Tesla, SGL, Walmart, Cadillac.
Tesla triples safety: Following incidents of burning Model S’ last year, the Californian carmaker now outfits its vehicle bodies with a triple underbody shield. All Model S produced since 6th of March already have this feature. For all others, Tesla offers retrofitting upon request and free of charge. The NHTSA fully approved the measure and has closed its investigation.
chargedevs.com, medium.com (with videos), electriccarsreport.com
Cheaper carbon fibre: German carbon specialist SGL expects prices to fall by up to 90% within the next few years due to reduced manufacturing costs. This would mean 30 euros (41 dollars) or less per kilo and could make carbon fibre reinforced parts an even more viable alternative for cars.
Walmart shows the future in form of its aerodynamic hybrid truck. Its trailer is entirely made out of carbon fibre. The whole vehicle has now been presented at the Mid America Trucking Show (MATS) in Kentucky, USA.
hybridcars.com, greencarcongress.com (with video)
First-world problems: Cadillac is recalling 656 ELRs with range extender due to a fault with the electronic stability control. Fortunately, only 55 had actually been delivered to consumers while the rest is still at dealers or at the plant. According to GM, the problem does not affect any Volt vehicles.
Kazuhiro Tsuga, Elon Musk.
“Our approach is to make investments step by step. Elon plans to produce more affordable models besides Model S, and I understand his thinking and would like to cooperate as much as we can. But the investment risk is definitely larger.” Panasonic president, Kazuhiro Tsuga, has carefully slowed down speculations on his company’s investment in […]Continue reading
Mercedes AMG SLS Electric Drive, Cadillac ELR.
Video tip: TopGear called for the war of the roses when putting the Mercedes AMG SLS Electric Drive up against its brother, the SLS AMG Black Series. See for yourself if the extra electric power is enough to beat the lightweight!
youtube.com via hybridcars.com
Click tip: Photoshop can make the world look so much better and has been applied to this rendering of a Caddy ELR – now convertible. Suddenly, the pool advertisement is starting to make sense…
Audi, StreetScooter, Vauxhall, Mando Footloose, Japan.
Audi energy: Since Germany has a liberalised energy market, Audi in cooperation with LichtBlick SE can offer every buyer of its A3 e-tron a clean electricity package. The electricity comes solely from hydro-electric power stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the package not only includes the plug-in hybrid’s energy needs but also the supply of the owners homes.
StreetScooter launch: The electric delivery van by the German university RWTH Aachen will be industrialised in the third quarter of 2013. The first utility vehicle called Work will be exclusively distributed by Spijkstaal Elektro B.V. in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Germany, StreetScooter vehicles are currently used by Deutsche Post for deliveries for which they were initially developed for.
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Low price Ampera: Vauxhall dealer Pentagon is offering GM’s electric car with range extender from 22,995 pounds (38,200 dollars). That is 10,000 pounds less than listed but already includes the 5,000 grant from the UK government. Interestingly, this puts the plug-in Ampera in the price range of the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion starting at 21,270 pounds (35,300 dollars).
E-bike for traveller: The chainless e-bike Mando Footloose by Haller Meister made its retail debut at consumer electronics shop Capi at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. The retailer wants to support sales with large-scale promotions. Luckily, home delivery will be available as e-bikes are not allowed on planes due to li-ion battery regulations.
Sales in Japan: Here are the numbers for the electric and hybrid vehicle sales in Japan of the year 2013: Toyota again came in first with sales of 1,280,235 units, accounting for about 83% of Japan’s hybrid and EV market. Honda on the other hand reported a decline on sales of 19%, whereas Mitsubishi was able to kick-off its Outlander plug-in with 20,026 units.
E-bike sales in Germany.
The sale of 410,000 e-bikes has saved the German bicycle market in 2013. While regular bike sales saw a drop of 5.5% down to 3.75m units, pedelecs continued to grow (+7.9%). With a record marketshare of 11%, pedal-assisted bicycles have become the third largest segment in Germany.
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Bombardier, Type 2, Toyota, IDTechEx.
Inductive Bus: In the German city of Brunswick, a new electric bus has now entered regular service. Operator Braunschweiger Verkehrs AG says, that so called Emil is the first inductively charged e-bus in scheduled service worldwide. It will serve on the highly frequented loop line M19. By 2015, Emil will be joined by more of his kind to serve the line with e-buses only. So far, two stops feature inductive charging developed by Bombardier and TU Braunschweig university.
braunschweiger-zeitung.de (in German), braunschweiger-verkehrs-ag.de (photos)
German standard for Europe: The Type 2 (three-phase AC) connector has been officially named the standard for the European Union, reports German news agency dpa with reference to the EU council of ministers. The Type 2 connector, also known as Mennekes plug gets already used for a while in European-built cars such as the BMW i3, Renault Zoe, Volvo V60 PHEV or Smart electric drive. Even Tesla’s European version of the Model S comes with a Type 2 intlet.
spiegel.de (in German), wiwo.de (in German)
Toyota presents TS040 Hybrid: The Japanese have unveiled their race car for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. The TS040 comes with a combination of a V8 engine and two electric motors. Together they got 735 kW and will unfold their full power at the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Study tip: IDTechEx analysed the global activities of 140+ lithium battery manufacturers and predicts that by 2024, li-ion batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles will make up more than half of the total market volume.
Larry W. Reaugh, Nicolas Meilhan.
“It is my belief that Tesla’s project is concrete evidence of the growth and viability of the electric car market, resulting in greater demand for lithium-ion batteries.”
Larry W. Reaugh, president and CEO of American Manganese Inc., which is mining for rare metals in Arizona, USA, might have intended his words of praise as a spoken application as his company is not yet working for Tesla.
“Volkswagen isn’t going to sell many battery-only cars. The E-Golf is a stop-gap. It’s telling people that VW is coming with electric cars, but the range-extended (plug-in hybrid) car will come soon in August 2014. That won’t be a niche model like the battery electric car, but will be for the mass market.”
Frost & Sullivan analyst Nicolas Meilhan doesn’t believe that the electric Golf will become a big seller but has higher expectations for the following plug-in version.
Well-to-Wheels analysis, KORELATION project, Selected events.
Study tip: An updated version of the “Well-to-Wheels Analysis of Future Automotive Fuels and Powertrains in the European Context” by Europe’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and its partners now includes plug-in hybrid, battery and fuel-cell electric vehicles and a long-term outlook until 2020.
iet.jrc.ec.europa.eu (full report as pdf) via greencarcongress.com
Download tip: ‘KORELATION’ is the name of a project by the Swiss e’mobile association where 200 drivers of electric cars share their experiences. Now, a first interims report is online, challenging suppositions concerning range and costs of EVs in the alpine state.
Selected events for the upcoming week: Supercapacitors Europe (04-01-2014 – 04-02-2014; Berlin, Germany) ++ INTRASME SME Opportunity Workshop (04-03-2014; Berlin, Germany)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
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Honda, Toyota, Audi, Nissan, Greenpower Motor Company.
Japanese H2 efforts: Honda and Toyota both aim for an annual production of 1,000 fuel cell vehicles by 2015. Honda’s sedan is expected to travel 500 kilometres on one tank and will cost less than ten million yen (96,890 dollars) in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. Toyota plans similarly but wants to scale up production considerably comes 2020.
Audi parades R18 e-tron in Le Mans: The new hybrid race car of the German carmaker has made its entry on the streets of the French city. Tom Christensen drove the R18 e-tron about six miles from the cathedral to the race track. The 2014 R18’s diesel engine is enlarged to 4 litres, 300 ccm more than last season.
Nissan recall: The American NHTSA and the Japanese carmaker are recalling more than one million vehicles mostly in North America, due to a software problem concerning the airbag. Among the affected cars are the Nissan Leaf, Pathfinder and some Infiniti from the model years 2013/14.
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Millions for mobility: The Mobility Fund is a foundation by Toyota designed to support initiatives that address mobility issues worldwide. Programmes by non-profit organizations and research institutions can expect grants totalling 3 to 4.5 billion yen (29 to 39m dollar) annually. The Mobility Fund will be registered in Japan by August this year.
New electric bus: Greenpower Motor Company from Canada will present its lightweight EV350 with Siemens components at the end of April. The electric bus is said to have a range of 250 kilometres per charge. Greenpower has appointed StarPoint as one of its U.S. distributors.
Tesla Model X reservations.
More than 12,000 Model X reservations have already been made, estimates Black Sheep Planet blog which again relies on information from the Tesla Motors Club website. Considering the deposit that is mandatory to every Tesla reservation, the electric carmaker is expected to hold an interest-free total of 112,920,000 dollars from Model X reservations alone.
teslamotorsclub.com via blacksheepplanet.com
SAE International, Volvo, Toyota, Honda.
Two H2 standards: SAE has issued two technical standards: SAE J2601, “Fueling Protocols for Light Duty Gaseous Hydrogen Surface Vehicles”, and SAE J2799, “Hydrogen Surface Vehicle to Station Hardware and Software.” The standards were designed to harmonise hydrogen fuelling for both 35 MPa and 70 MPa pressures internationally.
Flywheel fuel savings: Volvo engineers report savings of up to 25% of fuel with their Flybrid KERS in operation at the rear axle of an S60. While the system will not go into production as it is, they said that after 2020 some sort of KERS would be “inevitable on production cars.”
autocar.co.uk via greencarreports.com
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Save the copper: Toyota has developed a copper-recycling process that reproduces copper with a purity of 99.96%. Part of the process is the crushing of a car’s wiring assembly and seperating the copper by examining differences in buoyancy and using magnets. Together with Yazaki, Toyota wants to increase recycled copper production to 1,000 tons per year.
Honda’s Smart Home produces more energy from renewable sources than it can use in a year and can thus power the included Fit EV easily. The model house stands on the West Village campus of the University of California, Davis and awaits its yet to be selected inhabitants shortly.
hybridcars.com (with videos)
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“The contract will be awarded at the end of May for the public charging infrastructure to be expanded to 1,600 charging points until the end of 2015.”
Cornelia Yzer, Berlin’s local minister for economics, is pushing electric transport in the German capital. The expansion of the current charging network of 400 stations to 1,600 is met by more than 150 e-mobility projects in the German capital. A Europe-wide call for proposals for the charging infrastructure might be an ideal for other cities.
tagesspiegel.de (in German)
Daimler/Renault, Fisker, Nissan, Renault.
Daimler hybrids with Renault engine: Future hybrid versions of Mercedes’ front-wheel drive models will feature a three-cylinder engine which is being co-developed with Renault. Rear-wheel driven models such as the C and E class which offer more space for the drivetrain will keep their four-cylinder engines.
Wanxiang buys Fisker plant: As part of their acquisition of the Fisker assets, an affiliate of Wanxiang America completed the purchase of Fisker’s Delaware plant. The property was sold for 18 million dollars, the same amount Fisker paid for it in 2010. Wanxiang is still deliberating whether it will use the facility for mass production.
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Nissan hybrid SUV teased: Ahead of the New York Auto Show next month, Nissan has released some teaser images of the new Murano. The SUV is believed to come also with a hybrid drivetrain, most likely a combination of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with lithium-ion battery, similar to the Altima Hybrid.
Renault Monte Carlo: Beating teams with cars such as the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster and VW e-Up, Renault has won this year’s zero-emission edition of the iconic Rally Monte Carlo. In total the Renault work’s team with their Zoe walked away with all five medals.
transportevolved.com, green.autoblog.com, noodls.com
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BMW/Toyota, ETL, Airbus.
Joint-forces sports car: The first project between the alliance of BMW and Toyota will be an all-wheel drive hybrid sports car, marking a new generation to the Z4 and Supra model line. The two-seater will feature a hybrid drivetrain using supercapacitors based on Toyota’s Le Mans expertise and lightweight solutions from BMW’s i brand.
autocar.co.uk, greencarreports.com, autoblog.com
ETL for inductive charging: The Plugless L2 system is the first wireless electric vehicle charging system to carry the ETL safety mark, says the manufacturer Evatran. The Plugless system is currently available for the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. The Intertek ETL safety mark appears on billions of products across North America as evidence of compliance to product safety standards.
Electric maiden flight: The Airbus E-Fan is a technology demonstrator of a fully electrically-powered aviation training aircraft. The all-composite airplane has now successfully completed its maiden flight.
Matthias Wissmann, Timothy Eustace.
“This is why we have now reached the next milestone: Electric mobility is competitive and ready to enter the market.”
Matthias Wissmann is the president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and he is convinced that German carmakers did a good job and obtained a leading position in terms of alternative drivetrains.
dmm.travel (in German)
“General Motors and Ford didn’t start out with franchises. They started out direct to market. It took them years to build the marketing system they have now.”
Timothy Eustace, Democratic Assemblyman in New Jersey, says that he had no idea what was going on when Tesla was voted out of the state in a meeting two weeks ago. Eustace is backing Tesla and has authored a proposal that seeks to amend state law to allow any electric carmaker to sell directly to customers.
Nissan Leaf, Formula E.
Click tip: Although we are trying hard here at electrive.com to keep you up to date on everything EV, why not head over to Nissan’s new website where real Leaf owners answer your questions about driving electric. Let us know what you find out!
nissanusa.com via greencarreports.com, electriccarsreport.com (Leaf owner stories)
Video tip: Watch, but more important, listen to Jarno Trully’s first rounds in a Formula E race car. Will you find the new sound as “cool” as the Italian race driver does? Most likely.
EU, Mitsubishi, BMW, Tesla, Volkswagen.
No EU target: Yesterday, members of the European parliament have agreed that EU countries will be obliged to install an ‘appropriate number of electric recharging points accessible to the public’ by 2020. To reach a compromise, the parliament did follow the urge of the member states and settled the agreement without defining specific targets.
Mitsubishi goes all-hybrid: As part of their ‘Green Mobility’ initiative, Mitsubishi will offer every future car model in a hybrid/plug-in hybrid version, says Werner H. Frey, director of MMD Automobile, Mitsubishi’s importer in Germany. Furthermore Frey wants to turn German Mitsubishi dealerships into Green Mobility Centers and install dedicated charging points for its customers.
presse.mitsubishi-motors.de (in German)
BMW X7 made in USA: According to Automobilwoche, BMW plans to extend its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and to build the upcoming X7 there. It will join the X3, X5, X6 and the X4, which starts later this year. All models are expected to receive hybrid drivetrains eventually.
Tesla Model S redefined: With ‘Unplugged Performance’ another Tesla tuner is entering the stage. The modifications on offer are rather moderate and tasteful and we cannot wait to see details of the future performance tuning options being announced!
No compliance car: Having owned six different models of the VW Golf in the past, Robert Llewellyn certainly knows what he is talking about when it comes to Germany’s best-selling car. He is convinced that the new e-Golf is not just a another electric car built to comply with emission limits. Instead, it has even “raised the game.”
A123, Electrolyte, Tesla, Hamburg.
A123’s re-orientation: The battery maker is selling its grid storage business and other assets related to telecom and IT data storage to NEC Corporation for approximately 100 million dollars. Furthermore, A123 Systems LLC is increasing its focus on the transportation market and is currently producing 12-volt micro-hybrid batteries for three different vehicle manufacturers.
Dividable e-bike: Bavarian Electrolyte showed its latest idea of an electric bicycle which can be easily disassembled in two pieces to be taken on the train, bus or other means of public transport. The manufacturer has yet to make a decision on the final design, but says it will defintivly introduce a compact e-bike.
Pedal displacement: According to Tesla owner David Noland, poor design of the both the acceleration and braking pedal in the Model S could lead the driver to push both pedals at the same time. But instead of displaying a warning message, Noland suggest Tesla to disable the accelerator instead in the rare circumstances this double-pedal state occurs.
Hamburg gets Energy Campus: The new research institute will host two laboratories for wind turbine generation and smart grid applications and be part of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Hamburg’s mayor, Olaf Scholz, is referring to the new Energy Campus as the “Silicon Valley of renewal energies.”
hzwei.info (in German)
Cécile Toubeau, Arndt Neuhaus.
“Greatly reducing transport’s CO2 emissions requires many measures, and clean electrification of transport will have to be one of them. Today’s deal is a damp squib that does nothing to bring that closer.”
Cécile Toubeau, policy officer at Transport & Environment, is clearly not amused about the EU parliament’s decision to drop all mandatory targets for electric charging stations and refuelling stations for hydrogen, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG).
“With its charging infrastructure, Tesla is using a proprietary system instead of an open system, which has not been proven to be a good way in the IT industry. To be able to quickly become a mass-market phenomena, electric mobility has to be based upon open standards. I need to be able to use any charging point in Europe, regardless of the connector. A proprietary connector is not really helping here.”
Arndt Neuhaus, chairman of the board at german utility RWE, talks to German ‘Automobilwoche’ about Hubject and his thoughts on the Tesla Supercharger network.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
Porsche 918 Spyder, Cadillac ELR.
Video tip I: In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Daniel Eastman from Porsche is walking Leno through the 918 Spyder before taking it on a test drive. Surely a nice sum-up of the development and features of the plug-in hybrid supercar.
youtube.com via autoweek.com
Video tip II: The new commercial for the Cadillac ELR is definitively less provocative than the previous ‘Poolside’ clip (we reported) but it highlights the plug-in ELR as an electric car without compromise. Well, will this reignite the debate about whether the Voltec drivetrain classifies the ELR as a plug-in hybrid rather than a range-extended electric car?
SLAM, BMW, Mitsubishi, Ohio State University, eV Race, Volkswagen.
Germany gets fast-charging network: SLAM is the name of the new DC charging network to be set up by BWM, Daimler, Ford, VW and the German ministry of economics. Until 2017, a total of 400 charging stations will be installed throughout the country at about every 50 kilometres. CCS (DC) and Type 2 (three-phase AC) are the standards in favour, CHAdeMO will be excluded. The project kicks off officially at the Hannover Messe trade show at the beginning of April.
autobild.de (in German)
New fast charging option? BMWi’s head of communication, Weiland Bruch, announced the coming of a new DC-charging solution. Details about what exactly that entails were not disclosed. It is possible, however, that it could have something to do with the above mentioned SLAM project.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV priced down under: Starting on March 31st, the SUV will be available in Australia starting at 47,490 AU dollars (43,026 U.S. dollars). The plug-in hybrid combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with front and rear electric motors and has a maximum electrical range of 52 kilometres.
Ohio State University enters TT Zero: The RW2.X operates at 450 volts and holds as much energy as a Chevy Volt. The electronics and inner workings of the 70 hp electric motorcycle were entirely designed and build by students. It is the University’s second time entering the race.
Tesla pioneers develop electric race car: Internode-founder and owner of the first Tesla in Australia, Simon Hackett, is investing in eV Race Systems, a start-up aiming to develop a new high-performance electric race car. With Rudi Tuisk and Craig Davis – two former Tesla managers – being part of the executive team, eV Race Systems seems well prepared for the job.
Driving VW: Transport Evolved sat behind the wheel of the Golf GTE, finding that it lives up to “its name of a sporty plug-in hybrid.” GreenCar Reports gave the 2015 e-Golf a go, also having a “favourable” impression. And one thing both test drivers agree on – no matter if its hybrid or all-electric – it still looks and feels like a VW Golf.
transportevolved.com (VW Golf GTE), greencarreports.com (VW e-Golf)
By its own account, BYD sold more than 6,000 Qins in China in the first months of 2014. With official figures yet to be released, China’s National Passenger Car Association says that if the selling trend really did continue to rise in March, the Qin could just be the country’s best selling EV to date.
businesswire.com via greencarcongress.com
Fomm, Johnson Controls, BMW, Graphene.
Flood-proof electric car: Japanese company Fomm has developed a water-resistant electric car which in case of an emergency would be able to float and even move thanks to water-jet generators. Also, with only 2.49 metres in length the manufacturer claims that the ‘Concept One’ is the world’s smallest electric 4-seater. Prices will start at 1 million yen (9,800 dollars, battery excluded).
Keeping cool: Johnson Controls, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) and its Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) want to develop a new cooling system for EV-batteries. Initially, the trio will focus on a 48-volt micro-hybrid battery.
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Two ENGEL moulding machines for BMW: The two large-scale machines will be delivered to BMW’s production plant in Leipzig, where the same technology is already being used to manufacture body shell components for the BMW i3. Both machines can be synchronised to produce identical components at the same time, ensuring the same material aging process.
Superconducting graphene: Researchers at Stanford University and University College of London (UCL) have discovered that graphene in combination with calcium turns into a superconductor. When studying samples of CaC6, they found that the interaction between the two is what increases conductivity.
Alexey Rakhmanov, Niki Lauda.
“Nonetheless, Russia has started some steps forward. Our task now is to get rid of great pollutants – from this point of view if you do nothing about fleet renewal no hybrid or electric vehicle would add anything to the eco-situation in cities.”
Alexey Rakhmanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, explains that the Russian government is studying how to allocate subsidies for electric and hybrid vehicles. However, he adds that the road to establishing the technology in the country is going to be a long one.
“I have no idea why and I think it is absurd that there are people who, after such a good race, complain about the new Formula 1, saying that it is not loud enough.”
Former Formula 1 driver and non-executive chairman of the Mercedes F1 Team, Niki Lauda, disagrees with comments that hybrid engines do not belong on the race track. Earlier, Formula 1 chef Bernie Ecclestone had complaint that the new vehicles do not sound like real race cars anymore.
welt.de (in German)
Kia fast charging, Drayson B12.
Video tip 1: Kia’s new promotional video ‘Recharge Your Soul’ highlights the fast charging process for its new EV, showing positively charged people. The Motto – ‘everyone needs time to be recharged.’
youtube.com via green-motors.de (in German)
Video tip 2: In the newest edition of ‘Fully Charged,’ Robert Llewellyn watches the Drayson B12/69EV Le Mans prototype set a new record, as the electric racing car hits 219 miles per hour (352 kph).
youtube.com via green.autoblog.com
Tesla, Renault, Mia Electric, Mitsubishi, Formula E.
Tesla eyes Arizona and it seems as the U.S. state is considering a compromise in return. The reason – the electric car giant is considering opening its Gigafactory there. Along with Texas and New Jersey, Arizona had banned Tesla from owning its own retail stores, a ruling it might now reverse. And while Tesla is also considering building in Texas, no word there about lifting the ‘Tesla-ban.’
greencarreports.com, hybridcars.com (why Tesla should be allowed to sell own cars)
Twizy Cargo priced: The latest addition to the Twizy family will be available starting at 8,080 euros (11,140 dollars) in France. The battery rental begins at as low as 50 euros (69 dollars) per month, depending on the contract period. The EV is clearly aimed at businesses, featuring a 180-litre/75-kilo boot instead of a backseat.
Mia Electric is dead: Motor Nature takes a look at the the recent developments at Mia Electric and tries to explain why Mia will eventually disappear whilst electric cars turn into a mature market. Is it just a sad story or also a good sign?
Mitsubishi starts ‘Green Mobility’ campaign: The i-MiEV (which sounds like the German word for ‘smelly’) will be sold under the new name Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle. The EV will also be tagged with a lower price, starting at 23,788 euros (32,780 dollars). Overall, the Japanese car manufacturer wants to focus on cars with alternative drives in Germany. The highly anticipated Outlander Plug-in will be launched there in May.
kfz-betrieb.vogel.de (in German)
Formula E Driver’s Club grows: Four more drivers have signed up to be among the possible drivers of the Formula E Championship. Jarno Trulli, Nick Heidfeld and Jérôme d’Ambrosio, all three of which have competed in the Formula One join the pool, as well as Sam Bird, who came second in the GP2 series last year.