Streetscooter, Toyota, Energica, Nissan, Mercedes.
German postal services pushes electrification: According to German Handelsblatt, Deutsche Post DHL intends to add another 350 electric “Streetscooters” to its fleet before the end of the year. That would mean, the German postal service would have 500 of these electric vans on the road. The vehicles were especially designed by the RWTH Aachen and could also be used by craft businesses in the future.
wallstreet-online.de, handelsblatt.com (articles in German)
And then there were 11: Toyota announced that it will initially offer only eleven units of its fuel cell model Mirai in the UK. In 2016, that number could rise to 50 units. The Mirai will go on sale in the UK this summer and cost around 60,000 pounds.
Italian super bike ready: According to Green Car Reports, Energica has kicked off production of its 100 kW strong electric motorcycle Ego. First units could thus be delivered by the end of the month. Moreover, Energica signed a distribution deal with Hollywood Electrics in southern California.
greencarreports.com (Ego), motorcycle.com (California)
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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 vehicle. The focus being on the urban-efficient vehicle segment. e-mobilbw-sw.de
Lawsuit settled: Back in 2012, U.S. Leaf owners jointly sued Nissan over rapid decline of battery capacity. Now, the carmaker agreed to give Leaf owners a new (not repaired) battery if their current pack drops down to fewer than nine bars of capacity and will offer 90 days of free charging with its EZ-Charge card, or a 50 dollar check. The settlement deal will cost Nissan some 24 million dollars.
Mercedes-Benz GLC350e reviewed: Matt Sounders from Autocar got behind the wheel of the hybrid SUV and was a little disappointed when stepping on it, saying there is an “unflattering delay before the combustion engine can wake up and supply” full power. Also, the car will not be available in the UK, because “Mercedes can’t make that gearbox fit a right-hand-drive car with four driven wheels.”