Wanxiang, Renault, Bentley, Mitsubishi, BMW.
Wanxiang up for competition: Lu Guanqiu, CEO of the Chinese carmaker, announced in a first interview after having bought Fisker that he plans on building electric cars in China and the USA. His ambition seems to beat Tesla. He is ready to “put every cent that Wanxiang earns into making electric vehicles.”
Kwid production version: Renault plans to bring the buggy-like Kwid into production. The compact concept car, which was presented as “Z.E. ready” at the Indian Auto Expo (we reported), is likely to be born electric.
Bentley ready for the future: The premium carmaker wants to create 140 new jobs in its facility in Crewe, UK, as it adds a line of new models. Furthermore, the British brand confirmed plans to offer 90% of all models as plug-in hybrids by the end of this decade.
U.S. launch delayed: The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will only become available in the States at the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016. The delay is caused by a new California regulation that requires hybrids to come with a battery monitoring system to alert the driver of possible degradation. The Japanese company is working on it.
A similar faith suffers the BMW i3 REX in the USA. Here, the range-extended EVs are sitting at the docks ready for delivery. However, before reaching their owners, the EPA will have to define the rated gas mileage which apparently is taking some time.
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