South Korea, Jaguar, diesel, Faraday Future, Kandi.
Korea gears up for FCVs: The country wants to have 9,000 fuel cell cars on its road by 2020 and 630,000 by 2030. The ambitious plan is bolstered by a subsidy of 27.5m won (23,000 dollars) per FCV. By also waiving taxes, Korea targets an average FCV price of 35m won (30,000 dollars) by 2018. 520 hydrogen pumps are expected to be erected by 2030; 80 percent of those within the next four years.
Jaguar to enter Formula E: The iconic brand will take part in the 2016/17 season of the electric racing series as Jaguar, replacing Team Trulli. The move was expected, but it remains to be seen if and when electric racing technology will power Jaguar Land Rover production cars.
autocar.co.uk, electricautosport.com, fiaformulae.com
Tighter RDE rules: The EU Environment Committee rejected a draft calling for NOx emissions limits of diesel cars to be raised by 110 percent (we reported), saying the move is “neither explained nor justified.” MEPs are calling on the commission to propose a new draft that is not in fact watering down existing EU regulation.
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Tesla competitor homegrown: Nevada continues its subsidy policy that already lured the Gigafactory into the desert. Faraday Future’s latest move to erect its EV production site close to Las Vegas also seems fuelled by dollars. The start-up will receive 335m dollars in tax abatements and incentives over the next 20 years.
Kandi scales up: The Chinese carmaker expects 100,000 electric vehicles to roll off the production line at the planned facility in the city of Haikou in Hainan province annually. Start of production is set for early 2017.
Top of the line: From January, British buyers of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be able to choose from two new trim levels. The GX5h and GX5hs both include leather seats and a heated rear bench, some automated driving features and start at 38,399 and 40,499 pounds, respectively.