A few years ago when investors were piling into electric vehicle manufacturing, one small company grabbed a big slice of investment from the US and China. NextEV was literally going to be the next big thing! However, they went quiet and don’t really appear on anyones radar anymore. Well, they are still going, although they didn’t manage to build the supercar that they wanted to - or the normal road car, however they did achieve something in Formula E. Recently Motoring Weekly wrote about one their racing rivals: Venturi. NextEV was founded by William Li in China and had a design office in Munich and a technology hub in California with a third site in China for development and production. However with the investments in the bank, Li then created a new company called Nio for the production cars and converted NextEV into the Formula E racing team. Success came early with Nelson Piquet Jr winning the first Formula E title in 2014/15 and since then they have struggled with different … [Read More...]
FCA will revamp and modernise their factories across the globe to cater to new market segments, new models and an every increasing demand for Jeeps.
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California has always been ahead of the other 49 States in regulating emissions from vehicles. It has a new Bill working through their Government that would dramatically help the electric vehicle market.
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Mazda have suggested that they would use a small capacity rotary engine as a range extender function. They say that rotary engines are perfect because they are quiet, compact and powerful.
Subaru has been developing engines for many years for different purposes. They have taken one small engine and upgraded it for kart racing.
The European MPs have voted to increase the percentage of the reduction in carbon emissions. The European Manufacturers Association is worried about losing jobs because they must feel they cannot compete with China.