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Affordable Fisker: While the EMotion is to debut at the CES 2018 and can be reserved already by those willing to pay at least 129,000 dollar eventually, Fisker got more exciting news as the firm attempts to appeal to a broader market segment. A more affordable EMotion scheduled for 2020 shall come at a price around 34,000 dollars and would thus undercut Tesla’s Model 3 slightly. Fisker renewed his promise of an more energy dense battery as well but has yet to deliver.
All-electric beauty: It is an exercise in style this Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 convertible the Germans showcased at Pebble Beach. There is some substance to it as well as it is all-electric with 750 hp. It is a concept however and 6 metres long with little to no hope to make it into (large scale) production.
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Hyundai’s E-Kona is coming in 2018 and has been seen testing. The lack of an exhaust system gave the camouflaged crossover away and while German carmakers are taking their time, the compact EV could cut a deal among younger buyers sooner. Hyundai targets a range of 390 kilometres.
Great Wall to take over FCA? The Chinese carmaker has openly expressed interest in the acquisition of Fiat Chrysler and had shares soaring sharply. It is unclear however if the offer concerns all or parts of FCA as the initial request was for the Jeep brand. FCA declined to to make a definite statement but given Great Wall’s plans to invest 60bn yuan (8.7bn dollars) to develop new energy vehicles for which it will need production facilities, a deal is not unlikely.
Audi’s E-Tron has been caught testing as well and this time is towing a trailer in an emulation of Tesla’s Model X. The e-tron quattro SUV is expected to go into production in 2018 and will one of the few production EV to debut at this year’s IAA in Frankfurt.
Mercedes GLC PHEV sold out: There won’t be any more Mercedes GLC 350e 4-Matic become available this year reports, Auto Motor und Sport citing dealers. The reason is to seek at a supplier.
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