Daimler goes electric: German Automobilwoche reports that Daimler wants to bring six to eight electric Mercedes between 2018 and 2024. The focus will be on SUV and crossover models, but a few compact cars and sedans are also in the pipeline. There will be no sub-brand for electric vehicles, but a clearly identifiable product line.
automobilwoche.de (in German), autonews.com
German emobility in numbers: A total of 895 new electric cars were newly registered in Germany in August, 7.7 percent more than in the same month last year. Hybrid cars even saw an increase of 84.5% compared to August 2015, with a total of 3,927 units sold. 836 of those were plug-in hybrids – also 46.7% than last year.
kba.de (in German), autonews.com
Hyundai and Kia face hurdle: Since China no longer certifies batteries from Samsung SDI and LG Chem made in South Korea (we reported), the planned introduction of Hyundai’s and Kia’s PHEV models there could fail. If batteries are not certified, the cars don’t qualify for government subsidies, making them not competitive enough for the Chinese market.
Model S P90D get downgrade: With the 100 kWh version now available, Tesla has scrapped Ludicrous mode for the 90 kWh variant. Meaning that everyone with a need for speed will have to dig a bit deeper into their pockets.
Polish luxury EV is coming: The Varsovia Motor Company has presented a concept an electric luxury sedan with range extender called ‘Varsovia.’ It said to have an all-electric range of 350 km and will make it all of 500 km with the ReX. About 50 Varsovia per year will be available form 2018.
Electric remake: Back in 2011, Dutch manufacturer Savage Rivale hat presented the topless supercar Roadyacht GTS, which never made it to production. Now, Japanese start-up Green Lord Motors wants to release an all-electric version. Details will be made public at the Salon d’Automobile in Paris.