Jaguar, Formula E, Beijing Auto, Edinburgh, Renault Twizy.
Jaguar XJ reborn: According to Autocar, Jaguar has finally chosen to reinvent the XJ, transforming it into a super-luxury hybrid. The car will be built for total indulgence and is rumoured to contain a hybrid drivetrain built around a new V6 Ingenium engine, as well as come with autonomous driving and connectivity features. A concept version is expected to debut in 2018, the 50th anniversary of the original XJ.
Virtual championship: The Formula E championship does not want to stop at the finish line, offering a virtual championship for eSports lovers alongside the all-electric racing series. It will include at least four online rounds, previewing the races in Long Beach, Paris, Berlin and London. The top two from each virtual race will then go console to console in July.
Supercar teaser: Beijing Auto has released drawings of a new electric supercar concept. The vehicle will be based on a NextEV Team China Racing Formula E race car, which could mean strict regulations for the design. The mysterious vehicle will have a 300 km range, and sports a racy look. The concept is set to debut at the Beijing Auto Show next month.
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On fire: A mystery is afoot in Edinburgh, where an EV simply burst into flames after being plugged in. The Edinburgh City Council confirmed that it was a company car is currently investigating the incident. At least one witness guesses the electric car had been plugged in for too long…
Twizy 40 hits Canada: The Renault Twizy has been certified by Transport Canada, and is set to hit stores there this summer. It will be sold at the company’s local partner, AZRA Canada. The quadricycle can reach 40 kph (25 mph). If the window-less design is ideal for Canadian winters remains to be seen.
The last Phaeton: The very last Phaeton has rolled off the factory line at the VW Transparent Factory in Dresden. While this spells bad news for employees, the factory will be renovated and reopened in the future. From April 8th, it will also be revamped as a showcase arena for electric mobility and digitization. An electric Phaeton, however, will not see the light of day.