Volkswagen, Toyota, Charge, Rolls-Royce, EV Fleet.
VW crisis: Volkswagen will ask Porsche CEO Matthias Müller to take over Winterkorn’s job, insiders told Reuters. Meanwhile, more heads are to roll as ‘Dieselgate’ widens. Research and development chiefs of Audi and Porsche, Ulrich Hackenberg and Wolfgang Hatz, will be removed by the supervisory board.
Prius details leaked: Japanese site Minkara says that according to a leaked staff manual, at least on higher-level models of the 2016 Toyota Prius will feature an electric AWD. Furthermore, Toyota Racing Development has readied sportive components like spoilers for the next-gen bestseller.
greencarreports.com, indianautosblog.com (AWD), motor1.com (TRD)
Funds for e-truck: British-based Charge is developing powertrains for trucks and buses that weigh between 2.5 and 26 tonnes. It just received 20m pounds (30m dollars) in funding from Russian businessman Denis Sverdlov, who says Charge is also holding talks with vehicle makers.
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Rolls-Royce on water: MTU presents its first hybrid propulsion system for yachts. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce. It also offers bespoke E-Drive system solutions to boat owners.
Ready to fly: EV Fleet from North Carolina almost finished preparations for bringing its electric lightweight pick-up called Condor to market. The CEO expects sales to kick off in February of next year and says there are 12,000 orders waiting.
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JAC Motors, BMW, Lexus F, EV-Fleet, Tesla.
Chinese EV for the US: Carmaker Anhui Jianghuai Automobile aka JAC Motors from China signed an EV export framework agreement with American GreenTech Automotive (GTA). GTA is supposed to sell at least 2,000 units of the JAC IEV electric car in the States.
BMW i3 sales start in Singapore but only in the range extended version REx because the city state’s lack of charging infrastructure. The Germans expect to sell about 50 units of the i3 this year together with about ten BMW i8 sport hybrids. Deliveries are set to start shortly.
Lexus F hybrid? Lexus’ high performance F division is looking into hybridising its line. However, the hybrid technology with nickel-metal hydride batteries currently used by Lexus would not provide enough power and range. Therefore, the F is now “studying” supercapacitor solutions.
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Electric light-weight truck: EV-Fleet is about to launch its all-electric truck in its home state North Carolina. The Condor comes in pick-up size and with a load capacity of up to 500 kilos while its 50-kWh battery is said to offer a range of at least one hundred miles.
insideevs.com, ev-fleet.com, youtube.com (videos)
America’s least stolen car: Tesla’s Model S might appear to be one of the most wanted cars in the States but its “theft rating” speaks otherwise, according to a report by the Irish Times. Per 1,000 produced Tesla EVs only 0.15 get stolen and the newspaper pins that low number down to a yet very low demand for second-hand Model S parts.