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.
Porsche wants to set up its own battery cell factory in Tübingen, Swabia, for the production of "high-performance batteries". Although the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer is planning to buy batteries for its e-cars from parent company Volkswagen in the future, high-performance cells - that is "a Porsche domain".
It had already been hinted at, but now it's official: on April 20, the Munich District Court ordered the provisional insolvency administration of Byton GmbH, the German subsidiary of the Chinese electric car startup Byton.
Honda's new global CEO Toshihiro Mibe announced a tougher electric course for the automaker during a press conference, but Mibe was referring primarily to North America and China in his statements and targets.
The first electrified model with Huawei technology is now on sale in China, but the Seres SF5 is not entirely new - but the drive technology, the name and the sales model are.
With the Spring, Dacia is launching one of the most affordable electric cars on the German market - after promotion, the model is available from 10,920 euros. Can the small car in SUV look still convince? Time for a first test drive!
The FIA, the world governing body for the automobile industry, has unveiled plans for the introduction of an all-electric GT category that would offer significantly more freedom for technical development than previous electric racing series. However, it is still only a concept, and no date has been given for a launch.
Cadillac has unveiled the production version of the Lyriq e-SUV while announcing its transition to an e-car brand by the end of this decade. From now on, all newly introduced models will be powered only by pure electricity.
The legendary Messerschmitt cabin scooter from the 1950s is celebrating a comeback - also as an electric scooter. The new edition of the cabin scooter bears the model designation KR-E5000 as an electric variant and is already in production at the Messerschmitt plants, which are now based in Malaga, Spain.
The final approval for Tesla's Gigafactory in Grünheide is apparently being delayed further. According to a media report, Brandenburg's Environment Minister Axel Vogt is said to have cited a lack of "fundamental information". In addition, there is probably a threat of the plans being re-interpreted, which would result in further delays.
In a new study, the ICCT has forecast the development of costs for electric cars in China up to the year 2035. Depending on the segment, cost parity with internal combustion cars will be achieved between 2025 and 2030 - without subsidies.
BYD has presented a new electric car platform at the Shanghai Auto Show, which will also be offered to other carmakers. BYD's "e-platform 3.0" relies on the manufacturer's Blade batteries and is supposed to enable enormous driving performance and ranges - there is talk of more than 1,000 kilometers.
Nissan has presented the fourth generation of its SUV model X-Trail at Auto Shanghai, which will also be available in Europe from the summer of 2022. Like the Qashqai, the new Nissan X-Trail is based on the CMF-C platform and will also be launched with the e-Power hybrid drive - but not in Europe until the summer of 2022.