Mar 6, 2014

Hyundai, Tesla, BMW, Honda, Mitsubishi.

A range of 600 kilometres is what Hyundai promises with its Intrado. The concept crossover is powered by a fuel cell and a buffer battery pack with a power output of 36 kW. Unfortunately, details about the performance of the electric motor have not been released yet. Like with BMW’s i3 and i8, Hyundai chose carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), cutting the cars weight and enhancing range.

Details about Tesla Model E: Elon Musk gave new details about Tesla’s 35,000 dollars model – which will probably be called Model E. According to Musk the car will be 20% smaller than the Model S. Moreover, he said that the battery will have a capacity good for about 200 miles of range.

i3 buyers need to be patient: BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said in Geneva that potential drivers will have to wait as long as 6 months to get their cars. Some 11,000 orders have already been placed and the production facility in Leipzig currently completes 70 units per day. (in German)

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European premiere for H2 Honda: Following the world premiere in the USA, Honda is presenting its latest fuel cell concept in Geneva. The fuel cell of the futuristic FCEV has a power density of 3 kWh per litre and is capable of 100 kW. The concept shows what we might expect from Honda’s new production fuel cell vehicle, which will be available in Japan and the U.S. next year.

Mitsubishi concepts: Three of Mitsubishi‘s studies are also celebrating their European debut- the Concept AR, the GC-PHEV SUV and the XR-PHEV. The latter is equipped with rooftop solar panels and has a range of 85 kilometres in electric mode. The Concept AR is a SUV/MPV model featuring a 48-V mild hybrid system with li-ion battery.,

Hyundai names its price: The 2014 Sonata Hybrid will start at 26,000 dollars in the USA, the Sonata Hybrid Limited at 30,750 dollars. The vehicle features a 35 kW electric motor powered by a 47 kW lithium-polymer battery pack.,