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China's Great Wall to launch e-electric car, hybrid SUV in Europe

A WEY iNest car by by Chinese car maker Great Wall Motors is pictured during a press preview at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Munich. - AFP
A WEY iNest car by by Chinese car maker Great Wall Motors is pictured during a press preview at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Munich. - AFP

MUNICH: Great Wall Motor will launch an electric compact car and a plug-in hybrid SUV in Europe in 2022, it said on Monday, joining a growing number of Chinese carmakers trying their luck on the continent with low or zero-emission vehicles.

The company said at the IAA car show in Munich it will start taking orders for the Coffee 01 plug-in SUV for the German market at the end of 2021. Deliveries of the vehicle, which will have an electric range of 150 kms and will be marketed under Great Wall's WEY brand, will start in the first half of 2022.

The IAA show is the first major motor industry event worldwide since the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Chinese carmaker said it will announce other European markets besides Germany for the Cofee 01 soon. The company will also launch its first European "brand experience centre" in Munich in early 2022.

Great Wall said the compact electric car, which will fall under its ORA brand and have a range of up to 400 kms, will also come to Europe in 2022. Orders will open for the ORA CAT toward the end of 2021, but the company did not specify in which markets it will be sold.

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio Inc said in May that it had launched its first overseas store in Norway. Rivals Xpeng Inc and BYD already sell electric cars in Europe. - Reuters

Hyundai Motor targets to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045

SEOUL: At the IAA Mobility 2021 vehicle show, Hyundai Motor stated that it is committed to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2045.

The company will make investments in cleaner transportation and greener energy solutions to achieve the goal. Hyundai Motor also aims to meet the electricity needs of more than 90 per cent of its global operations with renewable energy by 2040.

By 2030, Hyundai plans to secure 30 per cent of its global vehicles sales with zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), and by 2040, expects that battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles will account for 80 per cent of its total fleet sales.

By region, the company targets to offer only ZEVs in Europe, starting in 2035. By 2040, Hyundai will phase out all vehicles using fossil fuels in major markets.

At the International Motor Show Germany or IAA Mobility, Hyundai Motor is exhibiting battery electric vehicle concepts, an all-electric robo taxi model, and artistic displays on hydrogen value chain-in Hall A1, Messe Munich. - dpa

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