Japan, BMW & Brilliance, Hero, Ferrari, Chevrolet, BMW.
Japanese subsidies for FCVs: Toyota and Honda are getting high-level support before the 2015 launch of their fuel cell vehicles. The Japanese government released its plan for subsidising hydrogen vehicles through incentives and tax rebates, putting them on par with conventional hybrid models. Additionally, Japan plans to increase its H2 stations network sixfold until 2016, while the price of installing a hydrogen station is said drop 50 per cent by 2020.
Brilliant partnership: BMW extends its joint venture with Chinese partner Brilliance prematurely by ten years. Originally, the JV was to terminate by 2018 but will now run until 2028, giving the Bavarian carmaker the chance for long-term expansion. The Chinese government signed off on the contract extension.
Hero literally leaps into hybrid market: The electric motorcycle company plans to launch its series-hybrid scooter “Leap” in February 2015. It will be produced in rather small volumes (around 6,000) and is scheduled to arrive on the European and U.S. first, before eventually being introduced in India.
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LaFerrari convertible? Apparently, Ferrari not only plans a race version of its latest hybrid super car (we reported) but also a convertible called Spider. Rumour has it that the manufacturer will build only 50 of these topless LaFerraris.
Chevy calls for improvements: GM asked owners of Chevy Volts built between 2012 and 2013 to swing by their local garage to have a possible problem with the battery cooling fixed. The company insists, however, that this is not an official recall.
Maxi e-scooter review: Roland Brown took the BMW C Evolution for a spin. Brown finds that the electric scooter, which is being produced close to Electrive’s Berlin HQ, surges forward at a “very entertaining rate.” His only doubt is if the “British motorcycling public is ready” for it.