Bentley, Hyundai, South Korea, Fisker, FDG, XL Hybrids.
Bentley plans three plug-ins: New details on the brand’s electrification course have emerged, as Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer announced plans to triple the hybrid offering. After the introduction of the Bentayga PHEV in 2016, plug-in hybrid versions of the Continental and Mulsanne will follow.
focus.de (in German)
Hyundai iX35 on-sale on the Isles: The Korean FCV is now available in the UK. Pricing starts at 67,995 pounds, not taking into account the 15,000 GBP in subsidies granted by the European HyFive programme. The final price for the iX35 thus comes down to 53,105 GBP (about 72,000 dollars).
South Korea charged up: Competitors are entering the Asian country, as Renault-Samsung says it would start offering the Twizy soon – details will follow in the next few weeks. Chevrolet too, has plans for Korea. GM wants to begin selling the new generation Volt from 2016.
koreaherald.com (Twizy), koreatimes.co.kr (Volt)
Fisker advances: There is movement on the new Fisker website, which had so far only featured graphic allusions of the upcoming Elux. Now, the new owners seem to remember the brand’s roots and offer advice and support to existing Karma owners online.
thenewfisker.com via transportevolved.com
FDG in the U.S.: FDG Electric Vehicles, a blend of American Smith Electric Vehicles and Chinese Sinopoly Battery, is taking another step into U.S. territory and will become the majority shareholder in a new joint venture with Smith that will further develop and market Smith’s electric trucks.
Hybrid Ford Transit: XL Hybrids has adapted its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System to retrofit the Ford Transit van. The XL3 Hybrid System is compatible with all Transit variants, while it adds only around 180 kg to the vehicle. It can be installed in about six hours.