Local Motors, EU, e-Go, Alta Motors, Chevy Volt, Optare.
Strati launch in 2015: This EV comprises only 50 parts and is printed using a 3D printer – and it’ll be on sale next year. Local Motors is currently seeking a license from US authorities to make it legal for use on public roads. Prices are slated to be around 18,000 US dollars (approx. 14,000 euros).
Tougher CO2 targets for cars: According to German business magazine “WirtschaftsWoche”, the EU is planning to further reduce CO2 thresholds for vehicles. Carmakers would need to cut their vehicles’ carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 75 grams per kilometer by 2030.
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Carbon-fiber EV gets US launch: US-based 2050 Motors will soon start importing the lightweight electric vehicle e-Go. The EV is built by a subsidiary of Dongfeng in China and will feature two drive versions and four sizes of battery packs offering a reported range of 200 miles (320 kilometers).
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BRD rebrands as Alta Motors: Californian startup BRD Motorcycles took us by surprise by recently changing its name into Alta Motors. The company has just displayed its RedShift MX and the street-legal RedShift SM electric motorcross bikes at the AIMExpo.
Volt prototype spied: Several shots of the new Chevy Volt are doing the rounds on the internet. While still heavily camouflaged, we won’t have to wait long until its unveiling. The new edition of the Volt will get its world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2015.
Optare buses for India: From 2015 Optare buses will hit the roads in India – and they’ll also be produced there. The Indian firm Ashok Leyland owns a majority stake in Optare whose electric and hybrid buses have been successful in the UK. The Solo and Versa models will be the first Indian-made models and will be on show at the Bus Expo in Delhi in January.