Panasonic’s Q1 profits at Tesla’s Gigafactory boost investor confidence in EV market

On Tuesday, following Panasonic Corp’s first quarter report, shares of Asian companies in Tesla Inc’s battery supply chain surged. Panasonic’s battery venture with Tesla has boosted investor confidence in the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) maker. Panasonic’s first quarterly profit from its $1.6 billion investment in Tesla’s Gigafactory is also another validation of Tesla founder Elon…

Tata Group launches electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem in India

India’s steel-to-autos conglomerate Tata Group, is making a big effort towards clean vehicles; it plans on producing electric cars and batteries, build recycling plants and set up charging stations around the country, said senior executives said on Tuesday. They went on to add, more than half a dozen companies, including Tata Chemicals, Tata Motors, Tata…

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China’s Geely and Mercedes Benz launch $780M joint venture to produce EV under same brand

On Wednesday, Mercedes-Benz and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd stated, they would each invest $388.77 million (2.7 billion yuan) in a China-based venture to build “premium and intelligent electrified” vehicles under the smart brand. The 50:50 joint venture has already got regulatory approval and will be based in the Chinese coastal city of Ningbo,…

Chinese EV startup Xpend raises $400 million in latest funding round

On Wednesday, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd backed Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Xpeng stated it has raised $400 million from investors including Xiaomi Corp, to fund its growth. The fundraising comes at a time when industry watchers as well as bankers describe as an increasingly tough financing environment for Chinese EV startups who are jostling…

Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia could be factory site for Tesla’s Gigafactory

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, is a leading destination for Tesla’s Gigafactory in the EU. According to a report from German news daily Rheinische Post citing sources familiar with the matter at hand, U.S. electric carmaker Tesla is scouting for a location for a factory in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). According…

Shell launches EV charging stations in Singapore

This is the first such development in Southeast Asia. Clean energy solutions have finally arrived. On Monday, in a first such development in Southeast Asia, Royal Dutch Shell stated, it has launched electric vehicle chargers at petrol stations in Singapore. The electric vehicle charging service, branded as ‘Shell Recharge’, will be available at ten Shell…

French carmaker enters into a joint venture with China’s Jiangling Motors Corporation Group

Renault move is aimed at tapping China’s growing electric vehicles market. In a deal which sees French carmaker Renault taking a 50% stake, the carmaker has formed a joint venture partnership with China’s Jiangling Motors Corporation Group (JMCG) to target the Chinese electric vehicles (EV) market. In a statement Renault said, it would increase its…