Documents: 60-kwh Nissan Leaf pricing aligned with Chevy Bolt EV

2018 Nissan Leaf SL

Even before the second-generation Leaf was introduced last year, it was an open secret that Nissan planned an extended-range, 60-kwh version of the Leaf.

Now our friends CarsDirect have found some documents—U.S. order guides that dealerships plan their orders and marketing around—suggesting that this longer-range Nissan Leaf is just a few months away, and will come at a premium of about $5,500 over versions with the standard 40-kWh battery.

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ChargePoint users can now access networks in Canada, Europe

2014 BMW i3 REx fast-charging at Chargepoint site, June 2016 [photo: Tom Moloughney]

Plugging in an electric car should be as easy as making a call on a cell phone—only it isn’t always.

Now a series of new agreements—similar to cell-phone roaming agreements that let users make calls on other networks—are beginning to make that easier.

The latest, announced Tuesday morning, is an agreement between ChargePoint, America’s largest charging network, and FLO, the largest network in Continue reading “ChargePoint users can now access networks in Canada, Europe”

Where would you like to see more public chargers installed? Twitter poll results

Electrify America DC fast chargers in Gulfport, Mississippi

Our readers seem to think charging networks are doing just fine with their plans to build out additional public charging stations.

Several networks have recently announced expansion plans, focusing on putting more DC fast chargers in cities to help bring new drivers to the electric-car fold who may not have their own driveway or garage to charge them in.

All these plans, however, seem to involve expanding the old-fashioned Continue reading “Where would you like to see more public chargers installed? Twitter poll results”

Teslas to get new self-driving, Autopilot chip in spring 2019

Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]

Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk took to Twitter Tuesday to announce that owners will get a new Autopilot chip in about six months that will be much more powerful and enable the company’s long-awaited Full-Self Driving Mode.

In a series of tweets, Musk said that owners who have prepaid for the Full Self-Driving Mode feature in their cars—which is still not operational—will get the new chip for free when it Continue reading “Teslas to get new self-driving, Autopilot chip in spring 2019”

2019 BMW X7, 2019 Audi A8, Iranian Lamborghini: Car News Headlines

2019 BMW X7

BMW has launched biggest vehicle yet in the form of the 2019 X7. The full-size, three-row SUV is available to order now and will start delivery next March.

Audi’s redesigned A8 is finally ready for its local launch, though sadly some of the cool features the car is designed with may not make the trip over from Germany. The key one is the much-hyped Level 3 self-driving capability. The reason? Regulations failing to keep up with the pace of technology.

In order to gain the Continue reading “2019 BMW X7, 2019 Audi A8, Iranian Lamborghini: Car News Headlines”

Fresh details on BMW i4 electric car due in 2021

BMW i Vision Dynamics concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW early next decade will introduce an electric car badged an i4 and previewed by the i Vision Dynamics concept unveiled during the 2017 Frankfurt auto show.

BMW Group CEO Harald Krüger made the confirmation during March’s 2018 Geneva auto show, adding that the i4 will be one of the 12 electric cars the automaker will launch by the end of 2025.

Before the i4 arrives, the BMW Group will launch an electric Mini hardtop in 2019, Continue reading “Fresh details on BMW i4 electric car due in 2021”

New 2019 SEAT Leon hatchback spied testing

The all-new SEAT Leon will arrive next year, with a plug-in hybrid model likely to follow in 2020

The SEAT Leon is due to be replaced – and these spy shots show the all-new model undergoing testing before its 2019 release.

While the hatchback version of the Mk4 model is currently testing while clad in a full-body disguise, it’s possible to make out the new family face.

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The front will take inspiration from the new Tarraco SUV. THat means that, compared to the Continue reading “New 2019 SEAT Leon hatchback spied testing”

European car makers urge Brexit negotiators to avoid no-deal scenario

European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association claims no-deal Brexit would threaten car industry’s “just-in-time” business model

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has warned Brexit negotiators that a no-deal scenario would threaten the car industry’s “just-in-time” business model.

The organisation – which represents the 15 largest Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers – says automobile factories in both the UK and the EU27 rely on Continue reading “European car makers urge Brexit negotiators to avoid no-deal scenario”

The return of the estate car (sponsored)

Despite the rise of the SUV, there’s still plenty to love about the latest breed of estate cars – like the New Ford Focus Estate.

News stories boast of the success of the SUV; a relatively recent phenomenon which has seen the appeal of big, rugged cars migrate from the bridleway to the driveway.

It’s not hard to understand why, either; SUVs serve up an impressive blend of practicality, surprisingly low running costs and the chic styling that many buyers covet. But these models don’t Continue reading “The return of the estate car (sponsored)”

New BMW i4 to take BMW electric cars mainstream in 2021

BMW will launch the i4 in 2021 a car closely aligned to the next generation BMW 4 Series

BMW’s i electric cars will take a big step towards the mainstream with the third model, the i4, Auto Express has learned. Due in 2021, the BMW i4 will narrow the gap between the company’s radical i3 and i8 vehicles and BMW’s big-sellers, the 3 and 5 Series. 

Up to now, the standalone i models have been very distinct from anything else in the BMW line-up – helped by unique construction and the Continue reading “New BMW i4 to take BMW electric cars mainstream in 2021”