Gigafactory opens its doors: Tesla’s battery factory celebrated a symbolic opening Friday, even though only 14 percent of the production site have been completed. At least production of the stationary Powerwall has already kicked off. Starting 2018, the factory is said to churn out batteries with a total capacity of 50 GWh per year and 150 GWh form 2020. Panasonic says it will raise 3.9bn dollars through corporate bonds, most of which will be invested in the Gigafactory. The supplier had promised 1.6bn dollars but already said that it would invest more if needed.
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U.S. Outlander debut delayed: The kick off for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in North America has again been pushed back – for the sixth time. The plan is now for it to debut in summer of next year. The plug-in’s premier in Canada and the U.S. had originally been scheduled for January 2014. Mitsubishi did not give an explanation for the new delay.
Tesla bus build on Model X: Tesla’s announced bus will use the Model X’s chassis, Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter. That means it could hit the road sooner than later. Moreover, the design is said to be inspired by the old VW buses.
Toyota faces range complaint: The Japanese manufacturer is being taken to court in the U.S. for false range advertising. The plaintiff says that instead of the promised 15 miles, the Toyota Prius can only go 8 miles electrically, and only during summer – not enough for his 12-mile commute to work. Toyota has yet to comment on the allegations.
Camouflaged Jaguar EV: New images are said to show a disguised prototype of the British electric SUV. Jaguar is planning to release two electric models (we reported) in 2019. The SUV in question will then go head to head with the Tesla Model X and Audi Q6 e-tron.
Cadillac CT6 PHEV is coming: The plug-in hybrid will arrive at Chinese dealerships this fall, before becoming available in the U.S. in 2017. The battery pack is still being made in the U.S. and shipped to China, but GM considers moving production to China in the future.
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