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Xpeng X9 Review: Starship on Wheels Sunday China Drive

China's MPV market gets electrifying with the Xpeng X9, joining the likes of Zeekr 009 and Li Auto Mega. The X9 stands out with its sleek design, luxurious interior, and advanced tech features like the XNGP driver-assistance system. It offers a spacious cabin, innovative storage solutions, and a powerful performance with a range of 640 km. Safety features include a robust safety cage and Level 2.5 ADAS. A family-friendly starship for new adventures.

Hydrogen-Powered Bicycles: The Future of Micromobility?

Hydrogen-powered bicycles are making waves in micromobility, offering a unique alternative to traditional e-bikes. Hydroride Europe AG showcased hydrogen bikes with refillable on-board hydrogen fuel cells, providing a range of 60 km per small hydrogen tank. While not revolutionary in performance, the eco-friendly aspect and potential for at-home hydrogen generation make these bikes appealing for fleet usage rather than individual consumers. The future of micromobility may see hydrogen bikes as a sustainable option for sharing companies seeking to minimize emissions and logistical challenges.

Cybertruck Review: Tech Marvel or Missed Opportunity?

A hands-on review of the Tesla Cybertruck reveals impressive technology like drive-by-wire and rear-steering. While the design receives mixed reviews, the innovative features shine. The attention-grabbing truck prompts safety concerns due to its novelty. Driving the Cybertruck offers a smooth, quiet experience, but drawbacks like poor rear visibility and lack of Autopilot are noted. Range and charging capabilities fall short in comparison to other Tesla models. Overall, a Tech Marvel with unique design choices and potential impact on the industry.

Volkswagen Allocates Billions to Develop Gas Engines

Volkswagen reallocates €60 billion from its EV budget to focus on developing combustion engines, as the demand for electric vehicles falls short of projections. This shift in strategy, announced by CFO Arno Antlitz, marks a departure from their previous plan to go all-electric by 2033. Other automakers like Bentley, Ford, and Aston Martin are also delaying their full transition to EVs, reflecting a broader industry trend of reevaluating electric vehicle strategies amidst tightening emissions regulations and global competition.

Peugeot Slashes Electric Van Price by $15,000!

Peugeot cuts price of e-Partner electric van in Aus by $15,000, offering remaining MY23 stock at $49,990. Van boasts 50kWh battery, 245 km range, and handy features like Apple CarPlay®. Limited offer till June 30 for new/demo models. Move follows $25,000 off e-2008 SUVs. Peugeot plans to bring e-Expert van in 2024. Founder Riz Akhtar gives insights into evolving EV market. Time to hop on the emission-free delivery bandwagon, folks!

Experience the GAC Aion Hyper GT: 710km range at $28,100 in China

GAC Aion introduces its electric sedan, Hyper GT Global Model, with a 710 km range and a price tag starting at $28,100 in China. The sleek sedan boasts an 800V platform, advanced driving assistance system, self-healing paint, and an array of luxurious features. Equipped with a powerful electric motor and an 80 kWh battery pack, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. The model aims to hit international markets following successful road tests in Europe and Thailand.

Zeekr X Rolls Out to Australia & Thailand with RHD Versions

Right hand drive versions of the Zeekr X are now in production, set to be delivered overseas in third quarter. Likely launching in Australia initially, with Thailand also in the mix. Only difference from the left hand drive model is color options. Features 4 or 5 seat options, innovative rear seat design for pet transport, and advanced tech like a moveable touchscreen. Offering both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive on Geely's Sustainable Experience Architecture platform. Expected range is 500-560 km, starting at $27,600.

IM Motors to Launch New EREV SUV in 2025

IM Motors is breaking the mold in 2025 with their first EREV SUV, stepping away from their fully electric lineup. The new design, set to launch in the first quarter of 2025, will aim to challenge the Li Auto L7. Founder, Liu Tao, sees the market potential for range extender products over the next few years. Leveraging SAIC's E1 platform, IM Motors is gearing up to tap into the rapidly growing EREVs market in China. With plans to expand overseas, IM Motors might just become a global player soon.

Exclusive: Deepal S05 SUV Unveiled Ahead of Q3 Launch

Deepal's newest addition, the S05 SUV, spotted testing in China ahead of its Q3 launch. The smaller cousin of the S7, the S05 will offer electric and range extended versions. With a sleek design and advanced features like LED headlights and a choice of wheel sizes, it's set to make a splash in the market. Priced below the S7, the S05 promises to be a budget-friendly yet stylish option for buyers in the market for a new energy vehicle.

Gotion High-Tech Unveils $1.3B Gigafactory in Morocco

China's Gotion High-Tech reveals plans for a new $1.3 billion battery gigafactory in Morocco, expanding its global reach in EV technology manufacturing. The factory, with an initial 20 GWh battery capacity, could eventually scale up to 100 GWh. Morocco's strategic location near key European markets and existing trade agreements make it an attractive hub for industry giants like Gotion. Exciting developments in the world of electric vehicles and green energy.