Truck maker Quantron to expand into North America
The German truck maker and conversions specialist Quantron AG will soon be offering its zero-emission commercial vehicles and retrofit packages in North America. The company has founded an offshoot named Quantron US and appointed Richard Haas as its CEO. Focus will be accorded to fuel cell trucks.
Lunaz financed for new HQ and plant
British electric ‘restomodding’ startup Lunaz has closed a new funding round that brings the overall value of the company to $200 million. The company also unveiled a new ‘upcycled’ rubbish truck retrofitted with electric motors and batteries.
German incentives, EV charging infrastructure, retrofitting.
Reading tip I: Germany has a dilemma. It will never manage to get the promised one million EVs on the road by 2020 and Bloomberg takes a look at why that is. Conclusion: Even if the country decides to implement incentives, prices remain too high, chargers too few, and the German auto industry too petrol-driven.
Video tip II: The Wall Street Journal takes its readers (or viewers) on a tour of the Geneva Motor Show, looking at different EV options for home and on the road. Style is definitely a selling point.
Reading tip II: Many dream of combining their passion of vintage and electric cars. Jim Steil from Calgary, Canada, can help. He says he will convert anything with a motor and uses to Tesla batteries to do so.
Events for the upcoming week: Geneva Motor Show (until March 13; Geneva, Switzerland) ++ Bosch ConnectedWorld (March 9-10; Berlin, Germany) ++ FIA Formula E, Round 5 (March 12; Mexico City)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar