Golf plug-in with gullwing doors: VW used the annual Wörthersee festival in Austria to unveil the Golf GTE Sport. The concept features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with two electric motors and a combined output of 400 hp, a carbon fiber body and gullwing doors. The Golf GTE Sport will most likely not go into serial production, however.
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BYD e6 to get increased range: By the end of the year, BYD will offer its e6, often used as a taxi, with considerably more range. The 82 kWh battery pack features cells with an increased energy density and will allow the EV to go 250 miles (400 km) on one charge, while the weight of the car will only increase by 40 kilos compared to the current model.
Aston Martin update: Auto Express reports that the serial production version of the all-electric DBX, introduced as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show, will have a range of more than 300 miles (480 km). The EV is said to become available in 2019 (we reported).
Honda begins Shuttle sales in Japan: Honda Motor has launched its new, compact Shuttle, which is now available for sale across Japan. The station wagon is available in two hybrid variants, the Hybrid X and Hybrid Z. According to Honda, this is the first time that any station wagon in the 5-number size available in the market has a 4WD option.
Job engine Zoe: Renault has added 100 jobs at its factory in Cléon, France. The reason is the production of the new electric motor R240, which will give the Renault Zoe 30 kilometres more range (up to 240 km) and will soon be delivered.
Zero Motorcycles invests: The electric motorcycle maker is investing more than 2 million dollars in its research, development and production. Half of the money is provided by the California Energy Commission. Moreover, Zero announced that its complete model range is now also available in Italy.
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