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Groupe PSA future model plans - Citroën

18 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

For a long time, Citroën was in trouble in many European markets. No longer. Its French market sales in particular are surging, which will come as a relief to parent firm Groupe PSA. In common with DS and Peugeot though, things are not so good in China.

Frankfurt IAA world debuts - HJB series Renault Captur

13 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

HJB, the second generation of European markets' Renault Captur, will have its public and motor show debuts at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Groupe PSA future model plans - Peugeot

12 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Thanks to the 208, 3008 and 2008 (in that order) Peugeot is holding on to a strong third position in its largest regional market behind Renault and Volkswagen. A new version of its best seller, revealed three months ago but not yet available, has strong looks and has generated a large bank of orders. In contrast to that good fortune in Europe, the picture in China is much darker, however.

Anhui Jianghuai and JAC-Volkswagen future models

10 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

A partnership with Volkswagen AG and a certain degree of expertise in EVs have become vital assets for JAC as it tries to recover from losses of Yuan 786.1m during fiscal 2018 and a plunge in home market vehicle sales.

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Fuel for thought - some low carbon alternatives

14 May 2019 | Matthew Beecham

A greener form of motoring, low carbon vehicles emit fewer harmful gases compared to a conventional car. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we caught up with Paul Turner, engineering director at Revolve Technologies, a powertrain engineering specialist to discuss its low carbon vehicle projects, electrification, lithium-ion and the prospects for hydrogen FCEVs.

Powering low carbon tech - Q&A with APC

13 May 2019 | Matthew Beecham

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) was set up six years ago in Coventry, the once centrepiece of the British car industry. It channels investment from government and industry to accelerate the development of greener technologies for engines. Its funded projects go beyond automotive too. We spoke to Jon Beasley, APC's director of technology and projects, to find out what has been achieved to date.

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GKN Automotive collaborates on e-Powertrain project

18 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

GKN Automotive, Drive System Design and the University of Nottingham are collaborating on an GBP8m project to design and develop a world leading electric vehicle powertrain for the global market.

Renault again gives Zoe longer legs

17 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Renault has given its little Zoe EV a third update with 52 kWh battery and an additional 100kW R135 electric motor option and boosted range to 242 miles under WLTP conditions.

Geely's LEVC spins van off range extender London taxi

17 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Geely-owned London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) - the latest name for Britain's main 'London Taxi' maker - has spun off a PHEV light van based on its latest TX electric taxi.

Nissan reports strong sales of e-LCV in UK

17 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan in the UK reports sales of its Nissan e-NV200 fully electric light van up by 200% in 2019 as more firms switch their light commercial vehicle (LCV) fleets to electric propulsion.

Kyocera and BYD Japan to collaborate on EV systems

17 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Kyocera and BYD Japan have announced a joint project to develop an integrated renewable supply-demand energy system for EVs.

PSA readies Tremery engine plant for e-mobility

14 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA is about to start the assembly of electric powertrain motors at its Tremery, France, engine plant.

LG Chem in China EV battery JV with Geely

14 June 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

South Korea's LG Chem said it had signed an agreement with China's Geely Auto Group to jointly invest in a new electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing plant in China.

Fastned opens 100th Europe EV charging station

14 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Fastned is opening its 100th and 101st fast charging stations in Europe, both in the Netherlands.

Geely Auto and LG Chem to manufacture EV batteries in China

14 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Shanghai Maple Guorun, an indirect 99% owned subsidiary of Geely Automobile, has announced a new joint venture partnership with LG Chem.

Scotland grants GBP500,000 for EV boost

14 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Scotland has opened a second round of the Plugged-In Households Grant Fund allowing more social housing providers, third sector and community organisations the chance to procure the services of electric vehicle car clubs.

Lear teams with Plug and Play for mobility

14 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Lear and Plug and Play are partnering on advancing mobility innovation in the automotive industry, coordinated through the Silicon Valley office of Lear Innovation Ventures (LIV) in San Mateo, California.

Byton opens Shanghai design studio

14 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Premium electric car company Byton has opened its Shanghai Design Studio which it says will focus on the Chinese market, as well as work closely with the existing Design Studio in Munich on advanced and intelligent design for the global market.

Byton shows more of M-Byte interior (expect screens)

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Byton has revealed more details of the interior design for its first production model, the M-Byte.

Electrify America/Chargepoint team on roaming

13 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Electrify America and ChargePoint have unveiled a roaming partnership which will further expand access to electric vehicle (EV) charging across the US.

Volkswagen leads US$1bn Northvolt capital raise

13 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Group and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division are leading a US$1bn equity capital raise in Northvolt, alongside BMW, AMF, Folksam and IMAS Foundation for 16 GWh lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing capacity.

VW aims to install 36,000 EV charging points in Europe

12 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen says it is aiming for a rapid breakthrough for e-mobility and is redoubling its efforts in the field of charging infrastructure.

Byton names Cadillac- and BMW-seasoned chief customer officer

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Byton, the China-based premium electric vehicle maker, announced the appointment of Andreas Schaaf as chief customer officer with immediate effect.

just-auto Plus only Pfenning Logistics begins eActros operations in Mannheim

12 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Another locally emission-free and quiet Mercedes-Benz eActros goes into operation with logistics service provider Pfenning Logistics. The company, headquartered in this region, will be using the...

Enel X inks Vatican City charging deal

11 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Enel X has inked an agreement with the Governorate of Vatican City State, to supply 20 charging points.

Electrify America outlines seven new EV stations

11 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Electrify America says seven additional ultra-fast electric vehicle sites will be available for public use later this year in addition to six currently available in Sacramento.

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