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Future models - Aston Martin Lagonda

6 August 2020 | Glenn Brooks

The first half of 2020 should have been a stand-out time for Aston Martin Lagonda, following the opening of a new factory and the arrival of the company's first SUV. Instead, sales took a dive in almost all markets, the share price collapsed and Andy Palmer was replaced as CEO. New boss Tobias Moers has much to do but at least in terms of future models, there is much in the works.

Mazda future models

4 August 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Mazda celebrates its 100th birthday this year. While it won't be breaking any sales or profits records in 2020, the firm is nonetheless in fairly good shape. Just as importantly, there is no one market upon which the company is reliant. As for future models, Mazda is well placed and looks set to continue a step-by-step move into premium brand territory.

Mitsubishi’s new three-year plan will bring it closer to Nissan

3 August 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

Mitsubishi Motors last week announced a new far-reaching three-year business plan, referred to as 'Small but Beautiful', which reflects the harsh market conditions and challenges that have come about as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Honda e - finally an electric car to lust after

3 August 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Retro-cute looks and snazzy interiors are not normally what we associate with Hondas sold in the European region. In that context the new e is revolutionary stuff.

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Nio confident on prospects despite COVID-19 crisis

26 March 2020 | Matthew Beecham

It’s clear that the impact of COVID-19 on China was significant and dramatic in the first few months of 2020. Factories closed, workers unable to leave their homes and a depressed automotive sales market. Despite the setbacks, Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio has looked to the positives and adopted new ways that have seen it sustain order levels to those before the crisis hit. Matthew Beecham spoke to Nio’s VP for Europe Hui Zhang about the measures it took and what the future holds for the brand.

Ford puts a Spin on the micromobility market

9 March 2020 | Matthew Beecham

Spin, the micromobility unit of Ford Motor, is expanding its footprint from 70 markets in the US to cities in Europe. The company will launch its first international fleet of dockless electric scooters in Cologne, Germany this spring. It is also applying for the upcoming Paris e-scooter share permit and exploring opportunities in the UK. To learn more about Spin’s roll out plans for Europe, we talked with its co-founder and president Euwyn Poon.

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BMW launches geofencing for PHEVs in UK ULEZ cities

7 August 2020 | Graeme Roberts

BMW is launching eDrive Zones in London and Birmingham. This is a new digital service which automates the process of switching to electric-only power when a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) enters a defined area of these cities.

British Columbia C$2m funding for EVs

7 August 2020 | Simon Warburton

British Columbia (BC) businesses and organisations can now secure rebates for EVs through C$2m (US$1.5m) in additional funding for the CleanBC Speciality-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI) programme.

Cadillac latest to paint target around Tesla

7 August 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla is clearly in the sights of General Motors premium brand Cadillac which launched the Lyriq crossover in the US as the "next chapter" for the American luxury brand and a "technology spearhead" for the automaker,according to local reports.

Origin secures grant for Australia chargers trial

7 August 2020 | Simon Warburton

Origin has received a A$838,000 (US$604,000) grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to fund a trial to roll out 150 smart chargers to EV owners and fleets.

Daimler starts second phase of EV heavy truck tests

6 August 2020 | Graeme Roberts

After a year of intensive practical use by 10 customers in Germany and Switzerland, Daimler is trialling eight more purely battery-powered eActros trucks with new customers in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

just-auto Plus only ABB launches Terra 184 chargers to support modernization of Japan's EV charging infrastructure

6 August 2020 | just-auto plus

ABB’s newly launched Terra 184 electric vehicle chargers have been selected by Japan’s e-Mobility Power Co., Inc, (eMP) to modernize the infrastructure for the country’s electric...

just-auto Plus only ChargePoint secures additional $127 million in funding

6 August 2020 | just-auto plus

ChargePoint, the world’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network, announced that it has closed $127 million in incremental equity financing. The funds will accelerate the...

GM and EVgo to triple US fast charging network in five years

5 August 2020 | Simon Warburton

General Motors and EVgo plan to triple the size of America's largest public fast charging network by adding more than 2,700 new fast chargers during the next five years.

Daimler, CATL, advance partnership

5 August 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Mercedes-Benz and CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited) have entered the next stage of their strategic partnership and will develop battery technology in support of the high-volume electrification of the Mercedes-Benz model range.

Evergrande unveils six EV models in China

5 August 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Evergrande, the Chinese property developer that has set its sights on becoming a leading global electric vehicle manufacturer, unveiled six electric vehicle models in China on Monday.

Xpeng raises additional US$300m ahead of possible US IPO

5 August 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup Xpeng Motors is said to have secured an additional US$300m in its latest round of fundraising last month, from major global entities including Alibaba and the Qatar Investment Authority.

Geely's Volvo sells 600,000 vehicles on CMA platform

4 August 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Car Group, including affiliates Lynk & Co and Polestar, said over 600,000 group vehicles based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, introduced in 2017, have been sold.

EIB provides EUR35m to Endesa for Spain charging

3 August 2020 | Simon Warburton

Endesa has secured EUR35m (US$41m) in financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the installation of electric charging stations across Spain.

BYD delivers ten eBuses to city of Pecs

3 August 2020 | Simon Warburton

BYD has completed a delivery of ten eBuses to public transport operator, Tüke Busz Zrt, in the southern Hungarian city of Pécs.

Octopus Energy adds Engenie to Electric Juice Network

3 August 2020 | Simon Warburton

Octopus Energy has added charging provider, Engenie to its Electric Juice Network.

just-auto Plus only Volkswagen brand with effective crisis management in the first half of the year

3 August 2020 | just-auto plus

Business at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand was significantly impacted by the global Covid-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020. However, effective countermeasures reduced the impact...

Ford geofences Transit PHEV

31 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van now comes with the option of geofencing technology to help improve urban air quality.

BluE Nexus and Toyota to strengthen sales structure

31 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

BluE Nexus and Toyota Motor said they would collaborate to prepare for the accelerated adoption of electrified vehicles by working together to increase their competitiveness in products related to electrification as well as to fortify their sales structure, including their technical support and services, among others, rendered to their customers.

CATL to supply heavy truck e-trailer batteries

31 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and Trailer Dynamics have signed a battery supply agreement for a new way to electrify long haul trucks.

AAM supplies electric drive unit for Baojun E300 Plus

31 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

American Axle & Manufacturing says its electric drive technology is powering the all-electric Baojun E300 Plus from SAIC-GM-Wuling.

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