BMW’s high flexibility strategy: Whether combustion-powered, hybrid or electric – the carmaker’s core models shall be soon available in all three versions, while being produced at just one line each, says Oliver Zipse, head of BMW’s production management. This strategy will allow the Germans to flex production depending on the current demand. First models to be offered in all three versions are the X3 and the BMW 3-series.
Tesla raises capital for Model 3 production: The Californians are about to raise another 1.5bn dollars in debt in order to fund its newest vehicle’s production target. Speaking of the Model 3: Preliminary EPA documents suggest that the model’s strongest version in terms of range will provide 190 kW and a battery pack with 80.5 kWh capacity.
electrek.co, uk.reuters.com, insideevs.com (EPA documents)
Electrified T-Roc? Volkswagen shows an additional sketch of its Golf crossover called T-Roc that is ready to debut at August, 23th. According to recent spy pictures taken of a prototype, the model’s design is inspired by both, the Tiguan and the next Polo. Media reports suggest meanwhile that the T-Roc could also come in PHEV and EV version, based on tech of their respective Golf counterparts.
Faraday Future leases EV production plant: After the company has stopped plans to erect a 1bn dollars EV factory in North Las Vegas one month ago, it is leasing now a former Pirelli plant in the Californian city of Hanford. There, the FF 91 is to roll off the lines by end-2018, all-in-all 10,000 units per year.
usatoday.com, latimes.com, theverge.com
BYD permits a closer look at its Song PHEV, as first images and drivetrain information have been revealed by CarNewsChina. According to this source, the Van called Song Max couples a 156 hp petrol engine with two electric motors, enabling an output of 446 hp and 740 Nm.