Tesla, Mercedes, Apple, Porsche, electric bus, Solar Impulse 2.
Cheaper Model X: Just like the Model S (we reported), Tesla’s Model X is now available with a smaller, 60 kWh battery pack. The new base version, the Model X 60D, starts 74,00 dollars, about 9,000 dollars less than the next step up, the 75D variant.
autoblog.com, insideevs.com, electriccarsreport.com
Electric Mercedes revealed: But don’t get your hopes up, this is no electric car for going the distance nor will it take on Tesla. Golf cart Garia is equipped with a 3 kW electric motor, can go up to 80 km on one charge and has a maximum speed of 30 kph. Better to start small than never.
paultan.org, motoringresearch.com, emercedesbenz.com
Could Apple buy the Formula 1? Apparently, the two are in serious talks about a takeover and the F1 is officially for sale. A takeover would give Apple also a seat at the table with FIA, who is also in charge of the Formula E – possibly a perfect setting to introduce the secret ‘Project Titan’ or Apple Car to the track.
Spyder recall: Porsche is calling the hybrid Spyder 918 back to the shop, as two different seatbelt screw could have been mixed up during assembly. This is the Spyder’s second recall. But with all of 918 units, it’s more an embarrassment than a hassle.
E-bus production in Asia: Chinese electric bus manufacturer Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors wants to set up an assembly plant in Thailand that will serve as a production base for ASEAN countries. Some 10,000 EVs are to be built there the first year. The Thai government is looking into the proposal.
Fly high: As reported, the Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Cairo yesterday – but not without flying a short victory lap over the pyramids. This is the crew’s 16 stop during its global circumvention and the last before heading back to Abu Dhabi from where the plane originally took off last year.