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Zero carbon emissions by 2100 is the very long-term goal the G7 leaders agreed upon at the summit in Germany. This means oil, coal and gas will eventually become a thing of the past. The summit in Bavaria will be followed by the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, in the second half of 2015. It remains to be seen if these targets will then become binding.
Tesla Fighter at IAA? Apparently, Audi is readying its electric SUV most likely dubbed Q6 e-tron as a concept for this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, Automotive News Europe reports. Once the model goes into production, it could be offered as plug-in hybrid or even fuel cell vehicle as well, the portal predicts.
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Renault to build Bluecar: Renault now started production of Bolloré’s electric Bluecars in its Dieppe facility as part of an agreement from last year, thus moving production from Italy to France. The plant includes a dedicated assembly shop to handle the work on the Bluecars.
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EV subsidy in India: The Delhi government is close to passing a note specifying a 15% subsidy on the price of electric rickshaws and other BEVs. If the bill passes the cabinet, the scheme would come into effect immediately. The subsidy would be granted at vehicle registration.
New BMW 7 Series leaked: Ahead of tomorrow’s world premiere, pictures showing the 2016 BMW 7 appeared in the configurator of BMW Austria along with some more information. Apparently, the 740e PHEV will not go on sale together with the conventional model which will become available in October.
Tesla has won a new customer for its stationary batteries as Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) chose it as primary technology provider. AMS is to install up to 500 MWh of Tesla power packs in commercial and industrial facilities to provide grid support to utilities.