Recharge Wrap-up: GAC debuts EnLight concept, BMW tests autonomous cars in Munich

BMW launches ReachNow at the Solaire; Nissan Leaf 3G upgrade costs $199.

GAC Motor has unveiled its EnLight electric supercar concept as Auto Guangzhou 2016. The EnLight is powered by four in-wheel motors, and offers an autonomous driving mode. It has "butterfly" doors that open upward from the rear, and a dash (with pop-up instrument cluster) and steering wheel that retract when not in use. "EnLight is a forward-thinking concept car representing the highest level of GAC Motor's independent research and development as well as our unparalleled technological capabilities," says GAC Motor President Zeng Qinghong. Read and see more from GAC.

BMW will test autonomous cars in Munich, with plans for an eventual self-driving ride-sharing service. The automaker will put 40 self-driving cars in service in 2017, each with a test driver behind the wheel, and will expand to other cities soon after that. When the time comes, BMW plans to own the vehicles in its autonomous ridesharing fleet. "Owning the fleet means you can make offers that Lyft and others are unable to provide," says BMW CEO Harald Krüger. "For example providing car sharing for a specific community only." Read more at Teslarati.

BMW has launched its ReachNow car sharing at the Solaire in Battery Park City in Manhattan. The automaker partnered with real estate firm Albanese Organization to provide high-end cars at the residential high-rise. The LEED-certified building's 700 residents will have access to a fleet of BMW i3 and 3 Series vehicles through the ReachNow app. "As the first developer to partner with ReachNow, we're able to continue pioneering green living by enabling residents to be sustainable in their day-to-day travels outside of their environmentally friendly homes," says Albanese Organization Chairman Russell Albanese. He adds that he hopes other developers follow suit. Read more from BMW.

Nissan will upgrade 2G-equipped Leafs to 3G for $199. The NissanConnectEV (née Carwings) telematics system runs over AT&T's cellular network, which is phasing out 2G service at the end of the year. As such, model year 2011 to 2015 Leaf owners who want to continue to be able to charge remotely, find nearby chargers, and the like through the service will need to upgrade to 3G. Some 55,000 cars could need the upgrade. Nissan will provide the fix to model year 2015 Leafs for no charge. Understandably, some owners will not be pleased about having to pay to keep a service they already had, especially with such late notice. Read more at Green Car Reports.

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