VW considers buying stakes in Chinese suppliers
The Volkswagen Group is exploring potential investment opportunities with Chinese automotive suppliers in a bid to secure access to the largest vehicle market on the planet. Whether they will invest in equity or attempt to set up a joint venture is still on the table.
Porsche Taycan interior revealed
A few weeks before the world premiere of its first electric car, Porsche has released pictures of the Taycan’s interior. The designers say they were inspired by the original 911 from 1963 – which comes with both advantages and disadvantages.
Mercedes confirms electric Citan successor
Mercedes-Benz will continue their commitment in the small van segment and has therefore decided on the successor to the Citan city delivery van – this time including a fully electric version. The vehicle will again be built in cooperation with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.
Voltabox marks loss for first half of 2019
Although the battery system manufacturer Voltabox was able to significantly increase sales in the first half of the year, the operating result was still in the red. An improvement is probably not in sight until 2020, and may require an austerity program.
Electric buses are rolled out in Wales
Following electric bus trials in Cardiff that began in 2018, Newport is now going to become the first city in Wales to sport the country’s first electric bus. By April 2020 the city will receive another 14 electric buses.
Uber & Lime expand cooperation in Europe
Uber clients in Europe may now book Lime e-bikes straight through the Uber app. The cooperation started in the US and is currently being rolled out across the continent. Prague, Warsaw and Stockholm are among the first wave of European markets with other capitals to follow suit.
Indonesia plans a series of EV incentives
The Indonesian government is planning a series of incentives to increase the uptake of electric vehicles as well as supporting the manufacture of these in the country. Indonesia aspires to become a hub for electric vehicle manufacturing and an exporter.
Denmark’s super ferry Ellen takes to the sea
The electric ship Ellen is to ferries what a supercar is to series production. Yet, the vessel is made for real-life application and now launched on its maiden journey. Full commercial operation will run between the islands of Aerø and Als in southern Denmark.