Opel, Chevy, BMW, Australia, New Zealand, Ariel.
More than 400 km of range: Ahead of the official premiere in Paris, Opel published some new details about its upcoming Ampera-e. NEFZ puts range at over 400 km on one charge, which is more than any other EV in its class (the BMW i3 currently offers 300 km). The new Opel is said to arrive at dealerships in Germany in spring. The UK may have to wait for the second generation of the Ampera-e, as Opel subsidiary Vauxhall will not be offering the EV for now.
autonews.com, opel.com (details), fleetnews.co.uk (UK)
Chevy Bolt update: The Ampera-e’s big cousin has gotten its final EPA rating, according to which the Bolt can go 238 miles on one charge. Moreover, GM will offer over the air updates, just like Tesla, and released ten new videos ahead of the EV’s launch.
greencarcongress.com (range), insideevs.com (updates), insideevs.com (videos)
BMW i sales soar: The year isn’t over yet and BMW has already sold more electric cars than in all of 2015. A total of 16,855 BMW i rolled off the lots from January until the end of August, while the i3 sold 2,848 times in August alone – a 73 percent increase compared to the previous year.
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Australia pushes zero emission: According to Motoring, Australia is looking to scrap the Luxury Tax for (partially) electrified cars, as well as implement other incentives to push sales of electric and hybrid vehicles. What the measures will look like is still not clear.
No fees for EVs: As one of 14 incentives to push electric mobility, New Zealand extended the EV road user charge exemptions until 2021, meaning EV drivers safe up to 438 dollars. The government is also looking into whether electrically powered utility vehicles could benefit.
Hybrid on track: Ariel has unveiled the Aero-P Atom Concept with hybrid powertrain. And while it is not said to directly influence a production car, it could mean that Ariel is looking eventually create a hybrid version on the Atom.