Kia bets on alternative drivetrains: Kia plans to ramp up its electric portfolio. Kia’s first dedicated hybrid Nrio will launch next year, as well as the Optima PHEV. A total of eleven partially electric models are said to come until 2020. This includes a production version of a Kia FCV with a range of 800 kilometres.
greencarcongress.com, automotiveworld.com (Kia 2020), kiapressoffice.com (Niro)
Connected electric scooter: Barcelona-based start-up Scutum and Cellnex Telecom are jointly working on IoT-connected scooters. A first model will be on display at Smart City Expo. Under the cooperation agreement, the partners are also developing on a system that helps dealers diagnose vehicles remotely first.
telecompaper.com; movilidadelectrica.com (in Spanish)
e-tron Ultra: EPA officially rated the Audi A3 e-tron at an electric range of 17 miles. That is for the so-called ultra version, the A3 sportsback featuring ultra-low rolling resistance tires, which add one mile of electric range. The A3 e-tron is available in small numbers in the U.S.
Kia EV recall: 256,459 Soul, among them electric models, have to return to the garages in the U.S. The Korean carmaker fears that a fault with the steering gear that may lead to total loss of steering. The recall is preemptive as no accidents have been reported yet.
Prius in India: Toyota brings the latest Prius model to India by 2016. It will replace the current hybrid on offer and join the Camry Hybrid. Together, they make up Toyota’s hybrid portfolio in the emerging country.
indiatimes.com via indianautosblog.com
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