Borgward Bremen-bound: The Chinese led revival of the traditional German brand will make a new home in the North of Germany. Construction of a 10,000 sqm factory is to start next year somewhere by Bremen. There, Borgward plans to assemble the BX7, currently produced in China, with 50 to 100 employees by 2018. The car will be offered as electric variant only in Germany with batteries coming from LG Chem and an electric drive from Bosch.
Mini Cooper PHEV: The British brand presented the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 – the first Mini plug-in hybrid. The countryman’s system has a power of 165 kWh. It drives all-electrically with up to 125 kph for about 40 kilometres. In the U.S., the PHEV is to go on sale by June 2017.
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Bolt production started: GM has started production lines for its Chevy Bolt EV slowly but surely. Currently, nine Bolts are rolling off the line per hour with just one shift working. Over time 30 Bolts an hour should come off. In Korea, the EV powered by LG Chem is set to arrive in the first half of 2017.
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VW to cut Golf variants: Volkswagen will offer the new Golf with less motor options and will likely favour mild-hybrid technology. The move is part of VW’s cost cuts due to diesel gate.
EV from Romania: Prime, a Romanian producer of energy-storage devices set up Prime Motors Industry. The division builds an electric car that lends its base from the Dacia Logan. It will be offered with three battery options, the highest at 45 kWh, and for a price below 30,000 dollars.
Is this the flying car Google grand Larry Page is building for himself? Spy shots suggest so and have been taken at Hollister Airport in California. The Page funded start-up Zee.Aero has a hangar there and is reportedly working on a VTOL.