Tesla, Echo Automotive, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubshi.
Tesla in Japan: Elon Musk personally handed over the first nine Model S to Japanese customers. While the company operated a Tesla store as well as two service centres in the country before, only now deliveries have started. Also, Tesla already has two Supercharger locations operational with more to be coming soon.
Echo Automotive silent: The plug-in hybrid kit maker is bankrupt as it finds itself unable to repay outstanding debts. Echo Automotive only recently took over Bright Automotive but failed to finish the latter’s development of a light-weight plug-in hybrid van.
Made in Japan: When asked in an recent interview, Kenichiro Yomura, president of Nissan’s India Operations, denied that Nissan is planning to set up an EV facility in Bhutan anytime soon. However, Nissan has an agreement with the South-Asian kingdom to deploy Leaf taxis to be used in the capital Thimpu (we reported).
autocarpro.in (interview) via indianautosblog.com
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Renault Zoe making an entry: A spy shot of a different sort has appeared on the web showing a trailer full of the French electric car in Malaysia. It is most likely that these are of the 40 EVs destined for the new Comos carsharing programme in Klang Valley (we reported).
Long-term test: CarAdvice has been testing the Mitsubshi Outlander PHEV since its launch in March and now published the first report. While the actual technology is “mind-boggling,” the Outlander does not look nor feel like “a science experiment” to editor Matt Campbell.
caradvice.com.au (with video)