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The Volvo XC90 T8 is the company's first model to get a plug-in variant, although future editions of the S90 full-size SUV and XC60 crossover are expected in the next few years. Volvo will gradually add plug-in hybrid variants to its entire lineup—eventually offering plugs for all its vehicles as soon as 2020.
This week, Tesla began the process of wirelessly updating the software in all Model S and Model X vehicles to version 7.0. As a result, drivers will also be given the option of a fee-based upgrade to Tesla’s Autopilot system, which provides automated driving features. Could this be a step toward a future when electric cars autonomously drive to the nearest EV charging station?
The 2016 Chevy Volt made the media rounds this month, with auto journalists taking the customary “first drives” that precede any major new release. This will mark the first major refresh of the Volt since its debut five years ago. The first deliveries arrive at dealerships this week. The critics gave mostly glowing reports.
The Tesla Model X was unveiled this week at the company’s Fremont, Calif. factory. Since the prototype of the stylish all-electric luxury SUV was unveiled in February 2012, there have been three or four production delays. The event on Tuesday night put that period to an end by confirming the first deliveries and reiterating basic specifications, as well as a set of very cool and highly unusual luxury features.
How can Volkswagen reform its reputation as a green carmaker? Maybe the events at Frankfurt last provide clues. Executives told reporters that VW plans to release 20 different EV and plug-in hybrid models by 2020. For Volkswagen, plug-ins could be a lifeline.
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