- SOUTH KOREA
South Korea Highlight Vehicle News
Kia Unveils the EV9: A Bold, Three-Row Electric Flagship SUV
Kia Corporation has released full images of the exterior and interior design of the Kia EV9, its first three-row electric flagship SUV, which embodies bold styling and sophisticated elegance. The vehicle signifies a crucial step for Kia as it moves toward becoming a sustainable mobility solutions provider.
The EV9 is a testament to Kia’s commitment to sustainable mobility and its dedication to creating visually appealing vehicles. The SUV combines unique design elements and innovative technology to deliver an exceptional driving experience for all occupants.
The Kia EV9 is a groundbreaking electric SUV that redefines design, connectivity, usability, and environmental responsibility in the family SUV sector. The vehicle’s world premiere is scheduled for late March, when all product information will be disclosed, and the global campaign, ‘Here to reshape the way we move,’ will be launched.
Singapore Highlight Vehicle News
First EV chargers under large scale tender now in use; one-third of HDB car parks to get them by year-end.
SINGAPORE: The first batch of six electric vehicle (EV) charging points under the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) large-scale tender covering nearly 2,000 Housing Board (HDB) car parks was made operational on Wednesday (Feb 22).
These charging points are in two public car parks in Telok Blangah and Boon Lay, with three charging points at each location. The charging points in these car parks are respectively operated by ChargEco and Charge+.
Speaking to reporters at the event launch, Transport Minister S Iswaran hailed the deployment of the first batch of chargers as an important development in Singapore’s efforts to build up the electric vehicle ecosystem.
All the charging points in HDB car parks are slow charge. A single charge can last about five days based on the average mileage of 48km per day. Another 2,000 charging points covering one-third – or more than 700 – HDB car parks are expected to be deployed by the end of the year, in line with Singapore’s goal to have at least 12,000 EV charging points by 2025, added LTA in a factsheet。
There are currently more than 3,600 EV charging points islandwide. In 2022, electric car registrations formed 11.8 per cent of all new car registrations, said LTA. Singapore now has more than 6,500 registered electric cars, and close to 10,000 EVs including other vehicle classes.
Thailand Highlight Vehicle News
Thailand leads the Southeast Asian EV market with a 60% share
Hozon Auto’s Chinese electric car subsidiary Neta started constructing its first production facility outside China. The facility in Bangkok is scheduled to go into operation at the end of January 2024. The new plant will become Neta’s key location for manufacturing and exporting right-hand drive electric cars to ASEAN countries.
The carmaker did not provide any details on production capacity but that it was “the first plant of China EV startups in Thailand”. Neta has also signed a cooperation agreement with the Thai company Bangchan General Assembly Co., Ltd. (BGAC) to operate the plant. The plant will consist of three major facilities, the body shop, the paint shop and the final assembly. All areas will have “optimized plant design and innovative process technologies based on the concept of lean and intelligent manufacture,” according to Neta. That should save resources and increase quality and efficiency.
The announcement does not say which models Neta plans to build at the new plant in Bangkok. The Chinese company offers the Neta V in Thailand, a 4.07 metre-long electric SUV. In China, the car is sold for the equivalent of less than 10,000 euros. In January 2023, it was announced that Neta would also use the skateboard chassis from shareholder CATL – but it is not known whether this will be the case in China or Thailand.
Australia Highlight Vehicle News
Australian drivers facing heavy new fines for parking in electric vehicle charging spots
Drivers could be fined as much as $3,200 for parking in spaces for electric vehicles as part of little-known penalties introduced in four states and territories.
The fines, some of them added to road rules late last year, range from $3,200 in the Australian Capital Territory to $369 in Victoria. But experts say the heavy penalties are important to encourage electric vehicle adoption and prevent drivers doing the equivalent of parking “in front of a fuel bowser”.
The fines apply to drivers who leave petrol or diesel vehicles in spaces designated for electric cars in an act known as “ICEing”, for its use of internal combustion engine cars. But the penalties also apply to electric car drivers who occupy the parking spots while not actually recharging their vehicles.
New South Wales metropolitan roads minister, Natalie Ward, said the government added the offence to “support the transition to electric vehicles on our roads”.
- NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Highlight Vehicle News
MG confirms ZS EV Long Range for New Zealand
MG will be bringing the ZS EV Long Range to New Zealand, confirming the news late last week during the Australasian debut of the also-inbound MG4 at the Fully Charged EV show in Sydney.
The Long Range version of the ZS EV gets a larger 72kWh battery for a WLTP- rated range of 440km per charge, up from the current 320km rating. Strangely, the Long Range takes a power cut, going from 130kW in the standard model to 115kW. Torque remains the same at 280Nm. That translates to a slightly slower 0-100kph time of 8.5 seconds compared to 8.2 seconds.
The larger battery also means total charging time goes up from 54 minutes when plugged into a 50kW charger to 63, or from five hours on an 11kW home charger to eight hours. Everything else between the two models is the same, with the Long Range basing its specifications on the better-equipped Essence version.
That means it gets fake leather seats with electric adjustability and heating on the fronts, a wireless phone charger, electric wing mirrors, a panoramic glass roof, roof rails, and rear privacy glass (exclusive to the Long Range).
India Highlight Vehicle News
Pravaig Defy EV launched at Rs 39.5 lakh: Made-in-India electric SUV with 500 km range
Pravaig Dynamics, a Bengaluru-based startup, today took the wraps off its Defy all-electric SUV, along with the price tag that starts at Rs 39.5 lakh. The SUV gathered a strong interest owing to many reasons, the primary of which is that it’s been developed in India. Plus, it’ll come in a wide range of colours and boast a long list of advanced features. The SUV sports a Land Rover-like rear profile, rides on multi-spoke alloy wheels and gets a large roof-mounted spoiler.
The electric SUV claims a range of 500 km on one full charge and Pravaig also say that the battery pack can be charged from 0-80 percent in 30 minutes through fast charging. The EV is claimed to be capable of a top speed of 210 km/h and a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.9 seconds.
Pravaig Defy electric SUV’s cabin holds an array of features, top of which is a large touchscreen infotainment system with connectivity functions, a Devialet audio system, an air purifier, USB charging ports, wireless phone charging, along with a touchscreen for the rear passengers as well. The Defy electric SUV is powered by a 90.2 kWh battery that delivers 402 bhp and 620 Nm of torque.
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