Model S updates: Tesla now offers a new basic version of its Model S in the single motor version for 70,000 dollars. It comes with a 70 kWh battery pack and is 5,000 dollars cheaper than its all-wheel-drive counterpart. Tesla is also offering a battery pack upgrade from 85 to 90 kWh for 3,000 dollars and introduced the new “ludicrous” mode, which will take the Model S P85D from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. And – starting in 2019, Tesla also plans to offer a new Roadster!
forbes.com, autoblog.com, teslamotors.com
Two versions of the SP:01: Detroit Electric has released full specifications of its electric roadster SP:01. The “pure” variant comes with an electric motor producing 150 kW, while the “performance” version will deliver 210 kW. Both versions feature 37 kWh battery packs and are said to go 288 km on one charge. The SP:01 is being built in Warwickshire, UK, and will go on sale before the end of this year.
Electric sports EV from China: Shanghai-based Youxia Motors will present the prototype of its all-electric sportscar “One” on July 26. The car is said to hit a top speed of 300 km/h and have a range of 250 km. Youxia will collect funds for the production of the first five cars via a crowdfunding campaign.
Acura NSX undisguised: Videos and pictures of the seemingly final design of the 2016 Acura NSX have emerged on the web. The hybrid sportscar will feature a V6 combustion engine and three electric motors with a combined output of more than 550 hp.
autoguide.com, motorward.com, hybridcars.com (videos)
Volvo XC90 T8 qualifies for the UK Plug-in Car Grant. The hybrid is therefore available from 54,955 pounds. It is Volvo’s first petrol plug-in hybrid to qualify and companies choosing the SUV will be able to write down 100% of the cost against their income tax liability.
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