Germany's automakers will use the Paris auto show to highlight their latest battery technologies as they seek to recapture ground from Tesla Motors.
Mercedes-Benz will unveil the first electric vehicle from its new range of Tesla-fighting models. Volkswagen brand will debut a near-production, all-electric car that it hopes will shift the focus from its diesel emissions-cheating scandal to VW Group's massive investments into electrified drivetrains.
Meanwhile, BMW, whose i subbrand for battery-powered and plug-in hybrid cars has failed to take off, is keeping most of its top executives from Paris while it has a deep rethink on how to build expensive EVs while maintaining its high profitability.
Some automakers including Ford Motor, Volvo Cars, Aston Martin, McLaren, Mazda and Rolls-Royce will skip Paris to concentrate their marketing efforts on social media campaigns and customer-focused events.
The show's press days are Thursday, Sept. 29, and Friday, Sept. 30. Here are some of the key debuts.