The world’s most car-centric region is Baden-Württemberg with its capital Stuttgart. It is where the German car industry’s hearts beat most strongly and has transported combustion engine technology and lastly diesel through its veins – so far. But this is to change due to players like Tesla, who is turning California into a centre of electric car making. On top, emission rules are being tightened worldwide and carmakers under scrutiny. It is in this climate, Clean Energy Wire set its media tour, which saw us travel to Stuttgart to learn, where the Germans are at when it comes to making a transition in transport. Our correspondent Nora Manthey reports.
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The world’s most car-centric region is Baden-Württemberg with its capital Stuttgart. After all, it is here that Bertha Benz drove the first Daimler and to this day it shelters Mercedes, Porsche and suppliers like Bosch or Mahle. The heartbeat of the German car industry can be felt most strongly here and has transported combustion engine technology and lastly diesel through its veins – so far.
But this is to change. It must due to players like Tesla, who is turning California into a centre of electric car making and innovation anxiously eyed worldwide. On top, the EU as well as regulators in Beijing increasingly tighten their emission rules and since Volkswagen has been caught cheating, the entire (German) industry has come under scrutiny.
It is in this climate, Clean Energy Wire set its media tour, which saw an international group of journalists travel to Stuttgart to learn, where the Germans are at when it comes to making a transition in transport. Our correspondent Nora Manthey reports. (more…)
BMW CEO Harald Krüger at the annual press conference in Munich announced not only “the biggest model offensive ever” but also affirmed the carmakers commitment to electric mobility. “There is no way back,” he said. And thus, all brands and series will be electrified. (more…)
Tags: BMW, Harald Krüger, Mini
French utility ENGIE acquired the Dutch charging infrastructure specialist EV-Box for a yet to be disclosed price. The deal has been finalised last night, electrive.com learnt. The acquisition is likely to lead to the creation of a new heavyweight for electric mobility in Europe.
EV-Box has installed over 40,000 charging stations in 24 countries to date. Founded in the Netherlands in 2010, the company has grown particularly strong in recent years. At the same time, EV-Box benefited greatly from the country’s electric mobility promotion, which led to a market for EV charging infrastructure early on. Currently, EV-Box employs more than 65 people. Its headquarters are in Amsterdam with more offices located in Antwerp, Paris, New York, and London. (more…)
How do electric cars get cleaner energy and cities better air? The series Urban Infrastructure from electrive.com highlights the different strategies with which cities in Europe develop infrastructure for electric vehicles. After Hamburg, Stuttgart and Berlin electrive.com Editor Nora Manthey takes a critical look at charging infrastructure and transportation in London, the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom.
air quality crisis
Transport is moving in London, slowly at times, but move the British capital must by all means. Mobility is of the essence in a place that hosted 31.5m tourists in 2015 and has about 850,000 commuters flocking to the city every week day. A stand still is a disaster. Congestion is as pressing a problem as air pollution, and London keeps failing to meet EU standards.
“Make no mistake: London is in the midst of an air quality crisis. Air pollution is permanently affecting children’s lung development and nearly 10,000 Londoners are dying early every year due to the long-term exposure of London’s dirty air.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan
Both the UK government and the recently elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, pledged to tackle the issue and put electric transport high on their agenda. The commercial level too, is taking an electric approach as initiatives like the sole EV charging network Source London experience new ownership.
Yet, London poses many a challenge to any concerted (electric) transport action due to its structure. Infrastructure here is a matter of public and semi-public transport as much as it is of private cars. All forms are increasingly electric – or shall become – but have to meet peculiar challenges in the British capital. (more…)
Tags: Urban Infrastructure
Technically, everything is cool. Volkswagen has two battery-electric cars in it its line-up. The small and affordable e-Up! and the e-Golf with its 35.8 kWh battery pack that will continue to hold the top spot in its segment until the Chevy Bolt hits the road. The portfolio may not be enough to be considered a pioneer, but it would be wrong to charge the carmaker with inaction. At the Paris Auto Show, VW will show the next step of its energy turnaround strategy: the showcar I.D. will be the first model build on the modular architecture for electric cars (MEB). (more…)
Tags: electric mobility, EV, Volkswagen
The LCV Conference 2016 was a very British affair. In its ninth year, it is where carmakers display their working models for attendants to test, where exhibitors show infrastructure solutions, policy concepts and technologies, and where key figures give speeches or lead workshops. Hence, it is a good start to assess where the Isles are at and where they might be headed when it comes to electric transport, with or without the European Union. For electrive.com, Nora Manthey visited the LCV Conference 2016 and came back with insights and impressions of the British EV market, its driving forces, and concerns. (more…)
How do electric cars get cleaner energy and cities better air? The new series Urban Infrastructure from electrive.com highlights the different strategies with which cities in Germany and Europe develop infrastructure for electric vehicles. After Hamburg and Stuttgart, electrive.com Editor-in-Chief Peter Schwierz takes a critical look at charging infrastructure in Germany’s capital Berlin. The fact of the matter is, the self-proclaimed capital of electric mobility is still lagging miles behind its own goals – and the isolated application it put into place is far from ideal. (more…)
Tags: Urban Infrastructure
Automotive supplier Bosch is preparing to launch an electric scooter sharing in Berlin. Rumours were making the rounds in the German capital for weeks. Today, a camera crew and an electric scooter zoomed around Hackescher Markt – right in front of the office of electrive.com, the industry service for electric transport. The film team was out for promo shots apparently. Stickers on the sides of the black-green scooter point to the name of this new mobility offering: COUP. While the film team was tight-lipped at first, they eventually confirmed that this is the “new Bosch scooter sharing” and that its start is imminent. A website called joincoup.com is live but shows no content but the logo as of yet. A Bosch spokesman confirmed the brand’s belonging to the Bosch Group when questioned by electrive.com. He also said that the online content could “change tomorrow.” (more…)
Tags: Berlin, Bosch, COUP, scooter sharing
There’s a new competitor in the battery-electric segment: the Hyundai Ionic electric. We welcome it with open arms, since the selection for BEVs continues to be too slim and every newcomer deserves a round of applause. And we are happy to report that the Ioniq turned out well – it’s inherently consistent, efficient and well manufactured. And it shows what level Hyundai and Kia have reached, namely one quite high up – with ambitions to make it to the very top. (more…)
How do electric cars get cleaner energy and cities better air? The new series Urban Infrastructure from electrive.com highlights the different strategies with which cities in Germany and Europe develop infrastructure for electric vehicles. Our second stop takes us to Stuttgart in the south of Germany – a city that is literally suffocating from its own automotive success story and needs sustainable mobility almost more than any other city in the country. Award-winning journalist Michael Ohnewald was born in the region and takes a closer look an area that “is so begrimed with soot that there is no way around taking action.” At least the know-how is already there. (more…)
Tags: Urban Infrastructure
Electric mobility and stationary energy storage accelerate the battery market’s importance to new levels constantly. Hence, qualified testing of batteries becomes increasingly important as well. To provide all market players with an overview of the international market for battery testing, consultancy cigno network together with the University of Stuttgart is conducting an international study. The first such Battery Testing Study in 2014 was already recognised widely.
Now, it is taken a big step further: this year’s edition aims to depict and compare demand and growth of battery testing services worldwide. Laboratories are currently being surveyed. Companies, that have not been contacted but are interested to participate or to receive further information, find the questionnaire as well as excerpts of the 2014 study at www.cigno-network.com. A high number of participating labs not only results in a more avid market overview but is also an opportunity for battery testing institutes to present themselves to their clients. electrive.com, Europe’s leading industry service for EV experts, and its German branch electrive.net cover the Battery Testing Study 2016 as publishing partner and thus take care of the publication and distribution of the study.
Tags: Battery Testing Study
There is this rumour that has been circulating for a while now that the Volkswagen AG wants to invest ten billion euros – in a battery cell factory. And in Germany’s Salzgitter, of all places. That’s the same locations of the carmaker’s massive TDI and TSI production site. VW is daring to go all out to be at the top the industry, it says. But the news begs one question: Will the production capacity suffice once the EV market really gets going?
Tags: Battery production, Germany, Tesla, Volkswagen
In Europe, range anxiety will soon be a thing of the past. With its project Fast-E, charge point operator (CPO) Allego wants to install a total of 278 fast-chargers in Germany and Belgium by June 2017. The first 28 locations (21 in Germany and 7 in Belgium) are already online. As for the remaining 250 chargers, Allego is confident that it will be able to set them up before next summer, if not earlier.
The VW e-Golf is getting an overhaul that will (most likely) hit the road later this fall. The lithium-ion battery will then have a capacity of 35.8 kWh; that is an increase of nearly 50 percent compared to the current 24.2 kWh. Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger, Executive Director of Electrics and Electronics Development at VW, confirmed rumours during a press workshop taking place during to the Formula E in Berlin over the weekend. That would mean that Volkswagen is leaving BMW and Nissan in the dust. The Bavarians are launching the next-generation of its i3 this summer, featuring a 33.2 kWh battery pack. The current Nissan Leaf can meanwhile store 30 kWh. And other than its competitors, Volkswagen will no longer sell the EV with an “old” battery version. “We are betting on the new generation,” says Volkmar Tanneberger, referring to the prismatic battery cells that now have 37 Ah, instead of 25 Ah. BMW and Nissan, on the other hand, continue to offer the smaller battery as an option. The one thing that all three models have in common is a 300 km range according to NEFZ, which translates to about 200 km in real life. And Tanneberger did not want to promise any more than that. He also could not say anything about pricing, as a “pricing commission” has not yet reached a final verdict.