Toyota Mirai, Lexus, BMW, Philippines, Mercedes.
Mirai on sale: Toyota began selling its fuel-cell car Mirai in Japan yesterday. About 400 pre-orders have been taken so far, according to the company. Toyota will mainly sell the “future” in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka, where hydrogen stations are expected to be built.
New Infiniti concept: A first teaser image shows the latest concept by Nissan’s luxury brand. The Q60 Concept will debut at the Detroit Auto Show and give an outlook on what might become a sports coupé in the future. Infiniti has not given any information on drivetrain options yet.
BMW 3-series PHEV details: BMW’s plug-in hybrid 3-series is set to go to market by early 2016. The production model will then combine a 180-hp combustion engine with a 70 kW electric motor. Pricing is said to start at around 39,000 euros (about 50,000 dollars).
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EV initiative on the Philippines: The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) is asking the government for an exemption from value-added tax (VAT) and excise tax for EVs until 2020 to get the industry off the ground. EVAP is claiming that the State got nothing to lose but much to gain.
Driving experience B-Class ED: CleanTechnica reader Kyle Field in his guest contribution details his very first month with the 2014 Mercedes B-Class ED. Switching from gas to electric offered a few learnings on home charging (recommended), public charging (mostly overrated), and a powerful regen mode that equals out the somewhat heavy weight and perceived low range (87 miles) of the B-Class.