Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Terra Motors, Yuba & Currie, BMW.
Meet the Mercedes GLC: Mercedes-Benz unveiled the second generation of its mid-range SUV GLC (formerly the GLK), which will hit the stores this September. It will also be available as a plug-in hybrid named GLC 350 e 4Matic. This version has a system output of 327 hp and goes electrically for up to 34 kilometres. Prices for the PHEV are hitherto unknown.
greencarcongress.com, bloomberg.com, daimler.com
Facelifted Outlander for Japan: After it has just been caught undisguised, Mitsubishi now officially presented the updated Outlander for its domestic market. The facelift bears the new ‘Dynamic Shield’ design while the plug-in hybrid has a newly optimised drive which is said to enable 60.8 kilometres of all-electric range. It is also surprisingly cheap as the PHEV starts at 3,596,400 yen (29,000 dollars).
Three-wheeled expansion: Japanese Terra Motors is to expand to India where it plans to open 80 outlets by the end of next year to sell e-rickshaws. The company has over 1,000 dealers and 3,000 service networks in Japan and has production plants in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Japan.
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The pick up truck amongst cargo bikes is the electric Spicy Curry model by Yuba Bicycles. Together with Currie Technologies, this electric cargo bike has been developed for the U.S. market. With its versatility and payload of 136 kilos, it targets families and businesses alike. It is powered by the TranzX M07HC central drive with 350 Watt and costs 4,500 dollars.
e-bike-finder.com (in German), yubabikes.com (product page)
BMW X5 xDrive40e review: Motoring has tested BMW’s only plug-in hybrid without an “i” in its name. Being a full-size SUV, fuel economy or electric range were not the developer’s priority but still one can save at the push of a button – more or less.