Feb 16, 2023 - 02:33 pm
Infineon confirms German chip plant with record investment
Infineon has confirmed that it is moving ahead with a new plant in Dresden, Germany, to expand its chip manufacturing capacity. The supplier is still seeking public funding of around one billion euros yet plans to five billion in the plant – the largest single investment in Infineon’s history.
Jul 13, 2022 - 05:20 pm
Funding granted for 1,200 low- and zero-emission buses in Germany
The German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) has handed over funding certificates to 41 more public transport authorities. With these commitments, around 1,200 additional low- and zero-emission buses are to be procured and put into operation across the country.
Mar 18, 2022 - 01:54 pm
VW delays MEB production in Zwickau until April
Volkswagen’s electric car plant in Zwickau will not resume production until the beginning of April. The reason for this is the lack of cable harnesses from Ukraine, which could not be delivered due to Russia’s invasion of the neighbouring country.
Sep 2, 2021 - 01:43 pm
Fraunhofer develops cleaner electrode dry coating process
The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) has developed a dry coating process that eliminates the need for toxic solvents in the production of battery electrodes. This should make the production process noticeably more environmentally friendly.
Aug 6, 2021 - 12:16 pm
SoLiS battery research project to develop solid-state battery concept
The research project “SoLiS – Development of Lithium-Sulphur Solid State Batteries in Multilayer Pouch Cells”, which started in July 2021 and is funded by the German government with almost 1.8 million euros, aims to transfer a promising battery concept from basic research to industrial application.
Jun 7, 2021 - 02:02 pm
Bosch opens the doors for new factory in Dresden
On Monday, Bosch commissioned its new semiconductor factory in Dresden, the construction of which the automotive supplier had begun in 2018. In future, Bosch wants to manufacture chips there on 300-millimetre wafers for the automotive industry, among others.
Mar 8, 2021 - 05:37 pm
Bosch automates production of silicon wafers
In its new semiconductor plant in Dresden, Bosch has produced silicon wafers in a fully automated process for the first time. The successful test run is considered a decisive step towards the start of production, which the company plans for the end of 2021.
Jan 29, 2021 - 03:48 pm
Serial production of the VW ID.3 kicks off in Germany
VW’s Transparent Factory in Dresden has started series production of the ID.3. This makes it the second production site in Saxony for the electric model after Zwickau. However, the number of units produced at the Dresden MEB plant is manageable.
Sep 11, 2020 - 02:21 pm
VW hands over the first ID.3 in Germany
The first VW ID.3 has been delivered in Germany as Volkswagen hands over the 1st Edition model made in its ‘Transparent Factory’ in Dresden. The first customer was handed over a white ID.3.
Aug 26, 2020 - 12:34 pm
BMW expands i3 production while VW looks to the e-Golf
In Germany, the increased purchase premium is boosting demand for electric cars. BMW and VW have now responded by expanding production of the i3 in Leipzig, while the VW e-Golf will continue to be built in Dresden until Christmas, contrary to initial plans.
Jul 16, 2020 - 04:37 pm
VW adds charging stations to Transparent Factory site
Volkswagen’s so-called Transparent Factory in Dresden has expanded its car park charging infrastructure with 32 additional charging stations. The facility and showcase visitor centre now has 64 charging stations in operation, 36 of which are open to the public.
Jun 22, 2020 - 05:16 pm
VW testing first ID.3 electric cars with 150 employees
VW has started the employee fleet for the ID.3 at the vehicle plant in Zwickau, Germany. The first electric cars have now been handed over to test drivers from Zwickau for a stress test in everyday life. In terms of software, however, the test vehicles do not yet correspond to the targeted series status.
May 14, 2020 - 04:35 pm
VW opens their first ID. Store in Germany
Volkswagen has opened their first ID. Store in Dresden. The flexible ID. Stores are designed to give interested parties the opportunity to find out more about ID.3 and all about e-mobility at Volkswagen. But a pop-up concept is also planned.
Nov 18, 2019 - 03:03 pm
Volkswagen to build ID.3 electric car in Dresden
Following VW’s decision to build the first ID.3 electric car in Zwickau, nearby Dresden has been selected as the next assembly location in Germany. The first electric vehicles based on the MEB platform will roll out of the so-called Transparent Factory in autumn 2020.
Nov 12, 2019 - 02:56 pm
Dresden researchers to improve battery cell electrodes
Researchers at the Dresden ExcellBattMat Center at the Fraunhofer IWS want to contribute key components to the large-scale “Research Production Battery Cell” project in Münster. The research object is electrodes made of silicon or lithium layers.
Oct 8, 2019 - 04:16 pm
Better range with silicon carbide chip from Bosch
Bosch plans to produce new silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors at its Reutlingen plant. The company says that, in comparison to regular silicon chips, SiC chips increase electrical conductivity and can push up an electric vehicle’s range by six per cent.
Aug 22, 2019 - 06:17 pm
Volkswagen opens its first charging park
In Braunschweig, Germany, Volkswagen’s first employee charging park went into operation with 60 charging points. By 2025, 4,000 charging points are to be created at ten locations across Germany.
Aug 8, 2019 - 01:26 pm
JT Energy set for intralogistics battery operations
JT Energy Systems will be taking over the former Solarworld plant in Freiberg, Germany. The company was founded by Jungheinrich and Triathlon Holding at the beginning of 2019 and aims to create “the largest European production centre for batteries and charging systems in intralogistics”.
Sep 17, 2018 - 01:57 pm
VW presents MEB platform pushing ‘Electric For All’ plan
Volkswagen presents their dedicated platform for electric vehicles, MEB, at their ‘Gläserne Manufaktur’ in Dresden today. The launch is underway with the motto: “Electric For All”, meaning affordable electric cars, that are to turn VW into a volume EV manufacturer.
Apr 25, 2018 - 05:28 pm
Bosch begins building €1BN chip factory in Dresden
The Silicon Saxony or Saxony Valley welcomes a new player in town as Bosch starts construction of its chip factory in Dresden as planned. It will mainly produce processors to serve e-mobility and is the largest investment in the company’s history.
Mar 15, 2018 - 04:12 pm
VW to produce I.D. family models in Dresden
The VW factory in Dresden will be home to not only the e-Golf in future, but will also be producing EVs from the I.D class too. Dresden is to be used as a showcase for electric mobility in the region.
Feb 11, 2018 - 03:13 pm
Bosch to build chip factory in Dresden for €1bn
Bosch is next to come to the “Saxonian Valley” as the supplier decided to build a chip factory in Dresden. Construction is planned to start this spring and will cost around one billion euros. The opening is set for 2021, when they will produce processors to serve e-mobility, among other things.
Dec 4, 2015 - 09:42 am
Get ready for the Joby S2, an awesome electric two-seater vertical takeoff and landing plane. The concept features no less than 16 propellers along its wings and can also glide as a plane reaching speeds of up to 200 mph. Have a nice flight into the weekend!
Jun 19, 2015 - 08:47 am
Norwegian Post, TNT, Tesla, HOV lanes, Dresden, Alphabet, BMW.
Electric delivery: The Norwegian Post is to expand its fleet of electric vehicles as it intends to buy another 300 EVs from Renault and Nissan next year. ‘Posten Norge’ has already acquired more than 900 electric vehicles in the past five years.
Meanwhile TNT, is to employ seven E-Ducato in Dutch Amsterdam and Rotterdam as part of the FREVUE (Freight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe) EU project. The vehicles are to replace diesel vans and the company hopes to save 24,000 litres of gas and 76 tons of CO2 each year.
Tesla in the UK: The Californian electric carmaker is to expand its Supercharger network on the Isles as it plans to add another seven fast-charging locations. They will be located at motorways in the West of Scotland and Eastern England. Currently, 22 Supercharger stations can be found in the UK.
Further access to HOV lanes is only one signature away as a bill passed the Californian legislature on Monday, calling for another 15,000 green stickers. If signed by the governor, the number of stickers giving privileges to PHEV drivers would grow from 70,000 to 85,000.
Electric bus service: The venerable city of Dresden in Germany now has its first all-electric bus line. It serves on route 79 with four stops on a stretch of 5.2 kilometres. The electric bus by Solaris runs every 20 minutes. The service is the first of its kind in Saxony.
sz-online.de, newstix.de (both in German)
Electrification for fleets: Alphabet introduces its ‘Electrification Potential Analysis (EPA)’ which does exactly what its name suggests: analysing the potential for electrification of fleets. Deloitte Italy and Interserve UK are already using the service. The analysis is based on real-life client data supplied by removable loggers that record data like speed, distance, acceleration and parking.
Street light charging: In a showcase at the Mini Plant Oxford, BMW introduces its ‘Light & Charge’ project in the UK, a street lighting system that doubles as a charging station for EVs. The system is based on LED technology and can easily be installed in various locations.
Jul 7, 2014 - 08:18 am
Ireland, Sunderland, Scotland, Dresden.
Call for charging solutions: In the country’s first “Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competition,” the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is calling for ideas for charging solutions for multi-story as well as underground car parks. The winner will receive 200,000 euros (271,700 dollars) to develop a prototype.
50 charging points and growing: UK city of Sunderland is investing 500 million pounds (857m dollars) in getting people to switch from petrol to electricity. Money will flow into research, as well as into the extension of the city’s charging network – already one of the best in the country. The goal is to become a national hub for the low carbon economy.
Scotland gets three new public charging stations: The new locations are funded by the Scottish Government through Transport Scotland. While the charge point in Dumfries most likely is a DC quick charger, the sites in Annan and Castle Douglas seem to offer AC charging only.
EmiD kick-off: The showcase project “Electric mobility in Dresden” (EmiD) is headed by Fraunhofer Institute IVI and is supported by the city of Dresden, the Technical University of Dresden and local government bodies. Together, they have purchased and will test an electric fleet consisting of 16 electric vehicles to find out what is keeping people from using electric cars.
saena.de, elektromobilitaet-verbindet.de (both in German)