NextEV finds backers: Chinese internet companies are financing NextEV, a previously secret project said to rival Tesla, for which former Ford manager Martin Leach has begun hiring engineers (we reported). Experts from Tesla, BMW and Volkswagen are already said to be on board. An electric sportscar with more than 1,000 hp will arrive in 2016, followed by a series of high-performance family EVs.
Peugeot to present electric coupé: The all-electric Peugeot Fractal concept will make its debut in Frankfurt later this month. The car features is powered by two electric motors (front and rear) with 101 hp each. Thanks to a 30 kWh Li-ion battery, range is said to be at 450 km (280 mi). The Fractal also has variable ground clearance, ranging from 70 to 110 mm.
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Ciaz SHVS goes on sale in India: Maruti Suzuki’s mild hybrid is now available from 823,000 rupees (12,446 dollars). The car features a Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) and mild hybrid system. With 28 km/l, Maruti says that it is the most fuel-efficient car in India.
Mercedes GLA with plug? According to German Auto Bild (and picked up by Indian Auto Blog), the new Mercedes GLA will arrive in 2019. It is said to offer more head- and legroom and will also be available as a plug-in hybrid variant.
Driving the Chevy Volt: Alex Davies from Wired got behind the wheel of the next generation Chevy Volt, saying the 2016 model is definitely an improvement. He especially noticed the increased electric range of now 53 mi and lighter engine. Still, Davies is not sure that GM has done enough to make the Volt compare with other EVs and PHEVs.
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