EQ EV made in Bremen and Sindelfingen: Daimler has signed declarations of intent with works councils at its facilities in Bremen and Sindelfingen, stating that they will produce electric cars there in the future. Components for the new Mercedes EVs will be made in Hamburg-Harburg, while the first EQ should roll off production lines in Bremen.
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Total electrification of BMW brands: According to CEO Harald Krüger, the carmaker “will systematically electrify all brands and model series.” Whether the 3-series will see an electric variant has not been decided, but Krüger recently confirmed plans for an electric Mini for 2019 and electric BMW X3 for 2020.
Toyota and Suzuki to cooperate: The Japanese carmakers want to work together on research and development of i.e. new environmental, safety and IT technology. That means, a cooperation in the field of electric mobility is possible.
Nissan scraps 24 kWh option: The carmaker no longer offers the smaller battery option for its Nissan Leaf in the U.S., Green Car Congress has learned. Only the 30 kWh will be made available there. That also means the base price of the EV increases to 32,450 dollars before subsidies.
Massive Prius recall: Toyota has to call 340,000 units of its best-seller back to the shop, due to possible issues with the handbrake. Affected are Toyota Prius build between August 2015 and October 2016.
Former Tesla manager heads Proterra: Josh Ensign, former Tesla Vice President of Manufacturing, has signed on as CEO of bus manufacturer Proterra. His goal is to increase production in Greenville, South Carolina, and begin producing batteries in California from August 2017.