BYD, Audi, Fisker, Tern, Volkswagen.

BYD-C9BYD readies to build electric trucks at its U.S. factory. Phase 2 of the expansion has just begun and will be completed next year. Apart from electric coaches, the plant will then manufacture electric trucks for which BYD has already taken orders, it said. Phase three will see BYD triple its workforce.

Audi revamps A3: The German carmaker will offer the latest A3 IV from 2018 and this time the line up includes a cabrio, the A3 Sportcoupé. Part of the motor variants is the plug-in hybrid which has been further developed. In the U.S., the five door hatchback will only be available as PHEV. (in German), (USA)

Fisker upfront: The designer has released another teaser of the sports car to be presented this week. The new image shows the front of the Fisker with adaptable lights looking like a snake’s eyes. Fisker also said both radar and camera are integrated.,,

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Foldable Bosch e-bike: Taiwanese Tern presented the Vektron eBike with Bosch pedelec motor. The battery sits behind the seat post, enabling a neat fold. Yet, the bike weighs 22 kilos – a lot to carry. In the States, the electric folder is offered for 3,100 dollars.

It’s a first: The Volkswagen Sustainability Council held its inaugural session. It comprises nine members and chose Georg Kell, Director UN Global Compact, as its chair. VW pledged 20m euros for two years to fund projects to reduce CO2 emissions. The council will convene with VW’s board on e-mobility and other transformative issues regularly.


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