Audi, StreetScooter, Vauxhall, Mando Footloose, Japan.
Audi energy: Since Germany has a liberalised energy market, Audi in cooperation with LichtBlick SE can offer every buyer of its A3 e-tron a clean electricity package. The electricity comes solely from hydro-electric power stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the package not only includes the plug-in hybrid’s energy needs but also the supply of the owners homes.
StreetScooter launch: The electric delivery van by the German university RWTH Aachen will be industrialised in the third quarter of 2013. The first utility vehicle called Work will be exclusively distributed by Spijkstaal Elektro B.V. in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Germany, StreetScooter vehicles are currently used by Deutsche Post for deliveries for which they were initially developed for.
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Low price Ampera: Vauxhall dealer Pentagon is offering GM’s electric car with range extender from 22,995 pounds (38,200 dollars). That is 10,000 pounds less than listed but already includes the 5,000 grant from the UK government. Interestingly, this puts the plug-in Ampera in the price range of the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion starting at 21,270 pounds (35,300 dollars).
E-bike for traveller: The chainless e-bike Mando Footloose by Haller Meister made its retail debut at consumer electronics shop Capi at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. The retailer wants to support sales with large-scale promotions. Luckily, home delivery will be available as e-bikes are not allowed on planes due to li-ion battery regulations.
Sales in Japan: Here are the numbers for the electric and hybrid vehicle sales in Japan of the year 2013: Toyota again came in first with sales of 1,280,235 units, accounting for about 83% of Japan’s hybrid and EV market. Honda on the other hand reported a decline on sales of 19%, whereas Mitsubishi was able to kick-off its Outlander plug-in with 20,026 units.