Apple, Audi, Mitsubishi, Toyota, UK.
Apple iCar? Apple has put “several hundred” of its employees to work on a secret project to develop its own branded electric car, according to the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ sources claim the project is code-named “Titan” and that early designs show a vehicle that looks similar to a minivan. According to the report, Apple CEO Tim Cook approved the project more than a year ago. Furthermore, Apple has reportedly hired about 50 employees who previously worked at Tesla.
wsj.com, techcrunch.com, hybridcars.com
Audi Prologue evolution: Audi has released several teaser images showing the Prologue Avant concept scheduled to arrive at the Geneva Motor Show in March. According to German magazine auto motor und sport, the updated version of the Prologue concept will feature a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
autocar.co.uk, worldcarfans.com, auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
Mitsubishi shows SUV with plug: The carmaker unveiled its Concept GC-PHEV at the Chicago Auto Show, marking the vehicles´ debut in North America. The car’s V6 engine and electric motor have a combined output of 335 hp and the 12 kWh Li-ion battery allows for an electric range of up to 25 miles.
autovolt-magazine.com, greencarcongress.com, automotiveworld.com
Toyota Avalon makeover: The Japanese carmaker took the wraps off a refreshed version of its Avalon at the Chicago Auto Show. While the 2016 Avalon will feature a retuned suspension, new LED head- and tail lights, and other nifty features, the 200 hp hybrid powertrain remains untouched.
Changes in UK incentives: Starting April 1st, EV buyers in the UK will still get up to 5,000 pounds in incentives, but the money can then account for up to 35 percent of the sticker price, instead of the previous 25 percent. Moreover, incentives have been tiered into three categories – vehicles with a higher all-electric range qualify for larger amount of cash-back.
transportevolved.com, autovolt-magazine.com, businessgreen.com