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The future of electric car technology seems more promising than ever and the need to reduce the environmental impact from the transportation sector is more critical than ever. Nonetheless, opposition to vehicle electrification is alive and kicking, and showing no signs of letting up.
Tesla is nearly two years away from selling its first relatively affordable model, and the first set of Model 3 units will likely be expensive upper-level variants with price tags well beyond the so-called affordable $35,000 range. In the meantime, now that we’re in the second half of 2016, you can start the six-month countdown to the truly affordable Chevy Bolt.
Despite acknowledgements that a long-range LEAF is being developed, details remain scarce. What has been acknowledged by Ghosn is that Nissan will make a plug-in hybrid, with a system that resembles the gas-electric series hybrid architecture of the Chevy Volt.
Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller last week said his company plans to sell as many as 3 million plug-in electric vehicles per year by 2025, representing as much as a quarter of the company’s total projected sales. To put that in perspective—in the span of about two product cycles—VW plans to sell in a single year at least twice as many plug-in cars as exist today on Planet Earth.
Tesla announced last week that it will bring back the Model S 60—a version of the car with slightly less driving range. The change is coming about one year after the 60-kWh version was discontinued. The new S 60 will start at $66,000.
Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive, announced at a shareholder meeting last week that Model 3 owners will be required to pay to access the company’s Supercharger network. For the Model 3 to succeed in the long run, Tesla needs to slice off as much starting cost from the car as possible without compromising the brand’s luxury credentials.
Mercedes-Benz promised last year to offer 10 plug-in hybrids before the end of 2017. Now the company is saying it will add four pure electric cars to its lineup by 2020. These tandem goals, if fulfilled, would fill Mercedes dealerships with a wide array of plug-in sedans and SUVs
Volkswagen executives confirmed this week that the next generation of the E-Golf—due before the end of 2016—will benefit from an increase in battery capacity from 24.2 kilowatt-hours to 35.8 kWh. That’s a jump of 48 percent, pushing driving range to between about 115 and 125 miles.
The company today unveiled two sleek and sporty concept cars to introduce its new compact platform—a design that accommodates electric and plug-in hybrid batteries. “An electric powertrain program including both a new compact twin-engine plug-in hybrid as well as a pure electric car are central to the CMA architecture,” said Volvo president Håkan Samuelsson.
When you combine monthly sales of its Fusion and C-Max plug-in hybrids—with a few units of the all-electric Focus EV thrown in—Ford should be viewed as one of the leaders in the emerging electric market. Yet, Ford’s approach is decidedly incremental, as opposed to its competitors that are trying to push the limits of battery-powered driving range.
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