Kia, UK road tax, Fisker, Honda, Pipistrel.
Kia goes West: The Kia Soul EV will go on sale in Oregon and Washington state, taking the cubist EV beyond California. 20 dealerships will start selling the electric car, while ten of them get fast charging stations on top. The remaining are required to install AC chargers and offer free charging to customers.
Road tax reform: British drivers will face an increase in road tax unless they are driving a zero-emission vehicle. The biggest polluters will have to pay double (2,000 GBP) from April 2017, while low emission vehicles will still be charged 140 pounds a year. Time to switch to electric.
Fisker gets real: The New Fisker wants to starts production of the Karma successor by mid-2016 and already began hiring new employees for its California facility. Engineers are currently using old Karma vehicles to test improvements.
Discounted Honda hybrid: Honda will offer (unadvertised) buying incentives of up to 2,000 dollars for its CR-Z Hybrid Coupe in the U.S.. It can also be leased for 199 dollars per month for 36 months, with 2,699 dollars due at signing. The offer is good through the end of July.
The race to cross the English Channel electrically is on. Small electric aircraft maker Pipistrel – whose plane is powered by a Siemens engine – claims that it was ready to fly, but was asked by Siemens to refrain from doing so due to safety concerns. Or maybe it is because Airbus will attempt the same flight?