Audi announces family EV: On top of confirming its R8 e-tron at the Auto Show in Los Angeles, Audi announced an all-electric family car with a range of 280 miles for 2017. Audi is confident it can achieve the range due to anticipated improvements in battery energy density and electric-motor efficiency.
Gigafactory in Germany? Elon Musk told German magazine Der Spiegel that at one point, he plans to open a battery plant in Germany. According to Musk, the German auto industry focuses too little on the segment. The statement comes just after Daimler announced the closing of the only battery cell production plant for EVs in Germany.
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Toyota Camry 2015 for China unveiled: The carmaker presented the upcoming Camry at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The car will go on sale in China in January, followed by India later that year. As with the previous generation, a hybrid version is still in the cards.
Virgin Victory at Formula E: Sam Bird of the Virgin Racing team won the second ePrix race, held in Putrajaya in Malaysia. Lucas di Grassi and Sebastian Buemi took second and third place. On December 13th, the drivers will head to Uruguay for round 3.
Volvo presents XC90 in LA: Only the plug-in variant will go on sale in the U.S., which has a 25 mile (40 km) all-electric range. Once available in spring 2015, the luxurious SUV will be available at all 300 Volvo dealers in the States.
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