Audi, Rimac, Borgward, Yudo, Forsee Power, Ukraine.
Audi opens order books in Norway: The German carmaker surprises with the announcement to accept pre-orders for its electric SUV in Europe’s leading EV market. The e-Audi will roll off the lines from next year on. Norwegians who want to get registered for purchasing the EV have to pay 20,000 Norwegian Krones (2,150 euros) in advance, however in case of cancellation this down payment will be given back. It remains to be seen if this strategy to start in Norway will work for Audi as it did for GM with the Opel Ampera-e or Tesla.
audi.no (in Norwegian) via insideevs.com
30m euros for Rimac: Chinese battery manufacturer Camel Group will invest a total of 30m euros in the Croatian EV maker – 27m euros to boost the electric car business and 3m to promote Rimac’s electric bicycle unit Greyp Bikes. Camel and Rimac signed a framework agreement a few days ago but the Croatians are still in the process of collecting further offers of investment.
index.hr (in Croatian) via total-croatia-news.com
Impressions of Borgward’s BX7: First photos show the electric version of Borgward’s BX7 that will be produced in Bremen as planned. The traditional German brand has not yet revealed tech data, but the batteries will be delivered from LG Chem.
Yudo concept with wing doors: Shanghai’s Motor Show sees the third model created by China’s new EV brand Yudo. After the Pi 1 and Pi 3 the company unveiled its X-Pi, a concept car with wing doors that gives an outlook on how the fully electrified crossover planned for 2019 will look like. Yudo has a production licence for China and wants to open 110 dealerships still this year.
E-mobility investment: Several firms, among them EDF and Forsee Power, have founded NEoT Capital, an investment company specialised in electric mobility and renewable energies. The company intends to launch an investment programme called NEoT Green Mobility in the second quarter of 2017 and thus raise several hundred million euros to promote electric mobility within the next five years.
Ukraine to remove taxes: The Ukrainian government intends to eliminate VAT and excise duties on the import of EVs, their components and charging stations from now until January 2023.