Total buys into the future: French oil and gas company Total has acquired battery maker Saft for 1.1bn dollars, as it moves to invest in clean energy. The friendly take-over was quickly approved by the Saft board. Not unsurprisingly, considering that Total paid a 38 percent premium.
Two new FCVs for England: Riversimple plans to launch two more fuel cell vehicles in the form of a four-seater and a van. The British-based company that recently introduced the Rasa FCV for testing, has employed Fiat 500 designer Chris Reitz for its latest hydrogen concepts. Both the sedan and the van look sleek, taking inspiration from the Rasa. Riversimple is currently looking for crowdfunding to bring its ideas to life.
autocar.co.uk, gizmag.com, riversimple.sharein.com (crowdfunding)
Zoe production to increase: Renault is gearing up production of its compact electric car and looks to churn out 35,000 units this year. That is almost double of last year’s Zoe production of 20,000 units, but the French carmaker says the amount is still below its initial expectations for the EV.
Tesla range to increase: There is a new battery in town as Tesla now offers the Model S with a 75 kWh power pack. In fact, the same pack already sits in the 70 kWh version but is limited electronically. To unlock the battery’s full potential, Tesla asks for an additional 3,000 dollars.
Audi A5 PHEV: The German carmaker previewed its A5 Sportback coupé. This time round, it will also be issued as a diesel-electric hybrid with the electric motor pushing the rear wheels.
autobild.de (in German)
EV for India: Tata Motors is working on a purely electric car together with tech companies. Designed to suit the Indian market, the system will be used in both passenger and commercial vehicles and might even make it into the luxury segment. After all, Tata owns Jaguar Land Rover.
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