CATL Deepens Battery Tie With BAIC BJEV, Pride Power

CATL to grow even larger.

Chinese EV battery provider Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) announced on February 25 that it has signed a five-year agreement to deepen the cooperation with BAIC BJEV and Beijing Pride Power System Technology Limited (Pride Power).

According to the announcement, CATL and Pride Power will provide BAIC BJEV with power battery systems in the next five years. Besides, Pride Power should offer the products to the EV maker at a bargain price and CATL need to supply an agreed monthly volume of battery, while BAIC BJEV is supposed to give CATL and Pride Power some procurement shares no less than a certain percentage of its annual battery procurement volume in 2019.

The agreement also says if CATL satisfies BAIC BJEV’s battery needs on a monthly basis, the EV maker and Pride Power agree to prepay a certain amount of money to CATL during the strategic cooperation period based on some conditions approved by all three parties. This prepayment should be fully offset against the money payable by the end of December every year.

Moreover, under the strengthened collaboration, CATL and BAIC BJEV will jointly build a R&D team to work on developing new types of power battery.

Earlier this month, CATL claimed that it will build the world’s biggest battery factory in Erfurt, Germany and planned capacity of up to 100GWh. In addition, during the Spring Festival, the battery manufacturer announced a partnership with Honda, saying it will offer 56GWh of lithium-ion power battery to the Japanese automaker by 2027.

Source: Gasgoo


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Alliance Ventures invests in Chinese charging platform startup PowerShare

Alliance Ventures, the venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has invested an undisclosed amount in PowerShare, an EV charging platform startup based in China.

PowerShare, which received investment from BP Ventures just weeks before this latest investment, offers an online platform that connects EV drivers, charge point operators, and power suppliers. The startup’s cloud-based system enables electricity suppliers to monitor and balance energy demand from EVs with the supply capacity of the grid.

Alliance Vice President François Dossa said, “A solid infrastructure network must be established to accelerate the deployment of EV and new mobility services, and we expect Powershare’s technology to help make that happen. Additionally, PowerShare’s base in China aligns with our strong focus on the market as a strategic hub.”

 

Source: Groupe Renault


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In January NIO Sold 1,803 ES8 Electric SUVs In China

NIO ES8 sales in the first year could exceed 20,000

NIO, just like many other manufacturers, began the year 2019 with a moderate sales result of 1,803 ES8. Cumulatively, sales exceed 13,000 in eight months, which means more than 20,000 in the first year is achievable.

It was totally expected and announced earlier as the first months of the year are usually slower in China. The question is when NIO will again reach its peak output of 3,000 or more ES8 per month.

The second model, NIO ES6, is now just a few months from market launch in June, which also will be quite interesting, especially in comparison to the Tesla Model 3 progress in China.

NIO ES8 sales in China – January 2019


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Kia Reveals Refreshed Niro PHEV: Looks Like Newer e-Niro

It will not go further on battery power, but maybe it will sell even better

On March 5, Kia will unveil in Geneva updated versions of its Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossovers. The refreshed design aligns the HEV’s and PHEV’s appearance with the newer all-electric Kia e-Niro.

Since 2016, Kia sold more than 270,000 Niro, including 100,000 in Europe. Sales of the updated versions in Europe will start in Q2 2019.

Both Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid will be sold with 7-Year, 150,000-kilometre warranty as standard.

The plug-in hybrid powertrain/battery remains unchanged. So let’s take a look at what changed besides the look in the PHEV:

  • Refreshed exterior design in-line with new design language first introduced on e-Niro electric crossover
    • While the Niro retains its distinctive design and iconic ‘tiger-nose’ grille, new bumpers at the front and rear give it a more purposeful appearance and more confident stance on the road.
    • The standard projection headlamps have been redesigned, incorporating Kia’s unique ‘ice-cube’ design, while buyers can specify optional full LED headlamps. The bumper features new LED daytime running lights below the headlamps with a unique double-arrow layout, as well as optional LED fog lamps.
    • At the rear of the car, newly-redesigned LED lights give the Niro a more distinctive and modern light signature. The new bumper design is finished with a silver-painted skid plate and incorporates new light reflectors and rear fog lamps in the corners.
  • Newly-designed 16-inch alloy wheels with dark grey inserts, contributing to its unique stance and design
  • Fully revamped, high quality, upscale interior with optional colour customisation packs
    • The top of the dashboard is finished in high-quality soft-touch coating, while the dashboard and instrument panel feature elegant new gloss black trim with silver or satin chrome highlights.
    • The Niro range is now available with new customisation options in the form of two colour packs. Depending on vehicle specification and market, the Niro can be finished with Red-Orange or Plum colour packs, adding a dash of colour and flair to the cabin. The Red-Orange colour pack adds colour contrast stitching to all cabin upholstery in a warm shade of red, with matching red-orange dashboard trim. The Plum colour pack adds new plum-coloured perforated leather upholstery with warm purple stitching on the seats and throughout the cabin, a new plum-coloured arm-rest in the doors, and satin chrome dashboard trim.
    • The interior also engages drivers more with the adoption of wheel-mounted paddle-shifters to change gear (six-speed double-clutch transmission).
    • Kia is now equipping the new Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models with a new electronic parking brake, accompanied by larger rear brakes to improve stopping power in all conditions.
  • Functionality upgraded with advanced 10.25-inch TFT-LCD infotainment system and 7.0-inch TFT Supervision instrument cluster for the driver (option)
  • Advanced new UVO CONNECT telematics technology
    • Accessible via the optional 10.25-inch touchscreen and the owner’s smartphone, UVO CONNECT features a new Kia Live system, which uses its own SIM card to retrieve and update live data. This gives owners access to live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, fuel prices, and details of potential on- and off-street parking – including price, location and availability. Niro Plug-in Hybrid models also provide charging station information, such as location, availability, and connection compatibility.
    • The second element of the UVO system is the UVO App, designed for compatibility on Android and Apple smartphones. The app offers users peace of mind with a range of features to provide diagnostic data about their car and the trips they take. The app also enables owners to activate a range of remote functions and features remotely. Depending on country, users can remotely send route directions to their car before a journey, check the location of their vehicle, and access vehicle reports and diagnostic notifications.
    • The 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system features with Bluetooth multi-connection (split-screen functionality) as standard
  • New safety technologies available
    • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go follows the preceding vehicle, and can now bring the Niro to a stop if traffic slows to a halt, bringing the car back up to speed as the car in front moves off
    • Lane Following Assist (first introduced in e-Niro), operates between 0 and 180 km/h

Kia Niro PHEV spec:

  • 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine (104bhp and 147Nm) paired with a 44.5kW (60bhp) electric motor – Transmission-Mounted Electric Device (TMED). System output is 139bhp, with 265Nm of torque. Drive to the front wheels is through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox (6DCT).
  • 0-60mph in 10.4 seconds and has a top speed of 107mph
  • 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack
  • up to 36 miles (58 km) in all-electric range, 26 miles (42 km) according to EPA
  • potential fuel economy of well over 200mpg and CO2 emissions of just 29g/km
  • drag coefficient (Cd) of .30
  • 4,355mm long, 1,805mm wide and 1,535mm tall
  • curb weight to 1,594kg
  • luggage space – 324 litres

Press release:

Kia to reveal upgraded Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid crossovers in Geneva

  • Geneva Motor Show debut for upgraded Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid
  • More than 270,000 global Niro sales since 2016 – 100,000 in Europe
  • Refreshed exterior design in-line with new design language first introduced on e-Niro electric crossover
  • Fully revamped, high quality, upscale interior with optional colour customisation packs
  • Kia introduces UVO CONNECT telematics technology
  • Functionality upgraded with advanced 10.25-inch infotainment system
  • Upgraded Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid on-sale in Europe during Q2 2019 with 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty

25 February 2019 – Kia Motors has made a number of improvements to the Niro, its best-selling electrified crossover range of ultra-low emission vehicles. The upgraded Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models will make their global debut on 5 March 2019 at the Geneva International Motor Show.

The Niro, which combines crossover style practicality with ultra-low hybrid emissions, has been enhanced for 2019 with a new exterior design, a more upscale, high-quality interior, and new interior colour customisation options. The Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models also feature Kia’s advanced new UVO CONNECT telematics system, which brings additional ‘connected’ functionality to the car.

Since sales began in 2016, over 270,000 examples of the Niro have been sold globally, with more than 100,000 units sold in Europe. The Niro crossover was Kia’s fifth best-selling model in Europe in 2018, with sales growing 33% to 45,255 units – including 34,642 hybrids and 9,951 plug-in hybrids. The Niro range expanded at the end of 2018 with the launch of the fully-electric e-Niro.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, comments: “The Niro has become a key growth driver for Kia in Europe, and is a cornerstone of our electrified product strategy. Its cool crossover design, high versatility, and low emissions and running costs make it an attractive proposition for both private and business buyers. New enhancements to quality and design, and the adoption of our ‘connected’ UVO system, will make the Niro family an even more compelling proposition.”

European sales of the upgraded Kia Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid start during the second quarter of 2019. Uniquely among all hybrid cars in Europe, the Niro is sold with Kia’s industry-leading 7-Year, 150,000-kilometre warranty as standard.

Refreshed exterior design

Retaining its stylish crossover design, the upgraded Kia Niro features a handful of design updates for 2019. The refreshed design aligns the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants of the range with the appearance of the new all-electric e-Niro.

While the Niro retains its distinctive design and iconic ‘tiger-nose’ grille, new bumpers at the front and rear give it a more purposeful appearance and more confident stance on the road. The standard projection headlamps have been redesigned, incorporating Kia’s unique ‘ice-cube’ design, while buyers can specify optional full LED headlamps. The bumper features new LED daytime running lights below the headlamps with a unique double-arrow layout, as well as optional LED fog lamps.

At the rear of the car, newly-redesigned LED lights give the Niro a more distinctive and modern light signature. The new bumper design is finished with a silver-painted skid plate and incorporates new light reflectors and rear fog lamps in the corners.

The Niro Hybrid now provides more customisation options to buyers, offered with a choice of two 16-inch alloy wheel designs, as well as an all-new 18-inch dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheel. The Niro Plug-in Hybrid is available with newly-designed 16-inch alloy wheels with dark grey inserts, contributing to its unique stance and design.

Upscale interior atmosphere and new colour customisation options

Inside, Kia has introduced a series of visual and material upgrades, creating a more upscale atmosphere and enhancing cabin quality.

The top of the dashboard is finished in high-quality soft-touch coating, while the dashboard and instrument panel feature elegant new gloss black trim with silver or satin chrome highlights. Kia is also introducing an optional new 10.25-inch TFT-LCD widescreen for the main display, and 7.0-inch TFT Supervision instrument cluster for the driver. The car is fitted with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and 4.2-inch TFT instrument binnacle as standard.

The Niro range is now available with new customisation options in the form of two colour packs. Depending on vehicle specification and market, the Niro can be finished with Red-Orange or Plum colour packs, adding a dash of colour and flair to the cabin. The Red-Orange colour pack adds colour contrast stitching to all cabin upholstery in a warm shade of red, with matching red-orange dashboard trim. The Plum colour pack adds new plum-coloured perforated leather upholstery with warm purple stitching on the seats and throughout the cabin, a new plum-coloured arm-rest in the doors, and satin chrome dashboard trim.

The interior also engages drivers more with the adoption of wheel-mounted paddle-shifters to change gear. The Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are both equipped with a slick-shifting six-speed double-clutch transmission, delivering more direct and immediate responses – and a more entertaining drive – than traditional electronic continuously-variable transmissions (e-CVT) found on other hybrids.

Kia is now equipping the new Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models with a new electronic parking brake, accompanied by larger rear brakes to improve stopping power in all conditions.

Kia launches innovative UVO CONNECT telematics system

The Niro is among the first Kia models in Europe to offer the brand’s innovative UVO CONNECT telematics system, connecting drivers to the world around to provide them with invaluable information during a drive.

Kia is introducing the UVO CONNECT telematics system to all Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants of the Niro range. The technology will be introduced to other European models in future.

Accessible via the optional 10.25-inch touchscreen and the owner’s smartphone, UVO CONNECT features a new Kia Live system, which uses its own SIM card to retrieve and update live data. This gives owners access to live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, fuel prices, and details of potential on- and off-street parking – including price, location and availability. Niro Plug-in Hybrid models also provide charging station information, such as location, availability, and connection compatibility.

The second element of the UVO system is the UVO App, designed for compatibility on Android and Apple smartphones. The app offers users peace of mind with a range of features to provide diagnostic data about their car and the trips they take. The app also enables owners to activate a range of remote functions and features remotely. Depending on country, users can remotely send route directions to their car before a journey, check the location of their vehicle, and access vehicle reports and diagnostic notifications.

The 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system features with Bluetooth multi-connection as standard, enabling occupants to connect two mobile devices at once, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its advanced split-screen functionality lets users control or monitor different vehicle features at the same time, customising the screen with a series of different widgets. This allows the driver to have a single display (such as navigation or powertrain information), or combine numerous elements on-screen at the same time. This means the driver can follow navigation directions or keep track of energy flow through the hybrid powertrain, while passengers can simultaneously choose their favourite songs or check the weather forecast. The Niro range is also offered with its existing 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The technology has been developed to comply with the latest European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ensuring the highest levels of data privacy and protection.

New safety technologies available

The upgraded Niro range sees the introduction of a series of new active driver-assistive safety technologies. Already available with Smart Cruise Control, the upgraded Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are now offered with additional Stop & Go functionality. Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go follows the preceding vehicle, and can now bring the Niro to a stop if traffic slows to a halt, bringing the car back up to speed as the car in front moves off.

Lane Following Assist, Kia’s ‘Level Two’ autonomous driving technology, is also available for the first time on Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models, following its introduction on the electric e-Niro. This technology tracks vehicles in front of the car in traffic, and detects road markings to keep the Niro in its lane on the motorway. The system controls acceleration, braking and steering depending on the convoy of vehicles in front, using external sensors to maintain a safe distance, while also assisting the driver change lanes. Lane Following Assist operates between 0 and 180 kph.

The Niro continues to be offered with a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies. Depending on specification, these include Forward Collision-avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist, Blind-spot Collision Warning,Rear Cross-traffic Collision Warning, and Intelligent Speed Limit Warning.

Practical, efficient and engaging to drive

With fully-independent front and rear suspension and a slick-shifting six-speed double-clutch transmission, the Kia Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid offer a fine balance between on-road comfort and driver engagement.

Its crossover packaging – unique among other hybrids at the same price point – means owners benefit from generous interior room and high cargo capacity with flexible storage space. Unlike many other hybrid models, the Niro offers an optional Towing Pack, enabling the car to tow loads of up to 1,300 kg in weight (braked).

The Niro is powered by an efficient 1.6-litre GDi (gasoline direct injection) engine, twinned with either a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack (Niro Hybrid models) or 8.9 kWh (for Plug-in Hybrid models). Carbon dioxide emissions for the Niro Hybrid are as low as 99.8 g/km (WLTP combined cycle), with emissions from Plug-in Hybrid models even lower at 31.3 g/km (WLTP combined cycle). The Niro Plug-in Hybrid can achieve pure electric city-driving range of up to 65 kilometres, or a WLTP combined cycle electric range of 49 kilometres*.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Truck drivers messing with Tesla owner turns into great ad for Summon feature

Tesla owner and Youtuber Marques Brownlee came back to his Model S in a parking lot to find his vehicle partially blocked on each side by large trucks.

It gave Brownlee a rare opportunity to use Tesla’s Summon feature and nullify what appeared to be the truckers’ attempt to annoy him. more…

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BorgWarner acquires Rinehart Motion Systems and AM Racing to form Cascadia Motion supplying specialty EV applications

Automotive supplier BorgWarner has acquired two Oregon-based companies specializing in EV technology: Rinehart Motion Systems and AM Racing. The two newly acquired companies will be merged into a single company called Cascadia Motion.

Cascadia Motion will target customers with low-volume, specialty EV applications. Before the acquisition, Rinehart Motion Systems developed propulsion inverters and controls for EVs, and AM Racing designed single- and dual-core electric motors and gearsets. Both companies served market segments including professional motorsports, motorcycles, specialty road cars, buses, and heavy-duty vehicles.

“Rinehart Motion Systems and AM Racing are two established companies in the specialty  electric and hybrid propulsion sector,” said BorgWarner CTO Hakan Yilmaz. “Bringing them together as Cascadia Motion will allow us to offer design, development and production of full electric and hybrid propulsion systems for niche and low-volume manufacturing applications.”

 

Source: BorgWarner


Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

Rivian has several undercover F-150 electric pickup trucks driving around as test mules

In order to bring its own electric pickup trucks to market, Rivian has installed its electric powertrain inside several undercover F-150 electric pickup trucks driving around as test mules in its development program. more…

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New Teasers Of Kia’s Special EV Concept Reveal Insane Interior

Kia put 21 individual ultra-high-resolution screens on the dashboard!

Kia presents two more images of its upcoming all-electric concept car, which reportedly brings an unorthodox approach to electrification. The four-door concept – still without name – will debut in Geneva.

According to the press release, the new EV is “intelligently reinterpreting Kia’s iconic ‘tiger nose’ grille”. As with other manufacturers, Kia is playing with light, creating “a bold new illuminated ‘tiger mask’ that encircles the headlamp units to create a distinctive and recognizable lighting motif, one which instantly marks this out as a Kia for the 21st Century”.

The other features are:

  • a single sheet of glass is used for both the windscreen and roof (yeah, it’s hard to see it on the images right now)
  • team fully exploited the chassis architecture of the powertrain’s all-electric layout to maximise cabin space and create an airy and spacious interior
  • In a humorous riposte to the industry’s current obsession with ever increasing dashboard screens, the concept features 21 individual ultra high-resolution screens. These curve their synchronised way across the top of the dashboard in a layout that’s at the same time both casual and coordinated.

Press blast:

“Automotive design is about capturing the heart and making it beat that bit faster for that bit longer. We believe that there’s absolutely no reason why that should change simply because the car is powered by electricity,” says Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe. “That’s why our all-electric concept is designed to not only get your pulse racing, but to also signpost our holistic and emotional approach to electrification.”

This human-centric attitude is perfectly aligned with Kia’s attitude on automotive design, as Guillaume explains: “When they talk about their electric cars, many carmakers promote the same empirical data-driven messages as they do with their internal combustion engined cars, such as range, economy and performance criteria.”

“Kia prides itself on its power to surprise, which is why we wanted to move away from the rational and focus on the emotional, and embrace a warmer and more human approach to electrification. After all, electricity is found within every atom – it’s the energy that flows within us and around us on our planet. Harnessing its potential has propelled us from one innovation to the next,” says Guillaume.

A visual embodiment of its desire to move forward into the exciting world of electrification, this concept is the company’s first pure electric four-door passenger car. Intentionally designed to not sit within the industry’s predefined vehicle categories, it coherently draws together elements of a muscular sports utility vehicle, a sleek and athletic family saloon and a versatile and spacious crossover.

Intelligently reinterpreting Kia’s iconic ‘tiger nose’ grille, the concept features a bold new illuminated ‘tiger mask’ that encircles the headlamp units to create a distinctive and recognizable lighting motif, one which instantly marks this out as a Kia for the 21st Century.

A single sheet of glass is used for both the windscreen and roof, flowing from the base of the A-pillar and over the cabin to create a vast sky-window, before tapering into a double-bubble over the rear passenger compartment. The rakishness of the car’s high shoulders and narrow glasshouse is further enhanced by an illustrated dynamic streak that draws the eye from the A-pillar to the C-pillar.

Guillaume and his team fully exploited the chassis architecture of the powertrain’s all-electric layout to maximise cabin space and create an airy and spacious interior. In a humorous riposte to the industry’s current obsession with ever increasing dashboard screens, the concept features 21 individual ultra high-resolution screens. These curve their synchronised way across the top of the dashboard in a layout that’s at the same time both casual and coordinated.

“I believe that our unorthodox approach to electrification fired our collective imagination,” says Guillaume. “It enabled us to envisage a future where engaging and dynamic cars like this were an integral part of our transport requirements. And its message is clear,” says Guillaume “It’s time to free your imagination, to stop wondering and to start driving!”


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Apple confirms Project Titan layoffs in new filing, engineering positions most affected

Earlier this year, it was reported that Apple had dismissed over 200 staff members from its Project Titan self-driving vehicle department. Now, in a new filing with the California Employment Development Department, Apple has offered more detail on those layoffs.

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