Norway loves Tesla: For the second time, the Model S has become Norway’s bestselling car, accounting for 10.8% of all car sales last month! Tesla sold 1,493 units here in March, even more than in the U.S. in the same month (estimated 1,300).
insideevs.com (Norway), hybridcars.com (USA)
Passat spy shots: 2015 will see the new generation of Volkswagen’s classic hitting the market also as plug-in hybrid (we reported). Now, new spy shots of the Passat have emerged but they don’t really tell much with all that camouflage applied.
motorvision.de (in German)
Tax break for EVs in China? The Chinese government might exempt electric cars from the 10% vehicle purchase tax. More details will follow soon.
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Price-gouging: Some BMW dealers in the U.S. are apparently trying to take advantage of the high demand for the i3. While the electric car is not yet fully available or only after a long wait, dealers are asking higher prices or include optional extras as “standard.”
E-Motorcycle from Austria: Johann Hammerschmid is the inventor of the Johammer. His rather interestingly looking electric motorcycle has a 12.7 kWh battery getting its energy from 1,200 Panasonic cells. The first seven units have now been build and sold for 25,000 euros (34.500 dollars). For the start, 50 Johammer will be build a year while 300 would be necessary to make a profit.
nachrichten.at (in German)
In English, please: On Tuesday, we reported about the German ZSW study currently counting 405,000 EVs worldwide. Now, the story has made it into English-speaking media, so if you want to catch up on all details, just click below.
greencarcongress.com, green.autoblog.com, greencarreports.com