VW, Tesla, China, LeSee, Tork Motorcycles, Chery, Yaskawa.
Touareg concept with plug: VW released teaser images of a new study headed for the Auto China next week. Though the carmaker did not confirm this, the images seem to be of the third generation of the VW Touareg. The PHEV concept will have an all-electric range of around 50 miles and combined output of 280 kW. A similar drivetrain will also be used for the serial version.
Autopilot testing: The hardware for Tesla’s (partially) self-driving mode already comes standard, while activating the software will cost the driver 3,000 dollars. To maybe stir undecided customers in that direction, Tesla is letting them test the option for free for one month. The trial can be started with just a touch of a button on the display.
Special licence for EVs: China has come up with special green licence plates for electric and plug-in hybrid cars, to make it easier for police to recognize them. To improve air quality, some cities already ban traditional cars from their roads on a day-to-day basis. Could this soon be institutionalised?
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LeSee teases EV: The Chinese brand, which is owned by LeTV, will take the wraps off its electric supercar at the Beijing Auto Show next week. First images already show the bold design, while all technical details are being kept secret.
E-Bike from India: Tork Motorcycles is looking to build India’s first electric motorcycle, the T6X. After raising an undisclosed amount of funds, Torks says the bike will already hit the road this year. First images show the concept’s design.
Asian EV alliance: Chinese manufacturer Chery and Japanese Yaskawa have formed a joint venture for the development of components for electric and hybrid vehicles. From the end of next year, they plan to produce controllers and drivetrains for some 50,000 vehicles per year.