New base Model S: Tesla upgrades the 60-kWh Model S and will offer a more expensive and more powerful version. The new Model S 70D costs 75,000 dollars, 4,000 more than the previous entry EV, but is equipped with AWD and a 70-kWh battery said to deliver 15 percent more range (240 miles). The Model S 70D also features more power (234 kW) and Supercharger equipment as standard.
wsj.com, autoblog.com, transportevolved.com
Citroën plug-in concept: At the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show, the French carmaker will present its new Aircross Concept for the first time. The SUV study resembles the Citroën Cactus and will be powered by a hybrid system consisting of a 218-hp gasoline engine and a 70-kW electric drive.
greencarcongress.com, technologicvehicles.com, recombu.com
Electric camper update: New details on VW’s allegedly planned Bulli EV have been unearthed by German Auto Bild. By 2018, the all-electric Bulli would come equipped with the 85-kW drive from the e-Golf. The company thinks a range of 400 km could be possible due to advances in battery technology.
autobild.de (in German)
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German U-turn: Contrary to what a previous media report had suggested, the German government intends to keep its 1-million-EV goal by 2020 up on the agenda. To get there, however, “many more steps were necessary,” a spokesperson for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy said.
zeit.de, sueddeutsche.de (articles in German)
Benefit fraudsters? Dutch paper Financieele Dagblad reports that an unusually high number of EVs (about 1,000) bought with subsidies had been exported to be sold as second hand cars despite being less than a year old, with many of them ending up in Norway. As such they reach high prices while being toll-free. The Dutch finance ministry will now look into the issue.
Zotye EV update: The Chinese manufacturer released images of its EV destined for the domestic market. The E01 that is to debut at Auto Shanghai will also be offered as E02 with four doors. While the design seem to reminisce about the Smart fortwo, inside a big touch screen hints at bigger idols.
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