German automakers are scrambling to boost their electric car divisions. Did they start the switch too late? Do they offer viable alternatives to the trendsetter from California? With its new ID.4, VW presents a rival to Tesla's Model Y.
The move comes as Mercedes slashes jobs in its transition to electromobility and the US automaker sets up production in Germany. Union workers see the Berlin engine plant in peril and will protest the cuts on Thursday.
State-owned Polish company EMP has recently unveiled Poland's first electric car, the Izera, which is set to start rolling off production lines in 2023. But some believe it might not happen at all.
One in three German cars are sold in China. The world's largest car market is increasingly developing into a lifeline for manufacturers during the coronavirus pandemic. But this also creates risks.
Unhindered by a pandemic that has ravaged the global economy, Tesla has doubled its third-quarter profits as it nears record annual deliveries. But the electric carmaker still depends on the sale of CO2 emission offsets.
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