Evonik bows out: Daimler will take over all of Evonik’s shares held in the two joint ventures Li-Tec Battery GmbH (50.1%) and Deutsche ACCUmotive (10%). This makes Daimler the sole owner of the companies, set up back in 2008. The sales price has been kept secret.
greencarcongress.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, bloomberg.com
New Subaru SUV plug-in? Based on insider information, “Motor Trend” reports that the Viziv-2 concept shown in Geneva will go into series production. The plan is for the SUV plug-in diesel hybrid to replace the Tribeca.
Outlander PHEV on sale in the UK: The plug-in hybrid will be available starting at 28,249 pounds (46,988 dollars), after a 5,000 pound (8,316 USD) governmental rebate. Meaning it costs exactly the same as Mitsubishi’s automatic Outlander GX3 diesel.
Renault rents battery for less: Monthly rates for batteries for the Twizy and Zoe have been cut significantly in Germany. For the Twizy, battery pricing now starts at 30 euros (41 dollars) per month, compared to 50 euros (69 dollars) before. The rental for the Zoe battery has been dropped from 79 (109 dollars) euros to 49 euros (68 dollars) per month. That the Zoe will be sold with the battery included, however, will remain a unique deal only available to customers in Norway (we reported).
renault-presse.de (in German), transportevolved.com (Norway)
Not very patriotic: Detroit Electric’s E-Roadster SP:01 will not build in Detroit and not in Plymouth, as announced earlier. Instead, production will kick off in the Netherlands later this year. If Detroit Electric manages to sell 999 units, it also plans an electric Limousine.