Mercedes, BMW, Honda, Jaguar, Nissan, Formula E.
Ten PHEVs until 2017: Mercedes is really going for electrification it seems, as the German carmaker wants to introduce ten plug-in hybrid models by 2017. After the S-Class, the C 350 e will become available this month and this summer, the GLE plug-in hybrid will arrive at dealerships.
BMW X5 plug-in hybrid for the U.S.: Starting this autumn, the company will offer the X5 xDrive40e on the U.S. market. It is said to have a little less range than the European version. In the U.S., the X5 can drive 13 miles (21 km) fully electric, while in Europe, the range is said to be 31 kilometres.
No more hybrid CR-Z: The next generation Honda CR-Z will trade its hybrid system for a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with more power. A hybrid variant will only be continued for the Japanese market.
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Jaguar ZF as plug-in? German Autozeitung expects (or hopes) to see a plug-in hybrid variant of the latest Jaguar very soon. However, the Brits will first present the XF in a rather spectacular promotion in London involving two wires, a harbour, a stuntman, and the car of course.
autozeitung.de (in German), carscoops.com
Le Mans only: Nissan said it will skip both WEC races in Silverstone and Spa, as the GT-R LM Nismo is not yet ready to compete. The hybrid racer will make its first appearance in Le Mans in June.
Formula E news: The Swiss government is rethinking the rules that prohibit racing within its borders to possibly allow for an Alpine ePrix during the 2016/17 season. The second ePrix will start in October of this year and end June 2016. Another possible host is the city of Paris.
autoblog.com, electricautosport.com (Switzerland), electricautosport.com (next season; Paris)