Audi, Tesla, BMW, Stefan Knirsch, Honda.
Affordable Audi SUV? A compact electric SUV for city-dwellers for 25,000 euro is Audi’s latest idea. The Metro would utilise the MEB platform and could be available from 2019. Information on range varies between 250 and 500 km as nothing has been set yet.
autozeitung.de (in German)
Tesla does it longer: The Model S P100D is the EV with the longest range and overtakes the Toyota Mirai by three miles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Tesla received the official rating of 315 miles thanks to the 100 kWh battery option.
New luxury PHEV by BMW: Pictures of a heavily camouflaged 8 series BMW have emerged. Set to hit the market by 2020, Autocar suggests the new model would come with the same engine line-up as the 7-series. In that case, the BMW 8 will be offered as plug-in hybrid under the iPerformance brand.
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Diesel casualty: Audi’s R&D chief Stefan Knirsch will be suspended this week due to his involvement in VW’s emission scandal. Investigators found that Knirsch knew about the use of cheat software and gave a false promise under oath. He had been responsible for powertrains previously.
Push for hybrids: Other carmakers feel dieselgate, too. Honda thus considers to offer his best-selling Civic as a plug-in hybrid. At Renault, the upcoming 2018 Clio might be first in line to become a mild-hybrid. PHEV variants will remain exclusive to larger models for now.
autoexpress.co.uk (Honda), autoexpress.co.uk (Renault)