Borgward’s electric car factory in Bremen falls
The plan by the revived carmaker Borgward to produce electric cars in Bremen, which had previously already come to a standstill, is now completely off the table. The reserved area will likely go to another company. It is unclear what the future holds for Borgward.
Chinese startup Ucar takes over Borgward
The revitalized vehicle manufacturer Borgward has a new owner: The Chinese start-up Ucar will take over 67% of shares from the previous owner Foton. Now they will decide on the possible return of the car brand to Bremen.
Mercedes EQC premiere in Stockholm
Mercedes Benz has presented their first electric SUV today with the EQC. This puts the Swabian car manufacturer in direct competition with Tesla. The vehicle is not exactly revolutionary in design, however. An overview.
Fastned, General Motors, Bremen, Efacec, Smatrics.
Autocharge with Fastned: You may forget about those charge card/s, they are a thing of the past, and the apps too. At least at Fastned carging stations. The Dutch have introduced Autocharge, a function of CCS that recognises the electric vehicle and initiates charging automatically and also credits the session without further ado. Autocharge has been rolled out to a few selected users but soon, any car with a CCS charge port will be able to register for Autocharge.
Self-driving cars in New York City: General Motors wants to become the first company to test self-driving cars in NYC, where it will deploy a fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolt early next year. They will roam in a 5-square-mile section of lower Manhattan. Still an operator will sit behind the steering wheel just in case but Cruise Automation, that developed the software, hopes to learn from the more aggressive drivers and adverse weather conditions that make New York so different from San Francisco, where GM also operates driverless Bolts.
The H2 network grows to 41 stations in Germany as Daimler, Shell, and Linde launch Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station. It is located close to the motor way as well as the Mercedes-Benz plant. Three more stations are planned, in Munich and Cologne this week, then bringing the total number of H2 charging stations to 41 in Germany.
Mobile fast-charger: Efacec has developed a mobile fast charger. It is basically built into a towable container and the system can charge three vehicles simultaneously, while fed through the local grid or by a generator. Charging power is up to 320 kW (nominal) and 350 kW (maximum).
German-Austrian charging corridor: Smatrics has forged a cooperation with Smartlab so that customers using the latter’s ladenetz.de network can use another 1,200 charge points in Germany from now. The other way around, clients from Smatrics can charge at 400 more charging points in Austria.
The Dutch bought 276,000 electric bicycles last year, a 24 percent increase compared to 2014. With 3,571 units sold, the relatively new S-Pedelec segment saw the biggest growth (up 44%). Germany remains the biggest e-bike market in terms of numbers with 535,000 units sold – 11,5% more than in 2014.