Audi, BYD, Honda, Tesla, Porsche, New Flyer.
Audi confirms Q8 and all-electric Q6: The German brand said the Audi Q8 can be expected in 2019. It will sit on top of the Q-range and will most likely feature a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Furthermore, Audi is preparing a sporty SUV for 2018. Likely dubbed Q6 e-tron, the new model will be fully electric while reaching a range of about 500 kilometres on one charge.
505-hp hybrid from China: BYD now set the launch date for its Tang SUV in China on 6th July. It will be offered from about 300,000 yuan (about 48,300 dollars). The Tang’s plug-in hybrid system combines a petrol engine with two electric motors. Together, they power all wheels with 505 hp and 820 Nm.
Electric scooter by Honda? The Japanese seem to be working on an electric scooter model designated for the Indian market. At least this is what drawings accompanying a patent application suggest. It looks like the electric model could be based on Honda’s ‘Metropolitan’ scooter.
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Mobile Tesla store: The Californian EV maker is again expanding its reach, this time with the ‘Tesla Mobile Container Store.’ Designed as a moving pop-up store, which unfolds within a few hours, the Tesla trailer will go on tour in the U.S. as well as in Europe. Santa Barbara is the first stop this week.
Super hybrid recall: Porsche is asking all 918 Spyder owners worldwide to return to the garages in what it calls a “precautionary” move. The recall concerns 223 cars in the States. The issue is with an electric wiring harness for a radiator fan that could eventually be damaged by a carbon-fiber component.
Qualified for incentives: New Flyer of America announced that its electric buses XE35 and XE40 are now eligible for the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). The voucher amount per bus is 95,000 dollars, with an additional 10,000 dollars available in rebates for the first three purchases of electric buses.