Are Tesla and BMW getting closer? In a recent interview with the German weekly Spiegel, Elon Musk has fuelled rumours of a cooperation between BMW and Tesla. Talks had involved battery technology and charging stations but Musk also identified BMW’s carbon fibre production as “interesting.” A Tesla spokesperson called the talks “informal”, BMW did not comment.
Audi Q8 confirmed: The German carmaker will put the Q8 into production, technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg told Autocar in LA. The SUV will be out within the next three years. While a plug-in hybrid is certain, an all-electric version (aka ‘Tesla fighter’) with 700 km range is likely, too (we reported).
Audi ramps up production of the A3 Sportback e-tron from 30 to 50 units per day. It is produced on the same line as the conventional Audi A3 at the company’s main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany.
Integrated commercial EVs: The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has started its funding programme ‘IKT für Elektromobilität III’ (ICT for e-mobility III), which strives to integrate commercial EVs in logistics, grids and intelligent mobility structures. From 2015 to 2018, BMWi will invest up to 30 million euros (37m dollars).
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New look for Model S: RevoZport designed a new carbon bodykit for Tesla´s Model S. The R-Zentric aerokit is said to improve “handling performance” with a wider bodykit and larger tyres and also includes an entertainment centre for the backseats.
E-scooter with KERS: Online retailer Hobby King has the ScootPlus electric scooter on offer. The 499-dollar two-wheeler only weighs eleven kilos and has up to 30 kilometres of range. The latter can be extended as the tiny e-scooter uses KERS technology to regen – sounds like a bargain.
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