“We said before that if you are too early, you lose money. Now the view is if you are too late, you lose the market.”
Alexander Hilliger von Thile, a senior graphics and rendering manager at Mercedes-Benz North America, says Daimler is changing its stance on whether or not a carmaker can make money with EVs. Advances in battery technology and Tesla’s success have shown that you can.
“For the first time, the fastest accelerating production car in the world is an electric car. I think this sends a great message to the public about the future of transportation.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk comments on the carmaker’s latest battery upgrade. The Model S P100D with Ludicrous can go from 0 to 60 in just 2.5 seconds.
“We are continuing talks with local governments, but the final destination has not yet been decided.”
According to a Samsung SDI spokesperson, the battery maker has not yet decided on where to set up a battery factory in Europe. Reports that the company is narrowing down options and that Hungary has its nose in front, are said to be false.