Recharge Wrap-up: Faraday Future snags VW exec, Trump's RFS blunder

Motev black car service uses Teslas, NDAs; Elio approaches 65K reservations.

Motev is a Los Angeles black car service using Tesla Model S and Model X EVs. Co-founded by Robert Gaskill, who once served as a production driver for Morgan Freeman, Motev caters to high-profile clients who seek a luxurious experience in an eco-friendly vehicle. Drivers are required to sign non-disclosure agreements in order to protect the privacy of their passengers. Motev plans to expand to New York, where one of its vehicles is currently in service on the set of "Madame Secretary," chauffeuring stars Tea Leoni and Tim Daly. Read more at Teslarati.

Faraday Future has hired Jeorg Sommer from Volkswagen. Before becoming VW's senior vice president of Product Marketing & Strategy in 2013, Sommer was in charge of its electric mobility program, a role he previously held at Renault, as well. At Faraday Future, he will lead the startup's marketing and product planning, overseeing, "the company-wide product launch strategy, lifecycle management, packaging, and pricing of our electric vehicles and new mobility concepts," the company says. Faraday Future currently has 1,400 employees, and is building a production facility in Nevada. Read more at Electrek.

Donald Trump's campaign says it published a fact sheet that called for repealing part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in error. It originally said Trump would repeal the Renewable Identification Number program, which provides biofuel credits to producers. While the Trump campaign has since affirmed its commitment to the RFS, Executive Director of the Advanced Biofuels Business Council Brooke Coleman says, "Pulling the position is not enough. The industry will be waiting for clarification of why that piece of information was included in the fact sheet." Read more from The Des Moines Register.

Elio Motors says it is approaching 65,000 binding reservations for its 84-mpg trike. After announcing a set base price of $7,300, founder and CEO Paul Elio says that "the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We believe this is a true testament to the growing demand for this much needed project, and we are grateful to you, our fans, for your passion and commitment to Elio Motors." The company has also applied for an Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan through the DOE. Read more in the press release from Elio.

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