2015 BMW i8, 2013 Frankfurt Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
This week we noted that Tesla is scrambling to meet its self-imposed Supercharger installation deadline. Oddly enough, though, once we posted about the topic, Tesla quietly removed the "Summer 2013" section of the map from its website.
Also making headlines this week is Fisker Automotive, as a signed offer for $25 million has been submitted to the Department of Energy. Whether the offer will be accepted is yet to be seen, but it's now "time to pray," according to one of the German investors looking to purchase the startup electric-car maker.
Meanwhile in Frankfurt, the 2015 BMW i8 made its formal debut with a $135,925 price tag. Across the show floor, the production 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder garnered quite a lot of attention with 887 horsepower and a supposed 78-mpg fuel economy rating. Mercedes-Benz showed off its 2015 S500 Plug-In Hybrid, and Lexus unveiled the LF-NX Concept.
We discussed what the price threshold for volume electric cars might be, and took a look at the new 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover. On the numbers front, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC received its official EPA fuel economy ratings--34 mpg combined--and Volkswagen said it'll be the biggest electrified-car maker in 2018.
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