Some love the smaller cars. Yes, it’s true. Well, today you will find more to love with two new, oh-so-affordable cars in Japan. Even with its size, the Sakura is said to have a spacious interior — more than one expects — as well as ample driving range. We all know that Nissan mastered that small but spacious design with the original LEAF, so I believe it is true. Along with the tiny EVs, we find Obi-Wan Kenobi, who is coming back from his astral form to promote the truly larger ID. Buzz. And more EV news of the day below.
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“Named after the iconic Japanese cherry blossom, the Sakura’s affordable price provides more consumer choice in the EV market. Nissan Executive Vice President Asako Hoshino says: “The all-new Sakura follows the LEAF and Ariya as a mass-market EV. We believe it will be a gamechanger for the Japanese market and will make EVs much more accessible to customers in Japan.”
The Sakura EV takes the minivehicle class to the next level. Its nimble handling and 4.8 meter turning radius allows drivers to execute sharp maneuvers with ease. Despite its size, the Sakura has a spacious interior and an ample driving range, making it perfect for daily driving needs such as commuting and shopping. It also features ProPILOT Park*1, an automated system designed to make parking easier and driving more pleasurable.”
“The metaverse unveiling of the Sakura has been designed to provide a unique experience, with immersive sound and light effects. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube (Japanese language only).” The stream is now over and can be watched below.
“The all-new eK X EV is priced from 2,398,000 to 2,932,600 yen (10 percent consumption tax included). It is eligible for the Subsidies for Promoting the Introduction of Clean Energy Vehicles and Infrastructure in the supplementary budget for fiscal 2021 and the Subsidies for Promoting the Introduction of Clean Energy Vehicles in fiscal 2022. Accordingly, for customers who receive a 550,000 yen subsidy, the actual purchase price3 will start from 1,848,000 yen (10 percent consumption tax included). In some areas, subsidies from local governments can also be used, making the price even more affordable.”
#Mitsubishi launches this neat new eK X EV model in Japan. Range 180 kms (112 miles) and priced from just £11,581 (with subsidy).
It's another "height wagon" in Japan's unique kei vehicle class, so tiny. Look at that EV performance for that price. Just perfect for the city… pic.twitter.com/WfvzH6kuVm
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“Emden — Volkswagen is pressing ahead with gearing its plants to electric mobility. Volkswagen is expanding its global production network for electric vehicles by starting to make the all-electric ID.4 in Emden. Emden is now the second site for electric vehicles in Germany following Zwickau and also joins the Chinese plants in Anting and Foshan. Chattanooga (ID.4) and Hanover will also commence production this year. As a result, Volkswagen is creating the conditions in 2022 for building 1.2 million all-electric vehicles a year based on the MEB in the future at its sites in Europe, the U.S. and China. Volkswagen has invested around one million euros in converting the Emden plant with its 8,000 employees. Emden is thus the first high-tech site for electric mobility in Lower Saxony. The Volkswagen Group will invest a total of 21 billion euros in Lower Saxony up to 2026 and make the federal state Germany’s center for electric mobility.”
“Wolfsburg — Volkswagen is giving an even stronger emotional charge to its brand and lends further momentum to its global e-strategy. The company launches sales activities for its iconic van, the ID. Buzz1 with a stand-out collaboration with ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’; the all-new limited Star Wars series coming to Disney+ May 27, 2022.”
“The campaign launches with a customised advert made in collaboration with Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic featuring the ID. Buzz and some familiar Star Wars characters as well as leading actor, Ewan McGregor, who will also serve as brand ambassador for Volkswagen.”
“Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz will unveil the new GLC on Wednesday, 1 June 2022 at 5:00 p.m. (CEST) on the Mercedes me media online platform at https://media.mercedes-benz.com/GLC and on other channels. The digital world premiere will be available as video-on-demand afterwards. The GLC is the global market leader in its segment and the most dynamic and successful Mercedes-Benz SUV. The new generation will continue to strengthen this position with a 100 percent hybrid drive, excellent on and off-road features, a fully digitalised cockpit and extensive standard equipment, including the AVANTGARDE Line.”
“Spectacular proportions defined by a long wheelbase and emphasized by short overhangs, powerful shoulders, large wheels, a distinctive rear spoiler and star-shaped headlamp signature — the Vision AMG makes an emotional statement from every perspective. This extraordinary show car from Mercedes-AMG offers a glimpse of the all-electric future of AMG Driving Performance. Beneath the breathtaking exterior design of the four-door coupe is the equally extraordinary dedicated AMG.EA platform, which is currently under development in Affalterbach for all-electric performance models.”
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“WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today will open its first round of applications for the Clean School Bus Program. The $5 billion program — established and funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) — will support school districts to replace aging school buses with clean and zero-emission school buses. Earlier this year, the BlueGreen Alliance provided input on the implementation of the program, highlighting opportunities to build up the domestic supply chain for electric school buses, invest in the incumbent workforce of school bus drivers and mechanics, and ensure that electric school bus charging infrastructure is installed to the highest standards of safety and efficiency.”
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