Expect an electric McLaren: The Ultimate Series will soon include an all-electric model, an insider told Autocar, though the production run will be most limited. Still, McLaren is stepping further into electric terrain and is also planning to equip the next-gen 570 and 720 with hybrid drives from 2020 or latest 2021. The Brits have also been selected to supply the Formula E with batteries from season 5 (we reported).
A Dyson electric car is increasingly likely given that the hoover maker just sucked in another Aston Martin manager. David Wyer follows former product developer Ian Minards to Dyson, where Wyer will take care of sales. Dyson wants to invest 1 billion pounds in battery development by 2020 reportedly and has already received a 16m pound grant through the British government.
5 hybrid ferries for Norway: Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) just scored its biggest order to date as Fjord1 wants to retrofit five ferries with the Odin’s Eye hybrid system. Each of the 111 metre-long vessels can carry up to 120 cars and are to serve between Hareid-Sulesund and Magerholm-Sykkylven.
UQM Technologies found a European OEM to conduct a pilot trial of its fully electric drivetrain PowerPhase DT. The unnamed bus producer will be running two of the DT systems for evaluation with the long term goal of an all-electric transit bus production program.
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