Mahindra expands manufacturing in India
The Indian car manufacturer Mahindra has announced that they plan to invest another 9 billion rupees, or about 113 million euro, into the expansion of their manufacturing capabilities focusing on electric vehicles over the next four to give years.
Volvo reasserts plans for an electric XC40
Volvo has announced that next to their plug-in-hybrid, they will also be releasing a fully electric version of their XC40. The manufacturer announced this in a side note in their press release regarding the new motors for their compact SUV, but the announcement is official.
Dubai tests driverless electric pods that can couple
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started testing a fleet of autonomous electric pods. Using their own dedicated lanes, the prototypes can attach and detach to and from one another to form a mini tram while in Motion. They are built for Next Future Transportation in Italy.
Hydrogen Fuelling station boom in Germany
According to information from TÜV Süd, Germany had the largest growth in hydrogen fuelling stations in the world last year. A total of 24 public fueling stations were installed in Germany, while the global market managed to construct a total of 64.
Project Ireland 2040 with €22bn for Climate Action
The Irish government has published its new national development plan ‘Project Ireland 2040’ which outlines the country’s move to a low carbon economy bolstered with 116 billion euros. 22bn have been earmarked for climate protection measures, including electric transport initiatives.
Balearic Islands to become EV oasis
The Balearic government has announced plans to ban vehicles that run on fossil fuels from the streets of Mallorca, as well as from those on the other Balearic Islands by 2035. A diesel-ban is to start even sooner, by 2025.
Torrot launches electric trail bike Movak
Torrot is working on an all-electric motorbike. The Movak performs at 5 kW with a battery that lasts for 120 km riding both on the trail and on the road. The firm is accepting pre-orders for a deposit of 600 euros, less than a tenth of the estimated price of 7,900 euros.
Eviation Aircraft sets sights on Kokam batteries
The israeli startup Eviation Aircraft, which raised some eyebrows at last years Paris Air Show with the prototype of its electrical light aircraft “Alice”, has officially announced the source for the batteries they will be using in their planes: South Korea’s Kokam.
Samad Aerospace introduces hybrid VTOL aircraft
A three-engine, hybrid-electric airplane was unveiled by the British aviation startup and will be called the Starling Jet. It will be able to take off and land vertically, and offers 10 seats. A flight range of up to 2,400 km is made possible by burning diesel once airborne.
Skoda is on a mission to Mars
With a tongue-in-cheek challenge to Tesla, Skoda has launched its own Mars mission. In the video, one can see the driver preparing for their journey, checking all the vehicle features and programming their destination into the navigation system.