Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo to launch 4,000 electric trucks
Grupo Bimbo, a bakery corporation from Mexico City, has integrated 100 electric trucks into its delivery fleet. But this is only the first step: a total of 4,000 more are to follow by the end of 2024 – 1,000 each year. They were developed by a subsidiary of the company.Weiterlesen
Formula E: Jaguar reigned supreme in Mexico
Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans dominated a crash-filled race this weekend and took P1 from Porsche’s André Lotterer on the first corner, which he held to the very end to secure the win at the Mexico City E-Prix. Four seconds behind him followed DS Techeetah’s António Félix da Costa, while Nissan e.dams’ Sébastien Buemi rounded […]Weiterlesen
Japan’s Nidec to quadruple electric motor production
Japanese electric motor manufacturer Nidec plans to invest around €1.7BN in new plants in China, Poland and Mexico to effectively increase the sales and production of electric motors from 300,000 to twelve million units.Weiterlesen
Audi to install 4,500 charge points at its plants
Audi wants to invest around 100 million euros in charging infrastructure to install at its own sites and is planning more than 4,500 charging points, most of which will also be publicly accessible. The majority will stand at Audi’s German plants with some at other locations as well.Weiterlesen
Lime is withdrawing e-scooter sharing from 12 cities
The shared e-scooter supplier Lime is withdrawing from twelve cities due to lack of profitability. In the USA these include Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego and San Antonio, in Latin America Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima, Puerto Vallarta, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and the Austrian city of Linz in Europe.Weiterlesen
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Cybertruck – for the force of the future
To date, Tesla has already tallied up at least 250,000 reservations for the Tesla Cybertruck. The fully-electric pickup truck is popular among police forces with reservations from the local police force in Ciudad Valles, Mexico; the Kansas Highway Patrol in the US; and the Dubai police force in the UAE.Weiterlesen
Cake launches deliveries of 2nd electric motorbike
After presenting its all-electric Kalk OR off-road motorcycle last year, the Swedish startup Cake is now selling the road-going Kalk& version in Europe and North America – at a steep price, however.Weiterlesen
Ford to invest $900M in electric vehicle production
Ford has announced that it will be making a $900 million investment by 2023 to produce next-generation electric cars and its first autonomous vehicles in Michigan.Weiterlesen
Infiniti plans 2020 withdrawal from Western Europe
Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti will withdraw from Western Europe at the beginning of 2020. According to the manufacturer, it intends to focus instead on growth markets, particularly China and North America. Western Europe will therefore no longer play a role in the brand’s planned electrical offensive.Weiterlesen
Formula E: Audi’s photo finish in Mexico City
This is a first for Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, the team that celebrated its first Formula E victory this season on Saturday. Brazil’s Lucas Di Grassi clinched a miraculous triumph in the Mexico City E-Prix in an epic wheel-to-wheel photo finish that is only possible in electric street racing.Weiterlesen
Mexican fuel shortage as Chevrolet marketing chance
After a tapped gasoline pipeline exploded, the Mexican government closed several pipelines to combat fuel theft, leading to a nation-wide shortage of gasoline. Chevrolet Mexico immediately turned this into a marketing campaign for the e-model Bolt.Weiterlesen
Tesla surprises with mid-range Model 3
The Californian automobile manufacturers have presented an unannounced third version of their Model 3 with a rear drive motor and a “mid range” battery for a basic price of $45,000. This version has a 260 mile (418 km) range, making it 50 km short of the long range version.Weiterlesen
Volvo Trucks to launch electric trucks in North America
Volvo Trucks has announced plans to begin commercialising electric trucks in North America starting in 2020. The first electric demonstration trucks will arrive in California next year as part of a private-public partnership project.Weiterlesen
Vion plans charging network for E-trucks in North America
Vion plans to establish a charging station network for electrified trucks in North America over the next few years. Starting next year, 40 to 50 stations will mark the start of the implementation along the most important routes in the USA.Weiterlesen
LEVC, Faraday, Audi, BMW, Daimler, Mexico.
LTC embarks on electric future: London’s electric taxi has been unveiled in its final design today and the Geely-owned subsidiary used the occasion for a revamp of the brand. Now dubbed LEVC (for London EV Company, formerly London Taxi Company), the firm hopes to extend its range beyond the British border and has found one new customer already. Dutch RMC put a pre-order over 225 so-called TX cabs in. Plus, the order books for the UK will open on August, 1. Nora Manthey was at the launch and spoke to LEVC’s CEO Chris Gubbey and Mike Hedges of Unite union of taxi drivers. In summary, LECV and London face three challenges: growth, competition, and charging infrastructure.
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Faraday gives up on factory: For now, FF has stopped its plan to build a 1bn dollar factory close to Vegas for good but still did not admit the final word may has been spoken officially. Instead, the ambitious start-up so unfortunately backed by financially stricken LeEco is looking to realise its EV production plans elsewhere and within an existing plant. If the grandly announced FF91 will ever become a reality remains unclear as ever in the current situation.
electrek.co, autoblog.com, businessinsider.de, insideevs.com
Audi presents A8: The German carmaker has unveiled the next generation of its top-of-the-line model, scheduled to hit the shelves in late autumn. All versions will come with 48 volts mild-hybrid tech. That is until the A8 L e-tron quattro with 449 hp and a more powerful plug-in hybrid drive with the ability to benefit from Audi’s 3.6 kW inductive charging system is to follow.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk, audi-mediacenter.com
BMW confirms its full presence in the Formula E from season 5, when it will be taking over the Andretti entry from 2018/19 onwards. Expect to see both Audi with Abt and BMW go head to head on the race course and it is very likely we will see some tech advances coming out of the box as well.
Daimler invests in CleverShuttle: Daimler subsidiary EvoBus GmbH joins Berlin-based CleverShuttle as a strategic investor with a minority stake. The start-up operates a ride sharing mobility service in Berlin, Munich and Leipzig. Together the “newly-weds” seek to develop on-demand services for firms and transport associations.
First EV made in Mexico: Mexicana Motores Limpios presents the first locally made EV. The compact Zacua’s range is about 160 km. 200 units shall roll off the lines in 2018, before capacity shall increase slightly to 300 by 2019. In the next 4 years, MML intends to launch 4 more models and to export, too.
Tesla, Daimler, Renault-Nissan, Skoda, Mexcio, Volvo, Mercedes.
The Model 3 unveiled: After much ado, Elon Musk finally took the wraps off the Model 3 in California. The smaller version of the Model S is said to have an EPA rating of 215 miles and will cost (as promised) 35,000 dollars. The base version of the EV will go from 0 to 60 mph in under 6 seconds, while there are versions “that can go much faster.” Autopilot hardware also comes standard, as do supercharging capabilities, even though Musk did not mention whether fast-charging will cost extra. 115,000 units were reserved on March 31st, before the Model 3 had even been unveiled. Production is said to start late 2017, and Musk said that he feels “fairly confident” that deliveries will begin at the end of next year.
youtube.com (Presentation), theverge.com (with video), latimes.com, wired.com, businessinsider.de
Mercedes meets Renault-Nissan: Renault-Nissan and Mercedes producer Daimler plan to expand their partnership, the Handelsblatt reports. The two companies have been working together since 2008, but the new alliance could mean collaboration on electric cars. The carmakers plan to jointly operate a factory in Mexico, and also take additional stakes in each other’s businesses.
Skoda expands: As part of a memorandum of understanding with Chinese joint venture partner SAIC Volkswagen. Skoda plans to expand their model range and technologies, and will invest 2bn euros in research and development in the next five years. The Czech automaker hopes to introduce two new SUV variants and one crossover utility vehicle in China.
Bans in Mexico: Due to smog, Mexico City is limiting private and federal car usage in the city. Cars will be banned one day every week, as well as one Saturday each month. This follows a level 1 smog alert last month.
Volvo priced: The luxury Volvo XC90 Excellence will cost 106,000 dollars in U.S. This is a huge increase from the XC90 at 44,945 dollars, and the T8 Twin-Engine model at 69,095 dollars. The Excellence will be offered only as a plug-in hybrid. A limited number will be made available in the U.S., as it is primarily designed for the Chinese market.
Mercedes moves production: Mercedes anticipates further capacity shifts from their South African Daimler production plants to East London. By the end of the year, the Mercedes-Benz C350e, their second plug-in model, will be produced at the East London plant. Investment specifically for the C350e has not yet been finalized, but officials describe the plant as capable of integrating work on hybrid vehicles.
PlugSurfing, Mexico, Ottawa, Norway, Nebraska, EV-Box.
PlugSurfing expands into France: PlugSurfing has signed an Interoperable Agreement with French company Sodetrel, adding another 1,600 charging point to its network. The former enables EV drivers to plug in in Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, using the same account.
Electric transport in Mexico: 25 electric trolley buses have gone into service in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. They were built by local manufacturer DINA together with Škoda Electric, which delivered all electric components. Final assembly took place in Mexico City.
newstix.de (in German), parlamentnilisty.cz (in Czech)
Shifting burden of proof: The Canadian city of Ottawa wants more electric and hybrid vehicles in its fleets and will oblige staff to buy greener cars. Purchases of petrol- or diesel-powered cars need to be explicitly justified. Moreover, the city is setting up a ‘green fleet fund’ to cover any cost difference.
H2 coalition update: Norwegian companies NEL Fuel AS and Uno-X have formed a joint venture to set up a total of 20 hydrogen filling stations across the country. The hydrogen will be produced on site. The companies had previously signed a letter of intent and are now ready to start a “real, commercial network of hydrogen refuelling stations in Norway.”
Self-driving city: The U.S. city Lincoln, Nebraska, hopes to decide the Smart City Challenge for itself. If successful, it would use the 50m dollars from the Department of Transportation and Vulcan Philanthropy to put 50 autonomous shuttles and 650 self-driving cars on the read in three years. All-electric of course.
EV-Box takes Amsterdam: Infrastructure provider EV-Box has opened a new head quarter in Amsterdam. The city commissioned to company along with Nuon-Heijmans to set up 4,000 EV charging points by 2018 (we reported). Some 1,500 are already in service.
The police in Mexico City could not believe their ears, when examining a driver at a routine checkpoint. From inside the car, a harsh voice repeatedly stated “He’s drunk, he’s drunk.” On close examination, the driver’s pet parrot was found to be the whistle-blower. His treason though, did not severe the bond between the master and his fluttery friend, as in the end they went to jail together.