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Mahindra & Volkswagen Explore Partnership, To Sign Deal by 2022 End

Volkswagen Group is exploring an partnership to supply electric components to Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra, the companies said. VW and Mahindra are evaluating the range of the collaboration and expect to finalize the supply agreement before the end of 2022, they said in a joint statement.Mahindra is producing a ground-up electric vehicle platform named "Born Electric," in which it prepares to use components such as electric motors, battery system parts, and battery cells sourced from Volkswagen. VW has invented a modular, open vehicle platform for EVs, called MEB, which is employed to build vehicles such as the VW ID3, Audi Q4 e-tron, and Skoda Enyaq iV, as per Automotive News Europe."Together with Mahindra, we want to contribute significantly to the electrification of India," said Thomas Schmall, who is VW Group's board member for technology. This also qualifies VW to be a supplier of electric technology and parts to other automakers in India. Rajesh Jejurikar, executive director for the auto and farm sectors at Mahindra, said VW's "extensive technology, innovation, and vertical integration in supply chains" will equip a framework to develop Mahindra's EV platform, which the company will demonstrate soon.

EV Ultimo Team

20-05-2022

Citroen To Launch New C3 For India & Here Is More

Citroen is making a bid to grow outside Europe with the New C3, a small hatchback planned for the Indian and South American markets that will be launched in the first half of 2023. Citroen CEO Vincent Cobee said the Stellantis brand is seeking to boost its non-European sales to 30 percent from 15 percent currently. Stellantis already has the Jeep and Citroen brands in India. While the latter only has the C5 Aircross SUV at the moment, to be joined by the C3 hatchback this June, there’s more to come from the French automaker. Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis has indicated in his roadmap for India that there’s a complete host of models in the pipeline, including a compact EV. “From day one, electrification was part of the Smart Car or C Cubed plans. India will get its first EV in 2023. The vehicle is engineered in India for the Indian market. We are not only going to bring compact cars less than 4 metres, you will have people movers to crossover products in India and (for) all these products, EVs will be an alternative offered,” said Carlos Tavares. Analysts expect India will pass Germany and Japan in the next decade to become the third-largest market for electric vehicles after China and the U.S. “We have selected Jeep and Citroen to lead our points of focus in the Indian market so that we learn everything we need to learn. The two brands are strong opportunities. Jeep has been extremely successful around the world in terms of using electrified powertrains that we label 4xe,” said Tavares. According to him, Jeep would transition “between now to cut to a few years from PHEV to pure EV.”The New C3 has a family resemblance to the C3 hatchback and C3 Aircross SUV for the European market. With more ground clearance, short overhangs, and steeper approach and departure angles, it is designed to accommodate rougher roads like in India. Citroen has not provided any information on powertrains yet, but Citroen CEO Vincent Cobee said the New C3 used a significant amount of components from Stellantis' CMP platform, which underpins newer small cars such as the Peugeot 208 and Opel/Vauxhall Corsa (but not the existing C3 models). Citroen currently sells the C5 Aircross compact SUV in India, although it is assembled from parts exported from Europe.The New C3 will contend in India's most popular segment, with small cars holding a market share of nearly 25 percent. The New C3, which was largely designed and developed in India, is just under 4,000 mm long to ensure that it falls into a lower vehicle tax category in the market. It will be built in Chennai, with 90 percent local parts integration, as part of a joint venture between Stellantis and the CK Birla Group. 

EV Ultimo Team

18-05-2022

Why Worry About Tesla When Fisker Is Here

Fisker Automotive recently released a teaser of its 'Pear' compact electric vehicle for worldwide market. It will be the smallest EV from the company, with its manufacturing slated to begin 2024 at Lordstown Motors' former manufacturing facility in Ohio, USA. Fisker Automotive will begin production of Pear in India in collaboration with Foxconn. Foxconn already has a massive existence in India as it is the contract manufacturer for Xiaomi and Apple. Fisker already has an alliance with Foxconn and Magna for the manufacturing of its electric cars in the US. This will allow the company to launch low-budget EVs in India before Tesla sets foot here. In 2007, Tesla Motors hired Fisker to perform initial design work on the Tesla Model S electric sedan, which was introduced in 2012. Fisker hopes to exceed Tesla's 0 to 62 mph time, hoping that the Ocean will reach 62 mph in under 3 seconds. Currently, the Telsa Model Y reports that it will reach speeds of 62. mph in 3.5 seconds. The competition between the Fisker Ocean and Tesla Model Y is pretty close. If the team Fisker manages to pull this out of its performance, it may be the winning feature in this competition. The Pear is expected to slot below the Ocean SUV as an entry-level model, it has the perfect potential to beat the Tesla models.Fisker says it has designed and engineered the Pear to reduce parts for rapid, simplified manufacturing. The Fisker Pear will be built on a new proprietary architecture. This new platform will underpin two additional models Fisker will introduce later. Interestingly, 'Pear' stands for Personal Electric Automotive Revolution. We’re looking at what appears like a small hatchback of sorts, with sleek headlights and illuminated ‘Pear’ lettering in their teaser. This is flanked by super sleek illumination on the front fascia and a mesh pattern on the front bumper. To the sides, you see a rear-view camera in place of physical mirrors, bulky wheels, and a distinct curve on the A-pillar. The powertrain of the Ocean can be either a 275PS base Sport trim, offering a WLTP-claimed range of 440km, or the 550PS Extreme trim which takes range up to 630km. Fisker and Foxconn are targeting a minimum production of 250,000 Pear units per year. Fisker expects prices to go below around ₹ 23.23 lakh for the base variant in India. Fisker has already established headquarters in Hyderabad, Telangana, with plans on bringing in the Ocean SUV and upcoming Pear EV. The former will likely show up in 2023, while the latter towards the end of 2024. Considering production begins in 2024, we could expect a debut in 2023. That’s not all coming from Fisker, as they recently teased the Ronin four-door electric GT sports car, with the prototype debuting in August 2023.  

EV Ultimo Team

16-05-2022

Is This Why Ford Doesn't Want To Continue Production Of EVs In India?

Ford Motor Co (F.N) said it had sunk plans to make electric vehicles (EVs) in India for exports, while it explores options for its two factories in the country that stopped production last year. The U.S. car maker had said in February 2022 that it would manufacture EVs in India and also got approval for the Indian government's $3.5-billion production-linked incentive scheme for making clean-fuel vehicles.Although Ford has said that it will continue to work closely with "unions and other stakeholders” to reach “an equitable and balanced plan” to tide over the loss of jobs and other consequences of restructuring, members of the Chennai Ford Employees Union union have, ever since, been protesting. Ford has reportedly been uptight that it will just deliver requisite compensation in the aftermath of its decision. As part of the continuing business restructuring in India, Ford is trying to study potential alternatives for its manufacturing facilities. The company owned less than 2% of the Indian passenger vehicle market when it ceased production in the country after working for more than two decades to generate profits.Meanwhile, in the other markets worldwide, it seems like Ford wants to be occupied building a second EV truck, as CEO Jim Farley said during the automaker’s splashy event to celebrate the production launch of the electric F-150 Lightning truck. Ford Mustang Mach-E rose to the top of AAA (The American Automobile Association) Car Guide by scoring the most points, securing the Best Overall Car spot. The F-150 Lightning is a full-size truck and the third EV in Ford’s battery-electric lineup following the Mustang Mach E and the commercial E-Transit van. It is believed in the automobile industry that Ford’s truck business is a magnitude leader that could take the automaker far ahead of rivals if its traditional customers are keen to go electric, which they are. Their factory in Tennessee, America will begin producing advanced batteries and next-generation battery-electric F-Series pickups in 2025. The automaker already doubled its planned annual production to 150,000 vehicles by 2023. A broad cross-industry alliance including Ford of Europe and Volvo Cars is demanding the EU to ensure all new cars and vans in Europe are zero emission from 2035 and to designate mandatory charging infrastructure targets.Jim Rowan, CEO of Volvo Cars, said, “Volvo Cars plans to become a fully electric car company by 2030 and supports the end of fossil fuel vehicle sales in Europe by 2035. This would not only be in-line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, which require 100% zero tailpipe emission vehicle sales in Europe by 2035, but it’s just the right thing to do. The window for us to avoid the worst impacts of global warming is rapidly closing. At this critical moment, now is the time for the EU to reaffirm its leadership in climate action.”

EV Ultimo Team

14-05-2022

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