BMW will not renew the i3
BMW has no plans for a successor to the i3. Pieter Nota, head of BMW sales told the Financial Times that the German luxury carmaker will instead concentrate on merging battery and plug-in technology with its other vehicles, while it drums up some new purely electric vehicles.
Renault confirms pricing for Zoe electric car
Renault is about to open the order books for the latest iteration for its best-selling electric car. The new Zoe will be available to order from mid-September, with prices starting at just £18,670 before battery rent. Customer deliveries will begin in January 2020.
Series version VW ID.Crozz to become ID.4
With the ID.3 just out, Volkswagen had further announcements to make at the IAA and said the VW ID. Crozz concept will be called ID.4 once it hits the markets in series. The model is destined for the US first next year and will be the first MEB-based model in the USA.
Framo to present 40-tonne electric truck at NUFAM
The German electric-conversion specialist Framo will present its first fully-electric semitrailer tractor with 400 kW power at the NUFAM commercial vehicle trade fair in Germany at the end of September. Framo is also currently working on the market launch of the 3.0 battery generation with significantly increased energy density.
Opel is electrifying utility vehicles
At the IAA, Opel presented the Corsa-e and Grandland X Plug-in-Hybrid, as well as the Corsa-e Rally. The Germans further announced the next steps of their electric offensive concerning light commercial vehicles.
Charging the Czech Republic
The CEZ Group has selected the Israeli software specialist Driivz to manage CEZ’ charging infrastructure in the Czech Republic. This concerns both the existing network called ČEZ Electromobility and its further expansion.
Rotterdam orders 1000+ charging stations in car parks
Eneco eMobility has secured a major order from Rotterdam as part of a Europe-wide tender. The port city has commissioned the Dutch charging provider to install up to 1,250 charging stations for electric cars in the city’s car parks and parking sites over the next four years.
CATL reveals new cell-to-pack platform at IAA
The Chinese battery group CATL has just presented its development plans for cell-to-pack batteries at the IAA in Germany. The new CTP platform is designed to improve the development of battery sets with a pack’s energy density to increase from 180 Wh/kg to 200 Wh/kg.
Geely invests €50M in Volocopter air taxis
The German airport taxi start-up Volocopter has secured 50 million euros in a new financing round led by the Chinese Geely Group. The new funds will be used to bring Volocopter’s electric aircraft to commercial launch within the next three years.