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Audi manager signs with Tesla: Peter Hochholdinger, the former Senior Director of Production of Audi’s A4, A5, and Q5, joined the EV team as VP of Vehicle Production. He will be responsible for speeding up Model S and Model X production and for getting the Model 3 manufacturing programme off the ground. Hochholdinger replaces Greg Reichow, who left Tesla earlier this month. Josh Ensign, ex Tesla VP of manufacturing, has not been replaced yet.
Bolt production kick-off? GM previously announced that it would begin building its all-electric Chevy Volt from October of this year at the Orion assembly plant, but has since removed the news from its website. Hybrid Cars asked the manufacturer to confirm those plans, but the latter simply referred to the previously announced timeline of “late 2016.”
Phideon spotted: Though the VW Phideon is destined for the Chinese market, the luxury limousine was spotted on the streets of Hamburg, Germany, earlier this week. Why the vehicle was in the area remains unclear. The Phideon is said to be available as a plug-in hybrid in China.
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Plans for China: Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, expressed the need for both low and high spec vehicles for the Chinese market. Nissan will be producing a low spec EV with its Chinese partner Dongfeng, while Renault will launch its Freelance Electric in China, which falls more in the high spec category.
Range accuracy: The upcoming Tesla update is set to provide more accurate range predictions, but no further details nor the date of the over-the-air update have been announced so far. The 6.2 update and related features were already meant to deliver more accuracy, but some inefficiencies are still being reported.
Ciao ELR: Without much ado, Cadillac permanently cancelled production of their 2016 ELR. Production lines were already halted back in February, even though the ELR had just gotten an upgrade.
Faulty door suit: Tesla is taking supplier Hoerbiger to court, blaming the latter for the Model X’s faulty falcon doors at resulting delay in production and deliveries. The court date has been set for September 1st in San Jose, California.
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Cash-strapped: Barclays analyst expects Tesla to require a further 3bn dollars sometime in the second quarter to get the Gigafactory and Model 3 production going, leading to an 11 percent increase in outstanding shares.