Feb 23, 2023 - 02:41 pm
Deutsche Bahn brings autonomous vehicles into public transport
In the German state of Hesse, Germany’s national rail services Deutsche Bahn (DB) has announced a major project with automated shuttles, using electric vehicles from the Chinese manufacturer Nio. More than 100 on-demand vehicles will be in operation by the end of the year, serving more than 3,000 virtual stops in lower-density and rural areas.
Feb 8, 2023 - 04:24 pm
WiTricity helps Yutong wirelessly charge driverless buses
WiTricity, the US provider of wireless charging systems, has announced cooperating with the Chinese manufacturer Yutong Bus to enable inductive charging of automated electric minibuses. They have already launched a first deployment in full commercial operation.
Feb 8, 2023 - 02:58 pm
Endera becomes a shuttle of choice among CALACT members
The US manufacturer Endera will deliver up to 1,000 electric shuttles to over 300 fleet operators in California thanks to a state-wide purchasing contract. It includes options for even more shuttles over the five-year contract period.
Jan 7, 2023 - 03:43 pm
CES: Italdesign envisions hyper modular shuttle Climb-E
Italdesign brought a unique modular design to the CES in Las Vegas. Their Climb-E is an autonomous transport platform in form of an electric shuttle. The basic cabin has space for four passengers, but Italdesign has taken this much further.
Jan 5, 2023 - 03:25 pm
ZF shows its next self-driving shuttle in Las Vegas
The technology group ZF presents a Level 4 autonomous shuttle at the CES. The new model, for which ZF has already found a partner, will be launched alongside the company’s established shuttle, only each vehicle serves a different purpose.
Jan 5, 2023 - 01:01 pm
CES: Holon by Benteler reveals e-shuttle Holon Mover
Holon, Benteler’s brand of autonomous shuttles announced in November 2022, has come to Las Vegas to show its first vehicle at the CES. The electric Holon Mover, designed by Pininfarina, can carry up to 15 passengers and does not need a driver, at least not all the time.
Nov 23, 2022 - 01:51 pm
Insolvent Moove GmbH reorganizes into Cubonic
In Germany, after the Aachen-based Moove GmbH (formerly e.Go Moove GmbH) recently filed for insolvency, the provisional insolvency administrator Dirk Wegener succeeded in presenting a viable reorganisation concept for the company that specializes in electric shuttles, to the Aachen District Court.
Nov 7, 2022 - 04:52 pm
Moove struggles with insolvency
In Germany, the Aachen-based Moove GmbH (formerly e.Go Moove GmbH) has filed for insolvency. The company, which specialises in electric shuttles and currently employs 90 people, has been “hit by recent developments in the financial market”, according to insolvency administrator Dirk Wegener.
Nov 4, 2022 - 02:34 pm
Benteler sets up ‘Holon’ subsidiary for autonomous shuttles
The German supplier Benteler has announced that it will rename its business unit ‘Benteler EV Systems’ in ‘Holon’. The unit had only been spun off at the end of 2021 to bundle and push the business with autonomous electric shuttles – the first vehicle is to celebrate its premiere at CES 2023.
Jul 27, 2022 - 12:57 pm
The Mobility House finds new US partner in Endera
The Mobility House and Endera have made public their cooperation for managed commercial EV charging. They have already delivered electric shuttles and a smart charging solution to ACE Parking and Aladdin Airport Parking, both servicing the San Diego International Airport, California.
May 12, 2022 - 05:01 pm
Mobilize targets 700,000 EVs by 2030
Renault’s mobility brand Mobilize aims to double its leasing fleet financed by Mobilize Financial Services by 2025 and grow to one million electric vehicles by 2030. These are to make up 70 per cent of the fleet and generate 20 per cent of Renault Group’s turnover.
Mar 6, 2022 - 04:09 pm
Workhorse to build vans on GreenPower chassis
Workhorse and GreenPower Motor have signed a multi-year supply agreement to facilitate the manufacturing and delivery of medium-duty Class 4 electric step vans into the North American market.
Jan 14, 2022 - 06:39 pm
Local Motors closes before e-shuttle Olli takes off
Local Motors, the maker of the autonomous electric shuttle Olli, will cease operations on Friday, according to several posts on LinkedIn by various employees. The company has not yet made an official announcement. The reason for the presumed shutdown of Local Motors is said to be a lack of capital.
Aug 11, 2021 - 05:55 pm
Forest River & Lightning partner up on e-buses
Forest River, which is the largest maker of shuttle buses in North America, and Lightning eMotors that specialises in electric commercial vehicles for fleets, have announced a strategic partnership worth approximately $850 million. The partners aim to put up to 7,500 electric shuttle buses on roads in the US and Canada by 2025.
Jun 24, 2021 - 04:14 pm
Local Motors places major order with Protean Electric
Local Motors has placed a major order with British e-drive specialist Protean Electric as part of their existing cooperation. The new three-year contract calls for the supply of thousands of Protean’s in-wheel motors for use in Local Motors’ Olli 2.0 e-shuttles that run autonomously.
Apr 30, 2021 - 12:43 pm
Benteler offers EV platform for ‘people movers’
After a platform for electric cars, Benteler now wants to get into the passenger transport business: The automotive supplier now offers a special platform concept for ‘people movers’, or passenger vans. On request, the supplier will not only provide the platform, but also deliver finished shuttles to the customer.
Apr 28, 2021 - 01:27 pm
Ree Automotive & Hino Motors to develop utility BEV
The Israeli start-up Ree Automotive has entered into a development cooperation with Toyota’s commercial vehicle subsidiary Hino Motors. The aim is to develop a new solution for mobility services for the transport of passengers and goods based on Ree’s space-saving electric vehicle platform.
Apr 13, 2021 - 12:23 pm
Magna & Ree to develop light EVs
The Israeli start-up Ree Automotive wants to develop and build light commercial vehicles (LCVs) together with the supplier and contract manufacturer Magna – based on Ree’s technology. A corresponding strategic cooperation agreement has now been signed.
Jan 25, 2021 - 09:30 pm
Self-driving solar-powered shuttle by EasyMile & Sono
French EasyMile and Germany’s Sono Motors want to develop a self-driving shuttle powered by the sun. Based on EasyMile’s EZ10, the shuttle will bear Sono’s patented solar technology. If the concept works, it may make it to 30 countries.
Jan 24, 2021 - 07:49 pm
e.GO Moove gets street approval
The first People Mover from e.GO Moove has now been given street approval for public road use from the end of December 2020. This means that the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has certified.GO Moove GmbH as a vehicle manufacturer.
Dec 15, 2020 - 07:49 pm
Robotaxi unveiled by Amazon’s Zoox
The Californian startup Zoox, acquired by Amazon in June 2020, has just revealed a preview of its first Robotaxi. It is, of course, purely electric and is designed for fully autonomous driving, doing without either a steering wheel or driver’s cockpit.
Oct 23, 2020 - 11:18 pm
Local Motors’ autonomous shuttle draws a new investor
LM Industries, the parent company of Local Motors, has received $15 million in financing. The money will be used to advance product development, production and deployment of the 3D-printed Olli autonomous electric shuttle bus.
Jul 29, 2020 - 07:55 pm
Optimal EV and Proterra develop S1LF low-floor shuttle bus
Optimal Electric Vehicles and Proterra have just announced a new partnership to leverage Proterra’s battery technology and charging systems for the development of the industry’s first all-electric S1LF low-floor cutaway shuttle bus for the North American market.
Jul 1, 2020 - 06:57 pm
NEVS presents electric robotaxi for sharing services
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has presented a mobility ecosystem for autonomous electric vehicles for sharing services, under the name PONS. At the heart of the ecosystem is the autonomous Sango electric vehicle for up to six passengers.
Dec 7, 2019 - 05:13 pm
Toyota invests in May Mobility e-shuttle start-up
Toyota has just led May Mobility’s B round financing totalling $50M, which also included BMW iVentures. The financing should allow the Michigan-based startup to expand every aspect of the company and its autonomous electric shuttle fleet.
Sep 9, 2019 - 04:24 pm
R&D break-through: Tesla battery making looks likely
Jeff Dahn and his team, who carry out battery research for Tesla, have published test results for a new battery cell that could have a life of 1 million miles (1.6 million km) and thus be suitable for Tesla’s planned robo taxis. At the same time, Tesla battery cell manufacturing appears to be well underway.