e.GO Mobile, China, Peugeot, Audi, LeEco, Mitsubishi
Economy EV: e.Go Life is a city car by e.GO Mobile AG due to debut at CEBIT show in Berlin. Serial production is scheduled for spring 2018 and prices start at 15,900 euros, which may make it just the solution needed for e-mobility to become affordable for most. Driving the e.Go is an 48-Volt system by Bosch and the spec puts the range at 100 km. The company based at RWTH Aachen campus will open the order books by May this year.
Another compact EV comes from China, where BAIC is to reveal the ArcFox-1 at the Shanghai Auto Show. Spy shots show an electric car that is reminiscent of both the Mini and Soul EV but will sit just two. A 200 km range is enough for city dwellers and kick off is set in China this autumn.
Peugeot mini SUV electric and lux? Once the French will update their mini SUV 2008 next year, an electric version as well as a premium model under the DS label are likely. Autobild reports both EV may hit the market as early as 2019 and while the Peugeot 2008 would come with 350 km range, the DS 3 Crossback may add another 100 km on top. Price point: around 19,000 euros.
autobild.de (in German)
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Audi confirmed the Q4 for kick-off in 2019 and the SUV will also feature a plug-in hybrid drive. The Q4 will sit on the same MQB platform as the new Q3 and prices will start at about 28,000 GBP in the UK. In the meantime, Peter Mertens, formerly Volvo’s head of development, is to take the very same role at Audi on May, 1 this year.
autocar.co.uk (Q4), automobilwoche.de (Mertens, in German)
LeEco sold Silicon Valley HQ: Financial problems at Chinese start-up LeEco seem endless and now show as the company sold its Silicon Valley property that was supposed to serve as its head office in the States. LeEco is Faraday Future’s main sponsor that tries to ride out another cash crunch.
Mitsubishi revised its Outlander PHEV Juro, the premium version of the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid. The 2017 version is now equipped with an Electronic Parking Brake, EV Priority Mode, and a reversing camera plus some more in-car tech. It is priced from 33,499 GBP after incentives.