Toyota fast forwards the electrification of its fleet as it plans to decrease its average new-vehicle CO2 emissions by 90 percent by 2050. This means combustion engines will become a thing of the past for the Japanese carmaker, who looks to strengthen the future instead. Some 30,000 fuel cell vehicles and 1.5m hybrids shall be sold annually by 2020. Also, Toyota plans to sell H2 buses by 2017. In terms of R&D, better batteries such as solid-state technology move even higher up the agenda. This is what we call a bright “mirai” (future).
greencarcongress.com, toyota.co.jp, toyota-global.com (The Environmental Action Plan)
Tesla cashes in: The latest software update is available from today. That much we knew. What Elon Musk failed to announce was the 2,500 dollars Tesla charges those who like to get all the autopilot functions “included” in version 7, Fortune reports. Usually, Tesla updates are free of charge.
Nationwide Volt rollout: The order books for the 2017 Chevrolet Volt will open this December in all North American states. Production of the 2017 version starts in February 2017 with first deliveries to commence in spring. The 2016 Volt will only be available in selected states and Canada (we reported).
Mahindra goes Britain: The Indian manufacturer further clarified its plan to enter the European market with a four-door version of its electric e2o that is to land in Great Britain. In order to do so, Mahindra will set up a dedicated distribution centre on the Isles.
Bugatti Chiron saved: Volkswagen’s budget cuts do not concern the planned hybrid sports car, according to Jalopnik. The prestige project Bugatti Chiron will thus be presented in Geneva next year.
Audi made in Belgium: The German carmaker will build its Q6 E-tron in Brussels starting in 2018, Belgian De Morgen learned. The electric SUV is to sit between the Audi Q5 and Q7.
reuters.com, demorgen.be (original source in Dutch)
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