Toyota, Tesla, Henrik Fisker, Porsche, Formula E.
Toyota sells Tesla shares: Following Daimler’s announcement that it sold its stakes (we reported), the Japanese carmaker cashes in on its Tesla shares. It is unclear whether Toyota sold all of its shares, leaving Panasonic as the only major corporate investor, or if it simply took advantage of recently high share prices. Also, Toyota now sold its factory in Freemont, California, to Tesla, which will become the assembly site for the Model X.
New Fisker models in LA? Not Fisker, the carmaker that was taken over by Chinese Waxiang Group, but Henrik Fisker, the man who gave the company its name, wants to present two new models at the LA Auto Show. One project is dubbed the “Ultimate American Muscle Car,” indicating it will be very different from the Karma extended-range electric sedan.
Driving the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid: Autocar and Telegraph got to take the petrol-electric SUV for a spin. The latter was not too keen on the model, giving it three out of five stars, also because of its high price. Funny enough, Autocar argues the opposite, saying the Porsche is a better deal than other hybrids in its class.
Formula E gives boost: Four weeks ahead of the second ePrix race in Putrajaya, Malaysia, FIA’s re-opens its “FanBoost.” Fans can vote for their favourite driver and the top three will get a five second boost during the race, increasing power from 150 to 180 kW. This time, voting is available in Chinese and Japanese.