Electric Toyota arrives 2015: Toyota’s joint venture Guangqi Toyota in China has founded a new car brand named Leahead. Its first model based on the Levin, which was shown at the Auto China, will be all-electric and become available in China next year. A new hybrid model will also be released next year.
Kia plug-in to come 2016: The new non-hybrid Kia Optima will be available in Germany at the end of next year and the plug-in variant will follow at the beginning of 2016. For that same year, Kia also plans a new compact model that will be available as a hybrid only.
automobilwoche.de, autozeitung.de (articles in German)
Electrified Mazdas? Motor Trend quotes insiders saying that adding electric variants is definitely up for discussion at Mazda. According to rumours, the carmaker will release a diesel hybrid version of its Mazda6 in 2016, followed by an all-electric model in 2018.
Electric supercar from Sri Lanka: The all-electric Vega by software company Code Gen International will be unveiled in December, while a first image and first details have already been released. The EV will feature a carbon body and two electric motors with a combined capacity of 662 kW.
China opens production halls: By the end of the year, the government wants to to finish drafting a policy that would allow new players to produce EVs in China, especially those that are not typical car manufacturers. Companies such as Wanxiang are allegedly in the starting blocks.
More details about the SP:01: The electric sports car by Detroit Electric will weigh only 1,090 kilos and feature a 37 kWh battery pack, allowing for a range of up to 288 kilometres. Moreover, the supercar is said to go from zero to 100 kph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 kph.
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