Compact Volvos with plugs: The concept vehicles 40.1 and 40.2 unveiled in Gothenburg yesterday, bot use Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) and grant us a glimpse at the upcoming XC40 and V40. While the former will be fitted with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, the V40 drives fully electric and is said to go 350 km on one charge.
PSA electrification update: The French want to launch seven plug-in hybrid and four all-electric by 2021 (we reported). More concrete details about the line-up have now been leaked, according to which the Peugeot 408, 508 and 3008, as well as the Citroën C5 will be partly electrified.
Class action against BMW: The manufacturer is facing a class action lawsuit in the U.S., after the i3’s range extender allegedly does not provide enough power to prevent battery charge from diminishing. BMW has been asked to temporarily stop all sales of the i3 ReX and pay for the repairs of previously sold units.
New Roadster in the pipeline: Tesla will likely launch the next generation of its roadster in 2019. According to the EV makers Nordic Countries Manager Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen, the new version will look different, be a little bigger and faster.
New FCV from Hyundai: The Korean carmaker is said to begin selling its next fuel cell vehicle from 2018. Just like with the current Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, the new car will be a SUV. Range is said to reach 800 km.
First images snapped: The camouflaged Audi A8 prototype has been spotted in the wild for the first time. The car is said to go on sale in late 2017 and also be available as a plug-in hybrid variant.
Incentives are official: The German federal cabinet has given the country’s incentive scheme the green light and EV buyers will soon be able to apply for the 4,000 euro premium at the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control. Moreover, EVs will be exempt from the motor vehicle tax for ten years. The measure is put in place with retroactive effect from January 1st.
bundesregierung.de (in German), dailymail.co.uk