Former Smart plant was headed all-electric, now might make diesel SUVs

Daimler Hambach factoryHere's a textbook case of taking two steps forward, and one step back. The former Smart factory in Hambach, France, became all-electric when the brand dropped its gasoline models, and was initially planned to continue making electric cars for fellow Daimler division Mercedes-Benz. Instead, the factory may build gasoline and diesel SUVs. That's...

France is making EVs and plug-in hybrids the basis for $9 billion program

2017 Renault ZoeThe French government is putting together an 8 billion euro ($8.8 billion) bailout package to help the auto industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and electric cars will be an important part of it. The aid package, as reported by Automotive News Europe, includes more generous incentives for electric cars and plug-in hybrids, as well as a...

Germany on track to become biggest electric vehicle market in Europe

Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden, GermanyUp until the past year, Norway was seen as a fringe case for electric-vehicle adoption, a nation in which widespread incentives had led to a situation in which there are more electric-car owners and drivers, per capita, than anywhere else in the world. By the sheer number, Norway, which we’ve noted is about the size of Los Angeles County in...

Tesla picks Berlin for European Gigafactory

Tesla CEO Elon Musk introducing Model YTesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed Tuesday night that the company would be building its so-called “Gigafactory 4” in Berlin, Germany. Musk had already been in Germany to accept a Golden Steering Wheel, an award made by Auto-Bild group publisher Axel Springer, for the Tesla Model 3. "Everyone knows that German engineering is outstanding and...

Volkswagen ID 3 might be sold in Canada, definitely not US-bound

Volkswagen ID 3Earlier this month at the Volkswagen ID3’s Frankfurt auto show introduction, VW was consistent in its messaging that the compact electric car would not be coming to the U.S.—or to North America. Volkswagen Group of America CEO Scott Keogh gave us a very good reason why bringing a crossover based on the ID Crozz—and not the ID...

Tesla reports sales down, citing delivery challenges in China and Europe

2019 Tesla Model 3 PerformanceTesla claims that its Model 3 electric sedan again in the first quarter of the year outsold all other mid-size sedans from what it considers premium brands—selling 60 percent more units than the closest runner-up. That’s the good news from the California electric car maker, in a production and deliveries update released Wednesday...

Electric car sales in Germany finally start to soar: Tesla leads

2018 Tesla Model S and 2018 Tesla Model XIt's starting to look like China will lead the world in adoption of plug-in electric cars, but which carmaking nations will follow it? While electric cars were launched simultaneously in Japan and the United States, Europe lagged somewhat behind. Now, however, Germany—home to the largest piece of Europe's auto industry—appears to be...