We may see the first E-Mini within this month already as the unveiling is imminent, according to BMW Blog. The launch would predate the IAA even, where the electric small car will definitely be on display.
More money for Tesla: 1.8 billion dollars have been trusted to the EV maker by Bond investors hurrying to buy into the growing company. Tesla initially wanted to sell 1.5bn worth of debt (we reported) but enlarged the offering because of overwhelming demand. The fresh capital will be used to build up production capacities as Tesla wants to increase its output from 2016 six times next year.
The Indian EV market is taking off at least on the producers’ side. JSW Energy wants to pour 40bn rupees (623m dollars) into setting up its production of electric cars, energy storage and charging infrastructure. The first EV is scheduled for 2020 but analysts are skeptical.
No EV quota exception? China has not spoken its last word on concessions for German carmakers that were peddled previously. While the EV sales quota is about to become definite by the end of this month, the latest diesel and cartel news from Germany might have swung the mood in Beijing.
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Skoda’s electric line-up: Volkswagen’s subsidiary recently announced plans for five electrified cars until 2025 and has now outlined them further. After a PHEV version of the Superb will mark the start together with the all-electric Citigo by 2019, the Vision E Concept will get series a year later. By 2021, the Felicia E based on the VW I.D. may follow and a sports car as well as a compact SUV are in the cards too.
Interest expressed: Bollinger says it has received 6,000 sign-ups online, two weeks after it revealed its first electric utility truck B1. How many of those will actually translate into pre-orders worth a 1,000 dollars once the start-up finalises the price remains to be seen.
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