Tesla Model 3 details: There will also be a crossover Model 3, Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel announced. He also mentioned future models, but unfortunately did not elaborate. More news came from Elon Musk. According to the CEO, the Model 3 will come with one electric motor as standard to keep the car as affordable as possible, while the AWD will become available optional. He also put the range prediction up to 250 miles instead of “only” 200 as it was previously announced.
forbes.com (Straubel), insideevs.com (Musk)
Honda on course to electrification: Honda will launch three dedicated electrified vehicles within the next three years. First, the fuel cell model will be introduced in 2016, followed by a battery-electric and a plug-in hybrid model until 2018. However, Honda will discontinue the Civic Hybrid and Accord Plug-in.
freep.com, reuters.com, electriccarsreport.com
The next-gen Prius is to come “soon,” according to Toyota CEO Jim Lentz. The debut will possibly take place at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show in September or LA Auto Show in November. While fuel economy is to be improved, the previously announced 15% might be a bit too optimistic, Lentz added.
Outlander Plug-in undisguised: The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been caught on camera without any camouflage in Japan. The new model much resembles the Outlander PHEV Concept-S but is expected to come with a slightly updated hybrid engine. Details are hitherto unknown though.
Audi A5 Coupé in disguise: The new Audi A5 Coupé has been spotted, however still wearing heavy camouflage. It is expected to make its market entry in 2016 and Autoevolution predicts there will be at least one e-tron version, most likely a diesel plug-in hybrid.
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