Tesla, BMW, London Taxi Company, Formula E, Vmoto.
Model X production rolling: Tesla has stopped guided tours through its Fremont facility – a strong indicator that serial production of the new Model X is about to start. First deliveries are set for September and already 29,465 pre-orders have been placed. Apparently, Tesla gets up to 40 new orders a day.
cleantechnica.com (production), bidnessetc.com, teslamotorsclub.com (pre-orders)
Electric BMW SUV? BMW is readying its Tesla-Fighter, as rumours about an X7-based electric SUV have been re-enforced by German WirtschaftsWoche. The BMW board is currently evaluating potential designs, although it is not clear what these look like.
wiwo.de (in German), cleantechnica.com
The London Taxi Company broke ground on its new facility in Coventry. The 250-million pound site is to produce the new “green” Black cab and is funded by Geely (we reported). The factory is full of energy-saving features and will provide work for up to 1,500 people.
Formula E approved: FIA has approved eight powertrain manufacturers that will provide the technology for the ten teams during the second season of the electric championship. It is the first time that Formula E will be an open competition with different drivetrains being introduced.
European expansion: Australian Vmoto is eyeing Europe, appointing a distributor for its electric scooters in Great Britain and Ireland. More talks are to be held with dealers in Denmark and Switzerland. Also, the company is negotiating with an unnamed European supermarket group.