Formula E, Toyota, Subaru, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Tuk Tuk Factory.
Berlin ePrix: Jerome D’Ambrosio (Dragon) took first place at the 8th round of the electric racing series, after the initial winner Lucas di Grassi was disqualified due to a modified front wing and front wheel faring. Thanks to the loud music, beer and great weather, the event felt much like a party. The stands were packed with 21,000 visitors as di Grassi took the lead by more than ten seconds during the race.
autosport.com, www.fiaformulae.com, youtube.com (highlights)
Hybrid sports car from Toyota? According to media reports, Toyota wants to unveil a three-seater sports car with a hybrid drivetrain at the Toyota Motor Show. The yet nameless car is said to be inspired by the Caterham Seven and Ariel Atom and could go into serial production in 2018.
motoring.com.au, worldcarfans.com, digitaltrends.com
Subaru announces second hybrid: Following the XV Crosstrek Hybird, the Impreza Sport Hybrid announced for this summer is the second Subaru hybrid model for the Japanese market. Technical details about the model and whether it will be offered outside of Japan are still unknown.
Hyundai Sonata PHEV details: The Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid combines a 154 hp petrol engine, a 50 kW electric motor, and a 9.8 kWh battery, allowing for an electrical range of 24 miles. The plug-in hybrid will be available in ten U.S. states this autumn. When it will arrive in Europe was not announced.
The last first-gen Chevy Volt has rolled off the assembly line in GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant. The next-generation Volt can already be ordered in California starting this Thursday, and the first cars here will be delivered starting in August. Customers in other states will have to wait until November.
topspeed.com (first generation), insideevs.com (second generation)
Tuk-tuks made USA: Amsterdam-based Tuk Tuk Factory has signed a deal with eTuk USA to allow the latter to produce and sell electric versions of its three-wheeled vehicles. If Americans will embrace tuk-tuks remains to be seen. Denver already has a tuk-tuk shuttle service that has not been received with open arms.