Volkswagen, BYD, Audi, Tesla, NEVS.
E-Golf priced in the U.S.: The SEL Premium model of VW’s first all-electric vehicle available on the U.S. market will come with a 36,265-dollar price tag. That already includes an 820 dollar destination and delivery fee. It is therefore only minimally more expensive than the top trim of the Nissan Leaf. Sales will start in November in selected states.
Profitable EV business: Sales of new energy vehicles accounted for nearly 10% of the BYD’s turnover in the first half in 2014, a segment that grew year-to-year, this time by about 2.7 billion yuan (439m dollars). However, compared to last year, overall sales and profit dropped 15.5%, mainly due to a drop in sales of traditional automobiles.
A3 e-tron test drives in Down Under: A handful of journalist had the chance to take the new Audi for a spin around Hamilton airport’s tarmac. From there being “little to complain about” to calling it “future” and declaring that it will be a hit in Australia, test drivers seemed impressed with the plug-in hybrid. The only negative point they noted was the vehicle’s high price.
caradvice.com, gizmodo.com, themotorreport.com
The voice of Tesla customers: Two Model S owners from New York addressed an open letter to the California carmaker in a local newspaper, suggesting some minor improvements to the EV. Elon Musk responded on twitter, saying “many of the suggestions will be implemented soon.”
twitter.com via treehugger.com, allmediany.com (with video)
No talks between Dongfeng and NEVS: Earlier reports suggested that New Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), owner of Saab, had contacted the Chinese state-owned company for possible cooperation. Rumours Dongfeng denies. The latter owns a 70% stake in TEngineering, which was the engineering division of Saab until the carmaker filed for bankruptcy.
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