Bentley: All models available as hybrid by 2023
According to Sales Director Chris Craft, Bentley will offer hybrid versions of all its models by 2023 and launch its first all-electric model by 2025 at the latest. However, both the details of the models’ rollout and their technical basis is still unclear.
Tesla discontinues rear-wheel drive Model 3
Tesla has discontinued production of the Model 3 with rear-wheel drive. This is the single-engine version with a “long-range” battery configuration, the longest range version to date. The Tesla Model 3 can now only be ordered with a four-wheel drive.
Tesla to deliver 1,000 Model 3 per day
Tesla has apparently expanded the delivery of the Model 3 in order to achieve their targeted record quarter. Expiring subsidies in the USA also likely play a role, however. In addition, Model 3 will soon also be delivered in the UK.
Germany: 3 battery consortia will be funded
To stimulate domestic battery cell production, the German Federal Ministry of Economics will most likely fund three consortia a total of 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion USD). Of these, only the project of Peugeot, Opel and the battery manufacturer Saft has been confirmed by name.
Ireland opts for 2030 combustion ban
Ireland is also aiming to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030. This is one of 180 measures in the Irish government’s published the Climate Action Plan, which covers all relevant sectors.
Tier Mobility launching new e-scooter series
Tier Mobility, the German electric kick scooter company recently acquired by former F1 champion Nico Rosberg is launching a new series of electric scooters. The company’s first purpose-built LEVs have been developed and manufactured in a strategic partnership with Okai.
Darling, Tesla has soiled herself again
In 2018 109 babies born in the USA were named Tesla, most of them girls. Other names shared with car brands were Bentley (3,393 babies), Ford (419), Mercedes (236), Chevy (176), Lexus (40), Audi (18) and Dodge (15). Some kid even got named Pontiac Aztek this year, and 551 little blighters got called Edison.