Pininfarina, Giugiaro, Accumotive, Google.
Hydrogen racer: Pininfarina surprised in Geneva, showing its H2 Speed concept. It is fuelled by a light-weight hydrogen fuel cell that powers two electric motors by Green GT with race specification. The Italian car design firm claims its creation to be between a “competition prototype and a production supercar.” It definitely has been styled throughout, including the sound.
Electric racer: The teaser becomes reality, as Giugiaro unveiled its all-electric GTZero concept in Geneva. Very. Three electric drives have a combined output of 360 kW, gearing up for a top speed of 155 mph. The carbon frame keeps it light enough for a 300 mile range.
Daimler battery production: Daimler invests 500m euros in its subsidiary Accumotive to triple its battery assembly capacity and build a second factory in Saxony, Germany. Construction will start in autumn, with operations set to begin already in summer 2017.
Google car crash: The self-driving capabilities of the internet firms EVs have proven faulty for the first time, as a Google car brushed a public bus at a crossing. Both, the car and its human driver apparently assumed the bus would let them back into the lane. Welcome to the world of everyday driving.
Power Plaza, Giugiaro, Tesla, Velántur Cars, Volvo, Chevy.
Compact Korean chic: Power Plaza is presenting its Yebbujana R2 electric roadster in Geneva. Based on the 2015 Yebbujana R concept, the lightweight convertible claims a maximum range of 765 km from its 81 kWh battery at a speed of 60 kph, while maximum velocity is given at 199 kph. The Korean is scheduled to launch by 2017 for around 33,000 and 47,000 euros.
powerplaza (product info), powerplaza (catalogue)
Italian design EV: Giugiaro teased its latest concept for Geneva. The shiny outlines of the GT Zero suggest something very sporty and classy. And most likely very electric. Not only the because of the “zero” in its name, but also previous goodies like last year’s Gea.
Model X premiere: Tesla uses the Geneva Motor Show to debut of its latest creation in Europe. It is also the first time the Model X appears in what Tesla calls a “major auto show,” as it missed its big moment at NAIAS in Detroit earlier this year.
insideevs.com, egear.be (in Dutch)
Retro EV: Velántur Cars built an electric car that already roams the roads in Spain. Its design would have appealed to Al Capone and a claimed range of 400 km should be enough for an electrically accelerated escape. Launch is set for 2017 and all that is missing is a name. Any suggestions?
elmundo.es, forococheselectricos.com (articles in Spanish)
Excellence priced: The highest trim level of the Volvo XC90, the XC90 Excellence, will have a price tag of 123,150 euros. It is ready to order in Europe and features massage seats that are adjusted electrically. Lean back and enjoy a chilled drink in a crystal glass in the noise insulated cabin.
worldcarfans.com, youtube.com (Orrefors crystal)
Chevy for China: GM has launched the Malibu XL for the Chinese market. The sedan is currently offered with two engine options but a hybrid version will be introduced later this year.