Tesla earns perfect score: Consumer Reports has given Tesla’s Model S P85D a more than perfect score of 103 points on a 100-point scale, saying that the high-performance electric sedan broke CR’s ratings system and “performed better than any other car ever has.” The rating comes about two years after Consumer Reports gave the base version of the Model S a near perfect score of 99 points.
greencarreports.com, cnbc.com, consumerreports.org
Japan to extend EV incentives? The Japanese government is considering extending tax breaks for environmentally friendly vehicles by one year through the end of March 2017. Customers who purchase electric and hybrid cars by the end of March next year, could be given a tax break of between 50 and 75 percent in the following year, with the degree of tax breaks depending on fuel efficiency.
Range-extended EV from India? Tata Motors may launch its Megapixel car in January of next year. The Megapixel range-extended electric vehicle concept was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012 and has four independent electric motors, powering each wheel.
Turkey pushes EV production: The Scientific and Technological Research Council has completed three prototypes of the planned electric and hybrid cars from Turkey, which will now be tested. A fourth prototype will be completed within the next few months.
EV subsidies in Romania: The Romanian government has increased voucher values for electric cars. Buyers of all-electric cars will now receive vouchers of 20,000 RON (5,071 dollars) instead of 12,000 RON, while plug-in hybrid cars will benefit from a 5,000 RON subsidy (1,268 dollars).
GLM closes new funding round: Japanese Green Lord Motors (GLM) says it has raised 1.7bn yen (14m dollars) for its Tommykaira ZZ electric sports car. The investment will be used to expand domestic sales operations and to develop a left-hand drive version for foreign markets.
japantimes.co.jp, techinasia.com, businessgreen.com
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