Mahindra driver Pascal Wehrlein on Formula E racing
India’s Formula E team Mahindra has really been putting the heat on the AUDI, BMW, Jaguar and Nissan, landing on the podium in every one of the first 3 races of the season. We met with their talented German-Mauritian driver, Pascal Wehrlein and talked about the challenges of racing against time and range-saving strategies.
Formula E signs Bosch as official sponsor
The electric racing series Formula E is becoming ever more illustrious. The latest supporter is Bosch. Their sponsorship includes advertising at the race course, on TV and online. In other news, the FE poached a new driver from the F1 and confirms a race in Bern.
Mahindra Racing, UK charging infrastructure.
Video tip: Mahindra already completed first test laps in its brand new all-electric racer for the upcoming second season of the Formula E. And all that before the first season has even ended. The last two rounds will take place in London this weekend.
Reading tip: In the UK, there were 57,567 publicly-funded charging points as of the end of the last financial year. According to The Independent, that is more than twice the number of registered electric vehicles – around 24,500 as of December 2014.
BMW, Volkswagen, Iran, Mahindra Racing, Chevrolet.
BMW electric MPV in the making: With backlogs of at least six months for the BMW i3 and i8 due to high demand, the Bavarian carmaker is already planning its next BMW i electric vehicle, according to a member of the BMW board. Other sources report that the new EV will be an electric version of a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) similar to the new 2-series Active Tourer.
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First details of plug-in Passat: In its eighth version, Volkswagen’s famous Passat will receive a plug-in hybrid heart. While details are scarce, the Passat is certain to have 31 miles of all-electric range and will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.
No import tax: The Iranian government will no longer collect taxes on imported hybrid and electric cars, providing they do not have engines that hold more than 2.5 litres. Originally, the duties had been introduced to boost the local car industry. Instead, the measure led to a deterioration of quality of the Iran car market.
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The Mahindra racing team is now complete. Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna, two former Formula One drivers will join the upcoming Formula E Championship and make up the only Indian team. So far, six of the 20 Formula E drivers have been confirmed.
Chevrolet Spark EV is not for everyone: Jeff Cobb from hybridcars.com put together a nice review of the 2014 Chevy Spark EV. Even though the small EV really seems to be a great car at a reasonable price, GM is only selling it in the U.S. states of California and Oregon.