Electric mobility index sees China ahead: Roland Berger’s ‘E-mobility Index Q2/2017’ shows China in pole position for the first time, due to its lead in both industry and market for electric transport. The index compares Germany, France, Italy, USA, Japan, China, and South Korea. Germany even lost its “Vorsprung durch Technik” to France, that took the technology lead mainly because of the high PHEV share German manufacturers currently have in their portfolios.
JLR to strengthen EV unit: Jaguar Land Rover intends to create 5,000 new jobs, mainly in Great Britain by 2018, in line with its plans to accelerate its EV and autonomous driving businesses. Still, JLR’s first electric model I-Pace, shall be produced at Magna in Austria, however, the firm said it is keen to build such electric cars also in Great Britain – if conditions prove favourable.
Meanwhile Magna has been chosen to produce BMW’s 5-series PHEV as well starting this summer, when the plug-in hybrid will begin to roll off the lines in Graz, Austria.
Porsche hattrick at Le Mans: In a dramatic race, the Germans won the prestigious 24 hours of Le Mans for a third time in a row. Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley confidently steered free of the incident-packed course and once again triumphed in their Porsche 919 Hybrid.
reuters.com, autocar.co.uk, theguardian.com
Model X comes to Indonesia: While the Western hemisphere is expecting the Model 3, other parts of the world have yet to receive the Model X. Like in Indonesia, where the wait of Tesla fans has only come to an end by now. The price is set at the equivalent of 200,000 dollars.
Koenigsegg’s Regera sold out: All 80 units of the 1.9m dollars sports car by Swedish Koenigsegg have found their buyers. First introduced as production-ready in Geneva last year, the Regera programme has been the largest single vehicle series in the company’s history.
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