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Week in pictures: For EVs, a complicated toy story

  • In Germany, a dispute in miniature

    At Hannover Messe, Europe’s largest industrial-technology trade show, a miniature Audi grabs an electric charge. Hannover Messe has been a critical event for electric vehicle strategy in recent years, as major carmakers seek to standardise plug designs for their EVs. Most European and US companies adhere to the J1772 standard design, whereas Japanese companies build to the so-called Chademo standard. Meanwhile, outliers such as Tesla Motors have developed their own proprietary plug and socket designs. Stakeholders say that a lack of uniformity may ultimately hinder the widespread adoption of battery-electric cars. (Photo: Johannes Eisele/Getty)

  • Signs of aquatic life at Peugeot

    The French automaker’s new Exalt concept, a hybrid hatchback with a sedan’s lines, makes use of novel materials, including what Peugeot calls Shark Skin – a lightweight textile that covers the car’s rear quarters. With a 340-horsepower hybrid powertrain, consisting of a 270hp turbocharged 1.6-litre gasoline engine and a 50kW electric motor, the Exalt wears rough-hewn finishes such as carved solid wood (as opposed to veneers) and bare steel. Peugeot announced no plans to produce the Exalt, though like its Onyx concept of 2012, the car demonstrates the brand’s reinvigorated styling muscle. The Exalt will be shown at the Beijing motor show later this month. (Photo: PSA Peugeot-Citroën)

  • A ‘Cruiser on the prowl

    A Toyota Land Cruiser SUV patrols a Siberian tiger sanctuary in Harbin, China. The 356-acre reserve functions as a breeding base for the endangered cats, which were once numerous in the region. Land Cruisers are favoured vehicles among safari operators, aid workers and all manner of backcountry travellers for their virtual indestructibility and relative comfort. That said, the breeder behind the wheel here is not taking chances, having affixed grates over his SUV’s wheel wells and windows. (Hong Wu/Getty)

  • Flying Scotsman Rally concludes

    Over three days and 600 miles in the north of England and across the Scottish border, vintage touring cars were tested in the fifth edition of the Flying Scotsman Rally. The event, which is organised by the Endurance Rally Association – best known for its oversight of the Peking to Paris rally, which runs every three years – is limited to cars manufactured before World War II, and comprises special stages, hill climbs, river crossings and other points-based challenges. A Bentley Super Sports won the 2014 edition, heading off a challenge by a Bentley Derby that finished less than a minute behind the winner. (Photo: Endurance Rally Association, via Newspress)

  • A kingly slice of Americana at Beaulieu

    Bigfoot, that high-riding habitué of indoor arenas across the US, is returning to Beaulieu, England, home of the National Motor Museum, for the annual Truckmania event on 25-26 May. Details for the 2014 edition were released on 11 April. Joining the big-wheeled Ford, pictured above at the 2013 edition, are a number of more vertically challenged trucks, as well as a dedicated area for radio-controlled truck-toy racing. (Photo: National Motor Museum, via Newspress)

  • Chevrolet drops top on Z06

    Three months removed from the range-topping Z06's debut, Chevrolet has released details for the car's convertible counterpart. With output of "at least" 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque from its supercharged small-block V8 gasoline engine, the Z06 convertible matches the output figures of the coupe. Critically, the aluminium architecture of the seventh-generation Corvette provides sufficient torsional rigidity to obviate engineers from adding weight-intensive reinforcements to the convertible. Pricing and availability for the 2015-model-year vehicle will be announced later this year. (Photo: General Motors)