BYD, Toyota, BMW, Renault, Seoul, Nepal.
BYD announces more plug-in SUVs: After the Tang, the Chinese manufacturer wants to introduce two more plug-in hybrid SUVs in 2015 – the Song and the Yuan. Another SUV, the Ming, will be introduced later. Moreover, BYD wants to sell 15,000 units of its all-electric e6 to taxi companies this year and set up a car hiring service in Hong Kong with the same model.
Toyota steps up Mirai production: We already reported that an increase in Mirai production was in the pipelines, but now it is official. Toyota will raise the production of its fuel cell model from the 2015 level of 700 units to approximately 2,000 units in 2016 and 3,000 units in 2017.
5-Series GT plugs in: German auto motor und sport reports that due to high demand in the U.S. and China, BMW will definitely introduce a second generation of its 5-Series GT. A plug-in hybrid variant with an electric range of around 30 kilometres is supposedly also in the works.
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Behind the wheel of the Twizy Cargo: The tiny delivery concept has its perks, such as being able to whisk around traffic, park in the smallest spots and get a company noticed. The only drawback is the lack of side windows or a heater which makes driving it in autumn and winter “interesting”.
Seoul gears up for electric mobility: The South Korean capital plans to introduce 50,000 electric vehicles by 2018 and to establish 500 charging stations within the city. Furthermore, private operators of parking lots will receive 20 million won (about 18,000 dollars) for setting up charging points and EV buyers can enjoy up to 6 million won (5,500 dollars) in tax breaks.
Used hybrids for Nepal: The Japanese company BP Trading wants to sell reconditioned hybrid vehicles in Nepal. However, so far the country does not allow the import of used cars at all. But in the wake of new policies pushing for lower emission cars, it might reconsider.