Philippines, Toshiba, Tesla, Black Zombie.
Electric trikes: BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines, a subsidiary of Japanese Uzushio Electric, has begun serial production of electric tricycles in the Philippines. The 68VM costs 450,000 pesos (10,100 USD) and carries a driver and six passengers while travelling at speeds of up to 50 kph.
Toshiba has opened its new Hydrogen Energy Research & Development Center (HRDC) in Tokyo, where the electronics giant is looking at hydrogen-related energy technologies. Toshiba Group wants to increase the sales of business related to H2 to 100 billion yen (840 million dollars) by 2020.
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Speedy service: Tesla now employs Kenny Handkammer, formerly the Red Bull F1 team’s chief mechanic, as global director of service training. Elon Musk expects him to “apply Formula 1 techniques to revolutionize servicing mainstream cars”, ehm, EVs.
Record-breaking EV: The Black Zombie is a converted Mustang EV that is powerful (2,000 hp) and faster than the Model S P85D. It is also, somewhat surprisingly, street legal and has now become the fastest street legal car in the history of the Texas Mile drag race, clocking a top speed of 174.2 mph.
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was BYD releasing the first official images of its upcoming plug-in hybrids, the Song and Yuan.