Audi Q7 e-tron quattro: Audi has revealed the first official photos and details of its upcoming SUV which is to premier at the Detroit Auto Show. The Q7 will be offered as plug-in hybrid variant with a six-cylinder diesel engine which produces 190 kW and an electric motor with an output of 94 kW. The Audi Q7 e-tron is said to come with an all-electric range of up to 56 kilometers (35 miles).
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com, greencarreports.com
New BMWi services: At the Detroit Auto Show, BMW will not only present its fuel cell stack developed together with Toyota (we reported) but also new services for its electric range. The ChargeNow, ParkNow and DriveNow apps will be extended to include new features like ParkNow LongTerm, which will let drivers find a permanent parking space where they can fill up their batteries.
Tesla’s China president resigns: Veronica Wu, head of Tesla’s Chinese operations, will leave the company after just 9 months on the job. Wu provided no reason for her departure. Tom Zhu, who now runs Tesla’s charging network development in China, will take over her role.
Spy shots of the 5 series: BMW has been caught testing the new BMW 5 series. When taking a close look, one can see a little door at the front left fender which might be the charging port for a plug-in hybrid version. The new 5 series is expected to arrive by 2016.
ePrix in Uruguay: Sebastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) drove to victory in the third race of the Formula E at Punta del Este, Uruguay. He was joined on the podium by Nelson Piquet Jr. (China Racing) and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt), who remains the championship leader.
motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com, youtube.com (race highlights)
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