Tesla, Borgward, Model X, BAIC, Toyota, Volvo.
Tesla breaks records: Worldwide, some 276,000 reservations for the Model 3 had been made by Saturday evening. This goes to show that demand for an affordable EV with long range is high. However, customers in the U.S. might have to pay the full price as incentives there are capped at 200,000 units per manufacturer. Or will politics adjust in the wake of this EV craze?
insideevs.com, twitter.com; forbes.com (tax credits)
Borgward’s e-mobility strategy: The German brand has entered into long-term strategic partnerships with SAP, LG Electronics and Bosch, as it looks to start selling EVs an PHEVs in Europe. Together, the partners will develop components for electric and hybrid cars, including batteries and drivetrains. In the medium-term, Borgward aims to sell 500,000 units worldwide.
The first Model X arrive in China, as Tesla prioritises the Far East market over Europe. Deliveries have been spotted at Beijing airport. However, it might as well be car destined for the Auto Show rather than customers. Official delivery date for China is Q2 2016.
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Baden-Württemberg Pavilion shows success factor e-mobility: During the Hannover Messe / MobiliTec the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion and its 43 exhibitors showcase the diversity of the e-mobility landscape in the southwest of Germany. With “Automated. Connected. Electrified.” as its guiding theme, the whole spectrum – from development and production to road tests of partially automated electric vehicles – will be covered. Visit us in hall 27. e-mobilbw.de (PDF)
Breaking through: These are the first pictures allegedly showing the new electric super car by BAIC and Atieva. The jointly developed EV will reportedly be presented at the Auto China later this month.
Safety plus: The new Toyota Prius excelled in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test and has been awarded with the ‘Top Safety Pick+’. The hybrid’s front crash prevention technology received the ‘Superior’ score, while all other five crash tests were noted as ‘Good’.
SUV PHEV put to the test: Matt Saunders delivers a detailed comparative test between the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. While in terms of specs the two plug-in hybrid SUVs are similar, he finds the Volvo’s handling and driving, esp. in eco mode, as well as the interior much more appealing than that of the BMW.