Detroit Electric, Peugeot, Honda, Formula E, Kia.
Detroit Electric about to start: The company announced it will complete its European testing of the SP:01 shortly. This means Detroit Electric will start production of its electric roadster soon after and promises more details in the coming weeks.
Meet the new Peugeot 508: The French carmaker revealed its new 508 in London yesterday, which is set to arrive at dealers in September. Both the estate RXH and saloon will be offered with the Hybrid4 diesel-hybrid option.
Honda is killing the (mild) hybrid car, now also for its luxury brand ILX and will not offer the Acura hybrid again next year. After the recent ‘death’ of the Insight and the CR-Z (only in Europe, we reported), the Acura is the next car being cancelled that uses the Japanese’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) mild-hybrid system.
Trulli team confirmed: All is set for former Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli to enter the electric racing series with his team ‘Trulli GP Formula E.’ Even though Trulli is taking the slot of Lord Drayson’s team (we reported), they will stay on board the Formula E as technology partner and will work with TrulliGP on wireless charging.
Certified climate protector: German TÜV Nord attests that the new Kia Soul EV has a strong “Global Warming Potential,” or better, cooling, as the Korean EV emits about 40% fewer greenhouse gases over its whole life than its diesel counterpart. This means the Kia Soul EV scores high on the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) standard, which takes into account manufacturing, materials, tailpipe emissions and recycling.