Finally we are getting some serious numbers and attention to the Electric Cars and China's pollution problem. 25 Billion is not a small change by any measure and it looks like all major automakers are rising to the challenge of the green mobility to save China from chocking on the horrible air pollution.
"Now Volkswagen joins Tesla Motors' Elon Musk with his dreams about the huge market share for Electric Cars in the largest auto market in the world in China. The largest number of the most populated and, unfortunately, most air polluted cities is situated in the same geographical place and Chinese government has announced the war on pollution. Electric Cars and China are destined for each other.
This move from the largest European automaker shows that risk of losing their proprietary technology can not stop automakers from entry in the most lucrative market. China is ready for it and is building Vertically Integrated Lithium Battery Business and waiting for the access to the best latest Electric Cars technology. Electric Cars are benefiting from government incentives only if they are produced in China. Daimler was one of the first to show the way with its Denza Electric Car - product of the J/V with BYD - Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Company. Lithium Materials producers are keeping ear close to the ground in China and ramping up its production facilities already now."
International Lithium has issued the newsletter covering the latest transactions with its strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium from China.
International Lithium: Ganfeng Lithium Is Halted Pending Major Acquisition ILC.v TNR.v LIT TSLA KNDI
"We are following International Lithium here with its strategic partner from China Ganfeng Lithium. Elon Musk with his Tesla Gigafactory has brought a lot of attention to the Lithium strategic commodity story and Asian companies are coming into the spotlight as well now. LG Chem is talking about building major Lithium battery plant in China and Lithium Materials Industry is getting the green light from the Chinese government in its efforts to curb the horrible pollution.
"Kirill Klip, president of International Lithium (TSXV:ILC), views the announcement of Tesla’s Gigafactory as a “groundbreaking development.”Tesla “brought attention to what Elon Musk has accomplished,” Klip told Lithium Investing News. “He showed to everyone that electric cars are not toys anymore — they are for real.”
International Lithium's Strategic Partner, Ganfeng Lithium, Takes Large Stake in Mariana and a $10 million Option on the Blackstairs Projects ILC.v TNR.v LIT
"Mar 19, 2014 (ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Vancouver, B.C. / ACCESSWIRE / March - 2014 / International Lithium Corp. (the "Company" or "ILC") announces several major transactions with strategic partner GFL International Co., Ltd. ("Ganfeng Lithium" or "GFL")."
Standing next to the lovely GTE plug-in hybrid during the Beijing Motor Show, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn announced a renewed, $25-billion focus for the German automaker on electric mobility in China. EVs + China is not a new equation for VW (see here and here and here), but the time is now for the plan to come together, apparently. As Winterkorn said in a statement (available below), "We are launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China's automotive history."
With the Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid already in showrooms, the next tip of the spear is made up of the all-electric e-up! and e-Golf, both of which are due later this year. In 2015, the Audi A3 e-tron and Golf GTE will arrive. In 2016, there will be two exclusive-to-China plug-in hybrid vehicles in showrooms: a A6 PHEV and a "new mid-size limousine from the Volkswagen brand." VW Group may even throw in the Bentley Hybrid Concept for good measure. The China-only models will be built in the country and VW is investing over $25 billion between now and 2018, creating an expected 20,000 jobs."