Toyota, Li-Tec, GRIFA, Via Motors, BMW, Jaguar.
Toyota FCV update: According to German magazine WirtschaftsWoche Toyota´s fuell cell model will be called Mirai and cost 79,000 euros in Europe. Moreover, a BMW model fitted with Toyota´s fuel cell technology is said to be introduced by late 2016 or early 2017.
wiwo.de (in German)
Daimler stops battery cell production: Daimler has confirmed that its subsidiary Li-Tec will cease production of Li-ion battery cells in the German city of Kamenz in December 2015. Li-Tec will be retained as a research location and as electrive.com has learned, negotiations are underway with various suppliers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in terms of battery cell production in the future.
greencarcongress.com, spiegel.de (in German)
Italia plugs ins: The Gruppo Italiano Fabbriche Automobili (GRIFA), headed by former leaders from Fiat, Alfa, and Ferrari, wants to build seven models at a disused Fiat plant on Sicily starting in 2016. These will partly be based on the Fiat Panda platform and include 35,000 hybrid and all-electric cars per year. The price of the hybrid variant is said to be lower than that of the Toyota Yaris.
Via Motors van gets green light: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given its stamp of approval for the eREV van with range extender, which the manufacturer is now allowed to sell in the U.S. The first 23 units have already been delivered to customers.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com, .autonews.com
BMW van with plug: Georg Kacher writes that the BMW 2 series Active Tourer will be available as a plug-in hybrid variant with all-wheel drive, where the electric motor connects to the rear wheels. Starting in summer 2015, the system will allegedly also be implemented in the Grand Tourer seven-seater.
Electric Jaguar? Jaguar Land Rover has patented the name “EV-Type” in Europe and the U.S., which could mean that the carmaker is planning an electric version of its Jaguar F-Type sports car. Recently, rumours about an electric Rover had circulated (we reported).