Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro: Following yesterday’s announcement, Audi has taken the wraps off its fuel-cell plug-in concept at the LA Auto Show. The Audi A7 h-tron quattro combines a hydrogen-powered electric motor at the front with a hybrid battery and an additional electric motor in the rear. The battery can provide up to 31 miles of range on its own, without relying on hydrogen. When using the fuel-cell system, the h-tron is said to offer a range of 310 miles.
greencarreports.com, worldcarfans.com, carscoops.com
VW HyMotion: Volkswagen has also revealed fuel cell concepts for the Golf and Passat in Los Angeles. The HyMotion system features a fuel cell stack and four hydrogen tanks, which store energy for 310 miles of range. Electricity is sent to an electric motor borrowed from the e-Golf. The concepts are equipped with a Li-ion battery that stores energy recovered through regenerative braking, which is used to help start the fuel cell and for an extra boost of power.
motorauthority.com, autoguide.com, caradvice.com.au
Audi A9 prologue: Audi´s concept ‘Prologue’ gives an idea of the upcoming A8 and A9. It is powered by a V8 4.0 TFSI producing 605 hp and up to 750 Nm of torque. The Prologue features a new 48‑volt subsystem driven by a belt starter generator, which turns the power train into a mild hybrid that has an energy recovery output of up to 12 kW.
Model X details: In an email to Model X reservation holders, Tesla confirmed that its new SUV will come equipped with the AWD of the Model S 85D. Furthermore, the Model X will be the first electric car with towing capability.
Turkish EV to go into production: The ‘Begler’ which was developed by more than 30 scientists from various universities in Turkey will go into serial production, the development company said. By the end of 2016, the EV is said to be offered in two versions. No details on technology or pricing were revealed yet.
deutsch-tuerkische-zeitung.de (in German), trt.net.tr (in Turkish)
Mirai pricing in Europe: Toyota now announced the price for its fuel cell Mirai. In Europe it will start from 78,540 euros (98,555 USD) including VAT with the first Mirais being scheduled for September 2015.
autozeitung.de, green-motors.de (both in German)
Kia Soul EV review: Olivia Gauch gives a mixed review of Kia’s all-electric car. While she totally sees that the edgy Korean EV makes sense, especially in the city, Gauch thinks the ride is a little hard and the price is a little hefty.
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