NIO’s ES6 five-seater electric SUV was launched this week at an event in Shanghai, and the company further announced a battery upgrade plan for its existing longer-wheelbase, seven-seat ES8. Over 9,700 ES8s have now been sold in China, and upgrades to the new 84 kWh battery pack will be available from next autumn; six-seater versions Read More..
Volkswagen has announced that it will release what it says will be its final diesel and petrol platforms in 2026, paving the way for an all-EV future, according to Bloomberg. The announcement came at an industry conference held near the company’s global headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. “Our colleagues are working on the last platform Read More..
LAS VEGAS — Volkswagen unveiled an electric van concept, the Budd-e, at the CES consumer electronics show and announced that a new e-Golf Touch will feature gesture control and other novel display and control functions. “The Budd-e is a realistic trendsetter,” VW brand CEO Herbert Diess said in a keynote address at CES. The van Read More..
HANOVER — BMW, which has a fleet of 2.5 million connected cars on the world’s roads, expects an automotive future with highly automated vehicles that are propelled by electric motors, Elmar Frickenstein, vice-president electrics/electronics at the German premium car brand, said Tuesday. Frickenstein said connectivity is already bringing a broad range of new functions to Read More..
Electric-vehicle maker Tesla is giving away all its patents in a move to accelerateÂ the global electric-car revolution. “Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor,” Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk said in a blog post. Instead, he said the technology leadership Read More..
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche this week reaffirmed the premium car maker’s commitment to new connected-vehicle technology across its product range. “Soon you will not be able to make money anymore with cars that don’t integrate customers’ smartphones,” Zetsche said at a technical conference hosted by Germany’s auto industry association (VDA). This is particularly true when Read More..
Daimler will start testing inductive charging on a real car in an effort to make the refueling of electric vehicles easier. The carmaker said it would fit a technically modified Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL model with a special charging coil that merely has to be positioned over another charging coil in the ground to start the Read More..
MUNICH — It wasn’t so long ago that a typical discussion with BMW’s r&d chief would focus on new combustion-engine technology, the aerodynamic qualities of the latest car designs or the relative driving characteristics of Germany’s three premium carmakers. Those topics are still important. But in an interview with automotiveIT, Klaus Draeger, BMW’s board member Read More..
Tesla isÂ embarking on North American and European tours to show its new Model S, which it claims is “the world’s first sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle.” The electric sports car maker will provide potential buyers with a detailed look at the engine, battery pack, front suspension and rear drive Read More..
Daimler and Chinese car and battery maker BYD said they plan to show a concept version of their planned electric vehicle at next year’s Beijing auto show. The German premium car maker said the joint venture between the two companies, Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd. (BDNT), plans to have its own presence at Read More..