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The Morning Briefing: Electric vehicles

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about the electric vehicle industry.
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Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributor on

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about the electric vehicle industry.

1.) Batteries dead on China's electric vehicle push? Not so fast. Foreign auto makers are feeling a whole lot better about China’s drive for electric vehicles, thanks to a set of new guidelines released by Beijing last week.

2.) 20-minute EV charger to debut from German, U.S. automakers. When it comes to fast-charging technology, U.S. and German automakers are on the same team. Many of them have agreed to share a common EV charger in hopes of accelerating the push toward electric vehicles.

3.) Electric cars to account for 10% TIV by 2020. Electric vehicles are expected to account for 10% of the local total industry volume (TIV) by 2020 due to the growing awareness of zero-emission four-wheelers, said Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysia.

4.) BMW drives London Olympics with electric cars, hybrids. BMW will have 240 electric and hybrid cars at the London Olympics this summer as part of the fleet of 4,000 vehicles the German automaker is supplying to the Games.

5.) Ford announces Focus Electric launch details (US). The Focus Electric is priced from $39,200 and features a 143 hp (107 kW / 145 PS) electric motor that is powered by a 23 kWh lithium-ion battery.

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