Audi Q6 preview: Audi is working on a concept under the codename “C-BEV” for the IAA in Frankfurt that will preview the 2018 Q6. The SUV is said to be fully electric and is thus pitched against the Tesla Model X. First images show a sleek high-seater with immersible door handles.
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Polaris electric motorcycle: Polaris has finished its first electric motorcycle under the recently suggested Victory brand. Based mainly on the Brammo Empulse R street bike, a brand it just acquired, the Victory Empulse TT features a 10 percent bigger battery and a slightly improved design.
Electric bus JV: SAIC and Wanxiang Group have set up a 49-51 percent joint venture, called SAIC Wanxiang New Energy Coach. Within the next few years, the JV will develop and build a new electric bus. Further cooperation between the two companies might be sought for Fisker.
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Hubject publishes the Open InterCharge Protocol 2.0: the latest version of the eRoaming protocol OICP is now available to download for free for all intercharge partners and other interested parties. The protocol describes the fully automated communication between charge point operators, providers and eRoaming platforms. More information under www.hubject.com
Fuel cell JV takeover: Plug Power will acquire 80 percent of the remaining shares of the HyPulsion JV, which it now owns with Air Liquide SA. The JV was set up in 2012 to build and sell fuel cells in Europe, mainly for forklifts. Plug Power intends to grow sales, while Air Liquide will continue to supply hydrogen.
New RAV4 spotted: Toyota’s facelifted 2016 RAV4 Hybrid has been photographed in Los Angeles and looks pretty much ready to go into serial production. The front resembles a Scion iM and the hybrid features an electric motor at each axle.
Kalkhoff goes USA: The German bikemaker has three pedelecs in the pipeline, ready to go on sale in the U.S. this autumn. The Integrale 8 and 11 both feature Kalkhoff’s own Impulse drive in the regular and speed version. The Include 8 Premium has a step-trough frame. All e-bikes offer a range of up to 127 miles.
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