Honda, BMW, Suzuki, Bolloré, Denmark, Sweden.
Mirai fighter: Honda is ready to present the production version of its FCV at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, publishing a first teaser image. The launch in Japan is set for early 2016. Furthermore, the Odyssey Hybrid, the NSX Hybrid, and the Neowing Hybrid trike will be on display.
New BMW i update: The German carmaker’s third model in the electrified i-series can be expected by 2020 and not 2019, as previously hoped, auto motor und sport reports. It will most likely be called BMW i5 and will have a range of up to 500 km. Earlier reports suggested it might be powered by a fuel cell.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)
Suzuki hybrids: In Tokyo, the manufacturer will show its hybrid concept Air Triser. The compact minivan’s seven seats can be rearranged to form a lounge. Electric AWD is optional. Also at the booth will be Suzuki’s compact Ignis and the Ignis Trail concept, both featuring a mild hybrid system.
indianautosblog.com (Air Triser), indianautosblog.com (Ignis), indianautosblog.com (Ignis Trail)
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Efficient Engines: The new project of the leading edge cluster Electric Mobility South-West “Effect 360°” is studying the efficient product and production solutions for electrified vehicle. The focus being on the urban-efficient vehicle segment. e-mobilbw-sw.de
Bolloré eyes America: The French corporation is looking to expand its business across the Atlantic. Apparently, CEO Vincent Bolloré is already talking to American companies interested in adding the Bluecar to their fleets. Even consumer sales might be a possibility in the future.
Goodbye green government: Denmark’s three-month old government is reversing the country’s green policies. By 2020, a 180 percent levy will be extended to electric cars, which will then be taxed like any other car. A special tax on Nitrogen-Oxide emissions, as those emitted by diesels, will be scrapped at the same time, rendering the government’s reasoning of budget deficits somewhat unreasonable.
Clean country: Sweden vows to become the first fossil fuel free nation worldwide. In 2016 alone, it plans to invest 546m dollars in clean energy, while increasing support for clean transport such as electric buses among other measures. When exactly it will be fossil fuel free has not been stated, but 2050 seems likely.