May 31, 2023 - 03:05 pm
Mach2 consortium will unleash driverless shuttles in France
A French consortium comprising Alstom, EasyMile, Equans, Keolis, Renault Group and StatInf, is about to launch a fleet of autonomous minibuses. The project dubbed Mach2 includes level 4 autonomy, without a human driver onboard, and is a first in Europe.
May 30, 2023 - 01:36 pm
ACC opens battery factory in France
Automotive Cells Company (ACC), a joint venture by Stellantis, Total and Mercedes-Benz, inaugurated its first factory in France. However, the “Grand Opening” is not synonymous with commissioning, which will take place later this year.
May 26, 2023 - 03:22 pm
Daimler Buses to produce e-buses in France
Daimler Buses will also produce its eCitaro electric bus in France in the first quarter of 2024. The German manufacturer will invest around 50 million euros in the French location of Ligny-en-Barrois by 2030 for this purpose.
May 25, 2023 - 11:17 am
BYD eyes European locations for electric car plant
BYD is aiming to produce electric cars in Europe from 2025 onwards and is currently looking for locations in France, Spain and Germany. Although the Chinese automotive giant has not yet revealed a preference among these locations, the UK has already been ruled out.
May 24, 2023 - 02:16 pm
Kawasaki invests in VoltAero, Sky2Share orders aircraft
Kawasaki has invested in the French hybrid aircraft developer VoltAero as a new strategic investor. VoltAero has also begun constructing an assembly plant at Rochefort-Charente-Maritime Airport, where the hybrid aircraft is to be built.
May 24, 2023 - 11:58 am
Eight EU countries unite against Euro-7 emission standard
A coordinated resistance has emerged from eight countries against the proposed Euro-7 emission standards by the European Union. Led by the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia have signed a document that labels the suggested emission limits as unrealistic.
May 23, 2023 - 02:41 pm
Driveco secures €250 mn in funding from APG to expand in Europe
Driveco, a French electric vehicle charging company, has announced a €250 million fundraising round from APG, one of the world’s largest institutional investors. The investment represents the most significant funding round in France’s charging infrastructure sector.
May 12, 2023 - 10:47 am
France to push European-made EVs with new subsidy requirements
France will be the first country to implement new prerequisites for EV subsidies, similar to the US Inflation Reduction Act. The government will thus specifically reward buyers of European-made electric cars. And Paris is calling on other European countries to follow its lead.
May 11, 2023 - 12:48 pm
Volvo’s electric truck orders are up 141 per cent
Volvo Trucks received 486 orders for electric trucks in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 141 per cent compared to the same period last year. This number is expected to increase over the course of the year as the Swedish company looks to bring its electric trucks to even more countries.
May 10, 2023 - 02:20 pm
ProLogium looks to France for next battery factory
Taiwanese solid-state battery cell manufacturer ProLogium is apparently favouring Europe over the US for its planned first overseas factory. According to insiders, the factory will be built in the northern French port city of Dunkerque.
May 8, 2023 - 01:06 pm
Envisions’ Nick Cassidy takes the win in Monaco Formula E race
In Formula E, the form curve of the Jaguar teams continues to show an upward trend: Nick Cassidy won the E-Prix in Monaco in the customer Jaguar of the Envision team ahead of Mitch Evans. Porsche’s form curve shows a downward trend, as Pascal Wehrlein lost the championship lead to Cassidy.
May 8, 2023 - 12:02 pm
Be Charge will build HPC chargers across Europe
Italian charging infrastructure provider Be Charge has secured more than €100 million in funding. The money will be used to set up HPC chargers in eight European countries by 2025, including in Italy, Spain, France, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, and Greece.
Apr 28, 2023 - 02:11 pm
BMW finalises suspension fine-tuning of the i5
The BMW i5 is entering the home straight of its series development process with the fine-tuning of its suspension control and driver assistance systems. According to BMW, the world premiere will take place in “a few weeks”.
Apr 20, 2023 - 12:43 pm
Europe has over 450,000 charge points at present
Power2Drive Europe has crunched some numbers taking data from the EU Commission’s European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO) as its base. At the end of 2022, EV drivers could access 450,478 charge points in Europe; however, the deployment is not spread evenly.
Apr 13, 2023 - 04:28 pm
France adds two Solaris buses to procurement shortlist
Solaris announces that the French Union of Public Purchasing Groups has added two Polish electric bus models to its procurement list. This makes Solaris a potential supplier of electric buses and trolleybuses for public transport projects in France.
Apr 11, 2023 - 03:10 pm
Enedis & Allego reach 107 stations in France
Allego and the French distribution network operator Enedis have opened 107 public fast-charging stations in France since the start of their cooperation. The duo announced the milestone on the anniversary of their roll-out that started exactly twelve months ago.
Apr 6, 2023 - 02:43 pm
France: Atlante installs fast charger for Duval
Fast-charging provider Atlante, a joint venture between Stellantis, NHOA Group and Free2move eSolutions, is partnering with France’s Groupe Duval to build 188 DC and HPC charging points at sites owned by the property company across France. The first of these fast chargers will come online before the end of 2023.
Apr 5, 2023 - 01:14 pm
ALD & ChargePoint deepen cooperation to target corporate fleets
ALD Automotive and ChargePoint want to establish an electric Mobility Service Provider (eMSP) dedicated to corporate fleet electrification. The aim is to offer charging solutions across Europe for company fleets from the ChargePoint portfolio, including billing options.
Apr 5, 2023 - 11:51 am
Kuehne+Nagel starts decarbonisation with Renault e-trucks
The French arm of logistics company Kuehne+Nagel has received 23 electric trucks from Renault. Kuehne+Nagel will use the 16-tonne trucks at eight locations in France and says the delivery was just the “first wave” in a bigger electrification effort.
Apr 4, 2023 - 02:45 pm
Parisians vote against rental e-scooters
The city of Paris has asked its citizens to vote on the proposed ban on electric rental scooters in the city – with a clear result: 89 per cent of those who voted were in favour of banning rental scooters from the streets of the French capital.
Apr 4, 2023 - 11:30 am
Strasbourg orders 60 hydrogen buses from CaetanoBus
Strasbourg public transport operator CTS (Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois) has signed a framework contract with Portuguese bus manufacturer CaetanoBus for the delivery of up to 60 hydrogen buses over the next five years.
Mar 28, 2023 - 09:33 am
Li-Cycle and Kion Group sign battery recycling agreement
The North American battery recycler Li-Cycle is cooperating with the industrial truck manufacturer Kion Group. Under the agreement, which runs until 2030, Li-Cycle will recycle batteries from Kion’s global brands starting in the second half of 2023.
Mar 20, 2023 - 11:19 am
Lithium de France raises €44 million
When it comes to extracting lithium for EV batteries from geothermal brine, Vulcan Energy Resources is getting competition from France. Lithium de France, a company founded in October 2020 and based in Bischwiller, Alsace, has announced the closing of a €44 million Series B financing round.