NextEV unveils 1.000 kW racer: Curtain call for the Nio EP9, the Chinese company’s long awaited electric supercar. Four electric 250 kW motors catapulted the EV around the Nürburgring at a top speed of 313 kph, topping lap times set by the Porsche 918. The first units built by hand have already been sold. A small series production is set to kick off in China soon.
autocar.co.uk, carthrottle.com, electricautosport.com
First Chevy Bolt arrive at dealerships: Next week, the Chevy Bolt will arrive at dealerships in California and Oregon. However – many other U.S. states may have to wait another six months, as GM will roll out its EV step by step. But why so hesitant? GM says, they want to do it right and have had good experiences with the delayed availability of its second generation Chevy Volt.
insideevs.com (First Bolts), insideevs.com (delayed availability)
Finland to introduce subsidies? Helsinki seems to want push green cars and ponders a 100m euro incentive scheme. The goal is to have 250,000 EVs on the road by 2030, while the initial 25,000 buyers could benefit from 4,000 euros in subsidies. More details will be announced Thursday.
A city car, but not for all: Fun to drive, great turning radius, “zippy on steroids” – that’s how Autocar and Autoblog describe the new all-electric Smart Fortwo. Still, it is obvious to them that this EV only fits a particular lifestyle and with a realistic range of 75 miles, a charger should never be too far out of reach.
Trying out the Model S: Tesla kicked off its scheme “Drive to Believe” to convince western European buyers of its all-electric sedan. The EV maker will trade a Model S for a person’s car for one week. But there are only 25 spots – and the challenge ends December 31st.
teslarati.com tesla.com (application)
Hybrid Audi says goodbye with a win: The carmaker secured a one-two win at its last World Endurance Championship in Bahrain. Porsche secured the driver’s title, after the number two Porsche team of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb managed to place sixth in the championship.
motorsport.com, autosport.com, youtube.com (highlights)