Bosch, Tesla, BMW, Toyota, China, Hyundai.
Bosch Powertrain Solutions: A dedicated business unit will lead the supplier into electric mobility. Powertrain Solutions is to unite electric as well as gasoline and diesel motors under one roof by 2018. The division will span 25 countries and 60 facilities with 88,000 employees. Bosch estimates that by 2025, 20m hybrid and electric vehicles will be produced worldwide. Reason enough to get ready indeed.
Tesla cap at 100 kWh: Elon Musk clarified that there will not be a 100 kWh power pack for the Model 3 as its wheelbase cannot fit it. The Tesla CEO also ruled out higher powered options, i.e. a 110 kWh version for the Model S and X, but hinted at bigger batteries for the utility vehicle.
BMW i3S-port? There had been rumours that the Bavarian EV may get a sporty makeover, turning it into the i3S. Now it looks as if it may make an appearance at this year’s IAA, BMW blog reports. The S variant could come with 7 – 11 kW more than the regular i3 and may come to market by 2018.
Prius PHEV on the Isles: On sale for the Prius has started in the UK. Here, the second gen Toyota hybrid costs from 34,895 pounds with first deliveries scheduled for March.
As subsidies fall so do EV sales in China, where national incentives have been cut by 20 percent. BYD has raised prices for the Qin and Tang PHEV by 5,000 yuan, while other manufacturers try take the discount onto themselves. Some dealers stopped sales of electric models for now due to this volatility.
Hyundai delays China entry: The Korean carmaker postponed the Sonata hybrid launch in China by a year as it is not eligible for subsidies. The problem are the battery cells, which the Chinese government refused to certify in a protectionist move, that effectively bans Korean cells (we reported).