News from Bavaria: BMW confirmed that it will build an electric Mini Cooper, as well as an electric version of the X3. The former will hit the road 2019, with the X3 to follow one year later. Bloomberg broke the news, citing no other than BMW CEO Harald Krüger himself. He calls it the “phase two” of electrification, while his competitors were only in “phase one.”
Tesla sales up: The carmaker reportedly delivered a total of 24,500 cars in Q3 of 2016 (15,800 Model S and 8,700 Model X). That’s a 70 percent increase compared to Q2. Moreover, the 5,500 EVs still on their way to meet their new owners were not figured in. In terms of production, Tesla announced an increase of 37%, churning out 25,185 vehicles in the past three months.
Peugeot and Citroën have given their Ion and C-Zero, which are of identical construction, an overhaul. That unfortunately doesn’t mean more range, but the possibility to start and stop the charging process remotely and an acoustic signal to warn pedestrians when the little EV approaches.
auto-motor-und-sport.de, saving-volt.de (articles in German)
Electric sports car from Japan: Green Lord Motors, known for the Tommykaira ZZ EV, presented its GLM G4 sports car concept in Paris. Boasting 400 kW and 1,000 Nm, the EV needs less than 3.7 seconds to go from 0 to 100 kph.
Change in French EV subsidies: The country wants to implement a 40,000 euro price limit for EVs that qualify for subsidies, while cutting the bonus from 6,300 to 6,000 euros. Another 4,000 euros will be added, if the EV replaces a diesel of ten years or more. The 750 euro grant for hybrids without a plug will be scrapped completely. The measures will be voted on in December.
electrek.co, autoactu.com (in French)
e-Golf for all: The facelifted version with a range of 300 km (186 miles) will be made available in all U.S. states, while the current version is only available in select states. The EV will most likely debut at the LA Motor Show next month and go on sale early 2017.
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