May 9, 2023 - 12:11 pm
Iveco to assume ownership of European truck JV with Nikola
Iveco Group has announced plans to acquire Nikola’s electric truck joint venture in Europe, established in 2019. The deal will cost Iveco $35 million and will effectively buy out Nikola from the European markets. Nikola says it will focus on its US activities.
Apr 14, 2023 - 12:42 pm
Dutch-German research project to develop batteries
The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany and the Dutch institute TNO of the Holst Centre have agreed to jointly develop lithium-ion batteries for the European automotive industry.
Mar 21, 2023 - 09:43 am
Mercedes gets ready for new EV platforms
Mercedes is investing heavily to make its production network fit for the new platforms introduced from 2024. According to a German media report, the manufacturer will start converting its plant in Rastatt this summer. It is where Mercedes will build its first model based on the Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture (MMA).
Mar 17, 2023 - 02:35 pm
Stuttgart Airport acquires 30 heavy-duty EVs for manoeuvring area
Stuttgart Airport is continuing with the electrification of its manoeuvring area with the finalise! project, funded by the German government. The electric fleet will grow by more than thirty heavy-duty vehicles – including a 52-ton refuelling vehicle with electric drive.
Mar 3, 2023 - 04:01 pm
Mercedes lays foundation stone at battery recycling plant
Mercedes-Benz has laid the symbolic foundation stone for the announced battery recycling factory in Kuppenheim. For the first stage of the plant – mechanical dismantling – commissioning is to start at the end of this year. Talks with the public sector about further expansion are still ongoing.
Mar 2, 2023 - 11:07 am
Daimler Buses focuses on electric city buses in Mannheim
Daimler Buses is turning its plant in Mannheim, Germany, into a centre of competence for electric city buses. From 2024, the plant will focus entirely on producing electrically powered city buses and become more involved in component production.
Feb 23, 2023 - 01:24 pm
Valmet kicks off battery assembly in Germany
The Finnish supplier Valmet Automotive has started series production of battery systems in Kirchardt in Baden-Württemberg. Announced almost two years ago, the plant near Heilbronn now manufactures high-voltage systems for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids and is the company’s first German battery plant.
Feb 9, 2023 - 03:40 pm
Mahle integrates DC charger to climatic wind tunnel
The automotive supplier Mahle has now equipped its climatic wind tunnel in Stuttgart with a DC fast charging system. The test engineers can charge electric vehicles there with up to 350 kilowatts – under all climatic conditions, even in extreme heat.
Jan 18, 2022 - 04:53 pm
Ebusco scores another electric bus order in Germany
Dutch electric bus manufacturer Ebusco has received a new order from Germany. Public transport operator Südwestdeutsche Landesverkehrs-GmbH (SWEG) has ordered ten electric solo buses and ten charging units from the Dutch manufacturer. The vehicles are to be used in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg.
Dec 17, 2021 - 09:45 pm
Porsche venture Cellforce finds a home in Southern Germany
The location has now been chosen for the German battery cell factory planned for Cellforce Group, the battery joint venture between Porsche and Customcells. The industrial park lies across the districts of Reutlingen-Nord/Kirchentellinsfurt in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Nov 20, 2021 - 03:09 pm
Daimler battery recycling plant to be in Kuppenheim
Daimler has confirmed plans to build a battery recycling factory in Kuppenheim, Germany. Although rumours about a planned battery recycling plant were abound before, the German automaker had given no indication of the location for the plant or further details until now.
Oct 27, 2021 - 11:50 am
Audi is setting up a battery competence centre in Germany
Audi is setting up a centre of excellence for the development of batteries for future electric cars at its Neckarsulm plant. A battery technical centre is to go into operation by 2023 at the latest, where prototypes for new batteries will be researched and tested.
Jul 26, 2021 - 01:16 pm
3 new shareholders join Customcells, incl. Porsche
Customcells announces the completion of a financing round in which the battery specialist brings three new shareholders on board. Among them Porsche. The move comes just a short time after the joint founding of a battery joint venture with Porsche and can be seen as a push towards large-scale production.
Jul 12, 2021 - 03:50 pm
Daimler & BMW network mobility services
BMW and Daimler are dovetailing their Free Now and Share Now offerings. The vehicles of the Share Now car-sharing service can be booked in France, Germany, Spain and Italy via the Free Now multi mobility platform from the end of July onwards.
Apr 29, 2021 - 12:54 pm
Cellcentric aims to mass produce fuel cells by 2025
Daimler Truck and the Volvo Group have presented the fuel cell joint venture strategy, Cellcentric, founded on 1 March 2021. For this purpose, the company plans to establish one of the largest series production of fuel cell systems in Europe.
Mar 23, 2021 - 01:39 pm
Valmet is building a battery plant in Germany
Finnish supplier Valmet Automotive has announced battery assembly in Germany. Battery systems are to be assembled in Kirchardt in Baden-Württemberg from 2022. The company already operates two similar plants in Finland.
Mar 23, 2021 - 12:32 pm
Daimler launches EQS battery production
Shortly before the world premiere on 15 April 2021, Daimler has started battery production for its EV flagship Mercedes EQS. As part of the Untertürkheim site, the Hedelfingen plant section is responsible for battery system production for the EQS, followed by systems for the upcoming EQE model.
Mar 9, 2021 - 03:38 pm
ElringKlinger receives major cell system order
ElringKlinger announced a major order for cell contact systems. Names were not disclosed, but the Group will supply the German plant of a global battery manufacturer starting in the first half of 2022, which will produce battery systems there for the series platform of a German premium OEM.
Mar 7, 2021 - 09:02 pm
Daimler to produce lithium-ion cells near Stuttgart
A dispute over the electric campus at Mercedes seems to have been settled and Daimler has now announced that it will build the ‘Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems Campus’ in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. The main plant is to be focussed on electric vehicles, which included the production of lithium-ion cells.
Mar 5, 2021 - 01:02 pm
Mercedes-AMG is building an EV test centre
Mercedes-AMG is building a modern test centre for the development of electrified high-performance drives and electrical components at its headquarters in Affalterbach. The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new ‘Technikum’ took place on Thursday.
Mar 5, 2021 - 12:43 am
Deutsche Bahn buying electric buses from China’s BYD
Deutsche Bahn has ordered electric buses from the Chinese manufacturer BYD for the first time for its bus transport division DB Regio Bus. Initially, five electric 12-metre BYD buses will go into operation at DB Regio Bus in Ettlingen, Baden-Württemberg, this year.
Oct 29, 2020 - 04:40 pm
Mercedes to deliver three eCitaro G to Switzerland
Mercedes-Benz is supplying three units of the new all-electric eCitaro G articulated bus to Switzerland. They will be used by the Eurobus transport company to provide a fast connection between two university locations of the ETH in Zurich.
Sep 30, 2020 - 05:40 pm
TÜV SÜD opens new emission testing centre in Germany
After two years of construction and a total investment of more than 20 million euros, TÜV SÜD opened the new Centre for Mobility and Powertrains near Stuttgart today. Besides combustion engines, they also offer emission testing for hybrid and electric vehicles there.