Oct 8, 2014 - 08:45 am
Hyundai, Polaris, Tesla, BMW.
Hyundai’s mild hybrid: In Paris, the brand shows the Hyundai i40 with a new diesel mild hybrid. It is the same as in the Kia Optima, where a 48 V lead-carbon battery is recharged during deceleration and supports the engine during acceleration. The 10 kW starter generator is able to propel the car fully-electrically at low speeds.
Polaris pedelec: The US-manufacturer debuted its e-bike range at the Intermot show in Cologne. Polaris is using its so-called Gear Speed Technology that takes into account cadence and inclination as well as the chosen gear and then adds the motor’s power accordingly.
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Tesla trade-in: The Californian EV maker is developing a ‘Certified Previously Owned’ (CPO) scheme, Simon Sproule, VP of communications, announced. It would see Tesla buying back and revamping used EVs, before reselling them. This could also help Elon Musk keeping its resale-value promise.
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Innovation credit: BMW introduced a new rebate programme in the States this month. The ‘Innovation Credit’ sees lease customers or buyers of an i3 getting a 2,000-dollar discount. If opting for the range extended version however, “only” 1,000 dollars will be remitted.
Limited BMW: The Bavarian carmaker will issue a limited edition of its ActiveHybrid 7. Only 20 units of the ‘Individual Edition’ will be built and come at a starting price of 13,100,000 yen (about 119,000 dollars). The car will not offer any special features, as all options of the limited-edition car can be ordered individually on all 7 series.