Pipistrel developing emissions-free regional aircraft
Slovenian aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel is working on a zero-emission regional aircraft with 20 seats, which should be available between 2028 and 2030. The Miniliner concept now unveiled could fly on hydrogen, although Pipistrel says it is still evaluating various propulsion solutions.Weiterlesen
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.Weiterlesen
Pipistrel presents unmanned hybrid cargo aircraft
Slovenian aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel is introducing a new series of unmanned aircraft with hybrid propulsion for cargo flights. The Nuuva series of aircraft take-off and land vertically and purely electrically, using a combustion engine for the actual flight.Weiterlesen
Pipistrel & Green Motion cooperate on charging e-planes
The aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel and the charging station supplier Green Motion want to jointly design the future charging of electric aircraft in line with EASA guidelines.Weiterlesen
Slovenian e-planes to be made in Australia
The aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel from Slovenia has just signed an MoU with Australia’s Eyre to There Aviation for the rights to manufacture Pipistrel’s small e-plane Alpha in Australia. The agreement would make Eyre to There the first Australian company to build an electric aircraft.Weiterlesen
Renault Twingo Z.E. to be released this year
Renault has introduced the Twingo Z.E. and announced that sales are scheduled to launch at the end of this year. The battery-electric version of the small car will be equipped with an electric motor with 60 kW output and a water-cooled battery pack with a capacity of 21 kWh.Weiterlesen
Slovenia, Norway, GM, Daihatsu, Yamaha, Tesla.
Also Slovenia to ban combustion-powered cars: The next European government specifies a deadline for diesel- and petrol-powered vehicles: By 2030, Slovenia wants to limit registration permission to cars with CO2 emissions of less than 50 grams per kilometre – what currently just applies to EVs and PHEVs. Already by 2025, newly registered cars will have to stay under 100 grams of CO2 per kilometre. Simultaneously, the country’s EV charging infrastructure shall grow significantly – from currently 227 stations to 1,200 units in 2020, to 7,000 in 2025 and finally to 22,300 in 2030.
Tesla cars to get more costly in Norway? The country’s government intends to partly cut its generous EV subsidies, according to media reports. The draft 2018 budget proposes modifications regarding the exemption from motor vehicle registration tax as well as revising discounts in taxation of company cars. The new rules would particularly affect EVs with more than two tonnes, thus mainly Tesla: Its Model X could soon cost 70,000 krones (approximately 7,500 euros) more. However, Norway’s minority government is dependent on other parties to realise its plans.
europe.autonews.com, vg.no (in Norwegian)
Pam Fletcher heads GM’s EV business: General Motors has chosen Pamela Fletcher to be in charge of the company’s worldwide EV portfolio. Her new position of vice president, Global Electric Vehicle Programs, has been newly created. Fletcher has a lot of experience in GM’s management units, most recently she was executive chief engineer for Electrified Vehicles and New Technologies. Just recently, General Motors introduced its electrification initiative that includes 20 EVs by 2023
Daihatsu presents electrified concept cars: The Japanese carmaker has published first pictures of several interesting concepts that it will put on display at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. While the DN Pro Cargo is an utility vehicle with an all-electric drivetrain, the compact SUV DN Trec and the DN Compagno are hybrid-powered. Especially the DN Compagno draws attention as it represents a reinterpretation of the Daihatsu Compagno, launched in 1963.
Yamaha’s EV spectrum: Electrified bikes, scooters, motorcycles and even a car concept – Yamaha will show a broad range of low-emission vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show. Additionally, the Japanese manufacturer has announced a so-called Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW), a mixture between a car and a motorcycle with electric drivetrain and additional range extender. Further details, also about the company’s car concept have not yet been provided.
Tesla recalls 11,000 Model X cars: Due to problems with the second-row seats, Tesla voluntarily recalls approximately 11,000 models produced between 28th of October 2016 and 16th of August 2017. According to the Californian EV maker, some cables are not correctly tightened, so that seats could move forward during a car accident. However, Tesla estimates that this problem occurs in just 3 percent of all recalled cases.
London, ITM Power, Slovenia, Dubai, Taipei.
Electric double-decker trial: London is about to see the first all-electric Metrodecker. Maker Optare is now ready to try the electric bus on Go-Ahead’s Route 36 across the British capital, starting this summer. The electric trial follows successful testing of the same model but with a diesel engine.
Great Britain to get H2 chargers: Four sites, namely in Birmingham, Swindon and two in Sheffield, will be equipped with hydrogen refueling from ITM Power. Additional locations have been earmarked in London and around the M25, along the M1, M40, and M4 but have yet to get permission.
Slovenia to add chargers: 140 additional EV charging stations shall be installed in 69 municipalities of the Eastern European country. They will be part of Slovenia’s existing infrastructure and are co-financed through the Eco Fund.
Dubai is to add charging stations too as the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) wants to double its electric vehicles charging stations to 200 across Dubai. It will thus complete the second phase of the Green Charger initiative.
Park&Charge in Taipei: Taiwan’s capital has 20 public parking facilities equipped with electric car charging posts. Each location features two charging points, so 40 EVs in total may charge in Taipei. They have been installed through the city’s parking authority.
H2 Mobility, ZAP Jonway, Malta, London, Slovenia.
German H2 initiative: H2 Mobility Deutschland becomes operative as a joint venture between Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total. The partners plan to accelerate the installation of hydrogen stations in Germany. H2 Mobility plans to install 400 stations by 2023.
the-linde-group.com, h2-mobility.de (Joint Venture)
EV deal for China expands: American-Sino EV maker ZAP Jonway says its plan to distribute 20,000 instead of initial 5,000 EV Minivans via Dongfeng’s dealer network next year. This number could increase to 100,000 units over the next three years.
EV boost in Malta: A new scrappage scheme will start in Malta next year. 7,000 euros are offered to those scrapping an 10-year old car to buy an EV. Hybrids are subsidised with up to 3,000 euros. Those not wanting to get rid of the old but want a new EV still get 4,000 euros.
FCV support: Transport for London will be the first customer in the UK for the Toyota Mirai. TfL ordered four Mirai models to assist with maintenance work. Toyota named the British capital as a key city for the introduction of its fuel cell car.
In Slovenia the first two of a total of 26 planned rapid-charging stations for electric cars have opened. The country intends to cover its motorway network with fast-charging opportunities standing no more than 50km away from each other before the year’s end.