Tesla masterplan: CEO Elon Musk announced a new “masterplan” for the EV maker, as the current one went only from the Roadster to the Model 3. Possibilities are of course endless and Musk did not hint in which direction he wants to go, but it’s clearly a move to keep investors interested. Meanwhile, Tesla started on a three month “Electric Road Trip” around the world to meet enthusiasts and promote its EVs.
twitter.com, electrek.co (Masterplan), electrek.co (Electric Road Trip)
Keeping diesel at the gate: A number of German cities like Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart would like to ban diesel cars in certain zones and implement a blue pollution badge. The problem: so far there is no legal basis for them to keep polluters out, but Germany’s Environment Ministry hopes to agree on the details for the badge before autumn.
automobilwoche.de, heise.de (articles in German)
Electric Mulsanne: The Bentley’s V8 could be replaced with an electric drivetrain, according to Autocar, mainly because China is tightening legislation. It looks like going “full electric will be the only way” to still sell cars in some Chinese cities in the near future, says Bentley’s product manager Holzgartner -a trend that could catch on in Europe.
German buses from Azerbaijan: Eurabus has signed a deal to assemble its electric buses in Ganja in Azerbaijan in the future. The electric drivetrain for the 12-metre-long bus will be delivered by German company Ziehl-Abegg Automotive GmbH.
New Nissan hybrid: Without much fanfare, Nissan now added the Murano Hybrid to its offering in the U.S. Only the SL and Platinum models are available with a hybrid drivetrain that will cost customers an extra 3,000 dollars. Moreover, only about 600 hybrid units will be made available.
Test driving Toyota: Both Autoblog and Green Car Reports took the Prius Prime for a spin. The latter hails the fact that one can now lock in the EV Mode, so “your carefully planned, fossil-fuel-free day” will no longer be ruined when stepping on the accelerator. Autoblog is especially taken by the redesign, but says that it will have a hard time competing with real EVs.
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