Daimler, Ranz E50, Ford, Bugatti, Energica, Mini.

Volvo-Bus-Plug-in-HybridDaimler’s electric buses: In the future, the German company’s bus business is to include all-electric offerings. The Citaro will drive electrically under the name of E-Cell within this decade and will also be available as a fuel cell variant, then aptly named F-Cell. Daimler names tightening regulations on CO2 emissions as the reason for the electrification and aims to sell 80% of its Citaros as E-Cells by 2030.

Electric Toyota for China: The Japanese firm launched the production version of the Ranz E50 EV in Shanghai, which it developed together with its Chinese joint venture partner FAW. Based on the Corolla, the EV will go on sale in the second half of this year.

Low petrol prices cost automotive jobs, says Ford. The American carmaker explains that it would make 700 employees redundant in its Wayne facility in Michigan, where the hybrid variants of the Focus and C-Max are being assembled.
automotive-business-review.com, autoblog.com, detroitnews.com

Bugatti Veyron successor spied: It looks like Bugatti has been testing what could become the Chiron by 2016 at the Nürburgring in Germany. The Veyron successor is believed to be able to deliver 1,500 hp.
worldcarfans.com, autoevolution.com

Superbike approved: Energica Motor Company has successfully applied for NHTSA and EPA certification for its Ego electric sport bike to be sold in the United States. Deliveries are set for autumn this year with pre-orders already being plenty.

Hybrid Countryman: It looks like there will indeed be a plug-in hybrid Mini Countryman soon, as new spy shots have now appeared, showing a new Countryman designated as ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle.’



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