UN makes noise: A new regulation by the UN’s World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations requires hybrid and electric vehicles to audibly indicate their otherwise silent approach. At speeds of up to 10 kph, a noise with 50db is obligatory, sounds of 56db signal speeds of up to 20 kph and 47db are the norm for when in reverse. The suggested tone is a retro-futuristic humming.
carbuyer.co.uk, unece.org, unece.org (sound suggestion, audio file)
Third electric Audi? The German carmaker plans an electric trio, as the Q6 and Q4 e-tron will be joined by the C e-tron, reporter Georg Kacher suggests. The coupé will sit above the Audi A8 and will thus be rather luxurious. Market entry is supposedly set for the end of the decade.
autobild.de (in German)
Chinese electric SUV: Zhiche Auto presented a state-of-the-art SUV. The yet to be named EV is connected, drives automatically, and features wing doors, as well as a bumper grill that can display simple messages (digital bumper stickers). Market entry in limited numbers is set for 2017 in China.
Subaru sports hybrid: A new hybrid sports coupé is in the making at Subaru, Car & Driver reports quoting insiders. Two electric front drives coupled with a mid-engine will allegedly boast a combined 330 hp. Everything is still at the prototype stage, which is why no more details are known.
EV incentives: Liechtenstein launched a scheme that grants 3,000 CHF (3,045 dollars) to those wishing to buy a purely electric vehicle. The programme will initially support the purchase of 50 EVs (which are also exempt from vehicle tax) and can be extended if demand takes off. The scheme was launched by LIFE Climate Foundation and Liechtensteinische Kraftwerke.
Honda FCV home launch: Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell is on sale in Japan. Prices start at 7.66m yen (about 68,000 dollars). Honda targets companies and authorities to lease the FCV and hopes to sell about 200 units of the 750-km-range car in 2016. A very limited number of vehicles is destined for export.