May 25, 2023 - 01:11 pm
Infineon heads semiconductor project with GaN
The new EU research project ALL2GaN, led by Infineon Austria, aims to exploit the energy-saving potential of highly efficient power semiconductors made of gallium nitride (GaN) so that they can be easily and quickly integrated into many applications.
May 24, 2023 - 11:58 am
Eight EU countries unite against Euro-7 emission standard
A coordinated resistance has emerged from eight countries against the proposed Euro-7 emission standards by the European Union. Led by the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia have signed a document that labels the suggested emission limits as unrealistic.
May 5, 2023 - 02:03 pm
Major OEM places drive order with Magna
Magna has won a major order for its new electric drive system, eDS Mid. The order, from an unnamed “Europe-based Global Premium OEM”, is to supply the electric drive system for use in sedan and SUV models planned for release in 2027.
Mar 24, 2023 - 09:44 am
Porsche will build all-electric Cayenne in Slovakia
Porsche will build the upcoming battery-electric Cayenne at Volkswagen Slovakia’s multi-brand site in Bratislava. The combustion engine and plug-in hybrid variants are both already coming off the production lines there.
Jan 10, 2023 - 03:40 pm
Presov orders six electric trolleybuses from Skoda
The transport company of the Slovakian city of Presov has ordered six more trolleybuses from the Skoda Group. The 18-metre buses are based on Solaris bodies and will have traction batteries that allow a range of at least twelve kilometres on routes without overhead lines.
Dec 1, 2022 - 02:17 pm
Slovakia releases €46 million for ‘E-Mobility Action Plan’
The government of Slovakia is freeing a total of €46 million for a nationwide charging infrastructure roll-out. The new budgets will include 100% grants for high-power chargers and funding of slower charging stations in municipalities and workplaces.
Nov 14, 2022 - 01:22 pm
Geely is moving on Eastern Europe
The Chinese car company Geely is bringing the Geometry C to market in Eastern Europe. While the compact electric car will continue to be sold in China under the Geometry brand, it will apparently be marketed in Europe as the Geely Geometry C directly under the name of the parent company.
Aug 1, 2022 - 03:25 pm
Bratislava opts for Solaris hydrogen buses
Solaris has received an order from Dopravný Podnik Bratislava (DPB) for four hydrogen buses. This is the first order under a framework agreement for Solaris to supply up to 40 fuel cell vehicles to Bratislava.
Jun 24, 2022 - 11:51 am
EU combustion vehicle sales ban under fire
Germany’s uncertain position on the phasing out of internal combustion vehicles (ICE) in the EU from 2035 appears to embolden other governments to make their own demands. If Germany abstains in the EU Council of Ministers, countries could succeed in watering down the incoming regulation on transport decarbonisation.
Jun 7, 2022 - 05:12 pm
InoBat teams up with Green Lithium for UK cooperation
InoBat of Slovakia has agreed on strategic cooperation with Green Lithium, which is planning the UK’s first lithium refinery in the north of England. Under the partnership, Green Lithium will supply InoBat with battery-grade lithium chemicals.
Mar 3, 2022 - 12:10 pm
Kia aims to sell 1.2 million EVs in 2030
Following in Hyundai’s footsteps, Kia has now also presented its strategic roadmap for accelerating its electrification ambitions by 2030. To achieve the sales target, at least two new electric models are to be introduced each year.
Feb 23, 2022 - 04:15 pm
GreenWay collects €85 million from investors
The charging infrastructure provider GreenWay, which has so far been active primarily in Poland and Slovakia, has secured investments totalling 85 million euros. The money is to be used, among other things, for the further expansion of GreenWay’s charging station network.
Nov 17, 2021 - 01:34 pm
Rio Tinto invests in InoBat
Mining group Rio Tinto is investing in Slovakian battery company InoBat. The investment follows a memorandum of understanding signed by the two companies in May to build a value chain for the production and recycling of electric car batteries in Serbia.
Nov 9, 2021 - 04:04 pm
Solaris finds first order for the Trollino 24
Solaris has bagged the first order for the Trollino 24. The 24-metre version of the Solaris trolleybus will debut on the streets of the Slovakian capital Bratislava in mid-2023. The order comprises 16 units of the double-articulated trolleybus.
Nov 2, 2021 - 12:25 pm
Artemis production hits a snag in Hanover
The contract to build the Artemis models of Audi, Porsche and Bentley at VW Commercial Vehicles’ Hanover plant was considered a great success for the future of the plant. But now, according to a report in German media, two of the three brands want changes.
Aug 24, 2021 - 01:00 pm
InoBat scores lithium-silicon battery deal with Group14
Slovakia’s battery specialist InoBat announces cooperation with Group14 Technologies, a supplier of lithium-silicon battery materials based in the US. The partners say they will produce customisable, high-energy-density batteries for automotive applications using Group14’s patented anode.
May 2, 2021 - 12:30 pm
EU project Progressus to tackle smart grids
An EU-funded project called Progressus is currently addressing three challenges in the realisation of next-generation smart grids: efficient energy conversion, smart energy management and secure monitoring – especially in the context of growing electric car sales.
Apr 30, 2021 - 12:57 pm
Voltia to deliver 30 Nissan e-NV200 for DPD
Voltia has received an order from DPD in Slovakia for 30 Nissan e-NV200 XL in the ten cubic metre version. In a new leasing model, the electric transporters are to be cheaper for DPD than diesel vehicles.
Apr 22, 2021 - 02:24 pm
CAR study finds no major automotive job loss
According to a new study by Ferdinand Dudenhöffer’s CAR Research Institute in Duisburg, the tightening of the EU’s CO2 requirements and the shift to electromobility will not be a job killer.
Oct 9, 2020 - 04:14 pm
InoBat presents AI-driven battery cell
InoBat Auto from Slovakia presents what it claims is the world’s first “intelligent” battery cell for electric vehicles. And not only that, the company says their approach to battery production makes it possible to produce better cells faster and more efficiently while offering more range.
Oct 5, 2020 - 09:39 pm
NEXT-E charging network to work with Hubject
The EU project NEXT-E with 252 fast-charging stations will soon be connected to Hubject’s eRoaming platform Intercharge. This involves 222 fast chargers with 50 kW and 30 HPC stations with 150 to 350 kW charging capacity in seven Eastern European countries.
Oct 1, 2020 - 02:33 pm
InoBat orders battery production equipment to Slovakia
German machine manufacturer Manz has received an order from the Slovakian company InoBat Auto to supply production equipment for setting up a pilot line for stacked lithium-ion pouch cells. A follow-up contract with automotive supplier TE Connectivity is also on the horizon.
Dec 1, 2019 - 06:08 pm
Poland: High subsidy for low-cost electric vehicles
In August 2019, 6,672 electric vehicles drove on Polish roads, with a share of just 0.2%, Poland is at the bottom of the league in Central Eastern Europe. Nevertheless, or precisely because of this, the Polish government has set itself ambitious targets for e-mobility. But the new funding programme is controversial, as Aleksandra Fedorska reports.
Nov 28, 2019 - 11:31 am
Slovakia subsidises plug-in electric vehicles
The Slovak Ministry of Economy is starting a new round of subsidies for electrified vehicles in order to encourage individuals, businesses and government agencies to purchase electric vehicles. A total of 5 million euros has been earmarked for the programme.
Nov 21, 2019 - 11:25 am
Skoda begins manufacturing the Citigo e iV
Škoda has started series production of its first battery-electric model. The first Citigo e iV rolled off the assembly line on Wednesday at the Volkswagen plant in the Slovak capital Bratislava.
Oct 31, 2019 - 02:50 pm
BMW orders hybrid drives from Magna
Magna has received its most significant production order for transmission technologies in the company’s history from the BMW Group. The multi-year contract covers all front-wheel-drive dual-clutch transmissions, including hybrid transmissions.