Mar 23, 2023 - 04:53 pm
Berlin Tesla store becomes target of protesters
A Tesla store in central Berlin has been attacked with paint bombs and covered with posters. The activists of unknown backgrounds criticise the water consumption of Tesla’s factory in Grünheide and want to stop car production generally.
Mar 22, 2023 - 04:28 pm
Cadillac poaches Tesla drivers while they charge
To promote its electric model Lyriq, Cadillac is using cold call methods at Tesla charging stations in China. A case has now come to light in which Cadillac employees offered Tesla owners test drives with the Lyriq during their waiting time at the Supercharger.
Mar 20, 2023 - 03:27 pm
LG Chem to enforce battery patents in court if necessary
South Korean chemical company LG Chem has a clear message for its competitors: It wants to “dominate” the global market for advanced EV batteries and – if it has to – enforce its patent rights for cathode materials with a high nickel content in court.
Mar 16, 2023 - 03:10 pm
ICEing is now punishable by fine in Australia
Those who park at charging stations in Australia can now expect severe penalties in four Australian states and regions. The fines range from AUD 369 (€230) to 3,200 dollars (€2,000). Incidentally, the penalties apply to internal combustion vehicles blocking charge spots and electric cars parked there without charging.
Mar 14, 2023 - 04:23 pm
Open Tesla-me: Is there a glitch in the software?
Could there truly be one app to open them all, those Tesla cars? It looked like there was for a man in Vancouver who got into what he thought was his car and even drove off. It turns out it wasn’t, which leaves a few open questions.
Mar 8, 2023 - 04:51 pm
Nissan Ariya recall due to loose screw
Nissan has issued a recall for about a thousand Ariya EVs in the USA. The reason is a loose or even missing bolt holding the steering wheel. The issue was not a manufacturing error but a technician screw up.
Mar 8, 2023 - 04:19 pm
No e-car during evacuation?
A Republican senator in Florida, USA, is concerned that electric cars with dead batteries can become a traffic obstacle during evacuations from natural disasters. As long as insufficient charging infrastructure is available, EVs should not be used to evacuate.
Mar 6, 2023 - 10:40 am
BMW upgrades the CE 04 from scooter to motorcycle
With the CE 04 Vagabond Moto Concept, BMW Motorrad presented a special version of its purely electrically powered scooter CE 04. The scooter was upgraded to a fully new model with the CE 04 Vagabund Moto Concept.
Mar 2, 2023 - 04:09 pm
Rivian launches major recall for the R1S & R1T
US start-up Rivian is recalling 12,716 of its electric cars. A defective sensor in the seatbelt assembly could cause the front passenger airbag not to deploy in the event. The recalled vehicles were produced between 10 September 2021 and 15 September 2022.
Mar 1, 2023 - 03:55 pm
Stellantis & Toyota launch recall due to battery issues
Numerous electric models from Stellantis and Toyota will have to go to the workshop because of possible battery problems. The affected vehicles, all of which were built in 2022, may have a fault in the specific software calibration of the traction battery control unit.
Feb 24, 2023 - 10:16 am
VinFast announces recall in Vietnam
The Vietnamese electric car manufacturer VinFast is recalling 2,781 units of its VF8 model in its home country. In the affected vehicles, the bolt connecting the front brake calliper to the steering knuckle can loosen during operation.
Feb 22, 2023 - 04:56 pm
Alauda presents crewed electric aerial racer
The Australian company Alauda Aeronautics has presented the latest development stage of its electric flying car for the EXA racing series. The Airspeeder Mk4 is the version that will compete in crewed races for the first time in 2024.
Feb 22, 2023 - 10:26 am
Leapmotor backtracks to include ICE vehicles
The Chinese manufacturer Leapmotor, which until now has specialised in purely electric cars, will in future also offer all its BEV models with a combustion engine as a range extender that charges the battery. Leapmotor’s change of strategy comes against the backdrop of falling sales.
Feb 20, 2023 - 03:36 pm
Hyundai recalls some Ioniq 5 & Nexo models
Hyundai has launched recall campaigns for its BEV model Ioniq 5 and its hydrogen-powered Nexo. In the case of the electric models, workshop effort is limited: In the Ioniq 5, 7,558 units only need a new type plate with correct weight information.
Feb 17, 2023 - 04:21 pm
NHTSA has Tesla recall 362,000 US vehicles over Autopilot software
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is forcing Tesla to update its FSD (Full Self Driving) software for the Autopilot driver assistance system in around 362,000 vehicles. Elon Musk is furious, especially about the classification as a “recall” – again.
Feb 15, 2023 - 04:00 pm
German court denies Greenpeace suit against VW
The Regional Court of Braunschweig has dismissed a civil action against Volkswagen supported by Greenpeace. The lawsuit called on the company to end the sale of vehicles with internal combustion engines worldwide by 2030 at the latest.
Feb 15, 2023 - 11:06 am
Trafigura identifies potentially major nickel scam
The commodity trader Trafigura says it uncovered a systematic fraud with damages of more than half a billion US dollars. Supposed nickel deliveries from companies owned by Indian businessman Prateek Gupta did not contain nickel but only inferior material.
Feb 7, 2023 - 04:59 pm
VW issues major recall for the ID.4 in the USA
VW is recalling about 20,000 units of the ID.4 in the USA because of possible software problems that could lead to a loss of drive. The self-diagnostic software for the battery management control is too sensitive in certain situations, which can lead to an unnecessary reset.
Feb 6, 2023 - 03:46 pm
Hindenburg Research attacks Indian Adani Group
Allegations by Hindenburg Research are once again causing a company to falter. The short seller accuses the Indian conglomerate Adani Group of price manipulation and accounting fraud, causing Adani’s share price to plummet. Adani, which is also involved in eMobility projects, denies the allegations.
Feb 3, 2023 - 05:10 pm
Movie heroes to save both the world and the environment
Electric cars are increasingly finding their way into films and series. The streaming giant Netflix has announced that it will increase the presence of electric vehicles in shows and films it produces itself. The first step is a cooperation with General Motors. VW is also placing its electric cars in films.
Feb 2, 2023 - 04:17 pm
Rivian prepares to lay off 6% of workforce
US electric car startup Rivian is apparently planning more job cuts. Rivian plans to lay off six per cent of its workforce to cut its ongoing costs, according to a leaked email from CEO R.J. Scaringe to employees.
Feb 2, 2023 - 11:21 am
Barcelona bans scooters from public transport
Barcelona has banned e-scooters after a kick scooter burst into flame when charging on a train. Authorities say the ban will be in place for six months to give them time to work on regulations that will guarantee the safety of passengers.
Jan 31, 2023 - 05:33 pm
Missouri says “hold my beer…”
In the USA, Missouri Republicans want to ban local mandates on electric car charging stations, saying that requiring business owners to install electric vehicle chargers is an infringement on their freedoms.
Jan 25, 2023 - 05:33 pm
Europe tackles greenwashing
Climate activists recently put up 400 fake advertising posters for BMW and Toyota in Germany, Belgium, France and the UK, calling for a ban on advertising for fossil-fuelled vehicles, especially SUVs. The European Commission is also aiming to tackle greenwashing.