Daimler Truck will take a stake of around ten per cent in the German engineering company Manz as part of a capital increase. Both companies are also planning a pilot line for the production of battery cells and battery assembly at the Daimler Truck site in Mannheim.
The German aggregate plants of Mercedes-Benz are starting production of central components for the battery-electric eActros. These include the e-axle and the battery packs, which will be manufactured and assembled at the Gaggenau, Kassel and Mannheim locations.
Daimler Truck and the works council have agreed on key points for the future orientation and safeguarding of the aggregate plants. The three locations Gaggenau, Kassel and Mannheim will specialise in different components of electrified drives.
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.
Daimler has set up a central charging station for electric buses at their Mannheim bus plant. It is designed for charging by cable as well as by pantograph. The station is used to charge the eCitaro during production and before delivery.
In Germany, Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (RNV) has commissioned three fully electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro buses for use in Heidelberg’s historic city centre and Mannheim’s new Franklin district. The corresponding agreement between the public transport company and Daimler was signed in 2017.
FlixBus has introduced the first fully electric bus running the long-distance in Germany. Starting this Thursday it serves four times a day between between Frankfurt and Mannheim, including stops at Frankfurt Airport and Heidelberg.
A project titled ZUKUNFT.DE plans to provide 500 electric transporters in the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Hamburg and Hessen for urban package delivery services in cities. Four large logistics providers have joined forces to bring the initiative to life.
Wireless charging in Mannheim: The German city has begun operating two electric buses and an electric service van with inductive Primove charging technology from Bombardier. Six bus stops along the route have been fitted with the technology to ensure the buses’ serviceability. newstix.de, morgenweb.de (articles in German)
Committed to e-mobility: The Romanian city of Botoşani is getting serious about electrification, saying it wants all of its public transport to come with a plug. After having tested EVs in a pilot programme, the city now plans to purchase 48 electric trams and buses and apply to the EU for funding. eltis.org
UK replaces Plug-In Car Grant: The scheme will run out by the end of the year and be replaced by a new tiered system. With it, the UK government wants to stronger promote zero emission vehicles with an electric range of at least 70 miles. contracthireandleasing.com, autoexpress.co.uk
Another Paris scheme for London? After Bolloré brought its electric carsharing to the British capital, the Parisian scooter-sharing Cityscoot could follow. The service only started in France this month, but could go international if it proves a success. standard.co.uk
Toyota looks to London: The Japanese carmaker says it will focus on fleets in London to sell it fuel-cell car Mirai. The reason is simple: the British capital already counts three hydrogen filling stations. The Mirai will hit dealerships there in the third quarter of this year. businesscar.co.uk
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