Audi, Mitsubishi, BMW, Buick, Tesla, Lexus.
Audi readies production for its first EV: Mid-2018 will see Audi’s first all-electric model roll off the lines and the preparations are in full swing, while normal operations are uphold in parallel, according to Automobil Produktion. The SUV, dubbed Q6 e-tron or C-BEV internally, will be manufactured in Brussels, where the Germans intend to establish a completely new battery assembly on top, thus turning the Belgian location into one of its key factories. Audi chose pouch cells for its model to pack enough energy for its intended range of 500 km.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)
No small Mitsubishi PHEV: The Japanese brand takes a step back from its original plans to produce plug-in hybrid versions of their smaller models like their just-released Eclipse Cross. According to Mitsubishi Motors’ European general manager of communications Daniel Nacass, the technology is not yet cost-effective in small vehicles. Thus, it is likely that Mitsubishi’s next new PHEV will be solely the replacement of the current Outlander PHEV.
BMW third-largest EV player: BMW gained ground last year and now is the world’s third largest electric car maker compared to position 6 in 2015. With a market share of 7 percent BMW follows behind Tesla (9%) and BYD (13%). Volkswagen on the other hand, saw its EV market share drop by 5% in 2016.
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Baden-Württemberg Pavilion – Boosting Future Mobility 34 exhibitors will proudly present the accumulated know how of the German Southwest in the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion at the Hannover Messe from 24 to 28 April 2017 under the slogan “Boosting Future Mobility”. On more than 600 m² exhibition area, you will be able to get first-hand experience of the latest innovative products and key competences such as energy storage, charging infrastructure, precision components, subassemblies, novel test benches and mobility software. Come and visit us at hall 27. e-mobilbw.de (PDF)
How Buick’s Velite 5 looks like: GM’s brand Buick permits a first glance at the serial version of its recently presented Velite Concept for China. A teaser picture of the new range-extended model called Velite 5 shows that it resembles the Chevy Volt not only in technology as expected but looks, too.
carscoops.com, hybridcars.com, media.gm.com
Tesla tackles corporate fleets: The American EV maker just released a new site in order to accelerate sales of its Model S and X to fleet operators. Besides, CEO Elon Musk announced that pre-orders for another project, the solar roof tiles developed by Tesla and SolarCity, will be accepted from April on.
insideevs.com, teslarati.com (website), electrek.co (solar tiles)
Lexus UX to go serial: The Toyota-owned luxury brand has confirmed to build a series version of its UX SUV concept, that was introduced 2016 in Paris. It wouldn’t be surprising if Lexus presents a hybrid version on top.