Tesla Model X unveiled: Just a few hours ago and cheered on by his disciples, Elon Musk took the wraps off the Model X production version. The next round for premium buyers is therefore declared open, even though a bit later than planned (the prototype was presented back in 2012). U.S. media already cannot stop complimenting the e-SUV, which comes standard with a 90 kWh battery pack. For now, the only upgrade to the P90D version (from 132,000 dollars) is the P90D with ‘Ludicrous mode’ (from 142,000 dollars). Real impressive are the doors that open automatically as the driver approaches, and falcon wing doors in the back that open up even in the tightest of parking spaces.
wired.com, theverge.com (test drive with video), youtube.com (presentation of doors), gizmodo.com
Electrifying India: The country’s transport ministry plans to electrify 150,000 diesel buses to reduce emissions and become less dependent on crude oil. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari further announced the government’s strategy to produce Li-ion batteries in India to bring down prices and enable further electrification of transport, including scooters and cars.
Mitsubishi’s eAWD? At their home show in Tokyo next month, the Japanese will present the new ASX. Motoring expects the vehicle will be offered as plug-in hybrid variant featuring all-wheel drive by 2017.
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Production swap: With the release of the next-gen Prius, Toyota will relocate production of the hybrid best-seller from China to its plants in Aichi, Japan for global exports. Sales in China have been slow, yet Toyota will keep its JV with FAW, while concentrating on the hybrid Corolla.
2016 Rogue Hybrid: Nissan has priced the new Rogue hybrid, due to arrive late spring of next year. In the U.S., prices will start at 28,325 dollars, 2,850 dollars more than the non-hybrid variant.
Tied in: Formula E will limit driver changes in the upcoming season. Instead of multiple changes, only two will be allowed per car, while non will be permitted during the final three races. Drivers also will have to comply with the new eLicense system.
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