Tesla unhappy with German permit approval process

Because the official permit for the factory in Grünheide is still pending, Tesla criticises the obstacles in German permit law in a ten-page incendiary letter. In the paper, the company calls on the Federal Republic to give energy transition projects priority for approval. The letter, addressed to the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg and reported […]

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Great Wall Motor to launch hydrogen SUV & truck

Great Wall Motor has announced that it will launch its first hydrogen-powered SUV model and 100 FC heavy-duty trucks in 2021. GWM also plans to contribute a hydrogen-powered passenger car fleet to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Chinese manufacturer announced in a statement that it has invested about 2 billion yuan (257 million […]

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Tesla receives further preliminary approvals for Giga Berlin

The Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment has granted Tesla another preliminary approval for its factory construction in Grünheide. This involves further work on an area of around 80 hectares that has already been cleared. In the past months, Tesla had cleared the additional forest area on the site of the future electric car factory in […]

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Mahle expands e-mobility test capacities

The UK-based development service provider Mahle Powertrain (MPT) is investing a total of 12 million euros in the construction of five new test and development facilities. MPT is a subsidiary of the Stuttgart-based supplier Mahle and also operates a test bench for electric drive systems in Stuttgart. For the current year, Mahle Powertrain has now […]

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VW names successors for chief strategist Jost

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Volkswagen has found Michael Jost’s successor: Andreas Walingen will become Chief Strategy Officer at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand on 1 May. At the group level, Porsche manager Gernot Döllner will take over to perform several important tasks in future. In mid-March, Jost, the long-serving head of strategy, announced internally that he was stepping down. […]

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Porsche updates Taycan charging function software

Porsche has announced a software update for older Taycan models. This should also provide  2019 and 2020 model year customers with the same improvements with which the 2021 model year has been delivered since September 2020. It should also soon be possible to retrofit the 22 kW AC charger. Porsche says it is making the […]

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Tesla still without Giga Berlin plant manager

Tesla is apparently still missing a new plant manager for the Giga Berlin factory in Grünheide. According to a media report, former Daimler manager René Reif never started at Tesla despite an original agreement. After Evan Horetsky, overall project manager for the construction of the German Gigafactory, was fired in October 2020, Reif was supposed […]

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