BMW X5 xDrive40e, Tesla, Toyota, Formula E, Audi.
Plug-in BMW X5: The German carmaker has introduced its second PHEV. The X5 xDrive40e has AWD and its hybrid drivetrain combines a four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor integrated in the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. Together, they have an output of 313 hp. A 9 kWh Li-ion battery allows for an all-electric range of 31 kilometres. The car will be launched this autumn, while the price is still unknown.
greencarcongress.com, autovolt-magazine.com, insideevs.com
Tesla is “about to end range anxiety,” Elon Musk tweeted and announced a software update for the Model S. More details will follow at a press conference this Thursday. We will keep you updated.
Toyota sponsors Olympics: In a 835 million dollar deal, the Japanese carmaker has become a sponsor for the Olympics until 2024. It can be expected that the focus will be on promoting the Mirai FCV. Apart from Toyota providing cars for athletes and IOC officials, the city of Tokyo intends to use the games in 2020 to showcase hydrogen technology while expanding H2 infrastructure (we reported).
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New Formula E leader: Nicolas Prost from team e.Dams has won the Miami ePrix. The second place went to Scott Speed (team Andretti), while Daniel Abt (team Abt) came in third. As Lucas di Grassi only took 9th place, Prost now holds the overall lead in the championship.
electricautosport.com, autoblog.com, youtube.com (highlights)
Driving the new R8 e-tron: Greg Kable had the pleasure to get his hands on a prototype of Audi’s all-electric sports car. The new electric motors are 60 kW stronger while the energy is being supplied by a 91 kWh battery so big it blocks the rear view. No wonder, the e-tron “accelerates with terrific force.”