Ford, Tesla, BMW, Toyota, Changjiang EV.
Tesla-fighter from Ford: The manufacturer confirmed that it is building an EV (we reported) that, according to rumours, could go head to head with the Tesla Model 3. The electric car is said to have a range of 200 miles and Ford hopes to be “among the leaders or in a leadership position” in the industry. No further details have been reported yet.
X studio expands: Tesla’s online design studio for the Model X has officially launched in Europe, making accurate pricing and delivery information available for customers based on the old continent. The electric SUV’s base price meanwhile increased to 83,000 dollars.
50 percent more: Prior to making an official statement, BMW sent mailers to current UK customers, saying an improved i3 will be available from July. Buyers can then choose a bigger battery pack to get them around 50 percent more range. The new variant will not replace the current model and battery pack, but simply be added as a new option. The EV is currently on pre-order for July delivery.
Mini Mirai: Toyota hopes to debut their Mirai C in 2019, just in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The Mirai C is a smaller, less expensive hydrogen fuel cell Mirai model and should cost between 50,000 and 55,000 dollars.
i8 levels up: BMW’s updated i8 will hit showrooms late this year, including upgraded power and range and a series of variants. The new version is claimed to get over 10 percent more power, with an output of roughly 420 bhp. Inductive charging will be optional.
The eBoss: New Chinese brand Changjiang EV debuted three cars at the Beijing Auto Show, including the 200 km range eCool, which will be released in the second half of the year for roughly 100,000 yuan (15,500 USD) after subsidies. They also brought the eGlory transport van, and a minibus named eBoss, which is already on the market.