Audi R8 e-tron only on request: Audi’s EV will be available towards the end of the year and have a 280-mile range (450 km), double of what the carmaker had publicised last year. It features a 48.6 kWh battery with an increased power density. The R8 e-tron will be built only upon “customer request.” A price has yet to be fixed.
Hyundai to follow in Kia’s footsteps: The South Korean carmaker wants to do it like its subsidy and launch its own fully electric vehicle in 2016. Meanwhile, Kia is gearing up to launch its Soul EV on the market. For this year, it has set a global sales target of 5,000 units.
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Pre-orders for E-Golf kick off in the UK: The zero-emission hatchback can be reserved via 24 dealers across the country and has a price tag of 25,845 pounds (42,963 dollars) after a 5,000-pound (8,312 dollars) government rebate. That puts it in the same price class as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.
E-Up for delivery services: At its event “electrified!” in Berlin, VW presented a delivery concept van, the E-Load-Up. It has a 160-kilometre range and was conceived for small package and pizza delivery services. But the carmaker says it will only begin producing the EV, once there is a clear demand.
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