BMW, Terra Motors, Toyota, Honda, NHTSA.
Strong demand for BMW i3: Since its launch at the end of November 2013, BMW received 11,000 orders leading to waiting periods of up to six months. Curiously enough, eight of ten buyers are new to the brand or even to the idea of owning a car, sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson said. Still, BMW has no plans to expand its electric i-range just yet, nor will it produce in China in the near future.
reuters.com, ecomento.com, automobilwoche.de (Orginal german source)
All-electric super-bike: Terra has now launched its electric motorcycle ‘Kiwami’ in India. The hand-built machine costs 1,8m rupee which is about 29,000 dollars. Its electric motor delivers 13 hp and the Kiwami is said to have a range of 200 kilometres while a full charge takes about six hours.
All new Prius: The fourth generation of Toyota’s best-selling hybrid is due in about a year. It will be based on a new platform, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), with a lower centre of gravity for sportier handling. At last, the nickel-metal-hydride batteries will be replaced by batteries with lithium-ion cells.
2015 Jazz Hybrid tested: An updated version of the hybrid Honda has recently been introduced in Japan and the U.S. (where it is known as Honda Fit). In this review the new ‘Sport Hybrid i-DCD’ engine “sets the tone” with added torque and features like the sport mode or an all-electric top speed of 75 kph.
technologicvehicles.com, automobile-magazine.fr (Original source in French)
NHTSA examines Camry: The American safety watchdog might bring the hybrid Toyota Camry to an emergency stop, as 59 customers reported decreased braking power. The now opened preliminary evaluation could ultimately lead to a recall of about 30,000 Camry built in 2007/08.