Chevy Bolt, Tesla, Qoros, Kia, Lexus.
EV for the masses: GM just unveiled its Chevy Bolt a few hours ago. The 200 mile (320 km) range had been announced previously, but now we also know that the Bolt will sell for 30,000 dollars after (7,500 USD) in the U.S.. A price tag said to appeal to the masses. The EV will go on sale at the end of the year and will feature lots of driving assistants and maximum connectivity to appeal to the younger generations.
fortune.com, wfla.com media.chevrolet.com
Changes in the Tesla lineup: Tesla will from now on only offer the 3,000 dollar upgrade from 85 to 90 kWh for the all-wheel version of its Model S. The rear drive version will only be available with a 70 or 85 kWh battery pack.
Qoros electrified: The Chinese manufacturer cannot seem to get a foot in the door as a conventional carmaker and wants to form a business unit just for electric cars. Also, CEO Phil Murtaugh will leave the company due to “personal reasons.”
Self-driving Kia: Kia has set up a sub-brand for its autonomous driving technologies called ‘Drive Wise.’ The carmaker wants to introduce partially self-driving cars by 2020 and fully autonomous technologies by 2030. Meanwhile, Andrew English test ‘drove’ the autonomous Kia Soul, pondering questions about the responsibility and role of the person in the driver’s seat.
autocar.co.uk (Drive Wise), telegraph.co.uk (Kia Soul)
Driving the new Lexus RX450h: Autocar got to test the 2016 Lexus RX450h on British roads and was not sold on the idea, saying the “RX450h feels as soulless now as the original RX400h did a decade ago.” Also, the hybrid’s fuel-economy is only “acceptable.”