23. March 2021 0 By Horst Buchwald

News – Electric car world compact

Berlin, 23.3.2021

Chinese automaker Xpeng has launched a driving expedition across China with its P7 electric sports sedan, which has Level 3 automated driving capabilities. The smart EV company described this as the “longest autonomous driving expedition” of production vehicles in the country.

A fleet of Xpeng P7s will drive 3,675 km (2,283 miles) through six provinces and 10 cities in China. The expedition begins today in Guangzhou and ends March 26 in Beijing.

The drive is designed to showcase Xpeng’s new Navigation Guided Pilot feature, which allows vehicles to autonomously change lanes, adjust speed and enter and exit highways. The all-in-one autonomous driving solution enables complex driving scenarios, including on highways.

Xpeng is backed by Alibaba and recently secured a $1.98 billion line of credit from three of China’s five largest state-owned banks. Another $76.9 million has been contributed by the

Guangdong province contributed.

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Chinese automaker Geely has established a new electric vehicle (EV) brand with a registered capital of 2 billion yuan ($307.2 million), the company said.

The new brand, named Zeekr, will be a joint venture between Geely Auto and parent company Geely Holding Group, which will hold 51 percent and 49 percent stakes in the new brand, respectively. The first model of the new brand will be available for reservation at this year’s Auto Shanghai, which runs from April 21-28, and will be delivered in the fourth quarter, Geely Auto said.

Zeekr plans to launch at least one new product each year for the next five years. According to Li Shufu, chairman of Geely Holding Group, the company plans to focus on energy-saving and new energy vehicles, as well as smart EVs.

Zeekr is Geely Holding’s latest electrification initiative. Volvo, which was acquired by Geely Holding in 2010, has announced plans to go fully electric by 2030.

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Ahead of tonight’s “auto summit” with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the dispute over the future of the internal combustion engine has reignited. IG Metall sees considerable risks for employment as a result of the structural change in the automotive industry. The union’s First Chairman, Jörg Hofmann, warned against a premature and premature end of the combustion engine.

Green Party politician Cem Özdemir made it clear that the Greens want “only zero-emission cars to be newly registered from 2030.” This would finally give all those involved planning security. Now, he said, electromobility must be made a success for the economy, employees and the climate.

ADAC technical president Karsten Schulze rejected this: “In ADAC’s view, a fixed ban on the internal combustion engine stifles innovations in gasoline and diesel engines, although there is still potential here.”

Greenpeace transport expert Tobias Austrup said the sales markets for cars with internal combustion engines were shrinking rapidly. “A federal government that slows down on climate protection in the transport sector is not only ecologically disappointing, but also economically on the wrong track.” A fixed phase-out date for the internal combustion engine would not only help the climate, but also Germany as a business location, he said.

 

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