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Mercedes Benz B-Class Electric Drive start production, first electric vehicle rolls off line

Mercedes Benz announces that production for the upcoming B-Class electric drive has started at the Mercedes plant in Rastatt, Germany. This is the same plant that produces the gasoline and diesel powered A-, B-, and GLA-class models. The 5 seater B-Class electric drive MPV is set to go on sale in select US states in […]

Electric Vehicle Industry Updates

  • Nissan has issued an airbag related recall. The recall includes around 29,000 2013 and 2014 model year Nissan Leaf electric vehicles. #
  • The BMW i3 tops AutoExpress UK's list of best electric cars for 2014. The Nissan Leaf was the leader last year, but since the availability of the BMW i3, Tesla Model S, and Volkswagen e-Up! in Europe and the UK, the Nissan Leaf is number 4. #
  • VIA Motors announces an option for their VTRUX Van that will have remote activated pop-up side panels for tool and supply storage. LED lights allow working at night, and the side panels allow stand-up access to equipment just like a larger profile walk-in van, but with "much better fuel economy" #
  • Washington State joins New Jersey in exempting the BMW i3 Rex from sales tax, even though California has decided to charge sales tax for the range extended model of the upcoming i3 electric vehicle! #
  • BMW i3 outsells the Smart Electric Drive, and the Leaf in Germany. 229 BMW i3s were sold (70 were the Rex version) in January, while only 106 Smart EVs were sold, and 71 LEAFs. Volkswagen sold 109 copies of their e-Up! electric city car. #
  • Rimac Automobili is readying the Concept_One electric vehicle for production before the end of 2015. The Concept_One has 1,088 horsepower and can do 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds! #
  • According to National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the Saab 9-3 platform will be ready for production in a few weeks. SAAB intends to build 200 electric 9-3 vehicles for testing in China, as well as some cars that will stay in Sweden for further testing. The new electric Saab 9-3 has an electric range of around 174 miles on the NEDC test cycle. #
  • Assuming the US Bankruptcy court approves the sale of Fiskar to Wanxiang, Pin Ni, president of Wanxiang America said in an interview with the Boston Globe that the company "will want to get the Karma back online as quickly as possible." #

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