Toyota Mirai, Honda, Lexus, Tesla, Impossible Electric Bike, Korea.
Toyota’s future begins: The Mirai (Japanese for “future”) has now been officially introduced and marks the start of Toyota’s fuel cell era. On-sale is set in Japan already this year at a price of 7,24 million yen (63,000 USD) – before government subsidies. Europe will be next in early 2015, followed by California in summer next year before the Mirai will be made available in more U.S. states by 2016.
forbes.com, bloomberg.com (price), youtube.com (promotional video)
Honda’s future delayed: The Japanese carmaker unveiled its FCV model on home soil. However, instead of the expected production version Honda just showed a modified concept. Consequently, the launch has been pushed back from 2015 to March 2016 in Japan.
Lexus promises passion: Alain Uyttenhoven, VP of Lexus Europe, has confirmed a production version of the LF-LC concept, Auto Express reports. While he did not give any details on timing and drivetrain, the study which was first shown in Detroit in 2012 featured a 500-hp hybrid system.
Tesla discounts: As the new 2015 Model S range is just around the corner, 2014 Model S are to become increasingly cheaper, Consumer Reports quotes a Tesla insider. Discounts will apply to remaining Model S including display cars. The 2015 Tesla will be available with all-wheel drive, new power and range specs, and the so-called “Autopilot” function (we reported).
consumerreports.org via greencarreports.com
Folding e-bike: The ‘Impossible Electric Bike’ is said to weigh only 5 kilos and to fit in a backpack. The Kickstarter crowd seems inclined to believe the engineers’ claim even though the somewhat bizarre design is still missing pedals and a chain. Minor details when making the impossible possible…
Korea is to cut down hybrid subsidies after a recent budget revision. Instead of the originally allocated 40 billion won (36 million USD) only 32.5 billion won (29.5 million USD) will go to buyers of hybrids next year which will help finance 32,500 units. The government is further asked to provide EV infrastructure.