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Bentley chief designer is now in charge of Geely and Zeekr vehicle design

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Stefan Sielaff has been named vice president of global design for the Geely Auto Group (Geely). Stephen succeeds Peter Horbury, who has joined Group Lotus as Senior Vice President of Design.

Stefan will bring over 30 years of automotive design experience to Geely and will oversee Geely Auto Group brands including Geely Auto, Lynk & Co, Geometry and so on. It will also support the development of Zeekr premium vehicles. Stefan previously worked in design studios Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen Group. In 2015, Stefan became Director of Design for Bentley Motors.

The company’s previously announced crossover

Peter Horbury has made significant contributions to the development of the Geely Auto Group. Peter joined the Geely Auto Group in 2011 as Executive Vice President of Design, where he created the Geely 3.0 product line, which introduced a new design language that has revolutionized attitudes towards Geely around the world.

We appreciate the contributions of Peter Horbury and his dedication to Geely over the past decade. Peter led one of the most creative global teams in the automotive industry and helped Geely redefine its global brand image. At the same time, we warmly welcome Stefan Zielaff to the Geely family. We believe his many years of design experience will further expand the Geely Auto Group’s brand portfolio with the ultimate goal of providing consumers with the best products.

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In the near future, thousands of Tesla owners will be able to test the FSD autopilot

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From next week, Tesla plans to give access to the FSD (Full Self-Driving) autopilot function to approximately 1,000 people a week. At the moment, only about 2,000 drivers can use FSD in general.

At the same time, as mentioned earlier, drivers will have to prove that they themselves drive well. Telemetry data from the last week and Tesla Insurance calculator will be used for estimation.

During the first days, only those drivers who will be assessed for the maximum 100 points will receive access. Tesla will then lower the entry threshold little by little, but it’s unclear how much.

Also remember that access to the FSD function, which is still in beta, costs $ 10,000. So not every Tesla owner will be able to try out the best autopilot available in a production car.

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The electric vehicle market has set a record: more than half a million cars were sold in just a month, of which 50% were bought in China

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As reported by TheElec with reference to EV Volumes, the total sales of electric vehicles in August exceeded half a million units. More precisely, it is said about 510 thousand cars, including countries for which data were not available.

It also reported that total sales doubled from the same month a year ago. Interestingly, more than half of all electric vehicles sold (about 260 thousand units) in August were registered in China. In Germany, about 52 thousand electric vehicles were sold, while sales in the US market amounted to about 44 thousand units.

In France in August of this year, 17,000 electric vehicles were sold, in Norway – 14,000 vehicles, in South Korea, sales reached 9,600 units, which is 172% more compared to the same period last year.

EV Volumes also clarified that the launch of the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5 in new markets spurred sales in August. Tesla Model 3 was the most popular electric vehicle, with global monthly sales of 282,000, and EV Volumes predicts total sales of electric vehicles this year to reach 6.41 million.

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London’s largest taxi expects to be fully electric by 2023

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London-based taxi and courier company Addison Lee has pledged to have only electric vehicles in its fleet by 2023. Even excluding the recent acquisition of the ComCab taxi service, the company has more than 4,800 vehicles in its fleet, and with this acquisition more than 7,000, making Addison Lee the largest taxi service in London.

Addison Lee now has 650 electric vehicles, and the company has turned to Volkswagen for a complete fleet renewal.

Addison Lee is investing $ 218 million in the refurbishment, choosing the Volkswagen ID.4 as the base model. The basic version of the ID.4 is equipped with a 77 kWh lithium-ion battery for a range of 400 km. Power plant with a capacity of 201 hp allows you to reach speeds of up to 160 km / h.

The first 450 electric vehicles Addison Lee will receive by the end of this year, after which it is planned to add 200 electric vehicles monthly. The company also plans to build its own charging infrastructure using its $ 4 million Future Mobility Fund.

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