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New E-Audi to arrive in 2018: According to Audi design chief Ulrich Hackenberg, the new all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle will debut in early 2018 and have a range of more than 500 kilometres. The name for this Tesla fighter has yet to be announced. Autocar is putting its money on “Q6 e-tron.”
E-Jag by Magna Steyr: Yesterday we reported that Jaguar Land Rover plans to build its first EV in Austria, though “having it built” could be more fitting: According to a local newspaper, Magna Steyr will develop and build the all-electric model. Neither Magna nor Jaguar have officially commented.
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American EV from Africa? U.S.-based company Global Electric Transportation announced that it will kick off construction of an EV production facility in Ethiopia in September. Once completed, as many as 10,000 electric vehicles could roll of production line there per quarter.
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New investors for Formula E: Liberty Global and Discovery Communications will be investing in the electric racing series. While the official amount has not been disclosed, Hollywood Reporter says the two companies could be paying some 55 million dollars for a one third stake.
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Audi diesel-hybrid for EU only: Audi’s plug-in Q7 e-tron will only be available as a diesel-hybrid in Europe. In the U.S. and in China, the PHEV will be offered with a two-litre petrol engine instead.
Chevy Spark teaser image: Chevrolet has released the first pictures of its 2016 Spark. The hatchback will simultaneously be unveiled at the auto shows in New York and Seoul in April. Whether the next-generation will also be available as an electric variant has not been announced.