Nissan gears to expand EV range: The Volt’s 24 kWh battery pack phases out successively. In the USA, no 2017 Leaf has the smaller battery as an option anymore and nor do those in France. More countries are likely to follow. Meanwhile, Nissan beats other paths into electrification. The Note e-Power with a price of about 14,500 euros is 40 percent cheaper than the Leaf and range-extended, making it what Nissan calls a “near-electric” hybrid much like GM’s Volt. The smaller battery is charged by a gasoline engine but so far the Note is only available in Japan.
insideevs.com (Leaf), reuters.com (Note e-Power)
Toyota and Suzuki fix their partnership first aired last October. They do indeed want to work together on green and safe technology as well as IT and to supply each other products and components. This looks like it may lead to shared electric mobility innovations in the future.
Elon of Arabia: Tesla is to enter the United Arab Emirates, where it will host a launch event a week from today. It will take place in the world’s tallest building in Dubai. Dubai is also the location for the first service centre in the region and Tesla is now looking for a manager and technicians there.
electrek.co, tesla.com (job listing)
Hero Flash: There is a new e-bike in town as Hero Electric launches the Flash. A lead-acid battery with 960 Wh powers a 250 W motor up to a speed of 25 kph. Range is given at 65 km. While the chemistry is worrying, it helps to keep the price at an all time low of 19,990 rupees, about 280 euros after subsidies.
Beijing pushed back hard on subsidy cheating as it stroke seven carmakers off the list of electric cars eligible for incentives. Officials claim their models were either unfinished or used wrong battery cells. This leaves SAIC Bus and Zhengzhou Nissan Auto among others with two months to rectify the problems.
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