Audi, Nikola Motors, Quiantu Motors, Pinifarina, Tesla, hybrids.
Audi confirms Tesla-fighter: Autocar reports that Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has given the green light for the A9 e-tron, said to go head to head with the Model S. Just like the Audi Q6 e-tron SUV, the saloon will be powered by three electric motors and go 500 km on one charge. It is equipped with level four autonomous driving technology and will be offered with an 11kW inductive charging option. The A9 is expected to go on sale by 2020, which raises the question at which point Audi plans to take on Model 3.
Betting on fuel cells: Instead of going battery-electric, Nikola Motor will offer its planned truck with a fuel cell in the U.S. and Canada. The technology allows for a range of 1,200 miles. The manufacturer wants to produce the necessary H2 itself and set up 50 filling stations by 2020. The originally planned BEV version will still be available on other markets.
Quiantu Motor aims for the States: The Chinese manufacturer is to begin trial production of its K50 electric sports car next month, as it prepares to grab its share of the U.S. market. A few dozen of the 400 hp two-seat roadster (we reported) will be build, before ramping up production to a few thousand cars.
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From concept to production: The in Geneva presented Pinifarina H2 Speed Concept (we reported) is actually headed for production, though only ten units will be build. The drivetrain will be similar to one presented for the concept. A first prototype is said to be ready to roll by early 2017, while the production cars will arrive about a year later. The selling price: about 2.5m dollars.
autonews.com, autoweek.com, autoblog.com
Tesla rebate: With Tesla cranking up battery capacity of its Model S and X, some buyers have reportedly received discounts of up to 30,000 dollars on the ‘smaller’ P90D version. Especially the versions with the Ludicrous upgrade seem to be getting a smaller price tag. Meanwhile, media reports that the EV maker will open a store in Luxembourg in September.
electrek.co (discount), wort.lu(Luxembourg)
Hybrids for India: Toyota wants to offer its new generation Prius in India from the end of this year. Hyundai is looking to follow that same strategy. Next to its mild hybrids, the Korean will also make its Ioniq available there starting next year.
drivespark.com (Toyota), oncars.in (Hyundai)