Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla loses finance VP, Air New Zealand buys EV fleet

Formula E gets virtual with VR Live.

Electric racing series Formula E is partnering with virtual reality company VR Live. Together, the groups are working on live, virtual reality broadcasts of the races. The idea is to make fans who can't attend the actual races in person feel like they're at the event. "Virtual reality is one of the most exciting new ways to broadcast live sports and improve fans' viewing experiences," says Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag. "Now, we can give fans that cannot attend a race in person the opportunity of feeling like they are actually immersed in the Formula E experience from any perspective." After a trial of the technology at the Long Beach ePrix, fans will be able to download the experience in the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive App stores. See the video above, and read more from Formula E.

Air New Zealand is purchasing an enviable fleet of 76 electric vehicles. The airline is getting 36 BMW BEVs (presumably the i3) and 12 PHEVs from Mitsubishi ( Outlanders) for use by the company's sales staff. An additional 28 electric vans from Renault (probably some configuration of the Kangoo ZE) will be used specifically for airport duty. It will be the island nation's largest fleet of electric vehicles, and it will offset the use of 65,000 liters (more than 17,000 gallons) of fuel every year. That's enough to fill up a Boeing 787 Dreamliner halfway. "We recognize the opportunity electric vehicles present both for New Zealand and our airline," says Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon, "and we are making the most of the country's renewable electricity supply by transitioning our ground fleet off fossil fuels where we're able to." Read more at EV Obsession.

Tesla has lost another Vice President. This time, it's VP of Finance and Worldwide Controller Michael Zanoni who has jumped ship, leaving the automaker for the position of VP of Finance at Amazon. Zanoni left Apple's accounting team for Tesla in 2014. Tesla recently had an issue with its financial reporting - Zanoni's department - where it mistakenly valued its Supercharger network for an extra $173 million, for which the company had to issue a correction. Tesla's VP of Global Communications, Ricardo Reyes, also left the company recently. Read more from Electrek.

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