Electric Infiniti, Hyundai Kona Electric price, Nio ES6, German batteries: Today's Car News


2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots - Image via Theo Calitz

2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots - Image via Theo Calitz

Infiniti plans to introduce a concept version of its first production electric car at the Detroit auto show next month. Hyundai announces pricing for its upcoming Kona Electric. Chinese electric startup automaker Nio reveals its second production model. And German automakers announce big investments in batteries. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

Nissan's luxury arm, Infiniti, teased a picture of an electric SUV it plans to introduce at January's Detroit auto show. The new model is likely to be the first of what Nissan has promised will be a new "almost" all-electric lineup for the luxury brand.

Hyundai released pricing for its upcoming Kona Electric SUV. It will match the Chevy Bolt EV, but will retain larger federal tax credits for longer.

Chinese electric automaker Nio, known as the Chinese Tesla, revealed its second SUV, the ES6, scheduled to go on sale next year. It also announced a new version of its more expensive ES8, as well as a new battery upgrade plan.

Mercedes-Benz joined German rivals BMW and Volkswagen in announcing a big investment in battery supplies for electric cars. The question is, how will it affect jobs in the country? And are the German automakers setting an example Detroit should follow?

A South African Twitter user caught VW testing prototypes of the company's new electric I.D. hatchback in the country. The I.D. hatchback is not expected to come to the U.S.—at least not right away.

Finally, China temporarily reduced tariffs on imported American cars—which could help Tesla sell more cars in the country even before it completes its first factory there.

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