BMW i3 sparks interest: At the Detroit Auto Show, Ian Robertson, member of the board for sales and marketing at BMW, said they had received 11,000 orders for the all-electric car. The German head of sales, Roland Krüger, spoke of “numerous test ride requests” which have become a “logistical challenge” lately. The BMW i3 is expected to go on sale in the U.S. by May, with the i8 following this summer.
automobilwoche.de (In German), europe.autonews.com (General numbers)
Technology flagship: According to Audi’s head of technical development, Ulrich Hackenberg, the R8 e-tron will have its comeback and eventually go into production. Offering a better range and cost performance, he wants to convince the Audi board to make the electric supercar the brand‘s “technology flagship.”
autocar.co.uk via greencarreports.com
VW shows e-Golf in Detroit: At NAIAS, Volkswagen unveiled the electric Golf for the U.S. market. The e-Golf will go on sale in selected states in late 2014. To tackle range anxiety, VW will offer a ‘Roadside Assistance Plan’ to assist drivers in case they get stranded with an empty battery.
Tesla exceeding goals: Tesla delivered a whopping 6,900 cars to its customers in the last quarter of 2013. That is 20% higher than Tesla expected, VP Jerome Guillen yesterday said in Detroit. But he also admitted that sales are not going as well as expected in Germany. Interesting: The upcoming Model X is reportedly having more than 6,000 reservation holders so far.
New CO2 limit: The European Parliament approved a draft yesterday that is outlining new CO2 emission limits for light commercial vehicles sold in the EU. By 2020 the limit will go down from today’s 203 g/km to 147 g/km. Probably it will not take long before we see small hybrid vans on our roads.