90m dollars for a dream: “Uber of the sky” is a pitch investors hurry to buy into as Munich-based Lilium Aviation just learnt when it collected 90m dollars in its latest round of financing. The start-up promises to further develop its electric jet taxi and to employ more personnel, thus convincing the likes of Tencent and Skype founders. Lilium’s two-seat VTOL has been tested successfully and a five seater is in the making with the declared aim to bring range to one hour once airborne.
businessinsider.de, autonews.com, fortune.com
Ninja racer: Japanese Aspark says it will present an electric supercar at the IAA that accelerates from 0 – 100 kph in less than two seconds. First pictures show the mysterious Aspark Owl and more technical details are to follow once the show has commenced.
Chinese dominance: 70 percent of batteries for PEVs worldwide are made in China, reports the local China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). It also counts responsible for half of the world New Energy Vehicle production.
Long life tested: A longterm analysis of Tesla power packs attest 80 percent remaining capacity after 840,000 km driven. The estimate stems from data of 900 Tesla driver and is supported by the latest report from a Finnish cabdriver, whose battery lasted for 400,000 km almost unchanged.
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