Kia, Mahindra, Tesla, Nissan, Toby Perry, Kelley Blue Book.
Kia Soul EV presented: The Koreans took the veil off their first all-electric car at the Chicago Auto Show. The Soul EV is now officially in the run against BMW’s i3 or GM’s Chevy Spark EV and will go on sale in some states in the U.S. in autumn this year. Next to the Soul EV, Kia’s latest Optima Hybrid and Niro hybrid concept are on display.
greencarreports.com (Soul), autoblog.com (Optima), greencarreports.com (Niro)
Mahindra electric: With the Auto Expo India starting today, more details of Mahindra’s exhibits emerge on the web. First of all there is the Formula E racing car M1 Electro. It is joined by the concept Reva Halo, an all-electric sports car, said to come with a range of 200 kilometres (125 miles). Last but not least comes the Mahindra Verito Electric.
indianautosblog.com (M1 Electro), technologicvehicles.com (Reva HALO), worldrapid.com (Verito)
Tesla Model X AWD: Tesla has now confirmed that its upcoming Model X will be offered with all-wheel drive only. The decision followes strong customer feedback showing a clear preference for the AWD solution.
Nissan carry-over: In Chicago, Chevrolet unveiled its City Express van, which is basically a rebadged version of Nissan’s NV200. If GM will further follow the path Nissan laid out with its electric eNV200, and also electrify the City Express remains to be seen. The petrol version goes on sale this autumn.
New EV leadership: Nissan named Toby Perry as new director for EV Marketing & Sales. Perry has been working for the brand in the U.S. and Europe for twenty years. In his new role, he is expected to further Leaf sales and oversee the eNV200 launch.
Cost of ownership: Kelley Blue Book (KBB) published its annual “Cost to own” list. The best plug-in vehicle is the Chevy Spark EV with a 5-year cost to own of 26,421 dollars followed by the Volt (33,462 dollars) and the Honda Accord Hybrid at 36,190 dollars. The Prius came first in the hybrid/alternative energy category costing 31,584 dollars over 5 years.