New 7 Series to be unveiled next week: No need to wait until the Frankfurt Motor Show, as BMW will take the wraps off its new 7-series on June 10th. BMW’s new flagship car is said to also become available as a plug-in hybrid called 740e. A teaser video has already been posted online.
bmwblog.com, caradvice.com.au, youtube.com (video)
German wake-up call: Hoping to increase sales of electric cars in Germany, 14 lawmakers from the ruling parties sent a letter to the country’s finance minister calling for subsidies for corporate purchasers of EVs, German paper Handelsblatt reports. And they might be successful: Coalition sources said that Chancellor Angela Merkel will back demands for a range of measures to support the EV market. In addition to the tax writedown, these may include more money to build up charging stations and for research and development — at a total cost of 3 billion euros. More details could be announced at a meeting of the German National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE) in mid-June.
New Peugeot goes British: The Peugeot Partner can now be ordered in the UK in all its variants, meaning also as a purely-electric vehicle. The Panel Van EV has a range of 106 miles and is especially suited for multi-drop businesses. Pricing for the electric version starts at 21,300 pounds (32,680 dollars).
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Silent rescuer: BMW will present the first i3 emergency vehicle at the “Interschutz” trade show in Hanover later this month. The fire command vehicle is obviously fitted with sirens and emergency lights, but will otherwise not make a sound.
autoevolution.com, bmwblog.com (photos)
Acura RLX Sport Hybrid hits U.S. market: Starting today, the 2016 model will be available at dealerships across the United States. The car has a three-motor hybrid system with a combined output of 377 hp and comes with a number of driving assistance features, such as a Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) and Blind Spot Information (BSI).
NEL acquires H2 Logic: The Norwegian electrolyser company takes over Danish H2 Logic, a hydrogen refuelling station company. Through the acquisition, NEL aims to take a key role in the development of supply infrastructure for FCEVs.