Volkswagen created a buzz indeed when it announced its ID Buzz concept is likely to make it into production. The only thing that stands between the microbus and reality is a global go, as VW first wants to see reactions from China. Reception in Europe and the States have been positive. On top of the ID Buzz, Shanghai will also see the unveiling of an electric SUV concept with an electric saloon concept to follow later this year as well.
Model S discontinued: Tesla will stop selling the Model S 60 and 60 D from April, 17 due to low demand for the 60 kWh power pack. This leaves the 75 kWh pack as the entry level battery option, or better, removes the option to buy just 60 kWh of a power pack that always held 75 kWh in fact.
Iconic EV for real: The BMW Isetta based Microlino EV is scheduled for production before the year’s end at Italian partner Tazzari. Already, Swiss Micro Mobility Systems has received more than 2,600 pre-orders for its electric micro car that shall be made available for about 12,000 euros.
Turbine hybrid to go serial: Hybrid Kinetic Group saw the positive reactions it had hoped for in Geneva and will thus produce its hybrid sedan H600 with turbine range extender. The model has been designed by Pininfarina and will go on sale in the States and China from 2019 or 2020. Additionally, Hybrid Kinetic plans to present two more concepts next month.
Toyota to invest in UK plant: The Japanese carmaker has earmarked 240m pounds to invest in its Derbyshire plant as it readies its Burnaston factory to produce vehicles on its news platform called TNGA. It underpins the new Prius and the Toyota C-HR crossover already and will be rolled out globally by 2020 latest.
Sold out before arrival: The Chevy Bolt sold out within two hours and before it even hit the shores in South Korea. Clearly, 400 units reserved for the market were not enough. Official arrival is next month and prices start from 47.79m won (42,325 USD).
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