Morgan, Toyota, EV uptake, BMW, PowerCell Sweden AB, Mitsubishi.
More Morgan models: British Morgan Motor Company says it will add hybrid and electric models to its line-up from 2019. The expansion is funded with 6m GBP (8.5m dollars) from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre. The money will be used for Morgan’s Malvern facility to enable the development of new powertrains with partners Delta Motorsport and Potenza Technology. The EV3 model will reportedly launch this year.
Prius-based race car: Toyota presented the GT300 at the Tokyo Auto Salon. It derives its looks and core technology from the new Prius and is a hybrid as well. The GT300 electric powertrain, however, is coupled with a powerful 3.5-liter V8 engine. It will be run by APR Racing.
High level e-mobility meeting: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has scheduled a date with the country’s carmakers to discuss how to best push EV uptake. The government hopes to have one million electric cars on the road by 2020. One suggestion is to electrify the state’s fleet.
BMW Z4 spotted: Pictures show the sports car with a folding soft-top. The Z4 reportedly sits on a platform jointly developed by BMW and Toyota. While the Japanese version Supra will come as a hybrid, the Germans have not confirmed if they will incorporate Toyota’s hybrid technology in the new Z4.
Fuel cell order: PowerCell Sweden AB has received a first request for a prototype of its 100 kW PowerCell S3 fuel cell stack for an automotive application. Delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of this year. The European customer has not been named.
Mitsubishi ASX delayed: The production version of the 2015 eX Concept has been pushed back to 2018. The next-gen ASX will then be available as a plug-in hybrid model but not fully electric, as was previously suggested.