VW to use joint e-drivetrain for trucks and buses: Volkswagen Truck & Bus has developed an integrated electric platform for trucks and buses and all brands. It is supposed to form the basis of any electric architecture in the future. Also U.S. partner Navistar will benefit from the platform to offer electric distribution trucks by 2019, as reported. Furthermore, focussing on emerging countries, VW created another electric distribution truck: The e-Delivery shall be manufactured in Brazil with production kick-off scheduled for 2020. Finally, MAN and Scania announced to trial preproduction versions of their next-gen electric buses in several European cities by 2018 – and to go serial before 2020.
electric-vehiclenews.com, bloomberg.com, volkswagen-media-services.com
Paris says “adieu” to combustion-powered cars: By 2030, the French capital could ban diesel- and petrol-powered vehicles, according to a statement of Christophe Najdovski, vice Mayor and responsible for Paris’ transport policy. Diesel engine cars are likely to be even banned before: Authorities of the city seek to get rid of them by the start of the Olympic Games in 2024. In summer, French ecology minister Nicolas Hulot already announced that he wants to ban all sales of ICEs by 2040 in a bid to meet the country’s targets from the Paris Climate Accord.
BMW to cooperate with Great Wall? Beside its JV with Brilliance, the German carmaker is said to be willing to establish another JV with a Chinese company: It is Great Wall that BMW plans to build electric vehicles in Changshu with, insiders report. Allegedly, this partnership would enable the Germans to kick off (electric) car production of its brand Mini in China.
reuters.com, europe.autonews.com (Mini)
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Next step of Volkswagen’s restructuring process: VW intends to concentrate production of all relevant car parts in a new business unit, according to the Handelsblatt. With this step, the car giant seeks to cut costs and thus to unlock funds for its ambitious EV strategy. Besides that, the decision about where the I.D. Buzz is going to be produced seems to get close: The Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reports that VW’s plant in Osnabrück has good chances to make it.
Electric city bus by e.GO and ZF: The two German companies intend to launch an on-demand electric city bus by 2019. The e.Go Mover provides space for 15 passengers and can optionally be equipped with a range extender. Pricing for the basic version starts at 60.000 euros exclusive the tax. Order books are open from now on.
BMW presents new pedelec: BMW’s new Active Hybrid E-Bike will make its market entry with a completely revised drive concept. Its aluminium frame hosts an electric motor by Brose with 250 W and a removable 504 Wh battery – providing energy for a range of up to 100 km. The price is for the Active Hybrid E-Bike is 3,400 euros.