Tesla-Fighter in Detroit: GM indeed unveiled the electric Chevy Bolt concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). With a 200-mile range and a price of about 30,000 dollars, the Bolt is clearly targeting Tesla’s Model 3. GM plans to offer the EV in all 50 States as well as globally from 2017.
greencarcongress.com, transportevolved.com, autoblog.com (with video)
Inside the 2nd-gen Volt: Chevrolet now delivers all the technical details related to the new Volt. A larger, yet lighter battery with a capacity of 18.4 kWh enables the 2016 Volt to roam electrically for about 50 miles. To get further, the 11-kW electric engine that lost weight as well (-45 kg) is supported by a range extender with 102 hp and the ‘Regen-on-demand’ functionality.
electriccarsreport.com, jalopnik.com, insideevs.com (with pics + video)
German SUV for the U.S.: Volkswagen presents its Cross Coupé GTE at the NAIAS and thus gives a preview of what will become a seven-seater SUV to be built in and for the States. The concept is designed as a plug-in hybrid that combines two electric motors both at the front (40 kW) and rear axle (85 kW) with a 280-hp engine. Production of the mid-size SUV is set to start by the end of 2016.
autoblog.com, motortrend.com, electriccarsreport.com
Plug-in C-Class: At NAIAS, Mercedes shows what is to become their next plug-in hybrid later this year. The C 350 has a combined total output of 275 hp and an all-electric range of 20 miles. The plug-in hybrid will be issued as a 2016-model of both a sedan and station wagon this fall in the U.S.
Model X variants confirmed: Tesla now officially announced to offer its upcoming SUV in all three options – 60 kWh, 85 kWh, and 85 kWh Performance. The much discussed Falcon Wing Doors and AWD will be standard for all versions. Reservations are already being taken.
Buenos Aires ePrix: The latest Formula E race in Argentina found a surprise winner in Antonia Felix da Costa of Amlin Aguri. He was joined on the podium by Nicolas Prost from e.dams (2nd) and Nelson Piquet jr. from China Racing (3rd). Lucas di Grassi did not finish, but remains the championship leader.
electriccarsreport.com, youtube.com (race highlights)
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