Nissan, LeTV BYD, Tesla, ZF, Audi.
New Leaf with 60-kWh battery: By 2018, the next-gen of Nissan’s EV bestseller is expected to come with a 60 kWh battery pack and about 500 km of range, Daily Kanban reports after visiting Nissan’s Advanced Technology Centre in Tokyo. The new battery has a graphite anode.
Chinese Tesla-fighter tested: LeTV says it already finished testing its first electric car. The Chinese internet firm plans to unveil the Mule at the Beijing Auto Show in April. Partners include Aston Martin and companies from China.
BYD unveiled three new electric buses at the 2015 Busworld, including its electric double-decker (we reported). Furthermore, an 18-metre articulated bus with seating for up to 150 passengers and a shorter bus measuring 8 metres with a 220 to 230km range were presented.
More power for less: Tesla’s ‘Ludicrous’ upgrade for the Model S P85D is available for 5,000 instead of the previous 7,500 dollars. The software makes the car only one second “slower” than the P90 version, letting it shoot from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.
Taking the reins: Jörg Grotendorst was named head of the e-mobility division at ZF. The engineer only joined the company this month to take over the newly created unit. Before, he was responsible for the e-Car Powertrain Systems division at Siemens.
Plug-in locomotive: The Audi plant in Ingolstadt employs a 1,000-hp plug-in hybrid locomotive made by Alstom. It runs the 18-km railway within the facility and transports finished cars and components.