German automaker Audi announced 4 new Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles available for order later this year. The four cars announced are as follows:
- Audi Q5 TFSI e
- Audi A6 TFSI e
- AUDI A7 Sportback TFSI e
- AUDI A8 TFSI e
The vehicles are all expected to feature 14.1 kWh batteries with a WLTP all-electric range of >25 miles, meaning short journeys may require no ICE usage. The cars are due to be revealed at the Geneva motor show later this month.
Peugeot announce all electric e208 BEV
Peugeot has announced that the latest iteration of their popular sub-compact 208 model will include an all-electric version, in addition to petrol and diesel variants. Due to be released later this year, the e208 will have an impressive driving range of 211 miles, powered by a 50kWh battery and a 100kW electric motor.
According to the press release, the e208 will “open up access to a new form of mobility, offering the freedom to drive in town, even in cities where vehicle restrictions are in place”.
EC launch ‘Batteries Europe’ initiative
The European Commission made the news this week, with the launch of a new initiative called Batteries Europe. Initiated by the EC’s Director General of Energy: Dominique Ristori, ‘Batteries Europe’ will hope to drive battery innovation and research within Europe. Through working with the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), the initiative looks to drive the competitiveness of European battery manufacturers.
Tesla begins $35,000 Model 3 orders
On Thursday, Tesla announced that the Model 3 (The best selling Electric Vehicle in the US in 2018) would now be available in a base model for $35,000. The announcement was met with praise from consumers who have been waiting for Tesla to announce a ‘budget’ model. The base model will miss out on some ‘premium’ features of the more expensive Model 3, such as leather seats, an upgraded sound system and a fancier trim. However, with a range of 220 miles, a top speed of 130mph, and acceleration of 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds, it is still undoubtedly an amazing car, and for a price only a few thousand dollars short of the 2019 Nissan LEAF.