Autor: Peter Schwierz

Nov 9, 2017 - 11:01 pm

Opel/Vauxhall to electrify all of its carlines

PSA subsidiary Opel has revealed its roadmap “Pace”, a strategy plan that shall guarantee Opel’s return to profitability by 2020. Most important from an electric mobility viewpoint is Opel’s intention to offer all of its European carlines additionally with either electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrains by 2024.

Nov 9, 2017 - 01:30 pm

IONITY: Automobile Industry expands Charging Grid

In a combined move by the BMW Group, Daimler AG, the Ford Motor Company, the Volkswagen Group, Audi and Porsche, the IONITY Pan-European High Power Charging (HPC) Network will tackle a significant hurdle in electric long distance travel.



Nov 9, 2017 - 01:19 pm

E.ON promises 10,000 charging stations by 2020

The energy provider has solidified plans for a pan-European charging network: By the year 2020 E.ON plans to install 10,000 charging stations all over Europes’ public places, including super markets, train stations and highway stops.

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:30 am

InEVit, Norway, Audi, Citaro, Scania, Formula E.

InEVit integrates into SF Motors: The start-up led by Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard now nestles under the wings of SF Motors, where Eberhard had been a consultant. His InEVit will continue to operate as a standalone tech firm but as a subsidiary of the Californian EV unit of China’s Sokon Industry Group. At the core of InEVit’s business is and will remain the design of chassis for electric cars as well battery modules and production techniques with the goal to scale up EVs quickly. In the new company, Eberhard will take the role of Chief Innovation Officer and vice chairman of the board.,

Ampera-e sold out in Norway: Opel had to stop accepting orders for the European version of the Chevy Bolt in Norway as demand surpassed supply. Opel has received 5,000 orders from Norwegians alone and has delivered only 1,000 units by now. Rather than building on the backlash, the Germans say they want to fulfil existing reservations first. Still there are fears that the supply may dry up entirely since GM sold its European operation to PSA., (in Norwegian)

Audi presents new A7: Audi’s latest four door coupé has been launched as A7 Sportback and will hit the shelves by February next year. Motor options include a novel mild-hybrid system but it remains unclear, if the A7 will be offered with the PHEV system from the A8 at a later date.,,

A more utilitarian hybrid comes from Mercedes in the form of the Citaro currently at display at the Busworld in Belgium. The hybrid powertrain is an option for most model variants of the city bus and mainly adds its 14 kW strong electric hand at times when high levels of power are required.,

More electric bus business: Scania brought the all-electric Citywide to Belgian Kortrijk and wants to launch sales next year. At the same time, the Interlink series now features a hybrid option.,

Formula E is covered: Eurosport has extended its existing partnership with the electric racing series by another three years and will broadcast all 14 races. The new season is to start in Rome on April, 14, 2018 and the Formula E just released the track map., (Rome)

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:29 am

Environmental Pollution kills.

Global pollution has left 9m people to die prematurely in 2015, a study by 40 international scientists finds. Most fatal diseases were the result of air pollution that particularly hit poor countries and emerging economies and the researchers warned the crisis “threatens the continuing survival of human societies.



Oct 23, 2017 - 11:28 am

ZF, Visedo, Toray, UQM Technologies.

Central drive for e-buses by ZF: The German supplier has pulled off what it calls a plug and drive solution for all-electric buses in time for the Busworld. The CeTrax concept, a central drive unit, had been presented by 2016 but has now been implemented in a real world application and can be “retrofitted into existing vehicle platforms without any larger modifications to the chassis, axles, statics or differentials,” according to Dr. Jochen Witzig, who was responsible for the development. Maximum output of the CeTrax is at 300 kW which gives it a climbing ability of 25 percent.

Visedo brought a novel electric motor for buses to Belgium too and the Finnish solution praises itself of having the highest efficiency in the market. Matter of factly, the PowerDRUM S managed a 10 percent increase in power output as well as better cooling.

300m for separator production: Toray has yet again raised its stakes in battery production as the Japanese material producer frees 350bn Won (262m euros) to invest into its separator production for Li-ion batteries in South Korea. The step follows growing demand for electric vehicles and the investment due by 2019 and 2020 will increase capacities by 50 percent. Toray recently drew up plans to build up separator facilities in Europe and the States.

Collaborating for Ford: UQM Technologies will team up with Lightning Systems to support their beta programmes for the Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) programme by Ford. The latter certifies suppliers that retrofit its vehicles with hybrid drives for example.

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:27 am

Matthias Müller, Jesse Norman.

“Tesla each quarter destroys millions of dollars in the three digits, and it willy-nilly fires its workers. Social responsibility? Please. We should not not get carried away and compare apples with oranges.”

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller may have lost his countenance here for a moment, when asked about Tesla at a panel on the future of the automotive industry. He pointed out that VW sells about 11m cars a year, while making a profit of up to 14bn euros. (with video)

“I think e-bikes and ebikes-plus are a really interesting potential way of handling that last mile or two of deliveries.”

UK Roads Minister Jesse Norman said an e-bike subsidy could happen in the UK not only in anattempt to clean up deliveries but also to get more people cycling.

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:27 am

Stockholm, Poland, BYD, Severn Trent, NextGen.

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. In fact, it is a novel approach to the charging issue as the batteries are literally in the users’ hands. Anyone who signs up for the scheme will receive a battery to charge at home and to place into the pedelec when needed. The use is free once you paid an annual member fee of 28 euros and such low cost is possible because the city of Stockholm gave operator JCDecaux advertising space in return.,

Poland’s biggest electric bus project to date is underway with the transport provider MZK seeking to acquire 47 electric buses to take up service in the town of Zielona Góra. Once the buses arrive, they will replace 60 percent of the overall fleet. Charging infrastructure will be set up by Ekoenergetyka-Polska. They will install fast-chargers that charge at 400 and 800 kW at eleven bus terminals. 29 automated pantographs are part of the deal as well as are the 28 slow charging stations (40 – 80 kW) for overnight charging. The project costs 4m euros.,

21 BYD buses for the Netherlands: Dutch transport provider Connexxion has ordered 21 electric Midibuses from BYD. They shall glide along the roads of the province of North Holland in the country’s northwest from summer 2018., (in Dutch)

Fleet replacement: UK water company Severn Trent wants to replace 2,200 vans, cars and tankers with alternative fuel vehicles within the next 10 years. The first batch of four Nissan e-NV200 shall mark the start of the campaign next month.,

Enough testing: After a three year trial with the NextGen electric trolley, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is buying 26 of the buses at a cost of about 1.2m dollars each. The first production model will be out on the street by early 2019.

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:26 am

Fully Charged, Tesla on Fire.

Video tip I: Fully Charged’ Jonny Smith paid Bosch a visit to learn about their electric drives for such quirky vehicles as the E-Schwalbe, Elmoto and e.Go Life. The video starts inside Easymile’s autonomous shuttle.

Video tip II: It took 35 firefighters 2 hours to extinguish the fire from a Tesla Model S. Apparently, the EV burst into flames repeatedly even after the fire was put out and the men filmed their ordeal. (video) via

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:25 am

Fueling US backward.

The Koch-funded attempt to smear clean energy and electric mobility went dark as the website Fueling US Forward is down. This does not mean the campaign is over but rather that it has switched to different channels. Their Communications Director Alex Fitzsimmons for example is now on staff in the Department of Energy in Trump America and Koch network-affiliated think tanks like the Institute for Energy Research continue on course until exposed., (exposure)

Oct 20, 2017 - 09:25 am

Mitsubishi, Magna, BOLT, Tesla, Nissan, Changan.

Mitsubishi to electrify its core model range: The Japanese carmaker has launched a three-year roadmap called “Drive for Growth” to improve its performance in terms of volume, revenues and profitability. As part of this plan, Mitsubishi intends to provide electrified solutions for each and every of its core models from 2020 on. The company also confirms plans to create an EV kei car. Further details have not yet been given.

Magna’s electric drivetrains made in China: The car supplier teams up with SAIC subsidiary Huayu Automotive Systems to create a JV for electric drivetrains at Chinese territory. The new company shall focus at the domestic market and already gained its first customer order: According to Magna, a not closer specified German carmaker ordered the company’s electric-drive powertrain system. The newly founded JV represents Magna’s first e-drive business in China.

Electric scooter capable to send text messages: Dutch start-up BOLT Mobility has raised 3m euros through a crowd funding strategy in order to create its electric scooter called AppScooter. The vehicle with a range of up to 400 km and a base price of 2,990 euros convinced more than 2,000 investors. What is special about it, is that it provides a big touchscreen, 4G internet connection and smartphone connectivity, enabling e.g. automated text and phone call responses. Market launch is scheduled for 2018.,

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Conflict resolution at Tesla subsidiary: The employees of Tesla-owned manufacturer Grohmann Automation successfully fought for an improved salary structure and job guarantees until 2022. Thus, the German subsidiary’s stuff gets a salary increase of roughly 30 percent, starting with the current month. However, Tesla is not willing to join the branch’s collective agreement as it was requested by Germany’s largest union, IG Metall. But the new salary structure represents now anyway more or less the tariff level.,,

Nissan shows e-NV200 Fridge Concept: At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will put its e-NV200 Fridge Concept on display, an utility van to transport chilled foods. The electric vehicle is designed to meet urban requirements and features an additional battery pack to power a refrigeration unit. While the vehicles lithium-ion battery provides 24 kWh, the refrigeration equivalent comes with 12 kWh.

Changan to produce solely EVs by 2025: Within the next 8 years, Chinese car manufacturer Changan will transform into a pure EV maker, according the company’s own information. In order to do so, the Chinese want to create three NEV platforms and invest a total of 100bn Yuan (12bn euros) into its electrification strategy.,

Oct 20, 2017 - 09:25 am

New EV Record.

With more than 1,600 kilometres, the IT Asset Partners (ITAP) claim the official Guinness Book of World Records title for the largest distance covered by a non-solar EV on a single charge. The record is said to have been taken place at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. The car, called the Phoenix, did the distance within a two-day run.,

Oct 20, 2017 - 09:24 am

Northvolt, WM Motor, Volkswagen, Hyliion.

Skellefteå to host Northvolt Gigafactory: Swedish company Northvolt, led by former Tesla manager Peter Carlsson, has completed its search for a location to build up its battery cell production facility. The so-called Gigafactory will be erected in Skellefteå with construction works starting by the second half of 2018. Two years later, the plant shall open with jobs for 2,000 to 2,500 employees and an initial production volume of 8 GWh per year that is to climb up to 32 GWh by 2023. Besides that, Northvolt’s new research centre is supposed to bring 300 to 400 jobs to Västerås, not far from ABB’s headquarters. Both companies signed a partnership, recently.

Lithium ceramic batteries for WM Motor: Chinese EV start-up WM Motor is about to establish a JV with ProLogium Technology, a Taiwanese manufacturer of battery cells. Both partners seek to develop batteries for WM Motor’s electric vehicles and thus to kick off installation of a production line for lithium ceramic batteries by 2018. First batteries are to roll of the line by the end of 2019. The facilities capacity shall reach a total of 5 GWh per year.

VW to return with EV to Pikes Peak? Next June, Volkswagen intends to participate again at the legendary U.S. hillclimb in Colorado Springs. First teaser pictures of the company’s race car prototype suggest that VW plans to compete with an electric-powered vehicle. The two photos published by the car maker were accompanied by a video underpinning VW’s intent on returning to Pikes Peak. Further details have not yet been provided.,,

Hybrid upfit system for trucks: Manufacturer Hyliion has developed a variable hybrid system for Class 8 trucks. Once attached to the truck frame, the 6X4HE system shall enable fuel savings of up to 30 percent – 15 percent through electric hybrid, 12 percent through APU and 3 percent through aerodynamics. The company has meanwhile opened its order books and plans to kick off production as early as next month.,

Oct 20, 2017 - 09:23 am

Jon McNeill, Cedric Wins.

“We didn’t think that it was very cool to show up to fix an electric vehicle with a combustion engine van. It really bugged us.”

Tesla’s mobile service fleet consists of combustion-powered vans – but not long anymore: According to Jon McNeill, President of Global Sales and Services, Tesla is about to introduce new electric service vehicles based on the Model S and Model X cars to prove its authenticity.

“In 15 to 20 years, it‘s hard to believe if industry moved in the direction of electric-powered vehicles that the Army would not be somewhere near there. Its brigade combat team consumes 2,000 gallons of fuel per day. We’ve got to think about other ways.”

Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, the commander of U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, predicts that the shift to electrification won’t exclude the State’s army. In a few years, parts of its fleet could become all-electric.

Oct 20, 2017 - 09:22 am

CleverShuttle, UK, Bratislava, London, Volvo.

Mirai fleet for CleverShuttle reaches Munich: After introducing 10 of Toyota’s Mirai cars in Hamburg in September, ride sharing service provider CleverShuttle brings also 15 of the Japanese fuel cell vehicles on the roads of the Bavarian capital. Additionally, Munich sees the installation of a new hydrogen filling station in its Trudering neighbourhood. It is the 41st of such a station in Germany. CleverShuttle will benefit from the station, but also BeeZero, a FCV sharing service owned by Linde., (in German)

UK parliament discusses charging point obligation: In the traditional “Queen’s Speech” in June, it has been mentioned that as part of a new law for electrified and autonomous vehicles, service station providers in Great Britain could be obliged to install EV charging points. Exactly this topic is now at the first reading stage in the House of Commons. If the parliamentarians sign the law, operators of motorway service stations and large petrol retailers would be required to erect EV charging infrastructure at their sites.,,

18 electric buses for Bratislava: Public transport provider DPB plans to replace diesel-powered buses of its fleet in the Slovakian capital through one and a half dozen electric-powered buses. The replacement shall be completed by June 2018. Backed by EU funding, the transport provider wants to purchase 16 12-metre buses, two 9-metre buses as well as charging infrastructure.

The black cab’s final testing: London sees the first electric-powered black cabs on its roads. With six vehicles, British Geely subsidiary LEVC (former London Taxi Company) has kicked off the final testing stage, before all newly licensed taxis have to be capable of zero emission by January 2018. Here is, what CEO Chris Gubbey says in our interview about his company’s ambition.,

Volvo to supply 50 hybrid buses: The Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) has chosen Volvo Buses as a supplier for 50 hybrid buses, powered by diesel engines as well as electric battery packs. The Volvo 7900 Hybrids shall hit the roads of Singapore gradually by the second half of 2018. Through the new order, Volvo Buses’ balance climbs towards more than 3,000 hybrids provided worldwide.

Oct 20, 2017 - 09:20 am

Tesla Model 3, Fake News, Events.

Video tip: Joe Torbati of OCDetailing provides the most detailed video with driving impressions of Tesla’s Model 3 that has been published yet. He invites viewers to a 15 minutes ride at the steering wheel of what is widely considered the currently biggest hope for the electric mobility mass market. via,

Reading tip: Ready for some amusing Fake News? Welcome to a satire article, reporting e.g. that Tesla will kick off mass production of a gas-powered vehicle in 2022 as Mars travel and Hyperloop transport concepts seem to overstrain the clients. A little fun to start the day.

Events for the upcoming week: Busworld Europe (Oct 20-25; Kortrijk, Belgium) ++ UITP BusWorld International Bus Conference (Oct 23-24; Kortrijk, Belgium) ++ E-Mobility Power System Integration Symposium (Oct 23; Berlin, Germany) ++ SmartGridComm (Oct 23-26; Dresden, Germany) ++ You can find a complete list of events at

Oct 20, 2017 - 09:19 am

Merchandising à la Musk.

Elon Musk sells now also Baseball caps. What seemed to be meant as a joke turns out to be quite successful: At the first day of sale, almost 4,000 of the rather modest caps with the logo of “The Boring company” were sold for 20 dollars each.,

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:59 am

Toyota, Polestar, Nissan, Tesla, Zero Motorcycles, Van Hool.

Fine fuel cell concepts: Toyota will showcase hydrogen concepts at its home run in Tokyo this November. One is the Fine Comfort Ride, itself a carrier of not only fuel cell technology but autonomous driving capability as well. Its drives sit in the wheels and a load of hydrogen is said to last for a 1,000 kilometres while the sleek mini van can transport up to six persons. Also on display in Japan’s capital will be the Sora, Toyota’s first ever fuel cell bus that is set to go on sale next year. More than a 100 Sora are also booked to chauffeur visitors during the 2020 Olympics around Tokyo and will likely leave a lasting impression with their LED lights and stereoscopic shape., (Fine-Comfort Ride),, (Sora)

Polestar part 2: 640 million euros have been freed by Geely and Volvo to bolster their electric Polestar label. And that is only for the first phase which includes setting up production in Chengdu China. Five all-electric models are scheduled for launch throughout 2021, following the Polestar 1 PHEV (we reported).,

Is this the Leaf SUV? Could be, after all it is expected to make an entrance at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. A short teaser film evokes a sense of silhouette but is otherwise dubbed to outline “the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.” via,

No credits for Model 3: Supercharging was never supposed to be free for those opting for the economy Tesla or at least not entirely. Turns out, that fast-charging will cost from day one as the annual credit of 400 kWh Model S and X users get nowadays won’t apply to the Model 3. The credit translates to about 4 – 5 full charges or 1,500 kilometres so future Model 3 drivers better hope for that new CCS plug we mentioned a few days ago.

Faster charging and more range are the two outstanding features of Zero Motorcycles’ 2018 series. Batteries now come with 10 percent more capacity and there is the option for a range-extending Power Tank that can deliver a city range of more than 200 miles. New too is the 6kW Charge Tank that increases charging time at a standard household outlet sixfold.,

Van Hool goes exquisite with its first 24 metre electric bus powered by IMC technology from Kiepe Electric. The EXQUI.CITY T that is on show at the Busworld in Belgium can thus hook on the overhead wire where available but also roam freely on battery power.,

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:58 am

EV Sales in China.

In China 398,000 NEVs that includes PHEV have been sold throughout September this year. Last month alone saw an almost 80 percent rise, with the total growing 37.7% compared with 2016. China targets sales of 700,000 NEV before the year’s end.

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:58 am

V2G, EC Power, TUM, Stanford.

V2G pilot in the Netherlands: Nissan and Enel have expanded their V2G activities as they hook up with NewMotion and Mitsubishi to come to the Netherlands. Grid operator TenneT is on board as well and the Outlander PHEV serves as bidirectional charging test mule. The first V2G station is live.

EV tech for driving in the cold: A new control strategy can restore EV battery power and permit full regeneration while driving at temperatures as low as −40 °C, thanks to Researchers at Penn State and a practitioner from EC Power. The method involves heating the battery internally during regenerative braking and rest periods of driving.

Electrode made in the microwave: Lithium cobalt phosphate is the latest material to be praised as promising material for cathodes and could now be made easier than ever. Researcher Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a method to synthesize high quality crystals at low cost by microwaving it.

Another battery out of the kitchen comes from Stanford, where researchers have developed a sodium-ion battery based on a compound related to table salt. Its cost is less than 80 percent of a lithium ion battery with the same storage capacity.,

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:57 am

Don Swearingen, Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

“The Outlander PHEV is unique, but we won’t have that for many years.”

Don Swearingen, VP of Mitsubishi Motors North America, on the Outlander PHEV.

“We might well see, in the next decade, some Asian markets closing down city centers to combustion engines completely. And then, of course, electrification is a must.”

Says Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, so we may see an all-electric luxury glider rather sooner than later.

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:56 am

Balearic Islands, Shell, Trondheim, Atlanta, Adelaide.

Charging the Balearic islands: 500 fast-charging stations are destined for the Balearic islands with 300 of the chargers to go to Mallorca alone. Funding comes from the tourist tax fund that earmarked 13m euros for the charging infrastructure. There are already 150 charging stations on Mallorca. (in German)

First fast-chargers at Shell stations: The petrol-chemical company has teamed up with Allego and has installed fast-charging stations at pit stops in London, Surrey, and Derby. Seven more gas stations have been selected to get EV charging opportunities before the year’s end. Shell also wants to develop fast-charging infrastructure in the Netherlands and the Philippines.,

Electric buses for Trondheim: Heuliez Bus has received an order for ten of its new electric city buses. Tide Buss wants to deploy the GX 437 ELEC in Norwegian Trondheim. Another 25 electric buses will come from Volvo to Trondheim thus bringing the fleet up to a total of 35 as planned.

Gotta be EV ready: In Atlanta, new commercial and single-family residential units would have to be “EV-ready,” according to an by-law introduced into the City Council. The ordinance would require developers to install the electrical infrastructure to support EV chargers.

Charging hub Down Under: The city of Adelaide and the state government have turned to Mitsubishi Australia to open a charging station with eight fast-charging spots downtown. It is the first of its kind in South Australia.

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:55 am

Cleaner Vehicle Checker, Nissan Leaf.

Reading tip: The Cleaner Vehicle Checker will show how much toxic NOx new cars emit, and has been launched by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Video tip: 40 minutes for a “first drive” review may be a bit much but after all it is the 2018 Leaf and it is driving through Japan so you might as well take the time, or fast-forward to features at 30 minutes in. via

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:53 am

A rarity in any sense.

Volkswagen’s XL1, the one-litre car and plug-in hybrid that could have put VW on a truly efficient course – if they had build more than the 200 for public use. So it became a rarity instead and one so exclusive, it is now being offered second hand with an odo of ten miles for 99,999 GBP. via

Oct 18, 2017 - 08:57 am

Polestar, Tesla, Daimler, Mazda, Navya, Cummins.

Polestar 1 arrives: Volvo revealed the first model of its now wholly electrified label Polestar, which is taking the lead in the Swedes’ e-offensive. The Polestar 1 is a Grand Tourer Coupé for four. Driven by the 600 hp plug-in hybrid system, it boasts an electric range of 150 kilometres, which places it almost in the realm of a range-extended EV. No wonder the premium model forebodes the upcoming all-electric Polestar 2, designed to rival Tesla’s Model 3. A purely electric SUV, the Polestar 3, has been lined-out too. But first things first and so the Polestar 1 mass production will commence in China from 2019.,,

News from production hell: Tesla is experiencing massive problems as it tries to bring Fremont up to volume production speed reportedly. The reasons however appear manifold and rumours range from the EV maker simply having overestimated its abilities to more concrete difficulties with welding the steel chassis of the Model 3 (the Model S and X are made of alloy). Some light has been shed by an Oppenheimer analyst, who puts the blame on a “small number of suppliers failing to deliver on time.” Bear in mind though that he is a shareholder himself. More noteworthy info was deliberated by Tesla supplier Polytec, that said Tesla may start making the Model 3 in Europe at Magna in Austria. (welding issue), (supplier issue), (move to Magna)

Daimler to split up three-way: The German corporation is looking to reorganise itself and at the moment three companies are likely: one for Mercedes-Benz cars and vans, another trucks and buses, and a third for financial services. The decision is far from final though as neither managers nor the board or shareholders have approved the plan yet. Ultimately the split would make it easier for Daimler to sell of parts of its business and the carmaker reasons such changes would help to adapt to a fast-paced environment. In any case, seeing such changes through is likely to take years of both planning and negotiations with stakeholders although Daimler aims at 2019.,

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Mazda is going ahead with its range-extending rotary engine of which first plans appeared in March this year. Mazda’s head of engine design, Mitsuo Hitomi now confirmed that the rotary will be utilised for the brand’s premier EV due by 2019. It will the sit side by side the all-electric variant.

Navya teases the world debut of another autonomous EV set at November, 7. The French have not handed out much information but it is likely to be based on the existing shuttle Arma, maybe a bigger brother this time.,

Cummins acquires Brammo: Their first electric truck has not been in this world longer than two months and Cummins already progresses on the path to electrification. It has now taken over Brammo, formerly known for electric motorcycles and now specialising in batteries.,,

Oct 18, 2017 - 08:57 am

EV Sales in the UK.

A total of 12,932 plug-in vehicles found a home in the UK between July and September, an increase of 36% on the same period in 2016. It is also 721 units higher than the previous record quarter from January to March 2017.

Oct 18, 2017 - 08:56 am

Volkswagen, New Flyer, Deep Orange 7, XALT Energy.

VW got no takers: Volkswagen issued a tender last month seeking to secure its supply of cobalt at a fixed price. Said price however, was well under current market prices, that jumped 80 percent this year and so the miners did not take the deal. It would have still been considerable in volume though given that VW wants to become the biggest producer of electric vehicles by 2025 and cobalt is one of the raw materials needed for batteries. (original source, paid content),

New Flyer with new R&D centre: Bus manufacturer New Flyer opened the Innovation Center to design and build new electric and driverless vehicle technology. 4.1m dollars were invested in the facility located next to the company’s Anniston manufacturing plant. The centre is both engineering hub as well as a training space and museum.

Students develop e-Mini for BMW: Deep Orange 7 is a concept EV conceived by students from Clemson University. Financially aided by BMW, it explores how a Mini could look like in the future and it has a scalable drive that allows it to run on fuel, as PHEV or purely electrically. More striking is the chassis that was developed with the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.,,

Energy density upgrade: North American XALT Energy presents the second-gen Li-ion cell for electric vehicles. The new prismatic 65Ah ultra-high energy cell with a NMC cathode and anode made from graphite is said to have a 4 percent higher energy density (223 Wh/kg) than the first generation cell.,

Oct 18, 2017 - 08:56 am

Herbert Diess, Britta Gross.

“We should look at how we calculate our range.”

This is Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess warning the industry to not repeat the mistakes it made with understating emissions and to overstate range of EVs. True though at least the latter are not toxic.

“Americans’ driving patterns really don’t change with electric vehicles, so regardless of whether your vehicle has an 80-mile all-battery range or now maybe 238 like the Bolt EV, most Americans are still doing about 40 miles a day of travel commuting to and from work.”

Even though real-life range may deviate from the values stated, Britta Gross, GM’s director of advanced vehicle commercialisation policy, points out that it is more than enough for real-life driving on most days.

Oct 18, 2017 - 08:55 am

Fastned, General Motors, Bremen, Efacec, Smatrics.

Autocharge with Fastned: You may forget about those charge card/s, they are a thing of the past, and the apps too. At least at Fastned carging stations. The Dutch have introduced Autocharge, a function of CCS that recognises the electric vehicle and initiates charging automatically and also credits the session without further ado. Autocharge has been rolled out to a few selected users but soon, any car with a CCS charge port will be able to register for Autocharge.,

Self-driving cars in New York City: General Motors wants to become the first company to test self-driving cars in NYC, where it will deploy a fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolt early next year. They will roam in a 5-square-mile section of lower Manhattan. Still an operator will sit behind the steering wheel just in case but Cruise Automation, that developed the software, hopes to learn from the more aggressive drivers and adverse weather conditions that make New York so different from San Francisco, where GM also operates driverless Bolts.

The H2 network grows to 41 stations in Germany as Daimler, Shell, and Linde launch Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station. It is located close to the motor way as well as the Mercedes-Benz plant. Three more stations are planned, in Munich and Cologne this week, then bringing the total number of H2 charging stations to 41 in Germany.,

Mobile fast-charger: Efacec has developed a mobile fast charger. It is basically built into a towable container and the system can charge three vehicles simultaneously, while fed through the local grid or by a generator. Charging power is up to 320 kW (nominal) and 350 kW (maximum).

German-Austrian charging corridor: Smatrics has forged a cooperation with Smartlab so that customers using the latter’s network can use another 1,200 charge points in Germany from now. The other way around, clients from Smatrics can charge at 400 more charging points in Austria.

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