Geely plug-in concept: The Volvo owner is looking at electrifying its own models too and presented the Emgrand Cross Concept PHEV in Beijing. The car is destined to hit its domestic market by 2015 and has a said electric range of 31 miles.
Passat gets a new look: Spy shots of the next generation VW Passat have emerged. The pictures show the Chinese version called Magotan, which is identical to the European version except for the longer wheelbase. Based on VW’s MQB platform, it will almost certainly be offered as plug-in hybrid by 2015.
Better safe than sorry: To minimise any delay caused by last-minute issues for its Gigafactory battery plant, Tesla will move forward its planning considering at least two different states. Tesla is currently assessing sites in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. California is not an option due to timing requirements of regulatory matters.
bloomberg.com via green.autoblog.com
A taste of luxury: Cadillac has started a series of test drive events to get people into the new ELR. The ‘ELR Mobile Experience’ is currently travelling through California, stopping at busy districts and festivals in L.A. and the San Francisco Bay Area.
How sexy is the BMW i8? Wondered John Voelcker and colleagues. So they took the Bavarian plug-in hybrid for a spin in L.A. where it “drew crowds” while its wingdoors when opened inspired numerous selfies. Inspiring enough?!
Salary slash: Tesla paid its CEO Elon Musk 69,989 dollars in 2013. Compared to 2012 where he made almost 80 million, this seems to be a rather radical cut. Yet, a thorough look reveals Musk as Tesla’s biggest shareholder, not to speak of his numerous other sources of income and ventures.