German charging unification: BMW, Daimler, Ford and VW with Porsche and Audi officially declared to build a CCS ultra fast-charging network together. The joint venture will fund 350 kW charging stations along the Autobahn and other European key routes. Construction is to start next year at an initial 400 locations for a rapid recharge. The network shall grow to “thousands” of stops by the end of the decade.
reuters.com, autonews.com, greencarcongress.com
Another new i3? BMW is extending its electric car offering not only with a facelift but also a new version of the BMW i3, Autocar reports. The i3S will get an uprated version of the current electric drive for a sportier ride and may also have an even longer range.
Kandi to receive subsidies: Hainan province granted Kandi 100m yuan (app. 14.5m dollars) in subsidies to develop a new electric vehicle. It will be produced in the company’s facility in Hainan, where soon 100,000 electric cars will roll off the lines (we reported).
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Solar Tesla stores: After merging with SolarCity, Tesla is to integrate its energy offering into Tesla stores. Customers will thus be able to purchase a Powerwall in-store and still online as before. Solar shingles will make it into retail at a later date as well.
The Toyota Supra was caught wearing mainly production bodywork that still has much F1 flair to it. The Supra is developed together with BMW and expected to arrive by 2018. A hybrid is most likely.