E-mobility bill: Yesterday, the German cabinet backed the draft of the e-mobility bill (“Elektromobilitätsgesetz” or “EmoG”). It will allow municipalities to privilege electric cars, fuel cell vehicles and plug-in hybrids by granting free parking and the right to use bus lanes. Furthermore, EVs will receive their own label. Monetary buying incentives however, are not part of the deal. If the German parliament and the European Commission agree, the EmoG will come into force by February next year.
bloomberg.com, dw.de, bundesregierung.de (in German)
Q80 Inspiration: Infiniti released an appetising teaser image of its Q80 Inspiration concept which will be presented at the Paris Motor Show. The four-door fastback’s lines speak of aerodynamics and the company announced a hybrid version but did not get any more specific.
Every 10th Panamera is a hybrid: Worldwide 1,500 Porsche Panamera Hybrid have been sold in 2014. Sales of the plug-in Porsche thus account for almost 10% of all Panamera sales (16,000) this year.
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Build your own BMW i8: In the USA, the configurator for the hybrid super sports car has gone live. Consumers can now play about with four trim, colour and wheel options. Start dreaming at a base price of 135,700 dollars.
bmwusa.com (configurator) via autoblog.com
Tesla’s Model S is the strongest competitor of Nissan’s Leaf, at least in Northern Europe. In Norway, the luxury EV sold 3,431 units this year, while the three times cheaper Leaf was bought 3,378 times. Also in the rest of Scandinavia and Germany, sales of these two very different models are close together.
Redundancies at Saab: The Chinese owner NEVS will lay off about 200 employees in Sweden. That is one third of the staff. The production at the plant in Trollhättan came to an halt in May and NEVS was awarded creditor protection in August.
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