Hyundai, Diar Khodro, India, Taiwan, Mercedes, Lexus.
Fuel-cell competition: According to The Korean Herald, Hyundai will cut the price of its Tucson FCV to be able to compete with Toyota’s Mirai. Hyundai recently informed Gwangju City, which wants to buy another ten units of the FCV, of its internal decision to cut the car price. How much the price will drop has not yet been revealed.
Iran’s first electric car was unveiled on Sunday and carmaker Diar Khodro kicked off trial production of ‘Sabrina.’ According to TehranTimes, the company plans to build 42,500 units per year. The car looks a lot like a Mercedes B-class, and is most likely licensed from Chinese BAIC BC301Z.
tehrantimes.com, diar-khodro.com (in Persian)
India invests in electric mobility: The country will officially invest 10 billion rupees (some 162 million dollars) until 2017 to build up infrastructure, support the development of new technologies and to set up incentive schemes and pilot projects. The official kick-off date is April 1st.
Tax break for EVs extended: A newly passed amendment in Taiwan enables local governments to scrap the license tax for electric vehicles until 2018. Previously, the measure had only been good through January 5th of this year.
Mercedes C300 Bluetec Hybrid vs. Lexus IS300h: Who would expect a diesel-hybrid of a comparatively new hybrid player to match the proven hybrid drivetrain of Toyota’s premium brand Lexus? The Mercedes C300 Bluetec Hybrid might have done just that – at least for company cars.