Tesla has earned a name for fast electric sportscars with good range. Its sedans also do well. But Europe could prove a harder sell for its high end e-autos.
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.
German premium automaker BMW is ordering several billion euros worth of batteries for electric cars from a Chinese manufacturer. The move suggests that cultivating a European producer now seems even more remote.
Swiss police are investigating the death of a man after his Tesla car crashed and burst into flames last week. The case adds to claims e-vehicle car batteries may be a safety concern after similar incidents in the US.
The US e-car pioneer increased production of its Model 3 mass-market car in the first quarter but still fell far short of its output targets. CEO Elon Musk also quashed speculation he might need to raise more capital.
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