250 mile EV by Hyundai: The Koreans are about to raise the stakes in the EV range game. A 250 mile EV is planned for 2020 and is preceded by a 200 mile model due by 2018, Autoblog learns from Byung Ki Ahn, Hyundai’s director of the eco-vehicle performance development group. Together with the Ioniq EV that is expected with 110 miles of range later this year, Hyundai-Kia is clearly gearing up for its plan to launch 26 (partially) electric models by 2020.
Trade-off: Nissan may sell its 41 percent stake in automotive supplier Calsonic Kansei to use the proceeds to foster EV and AI development. More than 100 billion yen (913m dollars) could be raised and a first round of bits will be solicited in June. Calsonic Kansei products focus on conventional cars.
When India meets Italy: Formula E racing technology may be transferred to the road as Pininfarina is to design an electric sports car with Mahindra. The Indian carmaker had acquired the Italian design house last year and hopes to utilise it to offer what it calls an “art to part service” to other manufacturers.
Schaeffler shifts to e-mobility: The firm will double its global capacities in the electric mobility sector as during the next five years the total number of employees is to grow to 2,400. Schaeffler also restructured the Hybrid Drives unit, which Andreas Englisch oversees since April.
Customisable i8: BMW offers a range of fancy colours to choose from for buyers of their sporty hybrid in the UK. Prices start at 5,495 GBP and the palette for the i8 includes Speed Yellow, Solar Orange, or Twilight Purple Pearl among others. Extra sparkle will be added on request.
Scenic mild-hybrid: Renault presents the overhauled Grand Scénic, which is to arrive as Energy dCi 110 Hybrid Assist with a 48 V mild-hybrid system at the end of this year.
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