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2024 GMC Sierra Denali EV electric truck packs in luxury

We’ve now had our first look at the 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1, the launch version of the latest big electric truck based on the GM Ultium architecture used for a growing range of EVs in multiple sizes and categories. The vast majority of those models haven’t hit the road yet, but the cadence of announcements continues, including that for the Sierra’s next of kin, the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV.

Other automakers have fast-forwarded plans for more electric trucks as well. Plans are already afoot for Ford’s next-generation, high-volume electric truck, and GM may also be planning a smaller Hummer pickup for the GMC brand. Of course, there’s also the possible arrival of the oft-delayed rival to the GMC, the Tesla Cybertruck.

This week, GM’s luxury-truck brand showed hand-built prototypes of what will be the first of an array of Sierra EV versions that will hit the market by the end of the 2025 model year. The design is all but final, but GMC executives asked reporters not to touch the doors or get into the vehicle at a New York City media preview earlier this week because it was such an early-stage model.

The Denali Edition 1

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Eve Energy to build battery plant in Malaysia within three years; 21700-format batteries for two-wheel EVs

Blueshark electric scooters in Malaysia

Chinese battery manufacturer Eve Energy will be constructing a battery production plant in Malaysia to supply local Malaysian and other Southeast Asian customers, CNEVPost reported.

Its subsidiary, Eve Energy Malaysia plans to invest up to US$422 million (RM2 billion) for the construction of the battery plant in Malaysia that will manufacture 21700-format battery cells, which will be for the production of local electric bikes and power tools, the company said. This project will see the battery production plant constructed in no more than three years, according to its announcement.

Its investment is part of the company’s growth strategy and long-term plan towards building its global market share in the electric two-wheeler segment, said Eve Energy.

Locally, EP Manufacturing will be producing Blueshark electric scooters in Malaysia for sale in the country and other markets in Southeast Asia. This will use swappable battery technology, the infrastructure for which has received US$50 million (RM235 million) following an agreement between Blueshark parent company EP Manufacturing (EPMB) and CIS Pride Fund SPC.

Elsewhere in the EV segment, Eve Energy is one of two battery suppliers that will be providing BMW with 46 mm-diameter battery cells for its Neue Klasse

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2023 Volvo XC40 facelift in Malaysia – B5 mild hybrid and T5 Recharge PHEV in Ultimate trim; RM269k OTR

The 2023 Volvo XC40 facelift has gone on sale in Malaysia, in B5 mild-hybrid and T5 Recharge plug-in hybrid variants. Both arrive on the market in a single Ultimate trim level, and both B5 Ultimate and T5 Recharge variants are priced at RM268,888 on-the-road without insurance.

The 2023 Volvo XC40 B5 Ultimate mild-hybrid variant is powered by a 1,969 cc turbocharged inline-four cylinder petrol engine that produces 263 hp at 5,500 rpm and 390 Nm of torque from 1,800 rpm to 4,800 rpm, sent to all four driven wheels via an eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission; this enables a 0-100 km/h time of 7.6 seconds.

Rolling stock on the B5 Ultimate is a set of 19-inch alloy wheels in a five-Y-spoke design in a matte graphite, diamond-cut finish, and these are shod in tires measuring 235/50.

Meanwhile, the T5 Recharge Ultimate plug-in hybrid packs a 1,477 cc three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, producing 262 hp at 5,800 rpm and 425 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 3,000 rpm; these outputs are sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The T5 Recharge PHEV gets a slightly smaller fuel tank at 48 litres (the B5 mild-hybrid gets 54 litres),

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