Volkswagen, Honda + GM, Citroën, Gogoro, BYD, India.
BUDD-e debuts: Volkswagen finally took the wraps of its all-electric van. Sporting a 92.4 kWh battery pack, it is said to go 533 km and charge up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes at a 150 kW charging station. The all-wheel drive boasts 225 kW, allowing BUDD-e to go from 0-100 kph in about seven seconds. Moreover, it is Volkswagen’s first car based on the new MEB architecture.
electrive.net (in German); autoblog.com, caranddriver.com
Hybrid alliance: Honda and GM want to extend their cooperation from working together on fuel cell technology to also include plug-in hybrids. Moreover, the manufacturers may use joint procurement of parts to lower costs, and are considering the joint manufacture of PHEVs.
Citroën for China: The French carmaker may introduce a new sedan called the C6 in China in the third quarter of this year. The car will only be available in the Asian country and be built by Dongfeng-PSA. A hybrid version is planned. Moreover, the in 2012 introduced hybrid study DS Numero 9 is said to come to life as the DS9 in China. It will be built by Changan-PSA.
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Gogoro update: The company has sold 4,000th electric scooters and opened 125 battery swapping stations in Taiwan. Gogoro now looks to expand to Amsterdam this summer, and will then work on getting a foot in the door on the U.S. market. In countries without swapping stations, Gogoro offers a charger for its scooter.
New BYD bus: The Chinese manufacturer unveiled its K10A, especially designed for the Brazilian market. It is BYD’s first 15 metre bus. The batteries are stored in the vehicle’s floor, for more passenger comfort. Meanwhile, the joint venture Loxley-BYD assembly plant in Thailand is ready to kick off production of BYD buses for the Thai market.
automotiveworld.com (Brazil), nationmultimedia.com (Thailand)
Tax free EV: Indian state Maharashtra has scrapped taxes for electric vehicles, meaning they are not subject to value added tax (VAT), road tax or registration fees when bought in the state. At the moment, the Mahindra Reva e2o is the only electric car sold in Maharashtra.