Romeo Power goes public via merger
Californian battery startup Romeo Power is now going public on the US stock exchange via a merger with the investment firm RMG Acquisition. The goal is to expand the production and development of commercial vehicle batteries.
Akasol moves into Darmstadt headquarters
German battery systems manufacturer Akasol has just moved into its new headquarters in the southwest of Darmstadt. The move marks the start of series production of the first battery systems on the production lines installed at the Akasol Campus plant.
Akasol opens battery production plant in Detroit
Commercial vehicle battery system supplier Akasol has just announced the opening of a production facility in the greater Detroit area in the US state of Michigan. Production is scheduled to start in 2020, and by 2021, the production of 400 MWh will apparently be possible by means of a three-shift operation.
EU states set binding CO2 limits for trucks and buses
The first European CO2 emission standards for trucks and other heavy commercial vehicles have now been set: the European Council’s formal adoption of the regulation was the final step in the procedure after the EU Parliament had passed the CO2 targets in April.
Webasto & A123 building batteries for large EVs
Supplier Webasto has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Wanxiang A123 of China to set up a dedicated battery system facility for electric trucks and buses in China. The partners build on tried and tested NCM cells of A123.
FAW Jiefang is bulding Electric Trucks
The Chinese truck manufacturer FAW Jiefang Automotive has opened their first factory for the production of electric trucks. In the new factory in Qingdao 50, 000 trucks are scheduled to be produced annually.
BYD plans EV Factory in Morocco
The Chinese vehicle Manufacturer BYD has signed an agreement with the Moroccan government to construct a factory in the north African nation. In the production site near Tangiers BYD plans to engage 2,500 employees to construct passenger vehicles, buses and trucks with electric engines, as well as produce a range of batteries.
Electric and hybrid commercial vehicles, BMW i8 vs. BMW M1.
Study tip: A new report by IDTechEx titled “Industrial and Commercial Hybrid and Pure Electric Vehicles 2015-2025” is looking at electric and hybrid trucks and new players in the market including Wrightspeed, TEVA UK/JAV and EDI.
idtechex.com via electricvehiclesresearch.com
Video tip: Check out this battle between a classic and a classic-to-be. AutoExpress puts the BMW M1 on the track first just to then fast-forward decades of automobile design embodied in the plug-in hybrid i8.