Mini, Daimler, Tesla, Mitsubishi, BAIC, Energica.
Pictures of first plug-in Mini: MotoringFile released first images of the Mini Countryman E, the brand’s first PHEV. The drivetrain combines 100 kW combustion engine in the front and 65 kW electric motor in the back. The 7.7 kWh battery pack stores enough energy for an all-electric range of 38 km. The Countryman E could be presented in September and launch early 2017.
New Daimler brand? The manufacture recently announced the launch of four new electric Mercedes models. Now it seems that it could offer these under a new brand for electric mobility, German Handelsblatt reports. Another possibility is introducing a Mercedes sub-brand for EVs, like BMW did with BMW i.
Tesla to buy SolarCity: The EV maker has made an offer to take over Elon Musk’s other start-up – the solar energy provider SolarCity. For Musk, the deal was “obvious,” as he wants to create the first vertically integrated energy company that offers everything from EVs, to solar panels and energy storage.
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Good deal: Until September 28th, Mitsubishi makes customers in UK a special offer for its Outlander PHEV, offering a 2,500 pound finance deposit contribution and zero percent APR. The plug-in hybrid SUV also qualifies for the 2,500 pound plug-in grant and is exempt from road tax.
New electric SUV from BAIC: An unknown mini SUV from BAIC with a fully electric drive has been caught on camera. It is said to launch in China before the end of the year.
Energica with new location: The electric motorbike manufacturer opened its new headquarters in Soliera, in the Italian province of Modena. It combines factory, showroom and even a museum on the company’s history.