Great Wall, Peugeot, Chevrolet, Tesla, Toyota, Scooters India.
Great Wall electrifies: The Chinese manufacturer wants to invest heavily in electric and hybrid vehicles. 11.8 billion yuan (1.9 billion USD) will flow into research and development, as well as the production of gearboxes, electric motors and battery systems. Great Wall says it plans to electrify its current best-selling models and introduce first PHEVs by 2017.
Peugeot power hybrid coming soon? The Peugeot 308 R hybrid concept boasting 500 hp may go into production. Head of the Brand Maxime Picat posted pictures of PSA boss Carlos Tavares personally test driving the powerful hybrid and wrote that details will be released at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Chevrolet outlook: Automotive News looks at Chevrolet’s plans for the coming year, reporting that the new Chevy Volt will go into production in autumn, followed by the all-electric Bolt in the last quarter of 2016. From spring 2016, the carmaker will offer a hybrid variant of the new Malibu, and the Chevy Equinox could be hybridised as well.
autonews.com (registration required)
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Efficient Engines: The new project of the leading edge cluster Electric Mobility South-West “Effect 360°” is studying the efficient product and production solutions for electrified vehicles. The focus being on the urban-efficient vehicle segment.
Next billion tour: Following Tesla reaching one billion miles driven worldwide, the EV maker aims to hit the next billion. To promote the Model S, Tesla will offer test drives in nearly 30 cities across the U.S. until the end of August. The events will also feature “experience stations” to inform about the technology, charging, and service.
Mirai coming to UK in September: According to Paul Van der Burgh president and managing director of Toyota, UK sales of the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell model will commence in September. In California, order books for the Toyota Mirai opened yesterday.
just-auto.com (UK), electriccarsreport.com (California)
Scooters India needs electrification: In order not to be sold off, the state-owned manufacturer needs to restructure and look into sales of electric three- and four wheelers. The electric tricycle Vikram EV is currently being tested in Delhi and Lucknow.