Nio said it plans to open the first 4 second-generation battery replacement stations in Norway this year. Shanghai-based Nio began shipping EVs to Norway in July and is aiming to establish a presence across Europe.
Nio noted last month that there are plans to build 20 such stations in Norway by the end of 2022. The automaker launched the ES8 electric sports utility vehicle and opened a No House store in Oslo. The EV manufacturer has also introduced battery as a service, starting with the 100 kWh battery option.
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After making its world premiere earlier this year, followed by unveiling of European-spec versions, the 5th generation Kia Sportage has finally made its North American debut. The vehicle will go on sale from the first quarter of 2022 with final prices yet to be announced.
The US-spec Kia Sportage is similar to the international variants having a longer wheelbase unlike the European version which gets a shorter wheelbase. As far as the dimensions are concerned, the new Sportage measures 4,660 mm long, 1,865 mm wide and 1,660 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,755 mm. According to Kia, these proportions along with the improved packaging brought by the new platform give the compact crossover, a segment-leading headroom, legroom, and an impressive 637 liters of cargo volume.
Inside, the 5th gen Sportage features a curved dual-screen dashboard, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment display at the center of dashboard. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard along with the latest generation of Kia’s onboard software. Plus drivers and passengers also benefits from Wi-Fi hotspot capability, optional wireless phone charging, and Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration.
Kia is yet to reveal powertrain details about the new US-spec Sportage, however according to the preliminary data there will be a new 2.5L four-cylinder engine with an estimated 187hp of power and 241Nm of torque and will come paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The 5th gen Kia Sportage will come standard with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. A hybrid version will also be introduced later on but Kia hasn’t given details about it either.
Further enhancing the Sportage lineup are the X-Line, X-Pro variants and X-Pro Prestige variants boasting visual enhancements and improved off-roading capabilities such as bigger wheels, roof rails, heated windshield, LED fog lights and multi-terrain drive modes with normal, sport, smart, and snow settings etc. All Sportage variants will come standard with LED headlamps with high beam assist, lane keeping steering assist, rear park distance warning and forward collision avoidance with pedestrian and cyclist detection. A rear camera is standard, but a 360-degree birds-eye camera system is available as an upgrade. Other safety features including Kia’s Blind-Spot View Monitor camera, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, rear cross traffic alert with brake assist and Junction Turning capability for the forward collision avoidance system come online with various trim levels and packages.
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The company's commercial electric vehicle division BrightDrop will create a dedicated dealer network to drive growth, the head of the division said.
While Travis Katz, CEO of BrightDrop, did not disclose how many dealers there will be online, he said it would be smaller than GM's retail chain and focused on urban markets. The seats will be adapted to serve fleet customers such as FedEx and Verizon, to whom GM supplies vehicles under contract.
"The plan is that we are building our own BrightDrop dealer network," Katz said, adding that BrightDrop is in talks with existing GM dealers but may use others.
BrightDrop is a key growth market for GM, which has said it plans to double its revenue by 2030.
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