Tesla software update 6.2: The promised end for range anxiety is basically a combination of optimised routing and a range alarm. The new software stays connected to Tesla’s charging infrastructure and warns the driver, when range drops below what is needed to get to the next Supercharger or Destination Charger. Things like elevation changes, weather and occupied chargers are taken into account.
transportevolved.com, insideevs.com, jalopnik.com
BMW i future: German Manager Magazin reports that the BMW i9 could become available by around 2020. Before, BMW i will introduce the next-gen i3 with a 300+ kilometre range. In subsequent years, every middle and large sized BMW model will be offered as plug-in or all-electric variant.
manager-magazin.de (in German)
Kia shows new Optima: The Koreans have released first design sketches of their new Optima, which will be presented at the New York Auto Show in April. The new Optima will also be available as a station wagon, previewed in Geneva earlier this month. A hybrid and a new plug-in hybrid powertrain is likely.
Electric Mini in the pipeline: Head of the Mini brand Peter Schwarzenbauer confirmed that an all-electric Mini is the works, but did not give any further details yet. He also made clear that there will be no Mini Minor and that a production version of the Superleggera is not certain yet.
BYD teams up in Thailand: Trading company Loxley will be selling electric cars and buses under the BYD brand in Thailand, starting with the K9 bus and e6 passenger car. Loxley plans on selling a combined 200 units within two years and is eyeing the possibility of setting up an assembly plant for EVs.
Terra Motors reveals e-bike: The company presented its S750, which is said to be the first e-bike designed by a Japanese company. The e-bike has a top speed of roughly 25 mph and a 31-mile range.
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