BMW X5 plug-in timetable: German Automobiloche reports that serial production of the BMW X5 xDrive40e will kick off in the U.S. facility of Spartanburg on August 1st. The plug-in SUV will arrive at U.S. dealerships in October, and in Europe and China at the beginning and end of November, respectively.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Bultaco returns: Spanish company Bultaco, which stopped manufacturing motorcycles in 1983, is back with an electric bike. The Brinco is a cross between an e-bike and an electric motorcycle with a top speed of 60 kph. It has an aluminum frame and a 8 kg removable battery. Next the company wants to introduce an “Electrical Urbanmotard” based on the Rapitán prototype.
Norwegian startup Meshcrafts wants to democratize access to EV charging stations with their mobile app and become the “Airbnb of electric vehicles”. The main goal is to make it possible for everyone to buy and sell electricity from each other.
bitcoinist.net, wired.co.uk, meshcrafts.com
Dongfeng EV spied: The Dongfeng Fengshen A60 EV has been caught on camera. The EV features a 70 kW electric motor allowing for a top speed of 150 kph. Range is estimated at about 200 kilometers.
Testing BMW’s plug-in SUV: Autocar got their hands on the steering wheel of the X5 xDrive40e, generally happy with the performance. However, Nic Cackett notes that the PHEV fails to meet efficiency standards in the UK, not qualifying for the OLEV grant or to avoid the London congestion charge. Conclusion: “There’s no compelling reason for the xDrive40e to stick long in the memory.”
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