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Mondeo roll out: Ford has started production of its Mondeo Hybrid in its plant in Spanish Valencia. The Mondeo is the first hybrid model Ford builds in Europe and will start selling there later this year. Prices start at 34,950 euros (43,700 USD).

Coda successor: The real (and more or less only) difference between the Coda and the Mullen 700e on display at the LA Auto Show is in the power packs. Still from Lishen, the new batteries come with up to 50 kWh and are said to last for more than 200 miles. If the Mullen 700e will make it into market its price is announced to be on the same level as before: around 40,000 dollars.

Formula E stakes for sale? According to El Confidential, Alejandro Agag, CEO of the Formula E, is willing to sell its stake in the electric racing series. One of the potential investors is F1 majority shareholder CVC Capital Partners. (in Spanish) via

FCV for Canada: Hyundai will offer its Tucson FCEV with a three-year lease in British Columbia. B.C. is one of the few areas in Canada that have hydrogen fuelling stations which date back to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Spy shots of Audi A4: The new Audi A4 has surfaced on the internet, although heavily camouflaged. The new A4 will most likely debut at the IAA 2015 and is believed to be offered as a plug-in hybrid, too.,

FCV experience: Eric Rogell took a seat in the future, or better Toyota’s Mirai FCV which he sees as “the love child of a Camry and a Prius.” The Passat HyMotion prototype was driven by John Voelcker who finds that the Germans actually did a better job than their Japanese counterpart suppressing the “various noises from compressors and cooling pumps”. (Mirai), (HyMotion)

Number of the Day

Renault-Nissan Alliance hits another milestone.

Renault-Nissan sold its 200,000th EV this month. The Nissan Leaf remains the best-selling EV and has already convinced nearly 150,000 buyers to go electric. From January to November, Nissan-Renault sold a total of 66,500 EVs, 20 percent more than in the same period last year, the corporation said.,

Research + Technology

SkySMART, Toyota, Elbit Systems, Battery aging.

Pedal-powered transit: Shweeb Can is turning to the crowds to seek funding for its ‘SkySMART’ system. This pedal-powered monorail transit system once won a million dollars from Google. The new version now comes with solar powered electric assist., (campaign)

Toyota to restructure R&D: By 2016, Toyota Technical Development Corporation (TTDC) will integrate its R&D section into the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). The reorganization will enable TMC to streamline a comprehensive vehicle-development structure for the enhancement of its efforts, such as Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).,

Supercap charging for e-buses: Israeli Elbit Systems will present a fast charging system based on supercapacitators in December. Designed for electric buses, the supercap terminals are said to be able to charge up to 60 buses per hour with enough energy for a full tour of about ten kilometres.

EV battery aging: The Austrian automobile club ÖAMTC together with the Vienna University of Technology tested a Mitsubishi i-MiEV over three years. They found that after 40,000 kilometres driven, battery capacity descreased by 17 percent, which translates into a loss of about 20 km of range. (in German)

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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the BMW 530Le plug-in hybrid, which BMW revealed at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

Quotes of the day

Wolfgang Hatz, Jacob Harb, Jürgen Köhler.

Wolfgang-Hatz“In the short term I don’t see an all-electric Panamera.”

Porsche’s head of R&D, Wolfgang Hatz, might not see an EV soon as the company concentrates on plug-in hybrids for now. However, Hatz went on saying that with advances in battery technology, the company will be well “prepared” to go all-electric.

Jacob-Harb“We are now confident enough that in 2015 we will have the right infrastructure for DC fast charging, so it makes (sense) to include it standard in the MY 2015.”

Jacob Harb, Department Head BMW i USA, on upcoming upgrades for BMW’s EV in the States where the i3 has been test driven 8,000 times already.

_Juergen-Koehler“SGL is in talks with many manufacturers.”

Jürgen Köhler, head of SGL, sees a rise in demand for carbon fibre parts. He mentioned interest by VW, in particular Audi and Lamborghini, as well as GM.

Fleets + Infrastructure

Pod Point, Hydrogen contest, Princeton Power, Egomap, Tesla, Québec.

Crowdfunded EV charging: British Pod Point is looking for 1.2 million pounds (1.8m USD) on Seedrs to expand its EV charging network across the UK. The company currently operates 1,300 charging points on the Isle and a total of 17,000 internationally., (campaign)

H2 charging contest: The Hydrogen Education Foundation is asking student teams to hand in business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations for its 11th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest. Finalists will get the chance to pitch their plans to investors.

New V2X charger: Princeton Power Systems has introduced its new CHAdeMO-compliant fast charging stations CA-15 and CA-30 which come with 15 kW and 30 kW respectively. They enable bi-directional discharging capabilities for Vehicle-to-Grid or Vehicle-to-Building operations.

EV sat-nav: Northern Ireland’s South West College and Action Renewables have launched the egomap system. The online journey planner for EV drivers in Northern Ireland and Ireland outlines the most efficient route while taking charging points and charge time into account., (EV journey planner)

Time to recharge: Tesla has teamed up with Canadian Le Germain and Alt Hotels to install 20 so-called Destination Chargers. Also in the program is Shangri-La’s Sanya Resort & Spa in Chinese Hainan Province, where it has installed three Tesla charge spots. (Canada), (China)

Electric car sharing in Québec? Apparently, car2go plans to expand its service to Canadian city of Québec, a local website reports. About 40 electric Smart ED could soon become available to rent.

Service + Suggestions

Range extender forecast, BMW i3 design.

Study tip: A new report by IDTechEx expects the market for range extenders to grow over the next ten years to become worth 125 billion dollars in 2025. According to the “Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles 2015-2025” study, by 2025 more than 8 million vehicles will have an REx. (report) via

Video tip: Benoit Jacob, head of design BMWi, talks about the chassis of the i3 and how he tried to transport “competence” and “trust” while suggesting the light-weight of the material.

Short circuit

Twizy shopping.

Lotus F1 race drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado exchanged their F1 cars for two Renault Twizy which they took for a spin in the Dubai Mall. They were literally all over the place, including the aquarium and the indoor ice rink.