VW to delay electrification in China? The VW C-Coupe GTE, initially scheduled to launch in China in 2016, is postponed until early 2017. The PHEV concept was introduced at the Auto Shanghai earlier this year in a bid to start an electric offensive in the far east. Looks like the expansion has been set back on the agenda, electric or not, as Volkswagen tries to clean up its (diesel) act in the U.S. and in Europe.
More EVs for Turkey: Turkey’s Hacettepe University in Ankara presents two electric cars. The EVT S1 prototype has 104 kW, weighs only 1,050 kg and can thus drive about 300 km on a single charge. 1,000 units are expected to be produced in the first batch. Yet, the university’s R&D zone Teknokent built a second prototype of a Smart-like EV named Teo accompanied by a drone called Avipod.
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Serial electric bus: Volvo presents its new electric bus in 12-metre configuration for series production at the Busworld in Kortrijk, Belgium. The Volvo 7900 Electric has been tested successfully in Gothenburg since summer and is thus ready to launch in 2016.
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Oslo is to ban cars from its centre by 2019 as it looks to reduce greenhouse gases by 50% by 2020. Part of the plan is to build more bicycle lanes, subsidise the purchase of electric bicycles and reduce automobile traffic over the capital as a whole. No exemption for electric cars from the ban has been proposed, but the Norwegian vision sees EVs as the only remaining cars in the country comes 2030.
Back to the future: Die hard fans of the cult movie starring Michael J. Fox as time traveller Marty McFly know that his arrival from the future is scheduled in two days. To make him feel welcome, Belfast’s Queen’s University updated the DeLorean DMC-12 as it converted it to electric. The future is now.
Nissan Leaf review: Indeed, the new 30-kWh battery that provides the Leaf with 155 miles of range reduces range anxiety considerably. Yet, it does not make the electric car itself any more exciting but gives it a rather hefty price tag, British Mark Nichol finds.