GM, Tesla, Changan, a2-solar, BMW, Toyota.
No new Spark EV: Even though an updated version of the Chevy Spark will be presented in April, its electric counterpart will not be renewed, GM told Inside EVs. The current Spark EV will remain in the lineup, probably until the arrival of the Bolt EV in 2017. Insiders told electrive.com that a pre-series companion model of the Bolt EV for GM’s Opel subsidiary in Europe will be tested already this year.
Tesla news: The Californians now announced to expand their Resale Value Guarantee to all 11 European markets where the Model S is sold. Also, anyone looking to buy a Model S can now expect delivery after only 20 days, at least if one is willing to spend at least 105,000 dollars on the AWD version.
teslamotors.com, wsj.com (delivery)
Changan electrification: Chinese carmaker Changan plans to spend 18 billion yuan (2.93 billion dollars) on R&D, marketing, and supply chains. Its goal is to launch 34 new models, 27 of which will be purely electric and another seven hybrids, over the next ten years. The company is looking to sell a total of 400,000 vehicles by 2020 and 2 million vehicles by 2025.
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Solar Karma rooftop from Germany: German company a2-solar is to develop and produce a solar rooftop for the new Fisker Karma. The company believes the rooftop to become the “largest spherically curved and most powerful” module of its kind.
emobilserver.de (in German), a2-solar.com (company page)
BMW app for Apple-Watch: The German carmaker’s i Remote App for the BMW i3 and i8 will become compatible with the new smart watch by Apple. The app displays the same functions iPhone users are familiar with as it shows the remaining range, locks and unlocks doors and manages the air con.
This is it: Toyota’s RAV4 EV has come to an end as the last one has finally been sold in California. In total, the Japanese produced 2,537 units of the Tesla-powered EVs over a span of about three years.