MAN to show the eTGE electric minibus
For this year’s Busworld in Brussels, MAN has announced its first all-electric minibus, the eTGE Kombi. The commercial vehicle manufacturer will also be offering the all-electric 12-metre Lion’s City E bus for test drives at the fair.
Swiss Post buying more electric vans
MAN has delivered eleven units of their eTGE to Swiss Post, which is deploying the electric transporters in Berne, Geneva and St. Gallen. Swiss Post intends to use up to 400 electric-powered delivery vans for parcel delivery by 2023.
MAN delivers electric truck eTGM to nine customers
The utility vehicle manufacturer has completed production and handed over the first nine electric trucks of the eTGM line to member companies of the Austrian council for sustainable logistics (CNL) In the coming months, the XXL BEVs will be trialed in daily use.
MAN, Coventry, TU Graz, AVL, Venice.
Eco heavyweights: MAN Truck & Bus is taking part in the EU project ECOCHAMPS, that wishes to develop hybrid technology for passenger and commercial vehicles. Out of the 26 partners, MAN is looking to build a hybrid bus for cities and hopes to lower cost through the standardisation of components. Its driveline will be compatible with different energy sources, be it a gas generator or fuel cell.
National Battery Prototyping Centre: Coventry is becoming a centre for alternative mobility as plans are revealed to build a competence centre for battery research there. The proposal is backed by politicians, scientists, and industry alike. While the centre would focus on research and development, it could ultimately lead to a large scale local battery production. Still, Coventry seeks money from the government to execute the plans but already got the (idealistic) backing of neighbouring Jaguar Land Rover, that says it wants to build both EVs and batteries in England. Funding decisions will only be made after the General Election.
Another competence centre has been completed in Graz, where the ‘AVL-TU Graz Transmission Center’ offers ample space to research gearbox systems. 750 square metres will see testing of all sorts of transmissions, from hybrid drives to power axles for electric vehicles. It is a unique coupling of corporate and academic forces from which both partners hope to benefit.
Cleaning the lagoon: Venice wants to electrify its water taxi fleet and a new hybrid drive from British REAP may help. It can be retrofitted and works with a carbon drive belt. It is not the first attempt to keep noise and exhaust levels low as Siemens already fully electrified a Venetian vessel with more to come.
MAN, Techrules, Elextra, Falken.
MAN trials e-trucks: Commercial vehicle maker MAN issued its roadmap to electrification. From November 2017, electric trucks will serve nine partners in Austria on a daily basis. If this real life trial is successful, a small series may be made in Steyr from late 2018. Furthermore, MAN plans to present a pre-series electric bus that shall go into production by the end of 2019. Full series production of electric trucks will then likely follow in early 2021.
Turbine hyper EV to go serial: Chinese Techrules confirmed its turbine-recharged electric car (TREV) for Geneva and will this time show the production-ready version. The 768 kW GT 86 is said to have a 2,000 mile range thanks to its turbine Rex. Expect 25 units before the year’s end.
Another electric supercar is headed for the Swiss show. All that is known of Elextra is its stated aim to make the 0 – 100 km in less than 3 sec and that it takes inspiration from “Italian supercars of the past.” Danish entrepreneur Poul Sohl and Swiss designer Robert Palm are looking for investors.
EV tyre: It will be the first appearance of Sumitomo brand Falken in Geneva and they bring a tyre made for electric and race cars to the show. The Ecorun A-A will go on sale Europe later this year and makes use of Advanced 4D Nano Design.
MAN, Audi on demand, Bucharest, South Korea.
MAN and Munich define requirement specifications: The manufacturer wants to start building electric trucks from 2018 and forged an alliance with the local Munich utility SWM and Munich transportation agency MVG. Together, they want to further develop and optimise future concepts.
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Audi on demand: The German carmaker is now making its shared fleet available at Munich Airport, its first location in Germany. Customers can order the Audi model of their choice per app and pick it up at the terminal. Whether the fleet also includes e-tron models was not specified.
Bucharest plugs in: Financial group UniCredit will set up two chargers at two of its locations in the Romanian capital this week. Both stations will be available 24 hours a day and will be free of charge.
South Korea pushes electrification: The country wants to subsidise 14,000 EVs next year. Just like in 2016, electric cars can qualify for a rebate of 14m won (12,000 dollars) for the measure. Furthermore, local government will shave off another 5m won on average, while EV drivers also save 4m won on taxes. Meanwhile, the number of fast-chargers in the country will be increased from 330 to 530.
Daimler, MAN, Scania, VW, Hyundai, Audi, Dyson.
E-mobility goes commercial: Daimler unveiled the Urban e-Truck at the IAA, which can cruise electrically with up to 26t of load on board. Also on display is the third generation Fuso eCanter, which will be launched in a small series by 2017. A year later, Daimler says it will put fully electric buses based on the Citaro into serial production. They will be joined by another fully electric transporter.
More electric commercial vehicles were presented by MAN and Scania in Hanover. MAN’s Lion’s City bendy bus, a study in modular systems, was presented next to the TGE electric truck. An electric bus is to hit the production lines already this year. On display at Scania are both a hybrid truck and bus.
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It is Volkswagen’s eCrafter concept, however, that stole the show at the IAA. The transporter boast a 100 kW power output and a 43 kWh battery pack for about 200 km range. Production of the eCrafter is scheduled to begin by mid-2017 but the number will be limited at first.
Compact H2 bus: Hyundai debuted its H350 Fuel Cell Concept. The hydrogen shuttle is said to last for more than 400 km with a 100 kW power output bringing it up to speed of 150 kph. It has room for 14 passengers but when it could go into service remains unknown.
Audi Q5 almost there: Amidst all the IAA noise, Audi teases its new Q5 set to premier at the Paris Motor Show. A plug-in hybrid variant is a given with an electric version rumoured at least.
Dyson EV ever more likely: Hoover maker Dyson is feeding rumours around an upcoming electric car. The British family firm hired Ian Minards, formerly responsible for product development at Aston Martin, to continue his profession at Dyson.
Samsung, BMW, Denmark, MAN, Mini, Tesla.
Samsung to invest in BYD? The Korean electronics giant has been “actively pushing talks” to buy a stake in the Chinese EV maker, Bloomberg reports. Samsung could acquire four percent of BYD for about 400m dollars allegedly, but the sum has not been disclosed and negotiations are on-going. The Koreans hope to bolster their semiconductor business for cars with the move.
BMW 7 PHEV launch: The German carmaker has released details on the electrified 7 series. The upcoming plug-in hybrids will be available in both short- and long-wheelbase variants. Prices for the 740e iPerformance start at 90,095 dollars in the USA, where the 7 series PHEV is to launch next month.
Import ban for ICE? Denmark’s young green party Alternativet has proposed to stop the import of diesel and petrol vehicles into the country by 2025. EV privileges like the exemption from the registration tax shall accompany the ban but so far it has been met with opposition from lobbyists.
MAN to enter electric bus business: Truck and bus builder MAN will start serial production of fully electric buses by 2019 with first pilot fleets launching a year earlier. The move is based on the assumption that 20 percent of public transport will run electrically by 2020.
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Hybrid Countryman spotted: Mini’s slightly roomier PHEV was photographed charging in the country in heavy camouflage. The plug-in hybrid Countryman is expected to hit civilisation by 2019 and it looks like it will become yet bigger and bolder.
Elon makes us wait: The Tesla CEO announced on Twitter that he would first focus on the SpaceX launch and “post [the] Tesla (master) product plan afterwards.” The Falcon is now on its way, so we remain at the edge of our seats. Meanwhile, German federal state Saxony is hoping to lure in Tesla to build a European Gigafactory in the town of Kamenz.
mdr.de (Saxony; in German)