Mitsubishi, Audi, Chrysler, Chevy, BYD, Beijing.
Mitsubishi’s electric plans in the U.S.: The Japanese carmaker wants to launch a new crossover model there early 2018, which will be based on the all-electric eX Concept. A new and bigger Outlander (incl. a PHEV variant) is in the pipelines for 2019, and a smaller Outlander Sport for 2020. The latter is said to also be available as an all-electric car.
City EV by Audi? According to Autocar, Audi will launch a small city car in 2019 that will also be available as a pure EV. A study could already be presented at the Salon d’Automobiles in Paris in 2017.
Chrysler with plug: The U.S. manufacturer released a teaser image of its 700c Concept ahead of the American International Auto Show in Detroit, which kicks off today. It seems the study could also foreshadow the next-generation Town and Country Minivan, announced for late 2016 (we reported).
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Bolt officially priced: General Motors now confirmed the sales price of its Chevy Bolt for the U.S., pricing it at 37,500 dollars, including delivery. That means the new EV will be available for 30,000 dollars after a federal tax credit of 7,500 dollars.
EV boom: Chinese BYD expects profits to increase more than 500 percent in 2015, due to a strong demand for electric vehicles that the company says it still has difficulties to meet. And that despite its high production capacities.
Beijing doubles number of EV plates: The Chinese capital has published new guidelines for vehicle registrations. A total of 150,000 new license plates will be issued in 2016. 60,000 are reserved for EVs and PHEVs – twice as many as in 2015. Moreover, owners of the latter will no longer have to take part in the license plate lottery, but will receive them directly.