PSA, Tesla, Denza, Nio, Innogy, Formula E.
PSA to launch 3 EVs until 2020: The French group has revealed details about its electrification strategy in the upcoming years. By 2019, PSA intends to launch all-electric versions of its best-selling model, the Peugeot 208, and of its upcoming DS 3 Crossback. An EV version of the Peugeot 2008 shall follow in 2020. To gain a stronger position in the PHEV market, PSA plans to introduce hybrid versions of the DS 7 Crossback, the Peugeot 3008 and 5008, the Citroen C5 Aircross and Opel’s respectively Vauxhall’s Grandland X, too. The first PHEV compact crossover built on the company’s EMP2 platform will be the above mentioned DS 7 Crossback in 2019.
Tesla stops Model S 75 sales: Since yesterday, the cheapest option of the Model S is not available anymore – most probably to further distinguish the luxury sedan from the new Model 3. From now on, the Model S base version will no longer be a rear-wheel drive, but an all-wheel drive model with 75 or 100 kWh battery pack and pricing starting at 74,500 dollars (before 69,500 USD). Thus, the Model 3 is going to be the only EV in Tesla’s line-up with a rear-wheel drive motor.
Denza to broaden its EV line-up? Wang Chuanfu, CEO of Chinese manufacturer BYD, says he is currently discussing with Daimler additional investments in their Chinese JV. The aim is to launch new electric vehicle models through their common brand Denza. Further details have not yet been released.
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Tech data about Nio’s electric SUV: When start-up Nio presented its electric SUV ES8 in April, technical specifications were not provided. Now CarNewsChina publishes data gained through a leaked spec sheet: Thus, the seven-seater comes with a total output of 240 kW and 420 Nm torque, a 67 kWh battery pack shall enable a NEFZ range of 355 km. Production kick-off is scheduled for late-2017.
Innogy’s investment plans: German RWE subsidy Innogy publishes details about its company strategy until 2025. Among others, it intends to put 1,2bn euros in the growing markets of electric mobility, photovoltaics and broadband until 2019. Within its electric mobility business unit, Innogy says it currently operates 5,800 charging points in more than 20 countries and to offer the “complete package”: from developing, installation and operation of charging stations to their maintenance and accounting.
Formula E travels to 4 new cities: The calendar for the Formula E’s next season is featuring four historic new events: in Zurich, Rome, Santiago de Chile and São Paulo. The Zurich race marks the first circuit racing in Switzerland since it was banned in 1955. The season starts with a double-header event in Hong Kong early December.