Paris, Volvo XC90, BMW 3-series, BMW i8, Nissan, Harley-Davidson.
Paris to clear up: “In the four central districts – apart from bikes, buses and taxis – the only vehicles allowed will be residents’ cars, delivery vehicles and emergency vehicles,” Paris’ mayor Anne Hidalgo told Journal du Dimanche. The new rules will first be imposed on weekends only but may be expanded quickly. Furthermore, Hidalgo plans to introduce an e-bike sharing scheme in the French capital.
Plug-in Volvo pricing: Volvo has opened the order books for the second generation XC90 in Europe. The top of the range plug-in hybrid XC90 T8 starts at a price of 76,705 euros and is available solely as a seven-seater. The hybrid setup boasts 400 hp with a torque of up to 640 Nm.
BMW 3-series update: The plug-in hybrid will apparently come at the same price as a comparable combustion model like the 328i, project leader Helmuth Wiesler told Fleet News. His reasoning for the “same charge” strategy revolves around performance. Meanwhile, James Taylor took a “far-down-the-line prototype” of the hybrid BMW 3 on a test ride and was glad to find it “still drives like a 3-series.”
fleetnews.co.uk, carmagazine.co.uk (Review)
BMW i8 recall: Fuel tank issues have caused BMW to recall about 500 i8 worldwide. In the U.S., potentially 223 hybrid sports cars manufactured between May 16 to September 16, 2014 are affected by a defective bolt which could cause a fuel leak and lead to a fire.
Battery replacement program: Nissan now offers European owners of the Leaf and e-NV200 to buy a brand-new 24 kWh replacement battery pack for 4,920 pounds (likely 5,000 euros). Buyers will also receive a 1,000 pounds cashback for the their old battery.
The electric Harley Live Wire is not likely to see the light of the day anytime soon as it does not live up to customer expectations. Only a new battery generation would enable a range as desired by first inquirers, while the current estimated price of 50,000 dollars would need to be halved.