Show #636

 

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NISSAN LEAF SALES IN JAPAN DROP BY 51% IN OCTOBER 2019

“Nissan is not able to prevent the LEAF from falling in its home market and in October the rate of decrease even accelerated!” reports InsideEVs: “Combined with a decrease in the U.S. and probably not strong results in Europe (at least not good enough to release a sales report), Nissan’s EV outcome is disappointing, especially for a pioneer that undertook a tremendous effort to bring the LEAF to the market. Ten years later, the best LEAF ever, available in two battery options (40 kWh and 62 kWh) is selling at a lower level than a few years ago. In Japan, only 820 LEAFs were sold in October (down 51% year-over-year), although LEAF was still the #40 most popular model.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/381088/nissan-leaf-sales-japan-october-2019/

 

BMW 320E TOURING MODEL COULD BE UNVEILED NEXT YEAR

“This year the Bavarians launched an impressive number of plug-in hybrids, including the 330e PHEV. However, in the future, more plug-in hybrids will be launched, including the 320e in the 3 Series range.” according to BMW Blog: “During a recent meeting held in Munich, highlighting the results BMW achieved over the first nine months of the year, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse talked about hybrid Touring versions coming next year.

 

“By the end of the year, we will have 12 fully electric and plug-in hybrid models on the roads. Customers desire our plug-in hybrids because they can use them as their only vehicle,” said Zipse. “The 3 Series Touring will also be available as a plug-in hybrid variant next year,” he added.”

 

BMW 320e Touring model could be unveiled next year

 

VOLKSWAGEN TO INTRODUCE ID. SPACE VIZZION

“Volkswagen has released design sketches of the 7th model it intends to build on the MEB electric car platform. The car is known for the time being as the ID. SPACE VIZZION.” says Clean Technica: “The ID. SPACE VIZZION is a wagon of tomorrow that combines the aerodynamic characteristics of a Gran Turismo with the spaciousness of an SUV. Stylistically, the ID. SPACE VIZZION follows the design DNA of the ID. family, yet has a completely independent and progressive character.”

 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/10/volkswagen-to-introduce-id-space-vizzion-at-la-auto-show-november-19/

 

PORSCHE CAYMAN ELECTRIC RUMORED TO HAVE 400 HORSEPOWER

“Porsche isn’t hanging around with its electrification strategy. While the world’s attention is firmly upon the Taycan, Stuttgart’s first full production electric vehicle (EV), its engineers are busily working on a more affordable battery-powered model. The replacements for the entry-level 718 Boxster and Cayman twins will be all-electric, underlining how serious Zuffenhausen is about jumping onboard the electric battlebus.” writes Car Magazine: “Our intel suggests the following specs:

 

Powertrain  Twin electric motors, rear- or all-wheel drive

Output  System total 400bhp

Chassis  Aluminium monocoque

Due on sale  2023″

 

https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/spy-shots/porsche/electric-boxster-and-cayman-sports-car/

 

GM SELLS LORDSTOWN FACTORY TO THE OFFSHOOT OF A STRUGGLING EV STARTUP

“GM says the factory’s new purpose will help establish Ohio as a hub for EV manufacturing.” says The Verge: “But the Lordstown plant now rests in the hands of a small company that finds itself trying to do what almost no other startup has been able to do: build an entirely new American automaker from (almost) the ground up. To be clear, Lordstown Motors is a new company that was specifically set up to buy the Lordstown plant. It was created by Steve Burns, the founder and former CEO of struggling electric vehicle startup Workhorse. Workhorse has sold electric delivery vans in the past, and is in the running for the contract to build the United States Postal Service’s next-generation vehicle. But the company has recently found itself in dire financial straits. The startup has lost nearly $38 million in 2019, and generated just $4,258 in sales this past quarter.”

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/8/20954956/gm-lordstown-motors-factory-workhorse-electric-vehicles-trump-ev

 

VOLKSWAGEN STARTS PRE-PRODUCTION IN FIRST CHINA PLANT FOCUSED ONLY ON E-MOBILITY

“The new plant of The SAIC Volkswagen joint venture’s new plant—which is dedicated to production of all electric vehicles on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB)—has been completed in Anting, Shanghai. Celebrating the start of pre-production, a first China-specific all-electric Volkswagen ID. model rolled off the production line.” says Green Car Congress.

 

It took only 12 months to see the completion of this innovative factory. Congratulations to our colleagues in Anting, who will further prepare to produce the first China-model of the Volkswagen ID. family here in Shanghai. We will speed up our NEV offensive even more, as we expect further e-mobility market growth.

 

—Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China

 

https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/11/20191109-vwchina.html

 

CHEVROLET MENLO EV MAKES CHINA DEBUT

“General Motors has a total of 20 new electric cars coming by 2023, but don’t think they’re all for the US. China is the largest market for electric vehicles in the entire world and GM is absolutely catering to that reality.” reports CNET: “On that note, China’s latest electric-car entree is served. This is the Chevy Menlo EV that debuted on Friday. Before you ask, no, this isn’t coming to the US. A Chevy representative confirmed to Roadshow that the model is specific to China and the company has zero intention of bringing it to the US.  The range figure is pretty close to the Buick Velite 6’s as well, which likely means the two share a lot of technology. The Velite 6 is another China-only EV that GM sells locally. The Menlo EV, however, is the first electric car Chevy will sell in China.”

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/chevy-menlo-electric-car-crossover-china/

 

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