Tag: Germany

Dec 15, 2020 - 03:38 pm

Sono Motors gathers 45 million euros

The Munich-based company Sono Motors has concluded financing of 45 million euros. The startup has also garnered around 12,400 pre-orders for its Sion solar electric car. A few days ago, Sono Motors had announced its intention to present the new prototype generation in January.

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Dec 14, 2020 - 05:12 pm

Hydrogen fuel cell aircraft takes off in Stuttgart

The latest generation of the world’s first four-seater hydrogen fuel cell aircraft, the Hy4, has now been unveiled at Stuttgart Airport. The latest generation of the Hy4’s propulsion system recently received test flight permission, which means that the model can now take off at Stuttgart Airport.

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Dec 14, 2020 - 12:55 pm

Mercedes reveals production locations for EQ ramp up

Mercedes-Benz is now providing a comprehensive overview of the production sites for its electric offensive for the EQ brand. Production of the EQA at the Rastatt plant in Germany among others has already started ahead of the model’s world premiere on 20 January 2021.

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Dec 10, 2020 - 01:21 pm

Akasol signs battery supply deal with Turkish OEM

Akasol has been contracted by an unnamed commercial vehicle manufacturer from Turkey to supply its battery systems from 2021 to 2025. The customer plans to install Akasol’s second- and third-generation battery systems in an existing and in a new type of bus, it says.

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Dec 9, 2020 - 11:54 am

Audi launches serial production of e-tron GT

Audi has announced that it will start series production of the e-tron GT at its Neckarsulm site “in the next few days”. This will be the most powerful electric model built by Audi so far and is to be built at the Böllinger Höfe site in Neckarsulm with a CO2-neutral balance sheet.

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Dec 6, 2020 - 02:21 pm

Opel-Vauxhall Mokka-E selling out rapidly

The Opel-Vauxhall Mokka-e won’t reach customers until March 2021. At the same time, demand is so high, some variants of the compact and all-electric SUV are sold out way into September next year.

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Dec 4, 2020 - 12:02 pm

Twaice opens new battery lab in Germany

Twaice is expanding testing capacities with a new battery lab in Munich, reacting to rapidly increasing demand. The equipment includes hundreds of test channels, several temperature chambers and in-house developed test equipment for battery cells and modules.

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Dec 3, 2020 - 01:22 pm

DS reveals details of the DS 4 PHEV

The PSA brand DS Automobiles released official information about its new plug-in hybrid DS 4. The compact premium model will be their first model to be produced on German soil starting next year, namely at DS’ sister company Opel in Rüsselsheim.

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Dec 2, 2020 - 02:59 pm

eMobility boss Thomas Ulbrich to leave Volkswagen

While VW Group CEO Herbert Diess’ requested early contract renewal is still not clarified, another top executive Volkswagen is making a big change: eMobility board member Thomas Ulbrich is leaving the Group next year. The reasons for the move are being hotly discussed in the German media with different theses.

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Dec 2, 2020 - 11:46 am

LG Chem completes battery spin-off

LG Chem has now officially completed the spin-off of its battery division. The new company is apparently also going to significantly increase the production of battery cells for Tesla, which will include Giga Berlin in Germany.

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Dec 1, 2020 - 07:55 pm

Kion Battery Systems starts production in Germany

Kion Battery Systems, the joint venture announced in the summer of 2019 between the intralogistics provider Kion Group and the battery manufacturer BMZ Holding, has now started production of lithium-ion batteries for industrial trucks in Karlstein, Germany.

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Dec 1, 2020 - 07:30 pm

Voltabox creates tech for free-form batteries

Battery system manufacturer Voltabox has presented a new technology concept to enable lithium-ion batteries to be produced in almost any conceivable free-form shape. The technology concept, called Flow-Shape-Design (FSD), is based on solidifying plastic materials to enclose the battery.

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Dec 1, 2020 - 05:49 pm

Tesla to deforest further at Giga Berlin site at own risk

The Brandenburg State Office for the Environment has granted Tesla permission to begin further clearing work on the Giga-Berlin site in Grünheide ahead of schedule. Tesla continues to carry out the approved measures for the construction of Gigafactory 4 at its own risk.

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Nov 30, 2020 - 06:30 pm

VW transports batteries to Zwickau by train

According to Volkswagen, “green battery logistics” have been put into operation for the MEB plant in Zwickau. Transporting the batteries by rail is expected to save around 11,000 tons of CO2 per year compared to truck transport.

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Nov 30, 2020 - 03:44 pm

VW boss again crosses hairs with the works council

Only a few months after the last major conflict with employee representatives at the Volkswagen works council, which ended in the loss of the post as head of the brand, VW CEO Herbert Diess has apparently found trouble again. Apparently, the development could even result in a “short-term replacement” for Diess.

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Nov 30, 2020 - 01:00 pm

VW looks at China to make small e-cars for Europe

Rumours about a small electric car from Volkswagen for less than 20,000 euros are back on the boil. Apparently, VW will be cooperating with JAC from China for the construction of the small BEV. This is not such a surprising development given the project’s past and increasing demand for smaller electric cars.

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Nov 29, 2020 - 12:46 pm

Ford looking to build MEB electric car in Cologne

This summer just passed, Ford announced that its future electric car would be developed on the basis of Volkswagen’s Modular E-Drive Box (MEB) in Cologne-Merkenich, Germany. Now, various reports from the German media are now reporting that the electric car is also to be built at the Ford plant in Cologne.

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Nov 27, 2020 - 02:46 pm

Valmet launches new battery test centre in Germany

The Finnish supplier Valmet Automotive has started up another Battery Test Center (BTC) in Weihenbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The facility should expand the testing capacities at the central battery testing facility in Bad Friedrichshall 30 kilometres away.

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Nov 26, 2020 - 07:54 pm

VW opens order books for Arteon PHEVs

VW has opened the order books for the PHEV versions of the new Arteon and Arteon Shooting Brake with 59 and 57 kilometres electric range, respectively. Prices in Germany start at €51,064 for the Arteon eHybrid hatchback and from €51,927 for Arteon Shooting Brake eHybrid.

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Nov 26, 2020 - 03:43 pm

Marelli to manufacture e-drives in Cologne, Germany

The automotive supplier Marelli is planning a production facility for electric vehicle drives in Cologne, Germany that will go into operation in the first half of 2021. The company based in Japan has not yet provided technical data on the drives built there.

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Nov 25, 2020 - 02:52 pm

Kuka to build underbody for VW ID.Buzz

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has entrusted Kuka with the planning, delivery, assembly and commissioning of a fully automated body shop for the substructure of the purely electrical ID. Buzz. The model will be produced at the VWN plant in Hanover from 2022.

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Nov 24, 2020 - 05:40 pm

Mahle opens electric axle drive testing facility

The automotive supplier Mahle has opened a new test bench for electric drives in Fellbach near Stuttgart, Germany. In the future, individual drive units and complete electric axle drives for electric cars and plug-in hybrids will be tested there. The first test for a customer has already been completed.

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Nov 24, 2020 - 04:51 pm

Second life for a coal power plant in Germany

In a former coal-fired power plant in Elverlingsen, Germany, a new stationary battery storage system made up of of electric car batteries has been put into operation. The project was jointly developed by Renault, the technology company The Mobility House and the electricity storage system expert Fenecon.

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Nov 22, 2020 - 05:52 pm

Hamburg: VHH manages e-bus fleet across 11 depots

The city of Hamburg is becoming a beacon of bus electrification. The Senate decided to make electric bus purchasing compulsory this year and the growing number of e-buses changes the depots. Operator VHH has therefore turned to PSI Transcom to implement PSIeBus.

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Nov 22, 2020 - 02:24 pm

Aiways drives expansion with U5 electric SUV

China’s Aiways is driving its European expansion as the company’s first electric SUV reaches new customers. The EV maker has named the Netherlands as next destination this November, following an earlier market launch in Germany and parts of France.

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Nov 19, 2020 - 06:37 pm

Lilium flying electric taxi hub set up in the USA

The German flying e-taxi startup Lilium has just announced its expansion into the USA. By 2025, the first hub for electric air mobility is to be built in Orlando in the US state of Florida. This will connect the region around Orlando itself with Miami in the south and Jacksonville in the north of Florida.

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Nov 19, 2020 - 12:36 pm

BMW puts 400 million euros into Munich plant

BMW announced that it would invest 400 million euros in a new vehicle assembly line for its main plant in Munich as they gear up for electric car production. For this, the company’s combustion engine production will have to make way.

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Nov 18, 2020 - 12:46 pm

Germany extends stimulus for EVs until 2025

In Germany, a panel of top politicians and business leaders has decided on further incentives for electric mobility. As expected, these include the extension of the innovation premium until 2025, but also subsidies and requirements for the expansion of charging infrastructure.

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Nov 17, 2020 - 03:20 pm

SVOLT to build German battery factory in Saarland

The Chinese battery cell manufacturer SVOLT will build its European battery cell factory in the German state of Saarland. The cell factory itself is to be built in Überherrn, and an assembly of modules and packs in Heusweiler. Cell production is scheduled to start at the end of 2023.

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Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2020/12/15/sono-motors-gathers-45-million-euros/
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