BMW, Audi, Hero Cycles/MIFA, Formula E, Hyundai.
BMW i5 to come? The Car and Driver website is trying to guess which model BMW might electrify next. To support the speculation they published a rendering of what the i5 could look like. The price is imagined to be competitive to the Tesla Model S base version’s.
Audi’s short-term strategy: In an interview with ‘auto motor und sport,’ Audi’s chief developer Ulrich Hackenberg said that Li-ion is the battery technology of choice for the company’s plug-ins for now. While wireless charging is certain to come by 2017, Hackenberg left open if it would be used for a hybrid or all-electric model first.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
No Indian take-over: Rumour has it that Hero Cycles is about to take over the German Mitteldeutsche Fahrradwerke (MIFA) as the Indian company plans to invest 15 million euros (20.6m dollars). A MIFA spokesperson said that the investment would not make Hero a majority shareholder. Hero however replied that a final decision on how many shares the money would buy has yet to be made.
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50 million for electric race series: Formula E Holdings has successfully concluded its first “lap” of financing, collecting 50 million dollars. The main investors are Qualcomm, Amura Capital und Causeway Media Partners with three more to be announced shortly.
Fuel cell fashion: Hyundai asked students of the London College of Fashion (LCF) to design a 2D campaign to raise awareness of fuel cells. The winners of the ‘Fashioned Fuel Cell’ will see their design printed and applied to ten ix35 cars to be used for VIP chauffeur services.
More speculation: Apparently, the Spanish i3 online configuration page contains a new battery option called “Bateria de mayor potencia.” While details about that option are not further specified it could be the first sign of BMW planning to provide its electric debutant with more range soon.