Nissan, Ford, Tesla, JAC, Chery, Chevy Bolt, Volkswagen.
Modular EV platform: Nissan seems to want to intensify its electric endeavours and is developing a modular platform to expand its EV line-up, Auto Express reports. Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura explains that Nissan wants “to grow the portfolio” beyond the Leaf, imagining both a crossover and/or an electric sports car within the next five years.
Ford Model E: Details emerged about Ford’s “Prius-Fighter” that will allegedly be built in a new facility in Mexico. The mysterious electrified car might go be called Model E, a name which Ford had snatched from Tesla a while back. Up to 50,000 units could roll off production lines by 2019, AutoForecast Solutions suggests.
fordauthority.com, greencarreports.com, autonews.com
Model S update: Tesla gives its classic a facelift this week to streamline production, making it look more similar to the Model X and Model 3, and adding luxurious features that could be revealed by next week. New colour options and LED will be offered, too. But Tesla has also increased the price.
autoblog.com, cnet.com, worldcarfans.com
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Baden-Württemberg Pavilion shows success factor e-mobility: During the Hannover Messe / MobiliTec the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion and its 43 exhibitors showcase the diversity of the e-mobility landscape in the southwest of Germany. With “Automated. Connected. Electrified.” as its guiding theme, the whole spectrum – from development and production to road tests of partially automated electric vehicles – will be covered. Visit us in hall 27.
Chinese EV concepts: Both JAC and Chery teased electrified concepts ahead of the Auto China next month. Chery’s FV2030 is a fully electric and ultra sporty coupé but with four doors, while JAC’s SC5 Concept is a rather conventional SUV with a hybrid drive.
worldcarfans.com, carnewschina.com (Chery), carnewschina.com (JAC)
Range race: The Bolt EV is not even on the market yet, and GM is already talking about updating the range. The manufacturer claims that prototypes went past the 200 mile threshold, news that comes just days after the presentation of Tesla’s Model 3 with an EPA rated range of 215 miles.
Making a showcase: Volkswagen transforms its so-called Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany, into a window onto its newly found electric soul. 30-minute long test drives with hybrid and electric vehicles are included in the ticket price, while 50 interactive exhibits like the GTE simulator show future mobility.