Munich, India, Beijing, Norway, Tesla, Hyundai.
Autonomous EVs in Munich? According to German Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Bavarian city is working with BMW, Siemens and UPS to test new mobility concepts. BMW will i.e. look at autonomous driving in e-carsharing schemes, while UPS wants to set up distribution containers from where messengers can pick up parcels to deliver on electric cargo bikes.
sueddeutsche.de (in German)
India rids itself of smelly cars: India’s environmental minister Prakash Javadekar announced a specialty tariff for diesel cars and SUVs. Diesel cars will be subject to a 2.5 percent tax on top of the buying price, while SUV prices will even increase 4%. The goal is to have 7m EVs on the road by 2020.
automobil-produktion.de, wiwo.de (articles in German)
Beijing brings ICVs to a halt: The Chinese capital has published its transport plan until 2020. It says that the number of motor vehicles will be kept under six million by the end of 2017 and under 6.3 million by 2020 – meaning only 100,000 new motor vehicles will be allowed on the road each year. The share of electric buses is meanwhile said to increase from 35 to 65 percent by 2020.
EV figures from Norway: A total of 38.7 percent of all newly registered cars there in the first half year of 2016 had an electric motor on board. The number of EVs and hybrids grew to 30,107 units (up from 22,478 in 2015), while plug-in hybrids are definitely the new trend.
New base Tesla for China: Tesla now offers its Model X 75D as base version in China. Due to taxes and tariffs, the price starts at around 125,000 dollars. Deliveries of the Model X have already kicked off. However, only 11 cars have been handed over so far.
New markets for the Ioniq: Hyundai confirmed that it wants to offer its newest family member in the Middle East before the end of the year, as well as in selected African countries. First up will be countries of the Golf Cooperation Council (GCC), while the focus will be on the Ioniq hybrid variant.