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.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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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.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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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.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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”.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
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.
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)