EC wants mandatory e-bike insurance
The European Commission has decided that electric bicycles must have a third party liability insurance. While the draft still needs to go through the EU Council and Parliament, it effectively undermines current legislation that equals pedelecs with bicycles.
Nissan, Peugeot, Mahindra, ExtraEnergy, Cadillac.
Nissan Murano debut: The Japanese carmaker will show its 2015 Murano at the New York Auto Show this April. No details have yet been revealed about powertrain options but a hybrid version is expected.
Hybrid Air launch: Peugeot has confirmed series production of its Hybrid Air system from 2016. The Peugeot 2008 will be the first model to use compressed air instead of a battery pack in combination with a combustion engine. Later the B and C segment commercial vehicles from Peugeot and Citroen will follow.
Another Mahindra export: As the electric Reva e2o has not received much response in India so far, the company is looking to offer it to island states. Mahindra believes tourists to be more open to the vehicle and that its range of 100 kilometres would be just enough for small isles.
LEV Business park: The ExtraEnergy Service GmbH is a newly formed subsidiary of the organisation of the same name. Its mission is to promote light electric vehicles. The company together with the ExtraEnergy and EnergyBus organisations is now moving to its new premises in the German town of Schleiz, Thuringia. Here it plans to revive an industrial estate by inviting LEV component manufacturers to relocate.
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Cadillac ELR review: Matt Keegan spent a week with GM’s luxurious electric car which turned out to be as much about the driving experience as it was about finding an empty public charger. Here, the strongest competitor was not a Volt, which drivetrain the ELR shares, but a Nissan Leaf using the same park and charge spots.