BYD announces new EVs: The Chinese manufacturer has announced two new all-electric SUVs for China. The Song EV with a range of 270 km will be unveiled soon and become available before the end of the year. Just like the Yuan EV, said to go 250 km on one charge. Moreover, the Song EV could replace the originally planned plug-in hybrid version.
H2 update from Hyundai: The Korean carmaker has unveiled details about its future fuel cell plans. The second FCV will arrive at dealerships in 2018, and will be sold from 53,400 dollars. Range is said to 600 km. Moreover, Hyundai says it will present its first fuel cell bus before the end of the year.
Kia Optima gets price tag: The plug-in version of the Kia Optima will sell for 31,495 pounds in the UK, including subsidies. Meanwhile, Autocar and Autoexpress took the brand’s first PHEV for a spin. The latter complains that in real life, the all-electric range is much less than on paper, while Autocar says the low price makes it a true competitor for Mitsubishi and Volvo.
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Topless BMW i8: A prototype of the i8 Roadster that will reportedly hit the road 2018, has been spotted during testing at the Nürburgring. For some unexplainable reason, the car sported an i6 logo in the back – maybe just to confuse journalists.
Power hybrid arrives in Japan: Honda is now accepting orders for the U.S. built NSX hybrid sports car. Pricing starts at 23.7m yen, or almost 236,000 dollars. Deliveries will start at the end of February 2017.
World heritage visit: Since recently, a sightseeing catamaran with a hybrid propulsion system takes visitors the world heritage site Nærøyfjord in western Norway. It has room for 399 passengers and in the conservation area, the “Vision of the Fjords” travels on battery-power only.