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Even more efficient than planned: The new BMW i8 has received its official figures for efficiency in accordance to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The plug-in hybrid will only use up 2.1 litres of fuel and 11.9 kWh per 100 kilometres with an all-electric range of 37 kilometres. Deliveries of the i8 in Europe will commence in June. (in German), (in German)

New battery from VW? Heinz-Jakob Neußer, head of Volkswagen’s powertrain development, said in Geneva that the carmaker is developing a new battery that would have 80 kWh but still be about the same size as given battery packs. However, he would not confirm (nor deny) assumptions that the research concerns a lithium-air battery.

Will Honda’s Vezel be called HR-V in the U.S.? The Japanese carmaker filed a trademark application for the name in the United States. In Japan, a version of the Urban SUV concept is already being sold as ‘Vezel.’ Even if the name for the American version has yet to be confirmed, Honda did say that it will be powered by a VTEC turbo engine. If the hybrid versions offered in Japan will be available in the HR-V is unknown.,

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MobiliTec – German Pavilion – Baden-Württemberg | 7 to 11 April 2014 | Hannover Messe: Electric Mobility made in Baden-Württemberg – The cluster Electric Mobility South-West connects over 80 key players from business and science within the region of Karlsruhe – Mannheim – Stuttgart – Ulm. Visit us: Hall 27, Booth H85. More cluster information >>

EV-test leaves “Car and Driver” unimpressed: The editors of the website tested six electric cars – the Smart ED, the Fiat 500E, the Nissan Leaf, the Honda Fit EV, the Ford electric and Chevy Spark – and found them too expensive and not very practical. Even the winner, the Chevy Spark, could not escape critique – 12 hours is simply too long for a full charge.

Looking back on his year with Tesla: After driving over 15,000 miles (or more than 24,000 km), this Model S driver still loves his car. What he does not love is that it sucks up energy even when parked, making it not as efficient as on paper. A basic flaw, he says, a luxury car like a Tesla should not have.


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