Tesla updates: All Roadster versions finally benefit from the latest battery upgrade as Tesla expands it to include early Roadster 1.5 models. Elon Musk also clarified that production in China would only happen a year after the introduction of the Model 3, if at all. The same goes for Europe, but domestic production would still remain, the Tesla CEO assured.
insideevs.com (Roadster), teslarati.com (production)
Electric Honda sports car: Based on the Pikes Peak CR-Z, the Japanese carmaker plans to introduce an all-electric racer for the road. A prototype boasts a motor in each wheel, which can also all be steered individually, and a 16kwh lithium-ion battery. The targeted range is 250 miles at a desired power output of 350 hp. No date has been given for production yet.
Honda revealed details of its Acura NSX Hybrid: Three electric motors and a 3.5-liter V6 deliver a total power output of 573 hp. While the “Quiet” mode enables electric driving at lower speeds, the system can get up to speeds of 191 mph. The latter is best reached in “Track” mode, optimised for circuit driving.
automobiliemag.com, carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com
Indian super hybrid update: Mean Metal Motors’ initial plans for the M-Zero sports car take shape. Carbo-flax has been named as the material of choice and is said to be lighter than carbon fibre. With a system output of at least 500 hp, the lightweight plug-in hybrid aims at a top speed of 200 mph. A close-to-production concept is scheduled for the Paris Motor Show 2016.
Shockwave Motors progresses with the Defiant EV, too. The electric three-wheeler that looks like a 1930 Batmobil is ready to go into production next year. Those that pay extra on top of the 24,950-dollars base price can get a bigger battery for a range of 175 miles at a top speed of 70 mph.
gizmag.com (with video)
Bentley spy shots: A long-wheelbased Bentley Mulsanne has been spotted. Its introduction will fall together with an update of Bentley’s Mulsanne range, which will then most likely also include a plug-in hybrid model. After all, the brand belongs to VW and plans a PHEV version of the Bentayga, too.
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