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Tesla delays deadline: Supercharger use will remain free for all customers buying a Model X or S through December, 31. This is the third delay of a change in policy that will see Tesla charging customers for using their network once their use exceeds 400 kWh. This latest move is likely to prevent potential buyers from waiting for the Model 3 rather than buying a Model S or X now. After all, free supercharging for a lifetime is a good argument for those that can afford the premium price.
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Porsche has got an eye on the Formula E with a top tier management delegation having met FE CEO Alejandro Agag at the ePrix in Monaco and later in Berlin. Chances depend on technical rules like the car swap but also Porsche’s final decision on the WEC that is currently under revision.
Cheap commuter EV: Chinese start-up CHJ plans to enter the new energy vehicle market with a targeted approach. Its first micro EV model aims at commuters and shall hit the shelves by March 2019 already with exchangeable batteries. As a mobility device mainly, the price is set at a low 7,000 – 8,000 euros, thus placing it in competitive range of electric scooters. CHJ’s main market is China but the firm did not rule out a launch in Europe, only here the compact EV would serve in ride sharing offers.
Talking small electric cars, Smart has announced UK prices for its ED range. The Fortwo model starts from 16,420 pounds, while the Forfour will cost about 500 pounds more with 16,915 GBP. Finally, the Fortwo Cabriolet is the top of the three, starting from 18,650 pounds, all after the 4,500 GBP incentive.
Cadillac XT4 PHEV? New spy shots of Cadillac’s XT4 hints at what may be a charge connector under heavy disguise. It would make sense, given that the Cadillac CT6 is already available as a plug-in hybrid. The XT4 is set to debut by mid-2018.
Close to 10m dollars worth of finance has been gathered for retrofit hybrid and electric buses or trucks by Adomani. The company has just gone public and sold more than 2.5m shares at 5 dollars each, amounting to 9.2m dollars in its IPO. Adomani is now listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol ADOM.