New Chinese JV for EVs: Carmaker Chery Automobile, internet car service platform Yongche and telematics company Pateo have formed a joint venture to build “intelligent” and connected electric cars for China. These will be made available via car sharing online but not reach the market.
New American i-MiEV: Apparently, Mitsubishi plans to reissue its electric car for the U.S. market, Inside EVs has learned. From March, the i-MiEV 2016 could thus be offered with minor upgrades. Expect an official announcement after the Chicago Auto Show next week.
New Audi R8 leaked: An image of what appears to be the new Audi R8 has made its way onto Instagram. The next-gen Audi supercar and its all-electric version will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The new model might also be offered as a plug-in hybrid (we reported).
EV chargers more effective than tax credits? The sale of electric cars in the U.S. could have been increased five-fold, if the government had invested into building charging stations instead of offering tax credits, a study by the National Science Foundation claims. About one billion dollars spent between 2011 and 2013 could have bought about 60,000 new EV charging spots, according to the report.
gas2.org, taxationinfonews.com, nsf.gov
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