Nissan Reveals Sakura, Mitsubishi eK X EV, Obi-Wan Kenobi Collaborates with VW ID.Buzz — EV News Today

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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.

Electric Car News

Nissan unveils all-new, all-electric minivehicle in Japan

“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.”

Nissan Sakura, courtesy of Nissan.

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.”

Nissan unveils all-new EV in the metaverse Virtual test drives are open to the public

Nissan unveils all-new EV in the metaverse.

“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.

Mitsubishi Motors to launch the all-new eK X EV in Japan

“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.”

Volkswagen’s global production network for electric vehicles grows with the launch of a second German site in Emden

Image courtesy of Volkswagen.

“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.”

Volkswagen ID. 4

Volkswagen joins forces with “Obi-Wan Kenobi” for the launch of the new all-electric ID. Buzz

“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.”

World premiere of the new GLC on Mercedes me media: The new generation of the most dynamic Mercedes-Benz SUV — 100 percent electrified

“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 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.”

World premiere of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC coming June 1, 2022.

Vision AMG show car offers glimpse of all-electric future of Mercedes-AMG

“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.”

Mercedes-AMG, all-electric future of Mercedes-AMG.

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Electric Buses, Electric School Buses

GreenPower Motors BEAST
New York Enacts First-in-Nation Plan to Electrify All State School Buses. Image: The BEAST zero-emissions all-electric school bus. Photo by GreenPower Motors, used with permission.

BlueGreen Alliance applauds rollout of EPA Clean School Bus Program

“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.”

2022 Clean School Bus (CSB) Rebates Program Guide

Pace Showcases first electric bus

Photo: Pace Director Thomas Marcucci, Executive Director Melinda Metzger, Director Linda Soto, Director Roger Claar, Chairman Rick Kwasneski, Director David Guerin, Director Terrance Carr, and Director Jeffery Schielke with Pace’s first electric bus.

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