Scotland, Detroit Electric, Nissan, VW, Honda, China.
Scotland to ban new petrol and diesel cars in 2032: The Scottish government turns out to be even more ambitious than the British cabinet, which plans to ban sales of cars with combustion engines from 2040, as reported. Nicola Sturgeon, head of the Scottish government, has announced now that her country intends to reach this aim 8 years earlier. In order to prepare the shift towards zero-emission vehicles, the cabinet suggests to “massively expand” charging points and set up pilot projects to encourage uptake of EVs, e.g. to make the A9 Scotland’s first fully electric-enabled road.
Details about Detroit Electric’s line-up: The EV maker has confirmed its plan to launch three new all-electric models, showing now also their silhouette. First model to hit the stores will be a supercar in 2018, followed by a crossover in 2019 and a saloon in 2021. Production capacity shall reach 1,000 units of the supercar and 50,000 units of each of the other two models per year. In terms of range, the trio is said to reach at least 500km.
Leaf-based SUV by 2019? Nissan intends to put a new electric crossover on display at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, Autocar has learnt. It shall be based on the second-gen Leaf, unveiled this week, and hit the roads by 2019. Additionally, the new Leaf could be offered in a performance version, spiced up through a Nismo styling pack, the website reports further. On top, first driving reports emerged, analysing and evaluating the new Leaf’s performance.
autocar.co.uk (SUV), autocar.co.uk (Nismo), autoblog.com, autocar.co.uk (driving reviews)
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VW to present updated I.D. Crozz: After having introduced its EV concept I.D. Crozz at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, Volkswagen says it will show now an enhanced and closer to serial production version of the SUV coupe to the audience in Frankfurt. Following the I.D., the I.D. Crozz is VW’s second EV serial model based on the MEB platform, as reported. Launch is scheduled for end 2020 or early 2021.
Specs about Honda’s CR-V Hybrid: Ahead of the CR-V Hybrid prototype’s debut at the IAA in Frankfurt, Honda has published first pictures and spec details. Thus, the model’s i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system couples an electric propulsion motor, a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a separate electric generator motor. The prototype also previews the upcoming CR-V model for the European market due in 2018.
China’s list of eligible EVs: A new document published by the Chinese government lists 486 EVs and PHEV models that are approved for state subsidies. 417 of them are fully-electrified vehicles. Among the companies with particularly many eligible cars are first of all domestic manufacturer, e.g. BAIC, BYD, SAIC, Chery and Dongfeng.