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Frankfurt IAA world premieres list - Kia Ceed crossover

19 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Kia Motors Europe has confirmed that it will add a Ceed-based crossover to its line-up of models. The public debut should be at the IAA Cars in Frankfurt.

Shanghai motor show world debuts list - Chevrolet Onix

18 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Auto Shanghai, the motor show which in odd-numbered years alternates with Beijing as China and the industry's biggest and most important, takes place in April. Below is the latest list of vehicle world debuts, with the Chevy Onix now added.

India's quiet achiever - the rapid rise of Mahindra

18 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The battle for third place in the Indian market for passenger vehicles is hotting up, with both rivals drawing on foreign subsidiaries to expand their ranges. Tata is well placed to attack the country's traditional number three brand from later in 2019 as new models come on line. For now though, Mahindra is pulling ahead thanks to ever more Ssangyong-derived SUVs.

Model Y is revealed - but what will Tesla do next?

15 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Following the presentation of the long-awaited Model Y, now is the perfect time to have a look at what Tesla Incorporated might be planning next.

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Ionity charges on with European network for EVs

15 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group are involved in a joint venture, called Ionity that is installing a high power charging network for electric vehicles across Europe. The venture is based in BMW's home city of Munich and headed by CEO Dr Michael Hajesch. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Dr Hajesch to find out more.

EV propulsion revolution – Q&A with Equipmake

19 February 2019 | Matthew Beecham

UK-based electronics R&D specialist, Equipmake, has developed what it claims to be the world’s most power dense electric motor for automotive, marine and aerospace applications. Using technology first applied to F1, Equipmake’s founder, Ian Foley, was the man behind the F1 KERS hybrids in 2009 that were so successful for Williams. We caught up with him to learn more about the business and its technologies. The company’s current projects include the Ariel Hipercar and an electric bus project.

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Nissan Futures presents mobility trends for the Asia and Oceania region

18 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

The Nissan Futures event in Hong Kong has brought forward three mobility trends for the Asia and Oceania region: cars as energy assets, the human role in autonomous driving systems and the importance of safety in mobility innovations.

Skoda plans 7,000 e-charging points at Czech plants

15 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

VW-Group owned Skoda is planning a big investment in electric charging stations in and around its plants in the Czech Republic. By 2025, it is planning to have installed some 7,000 electric vehicle charge points for use by its employees.

UK local authority EV charger roll-out slows - report

15 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

At least a quarter of local authorities in England and Wales have put a brake on the expansion of charging networks for electric vehicles, according to a media report.

just-auto Plus only Penske receives its first Fuso eCanter from Daimler

15 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

After Penske Truck Leasing received its first fully electrified Freightliner eM2 truck from Daimler Trucks North America in the US end of last year, the company now gets its first Fuso eCanter....

VW Group raises number of EV models planned in next 10 years

14 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group is planning to launch almost 70 new electric models in the next ten years – up from the 50 previously planned.

Adhesives maker to expand in Germany

14 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Adhesives specialist Lord Corporation said it would expand operations at its Hueckelhoven, Germany facility at a cost of EUR14m.

Faurecia and Michelin team on hydrogen joint venture

12 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Michelin and Faurecia have inked a Memorandum of Understanding to create a joint venture bringing together the French tyre manufacturer's fuel cell related activities - including its subsidiary Symbio – with those of its fellow supplier.

just-auto Plus only Baidu with Chery launches its first EV with AI operating system

12 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Baidu, China’s largest internet search services provider and a national champion in artificial intelligence, has jointly launched with Chery Automobile its first production-model electric...

Nissan expanding Leaf sales to new markets in Asia

11 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan is expanding Leaf electric model sales to new emerging markets in Asia.

Tesla to complete Shanghai plant in May

8 March 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Construction of Tesla's new Gigafactory vehicle production plant in Shanghai is expected to be completed by May 2019 with commercial production slated for the end of this year.

Nio scraps plans to build assembly plant in Shanghai

8 March 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Chinese electric vehicle start-up Nio announced in its fourth-quarter financial report this week it had scrapped plans to build its own vehicle manufacturing plant in Shanghai, citing weaker than expected sales.

just-auto Plus only Tesla Motors unveils V3, faster charging network

8 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tesla has more than 12,000 Superchargers across North America, Europe, and Asia and our network continues to grow daily: more than 99% of the US population is covered by the network, and we...

just-auto Plus only Tenneco supplies suspension components for new Jaguar I-Pace

8 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tenneco, a global supplier of ride performance and clean air products and systems, is supplying suspension components for the new Jaguar I-Pace all-electric luxury crossover SUV. The vehicle...

just-auto Plus only Dana invests in Class 8 vehicles electrification company Hyliion

8 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Dana Incorporated announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Class 8 electrification company Hyliion. Dana is taking an equity position as a lead investor in the company. Mark...

just-auto Plus only CAAS to supply EPS for Great Wall’s Ora R150

8 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

China Automotive Systems ("CAAS" or the "Company"), a leading power steering components and systems supplier in China, announced it has won a major exclusive supply contract...

Tesla Model Y factory location uncertain - report

7 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla executives still have not decided where to manufacture the company's forthcoming crossover SUV, the Model Y, according six current and former employees who spoke to cnbc.com.

Dana TM4 China builds 12,000th electric powertrain

7 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Dana's motor and inverter joint venture, TM4, has produced its 12,000th TM4 SUMO electric powertrain for buses and commercial vehicles in China.

just-auto Plus only Tata Motors and Wise Travel India to deploy Tigor EVs in New Delhi

7 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tata Motors, announced the next milestone on its journey of driving electrification, through its partnership with Wise Travel India (WTi), to deploy Tigor Electric Vehicles (EVs) in New Delhi. WTi...

just-auto Plus only Nidec presents in-wheel motor prototype for electric vehicles

7 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Following last year's reveal of Nidec's fully integrated traction motor system E-Axle and the announcement that the product will be adopted by the Aion S super e-car slated to appear on the...

VW offers its e-mobility platform to 3rd-parties

6 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group is opening up its Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) for use by other car manufacturers and 3rd-parties. The MEB is a 'platform' or engineering architecture which has been developed by VW Group specifically for electric vehicles.

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