FAST’ N’ CU­RI­OUS

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FRE­QUENT WIRES

Buy­ers of the plug-in Prius in Ja­pan can earn re­wards points for op­ti­mis­ing elec­tri­conly mode. The points can be used to pay elec­tric­ity bills or ex­changed for prod­ucts. Points are awarded for dis­tance trav­elled and the amount of home-charg­ing.

NO TO RX-9

Mazda’s tan­ta­lis­ing RX-Vi­sion con­cept will re­main just that — a con­cept. Chief ex­ec­u­tive Masamichi Ko­gai says the com­pany has no plans to launch a sports car any larger than the MX-5. It isn’t ready to kill off the ro­tary en­gine just yet, though it’s more likely to find new life as a range-ex­ten­der than as the pri­mary pow­er­plant.

TESLA RI­VAL

Chi­nese com­pany Nex­tEV wants to cre­ate a ri­val for Tesla’s Model-X. Co-founder Jack Cheng says the 70kWh bat­tery pack will be good for 530km and reck­ons his new EV will be sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than its Amer­i­can ri­val when sales kick off in the US by early 2019.

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