Nissan, Harmony Futeng, Formual E, Kiira, Skoda, GM.
Leaf deliveries halted: Nissan has stopped deliveries of the 2016 Leaf in Europe, Transport Evolved reports. The reason seems to be a problem with the new NissanConnect EV telematics system. Apparently, the system keeps rebooting itself unexpectedly. Nissan is trying to fix the issue, but has not set a date for resuming deliveries yet.
EV expertise in the Far East: Harmony Futeng Internet and Intelligent Electric Vehicle Company has hired Carsten Breitfeld, formerly head of development for the BMW i8, as its new CEO. He is backed by COO Daniel Kirchert, who gathered experience at Nissan-Dongfeng and BMW-Brilliance in China. Harmony Futeng is the EV expenditure of Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, Tencent and Harmony Auto.
Formula E take over: Chinese newcomer NEXTEV seeks to become a more dominant owner of Team China Racing (TCR), Motorsport learned. Rumour has it also that Polish Robert Kubica, formerly Formula 1, is looking for his chance to enter the electric racing series.
motorsport.com (NextEV), autobild.de (Robert Kubica, in German)
Solar bus from Uganda: Kiira Motors presented the prototype of Africa’s first solar-powered bus. The Kayoola sits 35 and one of its two batteries can be charged by solar panels on the roof. The Ugandan manufacturer is currently looking for partners to start serial production.
bbc.com, newvision.co.ug, afkinsider.com
Skoda SUV preview: The Skoda outlined its VisionS concept with a few design sketches ahead of its debut in Geneva. The study is believed to be the prequel to manufacturer’s upcoming SUV allegedly named Kodiak. Launch is set for late 2017 and the Kodiak will also be available as a PHEV.
2017 Volt rolling off lines: General Motors has started production of the updated Chevrolet Volt. First deliveries of the electric car will begin in a few weeks’ time.