Diesel car starts blaze in Norwegian carpark
BEVs get falsely accused of fire-starting… again: Hundreds of cars were destroyed in a fire in the carpark building at Stavanger Airport in Norway. Initially, rumours spread that an electric car might have been the cause of the fire, but according to police, the fire was in fact caused by a 2005 model diesel car.Weiterlesen
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Bristol proposes diesel-ban in city centre by 2021
The Bristol City Council has proposed a ban for all diesel vehicles from their city centre, as well as a new congestion charge zone for older commercial vehicles by 2021. This would make the city the first in the UK with an outright ban on diesel.Weiterlesen
The city of Brussels to ban petrol and diesel 2035
The Brussels regional government in Belgium is banning diesel vehicles from 2030 and petrol vehicles from 2035. Meanwhile, the Flemish Region of Belgium has announced that it will discontinue its subsidy programme for electric vehicles from January 2020.Weiterlesen
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Denmark wants EU to phase out fossil fuel-powered cars by 2030
Denmark called on the EU Commission to introduce an EU-wide ban on diesel and petrol cars by 2040 preceded by a phase-out from 2030 in its climate strategy. Ten other European Union countries backed the proposal Denmark made during a meeting of EU environment ministers in Luxembourg.Weiterlesen
ViriCiti reveals platform for mixed bus fleets
The telematics specialist ViriCiti has revealed a monitoring system for operators of mixed bus fleets. “Mixed Fleet” integrates all types of buses (electric, hybrid, hydrogen and diesel) and their energy infrastructure into one platform. The first deployment will start in October.Weiterlesen
Renault to discontinue diesel models in India
Following Maruti Suzuki, Renault is now the second car manufacturer to stop selling diesel vehicles in India next year. The background is a stricter emissions standard, comparable to the Euro 6 standard in Europe, which will come into force in India on 1 April 2020.Weiterlesen
Honda turns its back on diesel in Europe
Honda will also be turning their backs on diesel in Europe, in order to focus more on electric and hybrid vehicle models. Starting in 2021, when the new Civic is released, no more diesel models will be sold in Europe, stated Dave Hodge, Honda’s UK director.Weiterlesen
Denmark to ban sales on petrol and diesel cars by 2030
The announcement by the government stated that the ban will be instated by 2030 on all internal combustion engine cars, and aims to have one million EVs on Danish roads by then. The sale of hybrid vehicles may also be banned in 2035, according to prime minister Lars Rasmussen.Weiterlesen
No more diesel sales in Europe says Nissan
Now it is on Nissan to discontinue diesel engines in its line-up in Europe. A Nissan spokesperson confirmed a media report from Japan, saying the carmaker would no longer include diesel variants in its new models. Nissan is the third carmaker from Japan to do so.Weiterlesen
Toyota will stop selling diesel passenger cars in Europe
Toyota announced that it will discontinue selling diesel passenger cars in Europe with making first steps towards this objective before the year’s end. First example is the new Auris that is going to be launched solely as hybrid and petrol version.Weiterlesen
Mercedes bets on PHEV with diesel for the C and E Class
While other carmakers are moving away from diesel entirely, Daimler will show a preproduction of its new line of plug-in diesel hybrids. Both the C class and E class will exhibit the system and are set to launch this summer.Weiterlesen
Diesel ban: Judges postpone decision until Tuesday
The German federal administrative court in Leipzig has announced their decision to postpone their decision on a possible diesel prohibition within cities until Tuesday, 27. Central to the discussion is the question whether German cities can afford to ban diesel vehicles in legal terms.Weiterlesen
VW Boss Mueller demands an end to diesel subventions
VW’s CEO Matthias Mueller has made the surprising demand during an interview and said he believes the tax benefits that accompany owning a diesel should be phased out. The idea is to prevent a ban and support the expansion of electric mobility. These seemingly insightful comments follow a simple logic.Weiterlesen
Diesel Sales, Tesla Model 3, Events.
Click tip I: Research institution ICCT analysed diesel registrations in Europe and found them in stark decline. This March marked a five year low for all major markets, namely France, Germany, Spain and England.
Click tip II: More and more pictures emerge of sightings of the Tesla Model 3. In Ohio alone about 100 of them are said to run crash tests at the moment. Teslarati collected the latest shots.
insideevs.com (Ohio), teslarati.com
Siemens, Valeo, Diesel, NextEV, Maven, Tesla, Chrysler.
Siemens and Valeo form alliance: The recently announced Valeo Siemens eAutomotive GmbH, a 50:50 joint venture, has begun operations. The company will focus on high-voltage powertrains for all forms of electrified cars, including hybrids. Jointly developed electric motors, on-board chargers, inverters and power converters are said to give the companies a more favourable position in the market.
Good-bye diesel cars: The mayors of Athens, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris pledged they would ban diesel cars from their streets by 2025. Athens even wants to go one step further and get rid of all cars in in city centre. Meanwhile, from February 15th, 2017, Beijing will prohibit all cars that don’t meet emission standards from entering the city during smog alarm. The move could affect all cars that are ten years or older – or roughly 8 percent of vehicles.
theguardian.com, c40.org (diesel), channelnewsasia.com (Beijing)
Tesla-fighter from China: NextEV, who just unveiled its 1 MW hypercar, is reportedly also working on a Model X competitor. The electric SUV will be built in China together with JAC and is said to hit the road late 2018 or early 2019. Thanks to a 70 kWh battery pack, range is estimated at 330 miles (530 km), but more importantly, NextEV says it will be “cheaper” than the Tesla.
Maven comes to Germany: Opel will introduce GM’s mobility service Maven to Germany next year. Called “Maven home,” it will also employ the Ampera-e. The EV will first be available for selected hotels, apartment complexes and student housing, and will later also be used in a more conventional e-carsharing scheme.
automobilwoche.de, autogazette.de (articles in German)
Tesla goes on sale in Spain: The Model S and Model X can now be ordered in Spain, with first deliveries scheduled for the first quarter of 2017. The EV pioneer is also stepping up its game in terms of chargers there, installing more Superchargers and Destination Chargers at hotels, etc.
The first Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid rolled off production lines at the Windsor plant in Ontario on December 1st. The first electrified minivan will be available from just under 42,000 dollars in the U.S., where it also qualifies for the 7,500 dollar tax credit. Electric range is rated at 30 miles.
Tesla, Diesel, Bentley, Eurabus, Nissan, Toyota.
Tesla masterplan: CEO Elon Musk announced a new “masterplan” for the EV maker, as the current one went only from the Roadster to the Model 3. Possibilities are of course endless and Musk did not hint in which direction he wants to go, but it’s clearly a move to keep investors interested. Meanwhile, Tesla started on a three month “Electric Road Trip” around the world to meet enthusiasts and promote its EVs.
twitter.com, electrek.co (Masterplan), electrek.co (Electric Road Trip)
Keeping diesel at the gate: A number of German cities like Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart would like to ban diesel cars in certain zones and implement a blue pollution badge. The problem: so far there is no legal basis for them to keep polluters out, but Germany’s Environment Ministry hopes to agree on the details for the badge before autumn.
automobilwoche.de, heise.de (articles in German)
Electric Mulsanne: The Bentley’s V8 could be replaced with an electric drivetrain, according to Autocar, mainly because China is tightening legislation. It looks like going “full electric will be the only way” to still sell cars in some Chinese cities in the near future, says Bentley’s product manager Holzgartner -a trend that could catch on in Europe.
German buses from Azerbaijan: Eurabus has signed a deal to assemble its electric buses in Ganja in Azerbaijan in the future. The electric drivetrain for the 12-metre-long bus will be delivered by German company Ziehl-Abegg Automotive GmbH.
New Nissan hybrid: Without much fanfare, Nissan now added the Murano Hybrid to its offering in the U.S. Only the SL and Platinum models are available with a hybrid drivetrain that will cost customers an extra 3,000 dollars. Moreover, only about 600 hybrid units will be made available.
Test driving Toyota: Both Autoblog and Green Car Reports took the Prius Prime for a spin. The latter hails the fact that one can now lock in the EV Mode, so “your carefully planned, fossil-fuel-free day” will no longer be ruined when stepping on the accelerator. Autoblog is especially taken by the redesign, but says that it will have a hard time competing with real EVs.
Audi, Tesla, Rampini, Andorra, Diesel, Australia.
Audi to step up EV production: German Wirtschaftswoche says it learned that Audi wants to crank out 60,000 units of its Q6 e-tron per year at its facility in Brussel from 2018. That is 10,000 more cars than Tesla Model S sold in 2015. The paper also reports that Audi’s EV could sell for more than 60.000 euros.
wiwo.de (in German)
Tesla update: In an email to reservation holders, Tesla says it is “currently increasing […] production plans to minimize the wait for [the] Model 3.” One week after the unveiling, the number of reservations surpassed 325,000. Tesla also announced that “in a few weeks,” its Model X can be ordered by everyone – not just reservation holders. Production has been increased to 750 units per week.
electrek.co (email), teslamotors.com (reservations), electrek.co (Model X)
Electric buses from Hungary: According to Hungarian media, Italian bus manufacturer Rampini is looking to set up shop in Hungary to build all-electric buses. These will first be sold in Hungary and later across Europe. BYD is allegedly also looking into setting up a e-bus production plant in the country.
bbj.hu, index.hu (in Hungarian)
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Baden-Württemberg Pavilion shows success factor e-mobility: During the Hannover Messe / MobiliTec the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion and its 43 exhibitors showcase the diversity of the e-mobility landscape in the southwest of Germany. With “Automated. Connected. Electrified.” as its guiding theme, the whole spectrum – from development and production to road tests of partially automated electric vehicles – will be covered. Visit us in hall 27.
Andorra introduces EV incentives: The small principality earmarked 3m euros in grants to be spend over the next three years. Both electric cars and plug-in hybrids can qualify for subsidies of up to 11,000 euros. The programme also includes a scrappage allowance. The goal is to have 500 new EVs or PHEVs on the road by 2019 – impressive, considering Andorra has less than 80,000 inhabitants.
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Hard times for diesel ahead? Five German states are calling on the federal government to phase out fuel tax advantages for diesel compared to petrol, but so far, no agreement with other states could be reached. The ministers also proposed an EV quota for manufacturers and asked that the Federal Motor Transport Authority no longer be the only one in charge or emission test, hoping to avoid another VW style scandal.
europeonline-magazine.eu; wiwo.de (in German)
EVs in Australia: A consortium of companies and organisations, including Tesla, Renault and infrastructure providers, have published the “Path Forward for Electric Vehicles in Australia.” It lists a number of possible incentives like waiving registration fees or allowing priority parking, and says the government needs to push for more charging infrastructure to encourage EV uptake Down Under.