Finally we are getting some serious numbers and attention to the Electric Cars and China's pollution problem. 25 Billion is not a small change by any measure and it looks like all major automakers are rising to the challenge of the green mobility to save China from chocking on the horrible air pollution.
Powered By Lithium: Volkswagen Could Build Plug-in Hybrids In China ILC.v TNR.v LIT BYDDY KNDI
"Now Volkswagen joins Tesla Motors' Elon Musk with his dreams about the huge market share for Electric Cars in the largest auto market in the world in China. The largest number of the most populated and, unfortunately, most air polluted cities is situated in the same geographical place and Chinese government has announced the war on pollution. Electric Cars and China are destined for each other.
This move from the largest European automaker shows that risk of losing their proprietary technology can not stop automakers from entry in the most lucrative market. China is ready for it and is building Vertically Integrated Lithium Battery Business and waiting for the access to the best latest Electric Cars technology. Electric Cars are benefiting from government incentives only if they are produced in China. Daimler was one of the first to show the way with its Denza Electric Car - product of the J/V with BYD - Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Company. Lithium Materials producers are keeping ear close to the ground in China and ramping up its production facilities already now."
International Lithium: Moving Forward With Strategic Partner Ganfeng Lithium ILC.v TNR.v LIT
International Lithium has issued the newsletter covering the latest transactions with its strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium from China.International Lithium: Ganfeng Lithium Is Halted Pending Major Acquisition ILC.v TNR.v LIT TSLA KNDI
"We are following International Lithium here with its strategic partner from China Ganfeng Lithium. Elon Musk with his Tesla Gigafactory has brought a lot of attention to the Lithium strategic commodity story and Asian companies are coming into the spotlight as well now. LG Chem is talking about building major Lithium battery plant in China and Lithium Materials Industry is getting the green light from the Chinese government in its efforts to curb the horrible pollution.
"Kirill Klip, president of International Lithium (TSXV:ILC), views the announcement of Tesla's Gigafactory as a "groundbreaking development."International Lithium's Strategic Partner, Ganfeng Lithium, Takes Large Stake in Mariana and a $10 million Option on the Blackstairs Projects ILC.v TNR.v LIT
Tesla "brought attention to what Elon Musk has accomplished," Klip told Lithium Investing News. "He showed to everyone that electric cars are not toys anymore - they are for real."
"Mar 19, 2014 (ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Vancouver, B.C. / ACCESSWIRE / March - 2014 / International Lithium Corp. (the "Company" or "ILC") announces several major transactions with strategic partner GFL International Co., Ltd. ("Ganfeng Lithium" or "GFL")."
Standing next to the lovely GTE plug-in hybrid during the Beijing Motor Show, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn announced a renewed, $25-billion focus for the German automaker on electric mobility in China. EVs + China is not a new equation for VW (see here and here and here), but the time is now for the plan to come together, apparently. As Winterkorn said in a statement (available below), "We are launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China's automotive history."
"We are launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China's automotive history" - Martin Winterkorn
With the Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid already in showrooms, the next tip of the spear is made up of the all-electric e-up! and e-Golf, both of which are due later this year. In 2015, the Audi A3 e-tron and Golf GTE will arrive. In 2016, there will be two exclusive-to-China plug-in hybrid vehicles in showrooms: a A6 PHEV and a "new mid-size limousine from the Volkswagen brand." VW Group may even throw in the Bentley Hybrid Concept for good measure. The China-only models will be built in the country and VW is investing over $25 billion between now and 2018, creating an expected 20,000 jobs."
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP STARTS ELECTRO-MOBILITY CAMPAIGN IN CHINA
CEO Prof. Dr. Winterkorn: "We are launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China's automotive history."
Campaign gets underway with electric up!1 and e-Golf2
Over €18 billion to be spent on new vehicles, technologies and plants up to 2018
Over 500,000 employees at more than 3,600 dealerships in 2018
Vehicle deliveries in China targeted to top 3.5 million for first time in 2014
Wolfsburg / Beijing, April 22, 2014: "The Volkswagen Group is once again assuming a pioneering role in China and launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China's automotive history," Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, announced at the Auto China motor show in Beijing. The initiative gets underway with the launch this year of the Volkswagen brand's electric up!1 and e-Golf2 models.
While the Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid3 is already in the showrooms in China, the Group will be launching two further innovative plug-in hybrid vehicles there next year with the Audi A3 e-tron4 and the Golf GTE5. Starting in 2016, this will be followed by two models developed specially for the Chinese market: These are the Audi A6 and a new mid-size limousine from the Volkswagen brand, both plug-in hybrids which are being developed together with the joint venture partners FAW Volkswagen and Shanghai Volkswagen and will be produced locally. Furthermore, the Bentley Hybrid Concept opens a window on the broad-ranging potential of hybrid technology.
Winterkorn went on to say. "All these vehicles are highly efficient and eco-friendly. And at the same time they offer lots of driving pleasure. That is exactly what people all over the world and here in China expect of the Volkswagen Group. Thanks to the modular strategy, which is also being implemented at our Chinese factories, we can electrify nearly every model in our range: From small cars to large sedans, from pure electric drives to plug-in hybrids."
As a result, the Volkswagen Group is making its Chinese vehicle fleet ever more efficient. Seventeen Group models already meet the updated legal requirements set by the Chinese authorities to qualify as 'especially energy-efficient vehicles'. "Here in China, we are now setting out on the road to a future of emission-free mobility," Winterkorn added.
Investments remain at record level
To that end, the two joint venture partners FAW Volkswagen and Shanghai Volkswagen are investing more than ever before in state-of-the-art vehicles and drives, green technologies and resource-efficient plants. €18.2 billion will be invested up to 2018. As Winterkorn commented: "Our team of over 2,700 engineers in China and our partners are working together on pioneering technologies, and we are banking on China's innovative power." The company will continue on its growth trajectory. Over the coming years, more than 20,000 new skilled jobs will be created in China alone.
50 percent expansion of dealer network by 2018
In addition, the Group's dealer network will see significant growth and increase by 50 percent from the present approx. 2,400 dealerships to over 3,600 partners. More than 500,000 people will then be employed by the Volkswagen Group's Chinese dealer organization. The success of the dealerships is based on an ever-growing range of attractive models. This year alone, the Group brands will be putting over 30 new models, successor models and product upgrades in Chinese showrooms.
China plays key role in Strategy 2018
Winterkorn also said that "China is the Volkswagen Group's largest single market and plays a key role in our Strategy 2018. For 2014, we have once again set our sights on double-digit growth in China and are aiming to deliver over 3.5 million vehicles to customers for the first time in a calendar year." According to Winterkorn, the Group is also making good overall progress across all markets: "This year, our Group is aiming to deliver over ten million vehicles to customers worldwide for the first time." That would mean the quantitative target of Strategy 2018 would have been achieved four years earlier than planned.
Digitalisation also redefining the car in China
China will be an integral part of the Group's 'Future Tracks' initiative. As Winterkorn explained: "Here in China, as elsewhere, people's expectations of mobility and the automobile are changing faster and faster." Moreover, increasing digitalization is confronting the automotive industry with challenges while at the same time presenting great opportunities as well. The Volkswagen Group is addressing this and other issues of the future with its 'Future Tracks' initiative: "We will intensify our customer orientation even further so that we can respond even faster and more flexibly to customers' wishes - particularly here in China."
The best experts and masterminds in the Volkswagen Group are joining forces in the 'Future Tracks' initiative to find answers to the long-term trends and challenges of the automotive world. That also includes innovative vehicle-related services which will increase in popularity going forward. Winterkorn said: "That will put us in a position to take precisely the right car with the right technology to customers and the market at precisely the right time. For me, 'Future Tracks' contains many essential elements for continuing and evolving our Strategy 2018."
electric-up! - Energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 11.7 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (combined); efficiency class: A+
e-Golf - Energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.7 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (combined); efficiency class: A+
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid - Fuel consumption in l/100km: 3.1 (combined); energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 16.2 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 71 (combined); efficiency class: A+
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron - Fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.5 (combined); energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 14.2 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 35 (combined); efficiency class: A+
Golf GTE - The vehicle has not yet gone on sale. It does not yet have type approval and therefore Directive 1999/94/EC does not apply. Provisional values: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.5 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 35 (combined).