Smart, Tesla, VW, Nissan, Mitsubishi.

E-Smart-2016New Smart ED infos: Daimler is testing the 2017 Smart Fortwo ED in Arizona. The new-gen urbanite features the same drive as the previous one but updates are to enable a range of up to 85 miles at shorter charge times. Furthermore, the sales model will not include battery leasing any longer. (data in German), (test report)

Tesla in lose-win situation: The EV maker posts a 293m dollar loss for this second quarter while making 1.3bn dollar revenue, a 33 percent plus. Deliveries stood at a total of 14,402 units, 9,764 of which were Model S. The plan is to send another 50,000 EVs out until the year’s end. Priorities in the future remain the launch of the Model 3, autonomous driving, and ultimately the Model Y. Yet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk pointed to the planned electric van and truck. Production could start 2018 at the earliest.,,, (new models)

VW EVs Made in China: More than half of all electric Volkswagen will emerge in China by 2025, board member Jochem Heizmann said. They will stand on three EV platforms, according to VW engineer Matthias Erb. He did not go into details but our guess is the third platform is for electric CV. (China, in German), (platforms)

Nissan-BladeGlider-2016Radical e-racer preview: Nissan and Williams Engineering presented the BladeGlider concept. This time round, it is a working prototype. Two in-wheel motors in the rear that develop 130 kW each drive the three-seater. Power comes from a high-performance lithium ion battery pack mounted towards the rear of the car.,

Electric Mitsu crossover? Mitsubishi will debut the XM Concept at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show later this month. Although based on the fully electric eX Concept, it is unclear if the new study will have an electric drive.


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