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California Resumes EV Rebates and Green HOV Decal Issuance; smart Goes Electric for all of its 2017 Models; China New Energy Car Market Growth Stays Strong

 

California Resumes EV Rebates and Green HOV Decal Issuance

According to Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, $133 million was approved by the state on Sept 14, to continue funding the rebate project. The fund will be used to cover applications on the waiting list since June 11 as well as new applications in FY2016-17. The qualified applications are expected to start receiving rebate checks in December.

Moreover, according to California DMV, the state removed the 85,000 limit on Green HOV Decals on Sept 13. The green decals allow plug-in hybrids to use carpool lane during rush hours. The applicants on the waiting list since December 2015 and new applicants will receive the decal. The application fee was raised to $22 from the previous $8. The green decals expire on Jan 1, 2019.

smart Goes Electric for all of its 2017 Models

According to TechCrunch, Daimler’s smart will make all-electric an option to all of its 2017 lineup, including fortwo, fortwo Cabrio and forfour.

These electric cars can run 99 miles (EP rating) on a single charge. fortwo Electric Drive will arrive in spring 2017 and the fortwo Cabrio will be available later in the summer. smart will introduce its EVs at Paris Motor Show in October.

Current, 2016 smart fortwo Electric Coupe is available. MSRP starts at $19,990 before incentives. Leasing is as low as $139/month.

China New Energy Car Market Growth Stays Strong

According to Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) , the new energy car August sales in China are 38 thousand units, an increase of 92.2% from last year. Specifically, all-electric car sales are 28 thousand units (106.4% increase) and plug-in hybrid sales are 10 thousand units (61.0% increase).

Up to August this year, total new energy car sales in China are 245 thousand units, an increase of 115.6% from last year.

In addition, from January to August, the total car sales in China are 16.7 million units.

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2017 BMW i3 with Upgraded Range is Available Now; 2017 Chevy Bolt EV is Rated at High 238 Miles Per Charge; Toyota Expects Strong Sales of 2017 Second-Generation Prius Prime Plug-in

 

2017 BMW i3 with Upgraded Range is Available Now

According to BMW USA, the starting MSPR is $43,600 for the all-electric model and $47,450 for the range-extended model, respectively. These numbers are roughly $1,000 higher than the 2016 models. The lease offers are $299/mo (all-electric) and $339/mo (range extender).

The biggest upgradation of the new models is the increase of electro-range, from 81 miles to the new 114 miles, roughly 50% farther. With the range extender, total range comes to 180 miles, up from the previous 150 miles. Moreover, the Eucalyptus Wood dashboard becomes available in lower-end Giga World. Moonroof and parking assistant are available as well.

BWM i3 is the first mass-produced car using carbon fiber reinforced plastic, which is 50% lighter than steel but as strong. Last but not least, the electric car is really fun to drive – it is one of the fastest BMW cars, with the instant 184 lb-ft torque acceleration giving a sense of “pin-you-to-the-back-of-your-seat”.

2017 Chevy Bolt EV is Rated at High 238 Miles Per Charge

According to GM, the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV has got an EPA-estimated electro-range of 238 miles. The electric car will be the first affordable EV capable of going 200+ miles on a single charge. The EPA rating came out with a large margin from 200 miles.

The MSRP starts at less than $37,500 before incentives (Final MSPR has not been decided yet). With US federal tax credit of $7,500, the actual cost of the car would be below $30,000.

Bolt EV is equipped with a large customizable 10.2” touch-screen and has “One Pedal Driving” feature. 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto are also available. Safety features are enabled by radar- and camera-based systems.

The model will be on sale in late 2016.

Toyota Expects Strong Sales of 2017 Second-Generation Prius Prime Plug-in

According to Reuters, the second-generation plug-in Prius Prime will be available later this year. The car has an electro-range of 22 miles and total range of 600 miles, with best-in-class 120 MPGe.

Although in the Prius family, Prius Prime is a different car from regular Prius hybrid – Unique front/rear end, LED lighting, carbon-fiber rear hatch, 11.6-inch touch screen and seats of 4.

Toyota hopes that the plug-in Prius can copy the success of the hybrid Prius and sell 1 million units over the second-generation life cycle. The electro-range doubles that of the first-generation at 11 miles.

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2017 Karma Revero Available Now With the Second Highest Starting MSRP Among Electric Cars; VW to Launch e-load up! Electric Van This Month; National Drive Electric Week Kicks Off on September 10

 

2017 Karma Revero Available Now With the Second Highest Starting MSRP Among Electric Cars

According to Autoblog, Karma Revero was launched on Sept. 8th. It is a luxury plug-in hybrid sedan, built upon the previous Fisker Karma model. The MSRP starts at $130,000, next to the starting MSRP of BMW i8 at $140,700.

For Karma Revero, the electro-range is 50 miles and the total range is 300 miles. The car can accommodate 4 people. Karma Revero has two industry firsts – A solar roof that can generate 1 mile of energy per day, and a hand-painted badge that makes each car unique.

The car can be ordered now at Karma dealership. Online order will be available by the end of this month.

VW to Launch e-load up! Electric Van This Month

According to Reuters, VW will present the e-load up! Electric micro van this month during the Hanover trucks show. The van is targeting small business owners who use this type of vehicles for daily work. Eckhard Scholz, head of the company’s commercial vehicle unit, did express concerns over the lack of incentives from potential customers.

The concept of e-load up! was unveiled 3 years ago. VW also showed its BUDD-e electric minivan concept in January this year.

National Drive Electric Week Kicks Off on September 10

This year, there are 231 events on electric vehicles during the week of Sept. 10-18. The majority of them are in the US, but some also are in Canada, Denmark, China, Croatia, Italy and New Zealand. These events include test drive, exhibition, parade etc. A lot of EV owners are part of the events as well.

The National Drive Electric Week started in 2011 as National Plug In Day, with 29 participating cities that year. It grows fast ever since and has turned into an international celebration apparently.

The information regarding the National Drive Electric Week and this year’s events can be found at the official website.

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2016 e-Golf Leasing at $49/month; Audi Team To Race Formula E Series in 2017; Audi A9 e-tron Luxury Electric Sedan Expected by 2020

 

2016 e-Golf Leasing at $49/month

According to VW dealer Winn Volkswagen in California, the current lease offer for 2016 e-Golf SE is as low as $49/month for 36 months. Mileage restriction is 7,500 miles per year. The amount due at signing is quite high though – at $5,299. The state’s $2,500 Clean Vehicle rebate is on waiting list now. The lease offer ends on Sept. 6th.

Audi Team To Race Formula E Series in 2017

According to Fortune, Audi announced that it would form its factory Formula E team and race in the 2017-2018 season.

Formula E is the “electric car version” of Formula 1.  The series debuted in 2014 and the 2016-2017 season will kick off on Oct 9 in Hong Kong. Currently there are 10 racing teams, including Audi-sponsord ABT Schaeffler, and first-timer Jaguar and Faraday Future.

Audi A9 e-tron Luxury Electric Sedan Expected by 2020

According to Autocar, this A9 luxury electric sedan has been approved for production by the company. The car will have an electro-range of 500 km (311 miles), 11kW wireless charging capability and level 4 autonomous driving. The tuning of the drive management system on 4-wheel drive makes Audi EVs unique from other electric cars. A9 is considered to compete with Tesla Model S directly.

Three EVs will be made available by Audi by 2020 – A3 e-tron, Q6 e-tron and Q9 e-tron. Furthermore, by 2025, 25% of Audi models will be “battery-driven”.