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.
Jan 19, 2023 - 10:57 am
Polestar builds igloo showroom in Finland
Polestar has built the first car house out of ice and snow and set it up in Rovaniemi, Finland, ahead of Arctic Design Week, the world’s northernmost design week. The Swedish electric car manufacturer wants to use the temporary Snow Space to draw attention to the melting of the polar ice caps and rising sea […]
Jan 17, 2023 - 12:41 pm
Coleman Miln has your important journeys covered
Coleman Miln takes passengers everywhere in life and beyond: the British vehicle conversion company Coleman Milne is unveiling a hearse and stretch limousine based on the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Jan 13, 2023 - 11:28 am
Hyundai goes omnidirectional at CES
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 can park sideways and turn on the spot. At least this one can, where the supplier Hyundai Mobis is demonstrating the capabilities of its e-Corner module that integrates the steering, braking, suspension and electric drive in one wheel.
Jan 12, 2023 - 11:40 am
Volkswagen issues recall for the ID.4 in the USA
VW recalls 1,042 units of the rear-wheel drive ID.4 built at the Chattanooga plant in the US. In the affected vehicles, the charging cable of the 12-volt battery can touch the steering column shaft and could lead to a short circuit if the cable insulation is worn out.
Jan 11, 2023 - 10:59 am
Norwegian royalty goes electric
After their country has been the most electric nation on the continent for a few years, the Norwegian Royal Family has added three electric vehicles to its official fleet, including a Mercedes EQS, a BMW i7 and a Mercedes EQV.
Jan 10, 2023 - 09:32 am
Tesla customers in China are not happy
Tesla’s renewed – and quite significant – price cuts for the Model 3 and Model Y in China are now causing protests from existing customers. Hundreds of Tesla owners protested against the company’s pricing policy in front of Tesla showrooms and delivery centres in China over the weekend.
Jan 7, 2023 - 04:38 pm
NHTSA asks BMW to recall 14,000 cars in the USA
BMW recalls over 14,000 hybrid electric cars in the US. The affected vehicles of type iX, i4 and i7 were manufactured with an electronic control unit for the battery pack that could cause a loss of power due to a software issue.
Jan 6, 2023 - 04:46 pm
China has Honda recall 200,000 hybrid cars
China’s State Administration for Market Regulation will have Honda recall almost 200,000 hybrid vehicles the Japanese carmaker produced in alliance with Chinese manufacturers Dongfeng and GAC between 2018 and 2020.
Jan 4, 2023 - 09:51 am
Dying to be in a Tesla
In the Netherlands, the Dutch company Derks Uitvaartmobiliteit has converted the Tesla Model 3 into a hearse. The company calls the vehicle the Tesla Hearse 3, which is based on the Model 3 with rear-wheel drive and a standard Range Plus battery.
Dec 27, 2022 - 11:06 am
Hyundai Ioniq 5 powers remote reindeer farm (V2L)
It is Ho-Ho-Ho for Hyundai (and the beginning of our holiday season) today as the Korean company took the Ioniq 5 high up north, near the alleged home of Santa Claus, to help him power his sledge. That is not exactly what they said, but certainly, the spirit.
Dec 21, 2022 - 03:26 pm
Almost 100-year-old Rotterdam fuel station converts to charging park
A Shell filling station near Rotterdam Central Station that has existed since the 1930s has been converted into a charging park for electric cars. Shell has converted the former petrol station at Hofplein Square into a ‘Mobility Hub’ and installed twelve fast charging points there.
Dec 20, 2022 - 04:09 pm
Brandenburg investigates Tesla over illegal dumping allegations
Following a criminal complaint filed by the Brandenburg State Office for the Environment (LfU), the Potsdam public prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation against Tesla on suspicion of unauthorized operation of a hazardous materials storage facility at the Grünheide site.
Dec 19, 2022 - 02:16 pm
Dundee scraps hydrogen fuel cell buses
The Scottish city of Dundee has scrapped a project that would have seen twelve hydrogen fuel cell buses joining public transport. The Council said it needed the cash elsewhere since costs had gone up, for example, in construction, so hydrogen became “less of a priority”.
Dec 15, 2022 - 01:22 pm
Polestar to boost performance via software upgrade in the USA
Polestar has announced a 68 horsepower performance software upgrade for North American customers. This would then put the total performance of the vehicle at 476 hp, for a one-time cost of $1,195. The update is to be done Over-The-Air (OTA) and reduces the 0-60 mph acceleration time to 4.2 seconds.
Dec 13, 2022 - 12:16 pm
Borgward is bankrupt
It is the end for Borgward despite their attempt to revive the brand with electric and hybrid cars. A court in China has officially declared the company bankrupt and Borgward has applied for permission to liquidate its assets.