Audi, Hyundai/Kia, Rimac, McLaren, BYD, Ryno.
Audi plans electric attack: The German carmaker is aiming to go head-to-head with Tesla with the launch of the all-electric Q8 in 2017. Internally known as Tesla-fighter, the Audi Q8 e-tron’s super batteries are said to give it a range of up to 700 km (about 430 mi). Furthermore, Audi plans to introduce PHEV versions of the A4, A6, A7, A8 as well as Q5, Q6, Q7 with a range of 65 km (40 mi) by 2016.
autobild.de (In German), ecomento.com
Plug-in hybrids for Korea: Hyundai will release PHEV versions of its Sonata LF and Kia K5 (known as Optima in Europe) next year. These will be the first Hyundai plug-in hybrids for its domestic market. The all-electric Kia Soul EV is set to launch later this year.
All-electric super car: The Concept One by Rimac has turned many heads since its first appearance at the German IAA in 2011. CNN takes a closer look at the Croatian company and talked to its founder and designer Mate Rimac. Meanwhile Rimac is working on another head-turner: the Greyp electric bike.
P1 on-track review: McLaren’s introduced its P1 hybrid in Bahrain where Steve Sutcliffe of ‘Autocar’ tested the racer in its “natural environment” – on a race track. Fans have to let go of all hopes though, as all 375 pieces are sold and will not be reissued, according to McLaren.
autocar.co.uk (Video review), technologicvehicles.com, automobilwoche.de (In German)
BYD dynasties: The Chinese car maker has now secured rights for another twelve names of Chinese emperors. Following the Qin, the Tang is scheduled for next year. If all the remaining eleven dynasties will inspire new hybrid cars is yet open to speculation.
Super Segway: The Ryno one-wheeled electric motorbike looks as if it is straight from the future. It operates like a segway with the rider leaning forward to speed up and vice versa. While the Ryno is street-legal, it only goes as fast as 10 mph with a range of ten miles. We still think it looks like great fun!