Energy storage comprises more than 30 percent of the costs of e-car production. The battery is viewed as the decisive component. So far, no European company is among the leading battery makers, but that might be set to change.
A group of mainly German carmakers has launched a joint venture to build a network of fast charging stations for electric vehicles to support a drive to boost sales of environment-friendly cars across Europe.
Though a future in which all cars are electric is still decades away, carmakers such as VW, BMW and Daimler are busy showcasing their green models. The question is how ethically clean are they?
German carmakers risk falling behind when it comes to electric vehicle technology, chancellor candidate Martin Schulz has warned. The SPD leader said carmakers they can no longer afford to be "arrogant."
After German chancellor candidate Martin Schulz called for a Europe-wide quota for electric cars, the debate among German politicians, the EU and carmakers has picked up steam. In China, such a quota already exists.
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