In a sign of the challenges facing incumbent EV makers in the wake of Tesla's success, Audi is lowering the price of its first battery-electric crossover to $66,995, including shipping, while increasing the EPA-estimated range from 204 to 222 miles.
Onetime VW executive Oliver Schmidt will serve the remaining years of his prison sentence in his native Germany. A U.S. District Court magistrate approved a request by Schmidt to return home to serve the final two years of his sentence in a German prison.
Oliver Schmidt is expected to appear before a federal magistrate next week on his request to finish his seven-year prison sentence in his native Germany for his key role in VW's diesel-emissions scandal, the Detroit News reported.
While cost, range, charging infrastructure and consumer apathy remain barriers to EV sales, those obstacles are weakening as battery technology improves and grows cheaper and charging infrastructure expands, said Audi of America's head of electrification, Cody Thacker.