Nissan Leaf II, Mercedes, Thunder Power, Kia, Karma, Mexico.
And here it is: Nissan takes the wraps of his 2018 Leaf right in time for autumn. Its new battery now holds 40 kWh and the much expected larger version with 60 kWh has been announced as well. Semi-autonomous features such as ProPilot Park have been included and will first be made available in the EVs hitting the roads in Japan and later Europe. Pricing starts at 30,000 dollars in the United States.
Mercedes EQA is still at concept stage but ready to go on display at the IAA later this month, where we had spotted it previously in what could be seen as design rehearsal. To promote the EQA further, Stuttgart HQ has released a video with a few details, that places the electric car between a hatchback and the A-series, or a Tesla and BMW’s i3, depending on how you look at it.
Another Tesla fighter rises from Taiwan and this one is ready for this year’s show(down) in Frankfurt. Thunder Power showed the concept at the IAA 2015 and now reveals the series version. The firm recently decided to set up a production facility in Spain and wants to also start producing for the Asian market in China from Q3 2018. Range of the first EV has been given at no less than 650 km with a 125 kWh battery and two output options of 230 and 320 kW.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (IAA, in German), insideevs.com
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Kia Niro PHEV in the UK: Korea’s dedicated hybrid has made it across the UK border. The plug-in hybrid variant is priced from 27,995 GBP, including the Plug-In Grant.
Karma negative: 80 kilometres all-electriccally, such was Fisker’s promise for the new Revero but the EPA says differently. Apparently, range is no more than 60 km and to make matters worse, it is the only PHEV listed in which one will spend more on gas over 5 years than the average new car sold today.
First EV from Mexico is taking shape as Zacua presents the first two of four planned models. Built by Mexicana Motores Limpios, the M2 and M3 shall occupy the shelves from November, albeit in small numbers. Prices start at 24,500 dollars and comes 2020, Zacua wants to introduce an electric four seater, likely to be dubbed the M4.
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