E-Mobility Index: Roland Berger consultancy has published its ‘E-Mobility Index’ for the first quarter of 2014. It places Japan as the leading nation in EV production and private ownership. However, the report sees America as possibly becoming the biggest local cell manufacturer if Tesla’s Gigafactory goes ahead. The index compares seven leading automotive nations in terms of technology, industry and market development. Apparently, the race is still on as McKinsey’s Electric Vehicle Index put Germany on top of Japan (we reported).
rolandberger.com, fka.de (download the index)
Geely acquires Emerald: The Chinese Geely Group, owner of brands such as Volvo and the the London Taxi Company, has bought the British EV startup Emerald Automotive. The purpose of the acquisition was to promote its ability to develop next-generation electric taxis, Geely says.
Lexus Sportcoupé RC: The Japanese carmaker will debut its latest sportscar in Geneva. A hybrid version of the RC coupe named RC 300h comes with the hybrid drivetrain of the IS 300h and is also expected to have its premier at the show this week.
VW Mini-SUV concept: Volkswagen will introduce the 4WD T-ROC SUV concept in Geneva. The diesel-powered T-ROC concept is based on VW’s modular platform (MQB), hence it is likely to come with electric drive options should it ever go into production.
Prius Plug-In cheaper: The 2014 version of Toyota’s PHEV is now up to 11.7% cheaper in the U.S. depending on the variant. Despite the fact that the Prius plug-in ranked among the top four of all electric cars sold in the U.S. in 2013, Toyota still chooses to sell it in only 15 states.