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CASE unveils first fully electric backhoe loader: the 580 EV

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CASE Construction Equipment introduced “Project Zeus”: the 580 EV, the construction industry’s first fully electric backhoe loader. Electric motors, on the other hand, have instantaneous torque and peak torque available at every operating speed. Electric (Battery) Off-road

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MAN Truck & Bus starts series production of the fully electric Lion’s City E

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At the beginning of October, series production for battery-electric city buses started successfully at the MAN plant in Starachowice, Poland, beginning with the Lion’s City E in the 12-meter solo version. Bus Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

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Volvo Cars inaugurates new battery assembly line at Ghent manufacturing plant

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Volvo Cars formally inaugurated a new battery assembly line at its Belgian manufacturing plant in Ghent, where it will start building its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8, later this year. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

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Lincoln working with Rivian on new fully electric vehicle

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The Lincoln Motor Company is working with Rivian to develop an all-new electric vehicle previously announced as part of Ford Motor Company’s original investment in Rivian. Lincoln’s first fully electric vehicle will join the Aviator and Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid vehicles, further solidifying Lincoln’s commitment to electrification. billion into electrification, which includes the Mustang Mach-E and a fully electric version of the best-selling F-150 pickup.

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Ford to assemble electric E-Transit van in Kansas City; building out $3.2B North American EV manufacturing capability

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billion investment in Ford’s North American manufacturing facilities to produce a series of new electric vehicles for commercial and retail customers. The new E-Transit will join the all-electric F-150 announced in September and the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, which begins arriving in dealers’ showrooms next month. The all-electric F-150, which will be assembled at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Mich.,

BMW Group opens Competence Center for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing and expands manufacturing capacity

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The BMW Group has opened the Competence Center for E-Drive Production at its largest European manufacturing location in Dingolfing. Having produced electric powertrain components in Dingolfing since 2013, the BMW Group is now expanding its capacity significantly.

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BMW Brilliance Automotive doubles production capacity for high-voltage batteries in China

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The BMW Group continues to adapt its production structures to growing demand for fully and partially electrified vehicles. And we are preparing for future growth: With this new Battery Center, we more than double the capacity of our local battery production in China.

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Volvo Cars successfully places first green bond, raises €500M

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The proceeds of the bond will be used to fund the design, development and manufacturing of fully electric cars in line with the company’s recently established Green Finance Framework. Electric (Battery) Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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First BMW electric iX3 comes off production line at BMW Brilliance Automotive in Shenyang, China

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The first fully-electric BMW iX3 has left the production line at the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture (BBA) in Shenyang, China. The workforce at the BBA Plant Dadong in Shenyang already celebrated the successful start of production on 29 September 2020.

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2020 Audi A8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid carries starting price of $94,000

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Audi is pricing its 2020 A8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid with a MSRP of $94,000 in the US. By comparison, the starting MSRP for a 2020 Audi A8 55 TFSI quattro with automatic transmission is $85,200. The Audi virtual cockpit is also updated to display battery data and range statistics.

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Corvus Energy to supply batteries for five new electric ferries

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The aim of GVB’s extensive newbuilding and retrofit program aims is that the entire fleet will be hybrid or fully electric by 2025. With the new batteries from Corvus, we get are able to equip ships with bigger power demands which mean that we expand the number of hybrid vessels.

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BMW investing €400M in new vehicle assembly at Munich plant as part of shift to electromobility; engine production being concentrated at Steyr and Hams Hall

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The combustion engines with four, six, eight and 12 cylinders produced there will be manufactured at the company’s locations in Steyr in Austria and Hams Hall in the UK going forward. By the end of 2022, each of our German plants will be producing at least one fully electric vehicle.

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Lightning eMotors introduces new generation 4 Lightning Electric Transit Class 3 Van; battery-electric and fuel cell electric variants

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Lightning eMotors has announced a new model of its Class 3 Lightning Electric Transit Van. The new, longer-range Lightning Electric Transit Van is the fourth generation of its battery-electric and fuel cell electric platform, based on the Ford Transit 350HD chassis.

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First electric school buses deployed in Texas; 3 Blue Bird buses

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The first zero-emissions electric school buses in the state of Texas were recently received by Everman Independent School District. The three buses, manufactured by Blue Bird Corporation, started transporting students this school year. Bus Electric (Battery

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Bentley launches 3-year research study on EV powertrains: OCTOPUS

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Bentley Motors has launched a three-year research study on electric vehicle powertrains, utilizing a fully integrated, free from rare-earth magnet e-axle that supports electric vehicle architectures. Advanced Electric Machines Ltd – Motor manufacturing and systems assembly.

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GM to lead design, development and manufacturing of own family of next-generation EV drive units and motors: Ultium Drive

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General Motors announced that it will design, develop and manufacture a family of five interchangeable electric drive units and three motors, known collectively as “Ultium Drive.” —Ken Morris, GM vice president, Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programs.

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Ford confirms construction of Rouge EV center to be home of electric F-150; production by mid-2022

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Ford celebrated the production start of the all-new F-150 at the Ford Rouge Center and confirmed construction of the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center where it will build the all-electric F-150 by mid-2022. Rendering of the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center.

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Scania to invest $116M in battery assembly plant, $18.4M in new battery laboratory

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With the rapid expansion of Scania’s electrified range of trucks, buses and engines, the company plans to, over several years, invest more than 1 billion SEK (US$116 million) in a battery assembly plant in Södertälje, Sweden. The initial step is a 18,000-square meter facility and the construction will start early 2021 with the aim to be fully operational by 2023. million) in a new battery laboratory at its research and development facilities in Södertälje.

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Mercedes-Benz will be producing 8 all-electric EQ models in 2022

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In 2022, Mercedes-Benz’ global portfolio will include eight all-electric Mercedes-EQ models. The global Mercedes-Benz production network is ready for the company’s electric product offensive and is integrating its Mercedes-EQ models into series production in its existing plants.

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BMW Group to build new pilot plant to produce Li-ion cells

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The BMW Group has set itself the goal of creating a closed and sustainable material cycle for battery cells. The new pilot plant will strengthen our expertise in production of battery cells. Assembly of the battery cell at the Battery Cell Competence Center.

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Volkswagen significantly expanding charging infrastructure at German sites; first High Power Charging stations with up to 300 kW

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Under its long-term planning for the next ten years, the Group intends to launch some 70 all-electric models by 2030. The Planning Round envisages production of approximately 26 million fully-electric cars by 2030.

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BMW Group enters long-term €2B supply contract with Northvolt for battery cells from Europe

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The BMW Group has signed a long-term supply contract worth €2 billion for battery cells with the Swedish company Northvolt. The battery cells will be produced in Europe at the Northvolt gigafactory currently under construction in Skellefteå in northern Sweden (series plant Northvolt Ett) from 2024. Northvolt will obtain 100% of the energy needed to produce the battery cells regionally in northern Sweden and exclusively from wind and hydroelectric power.

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Van Hool ships first CX45E electric coach to the US; 10 more to follow in 1H 2021; Proterra batteries, Siemens traction system

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Van Hool, an independent Belgian manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles, has shipped the first CX45E, a 100% battery electric coach, to the US. The all-electric CX45E will then be delivered to two North American customers.

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Mack LR Electric refuse truck to enter production in 2021

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Volvo Group’s American subsidiary Mack Trucks announced plans to commercialize the Mack LR Electric, its refuse model equipped with a fully electric integrated Mack drivetrain. Orders for the Mack LR Electric will open in Q4 2020, with deliveries beginning in 2021.

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BMW Group sources sustainable cobalt worth around €100M from Morocco for fifth-gen batteries

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With this order the BMW Group will cover about one-fifth of its cobalt needs for the fifth generation of electric drive trains. The contract between the BMW Group and the Managem Group is for a term of five years (2020 – 2025). By signing this supply contract with Managem today, we are continuing to secure our raw material needs for battery cells. By 2023, we aim to have 25 electrified models in our line-up—more than half of them fully-electric.

Volkswagen Group Components delivering essential components for Volkswagen’s ID.4 electric SUV

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family and numerous other Group brand models based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). Volkswagen Group Components contributes around 40% of the overall added value of the first fully electric SUV by the Volkswagen brand, the world e-car ID.4.

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Volvo Car Group exceeds 600,000 vehicles sold on the CMA platform

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Due to its modular design, the platform was used to create the Lynk & Co 01, 02, 03 and 05, as well as the pure electric 2020 Polestar 2 and Volvo’s first all-electric model, the XC40 Recharge. In June 2020, it had sold a total of 35,708 CMA-based vehicles.

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GM investing $2B in Spring Hill plant to build EVs, starting with Cadillac LYRIQ

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announced today that its Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant will begin the transition to become the company’s third vehicle manufacturing site to produce electric vehicles, joining Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan, and Orion Assembly in Orion Township, Michigan.

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Allison Transmission launches new electric axles for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks: eGen Power

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The eGen Power product family, previously referred to as AXE for trucks, will be the second product offering under the recently announced Allison eGen portfolio of fully electric and electric hybrid propulsion solutions.

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BMW Munich plant takes 6-week break to prep for production of electric i4

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In preparation for production of the fully-electric BMW i4, BMW Group Plant Munich will pause vehicle production for six weeks this summer. The high-voltage battery makes the BMW i4 body concept different to that of the vehicle models previously built at the plant.

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KUKA receives major order for body-in-white production of the ID. BUZZ from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

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BUZZ brings its classic, the Bulli, to the road as a fully electric version. KUKA is responsible for the planning, delivery, assembly and commissioning of a fully automated body shop system for the underbody of the all-electric ID. The fully electric ID.

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Daimler electric trucks & buses log more than 7M customer kilometers

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Worldwide, Daimler battery-electric trucks and buses have already logged more than seven million customer kilometers (4.3 As one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers, we have the ambition to be the innovation and technology leader also with alternative drive systems.

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Volvo Cars invests in designing and developing electric motors in-house

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Volvo Cars says that it is making significant investments that allow for the in-house design and development of electric motors for the next generation of Volvo models, as the company continues to move towards becoming a fully electric car maker.

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BMW Group makes sustainability and efficient resource management central to its strategic direction

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In addition to this significant reduction in substance, the BMW Group will also fully offset its remaining CO 2 emissions (Scope 1 + 2) from 2021 on with appropriate certificates. Product strategy: fully-electric models in high-volume series.

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BMW Dadong plant closing in on standard production of iX3 EV

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The BMW Group will release the new BMW iX3 EV ( earlier post )onto the market by the end of 2020. The first of these electric vehicles will be delivered to customers by the end of the year. The electric car is based on the globally successful BMW X3.

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Mercedes-Benz has 60+ orders for eCitaro G articulated electric bus; first deliveries this year

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Mercedes-Benz reports that it already has definitive orders for more than 60 fully-electric eCitaro G articulated buses, with first deliveries slated for later this year. Shortly after its market launch, the new articulated bus will be available with new battery technologies.

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Volkswagen of America unveils the 2021 ID.4 electric SUV

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electric SUV—the brand’s first long-range EV to be sold in the US. electric compact SUV is based on the modular electric drive architecture (MEB). A more powerful, electric all-wheel-drive variant with 302 hp will follow later in 2021.

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BMW introduces iX3 electric SUV; destined for China and Europe

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BMW unveiled the iX3 electric SUV ( earlier post ), offering full electric mobility in a BMW X model. Electric power consumption combined in the WLTP test cycle is 19.5 – 18.5 Market launch will begin in China later in 2020. China Electric (Battery) Europe

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The BMW Group’s battery cell suppliers to use only green power to produce its fifth-generation cells

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The BMW Group now has a contractual agreement with it cell manufacturers so that they will use only green power to produce BMW’s fifth-generation battery cells, according to BMW AG Management Board Chairman Oliver Zipse. The production of high-voltage batteries is energy-intensive, and accounts for up to 40% of a fully electric vehicle’s CO 2 emissions come from battery cell production alone. Batteries Emissions Manufacturing Market Background

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Audi to quit DTM touring car racing series after this season

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Audi will not extend its commitment in the DTM touring car racing series beyond the 2020 season. The brand has been represented in Formula E ever since the popular fully electric racing series was started in 2014. Electric (Battery) Motorsport Vehicle Manufacturers

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Hyliion launches Hypertruck Electric Range Extender; CNG genset; 1,000-truck pre-order

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a developer of electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 commercial vehicles, launched its Hypertruck Electric Range Extender (ERX), a long-haul, natural-gas series-hybrid electric powertrain. Hyliion Inc.,

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Audi boosts specs on 2021 e-tron family, lowers price

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The Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback are the first and second fully electric vehicles in the Audi lineup, laddering up to the brand’s commitment to 30% of the US model lineup being fully or partially electrified by 2025. Electric (Battery) Vehicle Manufacturers

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Audi to compete in Dakar Rally in 2022 with series-hybrid electric prototype; factory team leaving Formula E

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The alternative drive concept combines an electric drivetrain with a high-voltage battery and a highly efficient energy converter for the first time. The vehicle will be driven by a powerful electric drivetrain. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Motorsport

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