Chrysler plug-in minivan: NAIAS saw the debut of Chrysler’s Van Pacifica. The plug-in hybrid variant will be able to drive about 30 miles all-electric, powered by its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. The PHEV is expected to arrive in the second half of this year.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com, forbes.com
Bolt EV specs: Chevrolet has released more details of its 200-mile electric car. The Bolt’s lithium-ion battery pack holds 60 kWh, while the electric motor powers the front wheels with up to 150 kW for a top speed of 91 mph. A full recharge might take up to 9 hours, but Chevy claims the built-in 7.2-kW charger is able to charge 50 miles in less than 2 hours.
detroitnews.com, greencarreports.com, insideevs.com
Bigger battery for e-Golf? New cells are to increase the range of Volkswagen’s electric classic by 30 percent, Volkmar Tanneberger, head of electronic development, said at CES. The current e-Golf has a range of 83 miles, while the new power pack would push it to 108 miles, well in range of the new Nissan Leaf. No word yet on when the update is due.
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Volvo S90 Hybrid debut: The Swedes in Chinese hands launched their 2017 S90 in Detroit. All variants will be available from the get go, including the plug-in hybrid version. It features the same drivetrain as the XC90 SUV.
Mercedes E-Class on display: Daimler presented its new E-Class in Detroit. The now even bigger sedan will become available as a diesel and petrol variant from April, with the PHEV E 350e to follow shortly after. The hybrid Mercedes is expected to have an electric range of 19 miles.
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