first_imgGNER bluesBritain’s East Coast Main Line fleet has again proved vulnerable to heat, some years after a spate of cooling failures on the IC125 high-speed diesel train power cars. With much of Britain basking in unusually high summer temperatures, franchisee Great North Eastern Railway was struggling to keep its electric IC225s on the road. One scorching Friday afternoon in August saw at least three evening peak-hour trains cancelled and another diesel-hauled due to loco failures.Sidetrack’s engineering advisor reports that GNER’s Class 91 locos have been suffering from spurious initiation of the fire extinguishers. Higher than specified temperatures in the equipment compartments fool the fire detectors into thinking that the loco is about to incinerate itself, triggering the extinguishers and emptying the gas bottles. The loco then has to be taken out of service because it cannot run without a working fire extinguisher!Ironically, privatisation may have aggravated this worse-than-usual performance. Changing the IC225’s largely white livery to GNER’s all-over midnight blue has increased the heat build-up due to sunlight. The solar gain is also thought to have increased the air-conditioning load in the MkIV coaches by around 5 kW per vehicle. So that’s why railway carriages traditionally had white roofs!last_img read more

VCB withdraws from Jamaican national trials

first_imgVeteran female sprinter, Veronica Campbell-Brown, has withdrawn from the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Senior Championships following her failure to show up for the first round of the women’s 100 meters on Thursday’s first day of the four-day event at the National Stadium.Campbell-Brown posted on her social media page Twitter that she was feeling pain in her right knee and confirmed that she will not participate in the remainder of the championships, which was organised to select the team for the IAAF World Championships in London later this year.Campbell-Brown is the third fastest woman over 100 meters in the world so far this year after running 10.84 seconds at a meet in Montverde, Florida on June 10 and appeared set to qualify for her sixth World Championships.Campbell-Brown was not the only casualty on the first day as Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey-Cole pulled up injured in his first round 100 meters race while Kerron Stewart also failed to show up at the start of her 100 meters race.VCB opens season with 11.06 win in Gainsvillelast_img read more

NFL Draft tracker 2019: Results, pick analysis & grades for Rounds 2-3

first_imgWhile some teams are set to get into the action with their initial selections after trading away their first-round picks, most others are working to complement who they already took and turn the corner toward an impressive draft haul overall.As another 70 prospects come off the board, Sporting News will be right with live analysis along the way. Here’s how Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer is breaking it down in real time:Stream the NFL Draft live: fuboTV (U.S. only) | DAZN (Canada only)NFL Draft picks 2019: Live results, analysisRound 233. Arizona Cardinals: Byron Murphy, CB, WashingtonThe Cards are keeping Patrick Peterson and now have someone they can mold like him. Murphy is a smooth, fluid cover man. What he gives up in size and press potential (5-11, 190 pounds) he makes up for in speed, aggressiveness and ballhawking skills.34. Indianapolis Colts: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Templehe Colts are happy with Pierre Desire and Kenny Moore, but need better depth. Ya-Sin has nice size (6-0, 192) and speed to help in subpackages while he works on the nuances of coverage.35. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, FloridaAfter the Jaguars signed a confident downfield-throwing quarterback in Nick Foles, they address his pass protection. Taylor (6-5, 312 pounds) offers agility, smarts and technique to handle most athletic edge-rushers. He rose boards as scouts realized he is a natural left tackle.36. San Francisco 49ers: Deebo Samuel, WR, South CarolinaThe 49ers needed some help in the slot between Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis with limited slower options there. Samuel (5-11, 214 pounds) has great toughness and speed and can also help in the return game.37. Carolina Panthers: Greg Little, OT, Ole MissThe Panthers trade up to address a key offensive line need after going edge pass-rush with Brian Burns. Little has the size (6-5, 325 pounds), agility and athleticism to suggest great upside as a pass protector, but his technique needs refinement, and he must learn how to better use his strength to his advantage.38. Buffalo Bills: Cody Ford, OT, OklahomaThe Bills likely get their fifth new starting lineman after adding Quinton Spain, Mitch Morse, Spencer Long and Ty Nsekhe in free agency. Ford has a chance to displace Dion Dawkins at left tackle. Ford is a tough mauler at 6-4, 330 pounds who can open running lanes and is athletic enough to develop into a top pass-blocker in time, too.39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sean Bunting, CB, Central MichiganBunting has good size (6-0, 195) and length to go with above-average speed, but he’s a bit of a reach here because he needs to bulk up to get more physical and refine his technique to be trusted in outside coverage.40. Oakland Raiders: Trayvon Mullen, CB, ClemsonThe Raiders needed to land a corner to potentially start opposite Gareon Conley. Mullen emerged after an up-and-down 2018 season to stand out with his size (6-1, 194 pounds), speed, length and physicality, traits that can serve him well on the back end of Paul Guenther’s scheme.41. Denver Broncos: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas StateThe Broncos needed to upgrade their interior line and do so with a tough Colorado high school product. Risner is a technically sound lineman with a mean streak to pair with his physicality. He is being undersold as a pass blocker, but he is already a huge (6-3, 308 pounds) asset in the running game.42. Cincinnati Bengals: Drew Lock, QB, MissouriJohn Elway has his latest bridge quarterback in Joe Flacco, but he stashes his potential future franchise passer here. Elway had a long, good scouting look at Lock, who has a big arm to go with ideal size (6-4, 228 pounds). Lock also has the fearlessness and elusiveness every NFL likes in an aggressive, downfield passer.43. Detroit Lions: Jahlani Tavai, LB, HawaiiThe Lions go for a nice-sized (6-2, 250 pounds), high-effort tackler who is versatile enough to back up all three positions for Matt Patricia’s defense. He has good smarts and instincts to overcome his less than top-end speed and quickness.44. Green Bay Packers: Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi StateJenkins (6-4, 310 pounds) packs great strength and power in that size and works best paving the way in the running game. The Packers had to beef up their interior and do just that.45. New England Patriots: Joejuan Williams, CB, VanderbiltWilliams (6-4, 211 pounds) is a massive corner and uses his body well to press smaller receivers. The Patriots will help him develop his technical coverage skills while he sees some subpackage work.46. Cleveland Browns: Greedy Williams, CB, LSUThe Browns get a strong first-round value with their first pick of the draft to get help opposite 2018 first-rounder Denzel Ward. Williams carries a long, lean frame at 6-3, 184 pounds with rare speed, quickness and agility for his size. He is not the most physical player, but he is fundamentally sound in coverage, and he uses his length well at the line to break up routes.47. Seattle Seahawks: Marquise Blair, S, UtahThe Browns get a strong first-round value with their first pick of the draft to get help opposite 2018 first-rounder Denzel Ward. Williams carries a long, lean frame at 6-3, 184 pounds with rare speed, quickness and agility for his size. He is not the most physical player, but he is fundamentally sound in coverage, and he uses his length well at the line to break up routes.48. Miami Dolphins: Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&MThe Saints have a strong line, but to keep it intact they needed an immediate replacement for retiring Max Unger. McCoy (6-4, 303 pounds) is a powerful, seasoned lineman who packs an extra punch to pair with his physicality.49. Indianapolis Colts: Ben Banogu, LB, TCUIndianapolis gets the other power pass-rusher from the Horned Frogs after Seattle took teammate L.J. Collier in the first round. The Colts needed some situational help on the edge and Matt Eberflus will like deploying Banogu’s combination of size (6-3, 250), athleticism and quickness.50. Minnesota Vikings: Irv Smith Jr., TE, AlabamaThe Vikings are looking ahead to replace aging free agent-to-be Kyle Rudolph in 2020. Smith is a technically sound run-blocker and route-runner who has shown vertical receiving juice to go with compact size (6-2, 242 pounds). He delivered a strong enough Combine to place himself behind T.J. Hockenson as the draft’s second-best all-around tight end.51. Tennessee Titans: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole MissThe Titans are suddenly looking very strong at wideout for Marcus Mariota as this smart pick adds to Corey Davis and new slot ace Adam Humphries. Brown, at 6-1, 230 pounds, fits the profile as a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. He is a strong-handed, reliable route-runner who is tough enough to make big plays after the catch, even in traffic.52. Denver Broncos: Drew Sample, TE, WashingtonSample (6-5, 255) has ideal size and used that well as a strong and powerful run-blocker in college. He has some untapped receiving potential. He replaces Tyler Kroft behind Tyler Eifert and C.J. Uzomah.53. Philadelphia Eagles: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn StateThe Eagles continue to make over their committee by staying in-state to get Sanders: a smooth, compact runner for his size (5-11, 211 pounds). His agility and vision make him a good complement to Jordan Howard.54. Houston Texans: Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB, KentuckyJohnson (6-2, 213 pounds) continues the run of bigger corners in the second round. He is a physical press type who needs to get better at making plays on the ball. Houston needed depth at the position behind Johnathan Joseph and Aaron Colvin.55. Houston Texans: Max Scharping, OT, Northern IllinoisScharping (6-6, 327) gives the Texans another tackle in the draft after first-rounder Tytus Howard, indicating how much they struggled overall at the position last season. Scharping has good size and power but his type of athleticism suggest he needs to play right tackle to Howard’s left.56. Kansas City Chiefs: Mecole Hardman, WR, GeorgiaThis pick of 5-11, 187-pound speedster and dynamic return man suggest the Chiefs are not counting on Tyreek Hill to be part of their 2019 plans. Hardman has the potential to be just as effective streaking downfield before and after the catch.57. Philadelphia Eagles: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, StanfordThe Eagles got Desean Jackson back to be their outside speedster to complement Alshon Jeffery, and now they get a big body (6-2, 225 pounds) who positions himself well to go up and get balls with his strength, hands and “boxing out”, showing why Arcega-Whiteside was a former basketball player. Consider him an extra red zone force for Carson Wentz.58. Dallas Cowboys: Trysten Hill, DT, UCFThe Cowboys were set to be defensive-minded in this draft and used their first pick on a pass-rushing defensive tackle minus David Irving. Hill (6-3, 308 pounds) is relentless in using his quick feet and athleticism to make plays in the backfield.59. Indianapolis Colts: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio StateCampbell (6-0, 205 pounds) addresses the Colts’ need for some big-play pop to support T.Y. Hilton. He is a high-level athlete who can flat-out fly, with speed to the stretch the field and quickness to turn on the jets well after the catch.60. Los Angeles Chargers: Nasir Adderley, S, DelawareThe Chargers used three safeties on the field well last season and replenish behind Derwin James and Adrian Phillips after not keeping Jahleel Addae. Adderley has a good blend of cornerback coverage traits and physical tackling against the run and after the catch, playing longer and meaner than his size at 6-0, 200 pounds.61. Los Angeles Rams: Taylor Rapp, S, WashingtonAt 6-0, 212 pounds, Rapp plays like an extra linebacker on the field with his work in run support. He also is a capable upfield player vs. the pass, at his best when blitzing and covering a short area. He will be a backup to Eric Weddle and John Johnson at first.62. Arizona Cardinals: Andy Isabella, WR, UMassIsabella (5-9, 188 pounds) translated his speed and quickness as a track star to become a field-stretching receiver. He projects to slide into the slot between Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk to support Kyler Murray.63. Kansas City Chiefs: Juan Thornhill, S, VirginiaThe Chiefs got Tyrann Mathieu to replace Eric Berry as the defensive leader at free safety, but now they have an option to upgrade strong safety. Thornhill has great size (6-0, 210 pounds), smarts and coverage skills. He also cleans up well against the run.64. Seattle Seahawks: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole MissRound 365. Arizona Cardinals: Zach Allen, DE, Boston CollegeThe Cardinals are looking at playing more 3-4 with Vance Joseph, and Allen will work well as a rotational end in that scheme at first. At 6-5, 280 pounds, Allen is a big, smart, strong, high-effort player who excels at stopping the run. He has room to grow as a pass-rusher, too.66. Pittsburgh Steelers: Diontae Johnson, WR, ToledoThis is a classic Steelers wideout pick as Johnson (5-10, 183 pounds) has the speed, athleticism and quickness to separate while lining up everywhere. He also has the upside in the return game they covet.67. San Francisco 49ers: Jalen Hurd, WR, BaylorAfter getting speedy slot option Deebo Samuel in Round 2, the Niners go for a more Swiss Army big body (6-5, 226 pounds). Kyle Shanahan gets an interesting combination of someone who can make big plays as a wideout when they spread the field and can also be a red zone power back behind Tevin Coleman and Jerrick McKinnon if needed.68. New York Jets: Jachai Polite, LB, FloridaAfter getting Quinnen Williams to anchor the Jets’ 3-4-leaning hybrid front for Gregg Williams, they address their big need on the edge and throw it back to their defensive coordinator’s early days with the Titans. Although a little undersized at 6-2, 242 pounds, Polite’s speed and athleticism are off the charts. He is a freak who channels some of former Gator and Titan Jevon Kearse. He just needs to harness it a lot better.69. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose StateThe Jaguars were in the market for a “move” tight end with some dynamic downfield receiving ability, and Oliver (6-5, 249 pounds) fits that bill. They will work him into the mix with free-agent pickup Geoff Swaim.70. Los Angeles Rams: Darrell Henderson, RB, MemphisHenderson (5-8, 208 pounds) is undersized but makes up for it with speed and elusiveness to consistently make big plays. The Rams said they would be getting some change-of-pace relief for Todd Gurley and Henderson fits the bill.71. Denver Broncos: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio StateJones is a natural inside pass-rusher who needs some bulking up from his current frame (6-3, 283 pounds) and coaching before being used with confidence consistently on running downs. But he can develop well and quickly in that area while he works as a rotational 3-4 end for Ed Donatell.72. Cincinnati Bengals: Germaine Pratt, LB, N.C. StatePratt (6-2, 240 pounds) is a solid tackler but his coverage skills are what really stood out for the Bengals, who need help most on the strong side after moving on from Vontaze Burfict.73. Chicago Bears: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa StateAt 5-11, 216 pounds, Montgomery steadily emerged as a strong, all-around feature back prospect. He finishes runs strong and has shown some good hands and wiggle as a receiver. He is a strong replacement for Jordan Howard to complement Tarik Cohen74. Buffalo Bills: Devin Singletary, RB, Florida AtlanticSingletary (5-7, 203 pounds) brings young blood to a backfield that already has LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon. He is a tough runner and receiver with quickness and vision that helps him make up for his lack of explosiveness.75. Green Bay Packers: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&MSternberger (6-4, 251) will need work to hold up as a inline blocker, but he meets the Packers’ need for a smooth, athletic receiver at the position. He can develop into a strong hybrid target for Aaron Rodgers.76. Washington Redskins: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio StateMcLaurin (6-0, 208) shot up in the pre-draft process by showing off his speed and strong route-running. He remains a good physical target for his college quarterback, Dwayne Haskins.77. New England Patriots: Chase Winovich, DE, MichiganWinovich (6-3, 256 pounds) is a good way for the Patriots to recover from losing Trey Flowers in free agency. He is a physical, high-effort and versatile pass-rusher that the team loves.78. Miami Dolphins: Michael Deiter, C, WisconsinDeiter (6-5, 309 pounds) is a physical interior blocker who should have a good shot at starting at either guard next to Daniel Kilgore.79. Los Angeles Rams: David Long, CB, MichiganThe Rams tap into a Los Angeles native add some solid depth to their secondary with Long (5-11, 196), a more steady-than-spectacular, well-rounded cover man.80. Cleveland Browns: Sione Takitaki, LB, BYUThe Browns reach a little for a slightly undersized (6-1, 238 pounds), aggressive upfield player whose ceiling is probably a backup tackler at all three positions for Steve Wilks.81. Detroit Lions: Will Harris, S, Boston CollegeThe Lions need some help at free safety and the speedy Harris (6-1, 207 pounds) will have a chance to displace Miles Killebrew. There is a little Devin McCourty in him that no doubt appealed to Matt Patricia.82. Tennessee Titans: Nate Davis, G, CharlotteDavis (6-3, 336) has a chance to start at right guard right away to replace Josh Kine with Rodger Saffold in line to replace Quinton Spain at left guard. Davis has a good combination of power and quickness for his size.83. Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Layne CB, Michigan StateThe Steelers turn to their next need after getting their inside linebacker and wide receiver earlier. Layne (6-2, 192 pounds) uses his size well in coverage and is a natural at making plays on the ball. He could be the successor for Joe Haden in 2020.84. Kansas City Chiefs: Khalen Saunders, DT, Western IlliinoisSaunders (6-0, 324 pounds) has good athleticism to match his power and will be an asset helping to stuff the run as the team transitions to Steve Spagnuolo’s 4-3.85. Baltimore Ravens: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana TechThis is a pretty good value to help replace Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith. Carrying some nice pop as a pass-rusher and having been productive in that area, Ferguson will get on the field first in the NFL as a big (6-5, 269 pounds), natural run-stopper on the edge.86. Houston Texans: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego StateWarring (6-5, 252 pounds) falls in line with the other Day 2 tight ends because he’s a fast, athletic receiver with massive upside. Bill O’Brien can also tap into his developing skills as a blocker.87. New England Patriots: Damien Harris, RB, AlabamaHarris (5-10, 216 pounds) is the Patriots’ type of back — a no-nonsense power runner who also has the right dose of explosiveness. He’s the ideal complement and insurance for Sony Michel.88. Minnesota Vikings: Cody Barton, LB, UtahBarton (6-2, 237 pounds) will be a good three-position backup for the Seahawks with a shot to start on weak side in time, but with a chance to be a special teams demon early.89. Indianapolis Colts: Bobby Okereke, LB, StanfordThe Colts already have Darius Leonard and Anthony Walker as stud young starts, so Okereke (6-1, 239 pounds) can help more as a situational coverage linebacker.90. Dallas Cowboys: Connor McGovern, OG, Penn StateMcGovern (6-5, 308 pounds) is a solid run blocker who has many pass-protection issues to correct to be trusted as a starter. He projects as a valuable interior swing backup.91. Los Angeles Chargers: Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux FallsPipkins (6-6, 309 pounds) has a shot at starting right away at right tackle to help Melvin Gordon and Philip Rivers. His athleticism and quick feet can get him on the field while he refines his technique.92. New York Jets: Chuma Edoga, OT, USCEdoga (6-3, 308 pounds) is athletic, but he’s a natural run-blocker who needs a lot of work to hold up as a pass protector. He will be tabbed for right tackle.93. Baltimore Ravens: Miles Boykin, WR, Notre DameAfter getting smaller, quicker Marquise Brown to help Lamar Jackson, the Ravens complement him with the bigger, faster Boykin (6-4, 220 pounds) Watch for Boykin putting it all together to look the part of a true No. 1 wideout.94. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jamel Dean, CB, AuburnDean (6-1, 206 pounds) helps continue the mission of getting more size and coverage versatility for Todd Bowles’ remixed secondary.95. New York Giants: Oshane Ximines, DE, Old DominionXimines (6-3, 253 pounds) is a quick and powerful pass-rusher who will be used more situationally at first until he rounds into a complete player who isn’t a liability against the run.96. Buffalo Bills: Dawson Knox, TE, Ole MissKnox (6-4, 254 pounds) is a strong inline run-blocker with the toughness to develop into a reliable, workman-like intermediate receiver, much like free-agent addition Tyler Kroft.97. Los Angeles Rams: Bobby Evans, OT, OklahomaEvans (6-4, 312 pounds) is a strong, mean and powerful blocker built best for right tackle. He’ll back up Rob Havenstein early and could have a chance to take over there should Havenstein succeed Andrew Whitworth on the left side in 2020.98. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quincy Williams, S, Murray StateWilliams (5-11, 225 pounds), the brother of Jets first-round defensive tackle Quinnen, is a versatile safety prospect who will serve as a backup as develops his all-around game better.99. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Edwards, S, KentuckyEdwards (5-10, 205 pounds) gives Todd Bowles even more secondary depth as a swing backup to Justin Evans and free-agent addition Kentrell Brice.100. Carolina Panthers: Will Grier, QB, West VirginiaThe Panthers go with the Charlotte-area native as their new higher-upside backup and contingency plan for Cam Newton. Grier (6-2, 217 pounds) is an aggressive downfield passer but there’s much to work on with his short-to-deep accuracy, mechanics and release to be considered starting material.101. New England Patriots: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia Cajuste plays with good power and length at 6-5, 315 pounds and is the best pure edge-run-blocker in the class. He needs to become a smoother pass-protector in order to be trusted on the left side. He is for now a right tackle contingency for 30-year-old Marcus Cannon.102. Minnesota Vikings: Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise StateMattison (5-11, 221 pounds) has a good blend of quickness, power and receiving ability to take over as Dalvin Cook’s backup, replacing free-agent departure Latavius Murray. The Cards are keeping Patrick Peterson and now have someone they can mold like him. Murphy is a smooth, fluid cover man. What he gives up in size and press potential (5-11, 190 pounds) he makes up for in speed, aggressiveness and ballhawking skills.The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is in the books, but that’s only one small chapter to the story. There’s plenty more to be written on Day 2, as the teams will make their second- and third-round picks Friday night.SN’s NFL DRAFT HQ:Day 2 winners & losers | Live pick tracker | Best availablelast_img read more

Baždarević: We are going to Greece for Victory

first_imgCoach of the national team of BiH Mehmed Baždarević spoke about the upcoming match with Greece.When asked whether there is anxiety in the BiH camp, Baždarević said:“To be honest, there is both anxiety and relaxation. I am doing everything I can to ensure that we work well and be peaceful because I know that we will need both peace and anxiety on Sunday night in Greece.”Baždarević said that he watched the preparatory match of Greece last night.“Last night’s match of Greece cannot give us much information because only two or three players who will play on Sunday played last night. We know that we will face a good and determined team. We are ready, and the national team is enthusiastic.”Baždarević added that the aim is to achieve a good result.“The aim is to come back with a good result and I hope we will achieve it. Kolašinac had stomach flu and we separated him from the team so that other players would not get ill as well, but he worked hard with his club. We certainly have the same quality as Greece and with the right attitude towards the match a good result can be achieved,” said Baždarević.(Source: read more

BMW to skip Paris Motor Show; might produce new electric cars

first_imgBMW’s management board is skipping the Paris Motor Show to hold talks aimed at breaking a deadlock over whether to produce new electric cars, including a battery-powered Mini, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.Spurred on by the success of US rival Tesla, which has received almost 400,000 pre-orders for its Model 3 car, German carmakers Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen have accelerated their own electric car program.ALSO READ:BMW to recall over 156K X3, X4 models over defects in child seatsVW, for example, has said it plans to launch more than 30 electric vehicles over the next decade, forecasting they would account for about a quarter of group deliveries by 2025.Executives across the industry predict electric cars will increasingly gain mainstream acceptance among customers thanks to advances that make batteries get cheaper and more powerful and the VW emissions scandal, which has sparked a regulatory backlash against diesel-engine vehicles.But BMW has been torn about whether to accelerate development of new electric cars, given its expensive early investments into the area which resulted in only lacklustre sales of its i3, which saw only 25,000 deliveries last year.ALSO READ:BMW i3 sales rise after government’s push to subsidize electric carsNorbert Reithofer championed the i3 project while chief executive of the Munich-based carmaker and, in his new role as chairman, is keeping up pressure on new CEO Harald Krueger and BMW management to expand the company’s electric program.But some other senior executives are unwilling to plough more resources into electric cars until i3 sales improve and there is a clearer business case for such investment, according to one of the four sources, who declined to be named because of the confidential nature of the discussions.advertisementMost of BMW’s eight-strong management board – including the CEO and chief financial officer – traditionally attend the closed-door press and executive days of the biennial Paris Motor Show for one of the biggest industry gatherings of the calendar.ALSO READ:BMW to build electric car battery factory in ThailandBut this year only Ian Robertson, board member for sales and marketing, will be at the show, while the rest will instead attend a company strategy meeting at the end of September, according to the sources.Board members will attempt to reach agreement on the carmaker’s electric car strategy, including whether to build an electric Mini, said the sources.BMW declined to comment.ALSO READ:BMW launches 520d M Sport in India; priced at Rs 54 lakhBMW’s car division has delivered a return on sales above 8 per cent for 25 quarters in a row, a track record that the new management does not want to blemish, even as heavy investments into ride-hailing services loom.”How does the company expand into the loss-making segment of electric cars and retain its industry-leading profitability. That’s essentially the question facing management now,” said another of the sources.The carmaker recently revamped the i3 by giving it a new battery with greater range, a step which has given a boost to sales.ALSO READ: BMW Motorrad commence G310R motorcycle production in Indialast_img read more