stepped into a joint venture for export to nearby Asian countries and Europe. The deal is worth 1,5 billion euros. The news was rumored already since summer. […]

BYD presents new e-buses with Blade battery at Busworld Brussels

October 10, 2023

BYD has brought a whole fleet of new electric buses to Busworld in Brussels, which runs from 7 to 12 October. The highlights include a new B12 model with a Blade battery within the chassis and a BYD-UNVI DD13 double-decker bus. Chinese manufacturer BYD is not only present in the European car market, with models […]

CALB unveils battery with 25-year lifecycle

October 10, 2023

Giant Chinese battery cell producer CALB has unveiled a new battery with an impressive estimated lifecycle at RE+ 2023, the energy solution exhibition in Las Vegas. Named 314Ah, referencing its capacity, the new cell can withstand 15 000 full charge cycles. According to CALB, it’s the equivalent of 25 years. Moreover, the Chinese battery expert […]

Omoda targets Benelux market with a sub-40.000 euro car (update)

October 03, 2023

Omoda is the name of a new Chinese brand, part of the Chinese car manufacturer Chery Automobile. The brand will first be introduced in Belgium and Luxembourg at the beginning of 2024. The first car introduced is the Omoda 5, a fully electric SUV that will be sold at just under €40 000 for the […]

Chinese Chery brands Omoda, Jaecoo, and Exlantix coming to Germany

September 28, 2023

Chinese state-owned carmaker Chery Automobile is coming to Germany in 2024 with three brands, offering a mix of models, price points, and even drive types, with both ICE and EV cars on offer. Should the launch succeed, a local production site is also considered. The report comes from the German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche, which says […]

Lingxi: new Chinese brand from Honda dedicated to youth

September 26, 2023

Dongfeng Honda, a joint venture between these Chinese and Japanese brands, has announced the creation of a whole new brand for the Chinese market. Lingxi has been unveiled at a special event showcasing the brand’s latest concept car, the Lingxi L. This study announces a range of new EVs, including a sedan, based on an […]

China approves ultra-high DC charging standard

September 26, 2023

Chinese authorities have published three critical aspects of the upcoming ultra-high DC charging standard. The ChaoJi-1 connector clarifies that China will continue to use a proprietary national standard in the future. This new charging unit supports up to 1,2 MW and is compatible with CHAdeMO3.1. Not only does it support higher power, but it’s also […]

Tesla passes production mark of 5 million EVs

September 19, 2023

Tesla has surpassed the five million cars produced for fifteen years of manufacturing. Most remarkably, the jump from four to five million units took the company no longer than half a year. The success is mainly attributed to the highly efficient Shanghai factory, where the symbolic model was assembled. The news on the milestone was […]

XPeng also launches an electric van, the X9

September 18, 2023

Xpeng will be the next Chinese manufacturer to launch an electric van on the domestic market from the end of this year. It will bear the model designation Xpeng X9 and will go on sale later this year. The first undisguised pictures and technical key data have now emerged from the Chinese Ministry of Industry […]

EU blows hot and cold in anti-subsidy investigation Chinese EVs

September 15, 2023

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s statement on Wednesday that the EU is to launch an investigation into China’s state support for makers of electric vehicles was brushed away by the Chinese government as ‘naked protectionist behavior.’ One that von der Leyen’s home car industry fears will backfire in a Chinese market they desperately […]

Smart could produce smaller #2 and #4 models

September 12, 2023

Smart is in a complete transformation phase. After recently launching its first SUV, the #1, the brand known for its city cars, has presented the #3, an even larger SUV-Coupé. However, Smart is rumored to return to the small, two-seater city car. It could be named #2 and should be presented as soon as 2025. […]

BYD: ‘News on European plant before end 2023’

September 07, 2023

With six electric vehicles on the stand, a world debut for the Seal U, and the European launch of its new brand Denza, China’s largest EV maker, BYD wowed the crowds at the IAA Mobility in Munich. In the backyard of the German premium carmakers, the boss of BYD Europe also announced that the final […]

Volkswagen fuels Chinese pricewar with 30% cuts on ID.4

September 06, 2023

“We don’t partake in price wars; it is unsustainable,” said Thomas Schäfer, boss of the VW brand at the IAA Mobility 2023 in Munich. He bluntly forgot about his company’s operations in China. After a sales revival for the discounted ID.3, Volkswagen’s Chinese joint venture VW-FAW is repeating the move for its sibling ID.4. Today, […]

Far beyond the microcar: Smart #3 unwrapped (update)

September 04, 2023

At IAA Münich, Smart has revealed more details about its second model, the #3. Though it shares much of its technology with the boxier #1, the coupé cross-over is the largest car the brand has ever launched and is similarly sized to the Volkswagen ID.5. Smart’s compact crossover will be available to order in the […]

Kia to launch its compact EV5 in China at €20.000

August 31, 2023

South Korean carmaker Kia is launching its EV5 compact SUV in China at a record-low price of 159 800 yuan, some 20 000 euros, Korean media write. That’s way below Tesla’s budget Model Y, a ‘price breaker’ that starts at 263 900 yuan (€33 245). Kia said it would launch the EV5 first in China […]

China’s best-selling EV brand BYD triples net profits in Q3

August 29, 2023

BYD Co Ltd (Build Your Dreams), China’s best-selling EV brand, has tripled its net profit for the third quarter with a 6.82 billion yuan total (€0,86 billion) or a 144.7% increase. That’s impressive again, thanks to record deliveries but less than the first quarter, where profits fivefolded. BYD sold 612 425 battery-only EVs in the […]

This SUV version of the Seal is BYD’s sixth model for the EU

August 24, 2023

China’s number one car brand, BYD, is bringing a sixth model to Europe. It is dubbed the Seal U and represents an SUV version of its compact sibling. The car must rival Europe’s best-selling EV, the Tesla Model Y, relying on cost-saving LFP batteries and an 800-volt onboard network for faster charging. The public premiere […]

First spy shots of NIO’s sub-brand Alps surfacing

August 23, 2023

In China, a car blogger has posted on microblogging website Weibo a series of pictures of a new heavily camouflaged NIO model that allegedly would be the first of the pristine sub-brand Alps. That brand is one of two – the other being Firefly – NIO wants to position in a price range under its […]

Volkswagen sustains sales in Europe, but slips in China

August 21, 2023

Sales keep troubling the German automotive giant Volkswagen Group. Its latest results published on Friday report encouraging growth for the Western European market, but registrations are further decreasing in the crucial Chinese marketplace. In July, Volkswagen delivered 770 000 vehicles, an increase of 12,8% compared to 2022, which was particularly cumbersome because of supply chain […]

Faraday Future finally delivers its first FF 91 (update)

August 21, 2023

California-based Faraday Future, a start-up with Chinese roots and describing itself as ‘a global shared intelligent electric mobility ecosystem company’ has finally delivered its first car, the ‘FF 91 2.0 Futurist Alliance’ to a luxury car dealership based in Costa Mesa, California, called PCM (Private Collection Motors). The first group of ‘distinguished users’ and Developer […]

Kia EV9 gets smaller brother EV5

August 17, 2023

The KIA EV5 will normally be revealed at China’s AutoChengdu on August 25, but as usual, the very first official pictures of the production version are already leaked via the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), picked up by CarNewsChina. Pictures of the final version show that the newcomer is very similar to the […]

New Ji Yue brand launches first electric SUV

August 17, 2023

On Monday, the major Chinese automotive group, Geely, officially announced the birth of another ‘daughter’, its new Ji Yue brand. Created in common with Baidu, China’s dominant internet search engine company, it’ll launch its first model by the end of this year. However, the Ji Yue 01, the new flagship model, isn’t new. We know […]

New Standard versions slash prices on Tesla Model X and Y

August 16, 2023

Less range and a lower price. In the United States, Tesla has reiterated the Standard versions of the Model S and Model X. Both versions cost more than 10 000 dollars less than the Long Range models, which were already discounted significantly this year as part of Tesla’s price war. Selling the more prominent models […]

Chinese Huawei shows its second car: the Luxeed EH3

August 14, 2023

Chinese tech company Huawei has released pictures of its second car, an all-electric coupé-sedan codenamed EH3. Huwai’s CEO, Chengdong Yu released the images. The EH3 is believed to experience its public debut at Chengdu Auto Show, opening doors on the 25th of August. As a well-known telecommunications and information technology provider, the car industry is a […]

BYD surpasses five million ‘new energy vehicles’

August 10, 2023

Who can stop BYD on its impressive growth path? On Wednesday, the Chinese car and battery maker unveiled that it had produced its fifth million ‘new energy vehicle’.  That is BEVs and PHEVs combined. The news shortly after the company crossed the three-million mark and surpassed Volkswagen as the number one brand in China. The […]

BYD’s premium brand Denza launches two SUVs in China

August 08, 2023

Denza, BYD’s premium branch and joint venture with Mercedes-Benz, is launching two new SUVs back-to-back for the Chinese market. The first is an electric SUV called N7, which should fight against the Tesla Model Y thanks to a 91,4-kWh battery and up to 700 km of range (Chinese CLTC standard). The second is the N8, […]

VW gives more details about the ‘China deal’ with XPeng and others

July 31, 2023

After announcing the electric car cooperation between VW and Audi with the Chinese manufacturers Xpeng and SAIC, Group CEO Oliver Blume gave more details. He spoke about the opportunities for the VW brand with the Xpeng cooperation and what Audi plans to do with the SAIC technology. VW’s own PPE and SPP platforms are not […]

NIO’s EP9 supercar on display in first HUB in the Netherlands

July 28, 2023

Chinese premium carmaker NIO is to open on August 8th its first ‘NIO HUB’ in the Netherlands, at a central point in Breukelen (Utrecht) near the A2 highway where all sales, delivery & return services are bundled. As an attention-seeker, NIO is showing exclusively for Europe the EP9 sportscar that established the track record for […]

China exports 800 000 NEVs in first half of 2023

July 28, 2023

China exported 2,34 million vehicles in the first half of the year, up 73% from last year, according to data released Thursday by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA). Exports of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in the first half of the year amounted to 800 000 units, up 105% year-on-year, accounting for 34% of all […]

VW takes almost 5% in Xpeng and signs technology agreement

July 27, 2023

The Volkswagen brand has concluded a technological framework agreement for long-term cooperation with the Chinese electric car start-up Xpeng. The Wolfsburg-based company is also taking a stake of about 5% in Xpeng, and the Audi deal with SAIC was also confirmed by the Group. With the new collaboration with Xpeng, Volkswagen wants to further advance […]

Mercedes tinkers with its BEV objectives

July 26, 2023

Mercedes-Benz is trying to improve its sluggish BEV sales, especially in China, but also in other markets. The answer of CEO Ola Kälenius and his management team is to heighten the investments. “Sales may be slow for the moment; changing strategy would be really dangerous,” he says in an interview with the German Handelsblatt. According […]

Mitsubishi to leave China

July 25, 2023

Alliance partner Mitsubishi is discontinuing its China business. The Japanese carmaker justifies withdrawing from the Chinese market by saying that the shift from internal combustion to electric vehicles in China has hit its existing range, and sales have fallen far short of expectations. Production at the Changsha plant in Hunan province was already halted in […]

More details about ‘Chinese’ Audi-SAIC cooperation

July 25, 2023

For weeks already, there have been rumors that VW’s daughter Audi is considering buying an electric car platform from a competitor in China. This comes as the VW Group’s SSP platform accumulates delays, and Audi can’t (and does not want to) wait longer. The company Audi is talking to is the Chinese SAIC Motor Corp. […]

Chinese government leaks pictures of Cadillac Optiq

July 19, 2023

It has become somewhat common these days for the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MITT) to leak pictures of future vehicles. The latest is the future Cadillac Optiq, a new entry-level electric SUV that will take place under the Lyriq and be built in China. Expected to go on sale in 2024, it’ll […]

Carmakers sign agreement to end price war in China (update)

July 14, 2023

Sixteen carmakers committed at Shanghai Auto Forum to fend off the ongoing price war in China. Among the underwriters was also the brand that kickstarted the spiral: Tesla. The agreement was an intention of good faith, not legally binding. Two days later, the deal was withdrawn, without any publicity, by the Chinese Association of Automotive […]

Nio opens R&D center in Berlin and makes 150 kWh solid-state available

July 05, 2023

Expanding on its European presence, Chinese EV maker Nio has opened an innovation center in Berlin. It will be the hub for five teams focusing on digital technology. Nio is on a roll, as it also starts offering semi-solid-state batteries of 150 kW in China. As the automotive industry is gearing up for software-defined vehicles […]

Tesla’s pricewar leads to record second quarter

July 03, 2023

Announcing its production and delivery numbers for the second quarter of 2023, Tesla posted a new record, beating analysts’ predictions. The company is well on track to achieve its annual goal of deliveries by the end of the year, meaning it would globally outperform Audi. But over in China, BYD is in a fierce fight […]

Zeekr opens up pre-ordering in Netherlands and Sweden

June 28, 2023

Chinese luxury brand Zeekr, daughter of Geely Holding Group and sister brand to Volvo and Lynk & Co, among others, is starting its European offensive by opening preordering for the Zeekr 001 and Zeekr X in the Netherlands and Sweden. The latter is Zeekr’s second ‘homeland’, where the Global Design Center and European R&D are […]

China extends electrified cars’ incentive to reboot sales

June 22, 2023

As the Chinese economy shows signs of slowing down, the government has extended the tax exemption for hybrids and electric cars to 2027. Buyers of these so-called new energy vehicles (NEV) skip the purchase tax. Since 2014, the Chinese government doesn’t impose a ten percent purchase tax on electrified cars to support their adoption and […]

Chinese luxury brand HiPhi reaches European shores

June 21, 2023

The ‘tsunami’ of Chinese EVs is reaching European shores with yet another brand, Human Horizon’s flagships HiPhi X and Z, available now in Norway and Germany. With prices above €100 000 euros, these are not your average budget cars, and they’re bluntly targeting the heart of Europe’s premium car market, armed with luxury and high-tech. […]

BYD Dolphin crosses the ocean to Europe (update)

June 20, 2023

After launching the Han, Tang, and Atto 3 in Europe late last year, the Chinese EV leader BYD (Build Your Dreams) is expanding its European portfolio with two more models previously launched in China: the Dolphin hatchback and the Seal sedan. The Dolphin, the first to be deliverable from the fourth quarter of 2023, is […]

BYD targets 10% market share in Germany

June 19, 2023

Chinese carmaker BYD eyes one-tenth of the electric vehicle market in Germany. The ambition was made public by its sales director Lars Pauly, who didn’t commit to timing for the target. BYD’s commercial start in dedicated markets in Europe is very fresh. But the brand obviously aims to make its mark. “We want to have […]

Court of Auditors: ‘EU ambition in EV battery leadership is at risk’   

June 19, 2023

According to the European Court of Auditors, Europe’s plan of becoming a world leader in battery development and production is at risk. The stakes are high. If Europe fails in shaping up, the energy transition can falter, while it might also affect the 2035 ban on combustion engines. In 2018, the European Union issued the Battery […]

Zeekr X production has started (Update)

June 12, 2023

The Zeekr X is the first model from Geely’s young premium brand to journey to the European market soon. In China, the series production has started. The car will be ready for delivery at the end of this week. Later this year, Zeekr’s smallest will be launched in Europe, starting in Sweden and the Netherlands. […]

Great Wall Motor looking to build or buy EV plant in Europe

June 01, 2023

Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall Motor is looking into acquiring a European EV plant in order to support its international expansion. Building a new plant in Germany, Hungary or the Czech Republic would be an option, but the company is also looking to buy an existing plant. Great Wall Motor, known in Europe for the […]

BYD accused of breaking Chinese emissions standards by Great Wall Motors

May 31, 2023

Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall Motors has accused rival BYD of not complying with Chinese environmental standards with two of its hybrid models. According to Great Wall, the fuel tanks of these models were leaking noxious fumes. BYD has responded by denying these accusations, citing independent national certifications. The accusations come from testing performed by […]

Geely doubles its stake to electrify Aston Martin

May 23, 2023

Chinese car giant Geely is increasing its interest in iconic British sports car brands. The owner of Lotus has raised its share in Aston Martin to 17 percent, a little more than a half year after it stepped in, buying 7,6 percent in September last year. Geely is now the third-biggest shareholder of Aston Martin. […]

Gotion adds manganese to LFP and achieves 1 000 km range

May 23, 2023

Chinese battery maker Gotion High-Tech, a company heavily backed by Volkswagen, has unveiled its L600 battery. Its cells use lithium manganese ferro phosphate chemistry capable of providing a range of 1 000 kilometers. Under the optimistic Chinese driving cycle, that is. Battery packs promising 1 000 kilometers of range aren’t new, but until today, these […]

Macron could exclude non-European electric cars from EV bonus

May 12, 2023

French President, Emmanuel Macron, could announce a reform of the government’s EV bonus plan. The suggestion could be based on the vehicle’s carbon footprint, thus excluding cars produced in heavy-polluting countries such as China. However, it’s easier said than done. For a few months now, France has considered a way to exclude vehicles built far […]

Will Nio market solid state battery cars already this summer?

May 11, 2023

BMW has promised a prototype by 2025. Toyota says it has developers working like ants to make it work. And specialist Dotstore says we shouldn’t expect them before the beginning of the next decade. And then there’s Chinese EV start-up Nio, who filed for three BEV models with assumed solid-state technology expected to hit the […]

‘Cupra Tavascan to launch in China under a new VW sub-brand’

May 03, 2023

Until now, Cupra has been absent in China because of the cost and the risk involved. But with the Tavascan being made in China, the VW Group is looking into launching a new EV sub-brand for its Chinese-built models, according to Automobilwoche. The Spanish SUV coupé would lead the charge for this unnamed sub-brand. The […]

BYD biggest in China, dethrones Volkswagen

April 28, 2023

On its home turf, Chinese car giant BYD has beaten Volkswagen and is currently the number one brand in sales. Also, the brand doubled its registrations worldwide, boosting its profit fivefold during the first quarter of 2023. At Auto Shanghai, Volkswagen CEO Oliver Blume stated, “BYD is very, very strong”. Reporting on its sales for […]