Nissan, Porsche, Mitsubishi, SAIC Europe, Ford, Electra Meccanica.
Nissan Leaf as Nismo: A sporty makeover awaits the Leaf as Nissan has prepared a Nismo concept due to meet the eyes of the world in Tokyo later this month. Well, some pictures are in circulation already but nothing is known about production plans or an eventual on sale date. What is Nismo about the Leaf is mainly the racy exterior and a chique interior while technology is essentially the same apart from a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance tires, and a custom-tuned computer that delivers instant acceleration at all speeds.
Porsche is putting its Mission E up against some Tesla cars to make testing as close to real life as possible. Spy shots shows the luxurious electric cruisers close to Porsche’s production plant. The Mission E however, still carries a Panamera chassis including an exhaust pipe, fake in this case.
motortrend.com, autoblog.com, carscoops.com
Official images preview another concept destined for Tokyo, Mitsubishi’s electric SUV Coupé that was first sighted some days ago. The latest tease is accompanied by some details such as the e-Evolution Concept’s three electric drives that work together as an AWD. Two power the rear axle while the remaining furthers propulsion at the front.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk, .ndtv.com, automotiveworld.com
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New player on e-van market: The electric truck business is brewing in Europe and SAIC decided to add its Maxus EV80 to the mix. Distribution will be handled by SAIC Mobility Europe that asked Maske Fleet to offer the electric transporter to corporate clients in Germany and Austria. On top, fleets in France and Benelux, will be able to get the Maxus EV80 that has a range of 200 kilometres and a maximum payload of 950 kilos. Other markets are to follow soon.
As Ford is increasing its electrification effort reportedly, some more numbers have been put behind the promises. On top of the previously announced 4.5bn dollar investment, Ford is also reducing ICE capital expenditures by one-third and redeploying that capital into electric drives.
Designed in Canada, made in China: Canadian start-up Electra Meccanica has found a partner for the manufacture of its electric Solo trike in China There, Zongshen Industrial Group has agreed to build 75,000 units in the period from 2018 to 2020.
electriccarsreport.com, canadianmanufacturing.com, newswire.ca
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