BYD unveils driverless electric forklifts and aircraft tugs
BYD has developed a driverless electric forklift together with Singapore-based ST Engineering. The two companies signed a cooperation agreement to broaden their joint activities in this field. That’s not BYD’s sole special vehicle innovation: The company also unveiled two new electric tug models.
Paris grants permission for launch of LEVC’s black cab
Geely-owned London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) will bring its electric taxi with range extender to Paris. A permit for the black cab has now been granted by the Paris authorities. The French capital is expected to receive the model called TX in the first half of 2019.
Ionity opens first high power charging sites in Austria
Ionity’s first high-power charging sites in Austria have now been put into operation in Mondsee (Salzburg) and Eisentratten (Carinthia). Both have been installed at sites of station service company OMV. Like it is the case for all Ionity charging stations, each charging point delivers up to 350 kW.
Air taxi Cora: Kitty Hawk teams up with Air New Zealand
Kitty Hawk subsidiary Zephyr Airworks has signed a cooperation agreement with Air New Zealand as both partners want to work on setting up an air taxi service with self-flying electric aircrafts. We remember: About half a year ago, Kitty Hawk unveiled its electrically powered autonomous air taxi Cora.
Nissan Leaf with 60 kWh battery to cost 5,500 USD more
The 60 kWh version of the Nissan Leaf will go into production in January 2019 and cost 5,500 US dollars (around 4,800 euros) more than the current 40 kWh version – that is at least what “CarsDirect” reports, referring to news derived from dealers’ documents.
Munich-based Sono Motors launches financing round
After its first crowdfunding campaign back in 2016, Munich start-up Sono Motors launches its second round of financing in order to generate capital for the last development stage and production of the company’s solar electric car Sion, which is scheduled to start rolling off the lines in late 2019.
Nissan and EDF Energy explore 2nd life use of batteries
Nissan teams up with EDF Energy, the UK-based subsidiary of French utility EDF, to explore secondary use of old EV batteries. The first joint project will focus on creating a business model to reuse recycled batteries of the Nissan Leaf into commercial storage systems.
Tesla is about to buy land for its Gigafactory in China
The preparations for Teslas Gigafactory in China are apparently progressing. As Bloomberg reports, Tesla is about to buy land for the factory for 145 million US dollars. A decision by the Shanghai city government to allocate the land to Tesla could already be made this month.
Byton acquires FAW subsidiary Huali / securing license
Chinese EV start-up Byton, led by former BMW-i manager Carsten Breitfeld, takes over FAW subsidiary Huali (Tijian) Automobile and thereby secures a production license for serial production of electric cars in China. Byton had already closed an investment agreement with FAW in summer.
Bollinger presents fully electric pickup truck B2
Following its electric off-road vehicle B1, the US company Bollinger Motors now presents the B2 – a fully electric pickup truck with an open loading area. It shares many components with the B1, including the twin-engine all-wheel drive coupled with a 120 kWh battery.
BMW to take over 75 % majority of China-JV BBA
BMW is pushing ahead with its electrical plans in China. First, the carmaker takes over the majority of the joint venture with local car manufacturer Brilliance, second, the joint venture announced that it would invest over 3 bn euros in new and existing plant structures in Shenyang.
French EDF to install 75,000 charging stations until 2022
French energy giant EDF intends to operate 75,000 charging stations in Europe by 2022 as it aims for a 30% market share in its main markets of France, Belgium, Italy and the UK. “We want to become the uncontested leader in electric mobility in Europe by 2022”, declares CEO Jean-Bernard Levy.
Goodyear shows tires specifically for EVs (video)
Goodyear draws attention to a new tire technology designed for EVs in Geneva. The EfficientGrip Performance with “Electric Drive Technology” features larger rubber contact patch on the road while reducing rolling resistance, aerodynamic drag and tire noise, according to the manufacturer.
RWTH Aachen and partners to create self-driving EVs
The RWTH Aachen University and partners are kicking off a project called UNICARagil to pool latest research findings in fields such as autonomous driving, connectivity and electric mobility. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is supporting the project with 23m euros.
Tata Motors shows electric sedan concept EVision
Tata Motors brought its EVision concept to Geneva, a prototype of an electric-powered sedan, featuring two motors and promising a range of not less than 450 km. A serial version of the sedan could roll off the production lines by 2020.
Volkswagen bets on batteries supplied by CATL
Volkswagen has nominated Chinese battery specialist Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) as supplier to implement its ambitious electrification roadmap, according to “Caixin”. However, VW intends to add also other battery suppliers later on.
Hyundai attracts attention with Kite concept car
At the Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai has revealed its newest concept car: the Kite. It has neither doors or windows, nor a roof, but is an all-terrain vehicle for two people, that can be quickly and easily converted into a jet ski with a single seat.
Renault shows driverless robotaxi called EZ-GO
With its autonomous mobility concept EZ-GO, Renault illustrates its vision of a robotaxi for urban areas. The prototype is currently attracting attention at the Geneva Motor Show. It follows on Renault’s autonomous Symbioz concept unveiled in 2017.