General Motors, Toyota, Chevrolet, BMW, Storm e-bike, Tesla.
Bolt production in late 2016? GM plans to put the all-electric Chevy Bolt and a companion model for GM’s Opel subsidiary in Europe into production in October 2016 at its plant in Orion Township, Michigan, Reuters reports citing two sources at suppliers. According to the report, General Motors could build 25,000 to 30,000 Bolt EVs a year there. A GM spokesperson declined to comment the report.
Toyota Avalon facelift teased: Toyota has released a teaser image for its 2016 Avalon, which will be presented at the Chicago Auto Show next week. The engine lineup will be the same as in the current model, including the hybrid version with a 154 hp 2.5-litre engine mated to a 104 kW electric motor.
New Chevy Spark spied: Completely undisguised spy shots have emerged on the web which reportedly show the next generation Chevrolet Spark. The new model will be formally introduced later this year and could also include a replacement for the current all-electric Spark EV.
BMW i3 sees boost from Super Bowl ad: The Super Bowl commercial sparked interest in the BMW i3 for car shoppers at Edmunds.com. Analysts at the website reported that the i3 had the second biggest Super Bowl boost with a 583 percent traffic spike compared to an average Sunday afternoon.
Storm clouds: An electric fat bike for less than 500 dollars that showed up on a crowdfunding website seems to good to be true. After having raised over 3 million dollars in just a few days for the “Storm Electric Bike”, the company is accused of making “grossly inaccurate” and “false” claims in its campaign.
treehugger.com, indiegogo.com (campaign)
Tesla Model S P85D review: Damon Lavrinc says that the AWD Tesla is unlike anything he has ever driven and the performance is like nothing he has ever felt. But be warned: The “insane” Model S P85D acceleration even managed to destroy his cell phone.