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ANALYSIS - Future EVs and SUVs will transform SEAT

13 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This year, SEAT has finally pleased its paymasters in Wolfsburg. The company might not yet be exactly awash with cash, but the black ink is at last flowing. The Volkswagen Group's belief that its Spanish outpost could be turned around saw the Germans injecting much money and goodwill into SEAT. Crucially, it was put to good use in the form of adding SUVs. More models are on the way.

ANALYSIS - Future Volkswagen EVs and SUVs

12 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In this final part of three articles which discuss the current and future models plans for the Volkswagen passenger car brands, just-auto takes a look at electrified models, crossovers and SUVs. This follows features which looked at cars, and then pick-ups and MPVs.

COMMENT - US sales plummet as Smart goes electric

11 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Might the initial results of a strategy which has been smart USA dropping its petrol-powered fortwo range hold a warning for others? In November, the brand was not only outsold by Lamborghini, but Rolls-Royce was the only make which delivered fewer cars.

Re-imagining the gas station and battery charge times - COMMENT

6 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Fully electric vehicles come with a number of challenges, of course.

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Q&A with Daimler's Ola Källenius on electrification

11 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ola Källenius, Daimler board member responsible for Group Research at Daimler outlines the major elements of the group's powertrain and electrification strategy.

Valeo on the industry's increasing electrification

18 September 2017 | Calum MacRae

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA Calum MacRae met with Michel Forissier, R&D director of Valeo's powertrain systems business group to discuss all things powertrain, particularly the increasing electrification of the global industry.

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Toyota and Panasonic mull batteries collaboration

13 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota and Panasonic have announced an agreement to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive battery business.

BAIC eyes 2025 phase-out for gasoline cars - report

13 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) is reportedly planning the phase-out of conventional fuel-powered cars sold under its own brand by 2025 as part of an ambitious new energy cars campaign.

Keihin gears up for electric power control systems

13 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Japanese supplier Keihin - a Honda affiliated company that specialises in fuel supply systems and engine parts - is planning a big product shift towards electric power control systems.

PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis - report

12 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

PepsiCo has reserved 100 of Tesla's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive told Reuters.

CES 2018 - Mercedes-Benz MBUX world debut

12 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will host multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres. Fisker, Future Mobility Corporation, Honda, Hyundai, Rinspeed and now Mercedes-Benz have announced their debuts.

Skeleton Technologies inks Sumitomo distribution agreement

12 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Ultracapacitor manufacturer, Skeleton Technologies has signed a distribution agreement with Sumitomo Corporation Europe to provide energy storage solutions for the hybrid electric and electric vehicle industry.

just-auto Plus only Mitsubishi Motors to expand EV development in Indonesia

12 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Government under which it will work to expand the use and availability of electric...

BYD invests in Morocco

11 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

BYD is investing in Morocco and has announced an MoU for the supply of a 'range of renewable energy solutions to the country leading by the company’s innovative straddle monorail system, the SkyRail; and to explore the possibility of localised production'.

Meritor invests in TransPower EV commercial vehicles solutions

11 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Meritor has unveiled an undisclosed investment in TransPower, an electrification technology company for large commercial vehicles.

GENEVA MOTOR SHOW - McLaren Senna public debut

11 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Cars which are said be making their global debuts at next year's Geneva motor show are named below on just-auto's latest list.

Renault/Ferrovial to start Zity car-sharing service in Madrid

8 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault and Ferrovial will start providing 500 all-electric Zoe vehicles in Madrid this month through the Zity car sharing scheme using smartphone applications.

just-auto Plus only EDI integrates PowerDrive 6000 and EDI PowerSuite in Foton buses

8 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Efficient Drivetrains (EDI), a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions plug-in hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions today announced the integration of the EDI PowerDrive 6000...

just-auto Plus only Tata Motors Sanand facility rolls off its first Tigor EV

7 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tata Motors rolled out the first batch of the Tigor Electric Vehicle (EV) at the hands of N Chandrasekaran, chairman, Tata Sons and Tata Motors, from its Sanand facility in Gujarat. Present on this...

New York State provides US$3.5m grant for EV research

6 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

New York State governor, Andrew Cuomo is to make US$3.5m available for EV research and reduce the cost of installing and operating charging stations.

just-auto Plus only NSK develops new low-noise thrust needle roller bearing for EVs/PHVs

6 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NSK has developed a low-noise thrust needle roller bearing to meet the needs of automotive electrification. Utilising new low-noise technology and design, the bearing contributes to creating a more...

just-auto Plus only Jaguar I-PACE enters final validation testing ahead of global reveal

6 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

One year on from showing the I-Pace Concept at the LA Auto Show, Jaguar is back in town with a production prototype for final range and durability tests ahead of its official global reveal in...

just-auto Plus only Honda European R&D site invests in bi-directional charging technology

6 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Honda has invested in advanced bi-directional charging technology at its European R&D site in Offenbach, Germany, which is helping to balance demand and store energy more efficiently across the...

just-auto Plus only EVgo in partnership with Nissan opens 1,000th DC Fast charger in the US

6 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

EVgo, the nation's largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, announced it has officially opened its 1,000th DC Fast charger in the US, in partnership with Nissan...

NEVS starts electric 9-3 production

5 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

NEVS's 9-3 electric car has started production in Tianjin, China, marking the stage from development to industrialisation.

China reportedly extending EV lure

4 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Would be electric vehicle owners in China look like getting more incentive to buy.

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