Chevrolet had reduced the price of its Bolt EV by up to $6,000 in the US this summer. Jalopnik reports that owners who bought their Bolt before the price cut took effect are now also being offered said credit. However, existing owners should read the fine print carefully.
Even though burning electric cars often get a lot of attention in the media, the fire of an electric car is significantly less likely than that of a vehicle with an internal combustion engine. This not-so-new finding was confirmed by a recent analysis of car fires in the US.
Hyundai’s recall of the Kona EV due to allegedly faulty cells supplied by LG continues to be a bumpy road. Some owners told Reuters of delays and poor communication, adding fuel to a long story that yet awaits an adequate solution.
The Tesla Model X of an owner from the Netherlands was apparently deliberately set on fire when charging overnight during a business trip in Düsseldorf, Germany. The owner suspects “hate against Tesla” as the reason behind the arson attack.
Although electric cars are statistically less or not more likely to catch fire than combustion engines (it’s in the name!), reports of burning electric cars always cause much excitement – especially when a Tesla is affected.
While a big deal is commonly made of any electric vehicle catching fire, often their combustion counterparts do not find that kind of attention to safety from the media and manufacturers. A comprehensive overview of how much of a danger vehicle combustion really poses to drivers has been missing from the conversation – until now.
PHEV concept for C5 successor: Citroën wants to show its CXperience concept at the Paris auto show in October. The futuristic hatchback features an 80 kW electric motor and can go 60 km on electricity alone. It could also be the preview of a C5 successor. electriccarsreport.com, autocar.co.uk, youtube.com
Tesla’s P100D priced: The new top-notch versions of the Model S and X have finally received a price tag in the UK and the rest of Europe. The luxury sedan will go for 114,200 pounds/127,700 euros and the SUV for 117,200 pounds/128,700 euros. The prices are before subsidies and VAT. insideevs.com
The end of the Chinese EV boom? Apparently, the many start-ups that have sprung up on the heavily subsidised emobility scene, are getting too expensive for the Chinese government. In order to keep them in check, the country wants to put in place technical guidelines and limit the number of new EV start-ups to ten. bloomberg.com
EVs from Down Under? It seems Australian start-up Clement Vehicles is re-employing hundreds of people from the company Holden and is looking to develop an electric vehicle. The company was awarded 10,000 Australian dollars in the State Government’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur prize to develop two prototype EVs to present to judges later this year. indaily.com.au
Deadly EV fire: A flat fire that killed seven and heavily injured four in the Chinese city of Shenzhen was allegedly caused by a charging electric car. Investigations are still underway. ecns.cn