Mercedes unveils next-gen Sprinter – electric version by 2019
Mercedes‑Benz Vans has taken the wraps off its next generation Sprinter that is due to hit the shelves this June in Europe. Pictures show the electric version of the transporter from all sides but little has been said about technology.Weiterlesen
Austria, Mitsubishi, Sprinter, Suzuki, JLR, India.
Austria to increase its bonus programme’s budget: In March, the Austrian government introduced premiums for private buyers of electrified vehicles and charging infrastructure components. Since then, 2,380 funding applications have been handed in and more than 4m euros have been distributed in return. That’s obviously the main reason, why the country turns out to be the EU’s frontrunner when it comes to newly registered EVs. Now the Austrian cabinet decided to increase the programme’s budget by providing additional 5m euros. In detail, buyers get 4,000 euros bonus for all-electric cars, 1,500 euros for hybrids, 750 euros for electric bikes and 200 euros for wallboxes or smart charging cables.
oekonews.at, diepresse.com (both in German)
Mitsubishi intends to launch electric duo: As part of the alliance with Nissan and Renault, Mitsubishi will contribute two electric vehicles to the recently announced alliance project to launch 12 EVs until 2022. The first one will be a mini EV based on Mitsubishi’s eK wagon and created to be a successor of the i-MiEV. The second newcomer shall be an electric version of the company’s RVR compact SUV – rather known as AXS respectively Outlander Sport abroad.
Design details about Mercedes’ new Sprinter: In the run-up to the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Vans has presented an official design sketch of its next-gen Sprinter. As reported, both, the conventional and the electric version of the Sprinter, will roll off the lines in Düsseldorf. Market launch is scheduled for the first half of 2018.
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Electric buggy by Suzuki: With a concept car dubbed eSurvivor, Suzuki shows its vision of future electric mobility at the Tokyo Motor Show. The prototype is a fully electrified off-roader in buggy stile with a two seat open cockpit and a motor in each wheel. More details will follow with the concept vehicle’s official presentation in October.
autoevolution.com, carscoops.com, paultan.org
JLR to launch new model line: Jaguar Land Rover plans to initiate a new model line called Road Rover and says its first representative, an electric-powered luxury car, would hit the road before 2020, Autocar reports. Pricing for the top-line version could exceed 90,000 pounds. Simultaneously, JLR develops the next-gen Jaguar XJ. According to the report, both, the XJ and the Road Rover, will be pure-electric vehicles with twin motors and on-demand all-wheel drive.
India extends its FAME programme up to March 2018. The inventive scheme with the four letters standing for “Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles” is in its second year and offers premium payments on electric and hybrid vehicles of up to 29,000 rupees (375 euros) for bikes and 138,000 rupees (1785 euros) for cars.
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Sprinter, Nissan, Renault, Ferrari, e.Go Life, O Luxe.
Electric Sprinter from Düsseldorf: Mercedes wants to remodel its Düsseldorf plant into a competence center for the Sprinter ED and it will roll off the lines together with the conventional van, thus benefitting from economies of scale. The electrification effort of the commercial range that also includes the Vito is to cost 150m euros over the next few years. Reportedly, Hermes is the first client to employ the electric Sprinter and awaits delivery of 1,500 electric vans for its own operations before the end of 2020.
Renault-Nissan means business in China: After yesterday’s mini-buses from Renault, Nissan liberates some details on its compact electric car planned at a price point suitable for the People’s Republic. 1.5m yen, that is, about 11,500 euros and half the price of the Leaf and the EV could hit the shelves already next year, Nikkei reports. Based on a platform locally shared with Renault and Mitsubishi, the former may have local manufacturer Dongfeng build an electric Kwid on it from 2019 too.
In Europe Renault bets on performance rather than price as its Sport branch may make the Zoe e-Sport Concept a production reality before 2020. At least that is what Renault-Sport-Chef Patrice Ratti told Autocar. He said studies on a Zoe RS had begun now that battery performance improved.
Secret hybrid Ferrari: Italy’s luxury poster boy is working on a SUV crossover codenamed F16X, according to Car Magazine, which believes there might be a hybrid version too. Market entry is allegedly set for 2021 at a price point of 300,000 euros.
Affordable EV coming to UK: Made in Aachen by the same institutions that conceived the initial StreetScooter, the e.Go Life is an urban EV fit for purpose and headed for the Isles. It could arrive by 2018 and cost just 14,000 pounds. Its 80 mile range has city dwellers in mind and ZF is on board too.
autocar.co.uk, electrive.net (our test report, in German)
Watchmaker wants EV start-up: Hong Kong-based watchmaker O Luxe has acquired Green Lord Motors (GLM), known for the Tommykaira ZZ EV and a spin-off from Kyoto University. O Luxe holds 85.5% worth 114m dollars and hopes to buy the rest as well to take full control of “Japan’s Tesla.”