Brands + News


Mitsubishi, Magna, BOLT, Tesla, Nissan, Changan.

Mitsubishi to electrify its core model range: The Japanese carmaker has launched a three-year roadmap called “Drive for Growth” to improve its performance in terms of volume, revenues and profitability. As part of this plan, Mitsubishi intends to provide electrified solutions for each and every of its core models from 2020 on. The company also confirms plans to create an EV kei car. Further details have not yet been given.

Magna’s electric drivetrains made in China: The car supplier teams up with SAIC subsidiary Huayu Automotive Systems to create a JV for electric drivetrains at Chinese territory. The new company shall focus at the domestic market and already gained its first customer order: According to Magna, a not closer specified German carmaker ordered the company’s electric-drive powertrain system. The newly founded JV represents Magna’s first e-drive business in China.

Electric scooter capable to send text messages: Dutch start-up BOLT Mobility has raised 3m euros through a crowd funding strategy in order to create its electric scooter called AppScooter. The vehicle with a range of up to 400 km and a base price of 2,990 euros convinced more than 2,000 investors. What is special about it, is that it provides a big touchscreen, 4G internet connection and smartphone connectivity, enabling e.g. automated text and phone call responses. Market launch is scheduled for 2018.,

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Conflict resolution at Tesla subsidiary: The employees of Tesla-owned manufacturer Grohmann Automation successfully fought for an improved salary structure and job guarantees until 2022. Thus, the German subsidiary’s stuff gets a salary increase of roughly 30 percent, starting with the current month. However, Tesla is not willing to join the branch’s collective agreement as it was requested by Germany’s largest union, IG Metall. But the new salary structure represents now anyway more or less the tariff level.,,

Nissan shows e-NV200 Fridge Concept: At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will put its e-NV200 Fridge Concept on display, an utility van to transport chilled foods. The electric vehicle is designed to meet urban requirements and features an additional battery pack to power a refrigeration unit. While the vehicles lithium-ion battery provides 24 kWh, the refrigeration equivalent comes with 12 kWh.

Changan to produce solely EVs by 2025: Within the next 8 years, Chinese car manufacturer Changan will transform into a pure EV maker, according the company’s own information. In order to do so, the Chinese want to create three NEV platforms and invest a total of 100bn Yuan (12bn euros) into its electrification strategy.,

Number of the Day

New EV Record.

With more than 1,600 kilometres, the IT Asset Partners (ITAP) claim the official Guinness Book of World Records title for the largest distance covered by a non-solar EV on a single charge. The record is said to have been taken place at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. The car, called the Phoenix, did the distance within a two-day run.,

Research + Technology

Northvolt, WM Motor, Volkswagen, Hyliion.

Skellefteå to host Northvolt Gigafactory: Swedish company Northvolt, led by former Tesla manager Peter Carlsson, has completed its search for a location to build up its battery cell production facility. The so-called Gigafactory will be erected in Skellefteå with construction works starting by the second half of 2018. Two years later, the plant shall open with jobs for 2,000 to 2,500 employees and an initial production volume of 8 GWh per year that is to climb up to 32 GWh by 2023. Besides that, Northvolt’s new research centre is supposed to bring 300 to 400 jobs to Västerås, not far from ABB’s headquarters. Both companies signed a partnership, recently.

Lithium ceramic batteries for WM Motor: Chinese EV start-up WM Motor is about to establish a JV with ProLogium Technology, a Taiwanese manufacturer of battery cells. Both partners seek to develop batteries for WM Motor’s electric vehicles and thus to kick off installation of a production line for lithium ceramic batteries by 2018. First batteries are to roll of the line by the end of 2019. The facilities capacity shall reach a total of 5 GWh per year.

VW to return with EV to Pikes Peak? Next June, Volkswagen intends to participate again at the legendary U.S. hillclimb in Colorado Springs. First teaser pictures of the company’s race car prototype suggest that VW plans to compete with an electric-powered vehicle. The two photos published by the car maker were accompanied by a video underpinning VW’s intent on returning to Pikes Peak. Further details have not yet been provided.,,

Hybrid upfit system for trucks: Manufacturer Hyliion has developed a variable hybrid system for Class 8 trucks. Once attached to the truck frame, the 6X4HE system shall enable fuel savings of up to 30 percent – 15 percent through electric hybrid, 12 percent through APU and 3 percent through aerodynamics. The company has meanwhile opened its order books and plans to kick off production as early as next month.,

Quotes of the day

Jon McNeill, Cedric Wins.

“We didn’t think that it was very cool to show up to fix an electric vehicle with a combustion engine van. It really bugged us.”

Tesla’s mobile service fleet consists of combustion-powered vans – but not long anymore: According to Jon McNeill, President of Global Sales and Services, Tesla is about to introduce new electric service vehicles based on the Model S and Model X cars to prove its authenticity.

“In 15 to 20 years, it‘s hard to believe if industry moved in the direction of electric-powered vehicles that the Army would not be somewhere near there. Its brigade combat team consumes 2,000 gallons of fuel per day. We’ve got to think about other ways.”

Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, the commander of U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, predicts that the shift to electrification won’t exclude the State’s army. In a few years, parts of its fleet could become all-electric.

Fleets + Infrastructure

CleverShuttle, UK, Bratislava, London, Volvo.

Mirai fleet for CleverShuttle reaches Munich: After introducing 10 of Toyota’s Mirai cars in Hamburg in September, ride sharing service provider CleverShuttle brings also 15 of the Japanese fuel cell vehicles on the roads of the Bavarian capital. Additionally, Munich sees the installation of a new hydrogen filling station in its Trudering neighbourhood. It is the 41st of such a station in Germany. CleverShuttle will benefit from the station, but also BeeZero, a FCV sharing service owned by Linde., (in German)

UK parliament discusses charging point obligation: In the traditional “Queen’s Speech” in June, it has been mentioned that as part of a new law for electrified and autonomous vehicles, service station providers in Great Britain could be obliged to install EV charging points. Exactly this topic is now at the first reading stage in the House of Commons. If the parliamentarians sign the law, operators of motorway service stations and large petrol retailers would be required to erect EV charging infrastructure at their sites.,,

18 electric buses for Bratislava: Public transport provider DPB plans to replace diesel-powered buses of its fleet in the Slovakian capital through one and a half dozen electric-powered buses. The replacement shall be completed by June 2018. Backed by EU funding, the transport provider wants to purchase 16 12-metre buses, two 9-metre buses as well as charging infrastructure.

The black cab’s final testing: London sees the first electric-powered black cabs on its roads. With six vehicles, British Geely subsidiary LEVC (former London Taxi Company) has kicked off the final testing stage, before all newly licensed taxis have to be capable of zero emission by January 2018. Here is, what CEO Chris Gubbey says in our interview about his company’s ambition.,

Volvo to supply 50 hybrid buses: The Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) has chosen Volvo Buses as a supplier for 50 hybrid buses, powered by diesel engines as well as electric battery packs. The Volvo 7900 Hybrids shall hit the roads of Singapore gradually by the second half of 2018. Through the new order, Volvo Buses’ balance climbs towards more than 3,000 hybrids provided worldwide.

Service + Suggestions

Tesla Model 3, Fake News, Events.

Video tip: Joe Torbati of OCDetailing provides the most detailed video with driving impressions of Tesla’s Model 3 that has been published yet. He invites viewers to a 15 minutes ride at the steering wheel of what is widely considered the currently biggest hope for the electric mobility mass market. via,

Reading tip: Ready for some amusing Fake News? Welcome to a satire article, reporting e.g. that Tesla will kick off mass production of a gas-powered vehicle in 2022 as Mars travel and Hyperloop transport concepts seem to overstrain the clients. A little fun to start the day.

Events for the upcoming week: Busworld Europe (Oct 20-25; Kortrijk, Belgium) ++ UITP BusWorld International Bus Conference (Oct 23-24; Kortrijk, Belgium) ++ E-Mobility Power System Integration Symposium (Oct 23; Berlin, Germany) ++ SmartGridComm (Oct 23-26; Dresden, Germany) ++ You can find a complete list of events at

Short circuit

Merchandising à la Musk.

Elon Musk sells now also Baseball caps. What seemed to be meant as a joke turns out to be quite successful: At the first day of sale, almost 4,000 of the rather modest caps with the logo of “The Boring company” were sold for 20 dollars each.,