About time: ‘Think New’ is Volkswagen’s motto for the Paris Motorshow. They will present a long range EV “for a new era” meaning one with a range between 250 to 300 miles. The size of a Golf, the concept shall hit the market by 2019 and is supposed to leave a similar impression as the iconic Beetle did in its days. The tease is on with first pictures having been released.
autocar.co.uk, insideevs.com, autonews.com
Electric Lamborghini: The Italian brand is working on the Vitola, a purely electric sports car, Autobild reports. The EV aims for hitting 62 mph in 2.5 seconds, powered by technology from the Porsche Mission E. Whether Lamborghini gets the go ahead for a very limited production run remains to be seen.
motortrend.com, youtube.com (video in German)
Another Italian supercar promises the start-up Zava. The Prometheus will utilise four electric motors to bring it up to 60 mph in less than two seconds. Range is given as up to 300 miles. So far, only renderings exist without any plans for production set yet.
Tesla update v8.0: This Wednesday will see Tesla pushing a wide release of its latest software update. Version 8.0 includes changes to the Autopilot, which will reportedly rely more on radar sensors than camera data. Drivers will also have to take over steering sooner and for longer.
Electric SUV from China: Xpeng Motors has shown its first electric compact SUV. The Xpeng Beta has a said range of 300 km thanks to energy dense cells from Samsung. Production will start in 2017 and the Chinese manufacturer intends to scale up to 20,000 units by the end of 2018.
gasgoo.com, electromobile360.ru (pictures), youtube.com (video)