Hyundai plug-in near: The Sonata plug-in hybrid is set to hit its home market already this July, the Korean carmaker announced. It would thus coincide with the newly expanded subsidies that now also include PHEVs (we reported). Nothing has been said on when the hybrid model will be exported.
Kia’s very own hybrid: New spy shots have emerged, showing a heavily camouflaged Kia PHEV dubbed the “Prius fighter,” as it is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid solely designed to be (partially) electric. The new pictures show the upcoming Kia as a crossover rather than a limousine.
Bad days for diesel: Diesel vehicles will be banned from Oslo’s roads if the Norwegian capital suffers from two consecutive days of high air pollution, city council says. Each ban has to be approved by the NPRA (Norwegian Public Roads Administration), while emergency, delivery and other vehicles will be exempt.
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JV partner wanted: Japanese FOMM (First One Mile Mobility) has developed a prototype of a small EV to be made in Thailand, where it is now looking for partners to set up production. The electric city car is set to launch in 2017 and might make it to Europe in the future as it complies with the L7e standard.
Cheaper electric motorcycles: Zero Motorcycles says is cutting the price of its whole 2015 range of electric motorcycles by 1,350 dollars in the U.S. The reason is not low demand but lower battery costs, which the company wants its customers to benefit from, too.
2016 Volt pricing: Chevrolet has announced the price for the upcoming next-gen Volt for Canada, where it will be available from 38,390 dollars (MSRP) plus a 1,600 dollar destination freight charge, bringing the total up to 39,990 CAD (32,800 USD). This means GM is making its new Volt only slightly cheaper (105 CAD) than the outgoing model.