Plugin Cars News
Years after Audi’s announcement about offering a plug-in A3, we can finally say with some certainty when the first units will become available in the United States: October 2015. According to multiple sources, the Audi A3 e-tron—which went on sale in Germany in August 2014—has faced problems with cold weather. These concerns primarily result in decreased all-electric range when the temperature dips.
We’ve known the specs for the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid for some time. But last week was the first opportunity for the automotive press to take the latest plug-in hybrid for a spin. So, we combed through the first drive-time reactions to create a survey of the Sonata PHEV experiences on the road.
Hyundai has released a few new details about the 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, its answer to competing mid-size sedans that can run on electricity for a first set of miles. What do we know about availability, range and power? (Still no word on pricing.)
In September 2013, Peter Wolf, BMW’s head of production line for large vehicles, said, “We are planning to have a plug-in hybrid vehicle in each and every model series.” Twenty months later, BMW appears to be methodically marching to this plan by announcing the introduction of the 330e, a plug-in hybrid version of its popular 3-series sedan.
Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, was not very precise this week when he talked about production timing for the Model 3, the company’s planned $35,000 200-mile electric car. "We are hoping to show the Model 3 in March of next year,” said Musk. He quickly added, “Don’t super-hold me to that month. That’s our aspiration.” Production dates for the Tesla Model X have repeated been delayed.
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