NAMX & Pininfarina show “HUV” with removable capsule tanks
The Afro-European startup NAMX has presented a fuel cell SUV designed by Pininfarina due for market launch in 2025. The highlight of the car, called HUV, lies in its hydrogen storage. NAMX’s patented technology combines a fixed hydrogen tank and six removable capsules as secondary tanks.
All-electric bus services to start in Senegal
Infrastructure investor Meridiam is implementing a large bus project in Africa with its partners Keolis and Fonsis. The concession contract now signed provides for a total investment of more than 135 million euros for the operation and maintenance of an exclusively electric bus public transport network in Senegal’s capital Dakar.
Electric cargo bike pilot starts in Ghana
Impact Hub Accra and Siemens Stiftung has just launched the project Electric Cargo Bikes ‘Made in Ghana.’ The first two workshops in Accra and Tamale will start operations in March and will use a business model focussed on small entrepreneurs in the delivery sector.
Siemens is supporting African e-mobility startups
The Siemens Stiftung has awarded prize money of between 10,000 and 50,000 euros to five African social enterprises in its first competition in the field of electromobility. The money is intended to help the winners establish their products and services on the market.
VW to phase out combustion vehicles by 2035
The VW brand is planning to phase out internal combustion engines in Europe by 2035 at the latest, thus taking a more moderate course than its sister company Audi, which recently announced its intention to stop selling cars with internal combustion engines by 2033 at the latest.
E-mobility made in Africa for Africa
Siemens Stiftung launches its first E-Mobility Innovation Call seeking solutions for “Electric Mobility Made in Africa for Africa”. African entrepreneurs, start-ups, and social ventures may win pre-seed funding of up to 50,000 euros.
Uber pledges 100% electric vehicles globally by 2040
Uber promises that by 2040 all trips booked via its ride-hailing platform worldwide will be made with electric vehicles or micro-mobility offers such as e-scooters or rental bicycles. In the USA, Canada and Europe, this goal is to be reached by 2030.
Delta launches 200-kW charging station for EMEA region
Delta Electronics has just presented its new HPC station for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As the name UFC 200 suggests, the station enables a maximum charging power of 200 kW that can be split into two 100 kW to charge two electric cars at the same time.
Volkswagen sets sights on e-mobility in Rwanda
Rwanda is the first African country in which Volkswagen intends to try its hand at an electric mobility project. Together with Siemens, VW has launched a pilot project to test the feasibility of e-mobility approaches in the East African country.
Rwanda: electric two-wheelers and battery swapping
The government of Rwanda has announced that they will be issuing national policy guidelines to eliminate fossil-fuelled two-wheelers from its roads. This is part of a broader electrification strategy aimed at comprehensively decarbonizing the East African country’s transport sector.
ALYI to fill order of ReVolt e-motorcycles in Kenya
Alternet Systems (ALYI), U.S battery, e-motorcycle and military applications manufacturer, has just announced a prospective order for two thousand of its ReVolt Electric Motorcycles which would total $20 million in sales. The Denver-based company is looking to open an assembly plant in Kenya, to complete manufacturing in Africa for ReVolt Electric Motorcycles to be sold […]
Tesla cranks up charging prices globally
After the announcement of the end of the Tesla referral programme, which entailed free use of the Superchargers for electric car drivers among other things, Tesla has upped the ante by increasing the prices for the use of their charging network around the world.
Electric SUVs now grace the African Serengeti
In Tanzania, the Mount Kilimanjaro Safari Club (MKSC) announced its plans to electrify its fleet of safari vehicles following a successful trial. The idea is to reduce emissions across the whole operation with the electric cars charging on solar power.
BYD plans EV Factory in Morocco
The Chinese vehicle Manufacturer BYD has signed an agreement with the Moroccan government to construct a factory in the north African nation. In the production site near Tangiers BYD plans to engage 2,500 employees to construct passenger vehicles, buses and trucks with electric engines, as well as produce a range of batteries.
PSA, Africa, Tesla, Porsche, Solid-State.
PSA wants to dive into sustainable mobility in Africa and has just agreed to work with five universities in Morocco. Two American and one French university are on board as well and operate branches in the North African country already. For PSA it is the 18th so-called OpenLab with others active in Brazil, China and France. The researchers’ agenda lists electric vehicles, renewable energy as well as future logistics and they got four years to progress and to take advantage of PSA’s network.
Three more U.S. Gigafactories: The next few years might witness the rise of two to three more Gigafactories in the States, said Elon Musk during an interview with the National Governors Association. His statement was well placed given that Tesla is currently scouting locations and wants to take a decision before the year’s end, so this is the call on states to put out favourable conditions.
Goodbye WEC? Porsche ponders its exit from the WEC series after winning it three times in a row. If the VW brand follows Audi indeed, it would leave Toyota as sole contender in the hybrid LMP1 category. Porsche will decide this July and is also looking at the Formula E or making motors for the Formula 1.
Novel solid electrolyte: Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have found a low-cost, scalable approach for solid-state batteries. The team substituted germanium in the solid electrolyte for two more readily available elements: tin and silicon.