Germany

Ford Unveiling Electric Capri: A Sports Crossover Revelation

Ford is set to reveal a new electric "sports crossover" next week, named the Capri. This model, based on Volkswagen's MEB platform, follows the Electric Explorer. The Capri EV is anticipated to have a long wheelbase and wide stance, resembling other MEB-based vehicles. With similarities to VW's ID.4 and ID.5, the Capri EV is projected to offer a range of up to 374 miles. Stay tuned for the official unveiling on July 10, 2024, for more details.

Leapmotor C16 SUV Set to Wow Europe with Stellantis Partnership

Stellantis-backed Leapmotor is gearing up to stun Europe with its latest C16 SUV, set to list on June 28 under $27,600. Boasting advanced 800V architecture, the mid-size electric SUV features a unique 2+2+2 seating layout and a roof mounted Lidar unit. Leapmotor's partnership with Stellantis aims to drive global expansion, especially in Europe. The C16 promises a blend of luxury and functionality, with high-quality interiors and advanced tech features. Stay tuned for its potential international release by early next year.

Record-Breaking Renewable Power Surge in Germany

Germany achieved a record 58.4% renewable energy supply in Q1, marking the highest since 2018. With 121.5 billion kilowatt hours generated—a 11.6% increase from the previous year—and a significant drop in fossil-fuel power output by 25.4%, the country is making strong strides towards climate neutrality. Wind power soared by 12% and now constitutes 38.5% of total electricity, while solar power increased by 21%. Germany aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 65% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2045.

Volkswagen Unveils Enhanced Electric ID.7 Lineup!

Volkswagen introduces new ID.7 electric sedan variants with bigger batteries and increased range: ID.7 GTX, GTX Tourer, Pro S, and Tourer Pro S. The ID.7 GTX fastback boasts 250kW output, 350 horsepower, 595km range, and 0-100km/h acceleration in 5.4 seconds. Equipped with 200kW DC fast charging capabilities, unique GTX design features, and advanced technology like augmented reality and AI voice assistant. The ID.7 Tourer offers a spacious luggage area, while Pro S models extend the range up to 709km.

Trend Alert: China’s EV Brands Dominate German Market

Chinese EV brands are making waves in Germany, with MG leading the pack by registering a record-breaking 2,699 vehicles in May. Nio took a hit with a 35% decrease, while BYD and MG saw positive growth. In total, Chinese brands registered 5,173 EVs, capturing a 12% market share. Notably, Smart's Geely-made EVs are gaining traction. Despite competition, Tesla's numbers dipped in comparison. The EV landscape in Germany is definitely evolving.

Volkswagen’s ID.7 GTX: The Ultimate Electric Powerhouse!

Volkswagen amps up its EV game with the new ID.7 GTX, the most powerful electric vehicle in its lineup. Offering up to 335 hp and a sleek design, it's a force to be reckoned with. With pre-sales starting at $68,700, the GTX model promises 370 miles of WLTP range. Alongside, Volkswagen introduces other trims like the Pro S and Tourer Pro S, catering to different preferences and needs. The future of electric driving looks bright with Volkswagen's latest offerings.

EV Battery Gigafactories Pause – Industry Slowdown Strategies

Stellantis and Mercedes-Benz, in partnership with TotalEnergies, hit the brakes on two EV battery gigafactories in Europe due to sluggish EV sales growth. The joint venture paused construction on facilities in Germany and Italy, reevaluating plans amidst EV market uncertainty. Despite potential shifts to cheaper lithium iron phosphate cells, future output projections remain uncertain for these gigafactories. Mercedes-Benz reaffirms commitment to electrification plans while awaiting further decisions on the project's future.

Ford Explorer EV Production Kicks Off in German EV Hub

The Europe-only Ford Explorer EV goes into mass production in a revamped Cologne factory after a $2B investment. It's based on the MEB platform, different from the U.S. model of the same name, and priced lower than the Mustang Mach-E. The entry-level version starts at around €47,000. The EV boasts a 374-mile range, with a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive option available. The Cologne plant aims to produce over 250,000 EVs annually with advanced manufacturing processes.

Discover Volkswagen ID.3’s New Spunky Models!

Volkswagen's ID.3 lineup gets a boost with three new trims: a sportier, more powerful Pro S, a sleek GTX variant, and an affordable Pure model. Featuring advanced tech upgrades like ChatGPT infotainment, the Pro S boasts 228 hp, 347 miles range, and faster charging speeds. The Pure model starts at $40,000 with a 241-mile range, while the GTX offers a 375-mile range at $55,000. Exciting options for eco-friendly drivers!

Great Wall Motor Shutting European HQ: What It Means

Great Wall Motor is closing its European HQ in Munich and letting go of all 100 employees as sales in Europe lag. Despite scaling back, the Chinese automaker intends to maintain services in current markets, managing European operations from its China headquarters. The move follows underwhelming European sales targets, causing a shift in expansion plans. While facing tariff uncertainties, other Chinese EV startups like Nio and Xpeng are actively growing in the European market.