New Panamera PHEV: Porsche presented the next generation of its Panamera Turbo. Two hybrid variants are apparently planned, although the German luxury brand has not released details on the plug-ins yet. The Panamera will hit the stores this November.
Energetic partnership: BYD and utility Enel agreed to work together on global projects for electric buses and energy storage. The partners aim their transport services, which will be based on batteries by BYD, particularly at municipalities in areas they already operate in.
Diesel deal details: Of the 2bn dollars Volkswagen is to reserve for electric transport initiatives, 800m will go to California to finance EV charging infrastructure, hydrogen stations, electric carsharing programmes and other schemes. The remaining 1.2bn will fund similar projects across the States.
LEV made in Vegas: 2050 Motors collected 10m dollars destined for the erection of an assembly facility for its light electric vehicle e-Go EV with carbon chassis in Las Vegas. The firm says negotiations with the desert city “are very close to culmination,” while a foreign trade zone may be in the cards also.
Chinese PHEV SUV: Great Wall’s SUV brand Haval has shown the HB-02, a concept SUV with plug-in hybrid technology in Beijing. Range is given at 65 kilometres with the electric motor developing 95 kW powered by a 13 kWh Li-ion battery. The drive will feature in Haval production vehicles from next year.
Toyota recall: 1.43m hybrid cars are asked to return to the garages worldwide due to a potential air bag inflator defect. The recall covers Toyota Prius and Lexus CT 200h built between 2008 and 2012 and affects 482,000 vehicles in the U.S. and 141,000 in Europe.
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