Oct 14, 2016 - 07:39 am

BMW, Audi, SsangYong, NextEV, Opel.

BMWi3-Protonic-Blue-300Another battery upgrade for the i3? Under pressure from the competition, BMW will again upgrade the battery pack of its i3 in 2018, German Auto Motor und Sport has learned. Due to better cell chemistry, the EV will then go 450 km on one charge according to NECD.
welt.de, automobil-produktion.de (articles in German)

Audi pulls the plug: The carmaker has stopped the production of its R8 e-tron sportscar, after building less than 100 units. Auto Motor und Sport meanwhile reports that following the electric SUV announced for 2018, Audi plans a Tesla Model S fighter one year later, as well as two smaller electric cars after that.
caranddriver.com (R8 e-tron), auto-motor-und-sport.de (new Audi; in German)

5-series with plug arrives in March: BMW has lifted the curtain on its seventh generation of its 5-series, said to arrive at dealerships in February 2017. The plug-in hybrid version 530e iPerformance will follow in March and boast 185 kW, as well as an all-electric range of 45 km.
greencarcongress.com, bmwgroup.com

E-SsangYong from 2019? The next generation of the Korando will include an all-electric variant, according to Dutch AutoRAI. The SsangYong SUV will then have a range of 300 km (NECD).
autorai.nl (in Dutch) via carscoops.com

Megawatt EV caught on camera: First photos on NextEV’s electric supercar have emerged online. The official presentation of the EV that boast more than 1 MW is scheduled for the 21st of November in London.

Opel opens new engine testing facility: The 210m euro Global Propulsion Center is located at Opel headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Opel continues to work closely with GM facilities in the field of electric drivetrains.


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