Mercedes confirms new electric SUV model EQB
Daimler executives have confirmed new models at the auto shows in New York and Shanghai. Mercedes-Benz will launch the new compact SUV GLB in 2021 and turn it into a fully electric car called EQB at the same time. The carmaker also presented a special edition of its EQC EV.
Karma reveals next Revero & GT Coupe + EV concept
Karma Automotive has introduced the latest Revero GT, formerly known as Fisker Karma. The now stronger hybrid is slated for launch in the US later this year, followed by Europe in 2020 and China in 2021. Also on show: the Pininfarina GT Coupé and an all-electric roadster concept.
UK: 17MW virtual power plant to utilise EV batteries
London-based Moixa plans to develop a virtual power plant (VPP) that will combine solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles. The VPP could include hundreds of households, schools and other facilities in southern England and Moixa aims to eventually scale the network up to 17 MW.
Fastned gets ready for HPC & Autocharge in UK
Fastned opens its first ultra-fast charging station in the United Kingdom. Two charge columns stand ready to offer up to 350 kW on a multi-charger site in Sunderland, near the factory where Nissan produces all Leaf EVs for the European market.
Daimler partners with Sila Nano on batteries
Daimler has acquired a minority stake in the Californian battery materials specialist Sila Nanotechnologies, with which BMW already cooperates. The company completely replaces conventional graphite electrodes with silicon-dominated composites.
Seoul to grant subsidies to two-wheelers
The government of the South Korean capital Seoul wants to provide subsidies for a massive electric offensive. The goal is to replace around 100,000 two-wheelers powered by combustion engines with electric ones by 2025, as well as the electrification of minibuses.
Harbour Air plans electrified seaplane
MagniX, a company specializing in electric aircraft propulsion, and North America’s largest seaplane carrier Harbour Air are cooperating to successively electrify all 42 of Harbour Air’s seaplanes. The 560 kW magni500 electric motor will be used.
Torqeedo electrifies LifeCraft
Torqeedo has developed an electric drive for the lifeboat called LifeCraft made by the Danish company Viking. LifeCraft is an inflatable, motor-driven lifeboat for the evacuation of ship passengers at sea, which offers space for up to 203 people.
Ballard to produce FC modules for ships in Denmark
Ballard Power Systems Europe announced the construction of a Marine Center of Excellence at its facility in Hobro, Denmark, where fuel cell modules for ships will be developed and produced. The Marine Center is designed to help meet the shipbuilding industry’s growing requirements for emission-free drive trains.