Toyota, Tesla, Solar Impulse 2, Govecs.

Heated hybrid recall: Toyota is asking 626,000 units of the Prius+, Prius alpha, and Auris hybrid produced between May 2010 and November 2014 to return to base immediately. A software issue could lead the hybrid system to overheat, causing it to shut down while driving.,

The Gigafactory will triple in size, the Wall Street Journal reports. Tesla has acquired even more land from the state of Nevada, most of which will serve as so-called buffer land. No structures will be erected there. Instead, it could serve as a location for solar panels.

Stranded in paradise: The Solar Impulse 2 will not take off from Hawaii before 2016. The batteries overheated during its record breaking flight over the Pacific and are beyond repair. The team stressed that the problem was due to tropical temperatures and not technical failure.,

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Govecs expands: The German electric scooter manufacturer is taking over the Vectrix plant in Wroclaw, Poland. Vectrix filed for bankruptcy after a deal with Daimler to produce the smart e-scooter fell through. Govecs’ production will now quadruple, reaching 20,000 units a year.

As Tesla is splitting up its global sales operations (we reported yesterday), the electric carmaker is looking to hire a sales VP for Japan and South Korea. This is a very strong indicator that Tesla is actually trying to start selling in Korea soon.


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