In Germany, many consumers have been shocked by allegations of widespread emissions cheating. But in the United States, there is little awareness of events unfolding within Germany's car industry.
According to a media report, automaker Opel is being investigated for manipulating vehicle emissions on about 60,000 cars worldwide. It is the first time the company has been named since Dieselgate broke in 2015.
China's CATL corporation will build a lithium-ion battery cell factory in Thuringia, Germany, to supply electric vehicle makers. In contrast, BMW and Bosch have recently abandoned plans to make battery cells. Why?
German carmakers didn't pioneer the new era of electric cars, but now they're making massive investments in EV model development and production. By 2025 they may surpass their rivals for global e-car market share.
A lobby group for the German car industry has said it expects car production and new registrations to increase again in 2018. Its optimistic forecast came despite concerns over current trade frictions with the US.
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