Tesla’s Q1: The Californians sold 50 percent more EVs last quarter than in Q1 2015, but missed its target of 16,000 units. Still, with 14,820 Tesla delivered worldwide, the manufacturer says it is on course to hit the 80-90,000 vehicle mark this year. Tesla explained the delay with problems with suppliers, but also admitted that it tried to included too much new technology in the first version Model X too soon.
autoblog.com, greencarcongress.com, worldcarfans.com
PSA’s mid-term plan: Peugeot, Citroën and DS announced their “Push to Pass” strategy, saying they will launch seven plug-in hybrid models, as well as four pure electric vehicles by 2021. Plans for global expansion may see PSA cooperating with Bolloré to set up an electric carsharing service in the U.S. next year.
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Hyundai-Kia expands electric range even further, as both plan on having 26 electrified model by the end of decade. The line-up will then include hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and battery and fuel cell electric cars, of which the Koreans hope to sell 300,000 units by 2020.
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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)
Coming Solo: The Canadian three-wheeler inspired by Corbin Sparrow is set for production by June already. Electra Meccanica also delivered details on its Solo EV, saying top speed is given at 87 mph, range at 100 miles and all that for 15,000 U.S. dollars.
Dashboard USA: Sales of (partially) electric vehicles rose in the United States in March. 7,115 EVs were sold (+15,9%), as well as 5,290 PHEVs – that’s an increase of +75,2 percent compared to the same month last year. Sales of HEVs dropped 14.6%, as only 28,756 hybrids found a home.