Report: Tesla considering battery format change in China

Tesla starts delivery of Chinese-made Model 3 sedans on December 30, 2019Tesla has made major investments into cylindrical battery cells, using 18650-format cells in the Model S and Model X, and 2170-format cells in the Model 3 and upcoming Model Y. The company also manufactures these cells at its Gigafactory with Panasonic. But now, perhaps combined with other key changes, the automaker appears ready to test a...

With Geely, Daimler sends Smart electric-car brand to China

2020 Smart EQ Forfour and FortwoMercedes-Benz and Geely announced on Wednesday that its fully electric city-car brand, Smart, is going Chinese. The companies have secured the regulatory approvals to formally establish Smart as a global joint venture based in Hangzhou Bay, Ningbo, and will have sales organizations in China and Germany. Mercedes parent company Daimler, and Geely...

GM reveals the Chevy Menlo electric car to China

2020 Chevrolet MenloGeneral Motors officially unveiled its new Menlo EV Friday, giving the Chinese market its first real look at the car that will spearhead the company's local electrification efforts. The Chevrolet Menlo likely would weigh in at 200 miles or less by EPA estimates (410 km NEDC). It will also feature MyLink infotainment with smart-enabled features...

Eight China-connected electric-car companies: Headed for boom or bust?

ChinaAt almost twice the volume of the U.S., China is the world’s largest car market. Its government has aggressive plans to put the country at the forefront of global electric-car development, deployment, and sales. China’s entrepreneurs have responded energetically, with more than 60 electric-car brands now on the market or promised. Some...

Eight Chinese electric-car companies: Headed for boom or bust?

ChinaAt almost twice the volume of the U.S., China is the world’s largest car market. Its government has aggressive plans to put the country at the forefront of global electric-car development, deployment, and sales. China’s entrepreneurs have responded energetically, with more than 60 electric-car brands now on the market or promised. Some...

Seven China-connected electric-car companies: Headed for boom or bust?

ChinaAt almost twice the volume of the U.S., China is the world’s largest car market. Its government has aggressive plans to put the country at the forefront of global electric-car development, deployment, and sales. China’s entrepreneurs have responded energetically, with more than 60 electric-car brands now on the market or promised. Some...

Renault City K-ZE goes on sale in China for $8,700

Renault City K-ZERenault's new all-electric city crossover went on sale in China earlier this month. Starting at just over $8,700 (after government subsidies), the baby EV offers quick at-home charging and a small footprint at the expense of speed and overall range. The City K-ZE is rated for 271 km (168 miles) of total range measured by NEDC, which might not work...

Tesla gets official nod from China with tax exemption

2019 Tesla Model 3 PerformanceThe California-based electric car maker Tesla has received a boost from the nation with the world’s largest auto market—China. As part of a declaration posted Friday by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Tesla is receiving an exemption from a 10-percent purchase tax. The news, which is part of a broad...