Tesla Advanced Automation Germany formerly known as Grohmann has officially started working for the Californian EV maker and “Him” only. Tesla had acquired the German engineering firm late last year to ramp up its electric car production and cartel authorities had approved the deal in January. However, there had been trouble with Grohmann’s founder leaving the company just a few weeks ago and Grohmann has now dropped all other clients like BMW and Daimler to focus exclusively on Model 3 production, German SWR reports. Initially, Musk had committed to “honor” existing contracts but the company is in the process of cancelling existing orders nonetheless. While workers are worried about their new and utter dependency, Tesla seeks to recruit more engineers in Germany from next week.
electrek.co, swr.de (original source, in German)
Nissan Leaf in India? The world’s best-selling electric car may become available in the world’s largest democracy by 2018. Nissan not only ponders to launch the Leaf in India but may also assemble it there to avoid import taxes on what already is a rather pricey product for the market. To feel the terrain a little better and to position Nissan within the higher tech cast, the X-Trail Hybrid is due to enter India this year.
Chevy plug-in concept: The GM brand teases its latest concept prior to Shanghai, where the FNR-X will first go on display. The study is a plug-in hybrid SUV with AWD. More astounding though is its said ability to switch driving modes depending on the driver’s mood. Zen better be electric.
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Ford’s silent approach: The carmaker has presented a hybrid police patrol car based on the Ford Fusion. Units could take delivery of the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan from around this time next year. The LAPD was first to respond as SoCal’s force plans to deploy 300 hybrid cars by 2020.
drivespark.com, thestreet.com, latimes.com (LAPD)
More than 100 electric kilometres is the promise of BYD’s next-gen Tang PHEV. The current plug-in SUV already manages about 100 km, hence its name Tang 100, but the new model is said to be stronger and greener. Despite a first photo, it cannot be expected before late 2018 though.
Grande hybrid: Hyundai launched a hybrid variant of its latest Grandeur and hopes to sell about 10,000 units in South Korea each year. Other markets like the U.S. are within sight but not scheduled yet.