Ford update: Last year, the U.S. manufacturer had presented its strategy to develop 13 electric or plug-in models by 2020 (we reported). That line-up could include commercial vehicles. Ford is investing 4.5bn dollars in the development, as the carmaker is certain that electrified cars will dominate the market by 2030.
Daimler shows Tesla-fighter in Paris: Mercedes announced that it will be premiering an electric “show car embodying a concrete vision of a totally new generation of vehicles.” That sounds like the Tesla-fighter that CEO Dieter Zetsche has promised. Daimer will also show an electric version of all three Smart variants, as well as the Maybach.
Mission E offshoot planned? Porsche seems to be thinking about building another electric sports car based on the Mission E. According to Automobile, it could be a four-door coupé. Moreover, Porsche could extend its SUV line-up, using hybrid drives based on Audi or VW technology, as well as going all-electric.
S-Pedelec by Peugeot: The company will also be showing two wheels in Paris. The eU01s features an electric motor from Bosch, which pushes the cross-country bike up to 45 kph for as much as 95 km on one charge. The pedelec will arrive on the market in December.
VW manager switches to Faraday: The rising EV maker has snitched VW’s former Senior Vice President Product Marketing & Strategy, Jörg Sommer. He has been working in the industry for decades and will take over product marketing and planning the market launch for Faraday’s vehicles.
Volvo in India: The Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid is now available in India. The Swedes see a lot of potential in the market and are looking to launch other PHEVs as well as its planned electric car there as well.
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