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RENAULT-NISSAN-MITSUBISHI KICKS UP A GEAR IN E-MOBILITY PLANNING
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has unveiled a joint electromobility roadmap until 2030, which envisages investments of a further 23 billion euros over the next five years. The roadmap thus goes beyond what had been leaked in advance.
According to Renault’s announcement, however, there will be 35 new electric vehicle models, based on five electric car platforms.
A central pillar of the joint electric strategy is also the alliance’s new joint battery strategy. This includes, among other things, the selection of a joint battery supplier for Renault and Nissan in the core markets. The goal is to reduce battery costs by 50 per cent by 2026 and 65 per cent by 2028.
Nissan will lead the development of all-solid-state battery technology for all three carmakers, while Renault will lead development of common centralised electrical and electronic architecture.
The five platforms are:
CMF-AEV, which the alliance says will be the most affordable platform in the world, is the base for the new Dacia Spring.
KEI-EV (mini vehicle) platform family for ultra-compact EVs.
LCV-EV Family platform family for professional customers, as the base for the Renault Kangoo and Nissan Town Star.
CMF-EV, the global, flexible, EV platform. It will be on the roads in a few weeks as the base for the Nissan Ariya EV crossover and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric. The CMF-EV platform, with its technological innovations and the potential offered by its modularity, is a benchmark platform for a new generation of electric vehicles for the Alliance partners. The platform has been created to integrate and optimise all the elements specific to a 100% electric powertrain, hosting a new, high-performance motor and an ultra-thin battery. By 2030, more than 15 models will be based on the CMF-EV platform, with up to 1.5 million cars produced on this platform per year.
CMF-BEV, the most competitive compact electric platform in the world, to be launched in 2024. It provides up to 400 km range; its aerodynamics performances are outstanding, helping reduce cost by 33% and power consumption by more than 10% compared to the current Renault ZOE. It will be the base for 250,000 vehicles a year under the Renault, Alpine and Nissan brands. Among the vehicles are the Renault R5 and the new compact EV that will replace the Nissan Micra. Designed by Nissan and engineered by Renault, the new model is planned to be manufactured at Renault ElectriCity: the electric industrial center in Northern France.
Some of the headline figures had already been announced by each company, but it marks the first concrete target set collectively by the trio since the reorganisation of top executives at Japan’s Nissan and France’s Renault.
That restructuring was triggered by the saga surrounding the 2018 arrest of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, which exposed rifts in the alliance.
To achieve its goals, the alliance said it aimed to increase cooperation on common platforms from 60% to 80% of its models by 2026.The trio also announced a target of reaching a total EV battery production capacity of 220 gigawatt hours by the end of the decade
NISSAN MICRA SUCCESSOR WILL BE AN EV
Nissan has revealed a short teaser video previewing a sub-compact hatchback with round headlights and taillights, while also indicating that the model will receive a different name when it arrives in the metal.
The new model is slated to be based on the CMF B-EV platform, shared with Renault, with the French automaker expected to use the platform for its own model, which will be the spiritual successor to the Renault 5
The successor to the Micra will be designed by Nissan but engineered by Renault in France and built there as well, at Renault’s new ElectriCity manufacturing hub that has combined and repurposed several existing sites.
HERE’S A FIRST LOOK INSIDE THE VW ID. BUZZ, WHAT DO YOU THINK?
This week, Volkswagen is giving journalists a first taste of the ID. Buzz during a “covered drive” event in Barcelona, Spain. Someone likely attending the event has posted the first photos of the electric van’s interior on the VWIDTalk forum, giving us a look at the roomy and colorful cabin for the first time.
While the dashboard is partially covered, we see enough to realize that the interior design is very similar to the ID.3 and ID.4. The multifunction steering wheel and the digital instrument cluster behind it look identical, as does the high-set central touchscreen.
We can also spot storage spaces between the front seats and on the door panels, but the detail that caught forum visitors’ attention the most is the lack of floor rails as showcased on the ID. Buzz Concept in 2017.
On the design study, the clever system allowed the seats and center console to be moved around into various positions, making the interior adaptable to different uses.
VW will only offer a long-wheelbase ID. Buzz in North America, while Europe will get a standard-wheelbase passenger version and an ID. Buzz Cargo commercial variant.
ID.5 IN SERIES PRODUCTION
Today’s official start of production of the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX02 marks the completion of Volkswagen’s successful transformation of its Zwickau plant into a dedicated electric vehicle production facility. The long-established site in western Saxony is the first large-scale facility of any volume manufacturer worldwide to switch over all production from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles. Six models from the Volkswagen, Audi and CUPRA brands will now be manufactured in Zwickau based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). The plants in Emden (ID.4), Hanover (ID. Buzz) and Chattanooga (USA, ID.4) will be added to the electric vehicle production network this year. The Volkswagen brand has thus laid the foundations for building 1.2 million all-electric-vehicles at its sites in Europe, the USA and China in 2022 based on the MEB.
BMW I3 TO CEASE PRODUCTION IN JULY AFTER NINE YEARS
The BMW i3 is set to end production in just six months time, after a run of nine years and around 250,000 units sold.
In an interview with Autocar, a BMW spokesperson confirmed the final example of the compact electric five-door is due to roll off BMW’s production line in Leipzig, Germany in July ahead of a reorganisation of the manufacturing facility in preparation for a start of production for the upcoming third-generation Mini Countryman during the second half of 2022.
Previewed in concept car form in 2011 prior to a UK launch in 2013, the i3 was the first BMW model to offer a pure-electric driveline
BYD TO BUILD E-MOBILITY INDUSTRIAL PARK IN HUBEI
BYD has signed a framework agreement with the municipal government of the city of Xiangyang in the Chinese province of Hubei for the construction of an industrial park where, among other things, traction batteries for electric cars will be produced.
the first phase is to include the development and production of battery cells, battery modules and other core components for e-cars with an annual production capacity of 30 GWh.
In the second phase, suppliers of cathode and anode materials, copper and aluminium foils, separators, electrolytes and structural parts for battery packs will be located in the industrial park. The third phase will focus on winning projects related to components such as electric motors, electric control units, air conditioners, wiring harnesses and gearboxes.
CONTINENTAL IS JOINTLY DEVELOPING FULLY AUTOMATIC CHARGING ROBOTS
Continental is revolutionizing the charging of electric vehicles. Together with startup Volterio, Continental’s development and production service provider Continental Engineering Services (CES) is developing an intelligent charging robot that will make filling up with electricity much easier and more convenient in the future.
Volume production of the system is planned for 2024 and will take place in Germany.
The fully automatic charging solution comprises two components: one unit in the underbody of the vehicle and another on the garage floor. As soon as the car is parked, the two components connect automatically via a smart system, which among other options is controlled via ultra-broadband
practical advantage of this is that the car does not have to be parked accurately. The charging robot corrects for deviation of up to 30 centimeters from the ideal parking position. In addition, it is irrelevant what angle a vehicle is positioned in relation to the floor unit.
The innovative charging solution is initially provided for use in private households with a suitable rating of 22 kW alternating current.
EV BATTERY MAKER LG ENERGY SOLUTION BECOMES SOUTH KOREA’S SECOND MOST VALUABLE FIRM
South Korea’s electric vehicle battery maker LG Energy Solution made a successful market debut on Thursday. The market capitalization of LG Energy stood at $98.3 billion (118 trillion KRW) at the close of trading on local stock exchanges, making it the country’s second most valuable firm after Samsung Electronics.
The firm’s stock price opened at 597,000 KRW ($496), nearly 99% up from its initial public offering price of 300,000 KRW ($250)
The world’s second largest EV battery maker after Chinese CATL raised 12.8 trillion KRW ($10.8 billion), which valued the company at $59 billion, last week in South Korea’s largest IPO.
LG Energy has approximately 23% of the global EV battery market, with customers including Tesla, General Motors and Volkswagen
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR DETAILS $10 BILLION PLAN TO BOOST ELECTRIC VEHICLE ADOPTION
Newsom is hoping to make EVs more accessible by putting aside $256 million for low-income consumer EV purchases and spending $900 million on deploying affordable charging options to low-income neighborhoods.
Another $935 million will also be spent to add 1,000 zero-emission short-haul trucks and 1,700 electric buses to the state’s fleet. $1.5 billion will be used to electrify school buses, while $1.1 billion will be used to buy trucks, buses, off-road equipment and fueling infrastructure. California will spend $400 million on the electrification of ports and $419 million to support projects that increase access to zero-emission transportation in low-income communities, as well.
TESLA BUYS RAIL TRACK TO MAKE GIGA BERLIN EMPLOYEE COMMUTE EASIER
Even though Giga Berlin isn’t yet fully operational, Tesla is making sure that once they get the green light to start production their employees will easily be able to get to the factory.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Infrastructure and State Planning confirmed on Thursday the automaker had purchased an existing rail track from the German regional railway group DRE.
Tesla plans to use the track to run a special train for employees from the nearby town of Erkner to a new stop just south of Giga Berlin.
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