Tesla, Grohmann Engineering, Toyota, Ferrari, Vespa.
Tesla acquires Grohmann Engineering: Tesla announced that it has entered into an agreement to buy German engineering firm Grohmann in order to ramp up automated manufacturing of its electric cars. Grohmann Engineering will be renamed Tesla Grohmann Automation after the deal, which still needs to be approved by cartel authorities. The acquisition, whose financial terms were not disclosed, is expected to add over 1,000 engineering and skilled technician jobs in Germany over the next two years.
electrek.co, autonews.com, tesla.com
Toyota confirms BEV plans: Toyota said it will introduce BEVs to the market, but did not confirm any details of the recent Nikkei report. The carmaker states it will continue to improve on the development of HEVs and PHEVs, as well as FCVs and BEVs. According to Toyota CFO Tahahiki Ijichi, “FCV as well as EV will be utilized, depending on the country and market and their energy and infrastructure situations.”
Ferrari to go hybrid: Every Ferrari sold from 2019 onwards will get hybrid power, according to CEO Sergio Marchionne. He sees hybrid powertrains as the best way to improve performance as well as efficiency, hoping to boost the brand’s profits by lifting Ferrari sales above 10,000 a year by 2025.
autocar.co.uk, autonews.com, roadandtrack.com
Vespa goes electric: Piaggio is presenting an electric version of its legendary Vespa scooter at the Italian bike show EICMA. This concept will be translated into the final version of the Vespa Elettrica, for which production and sales are planned for the second half of 2017.