Kia, Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Ford, NEVS.
Kia PHEV concept: Kia is showing a five metre SUV called Telluride in Detroit. The system delivers 298 kW of which one third (97kW) comes from the electric engine. Despite its oversize, Kia believes the concept to be able to drive a few electric miles. Nothing has been said about serial production.
Powerful plug-in: VW boosts its Tiguan GTE in Detroit, showing the Tiguan GTE Active concept. Developed for the U.S. market, the plug-in hybrid version of the best-selling SUV features two electric motors with a combined output of 125 kW. Volkswagen continues to suffer from the diesel scandal and hopes to win America back when the SUV goes on sale next year.
reuters.com, autocar.co.uk, greencarcongress.com
Mission E extended? Maybe we will soon see an electric Porsche 911 Turbo, as project leader Erhard Mössle hints at a two-door version of the Mission E. The electric model would thus only be the starting point for a “future where we need more electric cars,” Mössle continued.
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A3 e-tron goes on sale in the U.S.: Audi’s first PHEV is finally available in the States, where it was already expected to arrive last autumn, but CARB certification issues had pushed back the on sale date. The A3 e-tron can now be ordered at any dealer from 37,900 dollars before incentives. Electric range is rated at 17 miles.
Fusion facelift: Ford has updated its classic sedan for the United States. That includes the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi PHEV, which now come with improved software and a new electric motor.
Major EV contract: NEVS has received a large-scale order for the electric Saab 9-3 from China, where Volinco expects delivery of 20,000 Swedish built EVs between 2017 and 2020. While the intent is fixed, a final purchase agreement has yet to be signed and will cost Volinco about a billion dollars (8.5bn SEK). Only last month, NEVS signed a 12bn dollar deal for 150,000 electric vehicles with Panda New Energy.