The BMW Group sold more than 140,000 electrified (battery-electric and plug-in hybrid) vehicles in 2018. In total, 142,617 (+38.4 per cent) electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were delivered to customers around the world last year
SEAT says its biggest product offensive reaches its climax with the introduction of the brand’s new flagship model, the Tarraco. The company says the new vehicle will bring higher margins to the company, growing its portfolio and increasing its competitiveness, allowing it to cover 80 per cent of vehicle segments in the European market
The new BMW 330e plug-in hybrid saloon is due to be launched in summer 2019. It delivers a 50 per cent increase in electric-only range to go with a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 10 per cent.
The new E 300 de Saloon and Estate are available to order, with prices starting at £47,700 for the Saloon and £49,700 for the Estate. The E 300 de Saloon and Estate are powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine which produces 191 bhp and 295 ft lb of torque and a hybrid module with 120 bhp of electric power and 325 ft lb of torque (combined system output is 516 ft lb). It can achieve 166.2 mpg on the combined cycle and emits 41 g/km of CO2 (44 g/km for the Estate). It can travel from 0 to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds (6.0 seconds for the Estate) and has a top speed of 155 mph.
Ford is already investigating how plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) can operate in London, and has now announced it will also begin testing of similar vehicles in Valencia in Spain. The collaboration between Ford Smart Mobility, the regional government of Valencia and the Valencia City leadership, is designed to see how Transit Custom PHEV fleets could contribute to cleaner air targets and enhanced productivity.
DS Automobiles has announced its electrification strategy at the 2018 Paris ePrix. From 2025 onwards, all new DS models will be electrified, either hybrid or electric, or both. This programme is already under way with the imminent arrival of DS7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4, boasting 300 horsepower and a 30-mile EV driving range. The first 100 per cent electric DS model is due to be launched at the next Paris Motor Show.
Volvo Cars has launched its new three-cylinder Drive-E powertrain in the XC40, the company’s first entry into the compact SUV segment
The 150 millionth Volkswagen is now driving along the roads in Norway: the anniversary vehicle – a Golf GTE plug-in hybrid – left the assembly line at the main plant in Wolfsburg in August
New electric vehicle registration data shows that public appetite for plug-in vehicles continued to accelerate in the third quarter of 2017.