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.
The future of Europe's carmakers depends on reliable supplies of cheap lithium-ion cells, a key component of e-car batteries. But such cells are nearly all made in Asia. Does Europe need its own Li-ion cell supply?
Employees' representatives on Daimler's supervisory board have said they're analyzing Geely's investment in the German carmaker very closely. Their priorities: Protecting existing jobs and production plants.
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."
The trucks division of German carmaker Daimler has delivered its first fully electric lorries to companies in Europe, as the global race to mass produce the first generation of "green trucks" heats up.
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