Toyota, Ferrari, BMW, Mercedes, European Environment Agency.
Toyota considers new hybrid: Once the technology gets more affordable, the carmaker might offer its new Toyota Aygo as a hybrid. Just not yet. The combustion version will hit the streets this summer.Meanwhile, with every third car sold being a hybrid, the Yaris hybrid has proven to be a success story for Toyota. The same is true for the Auris with 40% and Auris ST estate with 60% of the customers going for hybrid.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German), welt.de (in German)
Ferrari plans new hybrid models: Especially the 458 might be offered as a hybrid version in the near future. But here too, cost is still an issue. Ferrari-Chef Amedeo Felisa says, he wants to wait for further technological development and lower battery prices.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)
First BMW i3 delivered in the U.S.: Charles Rabie, a professor at Tulf University in Boston was the lucky first to drive off the lot on Friday. On the other end of the U.S., California buyers are happy to hear that even the BMW i3 with extended range will receive the same 2,500 dollar incentive as the fully electric version.
electriccarsreport.com (Boston), greencarreports.com (California)
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Electromobility powered by Siemens: Siemens is presenting its drivetrain solutions for electric and hybrid cars on “Vehicle Show Electromobility” in Bad Neustadt a.d.S on May 10th and 11th. Find Siemens at the fairground of the demo city for electromobility and take a ride with an electric car.
B-Class Electric Drive priced in the UK: As of the first quarter 2015, the Mercedes will be available for 32,000 pounds (54,000 dollars) before rebates. And with the 5,000-pound (8,440 dollars) government grant extended to 2017, the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive will cost only 1,320 pounds (2,230 dollars) more than the BMW i3.
Introducing C evolution: BMW’s all-electric maxi scooter is available as of today and is said to combine the qualities of a motorcycle and agility of a scooter. The 15,000-euro price tag (20,800 dollars) puts it in the ‘Tesla category’ among scooters. An investment that pays off. C evolution can save the driver 6,000 euros (8,300 dollars) per 10,000 kilometres driven.
The European Union is happy with how fast carmakers are achieving their climate goals, saying the 2015 target has already been met. Climate organisations, on the other hand, accuse manufacturers of lying about their vehicles’ CO2 emission figures.
LaFerrari test drive: Rory Caroll describes it as ‘otherwordly,’ as he sits behind the steering wheel of the new super hybrid. Only 499 units will build and sold to selective customers. And despite its 1.4 million dollar price tag, they have already sold out.