Nissan, South Korea, 2050 Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Daimler.
Upgraded Leaf arrives: Nissan’s best-selling EV is available with 30 kWh battery in Europe. Prices start from 28,060 euros. Apart from more range (up to 250 km), the Leaf features more connectivity, i.e. enabling drivers to pre-heat the battery. Nissan demonstrates the power of the specially engineered Nordic Pack in a video, where it literally defrosts its new Leaf.
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New Energy investment: Eight Korean corporations, among them Hyundai, Kia, LG, and Samsung, are pooling investments in the new energy sector. About 5bn of the 6.7bn dollars raised will be used to develop electric vehicles. The rest of the money goes to solar power, smart grid applications and the like.
China EV for the U.S.: 2050 Motors presents its second EV for the USA. Different from the Ibis, which has been dubbed a Tesla clone, the e-Go is a compact EV that also uses carbon for its body. 2050 Motors claims a 200 mile range and is currently looking to start manufacturing in the Las Vegas area.
U.S. hybrid for China: Fiat Chrysler plans to offer an HEV in China, which will soon be followed by a PHEV version. Potential candidates for hybridisation are the Jeep Wrangler, GrandCherokee, and Patriot.
Sheep in a wolf’s clothing: A fierce Prius styling comes from Wald International. The latest teaser shows a more aggressive looking hybrid, as the Sports Line includes a new front bumper, a revised grille, and a front lip spoiler. The motor is likely to stay as it is.
Green role model: Following a trial in the German city of Stuttgart, Daimler’s top managers are from now on required to drive (partially) electric. To keep the C-level moving, Mercedes will spend 30m euros to increase EV charging opportunities at its locations. From 2017, Ola Källenius will take over as head of development. Meanwhile, CEO Dieter Zetsche has been re-elected to stay on board until 2019.