Series version VW ID.Crozz to become ID.4
With the ID.3 just out, Volkswagen had further announcements to make at the IAA and said the VW ID. Crozz concept will be called ID.4 once it hits the markets in series. The model is destined for the US first next year and will be the first MEB-based model in the USA.
VW adds MEB capacity to U.S. plant in Chattanooga
Volkswagen has found the first production site for electric cars in North America: The Chattanooga plant in the US state of Tennessee will expand to build vehicles based on the modular electrification platform MEB. VW is investing around 700 million euros in the extension of the plant.
VW may build 3 electric car models in North America
As Volkswagen is pushing for global electrification, their plant in Chattanooga has made it back onto the map. VW’s main man for e-mobility, Thomas Ulbrich, mentioned up to three EV models that could be built there. A final decision has yet to be made though.
California, Chattanooga, Lancashire, BYD, alternative fuel programme.
Grants on hold: The California Clean Vehicle Rebate programme has, again, been exhausted and all applicants are waitlisted. Though funds had been earmarked specifically for the programme, some suspect the money is being withheld in order to incentivize law makers to reach a deal this summer on whether or not to extend the cap-and-trade programme.
Chattanooga carsharing: Chattanooga, Tennessee, will soon be home to an electric vehicle carsharing programme. The cooperation between CARTA, EPB, TVA and Los Angeles’ Green Commuter has already overseen the installation of twenty charging stations and will launch up to 20 Nissan Leaf next month.
Lancashire chargers: The UK’s Lancashire county will be spending over 14m pounds to build 150 charging points in the area. The chargers are expected to be erected by March 2018, with one third being built in East Lancashire. First charging points will be set up early 2017.
16 BYD buses: BYD has announced orders for 16 of its new pure electric buses and coaches to French operators B.E.Green and the Nedroma Group.
California funds alternative fuels: The Energy Commission approved 13.5m dollars for alternative fuel and transportation projects. This includes showcasing low- and zero-emissions vehicles, installing electric chargers in national parks, and evaluating hydrogen refuelling stations.