All electric Caddy on the way: Cadillac’s new CEO Johan de Nysschen confirmed that a successor to the ELR is being developed and that a plug-in hybrid version of the new CT6 sedan will be offered in late 2015. He also said that a pure electric car is part of the plan to expand Cadillac’s model range.
Details on Tesla’s big D: The new Model S P85D with dual motor setup will put out a whopping 508 kW and 931 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, while top speed sits at 155 mph. The D package costs an additional $14,600 for the P85 version, the “Tech Package with Autopilot” adds another $4,250. First deliveries of the P85D will start in December.
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Volkswagen extends China JV: Volkswagen Group and its Chinese joint venture partner FAW are extending their current partnership for another 25 years, until 2041. In addition, VW and its second Chinese JV partner SAIC will be investing 100 million euros (126 million dollars) in a new proving ground in the Xinjiang region to test models from Shanghai Volkswagen
Delhi announces subsidies: To boost sales of EVs, the Delhi government has decided to provide the buyers of electric scooters and cars a 15 percent subsidy off the retail price. Customers will also benefit from a value-added tax (VAT) exemption and a 50 percent reduced road tax when buying EVs in Delhi.
DoE revives loan scheme: The U.S. Department of Energy plans to bring back its $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) programme and expects to soon grant its first loans since late 2011. This time, the focus will be on suppliers, as well as lightweight vehicle technology.
Toyota Prius+ makeover: The seven-seated Prius+ hybrid for the European market is getting its first facelift by the end of 2014 with a revised exterior as well as interior changes and more equipment. Prices are still to be announced.