Askoll, VW, Nissan, Ford, Chevrolet, Renault, Kia, GreenPower.
Cheap EVs from Italy: Askoll usually produces electric motors for household goods but has now decided to extend its scope to mobility devices. Electric bikes, electric scooters and even electric cars at prices from 990 euros for an e-bike to 7,800 euros for a two-seater EV surely can be called competitive. The EV segment will be run by the new subsidiary ‘Electra Vehicles Askoll’ in which the company plans to invest 60 million euros. By the year’s end, already 100 outlets are set to be spread across Italy.
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Next-gen EVs in 2018: Allegedly, VW will offer the e-Golf successor by 2018 while Nissan is to bring the new Leaf in early 2018, Reuters reports quoting inside sources. Both electric cars are said to then offer a significantly greater range due to better batteries. Ford too, is planning a new EV around that time, which is to boast at least 200 miles of range, Reuters was told by suppliers.
True Chevy hybrid: Chevrolet is to present the new Malibu at next week’s New York Auto Show. This time it will be offered as a full hybrid version using technology from the new Chevy Volt.
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More range for less money: The new Renault Zoe has arrived in France, where it is sold for 500 euros less than its predecessor. Furthermore, the latest model sports 30 kilometres more range (we reported).
Soul EV roll out: As previously hinted at, Kia’s electric car was so well received in the States that the Koreans will now make it available in more states. Namely Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii are to get some Soul this June.
Electric bus roll out: Canadian GreenPower now started production of the EV350 electric bus in China. The model comes with more range and increased space for up to 40 seated passengers. Final assembly is located in the United States.