Govecs postpones planned stock launch
The electric scooter manufacturer Govecs had initially planned to enter the stock market this fall, but the move has now been postponed. In their press the company cited the reasons behind the delay as being “due to the currently difficult capital market environment.”Weiterlesen
Electric scooter so safe you may not need a helmet
German scootermaker Govecs is working on a scooter supposed to be so safe, drivers will not require a helmet. In order to receive approval from the authorities, Govecs has turned to BMW. The carmaker has a patent pending for such a safety technology and was open to a licensing agreement, says Govecs.Weiterlesen
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Govecs tasks Rieju with production / New Flexy scooter
Govecs acquires a new electric scooter model from Spanish motorcycle manufacturer Rieju in order to further develop and launch it under the name Flexy in the “mid-price segment”. Sales kick-off will follow probably already in the second quarter of 2019.Weiterlesen
Govecs planning to unleash 6,000 electric scooters in London
Electric scooter manufacturer Govecs could release thousands of their LEVs in London over the next two years. They signed a letter of intent with a British company regarding the delivery of 6,000 e-scooters for the sharing market in the UK capital.Weiterlesen
Electric scooter manufacturer Govecs to enter stock market
Electric scooter manufacturer Govecs will be going public at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange this autumn. The company plans to invest the additional money from investors in production capacities, product line-up and distribution networks.Weiterlesen
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Paris: Govecs boosts electric scooter fleet Cityscoot
Over 2,000 additional electric scooters are headed for Paris as Govecs helps Cityscoot to grow their sharing fleet. Cityscoot will take delivery of over 2,750 new electric scooters and has also expanded to Nice. Govecs deployed over 10,000 e-scooters across Europe to date.Weiterlesen
Crowdfunding success: 100 more e-scooters for Munich
Berlin-based emmy and Green City Energy are expanding their fleet of shared electric scooters in Munich after their crowdfunding campaign is yielding results. Backers enabled the partners to buy another 100 retro mopeds and they want more.Weiterlesen
LG Chem, Véjo Projekta, Govecs, Bender.
Positive outlook: LG Chem expects its battery business for cars to increase by 70 percent this year, earning the company 1.2 trillion won (1bn dollars) in sales this year. It therefore estimates that the segment will pass the break-even point this year, allowing it to post profit for a full fiscal year by 2017. Growth is driven by soaring orders from the U.S., Europe and China.
Light-weight electric bus: Lithuanian Vėjo Projektai presented the all-electric Dancer Bus that is almost 60 percent lighter than other models. Its chassis is made from transparent composite materials, and it is fuelled by wind energy. Based on a Skoda TR14, the Dance Bus’s translucent panels are designed to display data at night.
designboom.com, vimeo.com (Video)
Electric trike swings off production lines: Govecs kicked off pre-production of its Sway trike at its facility in Poland. Presented at CES 2014, the Sway is able to tilt. Sales will begin this summer, with a small battery version (3 kWh) costing 7,500 dollars and a 4.5 kWh battery for 11,000 dollars.
Safe charging with smart grid: Bender presents the Smart Grid Charge Controller CC611 and CC612, which are compatible with all EVs currently on the market as they support OCPP 1.5. The firm further launches the residual current monitor RCMB121-1b that detects AC or DC faults in EV charging stations.
firmenpresse.de: Smart Grid Charge Controllers, Current Monitor
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the topless LaFerrari called Spider. If it will ever be made, only an exclusive circle of 150 – 200 Ferrari fans will be able to get one.
CHAdeMO, Govecs, Tesla, Smart-E, Adelaide.
European fast-charging offensive: The CHAdeMO Association announced that 532 new multi-standard chargers will be installed in 2016 as part of five EU-funded projects. That includes the Fast-E project in Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic and Slovakia (307 chargers), as well as Mecor and Great in Denmark and Sweden (185) and Unite-E in Belgium, France, Italy and the UK (40).
insideevs.com, chademo.com (PDF)
News deal for Govecs: The Munich-based manufacturer will deliver another 250 electric scooters to Cooltra for a free-floating scooter sharing scheme in Barcelona. The Govecs Go! S1.5 features replaceable batteries, meaning a mobile service team can exchange empty batteries with full ones, so that the scooter can run continuously.
Triple the net worth: According a recent financial report, Tesla’s Supercharger network tripled in value in 2015 compared to the previous year. While 334 Superchargers with a carrying value of 107m dollars were online by the end of 2014, the number jumped to 584 stations worth 339m dollars by the end of last year.
New e-taxi fleet: Indian city Gurgaon has a new taxi service called Smart-E. The fleet consists of 50 all-electric vehicles; the company says it wants to have 1,000 EV is service by the end of the year.
Perks for EV drivers Down Under: In order to get more EVs on the road, Australian city Adelaide wants to push the development of charging infrastructure, as well as offer a “huge…positive price discrimination” and perks such as discounted parking in the city. Adelaide hopes to be carbon neutral by 2025.
Volkswagen, Govecs, CleanSpace, Tesla, ZF, Subaru.
Winterkorn resigns: Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned, saying he would he would “accept responsibility” for the “irregularities that have been found in diesel engines.” He and the supervisory board insist that he had no knowledge of manipulated emission values. Porsche CEO Matthias Müller and Herbert Diess are being discussed as successors.
Delivery trike: Govecs and Danish utility Trefor jointly developed the TRIPL. The electric trike can carry up to 200 kg or 750 l, as the transport module can be adapted. With a top speed of 45 kph, the electric three-wheeler can serve within a range of up to 100 km. It will premiere at the Post Expo in Paris.
pz.vibrio.de (in German), fyens.dk (with picture, in Danish)
Movement for air quality: Formula E and former team boss Lord Paul Drayson are promoting the CleanSpace movement. It lets people join an app that monitors air pollution levels and also registers miles cleanly travelled, i.e. walked or cycled.
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Tesla update: The Californians have released the software update v7.0 to selected Model S drivers. The upgrade enables them to loosen their grip on the steering wheel at least a little, as the update includes the ‘Autosteer’ as well as ‘Autopark’ function.
E-Mobility division: German supplier ZF is considering to establish a fifth division solely dedicated to electric mobility in Schweinfurt. However, no decision has been made yet.
schwaebische.de (in German)
Leaked: The 2016 Subaru XV, called Subaru Crosstrek in the U.S., received a little makeover, as pictures in a Japanese brochure reveal. The hybrid version remains a little more costly than the conventional car.
Toyota, Tesla, Solar Impulse 2, Govecs.
Heated hybrid recall: Toyota is asking 626,000 units of the Prius+, Prius alpha, and Auris hybrid produced between May 2010 and November 2014 to return to base immediately. A software issue could lead the hybrid system to overheat, causing it to shut down while driving.
The Gigafactory will triple in size, the Wall Street Journal reports. Tesla has acquired even more land from the state of Nevada, most of which will serve as so-called buffer land. No structures will be erected there. Instead, it could serve as a location for solar panels.
Stranded in paradise: The Solar Impulse 2 will not take off from Hawaii before 2016. The batteries overheated during its record breaking flight over the Pacific and are beyond repair. The team stressed that the problem was due to tropical temperatures and not technical failure.
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Evaluation of integrated electric mobility: The new project of the leading edge cluster Electric Mobility South-West “BIE” content centers on research and engineering of inductive charging systems for battery powered vehicles with a nominal transmission performance of up to 22 kW. In this context, special requirements are considered regarding the in-vehicle packaging and coil arrangement. emobilbw-sw.de
Govecs expands: The German electric scooter manufacturer is taking over the Vectrix plant in Wroclaw, Poland. Vectrix filed for bankruptcy after a deal with Daimler to produce the smart e-scooter fell through. Govecs’ production will now quadruple, reaching 20,000 units a year.
As Tesla is splitting up its global sales operations (we reported yesterday), the electric carmaker is looking to hire a sales VP for Japan and South Korea. This is a very strong indicator that Tesla is actually trying to start selling in Korea soon.
Berlin, Supercharger, Hoetwon Trolley, GKN Hybrid Power, Govecs, Gridscape Solutions.
Electric buses in Berlin: Four electric buses have been presented by the BVG, the German capitals public transport authority. They will serve on line 204 after the summer as part of the showcase region Berlin. The Solaris Urbino 12 electric feature electric motors by Vossloh Kiepe and charged inductively via the PRIMOVE system by Bombardier. The project is funded by the German Ministry of Transport with 4.1 million euros.
tagesspiegel.de (in German), tagesspiegel.de (pictures)
Dense charging: With now eight Supercharger stations in Hong Kong, offering 36 spots for Tesla drivers, the metropolis has the highest density of charging opportunities in the world, the Californian EV maker said. And most owners there live within 20 minute drive from a Supercharger.
Texas electric: San Antonio is thinking about buying 80 e-trolleys from Hometown Trolley within the next 18 months. The electric vehicles can carry between 24 and 34 people. The city is ready to spend 80 million dollars – including on at least five inductive charging stations.
KERS bus update: GKN Hybrid Power has hit the mass market with its flywheel system for buses. It has been asked to retrofit 750 buses in the UK with its technology that is says, will result in up to 20 percent fuel savings (we reported).
150 electric scooters are being shipped to the U.S. West Coast. Scooter sharing provider Scoot Networks from San Francisco ordered the Bavarian-build Govecs, also because of its ability to integrate Scoot Network’s software for its free floating application directly.
pz.vibrio.de (in German)
Remote monitoring: Gridscape Solutions has chosen machine data analyst Glassbeam to remotely monitor and service its over 400 EV charging stations. Gridscape thus hopse to streamline its service, while decreasing maintenance costs and gathering data.
Volkswagen, Proton, Govecs, Turkey, Kazakhstan.
VW to present FCEVs: According to German magazine Wirtschaftswoche, Volkswagen will show fuel cell versions of the Passat and the Golf at the L.A. Auto Show. The FCEVs will be available for test drives, but serial production is not in the cards any time soon, also because of missing hydrogen infrastructure.
wiwo.de (in German)
Proton prototype: The Malaysian company unveils its Preve REEV, a range-extended model featuring a 15.7 kWh Li-ion battery, that has an all-electric range of 50 km (31 miles). The vehicle has a top speed of 128 kph (80 mph), though it needs 14.7 seconds to go from zero to 100 kph.
Govecs shows new e-scooters: The German company presents the “GO! S3.4 Sharing” that can communicate with mobility sharing services via an app. Govecs also revealed that it will further develop and produce the all-electric “Scrooser”, which will become available in the second quarter of next year.
motorradreporter.com (in German)
Turkey pushes EV adoption: The country hopes to lessen congestion in Istanbul and Ankara, by introducing a fee on vehicles in the cities’ centres. According to Hürriyet Daily News, the government also considers cutting taxes for EVs and hybrids.
EVs from Kazakhstan: Following the elimination of import taxes on electric vehicles (we reported), the country wants to begin building its own plug-ins by the end of the year. Negotiations are underway with Italian manufacturer Iveco, whose production facilities are already up and running in Kazakhstan. Moreover, KazMunaiGas is said to install a minimum of eight charging spots in the city of Astana.
Yokohama, Gliide, e-Bürgerbus, Govecs, Rouyn-Noranda, Vietnam.
Nissan extends carsharing programme: The “Choimobi Yokohoma” electric carsharing scheme, featuring Nissan’s New Mobility Concept, will continue at least one more year. Since October 2013, more than 10,000 people registered for the programme in the city of Yokohama, Japan.
Chauffeur-driven Tesla: Gliide is London’s first all-electric chauffeur-driven service and it will use Tesla Model S only. Just a few weeks ago, UK car rental company EVision also specialised on hiring out the luxury EV (we reported).
Electric citizen buses: The programme called e-Bürgerbus in German kicks off in Stuttgart today. During a two-year trial headed by the University of Stuttgart, citizen-operated electric and hybrid mini buses will be used to test how electric transportation can be extended to rural areas.
Pizza delivery electrified: The Domino’s Pizza branch in Fontainebleau, just south of Paris, has bought three Govecs GO! T2.4 electric scooters. The company hopes to save on fuels costs and improve its ecological image.
govecs.fr (in French)
New charge points at Niagara Falls International Airport: The airport in the northern New York State now features two stations, where travellers can hook up their EVs. During a four-year trial, charging is free. But the stations need to be reserved ahead of time.
Charging in Canada: The city of Rouyn-Noranda has joined the Electric Circuit public charging network, setting up two charge points in municipal parking lots for public use. Electric Circuit is the largest charging network in Quebec.
Electrifying Vietnam: Starting as early as May of next year, some 7.5 kilometres of electric tram lines could go into service in Ho-Chi-Minh City, the country’s largest city. First, transport officials will have to determine demand. In the capital Hanoi as well as the city of De Nang, tourists are already being chauffeured in electric cars.
Govecs, Tesla, Bridgestone, Toyota, Volkswagen.
Govecs takeover: The Munich-based electric scooter manufacturer has been bought up to 100% by a private, but undisclosed investor. This way, Govecs hopes to positions itself more efficiently on the current market. The company currently produces eight scooter models in Poland and sources 85% of all parts from Europe.
auto-medienportal.net (in German), lerepairedesmotards.com (in French)
Updates or inconsequential features? Tesla’s Model S is now available in a darker metallic grey and comes with a trunk shelf, something that could soon become standard. Moreover, the EV is available with an ionizer to rid air bacteria. But then, what would a luxury car be without a few not to say luxury add-ons?
Bridgestone tyres for the i8: The tyre maker will be the exclusive supplier of rubber for the electric sportscar, offering an existing version of the Potenza S001, as well as developing special tyres for the i8. All will of course be available in different sizes. Bridgestone is already the exclusive supplier for the BMW i3.
Behind the wheel of Toyota‘s Avalon Hybrid: Matt Keegan from Auto Trends is certain – this is the best hybrid vehicle he has gotten his hands on recently. Not only its 40 mpg fuel economy or 200 horse power (including the electric motor) convince the writer, he also likes the style of the fourth generation Avalon Hybrid.
Test driving the E-Golf: It’s a Golf and it’s electric. And while the former is apparent from the inside and out, the latter is not displayed as prominent, John Simpson from The Green Car Website notes. The car is still something for EV lovers and more “rewarding” than a BMW i3. Just the range (118 miles rated) is noted as a negative point.
VW Passat, BMW, Govecs, HybridAir, Tesla.
Presenting the new Passat: VW showed the 2015-model in Berlin last Friday. The new generation weighs up to 85 kilograms less and has an overall ‘edgier’ design. For the first time, the Passat will also be available in a plug-in hybrid version, with an electric range of up to 50 kilometres. Sales kick off in Europe this week, with prices starting at 25,875 euros (35,180 dollars) for the sedan and 25,950 euros (35,250 dollars) for the estate.
greencarcongress.com, indianautosblog.com (with video)
BMW 7 Series hybrid comes to India: The vehicle will be available there come July 23rd. It combines a petrol and a 15-kW electric motor and is said to use 15% less fuel than similar cars with petrol engines only. The 2014 edition of the luxury sedan will face little competition on the Indian market, since there are few hybrids currently available.
indianautosblog.com, cartrade.com, carwale.com
New electric scooter by Govecs: The GO!S1.3 has a range of up to 50 kilometres and can be charged up to 80% in just one hour. The Munich-based company swapped its lead batteries for Li-ion ones, saying it will do so for all its scooters. The GO!S1.3 will be available starting at 3,995 euros (5,431 dollars).
bikeundbusiness.de (in German)
Test driving the HybridAir: This prototype of a Peugeot hybrid car has no battery. Instead, it features compressed air technology, which the carmaker developed together with Bosch. The goal is to cut extra costs associated with hybrid vehicles. Unfortunately, test drivers were not impressed, saying the car drove ‘sluggish.’ Still, they support the idea and hope that PSA will perfect the technology soon.
Thief crashes stolen Tesla: Trying to get away from police, a thief raced the Model S through the roads of Hollywood at around 160 kph before crashing into a fully occupied vehicle and a light pole. The collision literally ripped the Tesla in half, with the front catching fire. No one was killed, but all those involved were taken to hospital for treatment.
nbclosangeles.com, teslamag.de, greencarreports.com