Tesla, Chevy, Hyundai, Mercedes-AMG, Hong Kong.
Is Tesla closing the solar deal? The planned SolarCity takeover may go down very soon, Reuters reports, citing people close to the matter. The merger could be signed in the coming days. However, there is still a possibility that negotiation won’t bear any fruits after all.
Chevy Bolt update: According to Automotive News, GM will begin with production of the all-electric Chevy Bolt in October, shooting for a yearly output of 25,000 units. The range extender version Volt is said to get a makeover in 2019 that will also increase its all-electric range.
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Hyundai’s H2 plans: Hyundai’s next fuel cell model will be ready in time for the winter Olympics in 2018 in Pyeonchang. It will be a mix of CUV and SUV and feature a smaller electric motor with more output, as well as a fuel cell that requires less platinum in the catalyst.
AMG hybrid? Mercedes-AMG is allegedly planning a super sports car with hybrid drivetrain for its 50th anniversary in 2017. The R50 would have 1,300 hp and feature two electric motors to drive the front wheels. The limited edition hybrid will then sell for two or three million euros.
Tour cars electrified: As part of the third Formula E season kick off in October, Hong Kong wants to conduct the world’s first electric tour car race. It will see 15 retrofitted e-Golf go up against one another. A first model has already been tested successfully.
Tesla 60 priced: The carmaker announced the leasing rates for the 60 kWh variants of its Model S and X in the U.S. The Model S 60 will thus be available for 667 dollars per month, while the dual-drive version will go for 742 dollars per month. The monthly leasing rate for the Model X 60D has meanwhile be set at 788 dollars.