2011 ZOTYE ELECTRIC TAXI IN HANGZHOU
Hangzhou is said to be a pioneer among Chinese cities in the deployment of plug-in vehicles. In late January, the city announced that 15 electric Zotye Multiplas and 15 battery-powered Haima Freema would serve as taxicabs on its streets.
Plans had called for that electric fleet to hit 200 units by year’s end, but the blaze is likely to alter the city’s scheme. A Zotye made electric taxi spontaneously exploded in Hangzhou approximately on April 13. Firefighters supposedly arrived at the scene within minutes, but couldn’t control the blaze. According to the China Auto Web, the vehicle turned into a “fireball,” but luckily, the driver and two passengers escaped without injury. The exact cause of the fire has not been revealed.
FIAT LAUNCHED NEW 500 TWIN AIR VERSION
The 500 TwinAir is the greenest petrol car in the world. The Fiat launched the new 500 TwinAir version, available for both the three-door and convertible models. From now on, the TwinAir name not only designates the innovative two-cylinder turbocharged engine, but also a new line of models.
The 500 TwinAir lineup comes with bespoke styling elements and upgraded equipment features. The TwinAir line offers new exterior styling upgrades including door handles, license plate holder and grille with a satin chrome finish, black alloy wheels and a sports kit consisting of a black tailgate spoiler and chromed exhaust tip. A piano black roof is also available as an option for the hatchback.
In interior of the 500 TwinAir sports an all-black atmosphere highlighted by the satin chrome finish of the dashboard fascia. In addition, the sport seats are covered in a mix of perforated leather and fabric.
The 500 TwinAir is available in two equipment levels, TwinAir and TwinAir Plus. The first offers 15-inch Total Black alloy wheels, a sports kit, audio system with CD and MP3, ABS and EBD, 7 airbags, Start&Stop system, electric and heated exterior mirrors and a remote-controlled central locking system, as standard.The TwinAir Plus adds larger 16-inch wheels, manual air conditioning, leather covered steering wheel with radio controls, Blue&Me infotainment system, fog lights, ESP with ASR/MSR, brake assist and hill holder systems.