Tesla, Renovo, Puritalia, JAC, Smart.
Merry Christmas to Tesla Roadster drivers: Via twitter, Manfred Hillinger from Tesla Club Austria asked when Tesla Roadster drivers can expect update details. The answer came from Tesla CEO Elon Musk personally – apparently, the carmaker will make an official announcement this week!
Renovo at CES: Renovo Motors will show its all-electric Coupé at the upcoming 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. The Shelby Daytona-bodied Renovo Coupé debuted at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and is on sale now in limited quantities. Shipping will begin in 2015.
Puritalia plans hybrid sportscar: Just as the sports car start-up unveiled the production version of its first model 427, it announced the upcoming GTQ hybrid, where the front is powered by an electric motor and the rear by a mid-mounted V8. The hybrid sports car is expected to be available by 2018.
JAC iEV5 update: Car News China takes a closer look at the EV, which will become available in the Anhui region only in early 2015. The iEV5 will offer a range of up to 250 kilometers and will be available for 110,000 yuan (17,700 USD) after subsidies, which amount to nearly 50 percent of the sticker price.
Testing the Smart e-bike: It is heavy! That´s the first conclusion the Guardian reporter Helen Pidd comes to. She concludes that although it may be big and burly, there’s a lot to like about the Smart ebike – like a “fantastic” inbuilt lighting system and a display panel that calculates “everything”.