Two new BMW i by 2019? The Bavarians apparently want to push their EV portfolio, which is why the board won’t attend the Paris Auto Show. Instead, they will sit down to decide on their next move. Both an electric Mini and an electric SUV are on the table. Meanwhile, BMW is ready to invest in battery production and will build a factory for high voltage batteries in Shenyang in China.
reuters.com , chinadaily.com (battery production)
Panamera plug-in premiere: The second and most technical advanced version of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will officially be unveiled in Paris at the end of the month. It will go on sale in April 2017, starting at 107,533 euros. The second generation features a 14.1 instead of a 9.4 kWh battery and has a range of 50 km.
Karma returns: Following Fisker’s bankruptcy and a takeover by Wanxiang, the pioneering EV model returns almost unchanged. The Karma Revero boasts 301 kW, has a slightly larger 21.4 kWh battery pack and a range extender, allowing the car to go 480 km on one charge. The EV will at first only be available in the U.S. – from 130,000 dollars.
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Misuse of funds: China is accusing a total of 25 carmakers of cheating in the country’s subsidies programme for electric vehicles. On the list of offenders is also JAC, with whom VW is in talks about a possible joint venture. Nissan, Hyundai and Geely don’t seem to have a spotless record either. China spend 4.5bn dollars in subsidies for electrification last year alone.
Electric Jag before 2017 According to Autocar, the British manufacturer could present its electric SUV by the end of the year. It could be based on the same platform as the larger Range Rover Evoque-e, which was unveiled last year. The latter is not expected to launch before 2019. autocar.co.uk
Electric trike ready to launch: Canadian manufacturer Electra Meccanica now unveiled the serial production version of its electric trike Solo. Due to its low weight, the 16.1 kWh battery suffices for 160 km of range. Deliveries in Canada will kick off next year.
electrek.co, electriccarsreport.com, insideevs.com