iNext to be made in Germany: BMW decided to manufacture its first autonomous EV in the company’s very own backyard in Lower Bavaria, or Dingolfing to be exact. The idea is to keep production close to its HQ that concentrates tech and development competence in Munich. Just a few weeks ago, BMW announced the creation a new R&D centre for autonomous driving in the north of the city but will also work on the iNext drivetrain here. The iNext is scheduled to roll off the lines by 2021, while production of other i-models will remain in Leipzig, Saxony.
GM to make EVs profitable? General Motors wants to be the first carmaker to enter the EV profit zone by making electric cars more affordable. Hence, the company’s engineers seek to make batteries less heavy and more efficient, says GM executive Mark Reuss. Coupled with the earlier announced strategy to substantially increase production output especially in China, where GM intends to introduce 10 electrified models by 2020, battery costs could significantly decline indeed.
Range is relative as it is highly dependent on the test cycle. Nissan obviously uses the Japanese JC08 standard that is among the most optimistic and gives the next-gen Leaf 350 to 400km. By 2020, Nissan intends to launch a comparable model with 550 km range that may reach 450 – 500km in Europe.
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3D printed EV in New Zealand: The Drop is the name of a three-wheeled electric car that shall come out of a 3D-printer in New Zealand. With 300 km range and a price around 10,000 dollars, its creator Ira Munn addresses commuters. His endeavour is supported by tech charity Accelerating Aotearoa and Massey University. Together, they hope to present a prototype in August and “print” serially by March 2018.
Seat EV becomes concrete: The first all-electric car in Seat’s line-up will either be an electrified Mii minicar or Leon compact, CEO Luda de Meo now confirmed earlier guesses. The model is due by 2019, one year before Seat wants to produce its first EV utilising VW’s common MEB platform.
Hyundai prices Ioniq in Canada: The hybrid version of the Ioniq starts at 24,299 dollars, whereas the EV version costs 35,649 USD. While the HEV will be available throughout Canada, the Ioniq EV will only be offered in provinces with EV rebates, namely Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
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