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Germany to invest €1 billion for green urban mobility in India

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New Delhi: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday pledged to invest 1 billion euros over the next five years on environmentally-friendly urban mobility in India.

Chancellor Merkel, whose visit to the country coincided with one of the worst spells of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, also emphasised on the need to replace diesel-run public transport with electric vehicles.

“We have agreed to co-operate on climate protection and green urban mobility and have earmarked 1 billion euros towards this,” Chancellor Merkel said at an event in Delhi.

Germany would also invest 200 million euros to reform the bus sector in Tamil Nadu, she added.

Touching upon the subject of air pollution in Delhi, Chancellor Merkel said that looking at the severity of the situation, it would be a good idea to replace remaining diesel buses with electric ones.

Though most of Delhi’s buses, especially ones run by Delhi Transport Corporation or DTC run on CNG, other buses in the capital and neighbouring cities run on diesel.

Delhi recorded its worst air quality of the season on Friday as the pollution level touched the ‘severe plus’ category, prompting authorities to shut schools till November 5, ban all construction activities and declare a “public health emergency”.

Chancellor Merkel said that Germany would also like to work with India on various segments including healthcare, agriculture and artificial intelligence.

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Tesla bags 200,000 orders for its futuristic ”Cybertruck”

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New Delhi: Elon Musk is back with a bang with his all-new “Cybertruck”. Irrespective of the controversies the all-new Tesla Cybertruck has gathered, it is one of the most radical wheels that has gone on sale in recent times and is becoming quite popular by the day.

Elon Musk took to Twitter to share that Tesla has already received 200k orders since the launch of the “Cybertruck” which was actually 3 days ago(22 November).

Tesla Cybertruck’s production is expected to begin in late 2020. The electric pickup truck is available in three trims — single motor RWD with a range of over 250 miles, dual-motor AWD with a range of more than 300 miles and tri-motor AWD with a range in the north of 500 miles.

The single motor RWD variant of the Cybertruck can go from 0 to 60 mph in below 6.5 seconds and has a towing capacity of over 7,500 pounds, while the dual-motor AWD trim can make 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds and boasts of a towing capacity of more than 10,000 pounds. Tesla claims that the tri-motor AWD variant of the vehicle is good for 0-60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds and gets a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds.

Given its relative performance and price, the Cybertruck could be a massive success for Tesla as it enters into the largest segment in the US market. Almost three million pickups were sold to consumers in 2018. If Tesla can carve off a tiny sliver of that, it’ll go a long way toward taking Tesla’s annual sales to the next level.

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