Zinoro, Toyota, VW, FOMM, Electra Meccanica, Electric Vehicle Index.
First images of the Zinoro 60H: Being a joint venture between Brilliance and BMW, the Chinese brand’s plug-in SUV definitely shares some DNA with the X1. The Zinoro 60H with 60 km of purely electric range replaces the fully-electric 1E, which was based on the previous generation of the BMW X1.
Prius Plug-in from 34,495 euros? Toyota now offers the next generation of its plug-in hybrid. In the Netherlands, the PHEV with an all-electric range of 35 km will be about 15 percent more expensive than the hybrid version without plug. Whether it will have the same price tag in other EU countries remains to be seen.
insideevs.com, autovisie.nl (in Dutch)
Passat GTE from 36,525 pounds: The Volkswagen hybrid has been priced in the UK. Its 9.9 kWh battery pack is said to store enough energy to push the VW as far as 50 km purely electric. As the Passat GTE qualifies for the 2,500 pound OLEV grant, the starting price even drops to 34,025 pounds.
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Getting ready for market introduction: Japanese company FOMM (First One Mile Mobility) wants to introduce its first EV made in Thailand by the end of the year. The four-seater is said to cost the equivalent of 8,625 dollars and its batteries can be charged at home or be replaced at service stations.
Solo is coming: Canadian Electra Meccanica has announced its electric three-wheeler Solo for September 9th. Pricing is said to start at 19,888 Canadian dollars (15,150 USD). The 8,64 kWh Li-ion battery allows for a maximum range of 160 km, while top speed is set at 220 kph.
China takes over production lead: According to the McKinsey Electric Vehicle Index, China is now the most important country in terms or churning out EVs, pushing Japan into second place. Germany still holds the third position, but is said to have the most potential. It could therefore take the lead in the coming five years.
mckinsey.de (in German)