Plug-in Cadillac: The new CT6 Caddy will come as a plug-in hybrid version, Mark Reuss, GM’s head of product, now announced. The new model is to be produced in the U.S. and set to launch next year to take on other premium PHEVs like Mercedes’ S-class.
Early bird: Chrysler is prepared to issue its plug-in hybrid minivan (we reported) already at the end of 2015, one year ahead of schedule, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. And this is just the start as the company plans more hybrid vehicles, among them a crossover.
Boulder down: The start-up that wanted to build electric trucks has run out of power and closed its plant in Colorado. However, management has not filed for bankruptcy as Boulder Electric Vehicles is determined to continue servicing its trucks but refused to say how many are out there.
Subsidies a success: Croatia is to continue its EV scheme next year as it has proven pretty effective. In 2014, 440 electric cars were bought through the 2-million-euro programme while 2013 saw only 13 EV sales made.
Tesla will work with Orange’s business division to offer Model S drivers full connectivity in France. The network operator is to provide wireless internet to secure in-car software updates, interactive navigation and online entertainment services.
Buy back guarantee: British Tesla buyers now get a ‘Resale Value Guarantee’ when purchasing their Model S via Alphera Financial Services. The EV maker thus promises to buy back the electric sedan for 50% of the base price of the 60 kWh Model S during the 37th month of the hire. Options (like the 85 kWh battery) will be taken into account with 43%.
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