Aug 7, 2015 - 08:23 am

Tesla, Panasonic, JCV, Audi, Volkswagen, Toyota.

Tesla-Supercharger1Tesla figures: Tesla sold 11,532 EVs in the second quarter of this year; more than ever before. The company’s earnings rose nearly 25 percent to 955 million dollars, while losses nearly tripled due to Tesla’s increased investments. Moreover, the EV maker adjusted its sales target from 55,000 to “50,000 to 55,000” units, since there could be a shortage and production delay once the Model X hits the shelves.,, (shareholder letter)

Panasonic takes the crown: According to SNE Research, Panasonic produced the most Li-ion cells worldwide in the first half of 2015. With a total of 576.2 million cells sold, the Japanese hold 20.5 percent of the market share. Some 285 cells were delivered to Tesla alone. (in German)

Tesla takes the lead: According to the China Automotive Technology and Research Center, Tesla holds 80 percent of the country’s “new energy” vehicle market. 2,147 of the 2,645 green vehicles imported to and sold in China in the first half of 2015 were from California.

New China JV: South Korean manufacturer Leo Motors has entered into a joint venture with Fushun Jinyuan Technology Machinery Manufacturing (JTY) in the Chinese city of Fushun. The new company called JCV is said to develop, build and sell electric cars – they will also be available outside of China.

Audi and VW priced: The Audi A3 e-tron will start from 37,900 dollars when it becomes available in the United States in at the end of the year. Meanwhile, the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf will start at 29,815 dollars, including destination charges. That makes it 55 dollars cheaper than the current Nissan Leaf., (Audi), (e-Golf)

Big discounts: In the San Francisco area, dealerships are selling the Toyota Prius V 4,000 dollars below sticker price. The whole model range has been benefiting from rebates across the country, as the line-up is ageing but remains attractive due to high gas prices.

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