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Taycan Cross Turismo EV revealed, VW doubles EV prediction, DEFRA takes Outlander PHEVs

First pictures: Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Porsche has expanded its electric Taycan range with the new five-door Cross Turismo.

The estate-shaped model joins the saloon this summer, costing from £79,340 for the entry Taycan 4 Cross Turismo model with a range of up to 283 miles and a 380hp powertrain. The other Cross Turismo models are the 4S (490hp, 281 miles, £87,820), Turbo (625hp, 281 miles, £116,950) and the Turbo S (625hp, 260 miles, £139,910).

“In 2019, we sent out a key signal with the debut of our first all-electric sports car,” said Oliver Blume Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “The future belongs to electric mobility. With the Taycan Cross Turismo, we’re taking another major step in this direction.”

VW doubles 2030 EV prediction to 70%

Volkswagen has predicted that 70% of the cars it delivers in 2030 will be full electric models, double that of its previous 35% estimate, and is also targeting a 50% figure for the Chinese and United States markets.

The company also pledged that autonomous driving will be “widely available” by 2030, and said its electric push will this summer see a version of the imminent ID.4 SUV become the first model to wear the new GTX performance badging, while a SUV-coupe ID.5 will also appear in the second half of this year. VW has also accelerated plans for a smaller EV to sit under the ID.3 with a sub-£20,000 price tag, and that car should now appear in 2025.

VW will also continue with internal combustion engines, but with longer-range PHEV powertrains, with the Golf, Tiguan, Passat and T-Roc confirmed to get a successor, among others. “We will still need combustion engines for a while, but they should be as efficient as possible, which is why the next generation of our core products – all of which are world models – will also be fitted with the latest generation of plug-in hybrid technology, with an electric range of up to 100 kilometers,” said VW CEO Ralf Brandstatter.

More Outlander PHEVs for DEFRA

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has increased its fleet of Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrids, ordering a further 60 vehicles to add to the 36 it already has.

Mitsubishi Outlander DEFRA 2021DEFRA personnel using the vehicles are required to ensure the cars are fully charged every evening to maximise the electric-only running, which stands at an official 28 miles.

“We are very proud that DEFRA chose the Outlander PHEV Commercial for its fleet and that it has substantially increased its initial order demonstrates that used correctly, PHEVs can significantly lower any business’ carbon footprint and its running costs,” said David Rodriguez, sales & marketing director at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK. “While Mitsubishi Motors fully supports the move to carbon-neutral transport in the future, it has pioneered and championed the PHEV as an important transitional technology.”


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