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Chinese connected cars: Kandi wants to push connected EVs, setting up a strategic partnership with internet firm Alibaba, which will deliver Big Data analytics, as well as Uber, which will contribute its carsharing know-how, Geely and ZTE. According to Bloomberg, BYD will not be part of the initiative.
Geely electrifies: The Chinese manufacturer wants to offer most of its models with all-electric or hybrid drivetrains, in order meet the country’s ever stricter emission standards. More details on the plan will be announced on November 18th.
Takeover: U.S.-based manufacturer New Flyer, which also makes electric and hybrid buses, has acquired Motor Coach Industries International, the leading manufacturer if intercity buses in the U.S. and Canada. The deal is worth 455m dollars and has to be approved by the U.S. antitrust and Canadian Competition Act.
Venom EV? Hennessey is talking electrification of the Venom GT supercar once batteries “become lighter and have more capacity,” John Hennessey told TopGear. Once that is achieved, the electric hybercar could boast 1,000 bhp.
First e-bus from Ukraine: The newly presented Electron E19101 has room for some 100 passengers and can go up to 200 km on one charge. Top speed is set at 70 kph. Blueprints also show that the bus will be equipped with air-conditioning and a kneeling function.
Cheaper Porsche: Porsche dropped the base price of the 2016 model year of the Panamera S E-Hybrid in Canada by 3,400 Canadian dollars (2,560 USD). The plug-in hybrid now starts at 106,000 CAD.