Jun 8, 2023 - 01:21 pm
Deutsche Bahn receives funding for 250 zero-emission buses
Deutsche Bahn, the German railway company, is on track to replace its fleet of diesel buses with electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The first new buses have been ordered and will complement the existing electric bus fleets in several states.
May 2, 2023 - 10:02 am
Kostal Group takes over Compleo
The insolvent company Compleo Charging Solutions has found a buyer. The Kostal Group will take over the charging infrastructure manufacturer. All activities concerning stationary charging technology will continue under the Compleo brand name.
Mar 9, 2023 - 01:30 pm
Cabot to build battery centre in Germany
The US speciality chemicals company Cabot has announced the establishment of a technology centre in Germany. With the centre in Münster, Cabot wants to focus on technical cooperation with customers to accelerate the development of its battery materials products in Europe.
Mar 7, 2023 - 01:20 pm
Egypt’s MCV launches electric bus for German market
The Egyptian manufacturer, Manufacturing Commercial Vehicles (MCV), is entering a continental European market. The OEM has developed a bus specifically for clients in Germany and has already founded a subsidiary, MCV Deutschland GmbH, for sales, after-sales and services.
Feb 23, 2023 - 02:14 pm
Düsseldorf to get 20 H2 fuel cell buses
In the west of Germany, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, will be getting 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses in public transport services. The buses are to be fuelled by hydrogen produced by electrolysers from the regional utility company Stadtwerke Düsseldorf.
Feb 15, 2023 - 03:08 pm
RWTH spin-off Cylib raises seed funding
The battery recycling start-up Cylib, which was spun off from RWTH Aachen University, has been able to increase its seed funding by eight million to now 11.6 million euros. With the seed capital from the seed round, Cylib plans to set up a pilot factory in Aachen.
Feb 14, 2023 - 01:39 pm
Ford prepares for major layoffs in Europe
Ford has confirmed that it will cut around 3,800 jobs in Europe over the next three years, mainly in the area of product development. The Cologne site, as the European development centre, is particularly affected. According to Ford, the step is necessitated mainly by electromobility.
Feb 8, 2023 - 12:09 pm
Cenntro kicks off battery assembly in the USA and Germany
The Cenntro Electric Group, a company specialising in electric commercial vehicles, has started producing its own battery packs. These will be assembled at Cenntro’s plant in Freehold in the US state of New Jersey and at the German plant in Herne.
Nov 16, 2021 - 03:45 pm
GreenMobility heads to cities on the Rhine
The Danish electric car-sharing provider GreenMobility has announced its launch in Düsseldorf and Cologne in December 2021. The launch in the two NRW cities will initially be with 50 to 100 electric cars before the fleets are to be increased in 2022.
Jul 5, 2021 - 05:20 pm
Hytrucks to deploy 1000 H2 trucks by 2025
A consortium called HyTrucks has been formed by Hyzon Motors, Air Liquide and DATS 24 along with the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Duisburg. Hytrucks has pledged to deploy 1,000 H2 trucks and 25 H2 refuelling stations by 2025.
Jul 5, 2021 - 11:31 am
e.Go Life back in production
Next.e.GO Mobile has resumed production of the Life small electric car in Aachen after the manufacturer started selling the special edition e.GO Life Next in Germany in June. By the end of the year, 500 cars are to be built – some with a new charger.
May 20, 2021 - 10:32 pm
Daimler Trucks partners with CATL, Shell, Siemens, Engie & EVBox
CATL will supply batteries for the production version of the announced Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul from 2024 onwards. Daimler’s commercial vehicle division has also entered into its own collaborations with Engie, EVBox, Siemens Smart Infrastructure for EV infrastructure and Shell for fuel cell truck infrastructure.
May 6, 2021 - 03:08 pm
Ford & RWTH Aachen to advance electric motor manufacturing
Together with two institutions at RWTH Aachen University and other industrial partners, Ford wants to develop flexible and sustainable production of electric motor components along a single production line. In addition, production is to become cheaper.
Mar 31, 2021 - 12:29 pm
Mercedes expands eSprinter production
Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced that it will build the next generation of the eSprinter in a total of three plants from 2023, with two of them in Germany. Additionally, the vehicle will then also be based on a new platform.
Mar 30, 2021 - 12:59 pm
Lanxess to supply battery electrolytes in Europe
The German speciality chemicals group Lanxess is entering the battery chemistry sector and has entered into a cooperation agreement with Guangzhou Tinci Materials Technology Co, a manufacturer of lithium-ion battery materials. This involves the supply of electrolytes in Europe.
Mar 29, 2021 - 05:02 pm
MAN to begin articulated e-bus production in Poland
MAN has announced that the series production of the Lion’s City 18 E articulated bus will start in Poland in April. Some vehicles that are still assembled in pre-series will be in service earlier: one such Lion’s City 18 E will go into regular service in Cologne from April.
Nov 16, 2020 - 11:09 am
Cummins to build fuel cell system plant in Germany
The US company Cummins has announced the opening of a new plant in the German city of Herten, which will initially focus on the assembly of fuel cell systems for Alstom hydrogen trains. The plant is scheduled to start operations in July 2021.
Nov 10, 2020 - 02:21 pm
North Rhine-Westphalia reveals H2 roadmap
The German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia has presented a hydrogen roadmap. Detailed targets for 2025 and 2030 are ambitious while it remains unclear, where the hydrogen will come from.
Oct 9, 2020 - 04:09 pm
Tesla & Fastned open “Europe’s largest charging hub”
Fastned and Tesla have opened the ‘Ladepark Kreuz Hilden’ last night. Equipped with 20 superchargers and eight Fastned charging stations, it will be one of the largest charge parks for each of the two companies in its final stage. Our reporter Sebastian Schaal was at the opening.
Jul 31, 2020 - 12:42 pm
Amazon building major EV charging park in Germany
The e-commerce giant Amazon has announced its largest deployment of electric mobility in Germany to date. The distribution centre in Essen has been equipped with 340 charging stations and operates more than 150 electric delivery vehicles every day.
Jul 6, 2020 - 06:09 pm
Boschung reveals autonomous electric street sweepers
The Swiss company Boschung has announced the launch of a purely electrically driven and fully autonomous sweeper. The 2.3-tonne machine, called Urban-Sweeper S2.0, will be able to work eight hours at a stretch. Five units are already in operation in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Apr 22, 2020 - 04:12 pm
DroidDrive presents last-mile delivery EV system
The Ducktrain is a new innovation from RWTH Aachen University. The Aachen-based company DroidDrive is developing an electrically driven articulated train consisting of trailers that are to swarm out autonomously in the delivery area. A first prototype has now started testing.
Mar 31, 2020 - 12:41 pm
Tropos Motors begins production in Europe
The European branch of Californian electric vehicle manufacturer Tropos Motors has started manufacturing electric commercial vehicles in Germany in cooperation with Mosolf Group in the city of Herne.
Mar 12, 2020 - 01:19 pm
Transit operator RVK turns to fuel cell buses
In Germany, Cologne-region public transport operator Regionalverkehr Köln (RVK) has increased its fuel cell bus fleet with hydrogen buses from Solaris. From 2021, 15 Solaris hydrogen fuel cell buses will be successively integrated into RVK’s fleet.
Feb 9, 2020 - 08:20 pm
Hydrogen transport route along Rhine-Alps corridor
Seventeen partners want to turn the so-called Rhine-Alps corridor stretching from Rotterdam to Genoa into a purely hydrogen-based transport route – by water, road and rail. The RH₂INE project stands for ‘Rhine Hydrogen Integration Network of Excellence’.
Feb 9, 2020 - 07:37 pm
Uniper aims to deploy 1,300 mobile fast-charging units
A new initiative from utility Uniper envisions a network of mobile, that is grid-independent, fast-chargers deployed throughout cluster regions. The firm revealed a few details ahead of the launch such as the stations serving as charging units where required as well as energy storage when clustered together at depots.
Feb 3, 2020 - 12:35 pm
Biggest EU Tesla charge park yet planned in Germany
Tesla’s largest fast-charging park in the EU will soon go online on a plot of land owned by bakery Roland Schüren at the Hilden motorway junction (A3/A46) near Düsseldorf. Fastned is also planning to set up fast-charging points for other electric cars right there.
Jan 29, 2020 - 04:59 pm
Juicar EV-by-subscription launched in Germany & Italy
The Swiss energy group Alpiq is now launching its electric mobility subscription service Juicar in Germany and Italy. Juicar has been on the market in Switzerland since August 2018. In Germany the subscription is now available nationwide in cooperation with the fleet operator Arval.