BMW, Tesla, Borgward, Panasonic, Toyota.
BMW plugs in: The Bavarian wants show a whole series of PHEVs in Frankfurt. The new BMW 3-series variant BMW 330e boasting 185 kW will be on display, as will be the BMW Active Tourer 225xe. There will also be a new plug-in variant from the BMW 7-series (740e). All three are scheduled to arrive at dealerships in spring 2016.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, bmwblog.com
Model X countdown: Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the first all-electric SUVs will be delivered in Fremont, CA, on September 29th. Moreover, the Model 3 will be unveiled in March, at which point it can be pre-ordered. Production will start in “about two years” and pricing is said to start at 35,000 dollars.
insideevs.com, forbes.com, twitter.com
Borgward preview: Company CEO Ulrich Walker told German Auto Bild that the SUV which Borgward will unveil at the IAA, will be a plug-in hybrid with “competitive range.” The vehicle will first become available in China, followed by India and Brazil. Even Germany could “soon” see the SUV arrive at dealerships.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)
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BMW invest in on-demand valet: BMW i Ventures announced a strategic investment in the U.S. start-up Zirx, which provides on-demand valet and parking services in major cities. BMW i Ventures now invests in a total of 13 mobility start-ups, including Chargepoint, Chargemaster and Zendrive.
Panasonic takes on Tesla: Not just carmakers are building ‘Tesla-fighters.’ Panasonic wants to start selling home batteries, aiming to take a piece of Tesla’s home storage market share. Following a successful rollout in Japan, the storage system will be introduced in Australia and Germany, followed by France, the UK and other EU markets.
Test driving the Mirai: As the Toyota fuel cell car arrives in North America and Europe, Stephen Noctor from Transport Evolved got behind the wheel. He was disappointed to find that it “lacked the instant torque” he knows from electric cars, saying it accelerated slower than the 2015 Corolla. Noctor was also not a fan of the noise, as the fuel cell car was louder than any EV.