2,200 robots for automation at VW plants
Volkswagen is moving forward on automation at its electric vehicle plants. VW Passenger Cars and VW Commercial Vehicles divisions have ordered more than 2,200 new robots for the planned production of EVs at the German plants and the US plant in Chattanooga. Weiterlesen
VWCV gets Hanover plant ready to make electrified vans
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) has used the summer break at its Hanover plant to revamp for producing the new Multivan and purely electric ID.Buzz in Germany from 2022. In short, Hanover is preparing for the future models of the Bulli family that sees increasing electrification. Weiterlesen
Citizen cannot tell VW how to power electric cars
German law or rather its subjects can be strange at times. The Higher Regional Court of Braunschweig had to decide that an individual citizen cannot rule how a car manufacturer builds electric cars. You didn’t think you could try it in the first place? Neither did we. Weiterlesen
Volkswagen builds battery factory in Salzgitter
The joint venture between the Volkswagen Group and Sweden’s battery manufacturer Northvolt is taking shape. The partners have now decided that the buildings and infrastructure for the planned joint battery cell factory ‘Northvolt Zwei’ will be built by Volkswagen itself. Weiterlesen
Small fuel cell aircraft in development in Germany
The electric vehicle retrofitter eCap Mobility and the microlight aircraft manufacturer Breezer Aircraft want to develop a fuel cell drive that can be retrofitted to single-engine aircraft. However, the focus is more on single-seat sports aircraft than on the electrification of commercial planes. Weiterlesen
Inductive charging project for taxis in Cologne
In the German city of Cologne, an inductive (wireless) charging project for taxis is being set up called the Taxi Charging Concept for Public Spaces (TALAKO for short from the German). This is part of the SMATA feasibility project was launched in October. Weiterlesen
VW announces the ID. Space Vizzion
VW has released the first renderings of the ID. Space Vizzion and will officially present the concept on November 19 ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. The battery-electric station wagon is to be presented as a production vehicle at the end of 2021. Also, VW has started pre-production at its new plant in China, […] Weiterlesen
VW Commercial Vehicles installs 100 charge points
VW Commercial Vehicles has commissioned 100 charging points for electric vehicles at its plant in Hanover. Half of these are on the company premises and the other 50 on public parking lots around the site. By 2023, VWN plans to increase their number to 450. Weiterlesen
Lime expanding services in Germany
Lime boss Brad Bao announced in an interview that the US sharing provider will soon launch its electric kick-scooters in seven more German cities. Lime is already active in six major cities. Weiterlesen
Reach Now adds Tier electric kick scooters to its app
Moovel, the joint venture of Daimler and BMW that will soon be Reach Now, is collaborating with Tier Mobility to expand its multimodal mobility app to include electric kick scooters. It remains unclear, what this means for the companies‘ own scooter brand Hive. Weiterlesen
VW to manufacture small electric car in Eastern Europe
Volkswagen’s plans for future plants are changing rapidly: from 2023, the purely electric small car for less than 20,000 euros is to be built in Eastern Europe instead of in Emden in Germany as originally planned. The Zwickau plant in Germany will probably hand over the production of the I.D. Crozz to Emden. Weiterlesen
VW confirms electric vehicle plants in Emden & Hanover
Volkswagen will be investing a total of 44 billion euros in future technologies by 2023 with about 3/4 of the money reserved for e-mobility alone. In accordance with the Boards latest priority, VW now confirmed their facilities in Emden and Hanover as new EV plants that will utilise the MEB platform. Weiterlesen
VW to gear up Emden factory for electric car production
Volkswagen is thinking to transform their Emden plant in Germany into an electric vehicle only factory. The next board meeting will decide about the next decade’s investments and large scale electrification is on top of the agenda. The option to build a battery cell factory there as well is on the table too. Weiterlesen
Bolloré, Lower Saxony, Rhode Island, Volvo UK, Ankai.
Bolloré stretches: The French manufacturer presented a 12-metre version of its BlueBus, which is originally only 6 m long. Eight battery packs with 30 kWh each provide 200 km of range. Bolloré invested 40m euros in production, hoping to sell 200 units a year, especially as France plans a tender for electric buses by 2017.
Police plugs in: Police in Lower Saxony, Germany, ordered twelve VW Passat GTE. The federal state is home to the manufacturer that is in turn one of the biggest employers there. State fleets already include 38 (partially) electric cars, including the e-Golf and e-Up. However, state police own a total of 4,300 vehicles – so it is a long way before going all-electric. But the force already hopes for more state funding.
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Beneficial money laundering: Rhode Island will use fees paid by environmental law offenders to fund its DRIVE (Driving Rhode Island to Vehicle Electrification) programme. The scheme offers a rebate of up to 2,500 dollars. So far, 200,000 dollars have been “collected,” but only 17,500 paid out.
Plug-in partners: Volvo UK teamed up with Pod Point to supply customers with home charging equipment. British buyers of a plug-in Volvo will have the option to have a Pod Point Solo installed at their home within 10 working days for 390 GBP.
Electric bus deal: The Chinese city of Xuzhou has ordered 100 electric buses after just putting its first hundred into operation. The vehicles come from Ankai, a Chinese manufacturer whose factory has the capacity to turn out 6,000 units annually.