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The Tesla Model X was unveiled this week at the company’s Fremont, Calif. factory. Since the prototype of the stylish all-electric luxury SUV was unveiled in February 2012, there have been three or four production delays. The event on Tuesday night put that period to an end by confirming the first deliveries and reiterating basic specifications, as well as a set of very cool and highly unusual luxury features.
How can Volkswagen reform its reputation as a green carmaker? Maybe the events at Frankfurt last provide clues. Executives told reporters that VW plans to release 20 different EV and plug-in hybrid models by 2020. For Volkswagen, plug-ins could be a lifeline.
The 2016 Nissan LEAF will be available with a larger battery pack for added range, compared to previous model years. The LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle of all time, but will face fierce competition from upcoming EVs promising about 200 miles of driving range.
Electric vehicle drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area now have a new reason to go solar. PlugShare and Sungevity teamed up to offer a free Level 2 residential charging station to all rooftop solar panel customers who drive an EV. Eligible customers will receive a 7.2-kW GE WattStation charging station—and free installation—when they opt to add rooftop solar to their homes.
Changes to plug-in car incentives to limit rebates for high-income consumers in California will take effect just as a wave of luxury EVs and plug-in hybrids come to market.
Audi said that it's developing a battery for a pure electric sport utility vehicle. The batteries, to be sourced from South Korean suppliers LG Chem and Samsung SDI, could provide as much as 300 miles of range for a future Audi SUV.
Last year’s nationwide annual celebration of electric cars was held in about 150 cities. The 2015 event—taking place September 12-20—promises to be even bigger. The organizers are now calling on cities that have not previously participated to get busy.
Audi this week announced that pricing for the all-new 2016 A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid will begin at $37,900, before incentives. The model is Audi’s first plug-in model sold in the United States. It will be in dealerships nationwide starting in October.
Nissan has been talking about a lineup of electric cars from soon after the time the company introduced the LEAF compact electric car. Now, UK’s Autocar is reporting that Nissan executives are openly talking about additional variants of the LEAF.
The BMW blog reported earlier this month that the 2017 BMW 5-Series will be offered with three plug-in hybrid options. The launch of one or more of these plug-in cars in global markets could be as early as December 2016. Stories about these models first emerged late last year, and add to a growing roster of BMW EVs and plug-in hybrids expected in the next couple of years.
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