VW announces “Transform 2025+” strategy: EV boss Herbert Diess wants to make Volkswagen world market leader in terms of electric mobility. Until 2020, the manufacturer will focus first on new expertise, but plans to sell one million electric cars per year from 2025. The needed investment of 2.5bn euros will come from phasing out models and variants that are not driving in any cash. Volkswagen hopes to be especially successful in China and the U.S., where VW will also manufacture EVs under the name “Electrify America.”
100 kWh for all? Until now, Tesla only offered its big battery pack for the top performance versions of the Model S and X ‘P100D.’ Now it seems that it will also be available for non-performance variants, as Tesla added the 100D badge to the Model S and Model X online design studios. The EVs would then hold the record for longest range.
China tests EV license plates: From December 1st, electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the cities of Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuxi and Jinan will get green license plates to help cities implement privileges and measures more easily. The undertaking will be extended to the rest of the country in the second half of next year.
BYD sets up in South Korea: The Chinese manufacturer has opened a new headquarter on the South Korean island of Jeju. This comes just after BYD received an order for 21 of its 7-metre electric buses from the island (we reported).
GenZe headed to Europe: Mahindra already offers the electric scooter GenZe in the U.S. Now Peugeot will bring it in Europe starting next year. The funky two-wheeler features a 1.6 kWh li-ion battery pack, allowing it to go 30 miles (48 km) on one charge, while top speed is capped at 30 mph (48 kph).
Tesla-SolarCity merger completed: Following the green light from shareholders (we reported), the 2.6bn dollar merger has been completed. Moreover, Elon Musk announced at the shareholder meeting that he plans another Model 3 launch event in three to four months, when he will most likely present the EV’s serial production version. And it seems that Model 3 drivers will be allowed to use Superchargers for long-distance charging for free.
businessinsider.de, techcrunch.com (Übernahme), insideevs.com (Model 3)
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