Audi, Toyota/BMW, Mahindra, Chevrolet, Nissan, Sevcon, Aichi.
Audi taking on electric cars? German Autobild reports, the carmaker is working on a fully electric Audi Q6 with a said range of 700 kilometres to take on Tesla by 2017. Only a year later, an all new A2Q might follow with a 500-kilometre range to be pitched against BMW’s i3. The Audi EVs will be based on VW’s modular vehicle platform (MQB) but feature an independent design. E-xciting times ahead!
autobild.de (in German)
Toyota-BMW collaboration: The two manufacturers have been developing their joint sports car for two years and slowly it is taking shape. By 2017, Toyota will offer it as the Supra plug-in hybrid with three electric drives while the BMW version will succeed the Z4, possibly as Z5, and might feature a different drive.
Mahindra e2o line to be expanded: Mahindra is adding two new variants of its electric car. The T2O is equipped with power steering is already being offered online. Furthermore, a four-door version of the e2o to provide easier access to the backseats is under development.
Volt scores while Leaf crashes poorly: The ‘small overlap frontal crash test’ of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ended with an “acceptable” rating for Chevy’s Volt. The Nissan Leaf, however, got a “poor” with risks of injury for the driver but scored a “good” rating overall.
insideevs.com, transportevolved.com, iihs.org (with Video)
Six millions for Sevcon: The EV technology firm is asking its shareholders for 6 million pounds (10m dollars). The money is to expand the business by doubling the number of engineers to 80 and to recruit more Sevcon sales personnel globally.
Up to 30,000 dollars in incentives is what buyers of Toyota’s upcoming FCV might claim in the Japanese Aichi prefecture. If plans go ahead, one third would be coming from the municipality itself, while the other 20,000 is granted by the State of Japan (we reported).