24 new eCitaro on Darmstadt’s roads
The 24 electric buses ordered by the transport company HEAG mobilo about a year ago have now been put into operation in Darmstadt. The battery technology of the 24 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, eleven solo and 13 articulated buses, is based on second-generation nickel-manganese-cobalt cells (NMC).
Akasol starts up battery production at new plant in Darmstadt
Battery system manufacturer Akasol has officially commissioned its ‘Gigafactory 1’ at its headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. The production lines currently offer a production capacity of one gigawatt-hour. However, expansion to adjacent areas is already planned with up to 5 GWh per year. Enough for 10,000 electric buses and trucks.
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.
HEAG mobilo orders 24 eCitaro buses for Darmstadt
In Germany, the Darmstadt transport company HEAG mobilo has ordered 24 eCitaro electric buses from the Daimler subsidiary EvoBus including eleven solo and 13 articulated buses. The fleet should arrive at the Böllenfalltor depot from the third quarter of 2021 and replace older diesel vehicles.
Akasol registers losses last quarter due to pandemic
The battery system manufacturer Akasol has presented its business figures for the first quarter of 2020. Revenue and EBIT were both below the figures for the same quarter of the previous year – mainly due to corona-related production interruptions from the company’s own customers.
Akasol more than doubles turnover in 2019
The battery system manufacturer Akasol increased its turnover by 120 per cent last year. Despite Covid-19, the board of directors is very confident about the future at the digital press conference on financial statements.
Akasol orders battery production systems from Woll
The battery systems manufacturer Akasol commissioned Woll Maschinenbau from Germany to develop and supply highly automated production systems. From mid 2021, the new battery systems of the type AKASystem AKM CYC will be manufactured in Darmstadt.
Akasol opens second production line early
The battery system manufacturer Akasol has put its second series production line for lithium-ion batteries into operation at its production site in Langen, Hessen – six months earlier than originally planned.
Akasol ups Manz battery production equipment
The German battery systems manufacturer Akasol has commissioned the mechanical engineering company Manz to supply production equipment for its new location in Darmstadt, Germany. The order also includes several options – including for its US location – and could amount to a double-digit million euro figure.
Akasol agrees with Samsung SDI on supply till 2027
German battery system manufacturer Akasol has significantly expanded its cooperation with Samsung SDI. Akasol has nominated the Korean company as a supplier for lithium-ion battery cells and modules for two large series orders with commercial vehicle manufacturers.
Akasol to produce batteries for electric utility vehicles
German manufacturer Akasol has opened a battery plant with a potential production output of 600 MWh annually in Langen, close to its headquarters in Darmstadt. The company says it will be capable of manufacturing storage systems for up to 3,000 electric buses per year. All in all, Akasol invested 10m euros into the implementation of its semi-automatic production line.
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Toyota, Darmstadt, Jersey, UK, MOTEV.
i-Road testing opens: Toyota has begun the second round of testing of its electric three-wheeler in Japan. This time, businesses and members of the general public will be involved. Participants are required to use of the i-Road for a set length of time through to the end of March 2017.
Diesel-free transport: The German city of Darmstadt aims to replace its entire diesel bus fleet with electric coaches by 2025. Transit operator HEAG mobilo will start the transition next year with one standard and one articulated electric bus.
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Electric mail delivery: The Channel Island Jersey has acquired 15 Nissan e-NV200 for the postal service’s fleet. The decision to give electric delivery vans a go was made after an 18 month trial. The eNV200 will join a fleet of about 100 conventional vehicles.
EV market in the UK: 23,109 electric and hybrid vehicles sold throughout this year were eligible for the British government’s plug-in car and van grant, SMMT reports. About ten percent of these (2,176 units) were leased or funded from Alphabet.
Tesla black car service: Los Angeles has got a new Tesla car service called MOTEV. The initial fleet consists of four Model S and seven Model X and aims at high-profile clients. The firm set up by a former production driver for Morgan Freeman plans to expand to New York and other cities shortly.