Audi, Volkswagen, Tesla, Ford, Hero, Formula E.

One more electric Audi: The German carmaker is thinking beyond the Q6 e-tron (due 2018) and wants to add another electric SUV to its lined-up, says German Auto Bild. The Audi Q4 e-tron will sit on the MEB platform. Powered by a 70 kWh battery, range is expected at around 450 kph. Pricing will supposedly start at 50,000 euros, about 16,000 euros less than the Q6.
Source: Auto Bild 5/2016, print edition

e-Golf to get 189 mile range: Volkswagen says the new e-Golf will be able to run a “genuine” 186 miles on one charge. Debut is set for 2018, shortly after the release of the petrol-driven Golf VIII on which the electric model is based. The GTE plug-in hybrid’s range will remain at 50 km, as VW believes that suffices.,,

Model S 85 discontinued: Tesla from now on only offers the Model S with either a 70 or 90 kWh battery option, phasing out the 85 kWh power pack worldwide. The EV maker has therefore completed its move away from all battery sizes initially offered in 2012.,

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Ford to take on Prius? According to Wall Street Journal, Ford wants to open a new facility in Mexico. There, the America manufacturer will build a dedicated hybrid model by 2018, which could take away market share from Toyota’s Prius. Ford has neither given more information about nor has it confirmed the plans.

Indian electric scooter: Hero has presented the Duet E concept. The all-electric scooter is based on the Duet series and likely derives its technology from the hybrid Leap concept. The Duet E comes with a 5 kW electric motor and is said to have a range of up to 65 km. Nothing has been said about production plans yet. (with video)

Fast as a falcon: Sam Bird finished first in the Buenos Aires ePrix. It is the first Formula E victory for team DS Virgin. Sebastien Buemi came in second, followed swiftly by Lucas di Grassi, who continues to make it to the podium in every race.,, (race highlights)


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