Launching the Volt: The first units of the new-generation Chevrolet Volt will be delivered to customers in the U.S. this week. Video adverts will underline the launch and GM aims to pitch the Volt openly against the Nissan Leaf – less range – and Toyota’s Prius using “old” NiMH batteries.
insideevs.com, hybridcars.com, adage.com
Japanese hybrid coupé: Honda’s roadster S2000 might soon see a hybrid successor. Apparently, the new coupé could feature a 300-hp hybrid system coupling an electric drive and fuel-saving turbo by 2018, Auto Express reports. Pricing is believed to be around 75,000 dollars.
Fisker becomes Karma: Fisker is now called Karma Automotive. The name change comes complete with a new logo and website. While it makes sense to move away from past owners and notions of failure attached to it, we wonder what the new Fisker Karma due by 2016 will actually be called – Karma Karma?
insideevs.com, autoblog.com, karmaautomotive.com (new website)
Honda update: The Japanese just unveiled the design of the Neowing Concept (we reported yesterday) ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. On top of the hybrid trike, Honda will also have the electric scooter EV-Cub at its booth. A first picture has just been released.
New city EV for China: ZAP and Jonway Auto launched its new model E-3D SUV at a dealership meeting. “3D” stands for the compact SUV’s three doors. Range is estimated at 200 km. While primarily designed for the Chinese market, European type approval is underway already.
Formula E updated: The new rules regarding driver changes, admission and more have ultimately been approved. Additionally, the season calendar has been updated and Michelin will continue to be the sole tire supplier for the electric race cars until the end of season 5 (2018/19).
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