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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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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 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. With five electrified models currently available, the BMW Group offers Chinese customers the widest range of options in the premium segment.

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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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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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Rheinmetall logs €250M order for electric vacuum pumps for PHEVs

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Rheinmetall Automotive AG, part of technology group Rheinmetall AG, has received a major order from an international OEM for electrical vacuum pumps. The components will be manufactured by Pierburg Huayu Pump Technology (PHP), a Shanghai-based joint venture company of Rheinmetall Automotive.

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

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This applies in particular to energy-intensive production of high-voltage batteries for electric vehicles. That is why we now have a contractual agreement with our cell manufacturers that they will only use green power to produce our fifth-generation battery cells. The BMW Group will also source cells manufactured in Europe from the Chinese manufacturer CATL from the plant currently under construction in Erfurt, Germany.

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BMW Group to build future MINI E vehicles in China with Great Wall Motor

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The BMW Group and Great Wall Motor have launched a new joint venture—Spotlight Automotive Limited—and are building a joint plant in China, where the BMW Group will produce future fully-electric models of its MINI brand. The construction phase is planned for 2020 to 2022.

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Audi and FAW establishing new JV company for production of PPE-based EVs in China

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Audi and FAW are forming a new new cooperation company for the future production of PPE-based electric vehicles in Changchun in the northeast of China. AUDI AG and Volkswagen Group China will receive a 60% share, making this company—founded for the local production of fully electric Audi models on the “Premium Platform Electric” (PPE) codeveloped with Porsche—the first cooperation company with a majority interest held by Audi in China.

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BMW boosts CATL battery order to €7.3B, signs €2.9B battery order with Samsung SDI

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The BMW Group is deepening its existing business relationships with battery cell manufacturers CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. billion (contract duration from 2020 to 2031), with €4.5 billion for the Chinese production site of the BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. The BMW Group has also signed a long-term supply contract for its fifth-generation electric drive trains with its second battery cell supplier, Samsung SDI.

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BMW Group extends JV contract with Brilliance to 2040, increases stake to 75%; €3B investment in plants

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With continuous investment, as well as the development and production of electric vehicles, we underline China’s importance as a dynamic growth market for us. Together with our partners, we contribute to the sustainable development of the Chinese market. At Plant Dadong, the BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase version (including plug-in hybrid version) and the BMW X3 are manufactured. The BMW Group anticipates strong growth in demand for electric and electrified vehicles in China.

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Volkswagen Group further advancing electromobility offensive in China; LoI with FAW Group, ICV; investing €15B through 2022

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As part of the 5 th German-Chinese government consultations, the Volkswagen Group China signed letters of intent with a long-time joint-venture partner, the FAW Group, and with the China Intelligent and Connected Vehicles (Beijing) Research Institute Co. The aim of the partnerships is to draw on the support of the Chinese partners and systematically and vigorously to fuel the company’s far-reaching electro-offensive and to apply new technologies.

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NEVS and ICONIQ form a joint vehicle development partnership

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ICONIQ’s vehicles will be manufactured in the NEVS’ joint venture manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China, while NEVS will use both its production facilities, in Tianjin and Trollhättan. As both core members of the Tianjin THT EV Eco-system, NEVS and ICONIQ Motors will strive to benefit from their respective strengths to bring high-quality electric vehicles to the Chinese market and the rest of the world.

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BMW Brilliance Automotive expands battery factory in China

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At the “High-Voltage Battery Centre Phase II”, BBA will produce the new, more powerful batteries of the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology for the fully-electric BMW iX3. Starting in 2020, the BMW iX3 will be built at the neighboring BBA plant Dadong. Today, we break ground for the next stage of our electric model offensive. Production of fully-electric cars to be integrated into existing structures. Batteries China Electric (Battery

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Global auto production may hit 80+ million units this year; hybrids below 2% of total output

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The auto industry’s production capacities are far from fully used; PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) estimates current global vehicle assembly capacity at almost 95 million, the report notes. Auto manufacturing capacity continues to grow, and annual output could reach the 100 million mark by 2016. Electric vehicle (EV) production remains at barely perceptible levels, according to the report. mpg US) for 2020. China consolidated its lead, manufacturing 17.3

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Ford announces China electrification push with new Mondeo PHEV and long-range electric SUV; 70% electrified line-up by 2025

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The Mondeo Energi, to be launched in early 2018, will be the first plug-in hybrid to be manufactured by the Changan Ford JV. Ford also confirmed plans to bring an all-new fully electric small SUV to China within five years; the electric SUV will feature a range of up to 450 km (279 miles) and will also be marketed in North America and Europe. Changan Ford will start manufacturing the Mondeo Energi plug-in hybrid in Chongqing in early 2018.

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Can Electric Vehicles Speed Up As The Economy Slows Down?


It’s clear electric cars were on the rise up until the outbreak, but how is the current situation with full-scale lockdowns around the world affecting this trend now? As a result of the lockdown, automobile production ground to a halt in several leading car manufacturing countries.

Roland Berger: China is the frontrunner in e-mobility subsidies; sales of xEVs double in Q1

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The country has established an active industry and regulatory policy; local xEVs produced by partially foreign-owned companies (which account for almost 80% of the total Chinese market) are only permitted if one of the three key components—electric motor, battery or power electronics—is made not just in China but by a Chinese patent holder. Korea is up slightly, with domestic manufacturers increasing supplier volumes for European OEMs in particular.

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