While Fisker Automotive and Tesla Motors had the lion’s share of media coverage recently, here’s a few other interesting news briefs on EVs and hybrids…
- Mercedes has finally entered the plug-in game with the new B-Class Electric Drive that made its world debut at the New York Auto Show. It will go on sale early next year, most likely at first in California, and is a battery-electric version of the automaker’s popular B-Class series.
- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has suspended production of its Outlander plug-in hybrid crossover and a variant of its i electric car after one lithium ion battery melted at a dealership and another caught fire in an assembly plant. Mitsubishi also has suspended sales of both vehicles in Japan. The automaker is still looking into whether the battery problem may affect the US and other markets.
- As it comes to market in California this summer, the 2013 Fiat 500e electric car will offer a distinct perk – owners get to use a rental car from a major national chain up to 12 days a year. Owners will have an account set up with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
- Hybrids make up about 4% of new vehicle sales now in the US – that number could go up to 8%, according to analysts. There’s a lot of product on the market to choose from and price points are more competitive with fuel efficient cars. There’s also a wide display of offerings, from basic subcompacts to luxury CUVs.
- Nissan finally got back into the hybrid game, the company will soon be launching the Pathfinder Hybrid.