More Renault Zoe: The French carmaker will scale up production of its compact EV at the Flins factory near Paris from 120 to 150 units a day by the end of November. One possible reason for the expected increase in demand is the recently extended French diesel scrappage scheme.
Mirai launches in California: Toyota’s fuel cell future is now officially on sale in California, where about 300 owners were handed ceremonial keys. More than 2,000 people have requested to buy a Mirai in the Golden State but Toyota only allocated 1,000 units to the U.S. this year. The waiting list is open.
BYD PHEVs for Europe: After just expanding its European bus business, the Chinese manufacturer ponders to enter the passenger car market, i.e. by bringing the hybrid Qin and Tang. BYD Managing Director in Europe, Isbrand Ho, put Great Britain on top of the list to test the European waters.
Honda delays plans for a new China plant by two years. The construction with JV partner Dongfeng may only start in 2017. The facility in Wuhan will then also produce electric vehicles from mid 2018.
GM to scale up EV production: The American carmaker plans to nearly double the number of employees its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant as it adds 1,200 jobs for a second shift early next year. The Chevy Volt and the Caddy ELR are both built at the Hamtramck facility.
Czech EV subsidies? The Ministry for Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic thinks about introducing a subsidy for electric and natural gas vehicles. A one-off payment of 40,000 Czech koruna (about 1,600 dollars) per purchased vehicle is on the table.
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