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  • Tesla starts building China factory

    January 10th 2019

    Tesla has broken ground at a site in Shanghai, on which it is building an EV factory with a potential output of 500,000 units a year

  • Tesla ‘on track’ with 3 production

    July 4th 2018

    US – The OEM has reportedly made 5,000 units of its Model 3 in one week, and is hoping to build on this figure in the coming months

  • Rewriting the rules?

    April 13th 2018

    Already struggling to hit production targets, newcomer Tesla is pushing on with more model launches and diversifying its activities. Ian Henry asks, has company has bitten off more than it can chew?

  • EVs abound, but where’s the power?

    September 22nd 2017

    This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show was a little different from previous occasions, with some notable absentees – namely Nissan, Peugeot, Volvo and FCA. Something else I was struck (rather than surprised) by was the increasing focus on electric vehicles (EVs). The diesel scandal has led to a major shift in public opinion, the political mood and car companies’ strategies. The disruptive arrival of Tesla and others has also helped…

  • A crossroads for Germany’s car industry?

    August 24th 2017

    These are challenging times for the automotive industry, especially in Germany, where it is a bellwether for the country’s economic health. But, as the Eurozone slowly emerges from its torpor, Germany’s automotive industry faces several ‘mega-issues’ with uncertain outcomes, notably the continued fall-out from the emissions scandal; the move toward electrified and autonomous vehicles; increased robotics and manufacturing automation, with attendant implications for jobs; and imminent changes in how cars are owned, leased or shared. As if this was not enough…