Model X, Model S, Austria, Farady Future, Ukraine, JAC.
Model X recalls: The Tesla Model X remains technically a compliant vehicle for North America, but stringent testing for the European release has revealed an issue with the third row seats. Tesla has issued a voluntary recall, and requests drivers not to use the rear seat until it can be replaced.
Model S update: Tesla has officially given the Model S a facelift. The front fascia and headlights will resemble that of the Model X, and the latter’s HEPA air filtration will also be made available. The charger will be upgraded from 40 to 48 amps, and two new interiors, figured ash wood and dark ash wood, will be offered. The basic Model S 70 will start at 71,500 dollars.
Diesel-free Austria: The environmental agency of Austria has suggested a ban on diesel and petrol vehicles, saying they will not be sold after 2020. Moreover, a tax may be put in place for fossil fuel vehicles that continue to stay on the road and the fuels are expected to be phased out entirely between 2030 and 2050.
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Baden-Württemberg Pavilion shows success factor e-mobility: During the Hannover Messe / MobiliTec the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion and its 43 exhibitors showcase the diversity of the e-mobility landscape in the southwest of Germany. With “Automated. Connected. Electrified.” as its guiding theme, the whole spectrum – from development and production to road tests of partially automated electric vehicles – will be covered. Visit us in hall 27.
1bn dollar start-up: EV start-up Faraday Future will soon celebrate the ground-breaking of its 1bn dollar plant in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The company is also working on an in-car connectivity platform and has patented a power inverter that they claim will manage electric power 20-30 percent better than their competitors’.
Ukraine’s first: Electric Marathon International has created Ukraine’s first electric car prototype, dubbed Synchronous. The unusual EV sports a panoramic window and also works with the unique Synchronous charging station. The Synchronous will be making a 3,000 km tour through ten countries from May to June.
JAC EV: Three new electric cars from Chinese JAC are set to debut at the Beijing Auto Show, and first shots of the iEV7 are in. The sedan can cover 320 km on one charge and sports an interior eerily similar to the JAC A60. It is set to be launched in China in the fourth quarter.