Japanese H2 efforts: Honda and Toyota both aim for an annual production of 1,000 fuel cell vehicles by 2015. Honda’s sedan is expected to travel 500 kilometres on one tank and will cost less than ten million yen (96,890 dollars) in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. Toyota plans similarly but wants to scale up production considerably comes 2020.
Audi parades R18 e-tron in Le Mans: The new hybrid race car of the German carmaker has made its entry on the streets of the French city. Tom Christensen drove the R18 e-tron about six miles from the cathedral to the race track. The 2014 R18’s diesel engine is enlarged to 4 litres, 300 ccm more than last season.
Nissan recall: The American NHTSA and the Japanese carmaker are recalling more than one million vehicles mostly in North America, due to a software problem concerning the airbag. Among the affected cars are the Nissan Leaf, Pathfinder and some Infiniti from the model years 2013/14.
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Millions for mobility: The Mobility Fund is a foundation by Toyota designed to support initiatives that address mobility issues worldwide. Programmes by non-profit organizations and research institutions can expect grants totalling 3 to 4.5 billion yen (29 to 39m dollar) annually. The Mobility Fund will be registered in Japan by August this year.
New electric bus: Greenpower Motor Company from Canada will present its lightweight EV350 with Siemens components at the end of April. The electric bus is said to have a range of 250 kilometres per charge. Greenpower has appointed StarPoint as one of its U.S. distributors.