Zinoro, Daimler, Nikola Motor, Tesla Model X, Volvo, Toyota.
New Zinoro-Model: The Chinese joint venture by BMW and Brillance presented the Zinoro 60H, a plug-in hybrid SUV based on the BMW X1 with a long wheel base. The 60H boasts 151 hp and has an all-electric range of 60 km. A fully electric version is allegedly in the cards.
Daimler expands hybrid offering: Mercedes will launch its seventh and eighth PHEV this year, namely the GLC Coupé 350 e 4MATIC and the E 350 e. The latter will feature the automatic drivetrain 9G-Tronic and the newest generation electric motor. Moreover, the E 350 e will have a towing capacity of up to 2,100 kilos.
E-truck a success: Some 7,000 chargeable pre-orders worth more than 2.3bn dollars of the announced Nikola One have already been placed, says the manufacturer. And that, even though all people have seen so far is a rendering of the electric truck, as it won’t be presented until December. The Nikola One is fitted with a natural gas range extender, giving it a range of 2.000 km.
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Future ahead – e-mobil BW shows e-mobility competence in Canada: At the renowned 29th Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS) in Montréal, e-mobil BW will be presenting Baden-Württemberg’s electric mobility capabilities at the German Pavilion and as part of the conference programme. As one of the hosts of the EVS30, e-mobil BW will also be inviting international experts to visit Stuttgart in 2017. www.e-mobilbw.de (PDF)
Blinded by the light: Because Tesla Model X drivers in the U.S. complained that the sun shield of the SUV’s panorama windshield is not sufficient, the EV maker is supplying larger ones free of charge. Whether the offer is also available outside the U.S. is not clear.
Polestar power for Volvo plug-in: The Swede’s Polestar Performance Optimisation will also be available for the plug-in hybrid version of the XC90 from August, making it “the most powerful Volvo ever.” For 1,200 euros, the PHEV’s output can be increased to 421 hp and 680 Nm torque with a software update.
The cheapest: Starting at just 26,990 Australian dollars, the new Toyota Corolla hybrid is the most affordable on the Australian market. It is the Japanese’s fifth hybrid, joining the Prius, Prius c and v, as well as the Toyota Camry.