German carmakers show full e-mobility commitment
In a concerted rebranding campaign, the three German premium vehicle manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes want to adapt their labelling to the electric mobility of the future. The brand-new designs are exclusively available to our industry service electrive so far. Happy April Fools!
Thoughts from CES: e-shuttles are coming – but when?
A visit to the CES technology trade fair in Las Vegas confirmed an already growing impression: The car of the future is a bubble-like pod vehicle, and most exhibitors also agreed that these small shuttle buses will one day rule the city; and by the by, universal adoption of the electric drive is simply a […]
Toyota recalls 1 million hybrids worldwide
Due to potential short circuit and fire hazards, Toyota has recalled more than one million hybrid vehicles across the globe. The recall concerns all Toyota Prius of the current generation, including the plug-in version, as well as the hybrid version of the C-HR that were manufactured up to May of this year.
Finland’s Fortum takes over PlugSurfing from Berlin
Finnish charging infrastructure operator Fortum Charge & Drive has acquired all shares of PlugSurfing and owns the company now to a 100 percent. The Berlin-based startup had specialised in unifying charging with one solution for multiple suppliers early on as it developed a particularly smart billing solution working across a range of payment systems.
Microlino by Micro Mobility Systems debuts in Zurich
After two and a half years, Swiss Micro Mobility Systems has taken the wraps off the pilot production version of its Microlino in Zurich. The company received already more than 4,600 pre-orders for the BMW Isetta based Microlino EV. Now ‘production hell’ is waiting.
Tesla with juicy extras
The Tesla Model S is not eligible for the EV grant in Germany any longer as Tesla is suspected of subsidy fraud. One could say the EV maker creatively trimmed the Model S basis version to fit into the price bracket of the EV subsidy. Following an investigation into the very existence of such a “basic” Model S, Tesla had now to agree to stop advertising it.
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E.ON supports electric cabs in Sweden
30 Renault Zoe have arrived in the Swedish capital where cab provider Taxi Stockholm is working to electrify its fleet. The entire charging infrastructure has been provided by utility E.On and includes the provision of electricity from renewables.
VW reinforces its search for cobalt supplier
After Volkswagen’s initial tender calling for cobalt at a fixed price failed to attract any bidders, the company has changed strategy and invited producers and dealers to come to its Wolfsburg HQ to talk, reports Bloomberg.
BMW builds new Battery Cell Competence Centre
The Bavarian carmakers wants to centralise its battery cell competence in a new centre in Munich and has just broken ground. Officially called BMW Group Battery Cell Competence Centre, it is to drive battery cell innovation starting in 2019 and to introduce hi-tech production processes.
Tesla gives Audi a piggyback
Approximately 7.3 seconds are passing until the Audi TT (construction year 2000) accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h. Tesla enthusiast Bjørn Nyland felt pity and put the tired Audi on a trailer – and fixed it to its powerful Tesla Model X…
LeasePlan to achieve greener car fleets
Dutch LeasePlan is about to launch an EV pilot programme to motivate its clients to switch to low-emission vehicles. The project allows fleet operators to choose how many EVs form part of their pilot and offers help regarding the installation of charging infrastructure solutions.
Alphabet adds FCVs to its fleet in Germany
BMW leasing subsidiary Alphabet Germany extends its fleet through acquisition of new fuel cell vehicles: 30 Toyota Mirai models are expected to arrive before the year’s end and shall serve as company and car pool vehicles in some of Alphabet’s major clients’ fleets over a three-year period.
Electric-powered tractor by Fendt (Video)
The German manufacturer is currently putting its electric compact tractor e100 Vario on display at the Agritechnica in Hannover. Ahead of the model’s market launch in the upcoming year, Fendt has released a video clip of the tractor and gives some technical details.
Akasol to produce batteries for electric utility vehicles
German manufacturer Akasol has opened a battery plant with a potential production output of 600 MWh annually in Langen, close to its headquarters in Darmstadt. The company says it will be capable of manufacturing storage systems for up to 3,000 electric buses per year. All in all, Akasol invested 10m euros into the implementation of its semi-automatic production line.
electrive.net (in German)
Tesla Semi electric truck with 800 km range
Tesla has unveiled the Semi and this electric truck appears the most ambitious EV from the Californians to date. A range of up to 800 kilometres supported by autonomous driving and a Megacharger are features designed to distinguish Tesla from any competitors even more clearly than expected.
Details about GM’s electrification strategy
At least 20 new electric models by 2023, among them two EVs based on the Chevy Bolt and due in the next 18 months – that is what General Motors promised in a recently published announcement. Now, GM states that the majority of its upcoming EVs will be based on a new platform scheduled for […]
Stockholm gets one of a kind e-bike sharing
5,000 hire electric bicycles will be rolled out in the Swedish capital in 2018 and 2019 after the current contract for the 1,200 regular rental bikes will finish this year. The pedelecs are marketed as “Hybrid Bikes” not only for their muscle-electric propulsion system but also because their batteries can be removed.
Emission free McLaren P1
McLaren celebrates the fifth birthday of its super sports car P1 with zero-emission equivalents that on top cost much less. They are electric- respective muscular-powered, but – well – attract first of all children.
gearsofbiz.com, carthrottle.com (with video)
Uber will trial its electric aircrafts in L.A.
Uber has closed a cooperation deal with U.S. space agency NASA to realise tests of its “flying cars” also above Los Angeles. As reported, Uber extends its project called Uber Elevate in order to create a network for its planned on-demand service.
Liverpool fights air pollution
The city’s parliamentarians approve the installation of 100 EV charging points throughout Liverpool, but that’s not all: The city council also partners with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to calculate the costs to establish a Clean Air Zone, which shall be completed by March 2018.
20 Hydrogen Buses for Birmingham
The city council of Birmingham has paved the way for a hydrogen bus trial scheduled to start in March 2019. 20 buses shall be deployed on key routes. The 13.4m pounds project is backed by several grant contributors such as the Office for Low Emission Vehicles or the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. Potential operators for the scheme can still respond to an open tender.
Eurabus to bet on BMZ batteries
The BMZ Group (Germany) and Eurabus have signed a long-term master agreement with a volume of 150m euros. The contract includes the supply of more than 1,000 battery systems for electric buses within the next two to three years.
California sees first eHighway
Siemens and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) inaugurated a 1.6 km test track with an overhead catenary system made by Siemens. The eHighway stretches out in the Californian city of Carson, close to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Ford and Zotye to build EVs in China
Both carmakers signed an agreement to manifest their planned joint venture, first announced in August. Ford and Zotye intend to jointly develop and produce all-electric cars for consumers in China.