Aston & LeTV e-racer: The British brand and Chinese internet firm have agreed to build an electric sports car based on Aston’s RapidE concept. LeTV, now called LeEco, will be responsible for the electric drive and battery, as well as other partners from China. But the car will be assembled in Great Britain. Launch is expected by 2018 and LeEco plans to use the EV platform for other projects, i.e. Faraday Future.
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BMW i5 takes shape: It looks like the third model of the i-series is going to be a roomy crossover that makes it easier to integrate the battery, Auto Motor & Sport reports. The BMW i5 is expected to launch by early 2021.
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Lexus with V6 hybrid: The luxurious LC 500h will be propelled by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and a 45 kW electric motor powered by a Li-ion battery. The system delivers a total of 265 kW. Lexus will debut the hybrid in Geneva next month with production start set for 2017.
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The estate arrives: Volvo revealed the latest V90 as scheduled. It is also available as PHEV with a T8 Twin Engine. The station wagon shares a platform with the S90 and XC90. A 9.2 kWh battery can power the car up to about 45 kph, while hybrid system boasts a combined 299 kW.
Hyundai will launch its electric Ioniq in its native Korea already this June. Prices will start at 40m won (32,706 dollars). The eco model can go up to 169 km on one charge, while the motor delivers up to 120 hp.
BMW puts a price on its PHEVs scheduled to arrive in Great Britain later this spring. The BMW 225xe will be offered from 32,545 pounds. The BMW 330e Saloon will sell for roughly one thousand pounds more (33,935 GBP), and is also due for delivery by April.