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In about a month, Tesla will show the world its pivotal Model 3 all-electric car. It’s the culmination of a decade of design and technology development—all focused on elevating Tesla from a maker of expensive niche luxury vehicles to a legitimate player in the mainstream auto industry.
Details are beginning to emerge regarding Hyundai's plans for a new dedicated plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle. The Ioniq EV’s 110-mile range would beat the 2016 Nissan LEAF by a few miles. Yet, it won’t nearly match the Chevy Bolt’s 200-mile range.
The United States is no longer the biggest electric vehicle market in the world. While EV sales in Europe and China are on the rise, American car buyers have been slower to purchase plug-in vehicles—partly explained by lower gas prices.
Carmakers don’t openly talk about what they pay to suppliers for components. The cost of batteries for electric cars is one of their most tightly controlled secrets. So when Mary Barry, chief executive of General Motors announced last year that her company brought its battery cost down to $145 per kilowatt-hour for the forthcoming Chevy Bolt, it came as a surprise.
Kia Soul EV sales have averaged below 100 units a month, placing it in the back of the plug-in pack in 2015—even lower than the discontinued Cadillac ELR. Yet, according to report from UK’s Autocar, Hyundai-Kia is not giving up on the Soul EV. The publication offers this single point about the Soul, which is getting a facelift for 2017: the next EV version will have longer range.
The Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active concept made its debut at this year’s North American International Auto Show, running through this weekend. The Active concept brings a sporty, off-road sensibility to the Tiguan GTE plug-in hybrid that VW first showed off last year in Europe. The concept also pushes the boundaries of how plug-in cars are expected to look.
The unveiling of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week represents several firsts for the US auto market. The plug-in hybrid minivan is the first plug-in hybrid offering from Chrysler. It will also be the first plug-in minivan, as well as the first hybrid minivan of any kind sold in the United States.
The unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week was widely viewed as a watershed event in the evolution of electric cars. It signaled the rapidly approaching availability of a $30,000 car that can provide 200 miles of driving range.
There’s no denying that 2015 was an off year for EVs, a time when excitement about the technology was tempered by the hard realities of market adoption. We can count at least six ways that electric cars faced headwinds in 2015.
Nissan and BMW announced last week that the two companies will add 120 new quick-charge locations across 19 key EV states. The move is part of a trend which has seen the number of quick-charge stations rapidly expand in 2015.
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