Nissan, Germany, Mini, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen.
Nissan BladeGlider axed: The arrow-shaped electric racer was scheduled for launch in 2017. Nissan now says the BladeGlider project is “not among the immediate priorities,” delaying it indefinitely while waiting for the right time and opportunity.
E-mobility initiative stopped: Germany’s attempt to foster electric mobility has yet again come to a screeching halt, as the federal government scrapped a plan to offer corporate tax breaks. State governments did not back Chancellor Merkel since they would have been affected by tax shortfalls.
Mini Superleggera to go serial: By 2018, the stylish Mini roadster will go into production, Car Magazine reports. While initially shown as an electric concept, the serial Superleggera will be in line with the brand’s current motor offering and thus not be available as an EV.
Thai Mercedes production: Daimler announced the production start of the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid at its Thonburi facility in Thailand this year. The same factory already rolls out the BlueTEC Hybrid versions of W212 E-Class and the W222 S-Class.
VW big in China: VW CEO Martin Winterkorn hopes his company will sell a six-digit number of EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles in China by 2020. Volkswagen plans to introduce 20 new models by 2018, while continuously opening more production facilities in what the company describes as its largest market.