FCA plug-ins: Chrysler starts production of the Pacifica mini-van in Canada. The PHEV version that is expected to be fitted with LG batteries will be issued in the second half of this year. Its drive will also be used in the Levante PHEV by Maserati in the future. The latter is due to arrive early 2018.
edmunds.com (Chrysler), motortrend.com (Maserati)
BAIC’s EV business to go public: Beijing Electric Vehicle, the electric car branch of BAIC, plans an initial public offering (IPO), seeking to raise 3bn yuan (460m dollars). The money will be used to reach the ambitious target of annually producing 800,000 EVs and PHEVs by 2020 (we reported).
From AirCon to EV: Chinese air condition maker Glee wants to venture into more climate-friendly electric cars. It will issue new shares to ultimately buy EV manufacturer Zhuhai Yinlong New Energy. The latter is a majority shareholder of Nasdaq-listed Altair Nanotechnologies, a battery maker from the U.S.
Topless LaFerrari: The Italian luxury brand presented a convertible LaFerrari to exclusively selected customers. Supposedly dubbed LaFerrari Spider, it comes with either a removable hard or soft cloth top but keeps the original electric drive system. If build, production will be limited to 150 – 200 units.
“I move”: Yet another electric sports car concept comes from California, as VRS Electric Cars teases the Agito Concept, named after the Latin word for “I move.” Debut is set for the Auto China show next month and production could start by mid-2017. While details are scarce, the company says the concept is near production ready.
Electric buses by Daimler: Mercedes clarified its existing road map for the electrification of its bus business. By 2018, the Citaro will hit the market as an E-Cell (BEV), as well as a F-Cell (FCV).
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