Concept car from GAC will start mass production under the Aion brand

GAC ENO.146 Concept
GAC ENO.146 Concept

Today, GAC announced through their official WeChat account they will unveil their new mass-produced car in June. The new car will be the fifth model under GAC’s EV brand Aion. The first four models were Aion S, Aion LX, Aion V, and Aion Y.

GAC Aion decided to play with us a bit and mentioned that the new EV car would be based on one of the concepts they presented in the last years but didn’t say which one. So we can only guess. Ok, the game is on.

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Changan reveals its mysterious high-end brand name: Avatar. Here is everything we know

GAC executives
GAC team is happy and celebrates the 20 millionth car roll off an assembly line last week.

On 20 May, Changan Automobile confirmed its new high-end EV brand, previously referred to as “AB brand”, named Avatar (阿维塔) Technologies.

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Huawei, Changan, and CATL will launch a high-end EV next week. Its codename is AB E11.

Changan UNI-K
The Vision-V concept was a predecessor of ICE UNI-K, which is totally not a Porsche Cayenne. This car made Changan famous outside China in 2020. Their new EV brand is supposed to be designed also by a former Porsche designer.

Changan was teasing this since November last year, and finally, it’s coming. The high-end AB brand (AB is a codename) will be launched next week and unveil 5 premium models, reported by Sina Finance. The first of them will be the electric E11, a four-wheel drive SUV with a price range between 200 000 – 400 000 yuan (31 000 – 62 000 USD). E11 is supposed to compete with Tesla Model Y and Nio ES8.

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Huawei will launch L4 autonomous cars in 2024. The manufacturing partner is GAC

Huawei Inside

GAC Group revealed that it has partnered with Huawei in developing Level 4 autonomous vehicles, and the mass production is planned to begin in 2024. Whether Huawei or GAC will sell the model wasn’t yet revealed, but most probably, it will be launched under GAC’s EV brand Aion.

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CATL, a Chinese battery supplier to Tesla, VW, produced more billionaires than Microsoft, Apple and Amazon combined

CATL HQ

According to Forbes, billionaires from China’s inconspicuous EV battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has outnumbered those from well-established top technology companies. Based on their shares in CATL, a total of 9 executives and early investors are named in the Forbes Billionaire List, each owns over $1 billion.

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Nio Entering Europe: Sales of seven-seater ES8 starts in June

Nio Norway Expansion
Nio Norway Expansion

Sum up of Nio Norway Conference: Sales of ES8 will start will June, first deliveries to customers in September. Four battery swap stations by September in Oslo, 20 thousand charging points operated by existing partners. Flagship sedan ET7 deliveries in 2022. Norway team has now 15 employees, which will raise to 50 by the end of the year. Some journalists wonder why Nio chose ES8 for their European launch.

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Skyworth, the most confusing EV brand, reveals the price of its first ET5 model

Skyworth ET5
Skyworth ET5, Skywell ET5, Tianmei ET5,.. you name it.

Skyworth is a new Chinese brand launched by Skywell Automobile (Tianmei in Chinese) in April 2021. Skywell Automobile is a new Chinese EV brand launched in 2019. Their English slogan was: “Skywell: All is Well.”

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OPPO wants to build its own car

OPPO car

OPPO, a brand under the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer BBK, is preparing for car manufacturing. Tony Chen, the founder, and CEO is said to be the one who drove the project. According to Xiuxiushai news sources, Chen and his team spent the last weeks investigating the resources, hiring talents of the industry chain, and testing the water. A person close to Chen indicated that OPPO conducts investigations and discussions on car manufacturing, but the project has not yet been formally established.

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Nio will enter Europe on 6th May

Nio Norway
Nio is coming to Europe, Norway. Source: Nio.

Founded in 2014  by Chinese visionary William Li and backed by heavyweights as Sequoia, Tencent, Baidu, or Lenovo – Nio (蔚来, which literal translation is Blue Sky), operated exclusively in China.

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Why Chinese media connect Nio with a protest against Tesla? Video shows four new participants.

Tesla Shanghai booth
Staff members at Tesla Shanghai booth minutes before the incident. Source: Reuters.

It took less than 2 minutes to turn Shanghai Auto Show 2021 into a PR nightmare for the US automaker.

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