First! Airbus has crossed the Channel in the E-Fan 2.0. The 46-mile flight took 37 minutes and was supposed to be the first battery-powered flight. The record attempt was (almost) silently undercut by French pilot Hugues Duval in his mini electric plane CriCri. However, the latter had to be carried by a bigger plane to reach sufficient height.
Toyota hybrid update: The carmaker presented the 2016 Sienta MPV for Japan. The car’s design (which is also offered as a hybrid) was inspired by a trekking shoe – and it shows. Prices for the new version start at 1,689,709 yen (13,820 dollars).
Lexus ES 300h refreshed: Toyota’s luxury subsidiary presents an updated version of the hybrid that now features a very bold spindle grill. While the motor remains unchanged, the 2016 Lexus ES 300h comes with added safety technology like Steering Assist and blind spot monitoring.
New season calendar FE: Formula E published the list of cities to hold electric races in 2016. As reported, Monaco is taking a break, while Paris has been added as sole new entrant to the circuit. Like this season, 11 races will be held in 10 cities with London taking the double bill.
Kia Soul EV extended: The Japanese carmaker has trimmed its electric car for 2016. The Soul EV-e is the economy class that still features a DC fast-charge port and an on-board charger as standard. The premium Soul EV+ trim now comes with the ‘Sun & Fun Package’ that includes a panoramic sunroof and funky interior LEDs.
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