Panasonic on Tesla 4680, EV tax credit, electric Mini and VW vans: Today’s Car News

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Will Mini build a rival to the Volkswagen electric bus? We follow another round of twists towards a renewed EV tax credit. And Panasonic is pushing towards mass production of Tesla’s 4680 format. This and more, here at Reports on the green car.

Panasonic plays more and more on board with mass production of the larger 4680 cells Tesla is focusing on its future, even if the obstacles may remain. The battery supplier’s senior executive in its new battery division this week told Nikkei Asia that the technology targets may have mostly been met, although “their mass production requires new techniques.”

does a? Mini electric van does it make sense for the city-centric brand? On Thursday, Mini revealed that it is developing a production electric vehicle that draws inspiration from the design of the Vision Urbanaut concept shown for the first time in 2020. The sustainability-focused urban electric van could end up as one of Volkswagen’s closest rivals. long awaited electric microbus revival, expiring in 2023.

And as the House vote on revised social spending and the climate bill approaches, we are still monitoring the progress of a reconstituted tax credit for electric vehicles which, in its latest form, increases the recommended qualifying price to $ 80,000 in some cases and holds onto a $ 4,500 bonus for union electric vehicles.

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