Renault, Hanergy, Continental, Formula E, Xtreme Green Vehicles, BMW.
New Renault SUV: At the Geneva Motor Show next month, the French carmaker will present a new compact SUV. The Kadjar is based on the same platform as the Nissan’s Qashqai. Scheduled for market entry this summer, a hybrid version might follow, German Autozeitung speculates.
topgear.com, autozeitung.de (in German)
Sun-powered EVs from China: The solar power company Hanergy plans to launch as many as five solar-powered electric cars already this October. The EVs are to be produced together with two other Chinese companies and three partners from overseas, none of these have been named yet.
Easy roll for EVs: Continental’s Conti.eContact tyres are specifically made for electric and hybrid cars (we reported). Approved by both Renault and VW, the company expects more automakers to add the low rolling resistance tyres which are said to extend the range of EVs by up to six percent.
From Rio to Moscow: FIA President Jean Todt will meet Russian officials today to finalise plans to hold a Formula E race in the heart of Moscow already in June. Moscow would thus replace the Rio de Janeiro ePrix while being the second-to-last round before the final in London.
Xtreme Green Vehicles is the name of a Vegas-based start-up manufacturing small electric vehicles. Its line-up includes two- to four-wheelers. The trike Sentinel is currently used by police and security companies. The various vehicles come with a 60 to 80 miles range on a charge.
BMW i8 review: Hannah Elliot swung her legs into the German “super car” and instantly became the centre of attention. She is equally excited about the plug-in hybrid as the on-lookers but does find flaws that reveal the hype around the hybrid as a bit of an over-hype.