Weekly News Roundup - 01/03/19
- Peugeot will unveil the all-new Peugeot 208 range at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, with a choice of petrol, diesel and electric (EV) powertrains set to be available from launch. The zero-emission Peugeot e-208 is the first in a series of 100% electric models, as Peugeot prepares to electrify its entire range by 2023. With a 100kW electric motor and a 50kWh battery, the e-208 will have a range of up to 211 miles according to WLTP procedures. The 208 and e-208 will be released in late Summer 2019.
- Two years after its reveal, the long awaited ‘entry-level’ Tesla Model 3 has now gone on sale in the USA, with a starting price of $35,000 (£26,000) and a 220-mile range. Right-hand-drive versions have yet to be produced for sale in the UK, with deliveries expected to begin in the second half of 2019. Tesla has also announced that it will now only offer its cars for sale online, which they say can make it possible to order a car using a smartphone in under a minute. The company will offer a full refund within one-week or 1000-miles, allowing customers to try them and return without penalty - a concept that Tesla say could partly replace traditional test drives.
- The SEAT el-Born concept car will also be making its public debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and is the first 100% electric vehicle based on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform. The el-Born, named after an iconic neighborhood of Barcelona, is due to have range of up to 260 miles on a single charge and achieve 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds. It is expected to hit markets by 2020.
- The all-new Soul EV joins Kia’s growing range of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars with a choice of two long-range, zero-emission powertrains. With an electric driving range of up to 280 miles per charge, the Soul EV will go on sale across Europe towards the end of the first quarter of 2019. UK specification, on-sale date and pricing will be announced soon.
- Audi are introducing new plug-in hybrid variants for the A6, A7 Sportback, A8 and Q5. Whilst the “e-tron” label will be reserved for 100% electric Audi’s, this new range of PHEVs will be indentified by “TSI e” badging. Based on WLTP data, Audi says that an electric-only range of more than 25 miles is possible with each TFSI e model.
- BMW and Mercedes have joined forces to focus on automated driving and the next generation of technologies for driver assistance systems. The BMW Group and Daimler AG have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop this technology and have planned a long-term strategic cooperation with the aim to make next-level technologies widely available by mid-2020s.
The planned cooperation of both companies is expected to speed up and streamline the development of future technology generations, which will be faster to market and with shorter innovation cycles.