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Top 5 Electric Vehicle stories of the week

1. Tesla grabbed the headlines again this week with the release of Elon Musk's Masterplan V2, an update to the 2007 plan that was the foundation of the company's current dominance and success. The Master Plan V2 included the announcement of a Tesla Semi, shared mobility, and autonomy. The controversy surrounding the Auto Pilot death still lingers with various support opinions citing how many accidents have been avoided with the technology and counterclaims that the sample data for the Auto Pilot is not comparable in size. Claims were also made about Tesla covering up details of a non-fatal crash in Montana; the ensuing social media war, however, favours Tesla. In other news, Tesla announced that it upgraded its Super Charger capacity to 145kW, up 10kW from before and Elon Musk expressed that he was positive about the prospect of the Tesla Solar City tie-up after his meeting with large investors this week.
2. The world's largest suppliers of lithium-ion batteries to the electric vehicle industry were dealt a blow this week with Chinese Government excluding the leaders in the field, the Korean companies LG-Chem, and Samsung from the list of licensed suppliers meeting the countries standards. The decision creates challenges for all vehicle manufacturers with plants in China using these suppliers products, who between them supplies over a third of all electric vehicle batteries in the world. The exclusion extends to subsidiaries of these companies. A total of 57 battery suppliers made the list of approved suppliers. On the opposite spectrum, China opened up its battery market by allowing foreign-owned subsidiaries of battery manufacturers to set up plants in four free trade zones, bringing competition to its local industry.
3. The electric vehicle industry in the USA got a boost this week with the White House supporting the expansion of the existing charging station infrastructure. The initiative involves the extension of a $4.5 billion loan program to support the creation of large-scale deployment of charging stations, research into charging related technologies, programs for local government and a new FAST Act process to identify zero-emission corridors to determine the roll-out of fast charging infrastructure.  
4. The electric vehicles market gained further traction as Daimler's CEO, Dieter Zetsche acknowledged the technology's importance and expected increase in market share. The German automaker shifted its strategy to accelerate its efforts to stay abreast of its competitors, Tesla and BMW's push to ramp up production in the luxury electric vehicle segment.
5. Another automaker, Audi, this week outlined its plans to bed down on an electric vehicle strategy by introducing targets to produce at least 450,000 plug-in units per year by 2025. The company will increase R&D to around a third of its budget, at the expense of combustion technology programs.
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