EV/AV Report: June 8, 2020

Plan for an Electric Van? 

General Motors Co is said to be developing an electric van targeted at business users, reported Reuters. 

According to the report,  sources familiar with the plans said the EV is expected to start production in late 2021. 

GM has yet to announce whether or not they are developing an electric van, however, the automaker has confirmed plans to introduce at least 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023. 

Large and in charged

The German government has announced that it will require gas stations to offer electric car charging stations. 

This move may provide a significant boost to EV demand as part of a broader COVID-19 stimulus plan, which includes taxes to penalize owners of large polluting combustion-engined vehicles and a $6,000 euro subsidy toward the cost of an electric vehicle.

As part of the government stimulus, 2.5 billion euros will be spent on battery cell production and charging infrastructure. 

Refinishing Response

Tesla introduced a solution for its peeling paint problems just hours after news broke of a Quebec man’s class-action lawsuit against the company.

The Model 3 All-Weather Protection Kit is said to protect vehicles from salt, sand and small debris. 

The company introduced the product less than 24 hours after a class-action lawsuit against the company had been reported in Quebec; Tesla Model 3 owner Jean-François Bellerose had noticed the black paint peeling on the bottom of doors and rocker panels on his 2019 Model 3 after only six months of use.


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