VW crisis: Volkswagen will ask Porsche CEO Matthias Müller to take over Winterkorn’s job, insiders told Reuters. Meanwhile, more heads are to roll as ‘Dieselgate’ widens. Research and development chiefs of Audi and Porsche, Ulrich Hackenberg and Wolfgang Hatz, will be removed by the supervisory board.
Prius details leaked: Japanese site Minkara says that according to a leaked staff manual, at least on higher-level models of the 2016 Toyota Prius will feature an electric AWD. Furthermore, Toyota Racing Development has readied sportive components like spoilers for the next-gen bestseller.
greencarreports.com, indianautosblog.com (AWD), motor1.com (TRD)
Funds for e-truck: British-based Charge is developing powertrains for trucks and buses that weigh between 2.5 and 26 tonnes. It just received 20m pounds (30m dollars) in funding from Russian businessman Denis Sverdlov, who says Charge is also holding talks with vehicle makers.
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Rolls-Royce on water: MTU presents its first hybrid propulsion system for yachts. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce. It also offers bespoke E-Drive system solutions to boat owners.
Ready to fly: EV Fleet from North Carolina almost finished preparations for bringing its electric lightweight pick-up called Condor to market. The CEO expects sales to kick off in February of next year and says there are 12,000 orders waiting.
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