Dec 9, 2021 - 10:48 am

Renault & Dacia fail crash tests

Euro NCAP, the crash test organisation, has slammed the two latest electric cars from Renault and Dacia in its latest tests. Renault’s Zoe is not awarded a single star and Dacia’s Spring only receives one star out of a possible five.

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Dec 8, 2021 - 12:27 pm

Wait not, want not

Sources familiar with the matter told Electrek that Tesla is sick of waiting for customers who keep delaying the deliveries of their new Teslas. The electric carmaker has decided to send an ultimatum to these customers after which they mean to start cancelling orders.

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Dec 3, 2021 - 11:36 am

Tesla becomes child’s play

When Tesla presented the Cybertruck about two years ago, the manufacturer also showed an electric quad. This is now available for purchase – but only in a smaller version for children.

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Dec 1, 2021 - 07:15 pm

Tesla hearse conversion enters real-life operations in the UK

The UK sees a fully electric hearse based on the Tesla Model S coming to the south of England. The car is driven by Southern Co-op, operator of almost 60 funeral homes in Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire. It is, however, not the first we hear of it.

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Nov 30, 2021 - 04:09 pm

Volocopter is withdrawing from planned US IPO

German electric air taxi developer Volocopter has cancelled its planned SPAC IPO in the US, according to a media report. This apparently emerges from investor letters that investors are said to have received a few days ago. With the cancellation of the deal, the approximately 750 small investors could all but go away empty-handed.

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Nov 29, 2021 - 12:07 pm

Renault takes to the air with anniversary concept

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Renault 4, the French manufacturer presents a show car of a special kind: the electrically powered AIR4 relies on four twin propellers instead of tyres. The eVTOL is now capable of taking the classic “blue-jeans” car to the skies.

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Nov 23, 2021 - 11:26 am

Tesla experiences server breakdown

Tesla experienced a worldwide app server outage over the weekend. As a result, Tesla owners were unable to connect to their cars via the app, meaning they could not get in if they did not carry the fob. In the meantime, however, the problem has apparently been resolved.

Nov 22, 2021 - 11:32 am

Barbie gets an electric car

Toymaker Mattel unveiled the Barbie Extra Car, a two-seat convertible with Fiat 500e technology, at the LA Auto Show. The full-size electric car was developed as a one-off to promote Mattel’s fashion dolls and accessories line.

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Nov 17, 2021 - 11:52 am

Hyundai introduces retro BEV for its 35th

Hyundai is celebrating the 35th birthday of its Grandeur sedan with a special electric version as a one-off. Hyundai’s design team interpreted the first-generation Grandeur as an all-electric car with elements of the Ioniq 5.

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Nov 16, 2021 - 11:53 am

Toyota targets children to sell hybrids

Toyota is known to be very much in favour of hybrid and fuel cell drives and rather little in favour of battery electric vehicles. Now a report has detailed how Toyota (and other Japanese manufacturers) are imposing these views on children via brochures in schools.

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Nov 11, 2021 - 11:44 am

Too many scooters on Swedish streets

Stockholm wants to almost halve the number of electric kick scooters in circulation around the Swedish capital. The city council voted to limit the number of registered electric scooters from the current 23,000 to 12,000 and to reduce the number of registered rental companies from the current eight to three.

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Nov 8, 2021 - 11:17 am

BYD closes up shop in France

The Chinese manufacturer BYD is closing its electric bus production facility in France. The first electric buses were produced at the BYD plant in Allonne near Beauvais in France at the end of 2018.

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Nov 4, 2021 - 04:56 pm

Byton standing on its last leg

According to a new report in the Chinese business magazine Caixin, the lights are finally going out at the Chinese electric car start-up Byton. A local court has already initiated insolvency hearings.

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Nov 4, 2021 - 11:03 am

Expensive toys are more fun

Although the Tesla Model 3 costs the equivalent of nearly US$150,000 in Singapore in its base version, the number of new Teslas on Singapore roads has increased more than tenfold from 30 in the first half of the year to 487 in the third quarter of 2021.

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Nov 1, 2021 - 03:09 pm

Volkswagen refuses to commit to 2030 ICE phase out

Volkswagen is the third car manufacturer to defend itself against the demand of environmental associations for a forced phase-out of internal combustion engines by 2030. “Volkswagen will not issue the cease-and-desist declaration you demand,” reads a letter from Volkswagen to Greenpeace.

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Oct 29, 2021 - 12:41 pm

EQC turns out not to be waterproof

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 19,253 units of its EQC electric SUV worldwide, 3,073 of them in Germany. The reason is that water ingress into the steering control unit could lead to a failure of the steering power assistance.

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Oct 28, 2021 - 10:55 am

Renault shows off BEV concept

With the SUITE N°4, Renault presents a unique concept car in the style of the Renault 4. Designed as an electric car, the one-off does without the boot and rear seats of the original and transforms the interior into a room with a view of the sky.

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Oct 27, 2021 - 11:08 am

Diess gives a Ionity a pat of approval

After Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess had a bad experience with Ionity’s charging network a few months ago and made his anger known on LinkedIn, Ionity should be happy about Diess’ latest post: This time his charging experience at the German network was far improved.

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Oct 26, 2021 - 10:35 am

VW runs out of EVs

Originally, Volkswagen had called on its managers to choose cars that were as CO2-friendly as possible as company cars. A special rule on this was already softened in June due to the lack of available EV models.

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Oct 25, 2021 - 11:08 am

Recall for the fuel cell Nexo

Hyundai has recalled about 15,000 units of the hydrogen-powered Nexo since August due to faulty fuel cell stacks in order to replace them, according to a Korean media report.

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Oct 20, 2021 - 03:33 pm

Porsche launches US recall for the Taycan

Porsche is recalling 11,827 examples of its Taycan electric model in the USA. The reason is a problem with the emergency braking software, which can lead to the automatic hazard warning lights being activated even in non-emergency situations.

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