Mass Production of Purpose-Built Electric Cars in Sight as Kia Commences Factory Construction

South Korean car manufacturer Kia has started building a specialized factory focused on battery-electric purpose-built vehicles (PBVs). These cars are designed for various commercial uses like delivery and ride-hailing services. 
The construction follows shortly after Kia’s recent CEO Investor Day, where the company pledged to release 15 electric vehicle models by 2027 and laid out future plans for their PBV segment.
The new factory, which is located in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, is a major …

New EV Van Platform from Mercedes to Include Electric Camper Van Offering

Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to create an electric camper van, part of a broader effort to launch new midsize and large vans using a fresh platform called Van Electric Architecture, or VAN.EA. 
This versatile architecture will serve as the foundation for a variety of van types, whether they’re used for business or personal luxury, including campers, delivery vans, ambulances, and more….

300,000km Battery Warranty Now Offered by Foton for Its Electric Trucks

The Australian division of Chinese company Foton Global has unveiled an 8-year or 300,000-kilometer battery warranty for its new Foton T5 EV electric truck. Foton Mobility Distribution, the distributor in Australia, offers a range of green heavy-duty vehicles, including battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell trucks and buses.
The Foton T5 EV, a 4.5-ton light-duty electric truck, is equipped with an 82 kWh CATL battery. It has a power output of 64 kWh, peaking at 115 kW, and can generate a maximum torque of 300 Nm. 

Model Y Reigns Supreme in EV Market as 2023 Sales Break the 55,000 Barrier

In 2023, the Tesla Model Y maintained its strong foothold in Australia’s expanding electric vehicle market, which saw over 55,000 EVs sold this year. 
August data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries showed a 15.4% increase in new car sales, totaling nearly 110,000 for the month.
Even though the EV market share dipped slightly to 6.4% of all cars sold, Tesla …