Battery cell production in Europe: a view from France
We reported on the Franco-German initiative to establish Europe’s very own battery cell production extensively. But who are the key players and their arguments in France specifically and most importantly, where could a facility best be built? An overview by our Paris correspondent Cora Werwitzke.
France funds U.S. climate scientists
French president Macron puts the money where his mouth is as he pledges to grant millions to U.S. scientists working on climate change. Such foreign aid had become vital since Trump is in open denial and wants to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
Emmanuel Macron, Tesla.
Reading tip I: What will the new president of France, Emmanuel Macron, do regarding energy policy? If he keeps the promises outlined in his election programme, he wants to shift from coal to renewable energies, cut diesel subsidies and support investments in EV charging infrastructure.
Reading tip II: Some Tesla owners noticed a slower charge rate after repeated use of Superchargers. Upon request from Elektrek, Tesla said this limitation does not represent “punishment” for excessive Supercharger use but is caused by chemical and physical changing processes in the battery cells.