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More rumors that Apple is working on becoming an automaker, or at least an automotive supplier, have bubbled up thanks to a report out of China. Chinese publication Yicai Global says the tech giant is working in secret with a Chinese battery manufacturer – Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) – on research and development for […]

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Daimler has opened a batter producing facility in Beijing – its first battery plant outside of Germany – in collaboration with joint venture partner BAIC. Lithium-ion batteries produced there will go in electrified vehicles built through their Beijing Benz Automotive Co. joint venture company. The move follows a May 1 signing of their partnership where the […]

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Hitachi and Honda have formalized a deal to develop motors for electric vehicles and hybrids. Plans for the joint venture, which will be called Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems, were announced in February, but the company wasn’t formally established until the third of this month. The new group is based in the Ibaraki Prefecture of […]

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Will China be the leading market for Tesla batteries and electric cars, or its top competitor? A new study by Bloomberg Intelligence reports that Chinese companies are at work on plans to produce more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021. Demand for lithium-ion batteries is forecasted to radically increase in the next five years […]

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There’s no question that there are lots of plug-in electric vehicles sold in China. That’s because it’s the world’s largest car market, so it makes sense that it’s also the world’s largest market for plug-in electric vehicles. What’s not as obvious is what Chinese consumers want, at least when it comes to EV offerings. SEE […]

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) took another step towards becoming a player in the electric car segment by obtaining approval for a factory in China that could manufacture up to 200,000 vehicles a year. The company’s electric vehicle production license was approved by the Chinese National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) and allows NEVS to officially […]

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Last year plug-in vehicles sales jumped to an all-time high of more than three-quarters of a million units worldwide and individual countries likewise crested new peaks. The year 2016’s increase was substantially over 2015’s somewhat-over half a million, and helped accelerate the cumulative global tally of plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles above 2 million by […]

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After starting from not-far-above zero at the start of this decade, the global count of plug-in electrified vehicles has crossed the two-million unit milestone. More specifically, the tally through the end of December 2016 was an estimated 2,032,000 highway-legal passenger vehicles including a smattering of European light-duty PEV vans. SEE ALSO: One Million Global Plug-In […]

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Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group Company (GAC) displayed three crossover SUVs at the Detroit auto show including a battery electric model named GE3. This is the second time in the past three years the company had a display at the show, and is the first time any Chinese car company was on the show’s main […]

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With the close of 2016, China’s cumulative total plug-in passenger vehicles sales surpass those of Europe and the U.S., further nailing home its number one status. For the past two years, China has already outpaced the other two global leaders on a monthly basis, and now outranking them in total plug-in vehicles on the road, […]

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