The Spanish energy supplier Iberdrola has concluded two further cooperations for the development of charging infrastructure. 400 charging points are planned at branches of the DIY chain Leroy Merlin in Spain and more than 50 charging points in cooperation with First Stop in Spain and Portugal.
Bridgestone has made a deal with EVBox to install EV charging stations across the tire specialist’s retail network in the next five years. The partners plan 3,500 AC and DC charge points in France and Italy before expanding into the UK, Germany, Poland, Spain, and other European countries.
The Swedish startup Einride has introduced the next generation of its autonomous electric truck T-Pod, making it commercially available worldwide for the first time. The company is relying on a subscription model for this. Initial customers include Lidl Sweden, Oatly, Bridgestone and Northvolt.
Govecs takeover: The Munich-based electric scooter manufacturer has been bought up to 100% by a private, but undisclosed investor. This way, Govecs hopes to positions itself more efficiently on the current market. The company currently produces eight scooter models in Poland and sources 85% of all parts from Europe. auto-medienportal.net (in German), lerepairedesmotards.com (in French)
Updates or inconsequential features? Tesla’s Model S is now available in a darker metallic grey and comes with a trunk shelf, something that could soon become standard. Moreover, the EV is available with an ionizer to rid air bacteria. But then, what would a luxury car be without a few not to say luxury add-ons? green.autoblog.com
Bridgestone tyres for the i8: The tyre maker will be the exclusive supplier of rubber for the electric sportscar, offering an existing version of the Potenza S001, as well as developing special tyres for the i8. All will of course be available in different sizes. Bridgestone is already the exclusive supplier for the BMW i3. tyrepress.com
Behind the wheel of Toyota‘s Avalon Hybrid: Matt Keegan from Auto Trends is certain – this is the best hybrid vehicle he has gotten his hands on recently. Not only its 40 mpg fuel economy or 200 horse power (including the electric motor) convince the writer, he also likes the style of the fourth generation Avalon Hybrid. autotrends.org
Test driving the E-Golf: It’s a Golf and it’s electric. And while the former is apparent from the inside and out, the latter is not displayed as prominent, John Simpson from The Green Car Website notes. The car is still something for EV lovers and more “rewarding” than a BMW i3. Just the range (118 miles rated) is noted as a negative point. thegreencarwebsite.co.uk
Hybrid anode for Li-S batteries: Researchers at PNNL have designed a protection system for the anode of lithium–sulfur batteries. Electrically connected graphite and lithium metal functions as an artificial solid electrolyte interface (SEI) layer that prevents destructive chemical reactions. This could prolong battery life up to four times. sciencedaily.com, greencarcongress.com
25 million dollar LoNo program: The U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has money left to spend on the deployment of low- or no-emission (LoNo) buses. 21.6 million dollars are available for vehicles other than prototypes, another 3.3m dollars for equipment and infrastructure. greencarcongress.com
International V2G standard: A part of the ISO/IEC 15118-2 standard regarding the two-way communication between electric vehicle and charging stations, has been accepted by the ISO authority as ‘FDIS’ (Final Draft for International Standard). Now, the IEC has to approve the draft before a final document can be prepared and eventually issued as international standard for V2G. smart-v2g.info (In German)
Bridgestone tyres for i3: The Japanese exclusively deliver slim tyres for the all-electric BMW. The new Ologic line uses a diameter usually known from race car tyres and combines it with a narrow tread design. The tyres are said to improve aerodynamics and rolling resistance while providing safe grip. thegreencarwebsite.co.uk