VW & Hamburg extend mobility partnership
The three-year strategic mobility partnership between Volkswagen and the City of Hamburg concluded in August 2016 has been extended. The most important news within the framework of the extension is that the WeShare car-sharing service will expand to Hamburg from spring next year.
Volkswagen sets sights on e-mobility in Rwanda
Rwanda is the first African country in which Volkswagen intends to try its hand at an electric mobility project. Together with Siemens, VW has launched a pilot project to test the feasibility of e-mobility approaches in the East African country.
Prices to drop on the VW e-Golf
VW has lowered the price of the e-Golf in Germany. As electrive was able to find out, Volkswagen will be successively lowering the price of the e-Golf in other European countries as well, with the exact amount always depending on the respective market.
London: Electric car club Zipcar delivers e-Golf data
Car club Zipcar says it runs the UK’s largest electric vehicle fleet in London using Volkswagen electric vehicles. And, since the offer has grown to include a total of 325 e-Golf since summer last year, Londoners have shared the electric cars rather eagerly.
Insensible urban aesthetics
The Zipcar car club that runs 325 VW e-Golf in London complains about the slow expansion of fast-charging infrastructure in the British capital. That is nothing new, unfortunately, but Zipcar makes a new argument.
Apple to convert 500 VW Golf to e-shuttles
The cooperation between Apple and VW which was announced in May to develop autonomous vehicles is possibly larger than originally anticipated. According to media reports, Apple plans to include 500 modified VW Golf in their testing initiative.
VW to launch EV sharing service in Berlin
Volkswagen has revealed some of the details for their planned car-sharing service focusing on electrified vehicles in Berlin, which they plan to launch in 2019. The service, which will be named We Share, is set to launch in Q2 of 2019 in the German capital with 1,500 e-Golf, before adding another 500 e-up! at a […]
Over 300 electric cars to share coming to London
Car sharing club Zipcar is pushing to electrify the British capital as they plan to introduce the Isle’s biggest EV fleet. No less than 325 electric cars shall hit the London roads with the first 100 VW e-Golf scheduled to arrive by July.
VW I.D. Vizzion to be the flagship of the I.D. family
With the I.D. Vizzion, VW has unveiled the future flagship of its all-electric I.D. family at the Geneva Autoshow. Moreover, the Germans presented a school bus based on its mobility concept Sedric as well as a mobile charging robot jointly developed with Kuka.
Paris police now patrols with the e-Golf
The “Gendarmerie” of Paris is now approaching their suspects silently as the French force leases 16 e-Golf from Volkswagen. They came fully dressed in what the police calls a black and white retro style and each district will get one for a year.
Electric cars have delivery problems across the board
Mayor carmakers are experiencing problems to deliver their few electric car models to a fast growing customer base. In some houses, wait times are up to a year for both domestic producers and suppliers as well as importers in Germany, a new survey reveals.
Test driving the Hyundai Ioniq.
There’s a new competitor in the battery-electric segment: the Hyundai Ionic electric. We welcome it with open arms, since the selection for BEVs continues to be too slim and every newcomer deserves a round of applause. And we are happy to report that the Ioniq turned out well – it’s inherently consistent, efficient and well manufactured. And it shows what level Hyundai and Kia have reached, namely one quite high up – with ambitions to make it to the very top.
Read the full car review on electrive.com >>
Reading tip I: Musk goes Mars, or at least plans to send an unmanned space craft by SpaceX there by 2018. The mission is designed to probe what it would take to send human colonisers there in the future.
Reading tip II: The real range of the electric Golf exceeds the EPA rating, a six month trial suggests. Bengt Halvorson found the 83-mile conservative and was able to drive much longer on most days.
e-Golf, i3, Leoni.
Video tip: Blogger Marek Wieruszewski pitches the VW e-Golf and BMW i3 REX against one another, test driving them both. While he prefers the style and feel of the i3, he says the e-Golf is more practical, especially if the needed infrastructure is given.
Click tip: Who needs an app to track the charging status of their EV?! European automotive cable provider Leoni offers the iEVC, a charging cable that changes colour and visibly tracks the charging process. Plus, it reduced the chance that someone trips over the cable, in case you need to charge at night.
chargedevs.com (with video)
Nevada, Peugeot, India, E-Golf, Golf GTE.
The Nevada-Gigafactory deal will offer Tesla more incentives than expected. In return for choosing Nevada as location for the Gigafactory, the state will support the enterprise with a package estimated at 1.25 billion dollars. If approved by legislature, Tesla will basically operate tax free for the first 10 years and not having to pay sales tax for another ten years. In exchange for the incentives, Tesla must agree to invest at least 3.5 billion dollars in the battery plant.
forbes.com, businessinsider.com, teslamotors.com
Updated hybrid for Paris: Peugeot will show a new version of the hybrid study Exalt at the Paris Motor Show. The updated vehicle feature new materials and a little extra – it will come with a foldable electric scooter, called the HYbrid-kick, stored in the boot of the car.
Chinese EV from India? A consortium of 15 Chinese companies allegedly wants to produce electric vehicles in the Indian region of Gujarat. Among them are seven carmakers. They are planning on investing 100 million dollars into building electric buses, ambulance and police cars.
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E-Golf with sirens: Though there are no reports suggesting that Germany’s police force is looking to go electric, Volkswagen will show its E-Golf police car at the upcoming General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference in Leipzig. More and more police forces worldwide have chosen to add EVs to their fleets.
Driving the Golf GTE: VW’s first plug-in hybrid is an overall smooth ride, especially in the city. Though Andy Pringle from AutoTrader finds the engine pretty noisy when going into sports mode and says, the vehicles extra pounds are weighing down acceleration. Still, he would “recommend it over a Toyota Prius plug-in or Vauxhall Ampera.”
India, Ballard Power Systems, NIST, VW.
EV conversion kit: As part of a pilot project, the Indian government plans to support car owners willing to retrofit their car with a “specialised conversion kit.” Reportedly, this kit can be used on any vehicle not older than two to three years, but is only available from one manufacturer so far.
Next-gen fuel cell partnership: Once again, New Flyer Industries ordered fuel cells from Ballard to power its H2 buses. The American bus manufacturer will be the first to use Ballard’s FCvelocity-HD7 module with integrated compressor and coolant pump and with reduced static as well as moving parts.
Hydrogen refuelling station dispensers: How accurate are they? To test the meter, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed a prototype Transient Flow Facility that imitates the conditions of a FCV during refuelling.
Comparing apples and oranges can sometimes reveal interesting facts. Like this report by Green Car Reports on the new E-Golf and Golf TDI. The electric Golf not only is lighter but almost as cheap as its fossil-burning brother. Winner on efficiency is the E-Golf, while the diesel scores on perceived sportiness.
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