24.03.2023 - 16:00
Hyundai Ioniq 5 battery preconditioning: is it worth the upgrade?
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 in MY2023 has a slightly larger battery and new battery pre-conditioning. The car can adapt the battery temperature before charging to enable faster and more constant charging. We went to test if the upgrade is worth it and our charge curves show real-life ups and downs.
14.03.2023 - 14:45
Ora Funky Cat first drive: Where the wildcat wants to roam
Chinese carmaker Great Wall has launched a premium electric compact car called Funky Cat in Europe from its EV brand Ora. The Funky Cat’s more modern Beetle look puts it in line with retro models like the Mini or Fiat 500. Can an electric car from China win European hearts? We took the Funky Cat […]
02.03.2023 - 15:03
Renault Kangoo Rapid E-Tech ‘Open Sesame’: Not cheap, but good
Renault has launched the second generation of its electric panel van, the Kangoo Rapid. It is more efficient than its competitors from Stellantis, which means lower operating costs. For those looking at the Kangoo Rapid E-Tech for fleets, cost or load capacity are just two of many decisive factors.
01.03.2023 - 00:05
Revised VW ID.3: Higher quality at higher prices
Volkswagen has now officially unveiled the revised ID.3, in which the quality of the interior in particular is to be significantly improved. The powertrains remain unchanged (for the time being). We have already had the opportunity to take a seat in the facelifted model.
09.03.2023 - 14:10
Scania delivers 66-tonne electric truck to Norway
We have written several times about Scania’s extra-long heavy-duty electric trucks. Now another such vehicle has been delivered, this time in Norway, to haul lime with its 66 tonnes total weight, sparing the atmosphere the combustion of almost 60,000 litres of diesel per year.
07.03.2023 - 13:20
Egypt’s MCV launches electric bus for German market
The Egyptian manufacturer, Manufacturing Commercial Vehicles (MCV), is entering a continental European market. The OEM has developed a bus specifically for clients in Germany and has already founded a subsidiary, MCV Deutschland GmbH, for sales, after-sales and services.
22.02.2023 - 13:21
Exclusive: IEC expert contradicts Easee on wall box safety
The dispute around the wall boxes of Norwegian manufacturer Easee is not easing off – after the company responded to safety issues raised by the Swedish Electrical Safety Authority, a representative of the International Standards Committee IEC 61851 now speaks up and comes to serious conclusions.
10.02.2023 - 13:50
EV home charger manufacturer Easee faces potential sales ban
The Swedish Electrical Safety Authority has revealed numerous safety deficiencies in the wall-mounted charging stations of the Norwegian manufacturer Easee. One of the central problems: Contrary to the declaration, no RCD was installed, according to Elsälerhetverket.
08.02.2023 - 16:45
Kia prepares its European headquarters for EVs
In Frankfurt, Germany, Kia’s European headquarters are being used by an increasing number of electric cars. The Korean automaker has been supported with the necessary charging infrastructure by The Mobility House, for their expertise in intelligent charging and energy solutions. The following guest article by The Mobility House shows how Kia experienced this process.
25.11.2022 - 14:35
Solaris reveals huge Charging Park ready for V2G
Solaris gives us an insight into its factory in Bolechowo near Poznan, where Poland’s leading e-bus maker recently inaugurated a bus charging park. Solaris equipped the massive charging hub with systems from three manufacturers that support bidirectional charging – a first in Poland.
18.04.2022 - 14:34
All Solid-State Battery: Could Nissan make it first?
When Nissan announced it was prototyping all solid-state batteries, the news held an ambitious timeline to start pilot producing ASSBs in 2024 and power a series EV in 2028. In a follow-up call, Nissan detailed the basics of their technology, while claiming breakthroughs that build on an advantage indeed fewer carmakers have.
15.03.2022 - 12:50
Electric car battery in winter: Heating, please!
Most electric car drivers notice it every winter: Performance at the fast-charging stations drops with the temperatures. Christoph M. Schwarzer and analysts from P3 Automotive have compiled a detailed report to see how cold affects battery cells and what this sensitivity means.
12.03.2022 - 15:23
Fraunhofer study: Hydrogen will not play a major role in road transport
The Traton Group sees an analysis by the Fraunhofer Institute as confirming its strategy with its focus on battery-electric drives. According to the study, electric drives will also dominate the heavy-duty sector, and fuel cells will remain a niche application. On the other hand, Daimler Truck continues to rely consistently on both technologies.
17.03.2023 - 16:00
DB Schenker & Mpreis put Hyzon H2 Trucks on the road in Europe
Mpreis and DB Schenker are now using the first hydrogen-powered semi-trailer trucks from Hyzon Motors in Austria and Germany. Mpreis has received the first of 70 commercial vehicles ordered directly from Hyzon Motors, while DB Schenker is leasing an Hyzon H2 semitrailer tractor from Hylane.
01.03.2023 - 17:06
Germany’s car fleets electrification slower than neighbours
How is it going with the electrification of company car fleets in Germany, and how does this compare to its Northern European neighbours, the Netherlands and Sweden? To answer that question, a comparative study was commissioned by the energy company Vattenfall. We summarised the main results.
20.02.2023 - 15:50
Alternative powertrains dominate the bus world
In 2022, 62% of all city buses in Europe were driven with an alternative powertrain. For over ten years, Wim Chatrou of Chatrou CME Solutions has been observing and analysing the European bus market. The two big surprises from 2022 were that Yutong registered the most electric buses across Europe, and Denmark came 4th in […]
27.01.2023 - 14:44
Out now: Germany’s Master Plan Charging Infrastructure II
In Germany, the Master Plan for Charging Infrastructure II has been approved by the cabinet. With 68 measures, the Ministry of Transport wants to accelerate the expansion of the charging network and, this time, aims to incentivise private enterprise.
29.06.2022 - 06:43
EU Council confirms ICE ban for cars and vans by 2035
Late last night in Luxembourg, the European Council of Environmental Ministers agreed to raise the targets for reducing CO2 emissions for new cars and new vans by 2030 to 55% instead 50% for cars and 50% for vans. The Council also stood firm on the ICE ban in 2035 – but left a back door […]
08.11.2020 - 18:37
Brose & Comodule debut dedicated e-bike sharing solution
Automotive supplier and manufacturer of e-bike drives Brose, and the connectivity specialist Comodule have presented a modular plug-and-play solution for e-bike sharing. Brose Connected Drive combines their drive with a connectivity module developed for fleet operators like Lime/Uber.
26.08.2022 - 16:01
Hydrogen fuel cell aircraft – what for and when?
With increasing fuel prices and climate change, the aviation industry is having to look at life after fossil fuels but is facing a particularly tough challenge – passenger aircraft needs to be light and very safe, and what about longer distances? We asked aviation insiders where hydrogen fits in.