EVA spotted uncovered: Mercedes entered an advance stage of EV development as electric mules based on the EVA platform have hit road testing. Paparazzi did not hear or see any engine. The platform will carry four EQ models all due by 2019. For now, they wear the body of the GLC.
VW I.D. sooner: Volkswagen’s electric economy model has been schedelued for production by 2019, a year earlier than previously planned. The news comes from the facility in Saxonia that will manufacture it. The VW I.D. will be first to utilise the modular platform MEB, which will serve for further electrification.
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Porsche strengthens hybrids: Porsche pushes performance in the PHEV segment. The new Panamera, which already has a PHEV variant, shall soon be offered with a stronger system that couples the electric drive with a V8 engine. The 911 model too will be hybridised by 2020, but as a six cylinder.
motoring.com.au (Panamera), autocar.co.uk (911)
BMW puts power into PHEV albeit in Thailand. The carmaker plans to double production capacity for plug-in hybrids at its Rayong facility. The 330e and X5 xDrive40e are built there and shall soon be joined by the 5 and 7 series PHEV. Furthermore, BMW is to add 7 EV charging stations in Bangkok.
Range Rover SUV: The Brits plan to unveil a SUV coupé called Velar in Geneva this Spring. It is based on the Range Rover Sport but shares a platform with Jaguar’s F-Pace. While the latter may soon see full electrification as I-Pace, the Velar is likely to be hybridised first.
More maintenance for Models S and X: Tesla has raised the prices for the maintenance plans for its EVs but also added more services. They come as 3 or 4 year plan and include annual check ups. It is worth noting though that all new Tesla come with warranties on battery and drive unit anyway.
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