BYD’s new Song: BYD will bring an all-electric and a plug-in version of their SUV Song to market this year – one out of ten new alternative energy cars in the pipelines for 2016. An all-electric Qin and PHEV Yuan will also hit the road. Moreover, BYD is to invest in a new battery production line in Shenzhen, China, which will officially open its doors in 2018.
Fuel cell Lexus: Lexus will show the LF-FC (Lexus Future-Flagship Car/Fuel Cell) Concept in Geneva next week. It is said to preview the hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain vehicle planned for 2020, and also shows Lexus’ commitment to follow in the footsteps of parent company Toyota in including FCVs in their line-up.
Duty free imports: The Malaysian government will allow for the duty free import of 100 Tesla Model S, with hopes of promoting electric cars in the country. However, the imported cars will be used solely for demonstrations, and purchase may be restricted to government-linked companies.
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The latest from Terra: Terra Motors has unveiled their newest e-rickshaw model, the Y4 Alfa. It seats up to five people and is outfitted with Terra’s self-developed battery. The latter has a lifespan of 18 months and can travel up to 100 km on one charge.
Tesla gets domain name: Tesla finally gets to use tesla.com, a domain name that was registered in 1992—but even not by the EV maker. The company’s webpage can currently be found at teslamotors.com, but since Tesla is branching out into fields like home energy storage, being able to use the more general domain name had been a priority for years.
E Class spotted: The upcoming Mercedes E Class has been spotted nearly undisguised, as only some plastic sheet was used to cover the rear. The sedan will go on sale in September, possibly also as a plug-in hybrid. The system would boast a combined 279 hp and allow for an all-electric range of 18.6 miles.
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