Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the C 63 S E Performance, a 500 kW plug-in hybrid offshoot of the C-Class with know-how from Formula 1, which will be launched as a saloon and estate, but the development of the electric part of the powertrain was clearly focused on boosting performance.
Six months ago, Bentley announced plans to offer only BEVs and PHEVs from 2026, and to focus exclusively on BEVs from 2030, and now there are more details about the British company's first BEV model.
Mercedes-Benz is now offering two further versions of its EQA compact electric vehicle: the front-wheel drive EQA 250 with 140 kW, which has been available to order since February, can now be joined by two all-wheel drive variants.
Hyundai's luxury Genesis brand has announced details of its European debut this year. The official sales launch for Germany, Switzerland and the UK is scheduled for the summer - initially with combustion models, but with three pure electric models to follow from the end of 2021.
In Norway, 7,229 new electric passenger cars were registered in April, with e-cars accounting for 54.9 percent of all new passenger car registrations for the month. In addition, there were 3,316 new plug-in hybrids. Norway's most successful model across all powertrain types in April was the VW ID.4, with 1,824 new registrations.
The Kia EV6 is now available for configuration and ordering at local dealerships in Europe. During the reservation period, which is now closed, Kia received 7,300 reservations for the electric model in Europe, indicating - as with the e-Niro - long delivery times.
The Audi e-tron GT is now available for order in Europe. The electric Gran Turismo is only available with all-wheel drive in two performance levels. The Audi e-tron GT quattro costs from 99,800 euros in Germany, while the RS e-tron GT is priced from 138,200 euros.
The Pure ETCR electric touring car series will officially become an FIA World Cup from its second season and will then be called the FIA eTouring Car World Cup. The 2021 season, which starts in June, will still be held under the old name.
Chinese e-car maker Aiways has released the first images of the production version of its second electric model after the U5. The Aiways U6 crossover coupe is set to launch in China and Europe later this year.
According to a South Korean media report, Hyundai is already planning its second electric model based on the E-GMP after the Ioniq 5 for next year, after which there will be a one-year break: the third model of the "Electric Global Modular Platform" will then follow in early 2024.
The start of production at Tesla's new Gigafactory in Grünheide, near Berlin, is reportedly delayed by six months. According to a media report, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has officially given the team an extra six months - adding those six months to the previously planned July 2021 production start would make January 2022 the new target.
Williams Advanced Engineering and Italdesign have teamed up to develop a modular platform for building a wide variety of premium electric cars, which can be used to create customized vehicles and will be offered to both new entrants and established OEMs.
Toyota has announced $803 million in investments and 1,400 new jobs at its Princeton auto plant in Indiana in preparation for production of two new electrified SUV models.