Netherlands, GAC Motor, Faraday Future, Mitsubishi, Energica.
Netherlands go electric: Dutch economy minister Henk Kamp said in an interview that it is the country’s intention “that from 2035, only electric or fuel cell cars will be sold. So, no more cars that use petrol, diesel or LPG.” Two Dutch parties have meanwhile proposed a ten-point plan to make EVs more attractive to buyers, including the installation of chargers every 25 km, guaranties for EV batteries, lower parking fees and the use of bus lanes.
nrc.nl (interview; in Dutch), nltimes.nl (plan)
New supercar: Chinese manufacturer GAC Motors has presented an electric sports car concept at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The EnLight features gull-winged doors and the company’s latest technical and design innovations. It has an autonomous, as well as a manual driving mode.
automotive-business-review.com, multivu.com (with videos)
Faraday Future teased: The manufacturer released first teaser images showing the front its first production model. Despite alleged financial difficulties (we reported), the EV is said to be fully unveiled at the CES in Las Vegas next year.
Too hot to handle: Because of possible overheating, Tesla issued a voluntary recall of some 7,000 select NEMA adaptors. There have been two reported cases of the plugs overheating while in use, but it caused no further damage and no one was harmed. NEMA adaptors come with Tesla’s Universal Mobile Charger (UMC) in order to fit different outlets and are mostly used in the U.S., Canada and parts of Asia.
electrek.co, transportevolved.com, tesla.com
No more Outlander PHEV for Russia: After only 71 units sold in 2014 and a mere 21 in 2015, Mitsubishi has decided to stop offering plug-in SUV in Russia. Interestingly, the standard Outlander accounts for two-thirds of Mitsubishi’s sales in the country.
Energica update: The Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer has obtained a sales license in California, meaning Energica can now record sales in the U.S. state. The company also added an importer in Israel, and important market for the Italians.
SolarCity, Sono Motors, Daimler, Kia, GAC Motor, BMW.
SolarCity-Tesla merger gets green light: As announced, Elon Musk will combine his two co-founded companies under one roof and will pay 2.6bn dollars for SolarCity in an all-stock transaction. The merger will be completed before the end of the year, and save the companies 150m dollars in costs in the first full year after closing.
autoblog.com, businessinsider.de, solarcity.com
Sono presents electric minivan: The Munich-based start-up took the wraps off its promising electric vehicle – a minivan that seats six and will sell for 16,000 euros. Range is given at 250 km. On top of a 30 kWh battery pack, the EV is fitted with a solar roof for an extra 30 km of range and comes with fast-charging capabilities. Sono wants to finance crash tests and test drives with crowdfunding and kick off production in 2018.
sonomotors.com, youtube.com (video presentation)
Is Daimler planning an electric sprinter? For the next generation of transporters, the manufacturer apparently wants to add an all-electric variant to its portfolio, trucks.com reports. The model is thus in early stages of planning, but could hit the road before the end of the decade.
Kia Niro Hybrid a hit: According to Thomas Oh, COO of Kia Motors, the Niro Hybrid is already selling better in South Korea than anticipated. The carmaker expects to sell some 40,000 units in the U.S. and 20,000 in Europe in the coming year and confirmed that an all-electric version is in the pipeline.
Plug-in for China: Chinese carmaker GAC Motor has introduced its GA3S PHEV sedan to its home market. The liquid-cooled battery allows for an all-electric range of up to 70 km. Moreover, GAC will open a new plant with a yearly production capacity of 150,000 units in Guangzhou in August; it could also harbour the production of electric and hybrid vehicles.
BMW i3 94Ah reviewed: The car’s first major upgrade is said to give it considerably much more range, though its test drivers make no mention of whether or not they were able to achieve the 124 miles on one charge promised by BMW. They also had a little trouble with the strong regenerative breaking, which does take some getting used to.