Mercedes, Tesla, Volkswagem Guangzhou Auto, Brazil.
Mercedes goes electric: According to German Auto Bild, Mercedes is planning to launch an electric variant of its GLC by the end of 2018. The ELC will have at least two electric motors and a 400 km range. And by autumn 2020, the carmaker is said to introduce an electric version of its GLA, called the ELA.
autobild.de (ELC; in German), autobild.de (ELA; in German)
H2-Mercedes? Moreover, British magazin Autocar quotes Thomas Weber, Mercedes’ head of research and development, as saying that the carmaker will premier its GLC F-Cell at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017. The car will then hit showrooms in 2018 for around 50,000 pounds and is said to have a range of 600 km.
Tesla recall: The EV maker is calling all 90,000 Model S sold worldwide back to the shop because of a possible seatbelt issue. The recall is voluntary, as there has only been one incident in Europe where the front-seat passenger seatbelt detached. There have been no reported accidents or injuries.
VW cuts R&D budget: Amid the emission scandal, the carmaker will reduce its investments in research and development by about 1bn euros, bringing total investments for 2016 down to 12bn euros. However, it will spend some 100m euros more on the development of alternative drivetrains, including its modular electric kit.
nytimes.com (plus video with interview), greencarcongress.com
No EV facility: Guangzhou Auto (GAC) says it will not build its planned factory for electric and hybrid cars, and will instead update existing facilities by 2016. The goal is to annually produce 400,000 vehicles with fully and partly electric drivetrains. GAC will also launch a subsidiary for component production.
Brazil cuts taxes: The country recently lowered import duties for electric and fuel cell vehicles and now considers also including electric buses and small utility vehicles.