Manufacturers prepare for the turn of the electric car

100,000 public charging stations by the end of 2021 is the objective set by the French government.

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This week, a rain of announcements fell in the automotive sector.

On Friday, we learned of the green light granted to Tesla to launch production in its first European mega-factory near Berlin, which puts an end to an administrative and legal soap opera that delayed the start of the factory. 

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It is probably no coincidence that Volkswagen formalized on Friday March 4 an investment of two billion euros to build a new electric car factory.

The boss of the group continues to urge his troops to a "

revolution

 " to catch up with Tesla.  

To listen also: Electric car: how to keep its promises?

Meanwhile in Japan, Sony and Honda have announced an alliance.

The electronics giant and the manufacturer plan to form a joint venture.

Objective: to sell high value-added battery-powered cars and provide a range of mobility services.  

Tesla in sight

Earlier in the week, Ford announced the creation of a new entity.

"Ford Model e" will be dedicated to the electric.

Ford also plans to spend 50 billion dollars on electricity by 2026 against a previous estimate of 30 billion between 2021 and 2025. Ambition: to exceed 100% electric manufacturers, and therefore Tesla. 

Read also: Electric cars: the twilight of the combustion engine

Stellantis

does not intend to be jostled by newcomers either.

The group, which presented the first 100% electric Jeep SUV on Tuesday, plans to launch no less than 75 electric models by 2030. Stellantis aims to halve its carbon emissions by 2030 compared to the year last. 

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