Tesla, VW Golf, Nissan, Honda, Formula E, World Solar Challenge.
Tesla made in China? The Californian EV maker negotiates with the Chinese government on domestic EV production. CEO Elon Musk believes that Tesla models made in China could lower prices by a third. Demand has been slow as only 3,025 Model S were sold from January to September.
Golf SUV electrified: A new VW Golf scheduled for 2017 is to grow longer to sit between the Polo SUV and the Tiguan. Autobild reports that first a scalable mild-hybrid is planned, followed by a PHEV, which might become quickly replaced by a fully electric version for the Chinese market.
autobild.de (in German)
New Nissan EV: The Japanese carmaker teased a new concept ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. An illuminated grille and some shadows reveal the car as rather compact. All Nissan gave away so far, is that it will definitely be electric.
3 in 1: Honda has talked about a new PHEV and EV to be introduced in 2018, but has not leaked anything. Autoblog thus suspects that maybe the FCV to debut in Tokyo will hide more under its hood than just a fuel cell and could in fact serve a model for the hybrid and battery-electric drivetrain, too.
Formula E series season 2: Sebastien Buemi dominated the Beijing race course from pole position start to finish. Second came Lucas di Grassi, who benefited both from Prost suffering a rear wing collapse in the closing stages and Nick Heidfeld fighting off Dragon Racing before coming in third.
Dutch double-bill: The winner of the World Solar Challenge in Australia is the Nuon Solar Team which has beaten the Solar Team Twente with only three minutes difference. Both from the Netherlands, the teams dominated the 3,000-km race from early on. Third position is held by the Japanese team Tokai.