As you know, EV Sales analysts recently summed up the results of January 2021 in the electric vehicle market. According to their calculations, the first place was taken by the electric car Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV by SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile, which sold 36,762 units. The second and third places were taken by the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, which sold 21,589 units and 9,597 units, respectively. Chinese companies ranked fourth to ninth on the list. Hyundai Motor Group ranked only 18th with the Niro electric car.
Source explains low sales figures for electric vehicles by Hyundai Motor and Kia this year
sluggish sales in the Chinese market. According to the Korea Association of Automobile Manufacturers, 2,943,172 electric vehicles were sold globally in 2020, of which 1,206,610 were in China, accounting for more than 40%.
American and European companies such as Tesla and BMW, as well as Chinese electric vehicle companies, rely on China for a significant portion of their electric vehicle sales. For example, the top-ranked Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV came out on top thanks to strong sales in China. Nearly two-thirds – 64% – of sales of the second-largest electric vehicle Tesla Model 3 also comes from China.
The source notes that Hyundai Motor Group is lagging behind its main competitors such as Tesla, Volkswagen and GM. According to the same Korean Association of Automobile Manufacturers, in 2019 Volkswagen and Hyundai Motor Group sold 123,152 and 124,114 electric vehicles, respectively. But the gap widened in 2020 as Volkswagen managed to sell 381,406 units and Hyundai Motor Group only 198,487. GM also sold 222,116 units in 2020, ahead of Hyundai Motor Group, although GM sales were only 94,889 in 2019. units. The Swiss investment bank UBS recently published an analysis according to which the situation in the global electric vehicle market by 2025 will turn into a rivalry between two participants – Tesla and Volkswagen.
Polestar Electric Roadster Announced – 884 HP s., acceleration “to hundreds” in 3.2 s, power reserve 595 km
Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer Polestar has announced plans to launch the Polestar O2 concept sports roadster.
Recall that the Polestar O2 concept was presented in Los Angeles in March 2022. As the company noted, the Polestar O2 will become available for purchase as a production model called the Polestar 6. This will not happen soon – only in 2026.
To celebrate the launch, 500 special Polestar 6 LA Concept editions will also be produced. The special edition cars will feature a sky blue color scheme, light leather interiors and 21-inch wheels, similar to the Polestar O2 concept.
About Polestar 6, the manufacturer also says the following. This hardtop convertible will be built on Polestar’s custom aluminum platform. It will be based on the 800-volt architecture that has also been confirmed for the Polestar 5.
The roadster will receive two electric motors with a total power of up to 884 hp. (650 kW, 900 Nm torque), 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 3.2 seconds, top speed of 250 km/h and WLTP range of 595 km.
Interestingly, the Polestar 6 is already being offered for booking. The manufacturer also notes that the estimated final price should be $ 200,000.
No more accidents with electric scooters? Kicksharing “Jurent” is testing scooters with autopilot and obstacle recognition
The kicksharing service Yurent is testing a new generation of electric scooters with the function of autonomous movement and obstacle recognition. “Yurent kicksharing service is testing a new scooter model equipped with a camera and computer vision technology. The scooter has the function of autonomous movement and can independently recognize obstacles to avoid collisions.– reported in the press service of “Yurent”.
The scooter is equipped with a semi-automatic autopilot mode, the press service explained. It can be remotely controlled to move it to the right place – for example, to a parking lot or to a scooter service point for battery replacement.
It also recognizes obstacles using a wide-angle camera and artificial intelligence. So, he sees people, vehicles and road markings and can independently respond to them to prevent an emergency. Before an obstacle, the scooter brakes itself.
“The technology we are testing is still in its early stages, but it will help prevent unsafe driving in the future.“, the company noted.
So far, the technology is being tested on five scooters until the end of the summer season. If the test is successful, the service will consider launching scooters with similar functionality for a wide audience, Yurent stressed.
The electric Moskvich was photographed at KamAZ. It has a 150 hp engine. and a power reserve of 420 km
The Tekegram channel RCI News published a photo of the Moskvich electric car at the Kama Automobile Plant – a passenger car is occupied next to the KamAZ-54901 main tractor. Despite the fact that there is no emblem on the radiator grille, the JAC Sehol E40X is easily recognized in the passenger car.
Previously, this electric car featured in a presentation shown at Moskvich during a visit to the plant of Sergei Sobyanin. So the presence of JAC Sehol E40X already at the KamAZ plant is not a coincidence at all. According to RCI News, KAMAZ workers are probably studying the model and testing it.
JAC Sehol E40X is an electric version of the JAC JS4 gasoline compact crossover, which was also shown at the presentation to Sobyanin. The electric car is equipped with a 150 hp engine. and a traction battery with a capacity of 55 kWh, providing a range of up to 420 km.
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