BMW, VW & SAIC, Turkey, Netherlands, France, Volvo.
US-made Tesla fighter by BMW? In an exclusive report, German WirtschaftsWoche writes that BMW is planning an all-electric SUV to take on the Model X. According to the article based on company sources, the i-SUV will be built at the US plant in Spartanburg, which the new BMW head Harald Krüger wants to expand into the largest BMW production plant worldwide by investing around 1 billion euros. However, the production of the all-electric SUV still needs to be approved by the BMW Board.
wiwo.de (in German)
Volkswagen EVs made in China: The Volkswagen Group has signed an agreement with its Chinese partner SAIC to expand the main plant of their joint venture Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW) in Anting near Shanghai to support the production of all-electric and plug-in hybrid models. Over the next four years, VW plans to localise more than 15 different electric models in China. The company said that it will also intensify its local research in the fields of fuel cells and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
EVs from Turkey: Daily Sabah has the news that EVs made in Turkey (we reported) are getting closer to production. Actually, there will be two different EVs – one all-electric model and one with a range-extender. The first test drives will be made in August and production is said to kick off in 2016.
Auto associations calls for EV subsidies: Similar to what we reported German lawmakers did, a Dutch coalition of ANWB, BOVAG, Natuur & Milieu and RAI sent a proposal to the cabinet calling for tax breaks on EVs, less market distortion, greater simplicity of regulation and more incentives for producers of electric cars. The subsidies should also include hybrids and fuel-cell cars, the organisations say.
France marks EVs: Environmental Minister Ségolène Royal announced that starting in January 2016, cars will receive different coloured stickers, giving less polluting vehicles certain advantages on the road. There will be a total of six colours and all-electric cars will be marked with a blue sticker.
yahoo.com (in German), lexpress.fr (in French)
Next Volvo to debut in Detroit? Volvo´s S90, the successor of the S80, will allegedly be presented at the 2016 Detroit motor show. The sedan is said to feature most of the engines available in the XC90, including the plug-in hybrid, and will most likeley be followed by a V90 wagon model.