Mercedes fuel cell SUV: Daimler R&D chief Dr. Thomas Weber says the company will launch a production fuel cell version of its GLC next year, Autocar reports. The GLC F-Cell will be made available for lease or sale for about 70,000 dollars. Weber also confirmed that the “Tesla-fighter” scheduled for 2018, will have a range of 250 – 300 miles.
autocar.co.uk via greencarcongress.com
BMW to boost i3 range: The 2017 model year of the all-electric BMW will see its range increase by 50 percent. Ian Robertson, head of BMW sales and marketing, further told Automotive News that the battery will be improved to put the i3 “into a much more usable range.”
autonews.com (paid content)
Intense incentive debate: Following the proposal to dedicate 2bn euros to foster electric transport in Germany, the coalition government is divided over the question of EV incentives. While Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel wishes to see a 5,000 euro subsidy for the purchase of an electric car, some conservatives, including the minister of transport, are against it. The debate continues.
greencarreports.com, autoworldnews.com, automobil-produktion.de (debate in German)
Hyundai Ioniq on-sale: The Korean carmaker is following up fast on its dedicated hybrid, which launched on the domestic market already. The all-electric and hybrid versions are scheduled to arrive in the U.S, and Germany in the third quarter of this year, with the Ioniq PHEV to follow shortly after.
koreaherald.com, auto-medienportal.net (in German)
Honda hybrid: As of next month, Honda will offer a petrol-hybrid powertrain option for the Odyssey exclusively for the Japanese market. The Sport Hybrid system may then also be made available in the 2017 model for the U.S., where the van would go head to head with Chrysler’s Pacifica.
Peugeot 3008 spotted: The 2017 version of the compact SUV has been photographed during winter testing. Heavy camouflage concealed if it is a plug-in hybrid, as was previously suggested. Certain is only that if there will be a hybrid variant, it will be a petrol-powered one, as the diesel hybrid version is discontinued already.
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