Taking shape: More details emerged about the EV joint venture by Renault and Dongfeng. DRAC announced plans to build an electric car for the Chinese market based on Renault’s Fluence Z.E. The launch is set for 2017, while the EV will be marketed under a Dongfeng brand and produced at the Wuhan facility.
Tesla Model X gets going: EPA has issued its verdict on Tesla’s latest offspring. The Model X with 90-kW battery has a rated range of 257 miles. Meanwhile, images show the electric SUV towing a trailer and how its is coming alive at the Fremont facility. The launch party will happen tonight.
electriccarsreport.com (EPA rating), insideevs.com (Fremont), youtube.com (Trailer)
Passat GTE now available: Volkswagen starts selling its plug-in hybrid Passat GTE in Germany. It is the brand’s second PHEV and guaranteed clean. The Passat GTE starts at 44,250 euros (49,707 dollars). The station wagon variant sells for an additional 1,000 euros.
auto-medienportal.net (in German)
Leaf pricing for Canada: The 2016 Nissan Leaf will cost between 32,698 and 40,548 dollars in Canada. That is before tax, freight and PDE, as well as rebates that vary depending on provinces. The latter may put it on par with conventional models. The new Leaf will be available in three trims.
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