e.Go Life, Nissan, France, GM, Ford, Hyundai.
Three variants of the e.Go: Coming out of Aachen, birthplace of the StreetScooter, is the e.Go Life that has just diversified. Rather than one version, there will be three performance variants, namely 20, 40, and 60 kW with respective battery capacities of 14.9 kWh, 17.9 kWh and 23.9 kWh. The price of the basis version is to remain at 15,900 euros for a range of 104 km, while the top trim will last for 154 km. e.Go Mobile plans to start production next year and says it has received more than 1,200 orders to date.
More range for Nissan van: The e-NV200 will utilise the 40 kWh battery of the 2018 Nissan Leaf from spring next year, a Nissan dealer revealed. Already the 24 kWh variant has been discontinued and the new version is ready to order. An optimistic estimate for NEDC range would be 300 km.
goingelectric.de (original source, in German) via pushevs.com
100,000 gaz guzzlers have to leave the roads of France next year if the government’s plan pans out. To facilitate the move, another 2,500 euros will be added to the existing EV subsidy of 6,000 euros available to any French citizen willing to switch. That is if the budget presented next week will go through, the Environment and Energy Minister Nicolas Hulot announced. The proposal also includes an increase of the carbon tax from 30.50 euros per tonne to 44.60 euros.
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GM on course to electrify China: 10 electrified models by 2020 is GM CEO Mary Barra’s promise to Beijing. Those EV and plug-in hybrids will precede a general electrification as the group wants to offer some level of electric drive in all models from Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet offered in the People’s Republic comes 2025. In order to do so, GM will open a new battery assembly together with JV partner SAIC in Shanghai.
Ford in bed with Mahindra: Ford has arranged a strategic partnership with India’s largest carmaker Mahindra. Cooperation may commence in the areas of electrification, mobility services, product development, and distribution over the next three years.
auto.ndtv.com, economictimes.indiatimes.com, ford.com
Conquest bonus: It is rather aggressive poaching that Hyundai exhibits in the States with its new “conquest bonus” that pays 1,000 dollars to any Toyota driver willing to hand over its Prius in exchange for an Ioniq Hybrid. Meanwhile over in India, the Korean carmaker seizes market shares in a more subtle way and plans to set up a local EV plant in late 2018.
hybridcars.com (Prius vy Ioniq), businesskorea.co.kr (India)