Full autonomy for all: Elon Musk revealed the “unexpected,” saying that all new Tesla will have the hardware for autonomous driving (level 5) and that a fully auotnomous trip from i.e. LA to New York will be possible by the end of next year. The upgrade includes a total of eight cameras, better ultrasonic sensors that let the car “see” as far as 500 metres, and a 40 times more powerful onboard computer. To use it, drivers will need to pay an extra 8,000 dollars, or 5,000 dollars for a four-camera option.
Model 3 sold out: The first 12 months of production of Tesla’s upcoming affordable EV are sold out. Any orders made from now on will see delivery not before mid-2018. For all other orders, the initial date set for sending them remains the end of 2017.
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Seat to electrify by 2020: Electric cars slowly reach the lower price segments as the VW brand will introduce an electrified car by 2020. It will either be an electric version of the Mii or a plug-in hybrid Leon – both more or less exist already as VW e-Up! and Golf GTE. Seat’s last option is to develop a novel bespoke electric vehicle based on the MEB platform.
Eco quota in Korea? South Korea’s government may introduce a supply quota for EV and PHEV to force domestic carmakers to sell more of their eco-friendly models at home. Currently, Hyundai and Co. prioritise deliveries to markets overseas due to subsidies.
Ssangyong in China: Together with Shaanxi Automobile Group the Korean founded a JV to build cars in China. A new facility is planned for 2019, where electric cars for the Chinese market are to be produced under a separate label.
As good as new: Nissan started its used Leaf campaign that offers financing and warranties in the UK. A 2nd hand Nissan EV with 24 kWh battery is available from 175 GBP per month and includes home charging as well as free fast-charging three times a week.
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