New mobility service SSB Flex taking off in Stuttgart
After half a year of testing with more than 20,000 passengers, the ride-share service SSB Flex by the Daimler subsidiary Moovel will begin regular service as part of the Stuttgart public transportation system.Weiterlesen
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Formula E, Mercedes, Audi, B-Class, Gigafactory, Mitsubishi.
Dramatic Formula E debut in Beijing: In its inaugural race on Saturday, the new racing series could not have had a better start. 75,000 spectators followed the 20 electric racers going around Olympic Park. Because all cars are the same, it came down to the drivers and their energy strategy. The race was tense till the end, when leading Nicolas Prost caused a spectacular crash with Nick Heidfeld in the last corner of the race. Beneficiary was Lucas Di Grassi, who won the first ever Formula E race for the Audi Sport ABT team.
telegraph.co.uk, qz.com, autoblog.com, youtube.com (video)
Mercedes hybridised: According to German AutomobilWoche, head of development Thomas Weber said the carmaker wants to develop ten plug-in hybrid models until 2017. The C- and E-Class, as well as off-road vehicles, coupés and convertibles are on the list for new drivetrains. Until 2020, production numbers are said to reach six-digits and the plug-in could become as everyday as the petrol car.
Audi’s Q-cars: German Autobild reports on rumours once again that Audi will heavily electrify its Q-range. Before 2018, at least the next generations of the Q3, Q5 and Q7 will come with plug-in hybrid drivetrains. The A2Q might even be fully electric with a range of 500 kilometres.
autobild.de (in German)
The Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive will receive its first update before deliveries in Germany have even started. The face-lifted 2015 model, which will be shown at the Paris Motor Show in October, can be ordered from November 3rd. Certain details such as the price are still unknown.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, autobild.de (in German)
Nevada approves incentives for Tesla: Just days after being chosen as location for Tesla’s Gigafactory, the U.S. state earmarked 1.25 billion dollars for the project. This includes exemption from property and sales tax, as well as 8m dollars in discounted electricity rates for eight years.
forbes.com, transportevolved.com, green.autoblog.com (list of tax deals)
Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial van: At the Cenex LCV2014 event last week, Mitsubishi showed a two-seater version of its plug-in Outlander. The Outlander GX3h 4Work (we reported) will be available at 23,373 pounds (38,015 dollars) thanks to subsidies for plug-in vans in the UK.
mitsubishi-matters.co.uk, minkara.carview.co.jp (Photos)
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive.
Exactly 87 miles per charge is what the electric Mercedes B-class with its drivetrain by Tesla gets in the EPA rating. Despite being less efficient than the Leaf or i3, the Mercedes is able to offer a greater range due to a bigger battery.
B-Class in Death Valley, Q&A with Elon Musk and JB Straubel.
Video tip 1: In this short film the fuel cell Mercedes B-Class proves to be a true life-saver for Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson when crossing the Death Valley. Its emissions provided the two with drinking water collected in a tank installed to the car’s exhaust. Daimler also tests its new concept under less extreme circumstances and says its 300 H2 cars running under real-life conditions have already been driven 5m miles.
youtube.com (Video), media.daimler.com (Infos)
Video tip 2: Watch Elon Musk and JB Straubel going through an hourlong Q&A at the Dutch Tesla outlet in Amsterdam with their dedicated, yet not entirely uncritical followers.
youtube.com via myelifenow.com
Pedelec & E-bike test: ExtraEnergy’s bi-annual test of electric bicycles is open for registration. Manufacturers applying until 19th February will qualify for a discount, while the testing is scheduled to begin at 25th March. Tests results will be published in the Elektrobike magazine with a circulation 45,000 copies.
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