StreetScooter, DHL, Audi, BMW, Tesla, Ford, China.
DHL buys StreetScooter: Deutsche Post DHL has acquired the RWTH Aachen spin-off StreetScooter GmbH including the development and production rights to electric vehicles. StreetScooter CEO Achim Kampker believes that from next year on up to 10,000 EVs could be built in Aachen annually, German Focus Online reports. Already, Deutsche Post is using about 70 StreetScooter and plans to electrify its entire mail and parcel deliveries in the city of Bonn by 2016.
dpdhl.com, focus.de (in German)
Audi plug-in to premier in Geneva: The German carmaker will present its Q7 plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year, Audi’s head of sales Luca de Meo announced in Berlin. He further remarked that there will be “more to come” in 2015 but did not go into any details.
n-tv.de (in German)
New BMW Chief: Norbert Reithofer will step down as chief executive of the German carmaker next year and will be replaced by Harald Krüger, the head of production. Reithofer will continue in a strategic role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Meanwhile, BMW development chief Herbert Diess will take over as Chairman of Volkswagen´s passenger cars brand.
Tesla goes Down Under: The Californian carmaker has officially launched its Model S in Australia with the delivery of nine units and the opening of its first store and service centre in Sydney. Tesla also energised the first Superchargers in Australia and plans to build up a network that will connect Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney next year and all major cities along the east coast of Australia by 2016.
Ford hybrids for Australia: Ford Australia is committed to bring hybrid cars to the local market “within the next few years,” Trevor Worthington, VP of Product Development in the Asia/Pacific region said. This comes as a surprise as before the company believed that there is no demand in the region.
Chinese EV alliance: Geely, Changan, Great Wall and other Chinese carmakers intend to form the ‘Chinese Auto Export Enterprises Alliance’ designed to collectively raise their sales in markets oversea. Both Geely and Changan are already offering hybrid and all-electric models