Mar 21, 2023 - 01:01 pm
Ford MEB model Explorer costs less than €45,000
Ford has unveiled a new mid-size electric SUV called Explorer. The BEV will be built in Cologne and is supposed to be nothing less than the first of a “new wave of bold, iconic electric vehicles …steeped in Ford’s American roots and designed for Europe.” The Explorer’s electric drive is not made by Ford.
Feb 14, 2023 - 01:39 pm
Ford prepares for major layoffs in Europe
Ford has confirmed that it will cut around 3,800 jobs in Europe over the next three years, mainly in the area of product development. The Cologne site, as the European development centre, is particularly affected. According to Ford, the step is necessitated mainly by electromobility.
Jan 2, 2023 - 04:17 pm
Inductive taxi charging project completed in Cologne
In Cologne, the TALAKO research project for inductive charging of electrified taxis has now been successfully completed. The charging system at Cologne Central Station has been in operation since May 2022, has been tested and improved and is now running reliably.
Oct 26, 2022 - 04:46 pm
Ford moves forward plans to convert German plant
Ford is apparently planning to accelerate the switch to electric vehicles in Europe. According to reports in German and UK media, production of the internal combustion Fiesta small car in Cologne will end at the end of June 2023, a year earlier than planned. It looks likely that plans for electric production will also be […]
Jul 18, 2022 - 12:00 pm
Ford moves forward with factory upgrade in Cologne
Ford is taking advantage of the plant holidays at the Cologne factory, which last until 1 August, to press ahead with the conversion to an Electrification Centre. Two new production halls will be built and existing production facilities converted.
Mar 14, 2022 - 01:42 pm
Ford plans to release 7 new BEVs in Europe by 2024
Ford has announced plans to introduce three new electric passenger cars and four new electric commercial vehicles in Europe by 2024. The goal is to sell more than 600,000 electric vehicles annually in Europe from 2026. There are also details of Ford’s MEB model.
Nov 16, 2021 - 03:45 pm
GreenMobility heads to cities on the Rhine
The Danish electric car-sharing provider GreenMobility has announced its launch in Düsseldorf and Cologne in December 2021. The launch in the two NRW cities will initially be with 50 to 100 electric cars before the fleets are to be increased in 2022.
Aug 23, 2021 - 01:21 pm
Ford’s E-transit put through customer trials in Europe
A few months before the official market launch of the Ford E-Transit in spring 2022, European fleet customers have now received some pre-production vehicles for real-life field trials. In Germany, two electric vans are being tested in Cologne.
Jun 17, 2021 - 05:50 pm
Hundreds of scooters lie deep in the river Rhine
In Germany, divers have discovered more than 500 e-scooters at the bottom of the river Rhine. Local TV station WDR said rioters had thrown them into the river from a bridge in downtown Cologne. As if not disturbing enough, the divers also discovered something else.
May 20, 2021 - 10:32 pm
Daimler Trucks partners with CATL, Shell, Siemens, Engie & EVBox
CATL will supply batteries for the production version of the announced Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul from 2024 onwards. Daimler’s commercial vehicle division has also entered into its own collaborations with Engie, EVBox, Siemens Smart Infrastructure for EV infrastructure and Shell for fuel cell truck infrastructure.
May 6, 2021 - 03:08 pm
Ford & RWTH Aachen to advance electric motor manufacturing
Together with two institutions at RWTH Aachen University and other industrial partners, Ford wants to develop flexible and sustainable production of electric motor components along a single production line. In addition, production is to become cheaper.
Mar 29, 2021 - 05:02 pm
MAN to begin articulated e-bus production in Poland
MAN has announced that the series production of the Lion’s City 18 E articulated bus will start in Poland in April. Some vehicles that are still assembled in pre-series will be in service earlier: one such Lion’s City 18 E will go into regular service in Cologne from April.
Feb 17, 2021 - 12:03 pm
Ford confirms EV manufacturing in Cologne to begin 2023
Ford has now officially announced that it will manufacture its first electric model produced in Europe in Cologne from 2023. The carmaker thus confirmed corresponding rumours. Ford has not yet given any further details on the model in question.
Nov 29, 2020 - 12:46 pm
Ford looking to build MEB electric car in Cologne
This summer just passed, Ford announced that its future electric car would be developed on the basis of Volkswagen’s Modular E-Drive Box (MEB) in Cologne-Merkenich, Germany. Now, various reports from the German media are now reporting that the electric car is also to be built at the Ford plant in Cologne.
Nov 26, 2020 - 03:43 pm
Marelli to manufacture e-drives in Cologne, Germany
The automotive supplier Marelli is planning a production facility for electric vehicle drives in Cologne, Germany that will go into operation in the first half of 2021. The company based in Japan has not yet provided technical data on the drives built there.
May 13, 2020 - 06:09 pm
MAN Truck & Bus reveal articulated electric bus details
MAN Truck & Bus is now giving details of its MAN Lion’s City 18 E articulated electric bus. The manufacturer has just announced that sales of the new model already started and in Cologne and Barcelona, the articulated e-bus is now also being integrated into regular service.
Mar 12, 2020 - 01:19 pm
Transit operator RVK turns to fuel cell buses
In Germany, Cologne-region public transport operator Regionalverkehr Köln (RVK) has increased its fuel cell bus fleet with hydrogen buses from Solaris. From 2021, 15 Solaris hydrogen fuel cell buses will be successively integrated into RVK’s fleet.
Feb 9, 2020 - 08:20 pm
Hydrogen transport route along Rhine-Alps corridor
Seventeen partners want to turn the so-called Rhine-Alps corridor stretching from Rotterdam to Genoa into a purely hydrogen-based transport route – by water, road and rail. The RH₂INE project stands for ‘Rhine Hydrogen Integration Network of Excellence’.
Jan 21, 2020 - 12:31 pm
e.GO planning JV with unnamed Chinese company
German electric vehicle startup e.GO Mobile is planning a joint venture with a Chinese company. According to e.GO boss Günther Schuh, a Chinese version of the e.GO Life will be produced there. The contracts have apparently been signed, but not yet implemented.
Jan 16, 2020 - 09:42 am
Ford goes to Carnival
As a mobility partner of the Cologne Carnival in Germany, Ford is electrifying the entire fleet of parade floats at this year’s Monday procession. Of the 55 carts used, 25 Transit custom plug-in hybrids are exclusively electric, the remaining 30 are mild-hybrid versions.
Nov 28, 2019 - 04:28 pm
Inductive charging project for taxis in Cologne
In the German city of Cologne, an inductive (wireless) charging project for taxis is being set up called the Taxi Charging Concept for Public Spaces (TALAKO for short from the German). This is part of the SMATA feasibility project was launched in October.
Oct 17, 2019 - 03:54 pm
Ford expands PHEV tests to Cologne
Ford is extending their field tests with plug-in hybrids to Cologne. In the Rhine metropolis, nine Ford Transit Custom PHEVs and one Tourneo Custom PHEV will be used in five municipal fleets for a year in different everyday scenarios.
Aug 16, 2019 - 03:05 pm
Uber & Lime expand cooperation in Europe
Uber clients in Europe may now book Lime e-bikes straight through the Uber app. The cooperation started in the US and is currently being rolled out across the continent. Prague, Warsaw and Stockholm are among the first wave of European markets with other capitals to follow suit.
Aug 14, 2019 - 01:57 pm
Reach Now adds Tier electric kick scooters to its app
Moovel, the joint venture of Daimler and BMW that will soon be Reach Now, is collaborating with Tier Mobility to expand its multimodal mobility app to include electric kick scooters. It remains unclear, what this means for the companies‘ own scooter brand Hive.
Jun 22, 2019 - 11:22 pm
Sixt to offer Tier Mobility electric kick-scooters
Customers of car rental firm Sixt will soon be able to book thousands of Tier Mobility electric kick scooters via the Sixt app. Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Bonn and Münster are the first cities to start with more to come.