Yamaha, Nissan & Mitsubishi, BMW, BYD, Saab, Toyota.
Yamaha unveils electric concepts: Yamaha has revealed a series of new concepts which will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. On the electric side, there’s going to be the PES2 sportbike and the PED2 dirt bike as well as the YPJ-MTB, an electrically assisted mountain bike. Yamaha also announced a new concept car, but there is no word yet on whether it will feature an electric drivetrain.
New EV from Japan: Nissan, Mitsubishi, and their joint venture NMKV have reached an agreement to continue their work on next-gen minicars. In addition, planning and development of a minicar EV is in progress through the collaboration, further details of which will be made available at a later time.
New BMW hybrids on the horizon: BMW’s upcoming plug-in hybrid variant of the X1 has been spotted testing for the first time. According to German Auto Bild, BMW will add another SUV to its lineup: The BMW X2 is set to launch in 2018 and could share the X1’s underpinnings including the PHEV drivetrain.
autocar.co.uk (X1), autobild.de (X2, in German)
BYD to expand PHEV lineup: BYD has launched its new SUV Song on the Chinese market. A plug-in hybrid version featuring a turbocharged 1.5 liter petrol engine mated to two electric motors will follow in early 2016 and is expected to be priced at 280.000 yuan (around 44,000 USD) without subsidies.
Saab 9-3 licensed to Turkey: Turkey has purchased the intellectual property rights of the Saab 9-3 from National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) in order to use the model as the basis of its new national car project. According to Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri Işık, Turkey’s main aim is to develop extended-range electric cars and to sell them under a Turkish brand.
2016 Prius c unveiled: The smallest of Toyota’s eight hybrid models has been updated including the addition of the Safety Sense-C system which equips the hybrid car with an array of driver-assist technologies. There will also be a new Persona Series special edition which will be limited to 1,500 units.