Daimler to drive hybridisation: From 2017, the Mercedes GLA will be build on a new platform on which the compact SUV will also be offered as plug-in hybrid. Furthermore, AMG CEO Tobias Moers has hinted that Mercedes sports car subsidiary will become more hybrid in the future.
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Super small EV from China: Dongfeng has rolled out production of its electric micro car Aeolus E30. Its top speed is limited to 80 kph, like on other micro EVs as the Renault Twizy, but the Aeolus is said to reach a range of 160 kilometres. Furthermore, the company has announced a stretched version called Aeolus E30L.
Acura recall: Honda’s luxury division is asking all 2013 and 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid sedans into the workshop due a problem with the headlamps, which under certain conditions will overheat to the point of smoke. They will be replaced free of charge.
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China biggest e-bike market: Almost 37 million e-bikes were sold last year in China, an increase of 5.4 percent compared to 2012. That makes it a total of 181 million e-bikes on Chinese streets. Moreover, China delivered 71,387 e-bikes to the States in 2013 while this year’s exports to the U.S. already stand at 41,765 units.
The Tesla of motorcycles is what Hannah Elliot calls the Zero SR Streetfighter in her review of the electric motorcycle. She has been riding the sport bike for two weeks in New York City and often felt like “in a futuristic video game” as the bike not only rides well but integrates seamlessly with iOS and Android systems.
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