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BMW 328e plug-in hybrid to start production in November 2015

This year, the BMW 3 series is getting a facelift. More exciting is that BMW is introducing the 3-series plug-in hybrid. For the North American market, BMW will offer the 328e plug-in hybrid model in late 2015. The 3-series plug-in hybrid sedan uses a 4 cylinder gasoline engine, and an electric motor mounted on the […]

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  • BMW i5 (perhaps BMW i7) concept vehicle is expected to debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, happening September 17 - 27, 2015. #
  • Audi R8 e-Tron official details revealed. With an eletric range of 280 miles, and 170 kW of power and 339 lb-ft of torque, the EV accelerates to 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds! The R8 e-Tron will be available for order in 2015, and will be hand-built. #
  • Wanxiang company plans to rename the Fisker Automotive company 'Elux' and plans to re-launch the Karma extended range electric vehicle in mid 2016. The revived Fisker car will likely be heavily based on the Fisker Karma's original design, but with updates to the car's hardware. #
  • Porsche 717 - At the Chicago Auto Show, Porsche announced they are producing a 4 door, all electric sports sedan based on the smaller next-generation Panamera platform that is still under development. The 717 EV would have 300 miles of range, 600 hp, and all-wheel-drive via 2 electric motors. Porsche is planning development for 2019, so still a ways off! #
  • Kia Trail'ster concept turns out to not be an electric vehicle at all - it's simply a hybrid without a plug, and a tiny 1.2 kWh battery pack! #
  • Georgia Power announces EVSE rebate program for installations completed during 2015. Eligibility requirements: - Must be a Georgia Power customer - 208/240-volt Level 2 charger - Must have a dedicated 40 Amp circuit (but see note below) - Must be new EVSE (not used, refurbished, rented, etc.) - Single-family homes - Third-party vendors or EV charging businesses not eligible http://www.georgiapower.com/environment/electric-vehicles/ #
  • At the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Mitsubishi will debut the GC-PHEV (Grand Cruiser Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle) in North America. The concept foreshadows the upcoming Pajero, which Mitsubishi says is "the return of a legend." The returning Pajero will launch some time in 2018 with a conventional and plug-in hybrid version. Mitsubishi also says the ASX (Outlander Sport in North America) will get a plug in 2017. #
  • Nissan's Timeline of (CHAdeMO) quick charging rollout: - January 2013: Approximately 160 CHAdeMO chargers installed nationwide. - January 2015: More than 800 total U.S. quick chargers installed and active. - April 1, 2015: 1,100 quick chargers expected nationwide. - April 1, 2016: 1,700 quick chargers projected. #

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