Daimler plug-in van: Mercedes presented the ‘V-ision e’ concept in Geneva, a plug-in hybrid version of its V-Class MPV. It features the hybrid drive known from the C 350 e, with a system power ouput of 333 hp and an electric range of 50 kilometers. It is not yet clear if the V-series hybrid will go into production.
Aston Martin fully electric: The Brits have unveiled their first electric car, the DBX Concept at the Motor Show in Switzerland. It features four in-wheel drives which are powered by Li-S cells. While the DBX is far from being production-ready, it is a clear sign that Andy Palmer (formerly Nissan) is in the house.
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The Audi Tesla fighter has arrived as the German carmaker showcased the R8 e-tron in Geneva. Two electric motors with 170 kW each drive the sports car. The 92 kWh battery is said to last for 450 kilometres (280 miles). The R8 e-tron will be ready for orders this year, but delivery is set for 2016, an Audi spokesperson told electrive.com.
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Ford EV? Ford will go all electric, Automobile reports. The new model is said to offer more than 200 miles of range and might be presented already this year. It does remind us of GM’s Chevy Bolt…
VW plug-in coupé: Volkswagen presented its Sport Coupé Concept GTE plug-in hybrid in Geneva. It provides an outlook on a new VW design language which might be applied to the next Passat CC. The concept PHEV is powered by a 380-hp strong system that combines a TSI with two electric motors.
New hybrid by Volvo: The V60 D6 Hybrid now has a younger brother, the V60 D5 Hybrid that offers 230 instead of 283 hp. The electric drive of the diesel plug-in hybrid delivers 50 kW and is powered by a 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, which allows for an all-electric range of 50 kilometers.
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