Norway, Thailand, Toyota, Tesla, BMW.
How electric will Norway be? A while ago, Norway wanted to ban gas guzzlers by 2025 but a report by German dpa has just been denied. Rather than a ban, the government “wants to encourage more environmentally friendly vehicles by using the carrot instead of stick,” a spokesperson said. Yet, the National Transport Plan also includes proposals to reduce emissions from ships and airplanes. There still is much to discuss, it seems.
spiegel.de (in German), reuters.com (carrot & stick), autoblog.com
Thai EV cooperation: Thailand’s largest utility PTT Plc signed agreements with BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Volvo. The carmakers are to develop or deliver electric vehicles while the state-owned utility is to take care of EV infrastructure. 20 EV charging stations shall stand by 2017.
Many Toyota hybrids for China: GAC Toyota and FAW Toyota plan to launch numerous hybrids by 2020. The GAC Toyota joint venture alone says ten new models are in the making as the Japanese aim for 40 percent market share in the People’s Republic.
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This Tesla test drive went wrong as a Model S caught fire. The passengers managed to leave the car after a message warned of problems with charging, albeit while driving. The accident happened in French Biarritz and the ride was part of Tesla’s Europe promotion dubbed the Electric Road Trip.
electrek.co, jalopnik.com, insideevs.com
BMW 330e review: Anthony Lim went to Munich to take a close look at the BMW 330e PHEV. His report is rich in details and technicalities but he did not only read the specc but drove for 340 km, 22 of which were made in electric mode.