Chinese EV, Mitsubishi, Jaguar, Tesla, Jordan.
Mysterious supercar: Former Porsche Chief Designer Pinky Lai Ping says he is involved in building an electric high-performance luxury vehicle in China that will leave other European manufacturers “in the dust” and “rewrite” Hong Kong’s history. Ping says he is flying to Beijing to sign the deals to build the vehicle “from scratch” this week. The mysterious supercar is said to be unveiled in the next 12 months.
Mitsubishi plans: According to Automotive News, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will become available in the U.S. starting in May of next year. A plug-in variant of the Outlander sport will hit dealerships there in 2017, followed by the new Montero (Pajero), also available as PHEV, in 2018. The future of the all-electric i-MiEV is not a priority, however.
E-Jag is coming: Autocar quotes insiders saying that Jaguar is planning a whole family of SUVs, including a purely electric model that will most likely be built by Magna Steyr in Graz (we reported). Moreover, the company applied to trademark the name “EV-Type,” as well as a series of patents related to inductive charging.
Tesla stores makeover: Ahead of the launch of the Model X, Tesla is revamping its stores worldwide. New interactive displays focus on safety, autopilot technology, the Supercharger network and dual motors that drive the EV. Meanwhile, not one but two of the upcoming electric SUVs were seen on the open road in California.
mashable.com, driving.ca (stores), insideevs.com (Model X, video)
Jordan exempts batteries from sales tax: The country’s cabinet decided that batteries for electric and hybrid cars will not be subject to sales tax any longer. Just recently, Jordan exempted all plug-in vehicles from custom duties and sales tax, in order to encourage uptake.