BMW, Audi, e.Go Mobile, Local Motors, Porche, Mercedes.
BMW to take on Model 3? Even in Bavaria they feel the reverberations of Tesla targeting the mass market and thus insiders predict BMW may fully electrify the 4-series GT. They aim for the economy segment albeit at a price around 47,000 euros but below 40k pounds in the UK. Here, the 4-series GT EV is to hit the stores from 2020 with a range of 500 km delivered by a battery between 70 – 90 kWh. Currently, two motor set-ups are being pondered, one with just a front-rear drive and another that combines two electric motors for an AWD option.
Audi readies itself to fight the Model 3 as well with what will be its third electric model as announced. Details just emerged that tell of a launch by 2019 and a car that is a bit bigger than the A3. Two electric motors are to provide the drive over up to 500 km on a single charge.
Low cost compact EV: German start-up e.Go Mobile has opened the order books for its small electric car of the same name. Each pre-order is worth a 1,000 euro deposit with production to start early next year. The e.Go Life aims for a retail price of 15,900 euros and works with technology by Bosch, who will also take over after sales services. Two battery options gurantee a range between 130 and 170 km and e.Go hopes the car will find fans among city dwellers aware of their realistic cruising needs.
This is Olli: Local Motors has 3D-printed its first autonomous electric shuttle aka Olli in its micro-factory in Tennessee. Ollie carries up to twelve passengers and is scheduled to go on trial in both Denmark and Germany. The latter’s capital even plans to install a dedicated facility to print the EV.
3ders.org, 3dprint.com, launchforth.io
Porsche kills 911 PHEV: There will be no plug-in hybrid icon from Porsche, August Achleitner, head of 911 development revealed, saying “the disadvantages outweighed the advantages.” The former literally have to do with weight and effectively the 911’s dynamics as well as cost.
Mercedes EQ Concept review: Sure, the first in what will hopefully be a long line of electric cars by Daimler is still at concept stage and that did show during the first test rides. Yet, the interior lighting was dressed to impress as was the interface. Production is due to start by 2019.