Xiaomi, Ford, Toyota, BMW i, Continental, Beijing Auto.
Xiaomi rumours: China’s plans to allow new players to enter the electric vehicles sector seems to bear its first fruits. According to local reports, mobile phone maker Xiaomi plans to enter the EV business and could be working with Tesla on electric cars to be produced in China.
chinatopix.com, techinasia.com, wantchinatimes.com
Hybridising the F-150? According to Ford’s head of development Raj Nair, the company is working on a hybrid drivetrain for its beloved pick-up. Nair added that it’s too early to talk about drivetrain details or when the hybrid F-150 might debut.
Prius priced: In the UK, pricing for the updated seven-seater Prius+ will start at 26,995 pounds, meaning the entry-level price increased by 850 pounds. First deliveries are scheduled for January. In the U.S., the 2015 Toyota Prius c will be available starting at 19,540 dollars.
autocar.co.uk (UK), toyota.com (USA)
Flexible Mobility programme: BMW had kicked off its initiative in the U.S. back in October, allowing i3 drivers to loan a petrol vehicle when needed. The reason the news only surfaces now is the lack of an official announcement, as well as low participation by local dealers.
Continental has started production of its Conti Drive System for e-bikes. It replaces the chain and supports the use of torque sensors to ensure an optimized interaction between pedal and motor power. Starting next spring, the system will be installed “in a wide range” of e-bikes.
New China-made EV: Next week, Beijing Auto will introduce its electric Senova EV200 on the Chinese market. The car supposedly has a range of 240 km and will be available starting at 130.000 Renminbi Yuan (21,000 USD) after incentives.