Audi, Tesla, Kiira Motors, Suzuki, Formula E, Gtech.
Audi charges (in) China: The German carmaker is launching the A3 e-tron on the Asian market. By 2016, the Q7 e-tron and A6 L e-tron will follow. The A6 plug-in hybrid is produced exclusively for China and will be built by VW’s joint venture FAW Volkswagen at Chinese Changchun.
Insane is not enough: ‘Ludicrous’ is the latest mode available to those who got their hands on one of the first Tesla Model S with 90-kWh battery. The free Model X offered through the recent incentive scheme has found a home. Norwegian EV connoisseur Bjørn Nyland was the first to rally ten new Model S buyers.
insideevs.com, cleantechnica.com (Model S P90D), twitter.com (Bjørn Nyland)
African PHEV: Ugandan Kiira Motors aims to build up production in the city of Jinja by 2018, planning to produce some 7,000 plug-in hybrids by then. The first model, the Kiira Smack, has a said electric range of 50 kilometres and will cost around 20,000 dollars.
Mild hybrid for India: Maruti Suzuki will launch its compact Ciaz as a mild hybrid variant in India shortly. The small hybrid system called ‘SVHS’ (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Maruti Suzuki) includes recuperation and is coupled with a diesel engine.
Formula E rotation: After Jacques Villeneuve ‘drove’ Nick Heidfeld out of his spot with Team Venturi yesterday, the latter already got a new job with team Mahindra. At the same time, Jean-Eric Vergne is moving from Andretti to DS-Virgin.
electricautosport.com (Heidfeld), fiaformulae.com (Vergne)
Clean sweep: Vacuum cleaner manufacturer Gtech branches out into the pedelec business, unveiling the ‘eBike.’ It comes with a small hub motor powered by a battery disguised as a water bottle. The concept resembles Porsche’s pedelec prototype from 2010 a well as British Cytronex’ hidden power e-bikes.
dailymail.co.uk (Gtech), extraenergy.org (Porsche, 2010), cytronex.com (Cytronex)
Skoda, Kiira Motors, Audi, Ford, Ecocruise, Ferrari.
Skoda plug-ins in 2016: A Czech newspaper reports that the Volkswagen subsidiary plans to build plug-in hybrids at its plant in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic, under reference to a company application to expand its production site. Starting in 2016, the manufacturer allegedly plans to produce 250 Skoda Superb PHEV per day, followed by the Octavia plug-in hybrid in 2017.
Hybrid cars from Africa: Uganda-based Kiira Motors presents its plug-in hybrid Kiira EV SMACK, a further developed version of the Kiira EV built by students from Makerere University in 2011. Starting in 2018, some 300 units of the PHEV are planned to be produced every month.
Audi Q7 spy shots: Ahead of its official presentation at the NAIAS in January, a barely camouflaged Audi Q7 was caught on camera during test drives. The new model will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid variant next year (we reported).
Electrified ATVs: Ford is selling its F-150 SVT Raptor electric in the U.S., a small EV with a top speed of of 25 mph and a range of 30 miles. The price is more impressive, as it sells for 25,000 dollars. With its 8,500 dollar price tag, the Cruser Sport by Ecocruise is not only cheaper, it also has a range of 60 miles.
greencarreports.com (Ford), bbc.com (Ecocruise)
LaFerrari XX in the starting blocks: According to Top Gear, the 1,500 hp race track version of the hybrid supercar LaFerrari will be unveiled in Abu Dhabi in December. Apparently, only a small number of the LaFerrari XX will be build.