BMW, General Motors, Mercedes, Tesla, BYD, JAC.

Purely electric i5? Apparently, BMW is considering two drives for the i5. It will either become a plug-in hybrid with a motor serving as range extender or maybe go all-electric, German Auto Bild reports. The purely electric model could come with a range of more than 400 km. Market entry could be in 2019. (in German)

GM to move EV production? GM might start to produce its EVs in China to save on import duties and to benefit from Chinese subsidies. Both the Volt and Bolt could thus be originate from Asia soon. However, nothing is definite yet. (in German)

Plug-in A-class? Mercedes is pondering the electrification of the A-series, says Auto Bild. The new generation, scheduled for 2018, will most likely see a hybrid variant. Whether it will be a plug-in (favoured by most) or a mild hybrid has not been decided yet. (in German)

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All as planned: Tesla says it is on track with all major projects scheduled for this year. Among them is the Model X that got previously postponed but will make it to the market this year, according to the EV maker. The Tesla Model 3 is still set for 2017.

BYD in Shanghai: At its home show, BYD has quite a few electrifying models on display. The e5 and T3 are both fully electric while the “imperial” SUVs Yuan, Song and Tang will all be offered as plug-in hybrids.,,

Cheap but persevering: Jianghuai Automobile Company (JAC) brought the iEV5 to Shanghai. The EV is said to have a range of 240 kilometres and will be offered for just 89,800 yuan (14,503 dollars).


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