Chevy Volt, Changan, Scion, India, UK, Mercedes.
2015 Volt production to end: In the lights of the upcoming next-gen Volt, Chevrolet is to discontinue production of the current model next month. There is plenty of inventory left while sales have dwindled lately. By the end of summer, the new Chevy Volt will roll off the lines after retooling of the plant. Since the introduction of the Volt in 2007, GM has sold 70,000 units – far less than expected.
Electric coupé tease: Chinese Changan Auto issued a first image of an all-electric coupé that is to be unveiled at the Auto Shanghai, starting on April, 20. Driven by a 123-kW electric engine, the company says the shiny EV can go from 0 – 60 mph in 4.12 seconds.
No electric Scion soon: Toyota’s small car subsidiary will not go electric or hybrid anytime soon. Scion CEO Doug Murtha claims that while Scion’s target audience is indeed interested in environmentally-friendly technology, the under 35 year olds are not willing to pay a surcharge for electrification.
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EV subsidies in India: The Indian government started a new programme called ‘FAME India’ (for: Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India). As part of the national electric mobility plan, the scheme reserves 8 billion rupees (125m dollars) until the end of 2017. 5bn rupees (80m USD) will be spend on subsidies designed to lower prices and to be paid to manufacturers.
In the heat of the election battle in the UK, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg presses ahead by proposing a ban on gas guzzlers by 2040. In a more enticing move, he offers 100 million pounds to those that come up with an ultra low emission vehicle that makes it among the top 5 best-selling cars.
Mercedes S500e review: While Georg Kacher says of himself that he is “not really an S-class person” he is happy to test the luxury Benz longterm, especially so as Kacher is “very much a hybrid person.”